Avery Night at the Common Table

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Published on: January 15, 2012

This Tuesday, January 17th, The Common Table’s Brewsday Tuesday will feature some fantastic Avery beers being tapped. These include delicious hop-monsters Maharaja and Dugana, as well as draft Rumpkin! If you’ve not yet gotten to try Avery Rumpkin, you’re missing out. It’s a Pumpkin ale aged in Rum Barrels…oh, and it clocks in at just a hair under 17%. So yeah, it’s pretty big. It’s also pretty rare, and pretty delicious.

The other beers are being tapped that day, but the Rumpkin will be an especially short supply as it’s essnetially going to be what’s left over from The Common Table’s excellent Avery/Saint Arnold collaborative beer dinner. As of press time, the dinner was very nearly sold out, but there may be a few seats left due to cancellation if you still want to try and get in.

Or if you’re like us and you couldn’t make it in this time, why not head out Tuesday evening for some Rumpkin or whatever your favorite Avery beer may be? Tappings start at 5 and some of them won’t last long, so get there early.

Happy Holidays

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Published on: December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays from the DFWHops Crew! May you and yours have a great one filled with fun, family, happiness, peace…and beer.

Now go drink something festive!

Mmm, Delicious.

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Published on: December 21, 2011

Couple updates on some recent tappings at three of DFW’s best pubs, as of the week before Christmas. The Common Table in Dallas is now pouring two amazing beers from Mikkeller, including the White Wine barrel aged version of their fantastic 13% Imperial Stout, Black Hole. They’ve also tapped Big Worst, which may well be Mikkellers biggest beer. It weighs in at about 18%, give or take a few tenths. It’s a Barleywine, and is a stepped up version of his equally delicious Big Worse. Haven’t had it yet, but hopping to give it a try!

A few blocks over at the Meddlesome Moth, they’ve also got the Big Worst on tap. And tonight, December 21st, they’ll be tapping a rare aged keg of Sierra Nevada’s infamous, and fantastic barleywine Bigfoot. This batch is from 2009, so expect increased complexity and decreased hoppiness when compared to the fresh version.

And up at the Holy Grail, as of last week they have some truly delicious Belgian and Belgian style Christmas ales on tap including St. Bendardus Christmas, Delirium Noel, and Ommegang Adoration. They’ve also got the Czar on tap, which is always a favorite of mine this time of year.

 

 

Jester King Wins! No More “Ale In TX”

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Published on: December 20, 2011

I know what you’re thinking. No more Ale in Texas? How is that a win? But don’t worry, it’s only a labeling issue, and it’s a very, very good thing.

As you probably know, and if you don’t I’m surprised you’re reading this site, Jester King recently sued the TABC. ( Texas Alcoholic Beverages Commission. )

To make a very long story, significantly shorter, Jester King won. ( In most areas. ) From now on ( Pending potential appeals, other potential legal issues etc ) beers sold in Texas can actually be called…get this…Beer.

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Jester King Farmhouse Ales tasting at Zio Carlo

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Published on: December 14, 2011

Whether you think the owner of the new Fort Worth Brewpub Zio Carlo is a pariah or a hero, you’ve probably heard of his place. If not, well, you must be living under a DFW area Facebook rock. Suffice to say, business, Facebook, politics, and alcohol don’t make for very good bedfellows. Lines were drawn, allegiances declared, the One Ring sought…and…well…the important thing is that he brews beer and makes great authentic Italian food. (We don’t take sides here at DFWHops, we just enjoy craft beer.)

Anyway, Zio Carlo is hosting Ron Extract of Jester King this Thursday, December 15th. (I’ll let you ask if that’s his stage name…) Ron will be taking all visitors on a guided tasting tour of Jester King’s wide variety of Farmhouse ales. Expect lots of different taste profiles, all equally delicious in their own way. Jester King may be increasingly divisive among Texas craft fans due to their decision to forgo the recipes that made them relatively famous in favor of an all-farmhouse lineup, but regardless of your opinion on that they’re certainly one of Texas’ boldest, most daring breweries.

So go check them out! If you missed the big Jester King / Mikkeller Beer Dinner, and you haven’t been down to visit JK in Austin, odds are you won’t have tried many of these beers. It’ll cost $25, you’ll get to sample six different beers, and is sure to be very well worth it.

Holiday Beer Tasting

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Published on: December 14, 2011

This Wednesday, December 14th, local beer expert Brian Brown of the Plano Craft Beer Examiner, is hosting a Christmas and Seasonal beer tasting. The event takes place at Whole Foods in Dallas, at the corner of Preston and Forest. During the event you’ll be able to sample eight holiday season beers, and likely gain quite a bit of insight on the different examples of the style. Might wanna eat something first though, as some of the beers will top out at 10%+. Keep in mind the event is sold out, so if you don’t already have a free ticket, you might not get a chance to taste the beers. But, it IS a whole foods, so you can always go and hang out, ask questions, and who knows, maybe they’ll be leftovers.

Imperial Stout Night at the Meddlesome Moth

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Published on: November 22, 2011

This Wednesday, November 23rd the Meddlesome Moth is tapping not one, but four rare beers. All of them Imperial Stouts! They’re going to be tapping Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, Real Ale XV, Stone Imperial Russian Stout, and Jester King Black Metal. ( The original recipe/yeast, one of the last chances to have it on tap. )  Sounds like they may even have a Mikkeller Black Hole Red Wine Barrel they’ll be tapping.

They’re also releasing bottles from their personal cellar all week long, lots of awesome stuff.

So what are you waiting for? Go drink some!

…What? It’s not Wednesday yet? …Damn it.

Dallas Beer Week: The Final Day

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Published on: November 19, 2011

Saturday, November 19th, and it’s the final day of Dallas Beer Week. The week was supposed to conclude with a craft beer festival as it’s grand finale, but unfortunately the fest has been postponed due to an unforeseen financial situation.

But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of beer left to drink, and plenty of places to drink it. Many of the beers scheduled to be tapped during the fest are already in the area, and are supposedly making their way around to various bars. I’ve heard that quite a few of them will make it to Trinity Hall, for example.

Also, Mikkel is going to be headed to the Amsterdam Bar this evening, since he won’t be able to attend the beer fest now. But I’m sure that the Mikkeller Beers set for the beer fest will be showing up at the Amsterdam as well as Mikkel himself and Thomas, both from Mikkeller. I know the Amsterdam is proud to host these infamous and talented brewers, so why not stop by and have a beer with them? They’re definitely scheduled to be tapping I Beat yoU, a fantastic IIPA collaboration with Brewdog. ( IBU, get it? )  I had it Thursday, and it’s delicious.

They should be there around 5, and the bar’s likely to fill up in a hurry. Then, at 6, Dennis from Franconia will be there to tap his increasingly famous 200 year old wooden keg, this time filled with a dry hopped Fall’n Bock.

There are plenty of places with great beers leftover, too, and more that are tapping extra beers. The Common Table claims to have the last keg in the world of 2009 Oskar Blues ODB, their fantastic, and 13%, Barleywine. They’re also putting up Maui Imperial Coconut Porter. And beyond that they’ve got plenty of other delicious leftovers from throughout the week.

Beyond that, if you’ve got a favorite bar, pub, beer joint, etc…stop by or give them a call and see if they’ve rescued anything from the postponed Dallas Beer Fest!

And that…is about it for Dallas Beer Week! Hope you had a great one, I know we at DFWHops sure did.

Many thanks to Jay and Cathy for putting it together, and thanks to all the event organizers for Dallas Beer Week, Moth Sour Beer Week, and anyone else who put an event together.

 

 

Moth Beer Week Friday

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Published on: November 18, 2011

As previously mentioned, while not technically associated with Dallas Beer Week, the Meddlesome Moth has their own concurrent beer week happening as well. If you follow DFW Hops you know they had Garret Oliver himself in there last night. With Garret in the Moth, and Mikel and Thomas from Mikkeller along with Ron and Michael and Co. from Jester King at the Common Table, Thursday was one heck of a brewing celebrity night in Dallas.

Anyway, tonight the Moth will tap the next sour in their week-long tapping series, and it’s one of the best around. At 5 they’ll tap the Bockor Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge. And, they’ll also be tapping a keg of Mikkeller Barrel Aged Black Hole. I think they’ve got the White Wine barrel version, but don’t hold me to it. Whatever the barrel is, it’s sure to be fantastic. Well worth stopping in!

Dallas Beer Week: Friday

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Published on: November 18, 2011

A little late posting up Friday’s happenings, but can you blame me? If you can, well, you obviously weren’t at the Jester King / Mikkeller Beer Dinner last night. I meant to get the post up before I went to the dinner, then told myself I’d do it when I got home…and obviously that didn’t happen! Ah, well. ( Review of the event coming soon. )

Moving on, Dallas Beer Week is almost wrapping up but there are still some fantastic tappings and events in store for Friday, November 18th.

As previously mentioned here at DFW Hops The Addison Flying Saucer will be tapping a keg of Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA at 5pm. Get there early because it won’t last long. Previous kegs at the Holy Grail and the Moth have blown in less then 15 minutes.

Strangeways in Dallas is releasing all sorts of Mikkeller rarities including the infamous 1,000 IBU. ( Best name for an IIPA ever. ) They’re also supposed to have Black Hole ( Not sure which version ) plus Beer Geek Rauch, and the Chipotle Porter. Perhaps others, as well. In addition they’ll have the love them or hate them Brewdog releases Tactical Nuclear Penguin and Sink The Bismark. These are an imperial stout and an IPA that weight in at a ridiculous 32% and 41%, respectively. So enjoy your shot of IPA responsibly.

Up at the Holy Grail Pub, in Plano, they’ll have a cask of Saint Arnold’s Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout. Since unless you count the Tatonka they contract brew for BJ’s, they don’t have an Imperial Stout as part of their regular rotation, this is understandably a pretty rare beer. It’s also pretty delicious.

If Imperial Stouts and IPAs aren’t you thing, perhaps you’re more interested in IPA night over at the Libertine in Dallas. They’re going to feature somewhere in the realm of a half dozen different sour beers, so if you’re addicted to the tartness you better get over there.

Just across the street from the Libertine be sure to stop in the Bottle Shop to get your growlers filled up with fantastic beers from Austin’s own (512) Brewing.

If you want more DFW Brewed goodness, head on over to Trinity Hall where they’re scheduled to tap a cask conditioned Rahr and Sons Winter Warm. Or, give Deep Ellum brewing a call to find out the details of their special Friday Dallas Beer Week brewery tour.

As always, there’s even more then that so head right over to www.DallasBeerWeek.com to see what’s brewing! Ugh, terrible pun. This is what happens when I’m in beer dinner recovery mode. Anyway, go drink some!

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