Monday, July 9, 2018

Peticolas named top brewery as North Texas shines at 2018 U.S. Open

Image credit: 2018 U.S. Open Beer Championship.

Winners from the 2018 U.S. Open Beer Championship were announced last night, with North Texas brewers literally one-upping last year's performance at the event. This year locals landed 14 medals, which represents a gain of one compared to the 13 prizes awarded to area breweries in 2017.

More than 6300 beers were judged at the 2018 competition, with entries split into 117 different categories. From that pool, eight local breweries were recognized for their beers, including one which garnered the U.S. Open's top overall prize. That accolade went to Peticolas Brewing Co. of Dallas, who brought home the title of Grand National Champion, a.k.a. Top Brewery of 2018, after winning a total of five medals (three gold, two silver).

A summary of all North Texas honorees is provided below, with a complete list of medalists to be found by clicking here.


903 Brewers
  • Silver for Sasquatch in the American Imperial Stout Non-Traditional (coffee, maple, chocolate, etc.) category.
  • Silver for Feisty Blonde in the Specialty/Anything Goes category.
Lakewood Brewing Co.
  • Silver for Sin Mint Temptress in the Experimental Beer category.
  • Bronze for Lion's Share IV in the Wood/Barrel-Aged Quad category.
Martin House Brewing Co.
  • Bronze for True Love in the Fruit Gose category.
  • Gold for Tejano Pecano in the Specialty/Anything Goes category.
  • Silver for Freaky Deaky in the Belgian Tripel category.
  • Gold for Black Curtains in the American Imperial Stout category.
  • Gold for Great Scot in the Scottish Ale category.
  • Gold for Velvet Hammer in the Imperial Red Ale category.
  • Silver for Royal Scandal in the English Pale Ale category.
  • Silver for Sledge Hammer in the American Barley Wine category.
  • Bronze for 10/6 in the English Pale Ale category. 
  • Gold for Iron Joe in the Coffee Beer category.

Cheers and congratulations to all!

Monday, July 2, 2018

North Texas Craft Beer Conspectus - July 2, 2018 edition

Image credits: Siren Rock Brewing Co., False Idol Brewing, Pathfinder Brewery.


This edition of the Conspectus features updates on a number of new names to the North Texas scene, including two that readers may be hearing about for the first time.

Cheers!


Outfit obtains TABC approval, targeting late summer opening

In late May, a brewpub license was issued for Outfit Brewing by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC). Set to be located at 7135 John Carpenter Freeway in Dallas, owner Jordan Young is targeting mid-August for the brewery's debut. Upwards of eight beers will be on tap for the event, with a Belgian-style blonde ale, a saison, a citra-forward IPA and a red IPA expected to be part of the lineup. Also being considered for opening day are recipes for an additional IPA (or two), a lager and a kölsch.


Krootz Brewing under construction in Gainesville

Residents in Cooke County should take note that an entity to be known as Krootz Brewing Co. has filed an application for a brewpub license with the TABC. Currently under construction at 315 W. Elm St. in Gainesville, CEO Chad Sykora hopes to open the doors of the brewpub-to-be in a few months. Due diligence and the build-out are the primary focus of the company right now (social media and a website are pending), according to Sykora, who says Krootz will serve food from a limited menu alongside a portfolio of small-batch brews.


False Idol scouting locations, plans to contract brew

A name just recently appearing on the scene, False Idol Brewing is a new project in development for North Texas. The group is still looking to nail down a location, preferably in a city that doesn't already have a brewery, which means the opening of a brick and mortar location is probably a year away. That said, founder Dominique Van Ausdall intends to pursue a contract agreement with a local brewery in order to get False Idol products on the market by the end of the year.


Pathfinder breaks ground in Hudson Oaks

It's been over a year since Pathfinder Brewery first announced its intention to build a facility from the ground up in the Parker County community of Hudson Oaks. Progress has been slow, but it appears things are moving along now that ground has been broken on the project's site off Cinema Dr., just north of City Lights Theatre. For a look at how things are shaping up so far, cllick here to see a short video showing the current state of construction.


Siren Rock moving forward in Rockwall

Earlier this month, the Rockwall City Council voted to amend its municipal code to allow a brewery to exist in the city's downtown district. That means Siren Rock Brewing Co. can advance to the next step in the development process, which involves getting a special use permit approved. Along those lines, founders Cory and Eva Cannon are working with the city on a site plan specific to their location off S. Goliad St. near Rockwall's Historic Downtown Square.


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Shannon signs with Hops and Vines, sets sights on San Antonio

Image courtesy of Shannon Brewing Co.

Starting July 1, Shannon Brewing Co. of Keller will begin distributing its fire-brewed beers to San Antonio and other South Texas markets after signing an agreement with Hops and Vines Distributing.

“We are excited about our partnership with Hops and Vines Distributing," says Shannon Carter, founder of the brewery. "They are dedicated to ensuring our beer reaches the market at its peak of freshness, and product quality is paramount to our brewery.”

Founded in 2015, Hops and Vines is billed as San Antonio's first and only independent craft beer, wine and spirits distributor. According to its website, the company's mission is to "assist small brewers and winemakers with developing their footprint, cultivating their brand recognition, and driving volume."

To that end, the following Shannon products will be included in initial shipments to Hops and Vines, with additional labels to be announced soon:  Shannon Irish Red, Shannon Mór IPA, Shannon Blackberry Crystal Wheat and Shannon Pussy Willow Pilsner.

"We are excited to bring Shannon Brewing's award-winning portfolio to San Antonio," says Tristan Maldonado, CEO of Hops and Vines. "The Hops and Vines team is very impressed with Shannon’s beer and the brewery’s dedication to using pure Texas spring water, natural ingredients, and a unique brewing process. Shannon’s beer is perfect for our market.”

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Brewers Association releases new insights on craft demographics

Photo: © Brewers Association.

This week, the Brewers Association released new data on the demographics of craft beer lovers, with results presented from a top down view, as well as from the perspectives of race and gender. A portion of that report is summarized here, along with additional data shared by the BA in an addendum breaking things down into defined market areas.

Beginning with the broader view, specifically the number of people in the U.S. drinking craft beer "at least several times a year," it was found that around 40% of legal drinking age adults - i.e. the 21 and up population - are occasional craft beer drinkers (68.5% male, 31.5% female). That number, sourced from a Neilsen - Harris on Demand poll, has increased slightly over the past few years, rising from a value of 35% in 2015.

If the focus is shifted to regular craft beer drinkers, though, the numbers are lower. According to Scarborough (a separate division of Nielsen), only 7.3% of adults polled in 2017 had consumed a craft beer in the last 30 days. That places roughly 17.5 million Americans into the category of what the Brewers Association calls "craft's core" consumer (68.9% male, 31.1% female).

As for how things stack up locally, supplemental data provides insight into those considered to be regular craft beer drinkers in Dallas-Fort Worth. Based on responses taken between June 2016 and November 2017, it was estimated that just over 280,000 people in D-FW had consumed a craft beer within 30 days. Of those, 68.7% were men, while 31.3% were female.

At least in terms of gender, that means the local market appears to be right in line with the national average. North Texas lags, however, when it comes to those reaching for a craft beer on a regular basis, since less than 4% of a population near 7.1 million fits that description.

Translation? There's still work to be done in getting more people on the path to drinking better beer in Dallas-Fort Worth.



Click here for more on the BA's look at the "Shifting Demographics of Craft Beer," including changes in demographics with respect to race/ethnicity.