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It’s Big Texas Beer Fest Time Again!

March 19, 2017
Big Texas Beer Fest 2017 Is On! | SwineAndSwill.com

Late March/early April are heading our way quick, which means … so is this year’s Big Texas Beer Fest! Yeehaw and bottoms up!

The annual beer-sipping extravaganza is coming back to Fair Park and bringing its usual super-extensive slate of craft beers from Dallas, Texas, the US and the world over. Beginning last year, BTBF became a two-day affair, and it seems that format was popular enough to be repeated this month. The Friday and Saturday sessions are the same, except for the live-band lineup. So whichever day you go, you’ll be sure to enjoy brews aplenty.

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Swill & Suds, Swine Dining

Malai Kitchen’s Brewmaster Talks Suds and Strategy

August 25, 2016

Since its inception, I’ve loved and admired the in-house beer program at Malai Kitchen, particularly how well the restaurant’s Thai-Vietnamese fusion food goes with its Asian-based brews. This year, the Dallas-born restaurant marked two new milestones that have expanded its beer pedigree: a new branch in Southlake serving up amazing suds and the spring arrival of a new brewmaster, Matt Reynolds. Both have brought a ton of terrific anticipation and excitement to the brainchild of co-owners Yasmin and Braden Wages, and the latter addition brings a varied and super-interesting mix of skills to the table.

Reynolds, a University of North Texas grad, has a background and degree in engineering and while working in that field professionally, he honed his talents in beer making as part of the local home-brewing scene. So much so that when the Malai brewer gig opened up, he jumped at the chance to turn his hobby into his new profession.

I had the chance to pick Reynolds’ brain about his brewmastery — here’s what he had to say about his approach and plans at Malai.

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Swill & Suds, Swine Dining

My North Texas Beer Week Wish List

November 6, 2015
North Texas Beer Week | SwineAndSwill.com

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.

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Swill & Suds, Swine Dining

Savor Dallas bulks up its slate of spirits and beer

March 19, 2015
Savor Dallas brings the booze and beer | SwineAndSwill.com

Membership has its privileges, someone once said. And that is true of Goody Goody’s deep involvement in this year’s Savor Dallas, the refreshed annual food and wine extravaganza that kicks off tonight. Last year, the Dallas Morning News-owned event firm CrowdSource scooped up Savor Dallas from co-founders Jim White and Vicky Briley-White and have since unleashed a slew of cool changes to the four-day event!

In addition to a (sold-out) Community Brunch on Sunday whose proceeds benefit Cafe Momentum, a new series of informational foodie/drinkie events called the Toast of the Town Event Series will take place at some of the finest restos in town all throughout Savor Dallas.

But, hey — this is a beer and spirits blog. So what we’re most excited about is that the centerpiece Grand Tasting (the huge food and drink sampling extravaganza going down this year at Fair Park’s Centennial Hall) is debuting a spirits alley featuring among the best brands in the biz. (The Reserve Tasting just before the Grand Tasting is also featuring a mixology corner, but that event’s sold out!) PLUS, Savor Dallas has joined forces with the folks at Untapped (also run by CrowdSource) to present a craft beer corner at the Grand Tasting.

The mini-Untapped participants will include brews from Ballast Point, Boulevard, Brooklyn, Dogfish Head, Goose Island, Firestone Walker, Lakewood and Ommegang. Hanging out on the spirits alley will be nearly 40 labels, including Woodford Reserve, Tullamore D.E.W., Fernet, Herradura and Grey Goose. So slap on your Bytox patch before you navigate the offerings this Saturday, because there’ll be a ton to savor at Savor Dallas!