American Craft Beer Week is fast approaching, so you'd better save your beer money. You can start by taking $10 off the advance price and $20 off the door price by buying your North Texas Beer Festival tickets today, as the event's Facebook page is offering admission to the Saturday festivities at the Plano Centre for $20. A few unique beers you can try there include Samuel Adams Oak Aged Porter and Cherry Chocolate Bock, and Southern Star Walloon.
Matt Quenette at the Meddlesome Moth offers more information about the 2007 Dogfish Head rarities to be offered beginning at 5 p.m. today. The bar has 12 bottles apiece of Red and White and Fort, and a case apiece of Burton Baton, Raison D'Extra and Immort Ale. Prices are $30 per 750-mL bottle of Red and White and $40 per 750-mL bottle of Fort, and $12 per 12-ounce bottle of Burton Baton, $15 for a 12-ounce bottle of Immort Ale and $18 for a 12-ounce bottle of the no-longer-available D'Extra. Or you can try a flight with 4-ounce samples of all five for $25.
He also mentioned a special event at 5 p.m. Friday, when brewmaster Jeff Hamm of Southern Star will be on hand for a special cask tapping of Bombshell Blonde infused with jasmine tea. And after pulling out all the stops for Ale Week last month, the Moth isn't doing anything too crazy for American Craft Beer Week next week. But with brewery reps making the rounds, there will be reason to check in with your favorite beer joints. After the jump, a few highlights from the Moth as well as The Common Table (don't forget about Saturday's Belgian Tea Party, the flyer for which is above) and the Libertine Bar.
Michael Lalli, brewmaster for Choc Beer Company in Oklahoma, will be at the Craft Beer Festival at Sigel's Greenville (5757 Greenville Ave.) 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, along with representatives from 19 other brewers. The event is free with an RSVP and includes up to 20 beer samples and appetizers. I wouldn't count on more than a sip or two from each, and the "appetizers" to amount to much more than crackers, but there will also be sales, and hey -- it's free! Sign up here.
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The Common Table celebrates three Brewsday Tuesdays next week, with bonus editions on Monday and Wednesday. Monday, Great Divide reps will be on hand. Tuesday, Oskar Blues brewer Dave Chicura will be there, as will Dale's Mama's G'Night and possibly others. Wednesday offers the chance to try Real Ale Lost Gold IPA and the barrel-aged version, Empire.
The Moth will have a cask of Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball for its Wednesday tapping on May 18, plus on Friday the 20th, a cask of Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 11. Also, the bar offers Texas drafts for $4.
And the Libertine Bar is offering a post-ACBW beer dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25. Beers haven't been selected yet, but the food menu is available here.