Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Oak Cliff Brewing on verge of opening in Dallas

Image credit: Oak Cliff Brewing Co.

Completing a journey that began in 2015, Oak Cliff Brewing Co. has started production in Dallas, with eyes on opening its taproom to the public by the end of August.

Furniture, finishing touches, and the matter of a final inspection - these are the items remaining on founder Joel Denton's to-do list. Once checked off, the company will unveil a 14,000 foot space housed inside Tyler Station. It's a venue that's set up as a co-working village, with current tenants including a charity, a church, various artisans and a bakery, in addition to the brewery.

"It's a cool spot, and a pretty unique destination as far as breweries are concerned," says Denton. "We're part of a multi-purpose concept, where Tyler Station is this industrial pocket in the middle of all these Oak Cliff neighborhoods."

For a little perspective, simply pull up a map to see how Tyler Station is centered among the communities of Elmwood, Wynnewood and Winnetka Heights. Given the surroundings, the taproom would seem to represent a refreshment oasis for Oak Cliff residents, some of which travel in and out of the area by way of a DART station adjacent to the building.

Signs point to fresh beer being made in Oak Cliff (Photo: © Brian Brown/Beer in Big D).

Regarding the beer, brewing operations are headed up by Todd Holder, who joins Oak Cliff Brewing after stints at locales in Texas, Oklahoma and abroad. Naturally, his job will be to keep up with the brewery's everyday lineup, not to mention its seasonal and specialty offerings.

"We'll start with a core four, which for now consists of our Black Lager, Export Lager, Farmhouse Saison and Oak Cliff IPA," reveals Denton. "Those go into the big tanks, but Todd has some smaller batch beers he's working on as well. Right now we've got a Caramel Stout, a Brut IPA and, yes, a Hazy IPA, too."

Oak Cliff's products will start hitting the market next week ahead of the taproom's opening. Launch events are planned at select draft accounts around Dallas, the details of which can be found below.

As for the taproom debut, Denton says that could happen at a moment's notice. In other words, it's probably best to keep an eye on the brewery's social media channels (Facebook, Twitter) for any late-breaking updates.

Schedule of launch events:

Tuesday, August 14: Parker Barrow's, Dallas - 6 p.m.

Wednesday, August 15: BrainDead Brewing, Dallas - 7 p.m.

Thursday, August 16: Craft Beer Cellar, Dallas - 6 p.m.

Thursday, August 23: Dallas Beer Kitchen, Dallas - 6 p.m.

Monday, July 23, 2018

North Texas Craft Beer Conspectus - July 23, 2018 edition

Updates on new and renewed brewing operations in Dallas and Denton headline this edition of the Conspectus, with a look at upcoming operations out west on the agenda as well.


Barley & Board back to brewing in Denton

Idle since early 2016, brewing operations have re-started at Barley & Board of Denton. House beers will be tapped monthly as part of the brewpub's Home Brewers League, an initiative that gives local homebrewers the chance to brew a commercial batch. Barley & Board supplies ingredients for the collaborative effort, while local hobbyists are charged with making the beer. The beer for August is a French saison by Brian Tiensvold. It follows Cole Haley's black IPA, which kicked things off in July.

Steam Theory debuts in Trinity Groves

After roughly four years in development, Steam Theory Brewing Co. is now up and running in Trinity Groves. The brewpub is currently serving culinary offerings from a summer dinner menu alongside a selection of guest beers. House brews are said to be in the works, presumably ready in time for Steam Theory's official grand opening on August 25.

Cans coming from Manhattan Project

Packaged products are on the way from Manhattan Project Beer Co. of Dallas. Set to arrive at retail in September, the brewery will can its three core beers - Half-Life, Hoppenheimer and Plutonium-239, and a seasonal pilsner - Necessary Evil. As for when Manhattan Project's taproom will open at 215 Sulphur St., look for that to occur sometime in Q1 2019.

Celestial receives TABC approval, introduces Space Camp

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) has issued a brewpub license for Celestial Beerworks of Dallas. Currently under construction at 2530 Butler St., owner Matt Reynolds is targeting an early fall opening. The company has also introduced Space Camp, a membership program that provides consumers with one free crowler of beer per month, along with swag, taproom discounts and first access to special releases (click here for more information).

Edgewise Wight launches crowdfunding campaign

Looking to raise funds for a brewpub to be located in Weatherford, Edgewise Eight Brewing has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. The company has set an open-ended goal of $5000, with funds earmarked for amenities and other items that will help make Edgewise Eight "the most inviting place to go in Weatherford."

Soul Fire begins work on building in Roanoke

Demolition has begun on a space to be occupied by Soul Fire Brewing Co. in Roanoke. In addition to housing the brewery's production equipment and a taproom, plans for the building at 206 N. Oak St. include facilities for live music and a food hall.

Image credits (top to bottom): Barley & Board, Steam Theory Brewing Co., Manhattan Project Beer Co., Celestial Beerworks, Edgewise Eight Brewing, Soul Fire Brewing Co.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Shannon Brewing to be featured on History Channel series - Blood Money

Image credit: The History Channel.

Shannon Brewing Co. of Keller has been chosen as one of businesses to be featured on Blood Money, a new series set to debut on The History Channel.

From a press release:

"America is at a crossroads. This country was built on the backs of industrious men and women who started their own businesses. And while family businesses have moved wealth and the value of hard work from one generation to the next, many fear that millennials of today don’t have the kind of work ethic that will take their family business through this century. Chris Parvin, a family estate planner, has seen it all. So, he’s headed out across this nation to help see if the kids of today have what it takes to take over the family business tomorrow. With money, promotions, and stakes in the company on the line, this is no game. Chris will help these business owners put their children to the test and see if they have what it takes to earn their family’s Blood Money."

The episode filmed at Shannon focuses on Trevor Ritcheson, whose father Craig owns a beer distribution business. In order to learn about the industry from a brewer's perspective, Trevor works at the brewery during the summer. He is tasked with helping to get beer brewed and out to market and is personally involved in every step of the process, from brewing and fermentation to packaging and final delivery.

Does Trevor have what it takes to take over his father’s beer distribution business? Find out on Blood Money with Shannon Brewing, airing Monday, August 6 at 9 p.m.

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!