Lonestar Taps and Caps in Lewisville is Open and Filling Crowlers (Yes, Crowlers)

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All photos by Kelly Dearmore
The tap wall at Lonestar Taps and Caps with its motto painted at the top.
Since 2006, a Father-Son duo has helped give the suburbs north of Dallas a true beer-nerd clubhouse in the form of Lonestar Beverages in Carrollton. But as of the past week, Sam and Rick Ali have added a seductive new element to craft-beer loving here in the Dallas-area as Lonestar Taps and Caps, a long-time dream of the Ali's is now open and already hopping. Until the soft-opening back on December 5, possessors of empty growlers had to choose between a well-meaning but meager selection from Whole Foods in Addison, or trek down to Lakewood Growler or Craft and Growler in Expo Park to fill up on to-go, draft-style sexiness.

Sitting on the Southeast corner of the Sam Rayburn Tollway/State Highway 121 and Josey Lane, just inside Lewisville's city limits, bordering Carrollton and The Colony, the 1,800 square foot Taps and Caps is quite the destination for hop-heads, stout-snobs, and porter-pickers.

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DFW's Favorite Local Beer, as Proven by an Actual Scientist

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Editor's note: Derek Beaton is a PhD student in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas. He also loves beer, so recently he set out to scientifically prove which local beer is Dallas' favorite. Here are his results.

Have you ever wondered what Dallas' favorite local craft beer is? You're probably thinking, "Yeah, it's clearly Lone Star because it's the 'National Beer of Texas'," or "Duh, it's the one in my hand right now, bro!" While those are worthy guesses, they're also wrong, and you should feel bad.

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Lakewood's Holiday Bonus Beer Is Rich and Chocolatey and Belongs in Your Face

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Have a holiday in a glass.
After a couple of sips of Lakewood Brewery's Holiday Bonus, I started wondering if a cocao aficionado could identify the chocolate that was used to flavor the brew. Dark, rich chocolate is the first and most prominent flavor to present itself when you taste the brewery's new porter. There's some toasted malt floating around in there too.

Lakewood's Holiday Bonus is this year's nod to the most wonderful time of the year. Each season going forward, Lakewood plans to brew up a little something to complement all of those candy canes and Christmas trees, and this year the brew is bold.

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FireWheel Brewing Celebrates Expansion with Grand Opening

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Shiny new tanks for beer-making at FireWheel.
After outgrowing it's original facility in Rowlett, FireWheel Brewing has announced a grand opening event for a new, expanded brewery. Owner Brad Perkinson says he has reached the point where demand has outpaced his ability to fill kegs with beer with his first facility. The expansion was the only next logical step as craft beer sales continue to rise in Dallas.

Using his own rudimentary welding skills, Perkinson cobbled together his first commercial brewing set up. It was enough to get his beer into local bars, including LUCK in Trinity Groves, Alamo Cinema Draft House and the Brass Tap in Fort Worth, but the 1,000-square-foot facility quickly maxed out.

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The Five Best DFW Stout Beers to Warm You This Winter

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Scott Reitz
Dallas' most famous stout has some serious competition
After Dallas' usual two weeks of beautiful fall weather the cold arrived with a vengeance and we skipped straight to an actual snowfall, in November. This means it's time to do away with those wimpy summer beers you've been slurping on for the six straight months of Texas summer, run past the 14,000 styles of pumpkin beer as fast as possible, and put some hairs on your chest with some real manly stouts, strong enough o keep you warm in the face of yet another icepocalypse. Here, in no particular order, are the pick of your local choices.

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Beers Under 8 Percent ABV Are a Waste of Time

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Is this what you want? Really?
Recently, my esteemed colleague wrote about the lack of available and palatable session beers, those beers that can be drunk during a long hot summer's day. Do you know what I say? The lack of session beers is simply a sign that we're all going in the right direction.

I don't want to drink for an entire day, and neither should you. We all have things we need to be getting on with. I want to finish doing those things, and then with the remainder of my day get absolutely hammered with laser-like precision. By the end of this article you will consider me to be your personal alcoholic savior. You're welcome.

See also: Jester King's Petit Prince Farm House Ale: Finally, a Real Session Beer

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Noble Rey Brewery Is Headed to the Design District, Which Has Become Dallas' Beer District

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The folks behind your next beer buzz.
The Design District is on its way to becoming known for its beer culture as much as it is high end furniture and art galleries. The folks behind Noble Ray Brewery have announced they'll be setting up shop as the fourth beer maker in the neighborhood. Meddlesome Moth's seemingly endless run of beer taps only adds to a part of Dallas that's practically floating in frothy suds.

The decision to move came after an extended effort to shoehorn the brewery into an Oak Cliff address. Partners Chris Rigoulot and Justin Krey had their sights set on a 1930s building near the Tom Landry Freeway, but the old construction proved to be an issue. A filled fermentation tank can weigh as much as 10,000 pounds, and breweries need lots of tanks. The ability of the floors to support the load was in question.

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Deep Ellum Brewing Co.'s Oak Cliff Coffee Ale Is a Cross-Town Delight

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Steven Harrell
Oak Cliff Coffee Ale was re-released, and it's worth revisiting.

This month, Deep Ellum Brewing Co. re-released their Oak Cliff Coffee Ale in cans and on tap. Oak Cliff Coffee Ale made its first appearance last winter and was generally well received, but here at the Observer we were too busy falling all over ourselves to drink as much of Community Brewing Co.'s Ascension Coffee Porter to give DEBC's brew the full attention it deserved.

In our defense, it was an overwhelming time. Within a week of each other, two of Dallas' most recognized breweries released specialty beers using coffee from two of the very best coffee houses in Dallas. Deep Ellum is a district long-connected to booze, and certain parts of Oak Cliff have maintained their close-knit, neighbors-gathering-for-coffee-on-the-porch community throughout the ups and downs of the surrounding areas. Individually, coffee and beer are both wonderful beverages that can offer rich, roasted malt flavors that insist you relax and nurse them awhile, especially if the weather turns cold. Together? Forget about it.


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Intrinsic Brewing Wants to Give You Beer Every Day for the Rest of Your Life

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Intrinsic Brewing won big at Deep Ellum Brewing's Labor of Love homebrew contest in July

How much would you pay today in order to have three beers a day for the rest of your life? It probably depends on how long you plan to live (and how much beer might shorten said life expectancy), but a brewer in Garland is hoping that a few type-A personalities will crunch the numbers and decide that $2,000 is a fair asking price for a lifetime of suds.

Cary Hodson, with his wife, Molly, have launched a crowdfunding site for Intrinsic Brewing, a startup brewpub planned to open next fall as part of historic downtown Garland's revitalization efforts. As random startup swag goes, theirs is definitely eye-catching. Among the usual shirts and stickers is a hand-carved wooden tap handle, a handmade wooden dining set, and the aforementioned cirrhosis beer for life. They have exactly a month to go and, as of this writing, have raised just over $8,000 of their $30,000 goal.

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Nine Band Brewing Co.: A New Craft Brewer Coming Soon to Allen and a Tap Near You

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The guys behind Nine Band Brewing Co. in Allen.
Every couple days this summer, people pulled into an unfinished parking lot near Prestige Circle in Allen and asked whoever would listen when construction would finally be finished.

"The city of Allen is behind us," says Keith Ashley, owner of the Nine Band Brewing, soon to be Allen's first craft brewer. "We want to be their local craft beer."

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