Even though there’s a whole ant pile of beer events every weekend this summer, half of them probably aren’t worth posting. Few stand out, except for this Best Little Brewfest held at the Texas Motor Speedway in Forth Worth. Don’t let the name fool you, though. There’s nothing “little” about this brewfest. On June 22, 50+ craft brewers and over 100 beers are gathering under one roof to serve over 4,000 tasters. Brewers are coming from Houston and Austin areas, and a lot of them are releasing brand spankin’ new beers. Just. For. You.
Most importantly, this is for a good cause. The Best Little Brewfest is organized by Cloud 9 Charities (a fundraising program that helps nonprofits), and proceeds will benefit Cloud 9 Charities, Alzheimers’s Caregivers Support and Teen Suicide Prevention.
General Admission is $30 and VIP tickets are $75. For tickets, go here.
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Firestone began making craft beer deep in the wine country around Buellton on California’s Central Coast in the prehistoric age, 1996. They are best known for their pale ale. Jeffers will host a casual Q&A.
Festival in Fort Worth: The biggest brews news surrounds this weekend’s Untapped Festival in Fort Worth. It’s a truly remarkable array of offerings from breweries around the world. They’ve brought out some seriously sexy guns for this shindig as well as some dope tunes. Is that the cool way to say it? Besides my totally hip vernacular, this festival is a monstrous celebration of amazing beer, music, art, and beer culture. Be safe, and never go thirsty.
Taking Tours: The saison (hehe, that’s French for season, jokes!) for brewery tours is on, and the weather is still quite friendly. Deep Ellum Brewery offers tours on Thursday evenings from 6-8:30 with live music, and the Si Tapas food truck, The Spanish Lunch Box, was in attendance last Thursday with chorizo, serrano ham, manchego and many other delicious Spanish bites to partner with the beers. Four Corners Brewery also does tours on Thursdays, but I have yet to find a beer to rave about over there. They’re good, just not great. Peticolas, Lakewood, and Community all host tours on Saturdays. Tickets usually average $10 and get you a few full pours. Celebrate our local beer and tour your body down.
Beer+Food: There are also a few interesting beer dinners coming up this month and in early May. Deep Ellum Brewery is hosting its first pairing dinner with Park Tavern this Friday night. Tickets are $60. They are also releasing a new Barley Wine at the untapped festival called Numb Comfort. Somehow they’ve summed up my dream life in two words. Yes, please. Also, Brew Riot is coming in May, and I cannot wait.
Big Beer From Little D: The last bit of news comes down from Denton. Armadillo Ale Works is the new brewer on the block, and their first release is called the Quakertown Stout. With the help of the folks at Deep Ellum Brewery, they’ve been able to get their beer out and in our faces. I decided to run by one of my favorite beer bars, Strangeways, and try out this new stout just for you. I will keep this short: It is absolutely beautiful. Try this dark, brooding stout right away. You’ll find a warming dark roast with sensuous chocolate notes and, with more than 9% ABV, it’s remarkably easy to drink. I would actually say gulp, which is what I did. It’s a buttery, deep dancing beauty and should not be missed.1 Comment »
This Week, The Meddlesome Moth is hosting their 3rd annual April Ale week with a salute to “Wood Inspired Beers.” Their entire tap has been swapped out, and I feel confident in saying it’s one of the most impressive, dynamic and robust beer lists ever comprised in our age. So I might be a little flighty since last night I tried to rampage through the entire thing, but you must go see for yourself. The video above is from last night’s intimate gathering around the flannel wearing, hip haired, bad-mother-beaver named Todd Usry. He’s the brewmaster from Breckenridge Brewery, and he completely gave himself to everyone who attended with friendly conversation and stories about how his beers came to be. His favorite beer is the Vanilla Porter, but don’t tell him that. There are more events going on through the rest of the week, so head over to the Moth’s website for details and get your fine self up in there.
Poised on the brink of a new destiny, I catapulted myself from the bubble bath and laid my garments out before me on my new vintage futon. Tonight will be a night of unparalleled revelry, and I shall dance with Venus before the moon parts the sky. Would she have me? I suddenly became preoccupied with thoughts of probable failure, for I could not bear to lose another lover with such magnificent cologne releasing from my pores. But with bedroom eyes, a staunch appetite for abandon, and a well-oiled set of legs, I began my sojourn with steadfast determination.
Five of my closest companions were awaiting my arrival at the newest Mockingbird Station addition, Mockingbird Taproom. It was a long overdue replacement for the previous tenant, if I do say so myself. And I do say so. I strutted into the station with much the same candor as any young Honeyboy Wilson would, and my friends were awaiting with cheerful demeanor. With much time for levity, we filled our mouths with the elixir of the lord: beer.
The largest commercial beer competition in the world took place this weekend in Denver, Colorado. Judges at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival handed out 254 medals. The most significant one, to us anyway, is the gold medal they bestowed on Peticolas Brewing Company’s Royal Scandal, one of 29 entries in the Classic English-Style Pale Ale. Not bad for a brewery that has only been open since January!
Rahr & Sons Brewing in Fort Worth returned home with silver medal in the Scotch Ale competition for their Iron Thistle and Humperdinks Restaurant and Brewery in Dallas won a bronze medal in American-Style Amber Lager for their Uberbrau. H/T to Disher BL.6 Comments »
Ladies and gentlemen, meet José Ralat-Maldonado. Jose is a new contributor to SideDish. He is known for his blog The Taco Trail , a subject he will touch on from time to time, but we’ve asked Jose to step off his taco trail. Today he has a new map in his hands with plenty of paths to cross. Welcome him.
Let’s not kid ourselves, thoughts have begun to lean toward weekend eating and drinking plans. Start early with Union Bear’s inaugural Family Dinner tonight. The West Village neighborhood pub’s new beer dinner series will take place the second Wednesday of each month and include three courses paired with suds and surprises. I asked for hints of said surprises when I stopped in for some pints this week but was met with tight lips. Surprises or not, the menu for this Family Dinner is a rich, palate-warming affair.
First up: A butternut squash-guajillo chile soup with a kick of roasted pepinos and cocoa powder. It will be matched with Ska Brewing’s Autumnal Mole Stout, one of four new seasonal stouts from the Colorado operation. I had the opportunity to sample the Mole Stout this week. Made with cocoa nibs, spices as well as ancho, guajillo, and Anaheim chiles, the dark beer does indeed evoke the substantial and widely recognized mole poblano, which is basically the chocolate and chile-based mother sauce of Mexico (because everyone’s mami made the best). It’s also refreshing. Think of it as the perfect sunny fall afternoon, one that ends resting on a pile of newly shed leaves.
Vices! Getcha vices! Vices all with one call! The Stand, the upscale concession style restaurant on McKinney Avenue is now offering cigarettes and beer with your delivery order. They claim: “Date night just got more convenient and safer.” I’m asking: “How long do I have to wait for a Mac Daddy Dog, carton of Camels, six pack of Coors Lite, and a date?” That would be more convenient for me.
After Brad Perkinson was laid off from his corporate job, he did what any young, responsible man with degrees in Business and Finance would do, he decided to make beer. His FireWheel Brewing Company in Rowlett is already delivering brews to some of the top brew spots in town: The Common Table, Ginger Man, and Flying Saucer. Starting Saturday, August 25, Perkinson and company, which includes two dogs, will open the brewing for tastings and tours. For only $10 you’ll get a pint glass and three tastings of limited batches. The doors are open from 11AM to 3PM. I’d suggest you get there early and get a taste of their fine Texas Style Pale Ale.
It’s been a beer-y good summer for the dudes at Deep Ellum Brewing Company so far. Last week they announced they were selling their goods to Boston, and now it looks like they’ve got not one, but two beers they’re launching starting July 31. (Say what?!)
Allow me to introduce you to a new ale the bros are adding to their year-round lineup, the Dallas Blonde. She’s alluring, sweet, and definitely mellow. Head Brewer Drew Huerter writes, “Our Blonde is certainly in the American tradition and borrows its hop forward character from the subset known as Extra Pale Ale (XPA) and has the body some of the grainy character of a Pale American Wheat.”
Next up is the seasonal batch Wealth & Taste, which comes from a line in The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil.” This Belgian-style Blonde Ale won’t be brewed again this year, so there’s any extremely low supply. Get it while you can before it runs out, warn the dudes at Deep Ellum Brewing Co. They want to make sure you drink well, as always.
I wanted you to be the first to get the good news. I know how much you love beer, especially those crafted in Bean Town, but pretty soon you’ll be able to get a taste of Texas beer, more specifically beer made right here in Dallas. Next week two dudes from Deep Ellum Brewing Company (DEBC, yo) will deliver da goods (Deep Ellum IPA, Farmhouse Wit, Double Brown Stout, Rye Pils) to two spots you probably already frequent: Deep Ellum, a bar in Allston rated by Draft Magazine as one of the top beer bars in America and Ale House in Amesbury. Hope all is well. Loved Ted, hate seeing the Sox at .500 (it’s a long season, bro), and tell Paul to send me that dessert recipe from Alma Nove. Y’all need to serve it at Wahlburgers. Hingham rocks!
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Sigel’s newsletters tells me that there’s going to be a free Summer Beer Festival at 5757 Greenville Avenue this Saturday, June 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. If you get yourself a beer festival passport, you can try up to 20 of the 50 brews available for sampling. Some of the tastings include: Deschutes Twilight Ale, Bridgeport Summer Squeeze, Rahr Summertime Wheat, Sierra Nevada Summerfest, and Redhook Pilsner.
The Texas Restaurant Association is hosting the Southwest Foodservice Expo from June 24-25 at the Dallas Convention Center. If you’re curious about the restaurant business, this is probably a convention you should be attending. The two-day schedule is packed with barista competitions, panels on being a woman in the industry, and seminars teaching you how to source locally. Believe me, it’s hard deciding what to do from all the offerings. Come Monday afternoon, though, I’ll definitely be sitting in the front row at the culinary showcase to watch James Beard’s Best Chef of Southwest Paul Qui make food art.
The North Texas Beer Festival is happening this weekend on Saturday, May 12 at the Irving Convention Center. We’re sending one of our new summer interns, a beer geek, there to scope out the digs. The only thing that’s missing on the schedule is how to make some good moonshine, but I guess that’s sort of illegal anyway. Ticket prices vary, and you should buy them here.
Katy Ice Trail House is hosting Round Up De Mayo around the same time as the beer fest. If you’re into wearing neon clothing, drinking booze, and the possibility of giant slide, then this is your crowd. The Facebook event photo promises a giant slide, but I am wary of promises that include a giant slide from previous experience. It often turns out to be a disappointment.
Tickets for Flying Saucer on the Lake’s Annual Beer Festival (happening June 16) go on sale Thursday, May 10. Over 25 breweries and 60 craft beers will be hanging out at 4821 Bass Pro Drive in Garland, all selected by Flying Saucer’s beer gurus. These tickets are only $25 if you purchase them before May 25, so open those wallets for this special deal.
And just because I like charity events (plus, this organization is doing some good for this world), I’ll throw in a fundraising dinner here. Seeds of Africa, a non-profit that nurtures young children and adults in African communities, is teaming up with Bolsa for a four-course meal in hopes to support Seeds’ relief efforts. Continue reading "Brews News and More"
Last night, a beer-making man asked me for my opinion. He wanted me to listen to some of the names he is workshopping for a Dallas-brewed beer. I told him I get paid for my opinions. (In truth, all of his ideas were moronic and demanding payment for my golden ideas was an easy way out of stating the obvious.) After we hung up, I thought of you. All of you who are so devilish and clever. He should consider himself lucky I’m tossing his question out there for all of you to answer. Do it. I swear if he uses any of them, I will get paid. For you, of course. Go.4 Comments »
Bolsa Mercado is officially a talent hog. It’s great if you happen to be cool (rich?) enough to live in The “fabulous” OC. However, it sucks for those of us who have to walk half a mile through a huge chain grocery store to buy a carton of milk. Or beer.
Deep Ellum Brewery has just released their first (only?) production of “Love Runs Deep” Cherry Chocolate Double Brown Stout (deets below). Think you’ll find it at Tom Thumb? Nope. Bolsa Mercado bought the entire batch. Each 22-ounce bottle is individually numbered and made with red tart and dark sweet cherries and Organic/Fair Trade cocoa nibs. Expect to find all 300 of them on the shelves of Bolsa Mercado during their next Open House on February 11.
If you can’t wait until the 11th to get a food fix from The ‘Cado, head over on February 8. If you are lucky, you may be able to look past talented chef chefs Jeff Harris and Matt Balke and spot the rare, elusive chef Sharon Hage in the kitchen. She will be creating a “Take Home Dinner For Two.” Who knows, by then Bolsa Mercado may have Alan McClure creating Fudgesicles or Grant Achatz doing dishes. Could happen. Pigs fly in Oak Cliff.
The Concept: Sundown at Granada is the Granada Theater‘s neighboring restaurant and bar with a long list of draft beers and hand-crafted cocktails. Although I’m sure you can grab a bite pre-show, I would be filled with panic watching a line get longer next door while shoveling down the last forkfulls of food and chugging the rest of a beer. This is a perfect spot, however, to discuss your favorite act post-performance and perhaps mingle with band members, who are sure to wander over for a bite.
Who’s There: Thirty-somethings interested in enjoying some quality time together. (Rather than 20-somethings hollering over their third round of Jager bombs.)6 Comments »
Dallas is a little late to the microbrewery trend, but we’ve finally hopped on the beer brewing business with gusto. Now we have three—Peticolas Brewing Company, Lakewood Brewing Company, Deep Ellum Brewing Company–and each plan to produce 1,500 barrels in its first year. Check out this report written by David Hopkins with delicious photography by Joshua Martin.
On Tuesday January 17th at 6:00PM, beer lovers will get a chance to taste the extremely limited release of Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA. Get there early, the last tapping of 120 in September sold out in 14 minutes. It’s the world’s strongest India Pale Ale (18%). Other tappings include Dogfish Head favorites such as Immort Ale and Burton Baton. Enjoy them with the ever popular Holy Grail house-made hot dogs. Check out the hunk nice young gentleman in this video as he talks about “calibrating hoppiness.” How good is that? Who doesn’t need their hoppiness calibrated?
Wednesday September 21—Oktoberfest kickoff at The Old Monk. Keg tapping at 7.30 pm. Dennis from Franconia will bring a 200 year old wooden keg of his Oktoberfest which we will tap at 7:30. Keg tapper this year will be our very own Tim Rogers. The beer is served in ceramic steins with the Old Monk logo. A 24 oz stein full of beer is $15 and you keep the stein. Bratwurst and knockwurst are available.
Beer for a cause. Every year The Monk hosts a pumpkin carving event to raise money for charity. Guests pay $10 and get a scooped out pumpkin, carving tools and a pint compliments of Guinness (Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks, Half and Half, or Black and Tan ). The Monk matches the $10 (last year they wrote a check for $5,500 to North Texas Food Bank) Carving begins October 19 and runs through Halloween night.
Currently The Monk has cask conditioned Fireman’s #4. Get it before it runs out.
Six firkins of Green Flash West Coast IPA (7.3% ABV and 95 IBUs) are literally on a truck from San Diego right now. They should arrive any day to go on the beer engines at The Monk and The Idle. This beer will most certainly go quickly; it’s pretty highly regarded in craft beer circles.
Mon., Sept. 26: Beer Dinner with Ayinger Celebrator, Pinkus Organic Hefeweizen, Avery Kaiser Oktoberfest, Kapuzinger Schwarz-Weizen, and Breckenridge Vanilla Porter.
Tues, Sept. 27: Magic Hat Hat Hex “Ourtoberfest Glass Night”
Weds., Sept. 28: Summit Oktoberfest Glass Night
Thurs., Sept. 29: Avery Kaiser Oktoberfest Glass Night
Fri., Sept. 30: Spaten Munich Mug Night
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Central Market kicks off the beer season on Sept 14 with its second annual Brewtopia celebration—a full two weeks from Sept 14 to 27 dedicated to celebrating all things brewed. The event will bring in more than 10 of the best beer creators in the business to host beer samplings, share brew tales, and talk one-on-one with beer lovers. Highlights include: Steven Pauwels, Brewmaster Boulevard Brewing; Keith Villa, Brewmaster of Tenth and Blake and creator of Blue Moon; Original Sin Cider owner Gidon Coll.
The store’s resident beer gurus will even be incorporating beers into their Cooking School recipes. On Friday, Sept. 23, Greg Engbert, beer director for Neighborhood Restaurant Group of Washington, D.C. will offer a “Beer, Cheese and the Confluence of Flavor” seminar in the Cooking School. (Engbert was named Sommelier of the Year by Food & Wine in April 2010, the first ever for a beer professional.) Classes run from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, unless otherwise noted. Classes run in the neighborhood of $60. Check the Cooking School site for details.
During Brewtopia, Central Market also discounts beer up to 25%, so stock up as is reasonable.