Greetings

Dallas has few diversions other than eating, drinking and shopping.....and shopping does not interest us.
So we spend our time hopping from restaurant to restaurant and to every pub that we can find in search of the perfect meal and the perfect beer.

We randomly review restaurants and bars, dishes and beers at whim and give our brutally honest opinions of our findings. And while we concentrate on Dallas, we travel far and wide to sample cuisine from all regions of the country and beyond.



Monday, July 10, 2017

Belgian Beer Week at the Saucer on the Lake

Yes, yes, yes, we all have heard how wonderful it is to have a plethora of craft brewers all over the Metroplex.  Look, we're old friends here, aren't we? So let's be honest with each other, shall we?  Most of them aren't really very good, are they?  But do you know who makes great beer? The Belgians. The beer produced in Belgium is still head and shoulders above most of what is being produced here.  There, I said what many of us have been thinking, but are hesitant to say aloud.
Belgium's Independence Day is on July 21, and many of us TRUE craft beer lovers celebrate a country that most of us have not visited (yes, we have, several times, thank you) with a week of toasts and celebration.
For those of you on the east side of Dallas you can find specials celebrating Belgium beer week at the Flying Saucer on the Lake.  Here is their press release imparting all the info that you need to know.

Flying Saucer on The Lake is celebrating Belgian Beer Week the right way by releasing rare brews each day from Saturday, July 15 through Friday, July 21. 

Saturday, July 15: Dry Hopped Saison Dupont, New Belgium French Oak Saison, Boulevard Saison Brett and Dogfish Head Saison Du Buff
Sunday, July 16Southern Tier Belgian Sleeper and Funkwerks Blueberry Provincial 
Monday, July 17: $3 Celis White all day
Tuesday, July 18We're celebrating Christmas in July with Delirium Noel and St. Bernardus Christmas Ale.
Wednesday, July 19Duvel Single
Thursday, July 20De Ranke XXX and De la Senne Taras Boulba 
Friday, July 21We're celebrating Belgian National Day with Chimay Red, White and Blue on draft.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Craft Brewers vs. Corporate Beer

While we know that the large corporate beer companies are buying up craft brewers, and we realize that we need to support real craft brewers and not these corporate giants, how do we know which brewery is really craft and which are not? Well, we are happy that you asked. The Brewers Association has created an symbol that small brewers may place on their label to help you identify real craft brewers. The craft beer lover has a right to know when they are purchasing from an independent craft brewer or from big beer and this symbol will help you do exactly that.


Craft brewers who want the seal do not have to be a BA member, but they need to meet criteria. The criteria are:

1. The brewer must fit the BA craft brewer definition:
•Small – Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales).
•Independent – Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled by a beverage alcohol industry member that is not itself a craft brewer.
•Traditional – A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.

2. The brewer must have an active TTB license to commercially brew beer in the United States.

3. Breweries will sign a licensing agreement that will cover many bases, including if a brewery sells. If they are no longer a craft brewer, they aren’t allowed to license the seal. They’ll have to remove it from future packaging.

We ask that you look for this label, we ask that you support the small brewer. Cheers, Bon

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Best Little Brewfest in Texas is coming June 17

Best Little Brewfest in Texas
June 17, 2017
Old Town Lewisville at Mill and Charles
3pm-8pm
Contact:  Kim Cloud 214-415-4806

Howdy, Y'all.  You are invited to attend the 5th annual Best Little Brewfest in Texas on Saturday, June 17, 2017.
We are an outdoor festival under large tents in the streets of Old Town Lewisville celebrating craft beer.
Beer? Did you say BEER?  We have 95 breweries with great craft beer from Texas and all over the country-sea to shining sea! Other adult beverages include ciders, hard lemonade and hard tea.  Soft drinks and flavored water is available for the designated drivers out there.  Guess what? Ten sponsored breweries will each have at least 6 beer selections, even special one-off beers made just for our event and other rare tappings in the upper grassy area of the Wayne Ferguson Plaza.  These breweries are in a cooler location closer to the music so you can tickle your taste buds and your auditory devices.
 
At 4 pm we hold our Professional Brewers Competition Award program inside the MCL Grand Theater, where we honor the best beer in about 29 categories from commercially brewed beer in Texas. Join us in the Black Box theater inside the MCL Grand Theater for this exciting event and take a break from the sun.
 
We have 2 music stages that will feature great local bands (TBA) inside the Wayne Ferguson Plaza on the Main Stage and an Acoustic stage to sooth your soul while cold beer soothes your throat.
 
Got kiddos? Our target audience is 21+. While not a children's event, some do come with their parents.  Strollers are strongly discouraged due to space concerns.  
 
Come hungry! There are 6 food trucks as well as items such as kettle corn, shaved ice, beef jerky and spiced nuts to keep you in search of the next best beer you have ever tasted!
 
VIP admission is $70 and $90 with the shirt. Shirts will be ready for pick-up at the festival, no waiting in line required! VIP festival-goers have access to an air conditioned room with finger food snacks and choice beer selections.  VIP starts at 3 pm, an hour and a half early-get those limited specialty beers before they run out!  
 
General Admission is $40 or $65 with a special pre-made cool festival t-shirt. GA starts at 4:30 pm and the festival ends at 8 pm-the cooler part of the day!  If you choose a shirt package it will be pre-made before the event and waiting on you. Note: The law allows 12 samples at 2 oz. each, but we have additional tasting cards for only $5 which gives you 12 more samples. You do the math! 
 
We give back!  100% of our profits support Cloud 9 Charities, a 501(c)3, that distributes the funds to deserving, local non-profit service providers who help needy women, children and families. So bring your family and friends and know that you are helping your community. Bring Dad since it is the Saturday before Father's Day-best gift ever!
 
Get your tickets now at www.Prekindle.com/blbfit and join 3-4000 of your closest friends for a fun day all the while supporting a good cause.  Like and Share us on Facebook and follow us for a chance to win free tickets!  Look for us at one of the breweries where our Street Team will have fun give-a-ways and free tickets as well.

Best Little Brewfest in Texas
June 17, 2017
Old Town Lewisville at Mill and Charles
3pm-8pm

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Martin House Brewing Sour Fest 2017

Sour Fest - True Love Launch

On Saturday, May 6th, Martin House Brewing Co is 
celebrating all beers tart with the official launch of 
True Love, the raspberry sour ale. We will have 
18 sour beers on tap at the brewery in addition to 
our year round lineup.

There is a 5k at 9am and then the doors for GA 
are from 10am-5pm. Family and dog friendly as 
always. There will be food trucks, live music, 
vendors, and a spectacular view of downtown 
Fort Worth.

Tickets are $15 which covers 4 pints(or 8 half 
pours) and a pint glass.
True Love, the raspberry sour, now
available in 6pack cans!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Best Little Brewfest in Texas Returns June 17




Best Little Brewfest in Texas
the only non for profit Brewfest in Texas!
Howdy, Y'all.  You are invited to attend the 5th annual Best 
Little Brewfest in Texas on Saturday, June 17, 2017We are 
an outdoor festival under large tents in the streets of Old 
Town Lewisville celebrating craft beer.  Beer? Did you say 
BEER?  We have 95 breweries with great craft beer from 
Texas and all over the country-sea to shining sea! Other 
adult beverages include ciders, hard lemonade and hard
 tea.  Soft drinks and flavored water is available for the 
designated drivers out there.  Guess what? Ten sponsored 
breweries will each have at least 6 beer selections, even 
special one-off beers made just for our event and other 
rare tappings in the upper grassy area of the Wayne 
Ferguson Plaza.  These breweries are in a cooler location 
closer to the music so you can tickle your taste buds and 
your auditory devices.
 
At 4 pm we hold our Professional Brewers Competition 
Award program inside the MCL Grand Theater, where 
we honor the best beer in about 29 categories from 
commercially brewed beer in Texas. Join us in the
 Black Box theater inside the MCL Grand Theater for 
this exciting event and take a break from the sun.
 
We have 2 music stages that will feature great local 
bands (TBA) inside the Wayne Ferguson Plaza on 
the Main Stage and an Acoustic stage to sooth your 
soul while cold beer soothes your throat.
 
Got kiddos? Our target audience is 21+. While not 
a children's event, some do come with their parents.  
Strollers are strongly discouraged due to space concerns.  
 
Come hungry! There are 6 food trucks as well as 
items such as kettle corn, shaved ice, beef jerky and 
spiced nuts to keep you in search of the next best 
beer you have ever tasted!
 
VIP admission is $70 and $90 with the shirt. Shirts 
will be ready for pick-up at the festival, no waiting in 
line required! VIP festival-goers have access to an 
air conditioned room with finger food snacks and 
choice beer selections.  VIP starts at 3 pm, an hour 
and a half early-get those limited specialty beers 
before they run out!  
 
General Admission is $40 or $65 with a special 
pre-made cool festival t-shirt. GA starts at 4:30 pm 
and the festival ends at 8 pm-the cooler part of the 
day!  If you choose a shirt package it will be pre-made 
before the event and waiting on you. Note: The law 
allows 12 samples at 2 oz. each, but we have additional
tasting cards for only $5 which gives you 12 more samples. 
You do the math! 
 
We give back!  100% of our profits support Cloud 9 Charities, 
a 501(c)3, that distributes the funds to deserving, local 
non-profit service providers who help needy women, 
children and families. So bring your family and friends 
and know that you are helping your community. Bring 
Dad since it is the Saturday before Father's Day-best gift ever!
 
Get your tickets now at www.Prekindle.com/blbfit and 
join 3-4000 of your closest friends for a fun day all the 
while supporting a good cause.  Like and Share us on
 Facebook and follow us for a chance to win free tickets! 
 Look for us at one of the breweries where our Street Team 
will have fun give-a-ways and free tickets as well.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Free Trainspotting 2 Movie Screening for the Snobs

Here is an interesting offer for you Snobs to consider, read the letter to us below.  If you wish to attend click on this link to download free passes. Get there early because it is first come, first sit. Cheers, Bon.

"Good afternoon Dallas Beer Snobs!

I am reaching out on behalf of Tristar Pictures and their film T2 TRAINSPOTTING, which is a sequel to the 1996 hit TRAINSPOTTING. We would like to invite you and your followers to a free advance screening of the film (details below). It is about Renton (Ewan McGregor) returning home after 20 years to see his old friends and discovering that things are different, but also very much the same. I can provide you and your followers a link to download free passes to the screening that are good for two people.

We would like to have you all come out to see the film before it officially comes out to see what you all think! Let me know if you have any questions and if you want a link so I can go ahead and send that along. Below is more information about the film and screening, looking forward to hearing from you!

Thank you!
Eric Vere

T2 TRAINSPOTTING SCREENING DETAILS
Wednesday, March 15
7:30 PM
Angelika Film Center & Café
5321 E Mockingbird Ln.
Dallas, TX 75206

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SynopsisFirst there was an opportunity......then there was a betrayal.

Twenty years have gone by.
Much has changed but just as much remains the same.
Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home.

They are waiting for him: Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle).

Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance.

CastThe entire original cast returns including Ewan McGregor (Star Wars, upcoming Beauty And The Beast), Jonny Lee Miller (TV’s Elementary), Robert Carlyle (TV’s Once Upon A Time, 28 Weeks Later) and Ewen Bremner (Snowpiercer, Snatch). The film is directed by Academy Award Winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire).

MPAA Rating: R, DRUG USE, LANGUAGE THROUGHOUT, STRONG SEXUAL CONTENT, GRAPHIC NUDITY AND SOME VIOLENCE

Running time: 1 hour 58 mins"

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Flying Saucer in Addison Celebrates 21 Years!



I hate to admit it, even to myself, how long I have been killing brain cells at the Saucer. Back in 1996, when the Flying Saucer opened, I was fresh out of college and a fledgling beer snob.  My idea of a craft beer was a Newcastle Brown Ale, or perhaps a Guinness; I had no idea that Belgium even had beer.  But the first time I passed through the doors, shortly after opening, and saw the jaw dropping array of beers being served it was like an epiphany. "Holy crap", I thought to myself, "There must be a hundred beers here! My new goal in life is to try them all"!  In retrospect, I should have recognized that was an impossible goal due to the ever changing line-up, but my incredibly stubborn nature has me still reading that list and ordering something new.


Now to be completely honest, the beer available in those days was quite a bit different than those being offered these days.  As that the craft beer movement was still in it's infancy,  the majority of the beers being served at the Saucer were corporate beers, and imports, of course. That's not to say that there was not any craft beer in the DFW area.  Hoffbrau, Yegua Creek, Rock Bottom, Routh Street Brewing, Copper Tank Brewing (which won several medals at the GABF) and several others were cranking out some great suds.  And the Snobs were there.  But none of these quality brewers had what we really wanted .... selection. Quantities of beer were more important to us in those days than quality, which was (and still is the problem here in north Texas) why the Saucer came into existence.  All of those fine breweries are now just footnotes in our collective history and fading memories of good times enjoyed a generation ago. We are now enjoying a thriving craft beer scene in north Texas that follows along with the national trend, and many of these fine beers can be found at our favorite watering hole.

But the Flying Saucer was there. The ever changing flow of faces of the servers and the bartenders have changed, people that we always counted as friends, tour guides if you will, leading us along our journey of discovery, but the ambiance, the soul of the place, is still there.

So we invite you to join us this weekend in celebrating the 21st anniversary of the Flying Saucer in Addison.  Think back fondly of those days when you could still see your feet over that belly, or when your ass actually fit into those jeans. Sunday is an all day event with rare beer tappings, games and cake (with ice cream, of course).

The craft beer bubble will pop, sooner or later, but the Saucer will remain, and we will be there at the end of the bar.  Or just look up, we are enshrined up there with the other fans.  Cheers, Bon.

The Flying Saucer is located at: 14999 Montfort Drive, Dallas.
www.beerknurd.com