Last Saturday's Texas Brewvolution, the kickoff party for North Texas Beer Week, featured a couple dozen Texas breweries -- the most I've seen under one roof -- some rare finds from other great craft breweries across the country, and about half the attendees it should have had.
Dallas Observer Street Team An undersized crowd at Brewvolution didn't bother these guys.
I got to try Community Beer Company's Trinity Tripel, which they describe as "a tripel with attitude," a very hop-forward tripel, as promised, with a big fruity aroma and a spicy finish. Lakewood Brewing Company's Lion's Share was a fantastic Belgian-style double IPA that I think had some woody, bourbony flavor from barrel-aging, but I could be mistaken as a few hours of sampling big-ass beers had rendered my notes rather questionable by that point. And it was an early chance to try beers from Salt Lake City's Uintas Brewing, which just started distributing in Texas -- and the huge Labyrinth Black Ale, which their booth's rep described as a "quadrupel black ale" packed a ton of flavor into a 13.2 percent ABV beer that didn't taste a smidge above 11 percent. Food-wise, the brisket pizza from the Doughboys food truck was awesome -- and came with a great T-shirt for just $10.More »
The marriage of Spune Productions and The Common Table may be the best thing that has ever happened to local craft brew fans whose music taste extends beyond cover bands and Top 40 DJs as well as music fans who'd prefer something better than $8 pints of Bud Light. Saturday's Untapped Fort Worth, the second installment in the Untapped concert/beer fest series, was just as good as last September's initial Untapped in Trinity Groves. Maybe even better, as Pecan Lodge was selling chopped-beef sandwiches with a generous helping of its transcendent brisket. (I was a bit miffed at having to shell out $10 for a single sandwich without so much as a bag of chips for a side. Then I took a bite, and all was forgiven.)
Tracie Louck The line for Founders KBS (Kentucky Bourbon Stout)
Jaime-Paul Falcon did an excellent job describing the music and overall mood of the fest, while our photographer got some fun shots of the fans and the bands. As for the beer, here are five that really stood out for me, listed in the order in which I tried them.
1. Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout): This had by far the longest line of the fest from the moment the gate opened at 2 p.m. for VIP ticket-holders. I'd guess it was 75 to 100 deep, as beer cognoscenti darted to the booth to try one of the world's most highly regarded stouts. It was indeed great. Smooth yet bitter, with rich dark coffee and chocolate flavor, well-balanced but with some bite and a lovely body. Best in the world? I don't know. It wasn't even my favorite stout I tried that day, but it made for a great start to the fest.More »
|Big Texas Beer Fest wasn't the best place to check out the ladies, but it could be done, as the dude in the camo shirt can attest. (See more of our photos from the event here.)|
|Actually, Snoop would probably like something with much danker hops.|
|... but not for much longer at The Common Table.|
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