Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Windmills Craftworks targeting early 2020 debut in The Colony

Front/east elevation (All images courtesy of Windmills Craftworks).

Construction is currently well underway on Windmills Craftworks, a brewpub concept coming soon to the Grandscape development in The Colony.

First established in Bangalore, India, the original location of Windmills Craftworks debuted in late 2012. Conceived as a combination microbrewery, jazz theater and restaurant, the Bangalore brewpub also features an extensive collection of books should patrons wish to indulge in a little light reading while enjoying a beer.

Interior (left) and exterior (right) seating areas.

A similar vibe is expected to infuse the North Texas locale, with the site's attractions set to reside within a multi-level structure consisting of over 16,000 square feet (a number which includes more than 3500 square feet of outdoor patio space). Final renderings attached herein reveal various aspects of the venue's design, with images showing front and back elevations, as well as portions of the interior and exterior public areas.

Rear elevation overlooking Grandscape's man-made lake to the west.

As for who will oversee beer production, Callaway Ryan has been hired as Director of Brewing Operations. Ryan's resume includes stints as a brewer at Surly Brewing Co. of Minnesota and Stone Brewing Co. of California, but he got his start in Texas by way of an apprenticeship at Live Oak Brewing Co. in Austin.

More recently, Ryan spent a year in India getting familiar with the culture and practices at Windmills Craftworks. Now that he's returned to the Lone Star State, he'll employ a 15-barrel brewhouse at the brewpub in The Colony, with plans to maintain a portfolio of 14 different house beers.

On the topic of timelines, equipment for the project has been acquired, according to the company's CEO, Ajay Nagarajan. Installation awaits further progress on the overall build out, a task Nagarajan hopes to have fully completed in time for an opening in early 2020.

Windmills Craftworks is located at 5755 Grandscape Blvd. in The Colony, where it shares a parking lot with Lava Cantina.

Oak Highlands, Rahr & Sons among regional winners at 2019 USBTC

Image credit: United States Beer Tasting Championship.

The United States Beer Tasting Championship (USBTC) has announced the winners from its 25th Annual Summer Competition.

A total of 538 beers from 174 breweries were evaluated at the 2019 event, with entries divided into 17 different categories. Regional winners were chosen in each category, then pitted against each other in order to determine a national grand champion.

Products from North Texas competed in the Rockies/Southwest division, with two local breweries taking top regional honors for multiple styles. Those award-winning brews are listed below, while a complete list of winners may be found by clicking here.

Oak Highlands Brewery, Dallas
  • Charity, Regional Champion in the Amber/Red Ale category.
  • Swervy Spring Ale, Regional Champion in the Golden Ale/Kölsch category.
  • Tipsy Goat, Regional Champion in the Bock/Doppelbock category.

  • Rahr's Blonde, Regional Champion in the Dortmunder/Helles category.
  • Summertime Wheat, Regional Champion in the Wheat Beer category.
  • Paleta de Mango, Regional Champion in the Fruit Beer category.

Cheers and congratulations to Oak Highlands and Rahr & Sons!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

On your mark, get set, beer to go!

Image credit: Texas Craft Brewers Guild, CraftPAC.

It's really happening! After over a decade of legal wrangling, production breweries in Texas are finally able to sell beer to go as of Sunday, September 1. And, judging by the number of events on tap that day, it looks to be a time of celebration all around North Texas. In fact, many breweries usually closed on Sunday will have special hours in honor of the occasion.

Details on where and when you can go, what you can get and more are provided below, with links to additional information included where available. Of course, there are also some relevant rules to be aware of, per the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC), so those are listed here as well.

Things to know:
  • Purchases are limited to 288 ounces of beer per person/per day, regardless of format (any combination of bottles, cans, crowlers, growlers).
  • Current restrictions do not allow for to-go beer sales at Four Corners Brewing Co. of Dallas and Revolver Brewing of Granbury.
  • Companies operating under an alternating proprietorship arrangement are not able to sell beer to-go at the host facility. This applies to Manhattan Project Beer Co., Toasty Bros., and Trinity Forest Brewing Co.


10 a.m.

3 Nations Brewing Co., Farmers Branch - Straight Outta Farmers Branch: Beer to Go.
  • Six-pack cans.

Community Beer Co., Dallas - Beer-To-Go Day.
  • Debut of Super Mosaic Triple IPA (taproom exclusive).
  • Six-pack cans, crowlers.

  • Debut of B-Funk (barrel-aged Brett saison).
  • Bombers, six-pack cans, crowlers, growler fills.

  • Special taproom-only release (details to be announced).
  • Six-pack cans.

  • Debut of Full Grown Beast (Full Grown Man aged on coffee and chocolate).
  • Re-release of DDH IPA Series 2 and Northbound 75 Poblano Pale Ale.
  • Four/six-pack cans, crowlers, growler fills.

11 a.m.

Rahr & Sons Brewing Co., Fort Worth - Beer-To-Go Launch.
  • Special tappings: Baril de Blue (chardonnay barrel-aged kölsch with blueberries), Barrel-Aged Regulator Doppelbock and Iron Joe.
  • The brewery will also institute permanent taproom hours occurring Wednesday through Sunday starting on September 4, with additional featured beers during launch week.
  • Six-pack cans, crowlers.

  • Debut of Hazy Sour IPA (taproom exclusive).
  • Six-pack cans, crowlers, growler fills.

12 p.m.

Armadillo Ale Works, Denton - Beer 2 Go Day.
  • Four/six-pack cans, growler fills.

  • Debut of Awkward pHaze New England IPA.
  • Six-pack cans, crowlers, growler fills.

  • Labor of Love 8 Homebrew Competition & Festival at 5 p.m. ($10pp, click here to purchase tickets).
  • Six-pack cans, crowlers.

  • Crowlers.

Four Bullets Brewery, Richardson - Beer-To-Go Celebration.
  • Specials on merchandise.
  • Six-pack cans, growler fills.

  • Crowlers (pending), growler fills.

  • Launch of Dixon's Hazy Pale Ale in cans benefiting Dallas Pets Alive (taproom exclusive).
  • Six-pack cans, growler fills.

  • Six-pack cans, growler fills.

  • Special tappings: Tequila Barrel-Aged Acheron, Who Wants Cream and Lemon Icebox Pie.
  • Two/four/six-pack cans.

  • Debut of Red Ale Redemption (Texas red ale) and Nautty Pumkn (pumpkin/pecan ale).
  • The brewery will also begin a series of monthly limited releases, with two new beers expected each month.
  • Six-pack cans, growler fills.

  • Growler fills.

Old Town Brewhouse, Lewisville
  • Raffle for first ever six-pack to go on the house.
  • Six-pack cans, growler fills.

  • Four-pack cans, crowlers, growler fills.

  • TAP Packs (mixed six-pack cans), growler fills.

  • Six-pack cans, growler fills.

  • Six-pack cans, crowlers, growler fills.

1 p.m.

  • Oktoberfest tapping, re-release of Franconia Wheat (brewery exclusive).
  • Six-pack bottles.

1:30 p.m.

Four Corners Brewing Co., Dallas - Tour de Beer2Go with Bikes & Growlers.
  • Tour stops: Oak Cliff Brewing Co., Pegasus City Brewery and Peticolas Brewing Co.
  • Four Corners and will only be selling beer for on-premise consumption.

2 p.m.

Pegasus City Brewery, Dallas.
  • Six-pack cans, growler fills.

  • VIP entry at 12 p.m., commemorative glassware ($50pp, click here to purchase tickets).
  • Growler fills.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Trinity Forest is calling, with beer

Image credit: Trinity Forest Brewing Co.

Debuting in late July, the region's newest brand of beer is one that hopes to promote the protection of a local urban oasis some North Texans may not know about.

Trinity Forest Brewing Co. (TFBC) is a Dallas-based company whose namesake is the Great Trinity Forest, a 6000-acre woodland that stands as one of the largest urban hardwood forests in the country. Located a mere 10 miles southeast of Downtown Dallas, the park's trails and bounding waterways (Trinity River, White Rock Creek) are home to a variety of outdoor activities.

It's also an area being eyed by TFBC for a permanent location, a seemingly suitable site choice for a brewery built on the concept of enjoying the outdoors with a craft beer in hand.

"We know where we want to be," says Ricky Del Bosque, co-founder and head brewer at TFBC. "Our long-term goal is to establish a destination brewery just outside the City of Dallas near the Great Trinity Forest."

While development activities continue on that front, TFBC will brew its recipes under an alternating proprietorship agreement with Hop & Sting Brewing Co. of Grapevine. An initial offering, Trinity Forest SMaSH IPA, is already out on the market, as is Trinity Forest Blonde Ale. Others, including a hazy IPA, will roll out as TFBC expands its lineup over the next few months.

"I want to brew all around good beers, but also beers that are trending at the moment, hence the upcoming Trinity Forest Haze IPA." explains Del Bosque. "Beyond that, I'm looking to get label approvals for a red ale, a porter, and a double IPA for fall and winter."

As for availability, TFBC's beers will be draft-only to start, but consumers can expect limited runs of packaged products in the near future.

"We're going to stick with kegs for now while we build our brand," says Del Bosque, "but we're able to can at Hop & Sting, and it would be crazy not to take advantage of that!"

For now, though, seek out TFBC brews on tap at select locales in and around Dallas.