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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Malai Kitchen is Basically Dallas' Only Brewpub, and It Deserves our Love

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Steven Harrell
Beer comes forth from these handles, or so the Ancient Vietnamese Legend goes

Last summer, Texas laws governing alcohol sales changed slightly -- not nearly as much as they should have -- allowing a brewer operating under a "brewpub" license to produce more beer and, most importantly, sell it outside of their own establishments. This is why we're seeing a rash of new microbreweries popping up with this license -- Shannon Brewing, Collective Brewing -- and traditional brewpubs with an eye toward distribution now in the works -- Small Brewpub and BrainDead Brewpub, among others.

But the brewpub license itself has been around since 1993, allowing restaurants to turn their kitchens into makeshift breweries and make their own beer to serve alongside their food. About a half-dozen restaurants took the bait and gave it a shot in the early mid-90s, but none survived for long in a market that still demanded Bud-Miller-Coors. Several national chains, like BJ's and Gordon-Biersch, have pushed the "brewpub" concept pretty hard in their marketing, despite not actually making any beer on most sites and, also, making bad beer. With Union Bear now (sadly) closed, and none of the newsmakers yet open, I can only find one local Dallas restaurant that's taken up the state of Texas on its brewpub offer: Malai Kitchen in the West Village.


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A Guided Tour of Addison Oktoberfest 2014

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Videographer Kathy Tran is your guide through the beer and bratwursts of Addison's yearly Oktoberfest. Many, many beers are contained within.

Drink Beer Without Feeling (Quite as) Bad About It

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These assholes should feel bad about their drinking. You, on the other hand, should not.

Beer is one of those paradoxical liquids that can make one feel both supremely good and devastatingly bad. In our never-ending effort to help them imbibers of Dallas maximize their good vibes and justify their wrongdoing, we've compiled this list of local craft beer companies that make a point of giving away a portion of their profits to charity. So, the next Sunday morning your hung-over ass is pondering all the bad decisions that led to you feeling miserable, be comforted by the knowledge that your purchase did some good to balance out your debauchery.


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What We Drank at Dallas Observer Brewfest

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Ed Steele
So. Many. People. Drinking. From. Tiny. Cups.
Steven Harrell is a Dallas freelancer. He writes about beer for the Observer.

On Saturday night, more than 4,000 Dallasites descended on the Farmer's Market for Dallas Observer Brewfest. The event made for great people watching if you want to get to know all of the different kinds of awkward white people that make up our fair city. Fedora-wearing dudes with necklaces for their customized vape pens? You betcha. #basic SMU girls? Yes. $30,000 millionaire bros? This is Dallas, my friend. Very tall women in red pants? In spades. Hipsters, bros, foodies, and smokeless tobacco vendors -- they're all welcome in the big Brewfest tent, and they all look the same when spontaneously dancing to "Baby Got Back" at last call.

See also: The People of Brewfest (Slideshow)

In addition to people, Brewfest is also known for, well, beer. More than 70 breweries were represented, most pouring samples of three or four brews. As the North Texas beer scene has exploded, local representation at Brewfest has also expanded. No fewer than 15 local breweries showed up to introduce themselves to beer drinkers, including old favorites Peticolas and Lakewood, as well as newcomers like Cobra Brewing Co. (Lewisville), Shannon Brewing Co. (Keller), and Grapevine Craft Brewery (Grapevine Farmers Branch).

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Franconia's Oktoberfest: So You Never Need to Drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Steven Harrell
Oktoberfest Beer: It's Beer, in September. And October.

While America begins to post about the return of the Pumpkin Spice Lattes on Facebook, craft brew enthusiasts turn their attentions to another autumn-heralding beverage -- Oktoberfests. 

Oktoberfest-style beers (more traditionally known as Marzen) are one of the most popular seasonal releases in the craft beer market.

See also: Five North Texas Beers to Drink This Fall

Oktoberfest is a German fall festival that, oddly enough, usually takes place in late September. Along with St. Patrick's Day, it's one of those wonderful holidays that can be celebrated worldwide without any regards to historical context or obligation to do anything beyond drink an excessive amount of beer. It probably celebrates the end of summer or a harvest, or maybe some hated Bavarian monarch being trampled by a stampede of drunk horses. It doesn't matter.


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Five North Texas Beers to Drink This Fall

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B. Miers
Fall has never, ever looked like this in Dallas.

In today's highly saturated beer market, many breweries release seasonals to differentiate themselves, increase their exposure, or maybe because they're already bored of their two-year-old standard. Either way, here's a list of five seasonals to look for in Dallas-Fort Worth this Fall.


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