The upcoming 2011 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) sold out just seven days (gulp). No need to drown your sorrows if you aren’t already a ticket-holder, you still have another chance to be part of the mile-high fun. CraftBeer.com is giving away a trip for two to the festival. One randomly selected registrant will receive the ultimate GABF trip, including lodging during the Festival (September 29 – October 1, 2011), round trip airfare for two, and two tickets to all four sessions of GABF. Contest ends August 31, 2011 at 11:59 am, so enter now or forever hold your empty glass.
In May, World Beer Company founder Clay Hartmann opened the doors on The Bottle Shop in Lower Greenville. The basic premise: create a beer emporium where aspiring hopheads can not only buy, but also consume any of the 500 varieties on premise. You might be thinking: Hey, isn’t that just a bar? The couches and long tables might lead you to think so, but the presence of take-home growlers draws a very important line in the sand. The shop can get away with selling them (where others can’t) because a) they are not brewing onsite and b) by operating under retail license that skirts the whole brewpub/restaurant/TABC/licensing boondoggle.
It appears that everyone’s favorite reason to visit is the presence of Meddlesome Moth alum Stephanie Roethlisberger who’s known for matching beer lovers with their soon-to-be-favorite new beer. She plumbs the depths of your likes and dislikes and presents hopefuls. Kind of like blind dating without the humiliation. In that sense, she’s the beer shadchen of Lower Greenville.
Growlers are available for $7.99 plus the cost of the beer.
Ace contributor Julissa Trevino sends us this report from the field. Take it away, Julissa…
At the corner of W. Magnolia Ave. and College Ave. in the Near Southside neighborhood of Fort Worth, Carlo Galotto looked tired but was still smiling as he sat on a dusty wooden bar stool in the spacious brick building that used to house Gunn’s Cleaners in mid-June.
Galotto, owner of soon-to-open Zio Carlo Magnolia Brewpub, spends 10-12 hours a day, seven days a week working on what he hopes will become a neighborhood establishment reminiscent of old Europe.
But the 52-year-old, thin Italian immigrant from Turin doesn’t have much time. Having worked on the opening since Oct. 2008, when he bought the property, Galotto had hoped open up his business in July. With less than a week go for before the end of the month, it’s looking less and less likely for the hopeful brewer.4 Comments »
As a tribute to Belgian Independence Week, Matt Quenette over at Meddlesome Moth has spent the week banging the drum of Belgian Beer, with the kitchen turning out some pretty memorable pairings to go along with each night’s featured ale. Tonight (Friday) and tomorrow night are the last of it. Tonight’s beer (Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence) is paired with red velvet waffles. Now, I ask you, could you have come up with that? If your answer is no, head over there as soon as possible after work today. If you answer was yes, come work for us!
OK, folks. It appears that some of you have slipped too far into the summer doldrums because word on the street is that there are still tickets available for The Common Table’s Lagunitas beer dinner next Monday (July 25). The food will be amazing, the beers are top notch, and—hello—it’s only $45. Don’t even try to tell me you’re busy—no one is busy on Monday nights. Set the DVR to record Weeds and The Big C and get yourself down there. Here are the deets:
Texas Hill Country’s Real Ale Brewing Company will represent at the Hilton Anatole on Thursday, July 28, when head brewer Erik Ogershok will host a Real Ale beer dinner in the hotel’s Media Grill & Bar. Hors d’oeuvres start circulating at 6 pm followed by a five-course dinner with six featured beers: Fireman’s #4 Blond Ale, Rio Blanco Pale Ale, Brewhouse Brown, Full Moon Pale Rye, Lost Gold IPA, and Sisyphus 2010.
Cost is $68 per person (plus tax and gratuity).
Call 214-761-7439 to reserve a spot.
What’s not to love about a Tuesday morning run-down of all of the buying/selling/contracting shenanigans going on in the Bud-Miller-Coors commercial brewing merry go round. For an amusing detailing of how it all spins out, read this Who Owns What article from the DrinkAmerican website. It’s enough to drive you to homebrew.
Wanna name a commercial beer? We are calling our Imperial Red the VELVET HAMMER, but haven’t settled on any other names.
Can you come up with a catchy or clever name that gets stuck in your head? Post up your great beer name ideas. The winner(s) get credit on our website and the satisfaction of being forever linked to the name of the beer. Some free beer will surely end up in the winner(s) hands as well!
If there’s an IKEA run in your future this Saturday and you can’t face yet another plate of Swedish meatballs, stave off the post-shopping hungries by hitting The Holy Grail Pub where on Saturday owner Brian Rudolph will be hosting an All-Day Summer Smokeout. Outside, starting at noon, they’ll fire up a smoker filled with beef brisket, cabrito, house-made hot dogs, and beer-can chicken. Top off your grub with house-made Texas, North Carolina, or Kansas City sauces. Each plate will be served with potato chip salad and cole slaw. Need we say that you need to hit it early before they run out.
Of course, Rudolph promises that “new and favorite beers will be featured to pair with each dish.” Any guesses (or requests) as to which ones?
Mark your calendars for this Saturday when Whole Foods in Highland Park will open the taps on Bar Alto, the company’s newest beer & wine bar. Bar Alto will be handing out free tastings from noon to 4 pm and has booked some live music, so a Saturday afternoon stop-thru doesn’t sound like such a bad idea. The bar also has the distinction of putting some pretty spiffy eco-friendly measures into place. In their words:
· The opening of Bar Alto marks the 2nd retailer in North Texas to offer “growlers.” These 32- or 64-ounce sealed, refillable jugs can be purchased to take home fresh beer straight from the tap. The growler can be returned to the store, sanitized and used for the next beer purchase. This concept is very popular with beer aficionados. (The 1st retailer to offer growlers was the Lakewood store’s “Lakewood on Tap” bar, which opened last week. Our Park Lane bar will get growlers this month.)
· The use of growlers saves on packaging: no bottles, caps, cardboard six-pack or other packaging in trash, landfills or on the side of the road.
· Many of the beers will be local, and will cut down on carbon footprint with delivery.
· Tiles in the wall of the bar area were made from post-industrial waste.
To get to the point I’m sure you’re waiting for me to make. Yes, I was a little hard on Whole Foods’ last week over the whole growler pricing issue. And I did jump the gun on posting about it before they had more than an hour to get back to me. Consider this a mea culpa. The fact is that growlers aren’t the only place where people pay a premium for the hipness factor. And growlers are still a rarity here, which, while it doesn’t excuse charging a premium, does explain it in economic supply & demand terms. So, instead of complaining about it, let’s turn those energies toward affecting the changes at the state level that will allow for more plentiful and fairly-priced growlers from tap rooms and micro-breweries from Carrollton to Corpus Christi .
First-time contributor Julissa Treviño sends this report from her Rahr Brewery Tour:
“It’s really refreshing to see what’s going on in Texas,” said Fritz Rahr, owner of Rahr & Sons Brewery in Fort Worth, of the recent craft beer boom in the state.
On Saturday afternoon, the Rahr brewery in the Near Southside neighborhood was packed with a few hundred sweaty beer lovers. Temps hit the high 90s, and the brewery has no air conditioning. Luckily, the open backdoor let in a breeze. Four long, wooden picnic tables stretch across the warehouse, but many of the visitors here have brought their own lawn chairs.
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Thank goodness Whole Foods has finally brought its tap room concept to Dallas (like Donald Trump, we’d love to think that our complaining had something to do with it). But seriously folks, in addition to on-tap wine and a variety of cheeses and nibbley bits, Lakewood on Tap will be filling growlers, half-gallon glass jugs tapped straight from the keg. If you’re wondering why growlers are such a big deal, head on in and ask for Jon-Robert. He’ll set you straight in no time. Until then, consider this a big step in the craft brewing movement.
If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter, you should be. It’s a fantastic, grass-roots, power-to-the-people fundraising platform through which moderately crazy people with good ideas solicit pledges for as little as $5 from folks like you and me.
Today’s Kickstarter shoutout goes to Armadillo Ale Works. The video is worth watching just for the production value. But their cause is true and the outcome would be another swig in the right direction for North Texas craft brewing.
Good news popped up Wednesday on the Peticolas Facebook page: “Hey Dallas! Ready for your brewery? The city council unanimously granted our request to brew in the Design District this afternoon. All systems go! Time to ink that lease, build the website, submit plans, yank permits, and build that brewery. Zoning is done, construction is next, and then it’s brew time. How we look forward to that day!!!”2 Comments »
To celebrate Common Table’s first anniversary, brew dude Jeff Fryman has cooked up a week of craft beer events for your quaffing pleasure. Our events editor Liz Johnstone summarized it perfectly in her events post: Unlike the obnoxious friend who absolutely insists on their birthday lasting an entire week, this is one drawn-out celebration that we don’t mind. The folks at the Common Table are starting things off with a battle between beer and wine and finishing with an appreciation party for their regulars, Facebook fans, and Twitter followers.
Perhaps I have a soft-spot in my heart for Oak Cliff’s Brew Riot Homebrew Festival because it was the first Dallas beer event I attended after moving here to town last May. Or perhaps it’s because Brew Riot is such a grass-roots, neighborhood kind of event. Either way, I get thirsty just thinking about it.
The third annual event is set for next Sunday, May 22 from 4 to 8 pm, and will draw hundreds of homebrew lovers to the Bishop Arts district to sample some amazing homebrews.This year, organizers are adding the Backyard Burger Throwdown. Bring your own grill and 10 lbs. of meat and see if you’ve got what it takes to be named the Bishop Arts Backyard Burger Champ.
Last year, Blockhead Brewing Company won the People’s Choice Award, and St Canterbury Home Brew Club walked away with two prizes: Best Dark Ale and Best Pale Ale. This year’s homebrew judges will include for-real microbrewers as well as our own Todd Johnson.
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Starting tomorrow you can sample from more than 100 craft and import beers at a three-day North Dallas event brought to you by North Texas Beer Festival, Guiness, Franconia, and FC Dallas. (Beer & soccer—sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.) The main event will go down Saturday from 1-11 pm at the Plano Center; general admission tickets cost $30; your ticket entitles you to 12 2oz. tasters.
Events kick off tomorrow at 7 pm with a Sunset Brews Cruise at the Pier 121 Marina in Lewisville (1481 E. Park Hill Road). To participate in this part of the event, attendees must purchase the $ $119 VIP ExBEERience package.
On Sunday at 3pm, duffers can head to the Top It Off Charity Golf Tournament. Registration is $95 per person and proceeds benefit the Good Samaritan Inn. The event will be held at Top Golf, 1500 Allen Station Parkway.
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