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.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Lark on the Park / Brooklyn Brewery Beer Dinner

Ok, all of you beer groupies, here is another chance to meet one of the beer geek aristocracy.  This one is highly recommended by your fellow Dallas Beer Snobs. - Bon

LARK on the Park to Host World-Renowned
Beer Expert Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery
Editor-in-chief of “The Oxford Companion to Beer” to lead beer tasting and dinner

DALLAS, Aug. 19, 2013 – LARK on the Park will host world-renowned Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver for a specially curated beer experience Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at its location at 2015 Woodall Rodgers Freeway across from Klyde Warren Park.
Oliver is brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery, editor-in-chief of “The Oxford Companion to Beer” and author of “The Brewmaster’s Table.” He is considered one of the foremost authorities on beer in the world. The evening will feature an expert-guided  beer tasting experience led by Oliver, coupled with food pairings from LARK chefs Dennis Kelley and Melody Bishop.
“Garret Oliver is one of the most influential beer authorities we’ve encountered, and we’re honored to host him at LARK for this incredible experience,” said Keith Schlabs, co-owner of LARK. “When it comes to knowledge and simple passion for craft beer, Garrett is second to none. Beer enthusiasts will definitely want to experience this rare opportunity.”

The event will kick off with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by a seated dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $80 per person, including tax and gratuity, and can be purchased in person at LARK or by calling 214-855-5275. Seating is limited, and the event is expected to sell out quickly.

Lark on the Park
2015 Woodall Rodgers Fwy  
Dallas, TX 75201
            (214) 855-5275

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Cook Hall / Frankonia Beer Dinner

 For those of you who are fans of Franconia beers, this may prove to be just the ticket.

Join Cook Hall and Franconia Brewing Company for a special dinner pairing Franconia beer with Cook Hall’s gastro-fare
WHAT:                Join Cook Hall at the W-Dallas Victory Hotel on Friday, August 23 for the restaurant’s monthly beer dinner. The dinner will feature brews from Franconia Brewing Company, a local brewery that provides Texas with a taste of some of the most genuine Bavarian beer available. The five course dinner includes Koelsch paired with east coast oysters with cucumber mignonette, German Lager with seared radish toast with brown butter honey, Franconia Wheat with a roasted strawberry and goat cheese salad dressed with aged balsamic vinegar, Franconia Dunkel with spiced rib-eye, crispy potatoes and cherry mustard, and McKinney Champagne Ale with a raspberry cheesecake sundae. Tickets are $55 and reservations can be made by calling 214-397-4111. Cook Hall guests receive complimentary valet.
WHEN:                Friday, August 23, 2013
                                7 p.m.  
COST:                  $55 per person
Call 214-397-4111 for reservations.
WHERE:             Cook Hall
                                W Dallas-Victory
                                2440 Victory Lane
                                Dallas, Texas 75219
About Cook Hall:
Cook Hall is a unique and modern take on an American gastropub, serving as the primary public food and beverage space and center of activity of the hotel. A bar-centric food hall where handcrafted cocktails are stirred, brews are drawn and small plates are passed, encouraging guests to share and engage. Cook Hall features regional American fare comprised of familiar comfort foods, updated and refined for the modern diner’s palate.

Crabbies Ginger Beer

I get many requests to pass information on to you, many from people who obviously don't read the blog.  Mostly mass market beer releases that I, and hopefully you, would not drink, so I ignore them.  This was such an odd request and an odd drink that I decided to pass this one on to you.

 If you have tried this ..  this  ... beer, please send a review on to me and I will post it here.



TEXAS, TX – The United Kingdom’s number one selling bottled beer, Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer has arrived in Texas. Famed Crabbie’s (4.8%) is fermented with the finest imported ginger and steeped for up to eight weeks to allow the complex natural flavors to fully develop, creating a smooth ginger beer with deep, deliciously spicy flavor and a sparkling finish. Crabbie’s is a refreshing ginger beer – only for grown-ups – that is ideal served chilled over ice with a slice of lemon or lime.

“We’re thrilled to bring Crabbie’s to Texas and share this tremendously refreshing drink with beer lovers from the gulf coast to the panhandle to the Rio Grande,” says Phil Clarke, general manager of St. Killian, the exclusive US importer of Crabbie’s.

Crabbie’s is currently available in Dallas, Ft. Worth, Austin and Waco where it is distributed by Favorite Brands. In Houston and San Antonio it will be distributed by Silver Eagle.

Since Crabbie’s entered the U.S. market last year, it has received high praise. Crabbie’s was recently featured in a “Taste Test” via Huffington Post: “the UK’s best-selling ginger beer is finally available in the U.S., and we are quite pleased about it.” Bon Appetit called it “a ginger beer that lives up to its name” and Crabbie’s was named “Best in Show” by greater San Francisco’s Fairfax Beer Festival, where it held its own against some of the nation’s top domestic craft breweries. The Weekly Pint named it among their “Class of 2012, The Top Brews to Find and Drink Right Now,” and 7x7 featured Crabbie’s as one of their “Healthy Beers for the New Year.”

Scottish merchant-adventurer John Crabbie first imported ginger from the Far East into the ancient port of Leith, Edinburgh in 1801. Today, more than 200 years later, John Crabbie’s still uses the same ginger to develop the one-of-a-kind flavor of their ginger beer.

Crabbie’s is currently available in 31 states for purchase in two formats: a four-pack of 11 ounce bottles and a larger 16.9 ounce bottle. Ideal for sipping, it can also be blended into a variety of ginger beer cocktails, such as a Dark and Crabbie and the Moscow Mule.

Inquiries about Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer should be directed to For more information about Crabbie’s, please visit them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter and Instagram @CrabbiesUSA.