by Brian Wall
To our north rests an upcoming brewery that is nestled in Krebs, Oklahoma just outside of OKC. Started by a couple of brothers, Prairie Artisan Ales is making a national name for itself with the beer selections and quality. The farmhouse ales are a superb example of category and the imperial stouts are often sought after across the country for the flavors that are produced. In this go instance, the newest offering is a collaboration with Evil Twin Brewing from Brooklyn, New York and aptly named Bible Belt. While this beer was available in limited quantities at the Big Texas Beer Fest, it was released in the DFW area by bottle this past week. Most stores that sold this brew sold out quickly or had stock limiting patrons to one or two bottles only. Reports from beer traders confirmed that this is a strongly desired beer as distribution is limited to Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
It has been nearly two years since Josh Yingling and Matt Tobin (Goodfriend, Blind Butcher) announced that they would open a package store across the street from Goodfriend. The new store would carry cool beers, and offer prepared food. The nameless shop would be located in the laundromat.
The few months it would take to open obviously took much longer due to the City of Dallas, and a large reel of red tape. Continue reading
by Brian Wall
Most people enjoy a good festival. Whether it be a carnival, renaissance faire, music gathering; they all have their own separate functions but are all designed for one simple thing- to enjoy a social atmosphere and have fun. Beer festivals are no different from other festival with the exception that there is normally plenty of brewers offering samples and rarities that may have only been brewed for the festival. On April 5th, the festivities at Fair Park gave us the Big Texas Beer Fest.
Beer fests are not for the uninitiated or the casual beer drinker. Similar to the way a marathon is not for the three mile per day jogger, beer fests are marathons that must be prepared for and trained for. The craft beer offerings go unrivaled from the standard tavern selection and maintain more samples than it is safe to consume in a given day. BTBF was definitely no exception to this rule. Continue reading
Every now and then, it comes to pass that luck holds an outstretched hand in your favor. This doesn’t happen often and it seems to be at the most unlikely of times. It never occurs when the Powerball is in the hundreds or when you see the flashing lights in your rear-view when the road is clear and you decided to bump it up ten miles over the limit. It did shine a bit of light on me recently.
At my full time job, I took a couple classes and the instructor was from Northern California. I chatted with her and discovered we had a common interest in craft beers. Her boyfriend got her involved in the craft beers and I explained my flare at doing home brewing. After enough discussion, we talked about Pliny the Elder, one of the best IPA’s on the market but only distributed to the West coast and Pennsylvania. She made a phone call to her man and before I could express my gratitude, she informed me there were three bottles in transit to me.
by Brian Wall
Ahh, St. Patrick’s Day. There are fewer days on the calendar year that are more perfectly suited for enjoying a beer. New Year’s, your birthday and Fourth of July come to mind as better days but St. Pat’s is definitely in those rankings if not at the top of the list. While there were quite a few beers drank on this day, none being green because I don’t drink poor beer that requires green coloring, the one that definitely stands out is Lakewood Brewing Company’s Antigoon’s Revenge.
Lakewood Brewing Company has a focus on Belgian style beers and Antigoon’s Revenge is no exception to this rule. Antigoon’s Revenge is a limited release Belgian-style golden ale from their Legendary Series. Most Belgian ales are very light in hop flavor and can be slightly sweet or spicy depending on the malts and yeast used in the brewing process. The Belgian ales that I have personally tasted have a slight spicy flavor from the yeast strains used. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle photos by Robert Bostick
For the past month we have been fielding rumors that Club Schmitz would be closing this summer. In a panic we sent ace photographer Robert Bostick out for a photo shoot a few weeks ago. We both have been getting mixed stories, so we chose not to run with anything at that time. Today, Robert Wilonsky at the Dallas Morning News came up with his version of the story that points to a large possibility that Schmitz has seen its final year. Continue reading