Wednesday, December 4, 2013 , Updated 12:00 p.m., December 13, 2013
Bundle up for winter beer festival at Main Street Garden December 14
Expect an array of hearty seasonals.
DALLAS Few things say “winter” better than a cozy spot by the fire and a warm cup of cocoa. That is, of course, unless you’re a beer nerd who prefers to be warmed from the inside out by hearty seasonal brews. There’s a fest for that.
Dallas Winter Warmer beer festival returns for a second year on December 14, with more than 100 suds from 37 craft breweries. The fest has relocated to Main Street Garden in downtown Dallas from Annette Strauss Square, but its focus hasn’t changed — only craft stouts, porters, barley wines, barrel-aged beers and winter seasonals will be served, according to Matt Leff, founder of Rhizome Productions Inc., which is hosting the event.
“We want people to come outside, we want people to bundle up and embrace it,” Leff said recently by phone. “Those big beers are what you think of drinking in that weather.”
Participating breweries include several North Texas establishments like Lakewood Brewing Co., Martin House Brewing Co. and Peticolas Brewing Co. National brewers like Dogfish Head and Left Hand Brewing Co. will be there too; however, only breweries that could send a staff member were slated for a booth, Leff said. See the full list of breweries here.
Hopheads aren’t the only ones benefitting from this year’s Dallas Winter Warmer. Rhizome Productions chooses a beneficiary for each of their events, which take place across the southeast U.S. This year, SPCA of Texas receives a portion of the proceeds. In two years, Leff said the company has donated $250,000 to nonprofit organizations.
Dallas Winter Warmer runs from 12-5 p.m. on Saturday, December 14. Attendees are welcome to bring chairs and blankets. Dallas’ own Somebody’s Darling and Nashville-based singer/songwriter Jace Everett will provide tunes for the afternoon, and several local food trucks will be onsite to help drinkers soak up the suds.
Tickets are on sale for $40 (general admission) or $75 (VIP). Tickets include a 5-ounce snifter, 12-sample card, free drinking water and access to “No Beer Left Behind” education classes. (Pro tip: Head to Craft & Growler Wednesday, December 4 for a package deal. For $26 you get a ticket, a pint of beer from Community Beer Company and a commemorative glass.)
VIP ticketholders receive additional limited-release beers, appetizers and access to a VIP area.
Dallas Winter Warmer also offers $20 tickets for designated drivers, who can enjoy the music and snacks. Anyone with a DD ticket will be kicked out if caught drinking.