by Mike Marrero
Have you ever driven on Highway 114 to work or the airport and wonder, what is that giant modern building in the middle of a field near Northwest Highway that can probably be seen from space? That my friend is the 275,000 square foot Irving Convention Center. On Saturday May 10th, it was host to the North Texas Beer and Wine Festival.
The mission statement for The North Texas Beer and Wine Festival, “Educate people about craft beers in a responsible and ethical manner, promote craft beer culture and craft brewers, and recognize excellence in the industry.” They accomplished their mission. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
While Michael Peticolas was springing around his brewery a few weeks back after surviving knee surgery, he promised us information on a new seasonal beer he had been planning. Today Peticolas announced that he has been busy brewing a new IPA called Thrilla in Brazilla in honor of the World Cup which will be played in Brazil. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Dogfish Head Brewery is a brewing company based in Milton, Delaware founded by Sam Calagione, and opened in 1995 producing 175,000 barrels annually. Dogfish is known for their in your face brews with a touch of insanity involved, such as their “Liquor de Malt”, a bottle-conditioned malt liquor, which typically comes in a Dogfish Head brown paper bag. Many f the beers are extreme in alcohol, reaching 18-20% ABV, where your average brews clock in from 3 to 7%.
Dogfish Head’s most popular beer can be found in the line of India Pale Ales (IPAs), which are available in three varieties: 60 Minute, 90 Minute, and 120 Minute IPA. The names refer to the length of the boil time of the wort in which the hops are continuously added. The longer hops are boiled the more bitterness is imparted to the beer. That certain bitterness is sought out by those that appreciate a good IPA. Continue reading
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.