As we saunter into the weekend and the official start of North Texas Beer Week, there are a few beer events you'll be expected to partake in. There will be a quiz come Monday morning. When we dedicate an entire week to the craft beer movement, we need everyone's full attention.
Basically, the next 10 days will be a three-county kegger, so put some extra starch on your party pants. There are more than 200 events in the area. Here's an entire day-by-day guide, but we've sorted through it all and have composed a highlight reel below:
Friday, November 8 Peticolas Brewing Co. is hosting a Brewvolution pre-party today from 5 to 8 p.m. The brewery is running a special on limited edition growlers. So, yes, you can get brewery fresh beer to go. Flavors include Wintervention, The Duke, Sit Down or I'll Sit You Down (Ooooh. Promise?) Rye't On, Velvet Hammer and Golden Opportunity.
Saturday, November 9 Brewvolution on Saturday, (2 to 6:30 p.m.) is the official kickoff party at Fair Park Centennial Building. The focus is on Texas craft beer (40 breweries), although not exclusively (25 others). The organizers' aim is to keep this festival small and on the intimate side, so crowds will be about half that of, say, Untapped. However, there will be ample samples, music (Shotgun Friday, Roomsounds, and The Hanna Barbarians), along with seven food trucks. See about tickets here.
Rarh turns 9 on Saturday. Founder Fritz Rahr is pulling out all the old kegs from the back of the fridge and will have a more than 30 Rahr beers on tap, some of which are super limited. Food and music are also on the guest list. And you'll get a commemorative glass!
Monday, November 11 Real Ale brewmaster and "woodmaster" Erik Ogershok will be at the Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas/Richardson for a movie and dinner. The flick is "Bonnie & Clyde" and the four-course meal -- which includes a slider, pork and beans, chicken and poached pear in a brandied Chantilly cream -- comes with four Real Ale beers. It's Faye Dunaway, y'all. What else?
Tuesday, November 12 (512) Brewing will be at FM Smokehouse in Irving on Tuesday with their fifth installment of their yearly anniversary beers -- one for each year, meaning they are now five. If you really feel like setting the mood, revisit Gavin Cleaver's ode to Monty Python via barbecue. Then order the lot.
Wednesday, November 13 If you're just not ready to commit to one brewery (you shouldn't), then on Wednesday, November 13, one of the best little craft stores in North Texas, Lonestar Beverages, is hosting a meet-and-greet with some of our finest brewers including: Cedar Creek, Lakewood, DEBC, Rahr, Franconia, Martin House, Revolver and Community. Just clear Wednesday. And Thursday morning for good measure.
After that, head over to the Libertine for a Rahr vintage beer dinner. This five-course dinner is paired dinner with rare, aged Rahr beers. Tickets are more than reasonable at $60 per person. Call 214-824-7900 for reservations.
Thursday, November 14 On Thursday you better make haste to The Holy Grail Pub in Plano, where Firewheel will tap a Special #1 Balcones barrel-aged beer. This was brewed exclusively for the Holy Grail Pub, so we're thinking that means it will be the only place you're gonna be able to get it.
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Also on Thursday, Peticolas is releasing a keg of 2012 Great Scot!, and per their Facebook page is "only the second keg of 2012 to hit the market."
Friday, November 15 Friday is a mess. • Flying Saucer Addison is hosting a Four Corners and Martin House special release. • Flying Saucer The Lake is hosting a Lakewood Brewing Co. party. • The Asador in the Renaissance has invited Real Ale's Erik Ogershok over for dinner and you can go too. It's five-courses for $55. • The Meddlesome Moth will have an Avery Blackout including the flight of Mephistopheles' 2012, Out of Bounds, Uncle Jacob's, Rumpkin and The Czar • Dallas Beer Kitchen is hosting Community Brewing takeover. • Firewheel is at East Side Social Club in Denton. • North Oak Cliff Beer and Wine is hosting a Brooklyn Brewery tasting. • And Jack Mac's Swill and Grill will have a "night of romance" with Texas bourbon and beer. • That's not even all, but that's where we're stopping. • Stop already.
Saturday, November 16 Next Saturday, Peticolas is hosting a rare beer and cask tour along with a glass and T-shirt give-away. Finally. Some T-shirts.
Every day If you're in Denton, just pitch a tent at Oak Street Drafthouse. Each night they're hosting a different brewery, including chances to meet the owners: Monday it's Franconia Brewing, Tuesday is Martin House and Armadillo Ale Works on Friday.