Barleywine, anyone? Flying Saucer Draught Emporium on The Lake is hosting Barleywine Week, which runs January 26 through the 30th. Barleywine isn't actually a wine at all, but rather a beer. It takes its name from wine because of its high alcohol content (usually in the neighborhood of 8 - 12 percent.) Flying Saucer will debut a new barleywine every night for five nights (Thursday is Dogfish Head Old School 2013 and Friday is Real Ale Kraken 2012) so keep your calendar open: the hops are calling.
What it be: Barleywine Week
When it do: January 26 - 30, starting at 5 p.m. every day
Where dat is: 4821 Bass Pro Drive Garland Texas, 75043
Well, this is one way to beat the line. Pecan Lodge Brisket, in conjunction with The Wine Poste, is currently selling tickets for a brisket and wine tasting. Participants will receive a half pound of brisket, mac and cheese and four wine samples, plus one full glass of their favorite. My favorite would be the brisket, so I'm hoping it won't be too gouche when I ask them to refill my tumbler with burnt ends Tickets are $30. Call 214.272.3221 in the event that it sells out online.
What it be: Pecan Lodge Brisket and Wine Tasting
When it do: Thursday, January 29 from 6 - 8 p.m.
Where dat is: 2001 Irving Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75207
Wine and cheese chats. Because you're an adult who likes to get out on a Thursday evening. Because spray cheese and wine spritzers doesn't seem to be cutting it at your social gatherings, and you need to learn about this stuff. Because you want to be around other people who like getting out on Thursday evenings to learn about this stuff. Enjoy four wines, four cheeses and a chat with Grape GM/sommelier Courtney Luscher and cheesemonger Ali Morgan. The cost is $28 per person. Call 214.828.1981 for reservations.
What it be: Wine and Cheese Chat
When it do: Thursday, January 29 from Thursday 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where dat is: 2808 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75206
The Kessler Baking Studio is holding a dark chocolate lover's workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to taste and compare different chocolate bars. Think Sideways but with nibs. There will also be demonstrations on how to make chocolate bowls, truffles and mousse and dipped berries.
What it be: Dark Chocolate Lover's Class (BYOB)
When it do: Thursday, January 29 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Where dat is: 1129 N. Beckley Avenue Dallas, Texas 75203
Hugh Stewart, of Chamberlain's Fish Market Grill, will be on hand at the Dallas Farmers Market as part of the market's winter cooking class series. The theme for this class will be "Texas Kobe Beef" aka "Fuck You, Vegetabes." The cost is $30 at the door. For reservations, call 214-653-8088 or visit aiwf.org/dallasftworth.
What it be: 2015 Winter Chefs Cooking Class Series
When it do: Saturday, January 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where dat is: 1010 South Pearl Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75201
Here's another blaring oversight in the American educational system for you: many of our nation's children are completing 12 years of schooling without ever learning about the aspects of quality craft beer. Oh sure, they can balance equations and analyze Mobey Dick, but can they describe the brewing process and its ingredients, rattle off an inventory of beer styles or give you sampling techniques? No. And that, my friends, is why we have to pay Community Beer Company $25 in order to get the education we should have received from public school. Community's head brewer, Jamie Fulton, will act as headmaster of Beer School, teaching you the history of beer and all kinds of other academic beer stuff. A tour of the brewery is also included in the price of admission.
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What it be: Beer School
When it do: Saturday, January 31 from 2- 5 p.m.
Where dat is: 1530 Inspiration Drive, Dallas, Texas 75207