Thursday, November 7, 2013
10 buzz-worthy events during North Texas Beer Week
Get a sip November 9 through 16.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you: North Texas Beer Week is bigger than ever before, with more than 130 events taking place across 16 cities in North Texas.
The weeklong party, November 9 through 16, includes beer dinners, brew master meet-and-greets, rare tappings, limited releases and an endless supply of great brew. All that is in addition to regularly scheduled brewery tastings and tours at our beloved local establishments. And it all kicks of with a brand-new beer festival this weekend.
We’ve sifted through the monster database of NTBW events to find the most unique happenings. Hopefully you cleared your schedule – it’s going to be a wild week!
Brewvolution beer festival (Nov. 9) — If Big Texas Beer Fest, Untapped (Fort Worth and Dallas), Canned, Best Little Brewfest in Texas and Labor of Love Homebrew Competition weren’t enough to fill your festival fancy this year, you’re in luck. NTBW kicks off Saturday with the inaugural Brewvolution that showcases nearly 150 of craft brews from 41 microbreweries nationwide. There will be music, food trucks and artisan goods for the perusing. Taps start pouring 1 p.m. for VIP and at 2 p.m. for general admission at Centennial Hall in Fair Park. Tickets cost $60 for VIP and $35 for general admission.
Real Ale Mystery Flights (Nov. 10) — Test your taste buds Sunday afternoon at Flying Saucer in Fort Worth. The craft beer hub will be serving up flights of five by Real Ale Brewing Co. and hopheads are encouraged to guess which beers they are. Those who guess correctly receive a prize. Normal flights here range between $10-12, though the Real Ale flight may be slightly more expensive. Join the games 3-7 p.m. Sunday.
Craft beer and art soiree (Nov. 10) — The Meddlesome Moth in Dallas, dubbed one of the world’s best craft beer bars, hosts two craft brands known for their label artistry. Reps from Prairie Artisan Ales (Tulsa, Okla.) and Jester King Brewery (Austin) will be onsite Sunday for a beer-and-art showcase. Prairie's Pirate Bomb is of special note because it is 15% ABV and a rarity this side of the border. The Moth will be serving that brew -- an imperial stout aged in Jamaican rum barrels -- for free. You may want to get there at 4 p.m. sharp.
Denton meet-and-greets (Nov. 11-16) — Denton is diving deep into the Beer Week action. Beginning Monday, the town’s two newest craft beer bars, Oak Street Drafthouse and East Side Social Club, host a weeklong series of brewer meet-and-greets and pint nights, which begin at 7 p.m. Here’s the lineup:
Wednesday — Real Ale Brewing Co. pint night (at Oak Street)
Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin Party (Nov. 12) — Probably the most hilarious party of the week will be at The Common Table in Dallas on Tuesday. Firestone Walker barrelmaster Jeffers Richardson will be onsite for the tapping of the brewery’s Velvet Merkin, a barrel-aged oatmeal stout, among a handful of other rare brews. The first 150 people to order the beer after 5 p.m. get a commemorative merkin … yes, merkin! Look it up if you don’t know what that is (NSFW).
Tuesday trivia and Peticolas showcase (Nov. 12) — Dallas Beer Kitchen is hosting a special evening of trivia with an accompanying Peticolas pint night Tuesday. The restaurant will serve the brewery’s Velvet Hammer, Wintervention, Sit Down or I’ll Sit You Down and a cask of Great Scot. First place trivia winners get a $25 Beer Kitchen gift certificate and second place receives a free flight.
North Texas craft brewers free tasting (Nov. 13) — Lone Star Beverages in Carrollton is hosting a cheap bastard’s dream event. From 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, the bottle shop will be giving away sudsy samples from local breweries for free. There will also be giveaways and raffles.
Martin House new brew preview (Nov. 13) — Nothing speaks to dedicated hopheads more than an exclusive release. Wednesday, the local Martin House Brewing crew will debut a new recipe at BREWED in Fort Worth. Brewers will be onsite for your meet-and-greet pleasure beginning at 7 p.m.
Texas bourbon meets Texas beer (Nov. 15) — Craft connoisseurs will want to be at Jack Mac’s Swill and Grill in Dallas on Friday when the restaurant taps five Texas brews aged in bourbon barrels. On the docket are suds from 903 Brewers, Cedar Creek Brewery and Community Beer Co.
Hangover Brunch (Nov. 16) — No doubt a week’s worth of heady beverages will have you hurting. But what better way to cope than with beers and brunch at The Meddlesome Moth? The restaurant will be offering 10 ounces-pours of Karbach Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter, which Beer Director Matt Quenette says is “one of the best beers in Texas,” for $.01. And, no, that's not a typo.
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