Meddlesome Moth Is Throwing a Week-Long Birthday Party with Rare Beer

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Design District stalwart Meddlesome Moth celebrates its fourth birthday this week. The last fourth birthday party I attended featured a face painter, a quarter sheet cake from Costco, and a trove of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot merchandise. The proprietors of the Dallas Observer's favorite beer wall, however, will be celebrating in a much different fashion. Every night this week, they have scheduled dinners with the owners of several national breweries (Breckenridge, Founders, among others), and have also completely reset their beer menu.

Yesterday I spoke with Matt Quenette, Meddlesome Moth's beer director, to ask him about the birthday bash. Quenette was up until 5 a.m. on Monday rearranging and resetting the taps, and he told me that this tradition goes back to their first year.

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Lakewood Brewing Looks to Seduce North Texas with Another Temptress Special Release

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On April 28 Lakewood Brewing Co. will release the next in a limited-run series of their Temptress imperial milk stout. This new Mexcian-inspired edition will be available on draft at only a small selection of restaurants and bars around Dallas and Fort Worth. In the theme of Cinco de Mayo, the surly Temptress that has captured the hearts and bellies of so many will don a green, white and red flag for a spicy mole variation.

Thirty barrels of Mole Temptress were made by adding ancho, chipotle, guajillo and pasilla chiles, along with cinnamon and 100-percent pure cacao nibs (which were sourced via Dude, Sweet Chocolate of Dallas) at the end of the fermentation process. The ingredients were then allowed to slowly seep into the belly of the Temptress, and later yours.

See Also: Interview with Wim Bens on His All-Consuming Adventure

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Revolver's Brewer Grant Wood on Beer with Nuns and Being Beardless

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When I heard that a senior brewmaster from the Samuel Adams Brewery had packed up his kettle to be part of an outpost in Granbury, I was surprised and excited. Then, after tasting the results of Grant Wood's move, namely in the form of Blood and Honey, I had an epiphany: North Texas is a legitimate craft brewing market of increasing strength and stature. And, then I Google-mapped Granbury to see exactly how far of a drive it is: one hour 19 minutes without traffic.

As part of an ongoing series of interviews with local brewers, we asked Wood to ponder a few questions about life with beer. Here's what we learned from the beardless brewer.

See also:
Wim Bens of Lakewood Brewing Co. on His All Consuming Adventure
Jeremy Hunt of Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
A Chat with Dennis Wehrman, Founder of Franconia Brewing

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Four Corners Brewing Lets the "Secret" Out About Its Worker Bee Blend

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You know how some fast food joints have a "secret menu?" In order to make you feel like an exclusive, in-the-know customer, these places have come up with combinations of ubiquitous ingredients that most, if not all, of their employees know how to whip together. If you order a Quesarito at Chipotle, for example, you're asking for them to make a burrito wrapped in a quesadilla instead of a plain tortilla. The line between "secret menu" and "being an asshole" is thin at places like Starbucks, which already require their own language to order off of the posted menu. In-N-Out's "secret" menu is such a part of their appeal that they've posted it to their official website.

Well, beer drinkers of Dallas, I'm here to inform you that not-so-secret menus are no longer just for increasing your risk of heart disease. Last week, our own Four Corners Brewing Co. posted a mysterious photo to their Facebook page. Next to the regular tap handle for Local Buzz, someone had hand drawn a label for something called "Worker Bee" and then, presumably, asked a skilled fourth-grader to illustrate it.

For the sake of journalism, I visited Four Corners' All Day Ale House and talked to Zach Petty, a member of the brew team who came up with the mix. I also made sure to taste the beer. You know, for journalism.

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Lakewood Brewing Goes Big Box With Andrews Distributing

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Lakewood Brewing Co. has decided to turn over the distribution portion of its business in order to shift its focus solely on the craft of brewing beer. Andrews Distributing announced the new partnership in a news release this morning.

If you've not heard of Andrews, you've almost certainly swilled a few of the brands the company carries. Massive breweries including Shiner Bock, Blue Moon and Samuel Adams are handled by Andrews. Here in the DFW area, Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. holds an account with them as well.

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When Community and Deep Ellum Win Awards at the World Beer Cup, We All Win

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Because winning at beer is best, last week local breweries put their best foot forward at the World Beer Cup and three of them have been awarded for thier respective feet. The WBC is an international beer competition founded by Association of Brewers' President Charlie Papazian, who is a nuclear engineer by trade and a craft-brewing aficionado by habit. And he also really likes pie. (Fascinating side note on Papazian: He created National Pie Day on January 23, his birthday, simply because he wanted to. And this was back in the mid-1970s before national food holidays were an everyday thing.)



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Four Bullets Brewery, Once Foiled by Dry Laws, Will Bring Richardson its First Microbrewery

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Andrew Smeeton and Jeff Douglas had a pretty good idea for their first brewery in Wylie, Texas. They'd purchased a house and spent a whole summer fixing it up. They redid the deck, and they could see themselves sitting there, watching their customers sipping amber from glasses and basking in the summer heat.

They hoped the whole thing would turn out a bit like the famed Jester King brewery outside of Austin that had been built into a barn. Then they went to TABC and learned that despite working continuously with the mayor and the zoning board of Wylie, and even having a Wylie mailing address, all this hard work had been carried out in a dry part of Collin County. There would be no beer in the house where they had swung hammers together all summer long. Tears were shed.

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The Beer We Liked and the Beer We Didn't from Big Texas Beer Fest

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On Saturday, the third iteration of Dallas' Big Texas Beer Fest went down at the automotive building in Fair Park. Every year that Chad and Nellie Montgomery have hosted the event, it has sold out -- a testament to the huge interest in craft beer in North Texas and their work to secure great local brewers and obscure kegs.

"There hasn't been a better time to live in Texas," Nellie told me. "At one point, we could only hope to travel to a different state to be able to try breweries like Firestone Walker and Odell. They're on our grocery store shelves now."

Just a few years ago, you would have also had to travel if you wanted to attend a world-class beer festival like the Great American Beer Fest or a handful of others. After one of these pilgrimages, the Montgomerys realized that with the craft brew explosion in Dallas, their hometown could probably support a similar festival. Nearly 4,000 people came the first year.

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Lakewood Brewing's Wim Bens on What's in His Fridge and His "All-Consuming Adventure"

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Wim Bens founded Lakewood Brewing Company in 2011, riding one of the early craft beer waves to wash over North Texas. He sold his first keg of beer in August of 2012, and his brews now pour through busy taps all over the city.

Bens was born in Belgium but moved to Texas when he was 7. He's traveled back to Belgium often and developed an appreciation and taste for the beer there. After graduating from SMU, he moved to East Dallas, where he fell in love with the vibe and decided to make really good beer for the neighborhood.

Here's a recent chat as part of a series of interviews with local brewers:

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What to Expect from 2014's Big Texas Beer Festival, Including Rare Local Beers

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Scenes from Big Texas Beer Fest 2013 to be recreated this weekend.
It's springtime, and there's so much to look forward to. Pictures in the bluebonnets, more wind and transitioning from sweat pants to yoga pants. Spring is also the time to try new beers. Because, new beers.

This weekend is the third annual Big Texas Beer Fest at the Fair Park Automobile Building, with around 400 beers from over 100 breweries. The final master beer list was just released yesterday.

The Big Texas Beer Festival won the Observer's Best of award last year for beer festivals because of its affordability, location and wide selection of beers, including many special releases. As in previous years, organizers aim to pull local beer under a big enormous umbrella that encompasses beers from around the world.

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