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


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Unlawful Assembly Brewing at Legacy Hall in Plano

Legacy Hall Unveils Plans For Onsite Brewery And Taproom
Unlawful Assembly Brewing Co. to join massive dining and entertainment destination
 now under construction in Plano’s Legacy West complex


DALLAS (Feb. 14, 2017) – As if Legacy Hall could possibly get any cooler …

The massive European-style food hall now rising in Plano’s booming Legacy West development just announced another landmark addition: Unlawful Assembly Brewing Co.

Unlawful Assembly will feature a wide array of distinctive beers designed to pair with the diverse flavors showcased in Legacy Hall. By combining the highest-quality ingredients sourced from every corner of the globe with a desire to push the boundaries of craft brewing, Unlawful Assembly will become an agent of change for food, beverage and entertainment in the Plano/Frisco area.

“Like the name suggests, Unlawful Assembly won’t be afraid to break a few brewing rules, so we think it’s going to turn heads in North Texas as well as within the craft beer industry,” said Tim Timbs, Senior Vice President of B.S. (Brewery Stuff). “This cutting-edge brewery will brew, distribute and promote the highest quality, tastiest and most creative craft beers found anywhere. We are also very excited about the location. Having the brewery built on the top floor of Legacy Hall, in the most exciting development in North Texas, is a dream come true!”

The Unlawful Assembly team is also designing an eye-catching taproom within the brewery that will be an ideal destination for enjoying the sights and sounds of a working brewery while hanging out with friends.

The community-centric brewery will feature 6-8 premium beer styles year-round, along with a constantly rotating tap selection of highly creative, collaborative and seasonal beers. From the seasonal brews to session-able lagers to small-batch, barrel-aged experiments, every beer produced by Unlawful Assembly will be bold in flavor.

“Guests of Unlawful Assembly will be invited to discover entirely new beers to enjoy with the unique array of food stalls scattered throughout Legacy Hall,” said Brewmaster Tom Janik. “We’re bringing a rebellious spirit to this venture, so we won’t hesitate to use nontraditional ingredients in our beers, and we’ll be constantly pushing the envelope to explore unique flavor combinations. And because we’ll be rotating our taps on a regular basis, there will always be something new for our guests to discover.”

Tours and tastings will be offered at Unlawful Assembly, and the brewery’s taproom will be available for private events and parties.

Unlawful Assembly will open concurrently with Legacy Hall this fall.

Legacy Hall will span three stories, with roughly 55,000 square feet dedicated to the food hall. More than 20 innovative vendors will serve up an eclectic array of fast-casual, artisanal foods in food stalls on the first floor. The terrace on the second floor will overlook a large live music stage and beer garden, with Unlawful Assembly comprising the third floor.

Legacy Hall is the first of several projects envisioned for The Food Hall Company, founded by Randy DeWitt and Jack Gibbons, creators of such trend-setting concepts as Velvet Taco, Whiskey Cake, Ida Claire, Mexican Sugar and Sixty Vines.

For more information on Legacy Hall, which is located at 7800 Windrose Ave. in Plano, or to explore opportunities for partnering with The Food Hall Company in other markets, visit foodhallco.com.



About The Food Hall Company
The Food Hall Company is a subsidiary of Front Burner Restaurants. Since 1994, Front Burner has developed 14 unique restaurant concepts, including such trend-setting brands as Whiskey Cake, Mexican Sugar, Velvet Taco, Ida Claire, The Ranch at Las Colinas and Sixty Vines, and currently operates more than 90 successful restaurant locations. The Food Hall Company creates destinations in local communities to benefit aspiring restaurateurs, real estate developers and the most influential consumers alike.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

American Solera Brewing, Tulsa.

How many of you are fans of Prairie Brewing beers?  Pretty amazing stuff, right?  Chase Healey is the warped mind behind those massive brews, and now he's gone.  No, he didn't die, but he sold Prairie to Krebs Brewing Company, the guys who have been brewing the beers all along, under contract.  Prairie, founded in 2012, has quickly become a nationwide name, and respected internationally, which is what everyone wants, don't they?  Apparently not.  Chase sold Prairie because it had grown too large, too fast, and he lost control.  You have to admire his dedication to the craft.  Don't feel sorry for Chase, I am sure that he made out quite well.  In fact, he has already begun his next project, American Solera, in Tulsa.



We had heard whispers about the project and all of the chatter was very complimentary, so we decided to take the arduous journey north to give it a shot.  Not an attractive drive through the back waters of Oklahoma, and pray that you have Sirius/XM or a MP3 player, because the radio selection is bleak, unless you like country music and/or religious programming fading in and out..... but I digress.  The brewery is located in a remote area of a remote city in a remote state that confused my google maps app so thoroughly that I had to call for directions after being trapped in a dead end, but the prize at the end was worth every second of the monotonous trip.

Chase's focus on beer crafting has completely changed with the new project.  The people at the brewery insisted that Chase is as intent on not growing the brewery as he was intent to grow the Prairie brand.  His insistence on not growing and controlling every aspect of the production is meant to insure that the quality is never an issue, and that beer probably won't stay around long enough to become boring.  Instead of massive high gravity beers, the beers produced by American Solera are more about sour, wild yeast and brettanomyces beers aged on oak barrels.  Most of the beer produced has been aged in oak barrels from between 6 - 18 months in their cellar containing 16 foeders, puncheons, and wine barrels. The tasting room is quite spacious and good for a couple of hours of hanging and tasting.


On our visit, we first tried the Sherry Barrl Western Culture Coolship Ale (5.4% abv).  The beer, produced using open fermentation, was lightly sour and funky as hell.  You can only imagine that the brewery, being located next to the not so clean and pristine Arkansas River, has a plethora of funky yeasts floating around to access. The beer was quite an easy drink and delightful

Second on the tasting was the Ould Friend Brett ESB (4% abv) which they tell us was an accidental creation.  They were trying for something a bit more sour using Brett, but it came out mild and quite funky, so he named it an ESB, which is absolutely is not.  Good nonetheless.

Third up was the Old Dishoom Sherry Barrel Old Ale (8.5% abv).  Holy poop on a stick!  This is one of the funkiest beers that I have ever tasted.... almost indescribable.  Ever so slightly sour, almost astringent.  The official description is that it is an old ale aged in sherry barrels with 'a selection of brett cultures'. I could bathe in this brew .... actually, it kind of tastes like I already did. Magnificent.

The last on the tasting list was the Raw Emotion Imperial Stout (13% abv).  It was not last on the list due to them not having more beers to taste, it was simply because I was getting waxed and still had quite a drive back to Dollars, Taxes, because we don't want to stay in Tulsa overnight, do we?  This is a massive stout, sweet, and with an underlying coffee flavor, though they assured me that there was no coffee added.  Absolutely nothing like the Prairie Bomb.

They have a good selection of bottled beer to go, so we  purchased several bottles to bring home and will be placing the reviews on our Facebook page as we get around to trying them.  As that at this point, Mr. Healey has no intention of growing the brewery, or even allowing the beers to be distributed, you must make the trip north, through the radio desert, to get these brews, but drive you must because this place is worth the trip.

American Solera
1801 S 49th W Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74107
https://americansolera.com



Monday, January 9, 2017

Jabberbock, Rabbit Hole Brewing's New Release


JabberBock (6.9% ABV) is a limited release Maibock style of beer coming January 20th. Or in their words:

Beware the JabberBOCK my Son...

2017 is off to a booming start and here at Rabbit Hole Brewing it is no different! New Year = New Beer! We're proud to introduce our newest entry to the Rabbit Hole brand: JabberBOCK!
 The JabberBOCK is bold and malty Maibock that sports a clean and smooth mouthfeel, with a gentle warming and a subtle hop character lurking beneath a bready German malt base.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Bishop Cider Company Opens 'Cidercade' in Design District






BISHOP CIDER IS OPENING AN ARCADE.

 
We are officially opening an arcade in the Design District starting this Thursday (12/29). There were an extra few thousand square feet of warehouse attached to the Cidery that wasn’t being utilized, so we've transformed it into the Cidercade.

Every time Joel and Laura Malone, the founders of Bishop, have visited Austin over the years, Pinballz Arcade was a mandatory stop and they’ve always desired to bring the concept to Dallas. 

Bishop Cider is releasing two new arcade-themed ciders starting Thursday, December 29 that will be available only at The Cidercade.
The two new ciders are Galaxy and Mosaic, both drier ciders that are generously hopped, fully-flavored, and very aromatic.
The Cidercade has up to 12 house ciders on tap, 80+ arcades for over 140 people to be playing simultaneously, and they plan to have food trucks on weekends.
There is an admission charge of $10, but that includes unlimited button mashing on the arcades. No quarters or tokens needed.

Hours for The Cidercade:
Thursday-Friday: 5pm-10pm
Saturday-Sunday: 12pm-10pm.* 

*The one exception to the hours is on NYE, The Cidercade closes at 8pm that day because it is the official pre-party for Noble Rey’s Brew Years Eve Party.
For more details, visit the Cidercade FB page.