Monday, October 8, 2012 , Updated 12:00 a.m., October 17, 2012
Preview: Tastes of the Trinity brings beer summit to West Dallas
Tastes of the Trinity will expose newcomers to a side of town historically considered on the wrong side of the proverbial tracks.
DALLAS It is no secret that the Trinity River Project has been an epicenter of divisive controversy during the last decade. From funding disputes to discomfit over the aesthetic and ecological impact of the proposed tollway, Dallasites know that the project is a topic best left untouched during cocktail parties or with mixed company.
But, West Dallas organizations, and in particular Dallas’ newest craft brewery – Four Corners Brewing Company – are determined to change that conversation. On October 17, merchants and nonprofits will gather in the name of rehabbing the project’s public image with Tastes of the Trinity, a food, art, and music event offering a special sneak peek of the yet-unopened Four Corners. Regardless of one’s views about the project’s fiscal practicality or ecological impact, a few things remain clear: The city’s identity is indelibly tied to the 10,000 bucolic acres surrounding the river, and Dallas simply cannot get enough of locally-made designer beer. Tastes of the Trinity hopes to highlight both.
Produced by The Trinity Trust, Dallas CityDesign Studio, Four Corners Brewing Company, and a host of artists, musicians, and restaurateurs based in Trinity Groves – the budding entertainment district cropping up in West Dallas – Tastes of the Trinity will expose newcomers to a side of town historically considered on the wrong side of the proverbial tracks. In order to help shine a positive light upon the rapidly revitalizing area, The Trinity Trust has developed its own Rat Pack, but rather than sharkskin suits and undone bow-ties, this group is more likely seen in hiking boots and flannel. One of two donor membership levels, the Rat Pack is joined by the River Rats who will be on-hand on October 17 to talk with potential new members about the perks of the organization – including exclusive access to happy hours, guided hikes through the Great Trinity Forest, canoe and kayak expeditions, and lectures by artists like Santiago Calatrava, designer of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, and Jack Matthews, developer of South Side on Lamar. Proceeds from Tastes of the Trinity will help bolster The Trinity Project, one of the nation’s most ambitious public works projects, which aims to improve the 20-mile area running through the heart of the city and dividing Dallas' east and west sectors and blocking off West Dallas - an area which proponents believe is ripe for economic explosion.
One such example of that anticipated economic revitalization is Four Corners which, upon its official opening in mid-November, will become the fourth craft brewery established in Dallas-proper in two years. Owner George Esquivel said, "The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge has often been called the 'bridge to nowhere.' Tastes of the Trinity is only the beginning of many events that will raise awareness of the vibrant and essential part of Dallas that exists west of that fantastic new bridge."
He added that Four Corners' vision is to embrace Dallas' historical roots through the marriage of local flavor and craft brewing. "We're excited to work with local organizations, and the event on October 17 will showcase our combined efforts ... in a really delicious way.”
Tastes of the Trinity tickets are $15 for nonmembers and free to The Trinity Trust River Rats and Rat Pack. Find details here. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214-740-1616 for more details.
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