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

No, not that kind of flying saucer on the lake.
No, not that kind of flying saucer on the lake.

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 the horizon should be just the ticket for those bored with the lawnmower beers most of us reach for following a hard day of working outside, or even after bursting into a drenching sweat on the walk from the driveway to the door.

First up is Holy Grail Pub's Smoke Out this weekend. I'm guessing someone there actually did smoke out before coming up with one of the featured barbecue offerings: bacon-injected brisket. I'm also curious what the BBQ Snob thinks of this. "New and favorite beers" including Real Ale Mysterium Verum Devil's Share will complement the meats. A couple weeks later, beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday the 12th, Holy Grail has the Dog Days of Summer featuring Dogfish Head's Black and Blue, Festina Peche, Burton Baton and Midas Touch.

Next week's Brewsday Tuesday at The Common Table highlights Peticolas Brewing Company, with the debut of Golden Opportunity, which Michael Peticolas told me back in January will split the difference between a golden ale and a kolsch, along with the previously available Velvet Hammer, Great Scot! and Royal Scandal. The next day, the Table taps 2010 Avery Reverend and 2010 Avery Salvation, and Saturday, June 9, begins the restaurant's second anniversary party with a complete Lone Star State (but not Lone Star beer, as far as I can tell) tap and stage takeover with 15 Texas breweries, three casks and four music acts (J. Charles and the Train Robbers at 1 p.m., Boxcar Bandits at 3, David Wax Museum at 10 and Joe Pug at 11).

And 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday the 16th is Flying Saucer on the Lake's Third Annual Spring BeerFeast. (If "third annual" is right, that is -- did they call it BeerFeast or Beer Fest in past years? I'm not concerned enough to Google it.) Saucer fests/feasts always feature a big variety and include some rare and/or aged brewskis, and this one is no different with 25 breweries and 60 beers along with the following rarities: Brew Vertical Jewbilation; Rahr & Sons Bourbon Barrel Winter Warmer; Real Ale Kraken; a Stone Brewing Co. collaboration to be announced, a year-old Boulevard Brewing Co. Saison Brett; and Jester King Whiskey (that's all the release says; I'd guess it's whiskey-barrel-aged Commercial Suicide or Rodeo, unless the Austin brewery has secretly been distilling all along).

Special tappings will be announced throughout the day on Twitter, so keep your phone charged. Also, because Dallas County regulations now require any gathering of 25 people or more to include food trucks, wheeled meals will be available as well. Tickets are $30 through June 15 and $40 the day of, though there are special offers available. Buy this weekend and you'll get a $5 Saucer gift card, or get tickets for $25 each with the purchase of 10 or more through June 14 at this site, and you can take advantage of both offers at once.

Complete list as of today:

Draft

Adelberts Tripel B


Alaskan Amber


Brooklyn Sorachi Ace


Coney Island Hop Manna


Deep Ellum Farmhouse Wit


Deep Ellum IPA


Delirium Noel


Deschutes Twilight


Green Flash/Founders Collaboration


Hops and Grain New Zealand IPA


Jester King/Mikkeller Drink'n in the Sunbelt


Lagunitas Sucks Holiday


Leinenkugel Big Eddy Scotch Ale


Maui Sweet Onion Mild


New Belgium Cocoa Mole


New Belgium Tart Lychee


Oskar Blues Deviant Dales


Peticolas Golden Opportunity


Peticolas Velvet Hammer


Pyramid Apricot


Ranger Creek SA IPA


Ranger Creek Strawberry Milk Stout


Rodenboch Grand Cru


Shiner Ruby Red Bird


Silly Noel


St. Bernardus Tripel


St. Fuellin Special


Stone DDH IPA


Thirsty Planet / Franklin BBQ Smoked Porter


Victory Summer Love

Bottle

Adelberts Sctrachin Hippo


Anchor Steam


Avery Hog Heaven


Avery Salvation


Boulevard Dark Truth


Boulevard Sixth Glass


Breckenridge Lucky U


Breckenridge Summerbright


Brewdog Dogma


Brewdog Punk IPA


Brooklyn Local One


Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp


Coney Island Albino Python


Cuvee des Jacobins


Foxtrot Pear


Full Sail Bourbon Porter


Green Flash Rayon Vert


Hops and Grains Alt


Jester King Wytchmaker Rye


Left Hand Juju Ginger


Moylans Kilt Lifter


Oskar Blues Old Chub


Palm


Popperings Hommel


Redstone Juniperberry


Ska Decadent


Ska Mexi Logger


Stone Smoked Porter


Wasatch Winter


Woodchuck Farmhouse Original Cider

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Flying Saucer on the Lake

4821 Bass Pro Drive
Garland, TX 75043

972-226-0725

www.beerknurd.com

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The Common Table

2917 Fairmount St.
Dallas, TX 75201-1455

214-880-7414

www.thecommontable.com

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Holy Grail Pub

8240 Preston Road
Plano, TX 75024

972-377-6633

www.holygrailpub.com


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