Monday, May 13, 2013
Belly up to these 5 events to celebrate American Craft Beer Week
Here's your chance to guiltlessly indulge in some hop heaven.
The last couple years have proved that craft beer is cause for celebration in North Texas. And what better time to grab an overflowing stein than American Craft Beer Week? This is no time to order a PBR or Coors Light, folks. Shell out the extra dollar or two and get yourself a real treat (and avoid all those elitist stares when you walk away with a domestic).
You’ll be able to tickle your taste buds with some of the area and nation’s finest froth at this week’s five best events.
Monday: Libertine Bar taps locals' favorite Vienna lager
Kick off American Craft Beer Week in style by having a couple pints of the city’s favorite Vienna lager. For a month now, Libertine Bar has asked locals whose brew takes cake: Lakewood Brewing Company or Community Beer Company? You can still vote, but the winner will be tapped Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. sharp. (The Libertine is also doing a slew of other special events this week in honor of the holiday.)
Tuesday: Flying Saucer features rare beers from Breckenridge Brewery
Hopheads and ale aficionados are in for a treat when Flying Saucer Fort Worth taps some rare beers from Breckenridge Brewery. Tuesday, May 14, patrons can sample the brewery’s Lucky U IPA cask-aged with jalapeños and 471 Small Batch Double IPA, which has been dry hopped in a firkin. Flying Saucer will also have the Colorado brewery’s 72 Imperial, only while supplies last, of course.
Wednesday: Get a free growler from Craft and Growler
If you purchase a fill of Abita at niche shop Craft and Growler before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, you get the growler free! The crew will be tapping The Louisiana-based brewery’s Andygator Helles Doppelbock, a German-inspired beer with sweet flavor and dry finish. (ABV 8%; IBU 25)
Thursday: Four Corners dinner pairing at Media Grill + Bar
This upscale eatery inside the Hilton Anatole is dishing up a variety of beer and dinner pairings in honor of American Craft Beer Week. Thursday, May 16 is your chance to try Four Corners Brewery’s saison seasonal Super Bee alongside a delicious meal -- grilled chicken salad with a cilantro, avocado and jalapeño vinaigrette; prosciutto picante with sharp cheddar and onion-jalapeño marmalade; and a duck taco with pineapple-habanero salsa. Dinner is from 6-9 p.m. and costs $60.
Sunday: Brew Riot Homebrewers Competition
We have a not-so-secret love for all of North Texas’ craft breweries, but there is talent by the barrel-full brewing around these parts. Get a taste of more than 150 local craft brews at the Brew Riot Homebrewers Competition Sunday, May 19 at Eno’s Pizza Tavern in Bishop Arts. For $20, patrons get to sample and vote for their favorite blends while listening to The O’s and perusing the neighborhood. To avoid feeling guilty about your caloric intake, you can also register for a 1.1-mile run at 3:30 p.m. It’s the perfect nightcap to American Craft Beer Week.
Don't forget to try something new
The whole point of American Craft Beer Week is to highlight the unique beer flavors that manifest after a brewmaster does some diligent calculating and a little bit of experimenting. Do some testing yourself. We did at Untapped festival and found 10 amazing seasonal beers! Bartenders are like encyclopedias when it comes to this stuff, so don't be afraid to ask or sample. You might even pick up some vernacular to strike up conversation with the rest of the beer snobs out on the town this week.