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.



Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Rabbit Hole Brewing 4th Anniversary Party

A Rabbit Hole Anni4thary - It's a #HoleNewYear


We sold our first keg of beer on December 14, 2013.  We're finally out of diapers and wearing our big boy pants!
We are ready to welcome in a #HoleNewYear!  Come celebrate our past successes and our untold future!
We will have a great lineup of Rabbit Hole beers - and even bring back some old ones!
Core beers (8 oz pours) are:
  • Mike Modano's 561 Kölsch
  • Rapture Fusion Brown Ale
  • 10/6 EPA
  • Off With Your Red
  • Shield Biter
  • El Conejo
  • JabberBOCK
  • Wonderlust
  • RYEteous Knight
  • Mexican Radler
  • Mystery Rotator (Special beers brewed just for this event!)
    • Ruder Jester (Double IPA)
    • Catatonic Monk (Belgium Dubbel)
    • Five for Fighting (Dry Hopped 561)
    • Other Mystery Options!!
  • Special Release Firkins
    • (styles to be announced later)
  • Hole Lang Syne 2018 (limit two 4 oz pours)
Special beers are:
  • Rum Barrel Aged Rapture (4 oz pour)
  • Midnight Snark (Dark Snark aged in Witherspoon Bourbon Barrels) (4 oz pour)
  • School of Bock (4 oz pour)
  • Off With Your RYE (Imperial Red aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels) (4 oz pour)
Plus a few other surprises may pop out of the Rabbit Hole.
Don't worry about the weather - we'll have a giant tent and patio heaters if it's cold and/or wet!
Special musical guests will be Greg Luce (from 11:30 to 2:30) and The Martin Brothers (2:35 to 5:45)
Tailgaters BBQ will be BBQing!  
Dallas Cartoonist Charles King will be turning you into an amazing Cartoon!
Lord Nut Levington will be showing his nuts!
Best Little Brewfest in Texas will fraternizing with everyone.
Nottingham Hardwoods will have custom woodworking (like the amazing flight paddles he's made for us)
Be the FIRST to purchase a bottle (or two) of Hole Lang Syne!
Every hour from 12 to 5 PM, we will be giving away door prizes!  We have t-shirts, hats, posters, tin tackers, plus a few other surprises!

VIP Tickets 

  • Doors open at 11:00 AM
  • Commemorative Anniversary Glass
  • Taster Card good for 8 tasters and 3 Specials
  • A Food voucher (more details to come)
  • Sample test batches never before available to the public. 
    • These test batches will only be available to VIPs from 11 AM to 12:30 PM.  (Those test batches will remain top secret until you arrive on December 9th). 
  • VIP Tickets will be limited to 75 people.

Regular Tickets  

  • Doors open at 12:30 PM
  • Commemorative Anniversary Glass
  • Taster Card good for 8 tasters and 2 Specials

Designated Driver 

  • Doors open at 12:30 PM  (No DD Tickets allowed during VIP Hours)
  • Commemorative Anniversary Glass
  • Two Cans of Soda
There will be no opportunity to "upgrade" your ticket at the door, but you will be able to purchase additional pours.
This is a rain-or-shine event.
No refunds for no-shows.
Anni4ersary

Rabbit Hole Brewing Company
608 Topeka Street
Justin, Texas
http://www.rabbitholebrewing.com/

Flying Saucer at the Lake's Firestone Walker/Smores event


Do you like Firestone Walker beers? Stupid question, of course you do. What's better than a flight of Firestone Walker brews? A flight of Firestone Walker brews paired with s'mores, that's what! Flying Saucer on The Lake is hosting an "Adult S'mores" event Saturday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m.
Pairings include:
Firestone Walker Mocha Merlin paired with a Nutella peanut butter s'more
Firestone Walker Parabola paired with an Oreo salted chocolate caramel s'more
Firestone Walker Merkin paired with a traditional s'more

The Flying Saucer on Lake Ray Hubbard
4821 Bass Pro Drive
Garland, TX 75043

Prohibition Day celebration at Whiskey Cake on December 5th.

Join us at Whiskey Cake for Repeal Day on December 5th. $5 cocktails?  Cool!  Costume contest? Meh.



Whiskey Cake 
3601 Dallas Parkway 
Plano, TX 75093

Legacy Hall Grand Opening

If this facility is even moderately close to the hype it will still be a great debauchery destination. We look forward to it's opening on December 6th and you can find us at the brewery. Cheers, Bon

Legacy Hall Makes Highly Anticipated Debut
Innovative three-story culinary and entertainment destination set for
Dec. 6 grand opening in Legacy West



PLANO, Texas (Nov. 27, 2017) – The wait is finally over. Legacy Hall – one of the nation’s largest and most unique new food halls – is making its highly anticipated debut on Wednesday, Dec. 6

Dedicated to serving the best-of food trends prepared by premier chefs and local artisans, the three-story, 55,000-square-foot European-style food hall, brewery and live music and entertainment venue is opening its doors on Dec. 6 at 7800 Windrose Ave. in Plano’s acclaimed Legacy West development. 

“Legacy Hall is the first of its kind, and it’s one of the most extraordinary food halls on the planet,” said Jack Gibbons, President & COO of Front Burner Restaurants. “Legacy Hall offers the very best in food theater, showcasing the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of delicious cuisines presented by a blue-chip collection of culinary experts who are passionate about turning each meal into an experience. Conceiving, designing and building a concept of this magnitude takes a lot of work – including visits to many of the top food halls across the globe – and we can’t wait to show off the results at this incredible dining and entertainment destination.”


Gensler designed Legacy Hall, and like the food hall’s cuisine, the architecture is simple, honest and well crafted. Raw wood, concrete, steel, modified shipping containers, exposed ductwork, conduits and pipes are all carefully and purposefully arranged to create a functional artistic expression of what a building is. 

Legacy Hall will open with an eclectic collection of 20 artisanal food stalls featuring everything from elevated Neapolitan pizzas, gourmet burgers and Baja-style tacos, to worldly selections like shawarma, yakitori and bao steam buns. As guests explore the modern industrial first floor, they will encounter a natural wine and charcuterie bar, a rotating food stall with an ever-changing menu and a sprawling craft cocktail bar called Bar Main. To see the full list of food stalls and the chefs and restaurateurs behind them, visit legacyfoodhall.com/food-stalls.

The second floor comprises Legacy Hall’s main seating area, comfortably accommodating 250 or more guests. A single food stall, Sea Breeze Lobsta’ & Chowda’ House, can also be found here, along with an indoor/outdoor bar – the Good View Bar – that opens onto a balcony overlooking the Box Garden. 

The third floor houses a fully functioning craft brewery – Unlawful Assembly Brewery & Tap Room – featuring classic pub fare and 21 operating tanks used to crank out its portfolio of premium year-round beers, along with a rotating tap selection of highly creative, collaborative and seasonal beers. The brewery will open with six premium beers – The Antagonist Amber Lager, Public Dissent Pale Ale, Deviant Behavior Belgian Wit, Real American Brown Ale, Idol Time Passion Pineapple Wheat and Barrel Aged Brown Ale. Starting in January, UABC will commission the canning line and prepare for distribution off-site. 


Gensler’s strategic architectural design had to accompany the beer tanks’ atypical placement on the second and third floors. “The weight of the brewing tanks is equal to supporting roughly 100 elephants,” said Gensler Principal Barry Hand. “The load-bearing requirements and codes for a brewery of this capacity were an interesting puzzle to solve.”

Guests will also enjoy the eye-catching tap room within the brewery that serves as an ideal gathering place for people looking to enjoy the sights and sounds of a working brewery while hanging out with friends. The UABC Tap Room will host private parties and acoustic live music shows in a unique and intimate setting. Tours and tastings will be available for private events.

The Box Garden – opening spring 2018 – will be located ground level adjacent to the food hall. Constructed from reclaimed shipping containers, this expansive courtyard will hold more than 1,500 people and house Carlton Provisions BBQ along with multiple bars including a tiki bar, Texas stillhouse bar, margarita cantina, rotating pop-ups and even a Hawaiian shaved ice stand. The heart of the Box Garden will be the 600-square-foot event stage with an LED screen that will provide constant entertainment for Legacy Hall’s guests.


Legacy Hall will be open Monday through Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. With accommodations and event packages available for groups from 25 to 2,000, Legacy Hall is the go-to spot for an unforgettable party. For more information, visit legacyfoodhall.com/groups-parties or send an email to sales@legacyfoodhall.com.  

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Our Pairing Suggestions for Thanksgiving 2017


Hello Snobs, and welcome to the beginning of the season of debauchery where some of us ... many of us .... OK, most of us will stuff everything in our fat faces that we can get our hands on.  We must admit that Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday, because it is an honest holiday with no hidden meanings, no religious connotations, no commercialism, just simply getting together with family and friends and enjoying a feast of thanks. 
Frankly, some of us .... many of us .... OK, most of us will overdo the feasting part a tad .... some ... OK, we will way overdo the face stuffing bit so you don't want to fill up on liquids, do you?  You also don't want to drink something that will kill you palate so that you can't enjoy the oral delights that you are jamming into your pie hole.  Love the high IBU Ipa's?  Well, this is not the holiday for those as you will damage your taste buds and not be able to enjoy Grandma's delicate Jello casserole. Bud Light will be fine, won't it? Are you nuts? Those highly carbonated mass market beers will fill you up so much that you may miss out on the Pumpkin Pie.
So let's talk low carbonated, lightly flavored accompaniments, shall we? "Like water?" you ask. Oh hell no, it's much easier to paste on a fake smile while we hear, for the 24th year in a row, Uncle Walt's story of how he told President Clinton off at a meet and greet. Your family's ignorance is much more tolerable with a mild buzz.

Beer - The flavors of the Thanksgiving feast are all over the place, so it is important to choose a beer style with a broad flavor spectrum.  As always we will recommend Saison DuPont (6.5% ABV) as the premier beer to pair with the meal. Low carbonation, wonderfully earthy flavor, decent alcohol content makes this a perfect accompaniment.  We do acknowledge that many of you don't particularly like the barnyardy taste of saisons, so as a substitute we recommend that you use a British style bitter (no, they are not bitter to the taste, the British just love to name things in a confusing manner, for instance black pudding isn't a pudding at all, it's frigging blood sausage .... erk) or a fine brown ale. Think Fuller's ESB (5.9% ABV) or Newcastle Brown Ale (4.7% ABV) which are malty, with low carbonation and even ever so slightly sweet.

Cider - Didn't think about ciders, did you? That's why we are here for you. Ciders have very low carbonation and are sneaky.  That asshat Uncle Walt will think that he is drinking apple juice up until the moment he passes out on the sofa watching football. Stfu, Walt.  We are lucky enough to have a fine cidery right here in town that makes a dandy cider, if you can get it.  High and Dry (6.8% ABV) by Bishop Cider Company is about as perfect as you can get for the dinner pairing, but you may have trouble finding it.  If you want a cider more readily accessible try Crispin Ciders, especially the Crispin  Artisinal Reserve Lansdowne (6.9% ABV) which tastes like cider mixed with Scotch ale and molasses, which, to be honest, will either be loved or hated or perhaps Crispin's The Saint (6.8% ABV), which smells and tastes like a Belgian trippel.

WinesBeaujolais nouveau is a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France. It is the most popular vin de primeur, fermented for just a few weeks before being released for sale on the third Thursday of November. This light and fruity delight is what we typically pair with our Thanksgiving dinner (ikr?) and is so easy to drink even your overly plump, soda swilling cousin from Alabama will find herself sipping a glass or two. Wine snobs are even bigger asses than we are and if you lucky enough to have one in the family you will hear 'Red wine? With poultry? Are you mad?".  For this pompous ass we suggest that you hand them a glass (that you spit into, first) of dry riesling like the Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling which is inexpensive and subtle and pairs with almost anything.

Hard Liquor -  We really don't recommend strong liquor until after everyone has said their goodbyes, then you can pour yourself a stiff one and thank god that you won't have to see them again for a year.

Cheers, Bon

Thursday, November 2, 2017

International Stout Day 2017

HEY! It's November 2nd which means that today is International Stout Day!
http://www.stoutday.com/

Yummy, yummy, yum. There are some fine, fine stouts being produced locally for sure, I mean, who hasn't tried The Temptress (9.1% ABV) from Lakewood (http://lakewoodbrewing.com/)? Solid performer for those guys for sure.







Maybe your tastes are aching for something a bit more potent? Perhaps the Barrel Aged Legion (11.6% ABV) from those fine brewers at Community Beer Company (http://www.communitybeer.com/)? Whooeee, that will make going to work tomorrow a bit difficult.


We are going to go a bit farther afield for our fix. We have gotten our hands on the Mole Stout (5.8% ABV) from Ska Brewing (http://skabrewing.com/) brewed with cocoa nibs, spices and three varieties of chile peppers: Ancho, Guajillo and Hatch green chiles (also known as Anaheim peppers). Mmmmmmmm.
Rumor has it that they will soon be releasing a coffee cream stout that is divine.

Cheers, Bon

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Oktoberfest Bier


If you are even vaguely the same as us in the love of beer, you will change your beer selection with the seasons. Stouts and porters in the winter, holiday ales during the holiday blitz at the end of the year, saisons in the spring, and of course, Oktoberfest beers in the fall. Mmmmmm, Oktoberfest beers. There are several Oktoberfest beers available right now at your local vendor, but did you know that there are actually 2 types of Oktoberfest beers?

The one that is sold here in the U.S. is the Märzen (5.8% ABV) style beer.  It is an amber beer style that was developed over 200 years ago to celebrate the original Oktoberfest. The Märzen name comes from “March beer” because it was historically brewed in March to be at peak flavor for the Oktoberfest celebration. Today this style is available year round in the US due to popular demand. This full bodied beer with its rich malt flavor and dark toffee note, has an underlying fruitiness and masterful hop balance.

The second Oktoberfest beer is less well known because it is not sold here, but is only available at the festival in Munich. This golden Oktoberfest lager is the only beer served in Paulaner Oktoberfest tents today. It also happens to be the best-selling Oktoberfest beer in Germany.  Brewed once a year, and only available while supplies last, Oktoberfest Wiesn is the pinnacle of German brewing: deep golden color, full-bodied and wonderfully mellow, with a balanced harmonious taste and the pleasant fragrance of hops. At 6% ABV, it is stronger and bolder that the usual lager.  I drank 7 liters of this delight while in Munich and was so very proud that I was still vaguely functional at the end of the evening.

Whichever beer brand you choose is irrelevant in that all of the German Oktoberfest beers are fairly similar, but try them while they are still available.