Houston Beer Lovers Plan Dallas Extravaganza

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The organizers of Dallas' first-ever Beer Week say the city's lack of microbreweries has proven to be a selling point in luring leading craft brewers here for the November event.

"Because there aren't a lot of local breweries here, other breweries stand a chance," Cathy Clark explains. "Breweries are realizing if they come to Texas, they can see growth."

Clark and Jay Rascoe last year staged the first Houston Beer Week in their hometown, and this year decided they were "ready to tackle Dallas." Other beer fans are coordinating similar programs in San Antonio and Austin, making 2011 the first year every major Texas city will observe the Beer Week tradition.

"We're not doing anything original, to be honest," Clark says. "It's a celebration of craft brewing and an excuse to drink beer all day long."

There aren't any rules for Beer Week: The concept calls for a assortment of tastings, beer dinners, lectures and beer demonstrations, but it's up to participating bars, restaurants and retailers to determine their own programming. Clark and Rascoe help recruit big name brewers from across the country and make sure events don't pile up on the same day. They're in town this week networking with potential partners, including beer-centric restaurants Meddlesome Moth -- which last night hosted a dinner with Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman -- and The Common Table.

"The fact these places are doing so well really tells you it's a burgeoning beer market," Rascoe says.

Dallas Beer Week, November 12-18, is scheduled to coincide with Houston Beer Week to allow brewers to hit two different groups of eager drinkers during a single Texas trip.

"We hope to use Houston and Dallas to sweeten the pot," Clark says. "These brewers don't have buckets of money."

At last year's Houston Beer Week, all five beer dinners sold out. Clark and Rascoe hope to replicate their success here.

"We want more craft beer, so we need more craft beer drinkers," Clark says. "I think we'll find there's a lot of closet beer nerds running around."



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Joshua
Joshua

Wonder if Dallas' own Gold Dust Twins, Archie and Arthur, are going to make a guest appearance and hand out Keys to the City of Dallas to everyone drinking BEER.

Joshua
Joshua

Followed closely by "Dallas Beer Lovers plan NO extravaganzas to be held in HOUSTON"

Why would anyone want to get their clothes all soggy and mildewed down South....and that is even further off than OAK CLIFF...and NO ONE GOES THAT FAR SOUTH.

Guru
Guru

The Meddlesome Moth is hosting its own beer week April 4th - 10th and if you'd like to know more, check out our website at www.mothinthe.net. We know there is a beer market in DFW since we've all been selling great beer here for 18 years. Its going to be a great spring. Ale Fest in April - check it out.

AnnB18788
AnnB18788

Fort Worth grows by 20% and yet the Dallas Observer doesn't classify them as a 'major city'? If they're not, why did Rahr & Sons decide to build there instead of Dallas?

Justin B.
Justin B.

The craft beer culture in Dallas has definitely bolstered itself in the past year with the addition of the Moth and Common Table to complement old standbys Ginger Man, Old Monk, Flying Saucer, etc. This should be a great time and hopefully make Texas legislators take notice of the potential tax dollars being lost by stifling the reach of the small guys.

Joshua
Joshua

Heck Tarrant county isn't BROKE like Dallas County either...and no one on their Commissioner Court ever told all the WHITE FOLKS to just GO TO HELL.

md
md

You're right. The article would have put Fort Worth in a much better light if it had said,

"...the first year every major Texas city -- with the exception of Fort Worth -- will observe the Beer Week tradition."

As for why Rahr is in Fort Worth:

"Fritz Rahr graduated from Texas Christian University."

I bought a six-pack of one of their brews once. I didn't like it.

AnnB18788
AnnB18788

And you didn't want to try any of the others? I think also the reason Rahr chose FW was they were willing to work with him on zoning. I've never seen the City of Dallas _really_ work with anyone, especially something that would benefit the city the way a brewery would...

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