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Dallas Beer Week Is Upon Us

Nov 8, 2012 - 08:05 AM
Dallas Beer Week Is Upon Us

Ready the hangover cures, hopheads. The second annual Dallas Beer Week, a local celebration of craft beer and culture, is almost here. The eight day festival takes place November 10-17 and kicks off with two launch parties [Disclosure: this blogger is a member of the organizing committee.]

Franconia Brewing Company will lead the charge with the official Dallas Beer Week Launch Party at its McKinney, Texas, headquarters. The fiesta will double as a fundraiser for the Dallas Burrito Project and Fort Worth Burrito Projects, which provide burritos to the homeless. There will be a glut of barrels filled with “German Beer Made Here” as well as a mechanical bull and potential appearances by Dallas Maverick Players (ahem...Dirk Nowitzki). That shouldn’t come as a surprise. Franconia is owned by German immigrant Denis Wehrman.

The Common Table gastropub will host a sold-out beer brunch featuring four courses and five beers, including a selection from the Avery Brewing Company Tap Takeover beginning at 12:30 p.m. More than 20 beers from Colorado-based Avery will be available, some of which will be poured in Texas for the first time that day. Among those special suds will Double Dry-Hopped duganA India Pale Ale, and the aptly named Tweak, an imperial stout with a whopping 16.03 alcohol by volume percentage. It’s about as dangerous as a tango with a diamondback.

Throughout the remainder of the week, area watering holes will be offering special beer pairings, tap takeovers and dinners. (See the full calendar here.) Brewing companies will be throwing shindigs. Dallas’ newest brewery, Four Corners, will hold its inaugural tour on November 17. Rahr & Son’s Brewing Company will host the official closing shindig in Fort Worth with 20 beers and live music commemorating its eighth anniversary, while Deep Ellum Brewing Company’s first anniversary party wraps up the jamboree in Dallas.

Perhaps those folks who claim Texas beer is a snooze, will have to eat their hats. After all, how many cities can say one of their breweries won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in its first year of operation? Dallas can. This year, Peticolas Brewing Company won gold for its English-style pale ale, Royal Scandal.

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