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 »