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Smoke Out of the Holy Grail, Ride a Flying Saucer or Just Sit at The Common Table For Summer Beer Events

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Summer is just about upon us, and with it lighter session beers, wheats and wits. And while those can be complex, satisfying brews, it's still nice to take the occasional break from them for richer (and more alcoholic) choices. Or maybe that's just my too-tolerant liver talking.

A few events on the horizon should be just the ticket for those bored with the lawnmower beers most of us reach for following a hard day of working outside, or even after bursting into a drenching sweat on the walk from the driveway to the door.

First up is Holy Grail Pub's Smoke Out this weekend. I'm guessing someone there actually did smoke out before coming up with one of the featured barbecue offerings: bacon-injected brisket. I'm also curious what the BBQ Snob thinks of this. "New and favorite beers" including Real Ale Mysterium Verum Devil's Share will complement the meats. A couple weeks later, beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday the 12th, Holy Grail has the Dog Days of Summer featuring Dogfish Head's Black and Blue, Festina Peche, Burton Baton and Midas Touch.

Next week's Brewsday Tuesday at The Common Table highlights Peticolas Brewing Company, with the debut of Golden Opportunity, which Michael Peticolas told me back in January will split the difference between a golden ale and a kolsch, along with the previously available Velvet Hammer, Great Scot! and Royal Scandal. The next day, the Table taps 2010 Avery Reverend and 2010 Avery Salvation, and Saturday, June 9, begins the restaurant's second anniversary party with a complete Lone Star State (but not Lone Star beer, as far as I can tell) tap and stage takeover with 15 Texas breweries, three casks and four music acts (J. Charles and the Train Robbers at 1 p.m., Boxcar Bandits at 3, David Wax Museum at 10 and Joe Pug at 11).

And 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday the 16th is Flying Saucer on the Lake's Third Annual Spring BeerFeast. (If "third annual" is right, that is -- did they call it BeerFeast or Beer Fest in past years? I'm not concerned enough to Google it.) Saucer fests/feasts always feature a big variety and include some rare and/or aged brewskis, and this one is no different with 25 breweries and 60 beers along with the following rarities: Brew Vertical Jewbilation; Rahr & Sons Bourbon Barrel Winter Warmer; Real Ale Kraken; a Stone Brewing Co. collaboration to be announced, a year-old Boulevard Brewing Co. Saison Brett; and Jester King Whiskey (that's all the release says; I'd guess it's whiskey-barrel-aged Commercial Suicide or Rodeo, unless the Austin brewery has secretly been distilling all along).

Special tappings will be announced throughout the day on Twitter, so keep your phone charged. Also, because Dallas County regulations now require any gathering of 25 people or more to include food trucks, wheeled meals will be available as well. Tickets are $30 through June 15 and $40 the day of, though there are special offers available. Buy this weekend and you'll get a $5 Saucer gift card, or get tickets for $25 each with the purchase of 10 or more through June 14 at this site, and you can take advantage of both offers at once.

Complete list as of today:


Adelberts Tripel B

Alaskan Amber

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

Coney Island Hop Manna

Deep Ellum Farmhouse Wit

Deep Ellum IPA

Delirium Noel

Deschutes Twilight

Green Flash/Founders Collaboration

Hops and Grain New Zealand IPA

Jester King/Mikkeller Drink'n in the Sunbelt

Lagunitas Sucks Holiday

Leinenkugel Big Eddy Scotch Ale

Maui Sweet Onion Mild

New Belgium Cocoa Mole

New Belgium Tart Lychee

Oskar Blues Deviant Dales

Peticolas Golden Opportunity

Peticolas Velvet Hammer

Pyramid Apricot

Ranger Creek SA IPA

Ranger Creek Strawberry Milk Stout

Rodenboch Grand Cru

Shiner Ruby Red Bird

Silly Noel

St. Bernardus Tripel

St. Fuellin Special


Thirsty Planet / Franklin BBQ Smoked Porter

Victory Summer Love


Adelberts Sctrachin Hippo

Anchor Steam

Avery Hog Heaven

Avery Salvation

Boulevard Dark Truth

Boulevard Sixth Glass

Breckenridge Lucky U

Breckenridge Summerbright

Brewdog Dogma

Brewdog Punk IPA

Brooklyn Local One

Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp

Coney Island Albino Python

Cuvee des Jacobins

Foxtrot Pear

Full Sail Bourbon Porter

Green Flash Rayon Vert

Hops and Grains Alt

Jester King Wytchmaker Rye

Left Hand Juju Ginger

Moylans Kilt Lifter

Oskar Blues Old Chub


Popperings Hommel

Redstone Juniperberry

Ska Decadent

Ska Mexi Logger

Stone Smoked Porter

Wasatch Winter

Woodchuck Farmhouse Original Cider

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