The Best Arlington Bars for Drinking During the NCAA Final Four

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Grease Monkey Arlington
So we hear there's a little basketball tournament in town this weekend. Every hotel room in Arlington is sold out. Jerry World will be hoppin'. It's a commendable salute of solidarity with your alma mater. And we know you're going to want to really make the most of your vacation in the fine city of Arlington, so we've outlined some good spots for pre- and post- dribble festivities.

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

Categories: Brews News, Events

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

Categories: Drink This, Events

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' Best Chefs Are Rallying Around Dude, Sweet's Sick Chocolatier, and You Can Too

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Katherine Clapner wanted to hire her No. 2 chocolate maker, Ulysses Galvan, the second she opened Dude, Sweet Chocolate in 2009, but she couldn't afford him. Starting any business is tough, but making money from food sales is nearly impossible during the first weeks and months, so Galvan had to wait. He was brought on the following year and has been at Dude, Sweet ever since.

Around the same time he was hired, Galvan was diagnosed with leukemia -- a fact he did his best to keep hidden, Clapner says. It wasn't until Galvan's trips to the hospital became more frequent that she put together the potentially devastating pieces.

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Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival Announces Inaugural Event, Including $500 Ticket

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Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival
Fort Worth is getting a highbrow food and wine event this spring. The four-day eating and drinking parade will start on March 27. The aim, other than to consume a lot, is to "infuse historic venues and homegrown flavor" with local chefs, wine makers, craft breweries and the like.

The Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival (which doesn't appear to be related to the publiction Food & Wine) will kickoff at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at Billy Bob's, where craft beers and wines will be served alongside local fare from 12 Fort Worth chefs including Jon Bonnell (Bonnell's & Waters), Terry Chandler (Fred's), Tim Love (Lonesome Dove), Molly McCook (Ellerbe Fine Foods) and Juan Rodriguez (Reata). Live music starts at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person.

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Taste of Addison Is Out, Replaced by a More Star-Studded and Expensive Fork and Cork

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Put a fork in it: Taste of Addison is done.
If you're a fan of the annual Taste of Addison event as it has been for the past 20 years, you're about to get a little sad. The culinary celebration has been cut, to be replaced by a new event that will tax your wallet a little harder in an effort to provide a more intimate, epicurean experience.

Last year you could get in the gates for just $10, with VIP and other options available. This year the cheapest entry cost into Fork and Cork is $35, though organizers are promising an improved event, starting some big-name personalities.

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Five Dallas Bars and Restaurants That Will Help Keep the Super Bowl from Sucking

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The Super Bowl is coming, and there's a good chance that the house party you've been invited to is going to suck. There's only so much buffalo chicken dip a person can handle, not to mention the fact that house parties have an tendency for kicked kegs halfway through the third quarter. This cannot stand.

The problem is that most sports bars aren't much better. Many have a way of offering food and drink specials that are anything but special, like that all-you-can-eat offer that features an aluminum tray filled with cold chicken wings, or the deal on pitchers aimed at working through a month-old Miller Lite keg.

The Super Bowl only comes once a year, and it's your duty to treat the event like the special holiday it is. Here are five bars and restaurants that will have TVs featuring the big game, and that should be significantly more fun than hanging out at your neighbor's place with a bowl of salsa and the sads.

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Hypnotic Wants You to Dash for Their Doughnuts, Then Wash Them Down with DEBC's New Coffee Ale

Scott Reitz
We hope you've been training for the second annual Hypnotic Donut Dash 5K, particularly the Chubby Bunny doughnut-hole eating contest. And the beer. We're not "hopeful" there, we have faith. We "know." It's the sixth sense we subsist on, actually.

Below are the pertinent details, broken out in doughnut-hole points. You're welcome. (See. Sixth sense.)

• The 5K (just a tad over 3 miles) is inside the Centennial Building at Fair Park, this Saturday, January 25 at 8:30 a.m.

• There are seven, five or three opportunities to eat doughnuts along the route, depending on what you read. Let's just say there are a "hole bunch" of eating opportunities.

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Joel Salatin, Matt McCallister and DAT: Three Great Chef-y Events Happening in Dallas

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Joel Salitin is coming back to Dallas for dinner.
Already bored with dining this year? That seems impossible with all of the new restaurants that have opened in the past few months. Still, it's nice to break out of your mold and explore new dining options that exist outside the traditional restaurant experience.

Here are a few upcoming events that look particularly good.

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Six Ways to Celebrate Elvis' Birthday Today

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Catherine Downes
Hypnotic's Elvis Homage
You woke up today and though it was just another Wednesday, but wrong. It's the King's birthday. Elvis Aaron Presley came into this world on January 8, 1935, in Memphis. And 79 years later, the king of rock 'n' roll continues to be celebrated primarily in two ways: impersonation and the culinary combination of peanut butter, banana and bacon. We won't argue with either.

Following are six ways to tip your hat to the King today.

You should start the day with a Jenny's Evil Elvis from Hypnotic Donuts. Their website proclaims that despite impersonators, Hypnotic is the original creator of the Elvis doughnut: a yeast-raised ring topped with peanut butter, bacon, banana and honey. Impersonation might be common, but there was only one Elvis.

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