Details On Two Beer Fests, Tactical Tasting, Stone Brewing Co. Events And More Beer Quick Hits

Lots of Brews News and Brews Clues to drink in after the jump.

For starters, Flying Saucer on the Lake has announced the lineup for its spring beer festival as well as an opportunity to taste Brewdog Tactical Nuclear Penguin. There's a beer festival a-brewin' in Plano. The Common Table is tapping 11 Stone Brewing Co. beers Saturday, and Flying Saucer on the Lake will offer a Stone beer dinner the following day. Deep Ellum Brewing Company will be pouring at Kettle Art Saturday. The Ginger Man has a few intriguing IPA, Dogfish Head and Samuel Adams events coming up at its three area locations. And the Libertine Bar is offering a vegan beer dinner next week that has already sold out.

So open the calendar on your smartphone or cubicle wall, pop the top of something sessionable and plan your next few weeks of drinking.

This Saturday offers several options for beer lovers. Starting things off at 11 a.m., The Common Table will tap 11 Stone Brewing Co. beers including a few making their Texas debuts, according to manager Jeff Fryman, and will fire up the Randall device to run Stone Smoked Porter through vanilla beans soaked in Knob Creek Bourbon, which sounds like a phenomenal idea. The Ginger Man Fort Worth offers an IPA tasting at 3 p.m. that day. The website recommends reservations, though it offers no details on price or which beers are available. Perhaps they'll include new Ginger Man IPA offerings Dogfish Head Aprihop (which we tried recently and enjoyed quite a bit more than we expected to -- the apricot flavor is very subtle and it's considerably dryer than you'd expect) and (512) Black IPA. And Deep Ellum Brewing Company will pour offerings including Double Brown Stout and, possibly, DP Dubbel from 6-10 p.m. at Kettle Art Gallery as part of the Deep Ellum Art Crawl.

Sunday at 5 p.m. is a Stone dinner at Flying Saucer on the Lake. Tickets are $45 for U.F.O. Club cardholders and $50 for others. The menu:

Stone Pale Ale Pancakes will be served alongside the actual Stone Pale Ale; quiche, made with ham, portabella mushrooms and spinach, will be the second course of the evening, served with Highway 78 Scotch Ale; the third course will consist of Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale served with pulled pork and coleslaw sliders; the fourth course will be special surf 'n' turf kebabs served alongside the 2008 Stone Imperial Russian Stout; and the dinner will finish with Stone Smoked Porter and homemade cookies served with smoked porter ice cream.

DallasVegan will hold a vegan beer dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Libertine Bar, and it makes us reconsider our preconception that vegans are a bunch of joyless whiners who eat nothing but flavorless fake meat and fake cheese made from beans or whatever. In fact, the menu (on the next page) sounds quite tasty. And this site proves that vegans aren't too busy planning PETA protests to enjoy a good beer now and then.

On Monday, April 25, Flying Saucer on the Lake offers limited tastings of Brewdog Tactical Nuclear Penguin, once the strongest beer in the world at 32 percent ABV, at $30 per 2-ounce pour.

Ginger Man Plano will feature Samuel Adams in a beer and cheese tasting 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, and a "Dogfish Connoisseur Tasting" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 19.

The Plano Centre will host the North Texas Beer Festival May 13-15, and features a $119 VIP ExBEERience (groan) aboard the Meet & Greet Brews Cruise catamaran Friday, homebrewing workshops, speakers and more. Entrance Saturday is $30 and includes a dozen 2-ounce beer samples. Sunday features golf if you're not too hungover.

And Flying Saucer on the Lake has set the lineup for the Spring Beer Festival May 7. That, along with the Libertine Vegan Beer Dinner menu, is on the next page.

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