Zombieland Twinkie Beer and Dark Halloween Brews

Finally, it's time for dark beers you can't see through.
Finally, it's time for dark beers you can't see through. Lauren Drewes Daniels
Tuesday, Oct. 27, is National American Beer Day.

And while we really pride ourselves on a robust love of all beers every day, this is simply an excuse to highlight some local ones, to which we are certainly partial. So, as part of our monthly-ish beer round-up, the following are some updates from local breweries.

Side huddle: In the beginning of the pandemic, as with many local businesses there was a big focus on supporting breweries. Eight months has made all this seem like a new normal, but we shouldn’t sleep on how important it is to continue to buy from local breweries. Maybe buy a little more.

click to enlarge These special releases are a collaboration between Lakewood Brewing and Intrinsic Smokehouse and Brewery. Can artwork is by Brad Albright. - LAKEWOOD BREWING CO.
These special releases are a collaboration between Lakewood Brewing and Intrinsic Smokehouse and Brewery. Can artwork is by Brad Albright.
Lakewood Brewing Co.

Lakewood Brewing Co.

2302 Executive Drive, Garland

Lakewood Brewing partnered with Intrinsic Smokehouse and Brewery (509 W. State St. in Garland) to make two Zombieland-inspired Twinkie beers. In case you're not part of the cult, let's get you up to speed. First, yes, the Zombieland movies starring Woody Harrelson have a serious cult-like following. Second, Harrelson's character, Tallahassee, is obsessed with Twinkies.

For its part, Lakewood infused original Twinkies into an 11.2% blonde stout brewed with banana and coffee. Intrinsic went with the chocolate Twinkie for a 10% cream stout. Local artist Brad Albright provided the artwork for the cans and a special 3D poster. Check their social media pages for information about a contest on how to win an autographed poster.

The Zombieland Double Tap beers are only available at each of the breweries, starting at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30,  They will have prints and 3-D glasses for the first 100 guests at each location.

Community Beer Co.

1530 Inspiration Drive (Design District)

Community is offering 25% off all core beers now through Election Day if you bring in your “I Voted” sticker. Speaking of voting and America, who could use a cookie with their beer? Nov. 12, Community is releasing a Snicker Doodle Ale made with heirloom English Marris Otter malted barley, freshly pureed vanilla beans and whole cinnamon sticks because they don't do anything halfway. It's an all-day beer (5.2% ABV). Get this one while you can, because once it's gone, it's gone, and I hate it when good beer just ghosts us.

Peticolas Brewing Co.

1301 Pace St. (Design District)

Our favorite brewer has revived Wintervention, a 10% ABV full-bodied ale spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and ginger. All the spices for this beer were sourced from local spice peddler Pendery’s World of Chiles and Spices. How fun is that? Now you're supporting two local business with each sip.

Bishop Cider Co.

509 N. Bishop Ave. (Bishop Arts District)

This North Oak Cliff spot has a new Pecan Pie Cider, made with Texas pecans. You can use the website to find all the places you can pick this up. 

Celestial Beerworks

2530 Butler St. (Medical District)

Guess who just completed their second spin around the sun? Celestial also recently released a barrel-aged imperial stout called Mean Motion, of which there are only about 200 remaining at the brewery. It's not online though, so you'll have to hustle over. The layers of flavor here make it worth a special trip; it's brewed with espresso and vanilla beans and a blend of Weller bourbon-aged stout and a Maker's Mark-aged stout. Bonus, each bottle is dipped in a sparkly wax, a la Maker’s Mark.

3 Nations Brewing

1033 E Vandergriff Drive, Carrollton

3 Nations is getting in the spirit of things with a small batch Pumpkin Spice Brown Ale, which has a "hint of pumpkin spice latte" and a 6.1% ABV. They also have a Devout Mexican Imperial milk stout that has notes of Mexican chocolate and coffee.

Río Fresco Hard Seltzer

221 South Bell Ave. Denton

Río Fresco recently released a holiday-inspired, cranberry-ginger seltzer that will be sold at retailers across North Texas soon. 

Bluffview Growler

3850 Northwest Highway (Northwest Dallas)

If you’re looking for a cornucopia of flavors to try, Bluffview Growler is hosting Boos and Brews Saturday with beer and wine specials along with a lot of seasonal flavors from local breweries. 
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Lauren Drewes Daniels is the Dallas Observer's food editor. She started writing about local restaurants, chefs, beer and kouign-amanns in 2011. She's driven through two dirt devils and is certain they were both some type of cosmic force.