Twisted Root Is Now Serving a Milk Shake with Dude, Sweet Chocolate's Tub of Love and Bacon

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Twisted Root's Big Fat Elvis
We love it when two of our favorite things find each other amidst all the chaos and clutter in life to forge a happy union of any shape or form. Especially if it's bacon and homemade custard. Or bacon and peanuts. Or bacon and anything. We're really open here.

That's why we were giddy with the recent announcement from Katherine Clapner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate and Jason Boso of Twisted Root. These two Dallas burger/dessert pioneers made an ice cream baby with bacon and chocolate.

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Starbucks' New Beer Program Isn't Coming to Dallas, Which Is Fine by These Four Shops

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There ain't no booze in that milkshake
If you haven't heard, Starbucks is looking to slip a little somethin' somethin' in your latte. Not exactly -- they would never do anything that cool -- but they are starting alcohol programs in select stores in six metro areas, none of which are Dallas.

Beer and wine will be available, and because nobody should drink on an empty stomach, small bites will be offered as well. Would you like some bacon-wrapped dates with your Merlot? Or how about some parmesan crusted chicken skewers with your Chardonnay? But again, not if you're in Dallas. In fact, the Morning News reports that while Starbucks is considering many locations across the country, there are zero plans for Dallas at this time. Ouch.

Or maybe this is a good thing, because we already have a number of coffee shops that will bring you up with coffee before they bring you down with booze, and this is the perfect time to take a closer look at them. The following are ready to serve you coffee and beer right now, and they'll do a better job than Starbucks, too.

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Balcones Will Release a Limited-edition Fifth Anniversary Whiskey This Weekend

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Balcones
If you consider yourself a whiskey snob, or have aspirations of becoming one, you might want to find your way to Balcones' Waco distillery this weekend. Founder Chip Tate recently announced a special fifth-anniversary, straight single-malt release that only 100 folks will get to enjoy. Yes, only 100. It's a tiny place under a bridge. But they're working on bigger things, so just sit tight.

For the event this weekend, Tate set back some of their flagship product, Balcones "1," and let it simmer in two barrels that will yield a few hundred bottles of straight single-malt whiskey. One batch was aged and finished in a barrel that previously held Rumble Cask Reserve, which was made with wildflower honey, mission figs and turbinado sugar. The other was aged in a barrel that once lovingly nurtured Brimstone Resurrection.


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Dallas (the Television Show) Now Has Its Own Bourbon

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In honor of the third season of the hit TV show Dallas, Southfork Bottling Co. is teaming up with Warner Bros. to launch a new whiskey. J.R. Ewing Bourbon, inspired by the fictional Texas tycoon and shrewd businessman, can be found on retailer shelves everywhere by the end of March.

"Creating a brand of such high quality is reflective of J.R.'s thirst for the best in life," said Andy Harmon, co-founder of Southfork Bottling Co., in a news release. Distilled in the heart of Kentucky's bourbon country, the 4-year-old, 80-proof light amber-colored bourbon is the perfect spirit for sipping while enjoying your favorite show.


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The Valentine's Day Cocktails of Dallas (Photos)

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Photos by Catherine Downes
Winter is on its way out (fingers crossed), but Dallas is still serving up plenty of delicious seasonal spirits. I spent the past few weeks exploring some of Dallas' winter cocktails (you can view the full slideshow here). And while all the drinks are a foolproof way to escape Dallas' bitter cold front, these five might be most apt for heating things up between you and your babely Valentine.

Pictured above:
Love Potion #6 at Oak: Reyka Vodka, Byrrh Grand Quinquina, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Blood orange puree and strawberries.

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Lakewood Brewery's Raspberry Temptress Is Here to Inebriate Your Valentine's Day

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K. Kendall
The Temptress stood me up, so the only raspberries I have are in this picture.
Lakewood Brewing Co.'s Raspberry Temptress has been all talk -- at least for me so far. But a recent announcement named a handful of bars to which the popular local brewery would be releasing a Milk Stout infused with raspberry puree. I set off to finally get a taste.

I picked Blind Butcher from the list and headed over. I even combed my hair. But the bartender that took my order said that while they would definitely get the beer at some point, they didn't have her yet. The Libertine Bar was also on the list and just up the street so I called them only to hear the same thing. The Temptress was a being a tease that night so I gave up and drank some lousy trash from a can.

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Balcones, Just Named the World's Whiskey of the Year, Plans to Expand Production

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Scott Reitz
Texas' best little distillery under a bridge, Balcones, has won a new set of awards, further documenting its slow and steady conquest of the whiskey world. This time around London's Wizards of Whisky anointed the Waco-based distiller's Texas single malt as Whisky of the Year 2014, as well as the World Single Malt of the Year and the American Single Malt of the Year.

See Also: Tasting Balcones Single Malt Whiskey

Chip Tate, president, founder and head distiller of Balcones, has a long history with yeast and its various reactions, dating back to his high school days when he started baking bread. At college he studied physics, philosophy, dabbled in divinity and started brewing beer before moving on to whiskey. Balcones opened in 2008 and they've won more than 100 awards since.

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Is the Mexican Martini Really Texas' Signature Cocktail?

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Gloria's
Last week Buzzfeed unilaterally matched cocktails with US states, giving just a vague description of its research -- "a combination of state of origin, popularity, and exclusivity." Some of them made sense, earning their names from the state's university, an infamous citizen or a major city. The Sazerac went to Louisiana, for instance, since state lawmakers declared it the official drink of New Orleans in 2008. (They didn't have anything better to do?)

Some of the choices, though, seem downright daffy, including, I think, the selection of the Mexican Martini as the signature cocktail of Texas. When was the last time you saw anyone drinking a Mexican Martini?

Here are three alternatives.

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It's Time to Give Up Giving Up Booze for a Dry January

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This will be the best thing you read all week.
It's obvious how the tradition for a dry January got started. New Year's resolutions have always been traditional, and considering the severity of those eggnog hangovers, cutting back on drinking is an obvious candidate.

Dry January mandates that participants give up booze for 31 days, right after the liver-pummeling that is New Year's Eve. The thought is the break gives your liver a chance to reset, and allows your biology to return to a healthier place. There are certainly some of you out there right now, counting the days till February 1, when you'll break up a bottle of whiskey and chug three pints of beer just to start. And that's where the weakness in dry January is revealed. It's not really good for you at all.

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LUCK in Trinity Groves, with 40 Local Beers on Tap, Is Dallas' Next Great Growler Filler

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Catherine Downes
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Just two years ago, much of Dallas thought a "growler" was a particularly terrible 2-year-old. Now we not only know what one is, we can't avoid them.

See also:
- First Look at LUCK in Trinity Groves

A quick history, just in case: In the 1800s, brewers and drinkers needed a way to transport beer in small quantities, and since they didn't have fancy canning or bottling lines, beer was poured into buckets. The lore is that the beer made a grumbling or growling sound as it was carted home.


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