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Shmaltz Brewing Company In Dallas for Two Events This Week

The quirky kosher craft brewer that all started out as a Chanuka experiment back in 1996, Shmaltz Brewing Co., will be in town later this week to promote their latest beer, chat about old ones and, in general, get acquainted with the locals. As a bonus founder Jeremy Cowan will also give lessons in how to say hops in Hebrew.

This New York-via-San Francisco brewing company was a long-time contract brewer, but more recently got its own digs in the form of a 20,000-square-foot brewery, in Clifton Park, New York. The brewers enjoy extensive use of both historic and modern storytelling puns, which make for good bottle-label reading.

On Thursday Cowan will be at Sigel's in Addison from 5 to 7 p.m. for a tasting and to sign bottles. The He'brew brewers will have their new seasonal release Rejewvenator Dubble Dopple with "sacred nectar of dates and figs -- both fruits infused to create a truly glorious species." This half-Belgian-style dubbel ale, half-doppelbock European lager is "the only one if its kind," according to their tip sheet.

Other beers at the tasting include Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale, Bittersweet Lenny's Rye IPA, Hop Manna IPA and Messiah Nut Brown Ale.

Reservations are suggested, but not mandatory: [email protected] They'll sign your bottles, but we're sure if you play your cards right, they'd probably sign your chest too.

On Friday Cowan will head over to Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House. Shmaltz school starts at 8 p.m. where you can imbibe in the newest member of the lineup, David's Slingshot Hoppy Summer Lager on draft. They'll also have Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale, Hop Manna IPA and Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.

Not that we need an excuse to hang out at Goodfriends on a Friday evening, but this event certainly makes it all more enticing.

Dallas band Southband Lane will be there providing tunes.

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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.