Ballast Point Comes To Dallas, Plus News on Three Upcoming Beer Celebrations
First off, San Diego's Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits has finally entered the Texas marketplace, at least with beer, and it's showing up on store shelves and your better beer bars alike this week in the Dallas area, with Andrews handling distribution. As if to affirm just how much the craft-beer market has expanded in the Dallas area, the brewery's first venture into the state isn't in Houston or Austin but North Texas. Think that would have been the case five or even two years ago? Meddlesome Moth, all area Flying Saucer locations and The Common Table are all tapping kegs from the brewery today, and it's available at Lone Star Beverages in Carrollton and Kegs & Barrels in Plano that I know of. Other stores and bars carrying Ballast Point, please chime in via comment. The company's Sculpin IPA is considered by many to be one of the top IPAs in the world, and in fact it tops BeerAdvocate's list. Sculpin will be among the Ballast Point offerings available locally. It's already flowing at the Moth, and will be tapped at 6 p.m. at The Common Table.
Ballast Point will be among the breweries participating in Big Texas Beer Fest April 14 -- right around the corner! The fest keeps adding names, so check the list here. Pending federal approval for Lakewood Brewing Company, all the currently operational local breweries are participating: Deep Ellum Brewing Co., Franconia Brewing, Peticolas Brewing and Rahr & Sons Brewing. Even Denton's Armadillo Ale Works is showing up, though in the form of craft sodas rather than brewskis. The O's and Fish Fry Bingo will provide the soundtrack. Tickets are still on sale, or if you're feeling altruistic and/or broke and have TABC server certification, you can sign up to volunteer.
Also happening in mid-April, the Meddlesome Moth's April Ale Week spans April 9-15. This year's events highlight Texas breweries with 5 p.m. daily tappings. We'll surely have more on this as the week draws near, but for now, a brief rundown. Monday, April 9: Peticolas Brewing debuts its English Pale Ale. Tuesday, April 10: Live Oak cask-conditioned schwarzbier. Wednesday, April 11: Saint Arnold Brewing (Houston) tapping of Endeavour Double IPA and Karbach Brewing Company (Houston) cask-conditioned Rodeo Clown Imperial IPA. Thursday, April 12: Deep Ellum Brewing Company ask-conditioned, oak-aged, dry-hopped IPA and Darkest Hour Imperial Stout. Friday, April 13: Real Ale Brewing (Blanco) WT3F?! Wild Devil's Backbone. Saturday, April 14: Rahr & Sons Brewing Company Regulator Doppelbock and (512) Brewing Company whiskey barrel-aged Pecan Porter. Sunday, April 15: Ranger Creek Brewing Company (San Antonio) cask-conditioned Lucky Ol' Sun Belgian Golden Ale.
And ending the month is The Common Table's April 28 Dogfishtival, starting at 11 a.m. Supposedly it will have the most Dogfish Head beers ever tapped at once in Texas, with more than 20. Among them, 120 Minute, 90 Minute, 60 Minute, 2011 Burton Baton, 2010 Palo Santo, Aprihop, Indian Brown, Raison d'Etre, Namaste, Pangea, Chateau Jiahu and Theobroma, with more to be announced.