Alcoholic Beverage Manufacturing

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2014

    FireWheel Brewing Celebrates Expansion with Grand Opening

    After outgrowing it's original facility in Rowlett, FireWheel Brewing has announced a grand opening event for a new, expanded brewery. Owner Brad Perkinson says he has reached the point where demand has outpaced his ability to fill kegs with beer with his first facility. The expansion was the only n ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014
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    June 26, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    FireWheel Brewing's Brad Perkinson on Making it on a Shoestring Budget and Plans for Expansion

    Brad Perkinson, owner and founder of FireWheel Brewing, got his first taste of the celebration of beer while on vacation in Munich in 2009, where got to experience the original brewhaha known as Oktoberfest. A couple years later, when he got laid off from his job here stateside, he took a huge leap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Martin House's Cody Martin on How His Beard Saved His Life and the Beating of Brewing

    Martin House Brewing Co. Founder Cody Martin considers craft brewing a unique combination of art and engineering. Formally trained in the latter, he worked as an environmental engineer while simultaneously honing his skills as a home brewer until March of 2013, when he opened his brewery in Fort Wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Revolver's Brewer Grant Wood on Beer with Nuns and Being Beardless

    When I heard that a senior brew master from the Samuel Adams Brewery had packed up his kettle to be part of an outpost in Granbury, I was surprised and excited. Then, after tasting the results of Grant Wood's move, namely in the form of Blood and Honey, I had an epiphany: North Texas is a legitimate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    When Community and Deep Ellum Win Awards at the World Beer Cup, We All Win

    Because winning at beer is best, last week local breweries put their best foot forward at the World Beer Cup and three of them have been awarded for thier respective feet. The WBC is an international beer competition founded by the Association of Brewers' President Charlie Papazian, who is a nuclear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014
  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    An Interview with Fritz Rahr of Rahr & Sons Brewing on What's in His Beer Fridge and Advice for Budding Brewers

    There are a few things you should know about Fritz Rahr. First of all, his great-great grandfather started brewing in Wisconsin after immigrating from Rhineland, Germany to sate not only his thirsty palate, but also fellow Europeans in the area. What basically started as a hobby, grew to a brewery, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Franconia Founder Dennis Wehrman on the Keys to Making Beer: "Have Fun"

    For this new weekly series, we'll delve deep inside the minds of North Texas' craft brewers to talk shop, find out what's hiding in the back of the fridge and maybe even dig up a few skeletons in their beer closet. Who's thirsty? Franconia Brewery founder Dennis Wehrman's brewing roots go way back ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    The Biggest Dallas Beer Stories of 2013

    This was certainly an exciting year for craft beer in North Texas. With a few more brewery openings, new laws and shiny awards, there was a lot to crow about in the local craft beer scene, and it's not all hangover related (although we have that too). As we complete another whirl around the sun, w ... More >>

  • News

    November 28, 2013

    The Battle of Texas' Whiskey Makers and Fakers

    Texas' craft-booze industry is booming, but can it stave off the "Made in Texas" fakers?

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    A Complete Guide to Craft Beer in North Texas

    In the Fall of 2012, we created an ever-evolving guide to North Texas craft beers. Less than one year later, it's time for an update. Following is an at-this-moment current-yet-still-ever-evolving guide to North Texas craft breweries. Breweries are listed based on the dates they were established, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    Revolver's Blood and Honey Is the Next Local Beer Up to Be Bottled and Sold in Stores

    Last week the Brewers Association reported that during the first half of 2013, Americans purchased some 7.3 million barrels of craft beer, up from 6.4 million over the first half of 2012. Overall dollar sales and volume were up 15 and 13 percent, respectively. All of this despite decreased overall b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Texas Ranks 9th in Beer Consumption

    The Beer Institute (BI) released data on your drinking habits (yes, they're watching you. Always watching you). In an annual state-by-state analysis, the BI found that overall beer consumption in the U.S. rose 1.5 percent in 2012, pointing to "above normal winter and spring temperatures" as the culp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Meet Deep Ellum Brewing Co.'s New Head Brewer, Jeremy Hunt

    It's a struggle to find new ways to describe the local beer industry -- the "budding craft beer scene" just feels so repetitive and overused at this point. I think it's safe to say it has, indeed, budded. It's beyond "budded." It's blossomed. It's gone through the entire pollination process. Cross-p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    New Law Allows Distilleries to Sell for Off-Site Drinking; Breweries Only Segment That's Still Not Allowed

    Good news for craft distilleries in Texas: Recently, the governor signed a law that allows distillers to sell a limited amount of liquor directly to consumers for off-site consumption. The legislation was authored by Senators John Carona, Leticia Van de Putte and Kevin Eltife, the same three who al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Texas Lawmakers Vote to Lift Restrictions on Craft Breweries

    On Friday afternoon, at 4:07 p.m., a round of applause and cheers wafted down from the balcony seats in House of Representatives as a five-pack of craft beer bills were passed with five thick slams of the gavel. It was technically the second vote of three, and the third, as a matter of formality, sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    LUCK to Bring Craft Beer and Southern Comfort Food to Trinity Groves

    With the recent boom in North Texas craft brewing, a handful of Dallas restaurants have tackled the movement by offering things like beer dinners, tap takeovers and launch parties. Well, now Dallas is about to get its first restaurant that has put craft beer first. LUCK is a craft beer inspired ki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    A Chat with the Matt Leff of The Dallas Winter Warmer Beer Festival

    Tapping into the burgeoning local craft beer scene, The Dallas Winter Warmer is a one-day craft beer festival on December 15 featuring some local and national craft brewers. See also: - The Dallas Craft Beer Guide - Rise of the DFW Brew Today I spoke with the architect of this event, Matt Leff of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Here's the Updated, Official Beer List for BrewFest

    See also: Buy Tickets to BrewFest It's happening tomorrow, rain or shine. Over 250 beers will be flowing for our BrewFest beer party in the Arts District. ICYMI, doors open at 6:00 p.m. for VIP and and 7:00 for General Admission (it's 21 and up obviously), and there'll be food and music from Cody ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Music and Beer at Untapped Bring Trinity Groves Alive

    Saturday's Untapped fest combined the best of my two favorite worlds, beer and music, by putting equal importance on both. Each was strong enough to stand on its own. The beer selection is usually an afterthought at music fests, its only purpose to boost the revenue, while the music selection at b ... More >>

  • Music

    September 6, 2012

    Untapped Festival

    Saturday, September 8, at Trinity Groves

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    City Inches Forward With Beer-Friendly Zoning Rules

    Wouldn't it be nice if you had a magic wand you could wave and -- voila -- a keg or three of small-batch craft beer from a local microbrewery. The city of Dallas is working on its own version of the trick which, this being the city, happens in slow motion as it requires approval from several layers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Ballast Point Comes To Dallas, Plus News on Three Upcoming Beer Celebrations

    ​Lots of big beer news happening since I last wrote a post. Sorry for the time away. It's not you, it's me. So rather than inundate you with a bunch of short posts, here are a few quick sips of local beer news and upcoming events. First off, San Diego's Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits has fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    New Brewing Company, Four Corners, Looks to Make it Easier to Open a Brewery

    Yesterday Robert Wilonsky over at the Dallas Morning News (that feels like putting a shoe on the wrong foot) reported on a fast-tracked code issue aimed at easing restrictions on Dallas microbreweries. As it stands now, these small independent brewers are relegated to "heavy industrial" zones and in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Reunion Brewing Company, Dallas' Next Brewery, is Coming to the Design District

    ​Lakewood Brewing Company is nipping at the heels of Peticolas Brewing Company and Deep Ellum Brewing Co. to be the third Dallas-area beer maker, but it's not the only start-up on the way. According to its Facebook page, Reunion Brewing Company last week signed a lease for a space in the Design Di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Try All Five Local Breweries and Support Texas Brewers at March Beer Dinner

    ​Just days after Texans celebrate the state's Independence Day on March 2, drinkers can support its independent brewers and try offerings from all five of the DFW area's functional breweries. (That number won't be five forever, but more on that later.)Corey Pond at The Common Table says Rahr & ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Dallas Beer Week Vs. Meddlesome Moth: Drama in the Craft Beer World

    ​After the first Houston Beer Week last year, Houstonians Cathy Clark and Jay Rascoe (aka Guns and Tacos) decided Dallas needed its own week to celebrate craft beer as well, as we first told you back in February. Since then, the events planned for Dallas Beer Week, November 12 through19, have draw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    The Full List Of Beers You Can Pour Out In Memory of Timbo

    Here's to you, Timbo. RIP.​Timbo, the Dallas Zoo's oldest gorilla, died yesterday in surgery at the age of 49, and we're still bummed by the news. Even though we didn't know her personally, we still plan to mourn her the same way we've marked the deaths of friends, family members and celebrities a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Brew At The Zoo: Where Else Can You Taste Craft Beers in the Presence of Giant Predators?

    ​By now you've probably noticed the banners across the top of our blogs or seen the Mixmaster post touting Brew at the Zoo September 10, but perhaps were hesitant to commit to a $30 ticket without knowing just which beers would be available. How about I just tell you that the ticket includes zoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Texas Beer Bill Dies With a Whimper, But Saint Arnold Founder Vows to Keep Up the Fight

    Daniel KramerLooks like Texas legislators still don't want you bringing souvenirs home from Saint Arnold brewery tours.​Sadly and all too predictably, House Bill 602 was never put to a vote as yesterday's deadline for House bills expired. Texas lawmakers found time to legalize catfish noodling and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Details On Two Beer Fests, Tactical Tasting, Stone Brewing Co. Events And More Beer Quick Hits

    ​Lots of Brews News and Brews Clues to drink in after the jump.For starters, Flying Saucer on the Lake has announced the lineup for its spring beer festival as well as an opportunity to taste Brewdog Tactical Nuclear Penguin. There's a beer festival a-brewin' in Plano. The Common Table is tapping ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Peticolas Brewing Company Sets Sights On Dallas Location

    ​Deep Ellum Brewing Company looks to be on pace to be the city's first non-brewpub microbrewery, but it may not be the only one for long. Attorney and homebrewer Michael Peticolas was looking into investing in a new brewery in another city. Yet the more he investigated, the more he wondered why Da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    Enchanted Rock: Not Just a State Park Near Fredericksburg Anymore

    ​Another Texas vodka has reached the Dallas market, although an owner of Rebecca Creek Distillery says his spirits company won't confine itself to vodka for long. "These are the first two products," Brian Lowrance says of Enchanted Rock vodka and a single malt barley whiskey set for release n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Get Ready for the Next Hard Liquor Made Organically--Texas-made Bourbon

    ​A Texas distillery has a shot at releasing the world's first organic bourbon, but the makers of a pioneering organic vodka say the spirit may not be an easy sell. Garrison Brothers Distillery, Texas' first legal whiskey distillery, is already producing bourbon that's organic in all but name. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Texas Winemaker Puts the Mad in Madeira

    ​Wine experts have pretty much given up the annual tradition of naming the perfect wine for Thanksgiving, acknowledging the array of flavors on the table -- and diverse palates assembled around it -- mean a good case can be made for just about any varietal. But if I was doing the beverage buy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Girls Just Wanna Have Booze. Manly Booze.

    Now THAT'S a girly drink, though we hope he doesn't keep his vodka in the freezer.​A record number of women are vying for Senate seats and gubernatorial offices today, suggesting the political sphere is inching, ever so slowly, toward parity. Now if only the liquor industry could catch up. Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    So Three Cabs Walk Into a Wine Garden...

    For those of us who visit the State Fair, it's worth braving the Midway to revisit old favorites and discover new delights. As I reported last week, my wining companion and I were particularly pleased to find the Go Texan Wine Garden, a little Hill Country-esque oasis of vino, music and sanity near ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Five Tips for GrapeFest-goers​GrapeFest is underway, which means the People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic - billed as the nation's largest consumer judged wine contest - is back. We asked Jeff Siegel, a Dallas wine educator who blogs as The Wine Curmudgeon, to offer first-timers a few tips for mak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Taking Flight At The Meddlesome Moth, Plus Upcoming Beer Events

    Jesse Hughey​One recent trend in the culinary world, the concept of the "gastro-pub," is a boon for beer lovers. Pubs that focus their efforts on good food tend to serve higher quality beers and wines than your average bar. The late, great Zymology on Lower Greenville was one short-lived example, ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010
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    October 29, 2009

    Hophead: Beer Across Texas Guides Brew Lovers To The Lone Star State

    ​Fort Worth's Paul Hightower may make his living as a technical writer, copywriter and indexer, but one of the great passions in his life is beer. On his Dallas Craft Beer Examiner blog, he is a relentless and well-informed cheerleader for the best beers available in North Texas, whether they're b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Sips And (Sound)Bites And Almost Fist Fights

    Back to school, with drinking--and threats--allowed: a panel discussion at the conference.​This past Saturday, a sold-out crowd gathered at Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts in North Dallas for the first-ever Conference. Hosted by website founders Je ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    10 Questions: Vincent Chaperon

    Dom Perignon's winemaker was born in a place one doesn't normally associate with fine vintages: Congo.But Chaperon grew up in a French winemaking family, earned a degree in viticulture and perfected his skills in Pomerol and  Sauternes--as well as Chile and other parts of the world--before join ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2008

    Dallas, Not Living the High Life

    One minute you're in the running to be the site of MillerCoors' brand-spankin'-new HQ. The next, you're reduced to the last line in a long story about the newly formed company announcing today that it's taking its 300 to 400 employees elsewhere. [MillerCoors president and chief commercial officer To ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2007

    Chuck This

    If we may recommend a wine for your Fourth of July, well, the Marlborough Unoaked Chardonnay is a fine way to start the day. We see that Charles Shaw Chardonnay, otherwise known as the Two Buck Chuck, captured a double-gold medal at the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, marking it C ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 29, 2003

    Lotus Blossoms

    There's a flurry of curry in the metroplex

  • Dining

    March 23, 2000

    Return to blender

    Maritage's mix of flavors doesn't quite mesh

  • Dining

    September 2, 1999

    Hash Over

    A far cry; Mixed hash

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