Generally, we're down with celebrating beer (or any other booze, for that matter) any day of the week. This weekend, though, is special — it's the end of American Craft Beer Week, which means that it is totally acceptable to drink copious amounts of beer, so long as they're made in one of the United States' hundreds of craft breweries.
In Dallas-Fort Worth, you can barely throw an empty beer can without hitting a local brewery. Not all of them are great, but you should still support our budding beer scene with your dollars and your drunkenness. American Craft Beer Week is the perfect occasion to finally put down the Bud Light and try some of the incredible beers that Dallas-Fort Worth have to offer. Check out these five breweries this weekend — the only thing you have to lose is your addiction to terrible beer.
Braindead Brewing Dallas' latest brewery is already turning heads, thanks in large part to its comprehensive beer program and those ridiculously delicious burgers. Deep Ellum is home to one other brewery, but the minds behind Braindead — including master restaurateur Shannon Wynne's son Sam Wynne — have gone above and beyond in creating a really incredible brewery experience. Wash down that beer-brined chicken with a few weird beers from this great brewery. Try a Cerveza Sin Frontera, made by Jester King in Denver in collaboration with a brewery from Switzerland. It may not be local, but it's still pretty damn good.
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Flying Saucer (Addison) Of course, The Flying Saucer is always an incredible destination for beer in Dallas, but this week is a particularly solid time to earn one of those coveted golden saucers that probably indicate that you drink way too damn much. This week, the skilled cicerones at Flying Saucer will be educating the unwashed masses on the nuances of all kinds of beers, and tapping rare brews every single day this week from Dogfish, Deschutes, and others. This Sunday, they'll welcome beer scene newbies like Audacity, Texas Ale House, and other newcomers to the local scene. Whichever day you decide to go, you can guarantee that you're going to drink some excellent beer.
Public School 214 A little education probably wouldn't kill you, which is exactly why Public School 214 is the perfect stop for beer novices who want to get a taste of craft, even if they don't really get it. In celebration of American Craft Beer Week, Public School 214 will offer $12 beer flights, each with 3 five ounce pours. The IPA flight features two local beers alongside Saint Arnold, Four Corners' El Chingon and Community's Sundial. The ale flight, particularly good for those with very minimal beer knowledge, includes Dallas' best high-ABV beer, Peticolas' Velvet Hammer. Buy both, and then Uber home — you're gonna need to.
Revolver Brewing Yeah, you're going to have to drive to Grandbury, but get over it. Revolver Brewing is easily one of the best beer makers in the area, if not the country. Outside of their stellar Blood & Honey brew, a local favorite, you can sample Revolver's High Brass, a blonde ale, and the Revolver Bock, packed full of delicious caramel and coffee goodness. Every Saturday, the brewery opens their doors for an afternoon tour for just $10. Your tour includes four 8 oz pours of Revolver beer, which is a remarkable deal when you consider how damn expensive craft beer is at bars.
Cold Beer Company Any bar with "cold beer" in the name is automatically a winner in our book, but Cold Beer Company is really knocking it out of the park during American Craft Beer Week. The Deep Ellum bar is tapping Lakewood Brewing Company's Mole Temptress, which may very well be one of the most interesting beers in Dallas right now. This bar has also been tapping Martin House Bockslider, Audacity Bulletproof, and all kinds of other rare indie beers that may very well be gone forever once this week is over.