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
by Steven Doyle
Henderson Tap House opened for business last night, serving up a huge menu in a very tiny space of a kitchen. That kitchen inherited a super nice wood burning oven, so the pizzas come out bubbly hot and crisp. There is a large variety of soups, sandwiches and salads, as well as a pretty spectacular prime rib and potato nacho dish that has shaved prime rib, housemade potato chips, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, and bleu cheese crumbles.
The 7,000-square-foot space houses two large bars mirroring each other and serving 24 draft beers, more than 50 bottled beers including craft selections and tall boys in paper bags, and an impressive selection of spirits with an emphasis on exceptional whiskey and bourbon. Continue reading
by Brian Wall
I recently had a birthday and with that special day came an opportunity to sample a couple of very serious beers from the cellar. As these are very limited and difficult to locate sometimes, it seemed like the perfect time to drag them out for a tasting. While cellaring has long been reserved for wine enthusiasts, beer lovers have come into their own by doing the same. The biggest concern for cellaring a beer is if it will survive the time.
The best rule of thumb is to cellar in a cool, dark area and plan on only cellaring a beer with an ABV over 10%. Anything less may lose flavor and runs the risk of being a little more “boozy” than you’d prefer. Continue reading