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Beer Team

beerby Jordan Burke

As a bartender in this ever expanding and exciting craft beer industry I have had the privilege, and sometimes daunting, task to get to figure out just what the customer wants. I want to talk about how “we” (you and I) as a “team” come up with this decision and some helpful tips to try and avoid when making a selection.
I personally have no problem with you tasting a couple different beers before you dive into your next pint. That being said, it is not okay to try every beer and take 20 plus minutes in deciding. Sure, if you’re the only one at the bar and you want to take your time that’s one thing but we’re in a craft beer explosion right now, and I’m rarely standing behind an empty bar so expect some neighbors when you saddle up to mine. Drinking beer is meant to be fun not a stress filled evening of second guessing yourself and me on what you want to drink.   Continue reading

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Lakewood Brewing Co. Offering Discount On Wednesdays In Taproom

lakewoodby Emily Martin

Opening its doors this past April, the Taproom at Lakewood Brewing Company is part of a new 14,000 square foot expansion. Guests can sit back, relax and enjoy a spectacular view of the brewery production area while enjoying a pint of tasty goodness from the 16 taps. This month the Taproom will open up an outdoor, pet-friendly beer garden, equipped with plenty of seating and an outdoor stage where folks will be able to enjoy live music. Other Taproom perks include free Wi-Fi and food trucks just outside on the weekends.  Continue reading

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Some Like It Sour

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by Jeff Dietzman

Some like it sour, others do not.

I’m the former, I love sour beer.  Gose (“Gose-uh”), American Wild Ale, Berliner Weisse, Flanders Red Ale, and Lambic, just to name a few.

I’m not quite certain why I’ve fallen in love with these funky tart varieties. Perhaps, it’s a bit of a burnout from years of drinking big bold stouts, floral and bitter IPA’s, and spicy Belgians ales. There’s something about them that’s not a familiar “beer” flavor that we’ve all become accustomed to, and so it’s a refreshing change of pace from the usual drinking regimen.   Continue reading

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Luck Be A Lady

luckby Ned Steel IV

Listen to your lady (insert wife, husband, significant other, life companion, etc.).  Listen and listen well.  He/She has your best interests in mind.  I have been fortunate to be part of an amazing team with equally amazing partners in a little place called LUCK for the last couple of years and I owe it all to my lady, Chris.

People often come into the restaurant and ask how we got started in all of this, and while I’m always happy to share, we’ve stopped short of enshrining the menu backs with our story.  Not saying we won’t at some point, but I thought I’d take this opportunity to get it down in print.  And also, I have more freedom here to ramble where I often feel like speeding up the story when people are trying to dine.   Continue reading

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Craft Beer Etiquette in Society, in Business, and at Home by Emily Post

beer1By Mallory Turner

First rule in craft beer bars: trust your bartender.  And at the risk of hearing loud guffaws and endless mockery when I walk into work, don’t be afraid to trust your servers, either.  Most of us know what we’re doing.  Most of us also have opinions on how to and how not to behave in bars devoted to delicious craft beers, specifically local ones.  The list I’ve compiled is mostly negative, and quite possibly about you, so be forewarned.

Most importantly, other than trusting your service staff, obviously, don’t be a snob.  Let’s be honest, no one likes a snob.  Snobs in the craft beer community tend to be categorized into two groups: those who know very little about a lot and those who know a lot about very little.  Both tend to be the ones who swirl, sniff, and slurp.  Every single time.  Every single taste.  The former may have dabbled in home-brewing.  And, of course, by “dabbled in”, I mean they’ve tried it once, most likely a failed interpretation of a Bock.  These are the ones who ask me for stout blondes.  They’re the ones who learned just enough about beer terminology to not know how to use it correctly.  The latter of the category tends to be the self-important type, which we have all too much of in our little community, and these are the ones I feel, most often, the need to address.   Continue reading

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Lakewood Brewing Company To Release Saint Dymphna As Part Of Legendary Series

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Drawing inspiration from Belgian and local mythologies, Lakewood Brewing Company every so often releases another limited batch brew in its ever-popular Legendary Series. On June 1, Lakewood will introduce its sixth release in the series, a very personal creation by Lakewood’s founder Wim Bens, that pays homage to the Belgian legend of Saint Dymphna expressed through the sweet, complex characteristic of a Belgian-style Tripel brewed with linden flowers.

Saint Dymphna will be featured on tap at the Lakewood Taproom during taproom hours beginning on Saturday, May 30. Come by and taste the goodness before it hits the market. Beginning June 1, the beer will be available on draft at local bars and restaurants across DFW and in 22 ounce bottles in retail stores that carry Lakewood beers.  Continue reading

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A Girl And Her Beer

beer weekby Susie Olson

If you had asked me a year and a half ago how I felt about beer I would have simply told you that I hated it.  I preferred wine, vodka, and the occasional hard cider. Actually, I preferred just about anything that wasn’t beer. Now, this doesn’t mean I didn’t want to like it. I had tried it on numerous occasions where beer seemed to be the drink of choice, or more often than not, I didn’t have any other options. The house party in the backyard with a keg in a tub of ice and red plastic cups stacked high on a cheap folding table. The wedding with the “open bar” that only served green beer because the wedding also happened to fall on St. Patrick’s Day. True story. I won’t name any specifics of the beers I consumed that continuously disappointed and discouraged me from drinking more beer, but I’ve often heard it referred to as “Big Beer”. Have you ever heard the song that says “I was looking for love in all the wrong places”? If you asked me now how I feel about beer, I could talk your ear off for hours.   Continue reading

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