Friday, May 17, 2019

Deep Ellum draws praise down under at 2019 Australian International Beer Awards

Image: Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria.

Deep Ellum Brewing Co. of Dallas has drawn praise down under after winning three awards at the 2019 Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA).

Held in Melbourne and put on by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, the 2019 edition of the AIBA drew 2594 entries from 402 breweries (submissions were accepted in draught and packaged form). Just over half of the brewers who presented beers were from Australia, with the rest hailing from around the world. Judges evaluated beers in 83 different categories, with multiple gold, silver and bronze awards possible in each division.

As for Deep Ellum, the brewery's four award-winning brews are listed below. A complete list of winners can be found in the 2019 AIBA Catalogue of Results.

Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
  • Silver for Play Date (packaged) in the Other Specialty Beer category.
  • Bronze for Local Legend (packaged) in the Sweet Stout category.
  • Bronze for Neato Bandito (packaged) in the Other International Style Lager category.

Cheers and congratulations to Deep Ellum!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Lakewood revives Raspberry Temptress

Image courtesy of Lakewood Brewing Co.

After being retired for over 18 months, Raspberry Temptress is back as a member of the Seduction Series at Lakewood Brewing Co. (LBC) of Garland.

Raspberry Temptress debuted as the initial offering in Lakewood's Seduction Series in 2014. A year later, it became the first beer in that line to be sold at retail in 22-ounce bottles. Seasonal releases continued around Valentine's Day through 2017, but fans of the beer were forced to seek solace in other variants once Raspberry Temptress was left off the 2018 production schedule.

So, what prompted the return?

“We like to keep our Seduction Series lineup ever-changing," says Wim Bens, president and founder of LBC. "Temptress is such a great beer to add layers of flavor to that we don’t want to release the same four versions every year. That means that some of our favorites will take a break from time to time in order for us to bring new ideas and exciting flavors to our fans. So this year Coconut Temptress is taking a break and Raspberry, usually released for Valentine’s Day, comes back in for the summer.”

As has been the case in the past, Raspberry Temptress starts with The Temptress as the base beer, and is then infused with what the brewery describes as a "ridiculous amount of fresh raspberry puree."

“This year’s batch took over 1,000 pounds of fresh Oregon raspberry puree to get the flavor just right," adds Bens. "The result is a big, decadent stout with a subtle fruit acidity and a chocolate covered raspberry aroma.”

According to a press release, Raspberry Temptress is now available for a limited time in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles at liquor stores and gourmet grocery stores, as well as on draft at craft beer-centric bars and restaurants.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Lakewood garners gold for BBT at 2019 San Diego International Beer Competition

Image credit: San Diego International Beer Festival.

Results from the 2019 San Diego International Beer Competition have been revealed, with Lakewood Brewing Co. of Garland landing on the list of winners.

Over 1500 beers were entered in this year's competition, with submissions coming from breweries in 5 countries. In the U.S. alone, 26 states were represented at the event, where prizes were awarded in 60 different style categories.

As for Lakewood's winning brew, that would be none other than Bourbon Barrel Temptress (BBT), arguably one of the most popular beers made in North Texas.

Lakewood Brewing Co.
  • Gold for Bourbon Barrel Temptress in the Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout category.

Cheers and congratulations to Lakewood!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

North Texas Craft Beer Conspectus - April 30, 2019 edition

Image credits: Trinity Forest Brewing Co., Howling Mutt Brewing Co., Dirty Job Brewing, Wild Acre Brewing Co., Four Walls Brewing Co.

An end of April edition of the Conspectus brings news on permitting activity, a satellite location for a Fort Worth brewery, and fundraising efforts by a newly-announced entity to the north.


Dirty Job opts for brewpub license, now selling beer to go

Dirty Job Brewing of Mansfield has changed its permit type and is now operating under a retail/brewpub license. This allows the brewery to sell beer to go, which is something it began doing earlier this month. Growler fills are available for most house brews, with Dirty Job currently filling 32 and 64-ounce receptacles.

Wild Acre opening second location

As first reported by Fort Worth Weekly, a second location for Wild Acre Brewing Co. is in the works. Construction has begun on an existing structure at 6479 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth, with plans including a kitchen and an in-house brewing operation. Once open, the new spot will serve customers seven days a week.

Permits approved for three North Texas newbies

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) has issued permits for a trio of North Texas breweries in development.

Howling Mutt Brewing Co. (retail/brewpub license) is working to acquire and assemble equipment while its space is under construction at 205 N. Cedar St. in Denton.

Trinity Forest Brewing Co. (manufacturing permit) is a Dallas-based firm that is still awaiting federal approval from the TTB. Once that is received, the group will produce beer under an alternating proprietorship agreement with Hop & Sting at Grapevine Craft Brewery.

Information is scarce on 111 Brewing (manufacturing permit), but a public notice indicates the brewery will be established at 111 S. Fannin Ave. in Denison.

Four Walls launches crowdfunding campaign

Four Walls Brewing Co. has launched a campaign to raise funds on Indiegogo. Those behind the project have set a flexible goal of $10,000, with the money earmarked for outfitting a brewery to be located in Downtown Celina.