Five Beers We're Excited To Swill at BrewFest

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BrewFest is dangerously close. Hopefully, you've taken adequate measures and are more than prepared for an evening of intense beer consumption in the streets of the Dallas Arts District. Last year's event was positively frothy with people and suds, and this year's event is shaping up to be even bigger.

See also: Here Are the 60-Plus Breweries That Will Tap Kegs at Dallas Observer BrewFest

If you've not bought your ticket go to Ticketfly and get it done. Then get back here and check out the kegs we'll be spending most of our time leaning against.

Peticolas, Velvet Hammer (pictured above)
We've written extensively about the Imperial Red Ale we think should be re-branded as the Hammer of Thor. This balanced beer packs a lot of ABV, and it's the best bang for your buck, er, sample card, for you booze hounds.

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Lakewood's Lion's Share
This heavy double IPA is almost better enjoyed in smaller sample sizes. The beer is full of character, with a smoky, woody finish from its time spent in oak barrels that have mingled with bourbon and then later with the brewery's Temptress milk stout. This one won't be for everyone, but it's worth a sip or two. Extra sample cards are only $2, anyway.

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DEBC Dallas Blonde
If you're one of those punk rock, super-hoppy beer freakers, you likely love the beers produced by Deep Ellum Brewing Co. Not all of their beer causes bitter beer face, though. If you like more understated and sessionable beers, the Dallas Blonde is what you should be looking for.

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Four Corners Local Buzz
Do you see this guy, with his bad-ass beard, midnight shades and the sun appearing over his head like he's been ordained by the brewing gods? How could you not want to drink his beer? John Sims' Local Buzz features the sticky stuff from local bees. If you like your beer with a subtle sweetness, seek out this man's beard beer.

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Community Brewing Co.
Community's Texas Pilsner is a limited release brew, which means you better get to drinking while you still can. It's 6 percent ABV, with some extra hops to balance out that burn and it just might become your favorite fall drinker -- if it's available that long.


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ballsaggath
ballsaggath

help im stuck in the portopotty, i drnk too much and i think something is alive in the terlet

Mervis
Mervis

Use promo code OHSOCYNTHIA to get $30 tickets.

cchesner
cchesner

Would love to see a FULL list of beers (not just breweries), so we can start strategizing before the fun begins tomorrow night. :) 

mistyp0523
mistyp0523

Yeah, I think the point of a beer festival for me is to try beers that you usually cannot get. That's actually the reason I haven't been so terribly interested in the Big Texas Beer Fest or the past DO sponsored beer fests (like Brew at the Zoo). It's all stuff I can get elsewhere and for cheaper. Sure, the atmosphere of a beer festival is nice, but so is a lively bar. And it's very unlikely that I'll walk away from the lively bar with a $45 tab, even if I try several different things.

Mervis
Mervis

$45 bucks and these are the best 5 you can come up with? These beers are available around town everyday without a astronomical cover charge. No sign of a detailed beer list on any of the internet pages. Fail.

Can't wait for Sept 7th. That will be fun.

rhaney77
rhaney77

Meh. I was hoping for a list of beers that I couldn't drink at absolutely any other time. Lion's Share is the only one that's a little bit more rare, and some of the others (Texas Pils, anything DEBC) are easily forgettable. I'm glad to see breweries popping up all around DFW, but it would be nice if some of them would stop pandering to the Bud-swilling crowd and make something really interesting and good once and a while!

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@mistyp0523 At last  year's event the local breweries had lines that crossed the street while conventional brewers saw a fraction of the traffic. I think the beers in this list will be popular again.

There are 60 Breweries, though, and they're listed in the article linked above. You're not trapped in local breweries with this event. There are all sorts of beers.

mistyp0523
mistyp0523

@scott.reitz @mistyp0523 I hear ya. The local beer scene is still nascent. It probably makes more sense for local breweries to put out their heavy hitters, the beers that any impressed sampler can go to their local bar and order later. But I surely do hope that the breweries will begin to focus more on experimentation at these festivals...use them to try new recipes out, pull some aged stuff out of their cellars, etc. That is what will compel me to throw down $45.

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