Meeting up with friends is best done outdoors these days. Lucky for us, DFW has some great spots to choose from. No matter where you are in the Metroplex, there’s a beer garden just waiting for you to raise a glass.
Katy Trail Ice House
Check out the more than 50 beers on tap at the Katy Trail Ice House, located in the heart of Dallas on the Katy Trail. The patio has picnic tables for seating and plenty of room to roam. The beer garden holds hundreds of people, even with some seating removed for social distancing. Watch joggers and cyclists go by as you enjoy the burgers and barbecue on the menu.
Recently the International Craft Awards recognized a few local favorites in the beer category. The competition brings together the top craft brewers from everywhere to showcase and award craft beer and its integral position in the larger Craft movement. Only independent beers, made with integrity and quality ingredients enter this competition.
On the evening of December 31, 2013, local brewmaster Michael Peticolas was walking out the door to attend a Peticolas beer dinner at LUCK in Trinity Groves when he caught word that he won in a few categories. He announced the prizes during the evening, even to his wife’s surprise. What he announced is not shocking for local devotees, but definitely makes us proud to be part of a growing incredible craft beer movement in North Texas. Continue reading →
January is National Soup Month, and we will be sharing plenty of our favorite soups found throughout Dallas and Fort Worth in coming weeks. You know we love a good craft beer and was offered this delicious recipe from our friend, Executive Chef Jason Harper at Trio Café in Colleyville. Go buy a few six packs of the Ugly Pug, our favorite Rahr & Sons brew. You will want to serve the beer with the soup, of course.
Oh the weather outside is frightful but beer is, so delightful and since you’ve no place to go, let it pour, let it pour, let it pour. Lower temperatures, snow on the ground and the Holiday Season can offer more than horrible traffic, ice on the stairs and bills trying to find that perfect gift for someone special. It can also offer the Winter Warmer beers that offer a very strong malty character and a stronger than normal alcohol content. These beers originate from the style known as Old Ale from England and have a history of being aged in wooden barrels to apply a secondary fermentation as well as a woody flavor varying with what type of wood the barrels were made from.
In today’s craft beer world, barrel aging is used to impart different flavors and colors from the previously used barrels. Oak is preferred and barrels can range from bourbon to wine in the initial usage. Continue reading →
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 →