by Melissa Robert
Saturday kicked off the third annual North Texas Beer Week with its commencement event, Brewvolution. Centennial Hall, the 95,000 square foot venue in Fair Park, was filled with beer-lovers young and old – all legal drinking age of course. Event-goers were greeted at the door with the 2013 Treasure Map which did indeed mark the spot where the favorite brews could be found. Those in the know arrived early, adorned with pretzel necklaces and silly hats only a beer-lovers mother could love. The organizers of Untapped Festival and Big Texas Beer Fest teamed up to ensure this ale extravaganza would go off without a hitch.
While the most popular taps ran dry as the hours passed, food trucks and vendors on site kept bellies full. Live music from local bands such as the Roomsounds and Hanna Barbarians provided another element of fun which guests could enjoy while letting their beer and brats settle. Sampling cup-holder necklaces from Oskar Blues were a hit. I’ll definitely come equipped with a cup holding necklace contraption next year since holding my sample cup, tasting card and nibbling on my pretzel necklace all at the same time proved entirely too difficult. Continue reading
by Brian Wall
So, how many of you out there enjoy a good IPA? The scent of hops, with a fruity or citrusy or piney bouquet that seeps into every aspect of the nose. The flavor that ranges in the same scale of citrus, fruit, pine or even mango. Weird thing is that the strain of hop and when it is added during the cooking process of the beer is how the scent, flavor or bitterness is accentuated in the beer. A good IPA is pretty much the staple of the typical hophead.
When one brings up the Double or Imperial IPA, it can make a hophead become a kid around Christmastime. “I want” or “I need” is the most common thought that crosses a hophead’s mind when it comes to a limited edition Imperial IPA. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
We are pretty stoked about this whole North Texas Beer Week which begins this Saturday with the Brewvolution event at Fair Park (tickets still available). There will be beer specials and even special beers being pour across town and we will be reporting on some of the better findings as we uncover them. We are particularly excited to see that LUCK over in Trinity Groves is participating, and why wouldn’t they? Their mantra is beer, and they carry plenty of the local stuff for a mere sawback a pop. LUCK will have a special beer featured each day with a dollar off the already wonderfully priced taps.
If you go in Saturday after the Brewvolution all beers are a buck off with a ticket stub to the event, they only ask that you order an item off their food menu. For a quick bite we recommend the bierocks, but all the menu is delicious and on the cheap. Don’t get me started about the house-made pastrami. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
If you have ever been to one of the events put on by Chad and Nellie Montgomery of the Big Texas Beer Fest fame, you will totally appreciate and guide yourself to their latest event this Saturday, November 9 at the Texas State Fairgrounds. The same people that do the Big Texas event are hosting the Brewvolution as well, and they managed to secure one additional brewer that we’re excited about. Karbach Brewing from Houston, who’s not normally in Dallas will be at the festival. They’re bringing their Bourbon Barrel Hellfighter too. Speaking of which, the entire beer list has just been released.
If you’re going in VIP-style, they’ve announced the VIP pre-party at Craft & Growler the evening before. VIP’s be on the lookout for an email late Thursday/early Friday with all the details. This will be the beginning of NTX Beer Week. If you’ve delayed until now, you can get your tickets here. Continue reading
by Brian Wall
Beer and coffee. For some, coffee is an institution, a must for every day. The breath of day in which some cannot wake up, function or think until they have had their “first cup of the day”. An interesting thing, coffee. When someone first noticed a form of berry growing on a type of evergreen and decided to roasted the seed inside, filter it with water and drink it, really shows how in-depth the thought process of humans may be. Different areas, climates and methods of processing the seeds can either enhance or decrease the flavor. I will not get started on the Kopi Luwak coffee from Sumatra that is from civet droppings.
Coffee in beer is not something new and plenty of breweries take advantage of the roasted, bitter, earthy flavor that coffee can impart into beer. Primarily, stouts and porters are the main beers that have coffee infused into them. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
This past week everyone was celebrating Halloween. The parties have actually been blasting for the past three weeks in anticipation. Possibly the best event we attended was Dia de los Puercos, celebrating Four Corners Brewing Company’s first anniversary at their Trinity Groves location in West Dallas. Four Corners are the people who brew such illustrious beers such as the El Chingon, a hefty IPA, and the ever popular Local Buzz, a wheat beer made with local honey.
The event took place on a cool and sunny afternoon with chef Kent Rathbun as host. Any party with Kent will include plenty of smoke pig. He brought his crew out to assemble two homemade smokers made up of cinder blocks and home-made cages consisting of bed frames and wheelbarrow handles. Genius. There a duo of pigs smoked for a dozen hours while the staf started in on ribs and other tasty meats. Plates were sold to the crowd for just a few dollars, and beer was dispensed at the bar housed inside the brewery. Continue reading