North Texas Beer Week is back to lift beer lovers from Dallas to Fort Worth to Denton to sudsy nirvana. This year’s celebration features more than 400 events from today through Sunday, Nov. 15, so not only would you be crazy not to make time to hit up one or more of them, but you can be sure to find some event to rave about. Foodies can find a multitude of beer pairing meals; hopheads can lean toward any number of IPA-forward tastings and tappings; even fruity beer lovers have an event to emblazon on their calendar. Best part? There’s seemingly an activity or party for every interest in between.
Here’s a list of the events that caught my eye and that I’d totally attend if I could survive attending NTX Beer Week every damn day. For the rest of the gigantic lineup, go straight to the source at NTX Beer Week’s homepage.
Brew-HaHa Comedy Series
Franconia Brewing Company
Not to be confused with the similarly named event I wrote about the other day, this is a comedy series that’ll see stand-up comics bringing their act to 16 local breweries, with the kick-off at Franconia.
LUCK (Local Urban Craft Kitchen)
If you follow me over at The Dallas Diva, you know I’m a huge fan of this fancy flea market featuring the wares and handcrafted goods of local artists and artisans. This year, with the Flea being located at Trinity Groves, it is teaming up with NTBW, and you can sip on Four Corners beer while you shop. Brilliant, if you ask me!
NTX Beer Week Beer Yoga
The Collective Brewing Project
Beer yoga goes down at this brewery every Saturday, and Collective Brewing promises this Beer Week edition will be extra special. For $20, you can partake in an hourlong yoga sesh and enjoy two pints of suds. Bring your own mat!
LUCK (Local Urban Craft Kitchen)
The Trinity Groves beer bar and restaurant is featuring a special menu including: Peticolas Golden Opportunity Micholadas, Revolver Blood & Honey Beermosas and a special tapping of Rabbit Hole’s newest Coffee Ale.
On Rotation Spins Up: A House Beer Festival
The incredible flavors of this event made me stop in my tracks. The East Dallas brewpub is unveiling special blends made in-house, including Raspberry Tart, Cafe Au Lait Milk Stout and Jalapeño Saison. An impressive way to toast their very first NTX Beer Week!
Peticolas Brewing Company Sunday Special Tappings
The NTX Beer Week description says it best: “Michael Peticolas is sending 14 kegs over direct from the brewery including a Special Cask for all of us in East Dallas to enjoy!”
Bitter Sisters Pint Night
State & Allen
I’d be keen on attending this because I want to taste more from the Addison brewery! On hand will be the Family Trip (Belgian Triple), the Hissy Fit (Marzen Lager) and the Cat Fight (IPA).
Ninkasi Brewing Launch Party and Beer Dinner
The Uptown eatery is pairing five iterations from this newly arrived brewery out of Oregon with casual dishes like lollipop corn dogs, a lemongrass pork sandwich and a grilled Caesar salad. Ninkasi will have glasses and other swag on hand to purchase. The pairing dinner is $40; get your tickets here.
Macaronium Verum – Mysterium Verum/Mac n Cheese Tasting
Stonedeck Pizza Pub
A beer and macaroni and cheese tasting? Where have you BEEN all my life?! Pairings include Real Ale’s Kraken barleywine with a shrimp mac and cheese and the brand’s Mysterium Verum Empire with a tikka masala mac. For dessert? A Brewer’s Ball ticket giveaway!
10 Beers, 10 Days – Sausage Fest
Four Corners Brewing Company
Four Corners has a different beer spotlighted for each day of NTX Beer Week, and today’s caught my foodie fancy. They’ll bust out an Oktoberfest beer made with sausage spices. This could be just as crazy (and satisfying!) as Four Corners’ pizza beer from several months back!
Women of Craft Beer Symposium
This event has awesome written all over it. Beer is a largely dude-dominated biz, so for NTX Beer Week to feature successful women in the field with this forum is a terrific thing. Brands represented at the symposium include Community, Lakewood, and Karbach.
Birds & Brew
Trinity River Audubon Center
As a casual and very occasional birding enthusiast, I’m delighted by this event – birding and beer, y’all! Explore the paths at the Audubon Center whilst sipping on beers from Noble Rey, Guns & Oil and Backcountry. The cost is $10.
2nd Annual NTX Beer Week Brewer’s Ball
NTX Beer Week Brewer’s Ball
The centerpiece event of NTX Beer Week is the second annual Brewer’s Ball, where guests get to meet and greet craft beer masters while noshing on food from local beer-friendly restaurants. As NTX Beer Week states, “A founder, owner, and/or brewmaster from each brewery will be present and only 500 tickets are available, making this an intimate event you won’t want to miss.” Tickets are $125 and can be purchased online here.
Brewnanza @ TUPPS Brewery
11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Like the Bitter Sisters event, I’d want to hit this one up to finally make good on an invitation to visit from co-founder Keith Lewis AND to see what’s brewing. Brewer Chris Lewis will be brewing a test batch on TUPPS’ pilot system for every guest to watch and inquire about. There’ll also be six beers on tap as well as beer cocktails.
Pop Up Bia Hoi Shop
11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
West Village’s Southeast Asian-food showplace Malai Kitchen is turning its patio into a Hanoi-style pop-up shop featuring its house-made Vietnamese rice lager, bia hoi. Pints are only 50 cents a pop till the keg runs out, and Malai is also selling small plates reminiscent of the region, including tempura frog legs, five-spice pork ribs and eggplant fritters.
FW Weekly Homebrew Throwdown
Panther Island Pavilion – The Shack
Noon to 6 p.m.
Fort Worth Weekly is hosting its inaugural homebrew showcase, with at-home brewmasters competing against one another for the title of best homebrew in town. With purchase of a tasting ticket, you get a sampling card good for 12 tastes of beer from Collective Brewing Project, Martin House, Panther Island Brewing, Rahr, Revolver and Shannon Brewing; beers can be purchased once your punchcard is spent. Food trucks will be on hand, live music is courtesy of Shotgun Friday, and the Cowboys game projected on a big screen. Because beer simply must go with sports! General admission tickets (sans beer-sampling punchcard) are $10 and tasting tickets are $15; buy them here.