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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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What to Make, Where To Go for Cinco de Mayo

May 5, 2016
Cinco de Mayo Cocktails |

Around here, we refuse to call today Cinco de Drinko – all it evokes is visions of cheap margs you pound by the quart. We’d rather celebrate the holiday with beautifully balanced, wonderfully crafted cocktails – including ones that don’t feature tequila. Imagine that! Here are some beverages that’ll have you forgetting Cinco de Drinko forever. Not in the mood to whip up drinks? We’ve got a list of spots where they’ll do it for you — with terrific Cinco specials. Cheers!

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Pork & Pantry, Swill & Suds, Swine Dining

The Swine & Swill 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

December 16, 2015
Holiday beer and liquor gift guide |

What do you get the lush and bon vivant who has everything? If you’re thirsty for ideas, we’re here to help: Swine & Swill is proud to present its first-ever holiday gift guide! In the next several paragraphs, you’ll find recommendations for cool, quirky and just plain outstanding presents for those who love spirits, beer and booze-oriented tools, for all kinds of budget levels. Cheers to a good year of gift-giving! Oh, and keep in mind — most of these make killer gifts to yourself!

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Swill & Suds, Swine Dining

My North Texas Beer Week Wish List

November 6, 2015
North Texas Beer Week |

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

Flight of Fancy: Whiskeys at The Second Floor

October 15, 2015

If you’ve ever popped by for a meal at The Second Floor – Gina and Scott Gottlich’s low-lit, sexy restaurant inside the Westin Galleria hotel – you may have missed that the modern American cuisine destination has a killer whiskey collection. In fact, it’s one of the more extensive sets you’ll find in Dallas, with nearly 200 whiskies on hand, so whether you’re a spirit newbie or an old pro, you’re bound to find something that’s endlessly sippable.

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Tasting the new Guinness Nitro IPA

October 6, 2015

Ed. Note: Our intrepid contibutor, Patrick St. Jean, ventured out to Savor Restaurant in Dallas last week to check out Guinness’ latest iteration.

By Patrick St. Jean

Last Tuesday evening, we headed down to Savor Gastropub near Klyde Warren Park in Dallas for the introduction of Guinness’ new Nitro IPA. We got there a little bit early and spent some time talking to Ian Colgan, Guinness’ Beer Ambassador, as well as the American staff helping him out. Our group was seated outside, much to the delight of the folks from Guinness, as they were enjoying our lovely local weather.

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New Dallas food festival will bring beer, cocktails, too

September 23, 2015

Kicking off this Friday night, Park & Palate is a spankin’-new food festival bringing not just eats from some of the best chefs in Texas, but a bevy of beverages to Klyde Warren Park. We’re talking craft beer, spirits from the likes of Absolut Elyx and Jameson, wine from around 30 wineries, and cocktails aplenty!

Handling the latter during the two-day food festival will be our friends Matt Orth of Lark on the Park and Michael Martensen of Proof + Pantry and the new Madrina (he’s pictured above, between his restaurant teammates Jeremy Hargrove and chef Julio Peraza).

Hungry for more info? Read all about the inaugural event at The Dallas Diva, where you can learn 5 vital tidbits that’ll convince you that you NEED to be at KWP this Friday and Saturday nights. Cheers!

[Disclosure: Park & Palate has provided us with press passes to the event. These opinions are my own.]

Swill & Suds, Swine Dining

Hopdoddy debuts a burger starring what we’re all about

September 11, 2015
Bacon, Bourbon, Bleu Cheese Burger at Hopdoddy |

Austin-born craft burger chainlet Hopdoddy Burger Bar is offering a doozy of a house special. Until Sept. 20, the Triple B — which stands for bacon, bourbon, blue cheese — is available to rock your world, with a Texas-style Kobe beef patty topped with blue Jack cheese, fried onion strings and warm bourbon bacon onion jam, all nestled onto a bed of arugula and tucked into the restaurant’s perfect egg bun. Bacon and a little liquor on top of a burger? Sign me up … and don’t forget to pair this with one of Hopdoddy’s many craft beers on tap. I just have to remember to high-tail it to Hopdoddy before the 20th; this month is flying by so quickly!