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    November 26, 2014

    50 Reasons We're Thankful We Live in Dallas

    Dirk. We have the highest concentration of the best sports personalities. The Orange Line to DFW Airport actually works pretty well, compared with other DART services, so flying to see relatives isn't too stressful, at least until you land. The Fair Park bike share program is either a small step ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014

    There Are Wild Boar Empanadas at FM Smokehouse, and You Want to Eat Them

    Most people in Dallas have no real reason to venture over to Irving for dinner, but FM Smokehouse is the exception to the rule, and the kind of place that might change your mind about venturing that way. Owner Brian Rudolph, best known for his craft beer-focused Holy Grail Pub in West Plano, has wo ... More >>

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    July 2, 2014

    The Best Dallas Food and Drink to Bring to Fourth of July Parties This Weekend

    Here's the deal. This is your last holiday weekend until the first of September, which means after this Monday, you'll be trapped in your regular, mundane work week for nearly two solid months -- all of this during the hottest weather of the year. You better make the most of these upcoming three day ... More >>

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    June 13, 2014

    The Thrilla in Brazilla, Peticolas' New World Cup IPA, Is Finally Here

    Yesterday Croatia shit the bed, coughing up an early lead to lose to Brazil, 1-3. I know this not just because of some World Cup app or Fiji widget on my iPhone, but because I watched the game at The Common Table, where one of the first kegs of Peticolas' Thrilla in Brazilla IPA was tapped. The Wor ... More >>

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    June 4, 2014

    How to Turn Dallas Beers into Summer Beer Cocktails That Don't Suck

    Even though the season won't officially change until later his month, I believe that the weekend after Memorial Day ought to be heralded and celebrated as the first weekend of summer. Hopefully, you all behaved appropriately by eating your first snow cones, re-organizing your closet, and dumpin ... More >>

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    May 28, 2014

    10 Dallas Places We'd Like to See Host Concerts

    From Deep Ellum to downtown, Fort Worth to Frisco, there are scores of great places to catch concerts throughout Dallas and the surrounding areas. Every once in a while, though, we like to let our imaginations run free. What if some of our favorite places to hang out suddenly hosted that dream perfo ... More >>

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    April 1, 2014

    What to Expect from 2014's Big Texas Beer Festival, Including Rare Local Beers

    It's springtime, and there's so much to look forward to. Pictures in the bluebonnets, more wind and transitioning from sweat pants to yoga pants. Spring is also the time to try new beers. Because, new beers. This weekend is the third annual Big Texas Beer Fest at the Fair Park Automobile Building, ... More >>

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    December 26, 2013
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    December 3, 2013

    Peticolas Brewing Company Will Unveil its 10th Beer at its Two-Year Anniversary This Month

    Peticolas Brewing Company has covered a lot of ground in the two years it's been brewing beer in the Design District. Owner Michael Peticolas and his team have released nine beers, won numerous awards (including Best Brewery here at the Observer) and gotten Dallasites completely wasted all along the ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013

    Denton's New LSA Burger Company Has Big Buns to Fill, and It's Off to a Good Start

    Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison and Stevie Ray Vaughan walk into a bar owned by Jesus and they all eat a cheeseburger and drink a Velvet Hammer and laugh about stuff. There isn't really a punchline here because this actually happened in Denton last night. Well, sort of. The LSA Burger Company (113 West ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013

    Nine of North Texas' Best Stores for Craft Beer

    Breweries, festivals, filling stations: It's a golden, foamy age for craft beer in North Texas, and nothing is shepherding us though it more than the small shops that help cater to the craft beer lover. These shops have endless lists of local, national and international brews for the connoisseur t ... More >>

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    October 7, 2013

    Upcycled Beer Turns Grains into Granola Bars, a Trend Dallas Needs to Hop On

    Daniel Kurzrock and Jordan Schwartz, two savvy economic majors at UCLA, wanted to find a way to repurpose the grains used in their home brews instead of throwing them in the dumpster or sending them to the cows). So the pair of hopheads partnered with several area breweries and invented ReGrained ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013

    The Stories Behind North Texas' Beer Labels

    While most of us are partial to the stories inside our beer bottles, sometimes what's on the label is pretty interesting, too. So we surveyed a few craft breweries in North Texas to learn a little more about the story behind their labels, starting with one of the most popular new beers on the market ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    Five Beers We're Excited To Swill at BrewFest

    BrewFest is dangerously close. Hopefully, you've taken adequate measures and are more than prepared for an evening of intense beer consumption in the streets of the Dallas Arts District. Last year's event was positively frothy with people and suds, and this year's event is shaping up to be even bigg ... More >>

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    August 16, 2013

    Dallas' Five Best Beer Bars

    Beer: It's why we were created. Our parents made us after having too much beer, and they nurtured us so that we could one day grow to love beer as well. And it's a great time to be a beer drinker in Dallas. While local craft breweries continue to flourish, the places that serve their brews are inc ... More >>

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    July 29, 2013

    Tipsy Texan: An Entire (and Worthwhile) Book Devoted to Texas Cocktails

    From the outset, you have to respect a guy that has not only anointed himself as the "Tipsy Texan," but has actually made a career of it. And a successful one at that. David Alan, a 15-year restaurant and bar veteran, released the book Tipsy Texan: Spirits and Cocktails from the Lone Star State in ... More >>

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    July 5, 2013

    North Texas Brewers Rack Up Awards at US Open Beer Championship

    There's certainly a lot of hullabaloo about craft beer these days. But is it all just a fad? As cupcakes so poignantly proved a few years ago, just because something is trendy, doesn't mean it's any good. Not to throw cupcakes under the bus, but, yeah, why the heck not. All glitz and no substance wi ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013

    Peticolas' "The Duke" Barley Wine Is the McRib of Beer

    This past Tuesday, The Common Table tapped the first aged barley wine from Peticolas Brewery. Michael Peticolas initially planned to age the brew till this November, but after tasting a little recently he's having a hard time sitting on it. The early release is one of a few the brewer has planned fo ... More >>

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    June 26, 2013

    Michael Peticolas Isn't Afraid of Getting His Hands Dirty, Which is Why He's Making Dallas' Best Beer

    In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 30 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Stanton Stephens. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. Local is a mantra in the craft-brewery business, but nobody takes it more seriously t ... More >>

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    June 21, 2013

    Dallas Beer Kitchen Opens Tonight With 30 Beers on Tap, Big Lebowski Burgers and Pop Tarts

    The new craft beer-inspired restaurant, Dallas Beer Kitchen, opens at 4 p.m. today at 1802 Greenville Ave. Joe Scribner and Bryan Kaeser, who run a blog called Best Damn Things, have been carefully crafting this spot, which will have 30 beers on tap. The duo plan to marry craft beer, comfort food a ... More >>

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    June 21, 2013

    We Asked Local Brewers to Recommend Each Other's Beers. See What They Had to Say.

    A while back, we asked five local brewers which of their beers they recommend for a nice summer session. Remember that? Well, now we've turned the tables and put them on the spot. We asked those same brewers to recommend their favorite summer session beers from another local brewery. After a few un ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013

    Five Dallas Summer Session Beers to Drink Now

    As North Texas temperatures inch towards triple-digits and seats at the bar patio become more off-putting and less of a commodity, the prompt delivery of a cold, refreshing beer is of the utmost importance. That's where summer session beers come in. A session beer can be loosely defined as light, r ... More >>

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    April 12, 2013

    Fort Worth Untapped Releases Beer List Including Cheech and Chong from Rahr

    Did you get your fill at the Big Texas Beer Fest last weekend down at Fair Park? Nah, us neither. While it was a delicious beer event, it really just teased our hophead tendencies. So, fantastic news! The Paste Untapped Festival is next weekend, April 20, in Fort Worth. Even better news! The beer ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    Hop On Tickets to Peticolas' One-Year Anniversary of Velvet Hammer and Brewery Expansion Party. And Wedding.

    Peticolas is throwing a -- just stay with me -- wedding to celebrate its one-year anniversary. Local girl Ali Kay has evidently found nary a warm soul that brings her more happiness than a tall pint of Velvet Hammer, so she's marrying it. The "hoppy" day is December 30, at 1 p.m. Additionally, fo ... More >>

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    November 2, 2012

    Getting Your Drink On At Whole Foods

    When Whole Foods announced it was installing bars in many of the chain's grocery stores, I thought the idea would never catch on. Grocery stores are for grocery shopping, bars are for boozing and the two could never happily exist under one roof. The parking alone at most grocery stores is enough to ... More >>

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    November 2, 2012

    British Beverage Co. Isn't Bad, but It Isn't British

    Let's get a few things out the way up front. If you're looking for a nice bar in Uptown, British Beverage Co. is perfectly good. The beer selection is gargantuan; it's relatively well-priced, with Velvet Hammer for $5 or so; the bar is very attractively laid out and decorated; the menu has a nice se ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    Texas Brewers Win Big at Great American Beer Festival, including Peticolas and Rahr

    Saturday was the conclusion of the 31st annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. This Super Bowl of beer competitions sold all 49,000 tickets in just 45 minutes when they went on sell back in July. This past Thursday through Saturday, 580 breweries poured over 4,300 different beers ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    Long Lines at BrewFest Show Local Drinkers Support Local Beer

    At first it was hard for me to shroud my disappointment. Sure, I was drinking outside in nice weather with access to more beer than I've ever had at my disposal in one location, but the monkeys were missing. BrewFest moved to the Art's District after last year's Brew at the Zoo because of attendance ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    September 13, 2012

    BrewFest VIP Ticket Give-Away!

    See also: The Full Break Down on BrewFest While scattered thunderstorms can always be a bummer, Saturday's forecast high temperature of 77 degrees has me seriously excited about this weekend's BrewFest. Weather aside, participating breweries range from corporate big bottlers like Anheuser-Busch all ... More >>

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    August 28, 2012

    Vickery Park's Incestuous Weekend (Like That's a Bad Thing...)

    Vickery Park likes to keep it in the family -- well, as they more conservatively put it, "Keep It Local for Labor Day" -- and this long weekend, the Henderson Avenue beer-and-brunchery, helmed by the tattooed teddy bear Matt Tobin, is focusing (almost) exclusively on Dallas-made brews. The aptly ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    Breakfast, Booze And Cookin' At The Grape: This Week In Dallas Dining

    Restaurant week is wrapping up this weekend, and the weather promises to be a little more relaxed. Seems like a good time for a little patio drinking and perhapsa little pesticide bathing. Or maybe you're off to the Londoner tomorrow morning to watch the opening weekend of the English Premier League ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    Smoke Out of the Holy Grail, Ride a Flying Saucer or Just Sit at The Common Table For Summer Beer Events

    Summer is just about upon us, and with it lighter session beers, wheats and wits. And while those can be complex, satisfying brews, it's still nice to take the occasional break from them for richer (and more alcoholic) choices. Or maybe that's just my too-tolerant liver talking. A few events on t ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    Bryan Street Tavern Has New Owners, a New Menu, and Way More Beer on Tap

    The beer festival in Irving this past weekend played host to many brewers who got most of the attention, but Bryan Street Tavern was there, too, saving beer guzzlers from death by super processed carnival food. Sure, the cheese on the sandwich pictured above is the same canned stuff you get on you ... More >>

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    April 27, 2012

    The Magic Behind Peticolas Brewing Company's Velvet Hammer

    I first encountered Velvet Hammer at Eno's. I was wrapping up "research" for an upcoming review and wanted to unwind in Oak Cliff. If you haven't had the chance to drink beer with Jake Reck, the super-bearded bartender who's often working the upstairs bar, you should -- Reck knows his beer, and he's ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Peticolas, Dallas' Newest Brewery, Debuted Last Night at the Moth, and Its Beer Was a Smash

    Jesse Hughey​Yesterday at the Meddlesome Moth, you couldn't walk three feet without bumping into a brewer, beer blogger or beer-fest entrepreneur. The debut of Peticolas Brewing Company's first commercially available product brought out an impressively dense crowd, especially for a rainy Tuesday, ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    Peticolas Brewing Company, Latest Addition to the Dallas Beer Scene, Gets Tapped Today

    ​Beginning with a 5 p.m. tapping today at the Meddlesome Moth, the recently launched Peticolas Brewing Company is off to a strong start, or at least starting out with a strong beer. Rather than start out with a lighter, more accessible beer -- not to mention one that's easier to brew -- P ... More >>

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    December 30, 2011

    2011: The Year in North Texas Beer

    ​Has there been a better year for beer drinkers in North Texas, and particularly Dallas, than 2011? Not one that I can think of, for reasons enumerated in the awards below. My year's wrap-up isn't over. Coming soon are my favorite beers of the year and a run-down of the good and the bad in win ... More >>