Friday, November 9, 2012 , Updated 12:00 p.m., November 11, 2012
8 Dallas Beer Week events that will quench your thirst
If you’re like me, every week could be considered beer week. But November 10-17, several people and places celebrate officially for Dallas Beer Week 2012. From special events to free memorabilia, there’s something for every hop-head in town. And bet your bottom dollar, the local masters of microbrew will be on the scene in full force. Here are just a few festivities that DFW beer connoisseurs cannot miss.
There’s nothing like beer for breakfast, and the good people at The Common Table understand that. Saturday, November 10, they welcome Avery Brewing Company out of Boulder, Colo. to show local enthusiasts what good beer is all about. For $65, guests can dine on a four course meal with five beers to wash it down, and gain primary access to one of the specialty brews on the Tap Takeover menu. Brunch begins at 11 a.m., so it’s perfect timing for those who need a little hair of the dog. During Tap Takeover, which begins at 12:30 p.m., Avery debuts several drafts to the Texas scene including their Double-Dry Hopped IPA and Ale to the Chief.
Ever thought of tapping into your inner brewmaster? Well Sunday, November 11 is your chance, as Texas Brewing Inc. will open its doors in Haltom City to the public. For free, you can listen to experts talk about the art of brewing beer, meet the up-and-coming members for the craft brew movement, and try free samples. There will also be a brewing demonstration as well as supplies for sale. Bring your chemistry cap to this session.
Grab a glass at four different bars
Monday, November 12 seems to be the day to wash your blues away. Four bars around North Texas are inviting patrons to try a local beer and keep the glass as a souvenir. The Londoner in Frisco is serving up Peticolas ales, Union Bear in Uptown is tapping kegs of Cedar Creek, Ginger Man in Plano is swooning for Rahr Winter Warmer, and World of Beer in Arlington is pouring Deep Ellum Brewing Company. Come early and leave tipsy, as the offer is only good while supplies last.
The Alaskan Brewing Company is traveling a long way to give attendees at the Rugby House Pub a special dinner and tasting on Tuesday, November 13. Plan on a pint of Alaskan Amber upon arrival followed by a delectable steak dinner from Matador Meats. Tickets to the event are $35, which includes beer samples, dinner, and gratuity. That’s quite a bargain considering it’s a semi-private dinner with only 40 available seats.
Rowlett may seem slightly out of the “hopping” parameters of the city, but things are bustling as one of Texas’ newest breweries comes to fruition. The brainchild of “just a few guys from Dallas trying to partake in the beer revolution,” FireWheel Brewing opens its doors for an inaugural tour on Wednesday, November 14, giving locals access to six signature beers including this season’s FireWheel Pumpkin. Enthusiasts get a glass, a tour, and tons of heady beverages for $15, plus exclusive access to the site’s mini Biergarten. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.
Three of Dallas’ most well-known microbrews are uniting on Thursday, November 15 for the ultimate dining and drinking experience. The Super Friends Dinner at The Bottle Shop on Greenville Avenue is a powerhouse of a soirée that includes a five-course meal and nine beers from your neighbors at Deep Ellum Brewing Company, Lakewood Brewing Company, and Peticolas Brewing Company. At 7 p.m. there will be a meet and greet with the minds behind the magic before dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $60, and a vegetarian option is available.
If the powerhouse soirée is out of your budget, head to the Ginger Man in Uptown on Thursday, November 15 where food truckies and hop-heads alike will be jamming to local music. Sixpoint brewery out of Brooklyn will also be on site to introduce Texans to their style of brew.
If the Ginger Man event is just too mainstream for you, head to The Common Table on Thursday, November 15 where the tappings are so rare, you’ve probably never heard of them. Actually, now you have: Brooklyn Brewery’s 2007 Black Chocolate Stout and 2011 Monster Barleywine; Shmaltz Sweet Sixteen; and still-to-be-announced Sixpoint beers. The event team will donate $1 from every pint sold to the Brooklyn Community Foundation to help with Hurricane Sandy relief. Hilarious hipster attire is encouraged, though now that we've asked, we know you won't do it.