Upcoming special events
Just over a week from now, The Flying Saucer in Addison celebrates its 15th anniversary with an afternoon celebration on Sunday, February 27th from 1-6pm. Although specific details have yet to be published, the main attraction will no doubt be a special tapping of 10 very rare brews.
In Dallas, The Common Table is still taking reservations for their Jester King Beer Dinner on Tuesday, February 22nd. However, if you’re already looking ahead to March they also have their Starkbierfest celebration coming up on Saturday, March 5th, as well as a Brooklyn Brewery Beer Dinner on Monday, March 14th. Call 214-880-7414 for more information, or to make reservations.
Also in the city, the Meddlesome Moth has announced “Ale Festivus”, a week-long celebration of craft beer beginning on Monday, April 4th and running through Sunday, April 10th. Events include a variety of special dinners, as well as rare tappings all week, and a pair of exclusive tastings on Saturday the 9th. Check out their website for full details and pricing.
Taps around town
This week’s tap update starts out at The Holy Grail Pub in Plano, where the growing popularity of Jester King Commercial Suicide has led to its promotion to full-time status. Also on the board in this capacity is Ska’s Modus Hoperandi, a personal favorite that ranks right up there with many of the bigger name American IPAs.
Checking out the latest changes at Square Burger in McKinney, we find two new additions to the captivating, bright blue tap wall. Mighty Arrow, New Belgium’s newest seasonal, is now available along with Santa Fe Nut Brown Ale, which takes over the spot previously occupied by Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar.
Over at Franconia, new tap accounts continue to be added on a regular basis. In Grapevine, Saltwater Willy’s now has Franconia Dunkel on draught, while those hanging out around Southlake Town Square can head over to Copeland’s for a pint of Franconia Lager.
New on shelves
Rahr’s newest bomber and limited releases from both Boulevard and Great Divide lead the way among new products available this week at local craft beer retailers. Stock information effective Wednesday, February 16th, and is provided by S&K Beverages, located on W. Spring Creek Parkway at US 75 in Plano.
Rahr Snowmaggedon – The second release in their To Thee Series, this Imperial Oatmeal Stout commemorates the rebirth of the brewery after the 2010 roof collapse. Available in 22oz bottles.
Boulevard Chocolate Ale – A collaboration with renowned Kansas City-based chocolatier Christopher Elbow, the newest member of the Smokestack Series incorporates a rare variety of cocoa nibs from the Dominican Republic. Available in 750mL bottles (very limited).
Full Sail Bump in the Night – The first of their 2011 Brewmaster Reserve line-up, this brew is the latest entry into the rapidly expanding Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale category. Available in 22oz bottles.
Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti – The newest edition to the outstanding line of Yeti brews, this version is aged on oak chips along with a generous helping of espresso. Available in 22oz bottles (very limited).
Ommegang Rare Vos – This Belgian amber, which features the aromas and flavors of caramel and orange blossoms, is described by Ommegang as the ‘Dark Horse” of their portfolio. Available in 750mL bottles.
Victory Headwaters Pale Ale – Brewed to mark the brewery’s 15th Anniversary, this beer is Victory’s way of paying homage to the water from a local creek that is used in all their brews. Available in 6-packs of 12oz bottles.
Note: Snowmageddon will arrive on Thursday, February 17th.
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