January 6, 2018

The City of Dallas strikes again.  Last week, Bishop Cider Co.'s Cidercade, Noble Rey, and Peticolas all received unexpected visits from the Dallas fire marshal and were forced to close their tap rooms (hopefully temporarily), update their fire safety measures, and re-apply for new certificates of occupancy (which can take months to obtain).  The City claims that it's just a coincidence all three were shut down in a one-week s...

March 14, 2017

Ballast Point, know pretty much universally for their Sculpin series of IPAs, has been on a distribution kick of late. While the new ownership has been criticized by some for cutting a corner here or there (now using pineapple powder rather than real pineapple for their Pineapple Sculpin, for instance), they do seem to want to expand their nationwide product stable beyond their traditional lineup. Enter Peppermint Victory at S...

January 4, 2017

We recently checked out the new Craft Beer Cellar in Lakewood--a cool new beer shop and tap room in Old Lakewood that sits in a spot that used to be inhabited by a Papa John's Pizza, right next to another favorite spot of ours, Cock & Bull.  The place has been highly anticipated, and well-received, and we wanted to know what the hype was all about.

When we walked in, we were immediately greeted by a complimentary beer tasting,...

December 12, 2016

One of our favorite places to hang out and have a beer is Ships Lounge--a legendary dive-bar off of lowest Greenville and Ross that has been a Dallas staple for decades (it holds the disputed title of oldest bar in Dallas).  We'd go, we'd bring cash, we'd listen to their amazing jukebox, we'd drink really cheap beer, and we'd enjoy the nostalgia that St. Patty's decorations from the mid-1990s evoked.  Then, Ships closed.  Firs...

November 13, 2016

Natalie and I decided to walk down to Klyde Warren Park after lunch. It was a beautiful day, and probably one of the last shorts / t-shirt days of the year. Great sailing day!!

Tons of people were out and about, kids were running through the water features. Food trucks were super busy. And the dogs:  they were happy, wagging,  and everywhere.  Simply put, joy was so palpable, you could cut it with a knife. And, to top it all of...

October 30, 2016

Hands down one of my favorite ciders, especially during Fall in Texas where your want colder weather but are stuck with muggy 90-degree days in late October.  It's a ruby-colored cider,  and most of the fruit notes are berry, unlike more traditional ciders having pronounced apple notes.  Instead, Crackberry mainly has notes of berries (black, blue, raspberry etc.) and is extremely refreshing, with just the right amount of effe...

October 30, 2016

If you're in the mood for a fun, quirky time with wonderful beer, solid food, and great people-watching potential, head to BrainDead Brewing in Deep Ellum. We did, and enjoyed ourselves immensely.

October 29, 2016

We're huge fans of Trinity Groves!  Just the drive over the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge on a scooter, or with the top down (on your car) makes you excited to taste what's on the other side. LUCK is what was on the other side for us this trip.

October 29, 2016

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of IPAs.  I don't mind super-hoppy--especially on a cooler day--but prefer citrus and/or tropical notes when it's hot out.  Recently, at LUCK in Trinity Groves, I had an opportunity to try one I've never had before:  Grapevine Craft Brewery's Tropical Double IPA.  Now, a few things on this.  First, it's infused with blood orange and mango as part of the fermentation process.  Second, it's a do...

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