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.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Great American Beer Festival 2017

Another GABF on the books and Texas is again well represented with medals of excellence.  The Dallas/Fort Worth/North Texas area also has a smattering of breweries scoring medals and making us proud.  Rahr and Sons, however, are a perennial winner at the GABF with multiple awards virtually every year.  Love those guys.  Here are the local winners and please take the time to visit these breweries, drink their beer, and congratulate them on their success.

Metroplex Winners:

Silver - It's Always Something, Peticolus Brewing Company, Dallas         
Belgian Strong Spec.Ale

Silver - Oktoberfest, Rahr and Sons Brewing Co. , Fort Worth 
German Style Marzen

Bronze - Honey Please, Armadillo Ale Works, Denton         
Honey Beer

Gold - Real Heavy, Rahr and Sons Brewing Co. , Fort Worth   
Scotch Ale

Texas Winners:

Gold - La Muerta, Freetail Brewing Company, San Antonio     
Aged Beer

Silver - Shiner Bock, Spoetzl Brewery, Shiner               
American Amber Lager

Bronze - Blue Bridge, Galveston Island Brewing Co., Galveston         
Amer. Amber/Red Ale

Gold - Buckle Bunny. Eureka Heights Brewing Co., Houston           
American Cream Ale

Gold - Rocket 100, The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company, Austin
American or International Style Pilsener

Gold - Amandus, Lazarus Brewing Company. Austin             
Belgian Style Strong Ale

Gold - Velvet Revolution, The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company, Austin             
Bohemian Style Pilsener

Gold - Bearded Seal, Pinthouse Pizza North, Austin             
Classic Irish Dry Stout

Bronze - Holler ESB, Holler Brewing Company, Houston           
Extra Special Bitter

Bronze - Weedwacker, St. Arnold Brewing Company, Houston            
German Wheat Ale

Silver - Firemans 4, Real Ale Brewing Company, Blanco              
Golden or Blonde Ale

Silver - Luchesa Lager, Oasis Brewing Company, Austin
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Gold - Super Awesome Lager, Austin Beer Works, Austin, 
Light Lager

Silver - Lux Mundi, Save the World Brewing Company, Marble Falls    
'Other' Belgian Style Ale

Gold - Pumpinator, St. Arnold Brewing Company, Houston          
Pumpkin/Pumpkin Spice

Bronze - Barrel-aged Marfa Light  Big Bend Brewing Company, Alpine              
Wood or Barrel Aged Strong Stout

Friday, September 15, 2017

Shield Biter Scotch Ale

Our friends at Rabbit Hole Brewing has a new release that you may wish to find and try.  Shield Biter Scotch Ale (8% ABV) is a draught only release available now. Cheers, Bon.

Ready to go beerserk?

Old Norse literature paints the picture of a Berserker, a near mythical warrior, as wild and fierce as an animal. So resilient their skin was said to be able to resist fire and iron, so savage they are traditionally depicted as gnawing on their own shields!
Join us in welcoming our newest beer to the Rabbit Hole catalog: Shield Biter. An animalistic 8% ABV Strong Scotch Ale. Lightly toasted bread and biscuit notes compliment the ruthlessly rich caramel and dark fruit flavors.
Strong Scotch Ales are high gravity versions of the traditional Scottish session beers. They typically showcase a full-body with strong caramel malt flavors, low bitterness and higher alcohol levels. We believe you'll enjoy Shield Biter best with soft buttery cheeses, braised pork, smoked ham, and/or salmon. Just try not to go too wild!
"Shield Biter"
Beer Stats:
Style:  Strong Scotch Ale
ABV: 8%
IBU: 26
Grain: Pale, Munich, Victory, Crystal 60, Crystal 150
Hops: Target

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Latest from the Bishop Cider Company











We have it on good authority that many of you are fans of the Bishop Cider Company.  You may be interested in their latest changes. Cheers, Bon

We've transformed.

New ciders, new cans, and new branding. It also means
we’ve discontinued some ciders. Nectar and High & Dry
got the axe. If those are your go-to, they can still be found 
at some retailers, so you better snag them soon. The new 
branding is focused on giving you a clearer picture of the 
flavor profile even before the first sip. The new cans are 
brighter and bolder










New year-round lineup.

Crackberry - This cranberry/blackberry cider has become our flagship brand. We’ve never been able to produce it fast enough.

Apple Pineapple - We drug our feet for years on introducing a pineapple cider. We wanted to ensure that the recipe was absolutely perfect and it is.

Blood Orange - Over a year ago, we introduced our Blood Orange cider as a seasonal and it was our most popular seasonal to date (excluding the legendary Cinnamango). Now it's here to stay.

The OG - This cider is a straightforward apple cider that inspired the start of Bishop. When Joel and Laura were making cider in their kitchen, this was the recipe that convinced them to take the plunge. There are still bottles in their fridge from 2011 batches.



















Like variety?

Our 12 Pack Variety cases left the cidery yesterday and will be hitting store shelves across Texas starting today. Call your favorite retailer to ensure that it is in stock before heading up there. These will be available year-round, but fairly limited over the next few weeks.

Cidery Tour 9/2 @ 12:30PM

Want to see how the cider is made and why we decided to make it in the first place? Come hear it directly from our founder at our next tour. Tours are free with Cidercade admission ($10) and held the first Saturday of each month at 12:30pmat 2777 Irving Blvd. in Dallas.

Visited the Bishop Cidercade yet? $10 admission grants you unlimited free-play on over 125 arcades and we have 24 ciders on tap. Located in Dallas' Design District. Open 7 days/wk.


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"