by Steven Doyle
Not too unlike the Death Star, The Blind Butcher is now fully operational. That means you may now enjoy food with your cocktails or beer. When Blind Butcher first opened the food aspect of the unique neighborhood tavern was not quite ready for the public, but the wait was very well worthwhile. For those familiar with the quality of Goodfriend (link has a fun Q&A with Tobin and Yingling) located further in East Dallas, this new hot spot is owned by the same folks. Matt Tobin and Josh Yingling truly know how to entertain their guests, and that is simply to offer the best of everything in a uber unpretentious environment. The Blind Butcher definitely qualifies in that respect. Continue reading
by Brian Wall
Twisted Pine Brewery makes some truly good beers. Whether it be the Hoppy Boy IPA, the Rocky Mountain Wheat or the Billy’s Chilies, there are no beers of theirs that I have tried that I would not happily drink again. This time around though, the beer sampled was the “world’s hottest beer” that they brew- Ghost Face Killah.
There two beers I truly enjoy, aside from free and cold, and those are IPA’s and chili beers. The chili beer niche is very slim and not many breweries offer them. Granted, some brewers decide to add some mild or even bold chilies to their stouts or porters but heat is often steered clear by most. It could be because the capsicum can detract from the malt and grain blend or the big question of what hop strain to use is not very pronounced. Continue reading
by Andrew Chalk
On Wednesday 5th February Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB) announced an agreement to acquire Blue Point Brewing Company of New York. The deal values Blue Point at $24m and is expected to conclude in the first quarter of 2014.
Blue Point Brewing Company is a leading craft brewer, producing over 40 beers sold in 15 states, mainly along the U.S. east coast. AB is the world’s largest brewer, with 48% of the U.S. market. Blue Point sold around 60,000 barrels in 2013. AB sold 98.8 million barrels in the U.S. in the same period.
Why would AB want to acquire such a minnow? Continue reading
by Brian Wall
Elevation Beer Company is relatively new to the Texas beer market. Based in Poncha Springs Colorado, Elevation categorizes their beers in way similar to skiing. There is a black diamond and double black diamond series. On the side of the bottle is a suggestion for food pairings to heighten the taste and experience of the beer. The brewery opened in 2012 and is still young in its offerings but still gave a nice beverage to taste.
The beer sampled this go around was the Downpour Extra India Pale Ale. This beer gave off a slight scent of a pilsner with a slight maltiness. Color poured an amber with a caramel hue. The flavor is not like other IPA’s. The malty flavor is slightly sweet with a back bite of hop character. There is very little piney taste or citrusy flavor that presents itself. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
The Lake House Bar and Grill is celebrating their first year in business and want you to be there for the festivities. Lake House One Year Anniversary is February 8th
The festivities kick off at 3PM with live music. Eastwood is going to play at 3PM followed by King Bucks at 5PM and then Justin Pickard at 7PM. They are going to have happy hour pricing all night long and Peticolas Brewing Company is going to be out at the Lake House taking over 4 of our taps.
Should be a fun day of good food, music and of course beer.
by Steven Doyle photos by Joy Zhang
I have been eagerly awaiting the full-on opening of Blind Butcher on Lowest Greenville for some time now. The smallish bar located in the newly revitalized section of Greenville that brings us such illustrious offerings as the Truck Yard, Trader Joes, Nora, Dude Sweet Chocolate and HG Sply, Blind Butcher will be offering something unique for the area. Actually, unique for Dallas and is highly anticipated. From the fellows that brought us the over-the-top brew and burger bar, Goodfriend, Matt Tobin and Josh Yingling have joined forces with Oliver Sitrin, Ryan Chaney and Tony Bricker to bring us an interesting bar serving some tasty brews and cocktails, with the addition of a fine dining element without all the trappings of white table cloth wrapped tables and persnickety sommeliers. Continue reading