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.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Shiner Wins Awards

So if you have read any of the reviews posted on this site you may have gathered that I am not a big fan of Shiner beers.  But that is only because I believe them to be ... well ... inferior.  But for some reason a great many people who give awards for beer crafting keep awarding Shiner with accolades and medals.  I'm stumped.  Here are the latest gaggle of prizes from Down Under.

Shiner Beers Bring Home Three Medals From Australian International Beer Awards
SHINER, TEXAS (May 30, 2013) – The Spoetzl Brewery, brewers of the legendary Shiner family of beers, continued a run of international medal winning with three medals at this month’s Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA).
Three of Shiner’s beers were awarded bronze medals: Shiner Holiday Cheer in the Herb & Spiced category, Shiner Bohemian Black Lager in the German-style Schwarzbier group and Shiner Light Blonde in the Low Carbohydrate Lager division.
AIBA is one the largest and most prestigious international beer competitions, known for its rigorous judging. Forty-seven multi-national judges evaluated a record 1,490 beers from 277 breweries in 35 countries.
Shiner is a repeat winner at AIBA, winning multiple medals in both 2011 and 2012. The latest recognition from Australia adds to an impressive year for Shiner beers, which have also been recognized in the last 12 months at other prestigious international competitions, including the World Beer Cup, the European Beer Star Awards and the Great American Beer Festival.
“It wasn’t so long ago that Shiner wasn’t that well known outside of our home state of Texas,” said Spoetzl brewmaster Jimmy Mauric. “So to now have our beers recognized around the world is such a great honor.”
Founded in Shiner, Texas (population 2,069), the Spoetzl Brewery is one of America’s oldest independent breweries. While Spoetzl has grown to be the country’s fourth largest craft brewery, every drop of Shiner’s award-winning beer is still handcrafted and bottled right at the spot where it all started in 1909. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Rahr Beer Dinner @ Cafe Modern

This beer dinnner is a bit of a surprise.  Not for that the fact that it is in Fort Worth, but the fact that it is occuring at Cafe Modern in the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth.   Is beer now considered art?  Go see.

Thursday, June 27, 2013
$59 + Tax and Gratuity
Guest Speaker from Rahr & Sons

Café Modern chef Dena Peterson blends seasonal, local ingredients to create globally inspired, simply delicious fare. Join us for a Rahr Beer Dinner, featuring five-courses with beer. Spend an elegant evening enjoying fresh, artfully crafted cuisine, matched perfectly with Rahr beers served against the backdrop of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth's iconic architecture and serene reflecting pond.

First Course

Blonde – Fried Green Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Butter Lettuce, Buttermilk Dill and Spicy Cornbread Croutons

Second Course

Texas Red - Rye Crusted Copper River Salmon with Choucrout and a Mustard Dill Painte
Third Course

Wheat – Thai-Style Fried Chicken with Green Papaya Salad
Fourth Course

Stormcloud IPA – Lamb Tenderloin with Coconut Red Curry and Herb Rice

Fifth Course

Ugly Pug – German Chocolate Tart with Texas Pecans, Coconut and Caramel

Five-course dinner with featured beers: $59 per person (tax and gratuity not included)

Reservations required. Please call Café Modern at 817.840.2157.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Best Little Brewfest in Texas

Best Little Brewfest in Texas, Drink Beer & Make a Difference
Here is the press release from the organizers of the Best Little Brewfest in Texas.  Get drunk while you give to charity?  Sure, I can support that.

The Best Little Brewfest in Texas held at the amazing Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth is just 2 weeks away. We will have 50+ craft brewers and over 120 beers, many of which will be “one off’s” and new releases. There will be a "Draft Wall of Courage" with nearly 20 craft brews that will challenge your taste buds and knowledge of brewing chemistry! Brewers are coming from all over Texas including the greater Houston and Austin areas. Some have never had their beers in the DFW area ever before! For the designated driver and non-beer lover we have hard ciders and tea. Cold water and sodas will also be readily available at the many food vendors.
We are planning on 4,000 tasters including 500 VIP attendees. VIP will have first chance at the great craft beer offerings being able to come an hour early (1:00 pm), special parking and table seating in a reserved area. Snack food, exclusive restrooms and acoustic music are provided just for your comfort. VIP tickets are $75 and General Admission is $30 online ($35 at the gate).
The music stage will have four great local bands outside and seven great acoustic musicians inside the garage. Air conditioning and misting fans will help moderate the temps. Food trucks will keep us fed. No charge for parking. Check for more details AND FOR TICKETS.
Organized by Cloud 9 Charities,, the Best Little Brewfest in Texas will benefit Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support and Teen Suicide Prevention. We are proud that we are the ONLY 100% for Charity Craft Brew Festival in North Texas!
Cloud 9 Charities founder, Kim Cloud says “We are excited to bring an event to help the Community that encompasses a younger, charity-minded generation. Cloud 9 Charities has been doing events for over 10 years and has given over $600,000 to local family and children’s organizations. The Brewfest Crowd is a group that we haven’t had involved until now.”
So, Beer aficionados, it’s time to make a difference in the lives of both the young and the old while enjoying some fantastic craft brews and the revival of Craft Beer in Texas! Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Taste buds!

Kim Cloud
Founder of Cloud 9 Charities

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Beer Feast 2013

You know that the Flying Saucer on the Lake is having Beer Feast again this year and it is coming up fast.

BeerFeast will feature more than 25 breweries and 50 different craft beers carefully selected by Flying Saucer's own resident beer gurus. Tickets for those 21 and older are $30 and will be available for purchase beginning Wednesday, May 8th at the Lake Saucer or online at

There will be lots of entertainment at the festival, including popular area band, Fish Fry Bingo. To learn more information about BeerFeast, visit

See you there.

Lark on the Park Beer Dinner

Join LARK on the Park for its first craft beer dinner and welcoming of Founders Brewing Co. to the Texas market. Beer connoisseur and co-owner of Founders Brewing Co., Dave Engbers, will guide guests through five delectable food pairings and six of Founders’ craft beers including the famous Kentucky Breakfast Stout. Founders Brewing Co. is recognized as one of the top three craft breweries in the U.S. Coupled with the expertise of the LARK on the Park chefs, this is dining experience not to be missed.
Monday, June 17, reception at 6 p.m. followed by seated dinner at 6:45 p.m.
$75 per person includes tax and gratuity
LARK on the Park is located at:

2015 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, across from Klyde Warren Park.