You may be more focused on the best ways to injure your insides with fried things at the State Fair of Texas, but we need to talk for a few moments about Dallas Observer Brewfest, our annual ode to beer. The upcoming fest is less than a month away, and the list of participating brewers has come out. ... More >>
In this occasional series, Teresa Lensch provides a woman's view of area "breastaurants." She previously filed dispatches from Twin Peaks and Wild Pitch. Here we are in our third week. We've seen some interesting things together. Some tame, some a little vulgar. What did you expect, waitresses brai ... More >>
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 >>
If you are a human and you live in Dallas, chances are relatively high that you don't give a fuck about the Super Bowl. If you do, you're either a Pats fan with an affinity for Jameson and clams or a Coughlin apologist with pizza-flavored blood. Either way, you can get drunk for cheap and eat ... More >>
Jesse HugheySamuel Adams and Weihenstephan's collaboration Infinium, marketed (and priced) as a Champagne alternative, is back for the holidays. The limited-edition beer, which will be available next Friday at Central Market and likely other stores specializing in beer, is now in its second year ... More >>
Wait. The "occupy" part of Occupy may be over, but that's not the story. The story is what the movement has accomplished already. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has evicted Occupy from Zuccotti Park. Our own mayor is making it plain that the Occupy Dallas camp behind City Hall is soon to ... More >>
We can only hope Hoppy The Clown brings as much drunken hilarity and pathos to The Common Table tomorrow as Shakes The Clown did to our VCR years ago.The first round of Oktoberbest 2011 is halfway over, with a couple of surprising upsets and a couple of shocking, bit-spitting failures by favored ... More >>
In the little towns outside of Dallas, publisher and aspiring politician Joey Dauben is on a crusade to expose abuses of power, civic mischief and -- most of all -- himself.
Don't criticize it.Overall, it's been another great year for beer, at least from my perspective here in North Texas. If I didn't suspect reader list burnout, I could probably do another top 10 piece on the best developments of the past year, and even another on things I'm most looking forward to ... More >>
Jesse HugheyAccording to Samuel Adams press material included with a sample bottle of Infinium (and an ice bucket and pair of flutes -- aww, you shouldn't have!), 60 percent of men would prefer to toast with beer instead of Champagne if given the choice. Whether or not that's a good reason ... More >>
A few interesting musical offerings in our area this Tuesday evening. Ought to be something to catch your ears and eyes in this collection...
Sam MertenTexas Rangers spokesman John Blake just sent word: For World Series Games Three and Four at the Ballpark in Arlington -- oh, right, Game Five too, fingers crossed -- the team's done beefed up (heh) its sports menu. Also: The team's added more places to buy beer in the park, which, a ... More >>
Steve SatterwhiteWe Shot JR's Stoned Ranger is about to close the book after a five year run.We talked a little about the demise of Denton's blog We Shot JR last month when they announced that the end is near. Well, on the blog's last day, Saturday, October 30, hipster and all-around nice guy Fre ... More >>
Last week, the Boston Beer Co. sent along a free sample mixed 12-pack, the company's Harvest Collection, which includes the new Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale along with a few other varieties and a couple bottles of the flagship Boston Lager. Also included in the package was a loaf of pumpkin b ... More >>
Ask for a Shiner in any Texas bar and you're almost certain to get a Shiner Bock without any need to clarify, despite the array of other brews offered by the Spoetzl brewery under the Shiner name. In fact, Shiner Bock is so synonymous with Spoetzl that many casual beer drinkers may not even be aw ... More >>
Kevin DeanBack in November came news that 7-Eleven was getting into the private-label wine business with Yosemite Road, which sold for $3.99. Dave Faries, alas, was not impressed -- "somewhat palatable" is hardly a viable slogan. So, then, how to greet news of this latest pour: The One Arts Plaza ... More >>
Jesse HugheyMile High Barley Wine, one of three beers available in the Samuel Adams LongShot six pack.Homebrewing is a labor of love, the creative pursuit of some new twist on beer or refinement on a standard style. Few homebrewers expect anything more than a fresh supply of tasty beer and perhap ... More >>
Jesse HugheyIt's not carbonated. It is aged for years in a variety of barrels, served in 2-ounce pours at room temperature, contains 27 percent alcohol by volume (54 proof, in other words) and carries suggested retail price tag of $150 for a 24-ounce bottle. And it's beer. The 2009 version of Sam ... More >>
Rotgut responses to questions from the discard pile
Love it when a plan comes together? Not so fast. Sure, they've got A-Rod and I-Rod, but what about Rusty Greer hitting leadoff, Tim Crabtree closing, and Johnny Oates acting human? John Gonzalez goes to Texas Rangers spring training to look for answers.
All-Star Tuesday should have been a great one for Rangers second baseman Alicea
Picardys is much more than shrimp--or even seafood