Friday, June 23, 2017

Celis signs with Andrews for North Texas distribution

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Taking another step in its brand revival, Celis Brewery of Austin has signed with Andrews Distributing Co. for the delivery of its products to the North Texas market.

Celis Brewery originally arrived on the Texas scene in 1992, being founded by renowned Belgian brewer Pierre Celis. His daughter Christine now carries the mantle of the family name with her new venture, which will operate out of a 22,000 square-foot facility in Northwest Austin. There, Christine's team will brew Pierre’s famous Belgian-style recipes, including the award-winning witbier, Celis White.

Christine Celis, founder and CEO of Celis Brewery, says she is excited to watch the re-introduction of Celis’ beers in North Texas.

“Our beers from Celis Brewery were really popular in North Texas when we were first brewing in the 1990s. It is incredibly exciting to be back brewing Celis Brewery’s original recipes like the famous Celis White and Celis Grand Cru using the proprietary yeast from Belgium,” says Celis. “We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and enthusiasm we have received as we have started reintroducing our Celis beers this month. We are thrilled to be working with Andrews Distributing to make sure people in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex can find Celis beers at their favorite locations.”

Kelli Hopson, Andrews craft brand manager, says the Andrews team looks forward to being a part of Celis’ growth and success in Texas.

“The Celis name is famous in the beer community and is synonymous with Belgian-style beer,” says Hopson. “All of us at Andrews are thrilled to work with this award-winning team and its world-class beers. We look forward to helping them expand their presence in their home state of Texas and connecting them with beer lovers in Dallas-Fort Worth.”

According to a press release, Andrews plans to launch Celis in North Texas the week of July 3. The initial rollout will include Celis White on draft, with beers like Pale Bock and Citrus Grandis IPA slated to arrive on draft in August. After that, consumers should expect to see all three beers in bottles come September.

For more information on Celis and the brewery's upcoming events, visit

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rahr & Sons recognized at 2017 North American Beer Awards

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North American Brewers Association.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. of Fort Worth has once again been awarded medals at a national competition, this time being recognized for three of its beers at the 2017 North American Beer Awards.

The North American Beer Awards, which is held in conjunction with the Mountain Brewers Beer Fest, is an event put on by the North American Brewers Association. The competition, now in its 21st year, is judged based on style guidelines compiled by the North American Brewers Association Style Advisory Committee. Beers are evaluated in 92 categories by a panel of brewers, certified judges and other industry professionals.

This year, Rahr & Sons brought home the following medals:

  • Gold for Regulator in the Doppelbock category.
  • Silver for Ugly Pug in the Schwarzbier (Black Beer) category.
  • Silver for Iron Joe in the Coffee Beer category.

A full list of winners may be found by clicking here.

Cheers and congratulations to Rahr & Sons!

Lakewood French Quarter Temptress now out in four-packs

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Partnering once again with Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters for its annual release, French Quarter Temptress from Lakewood Brewing Co. of Garland is now available.

On the market for the first time in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles, French Quarter Temptress is a beer that's said to capture the spirit and attitude of New Orleans. It's brewed with chicory and barrel-aged coffee beans, the latter having been aged in freshly-emptied bourbon barrels for months.

“A lot of people mistakenly think this is a barrel-aged beer because they hear the word ‘barrel’ and automatically assume the beer came from a barrel,” said Wim Bens, founder of the brewery. “We always like seeing people’s reactions when we tell them that the beer wasn’t aged in a barrel, but the coffee beans we used in it were. The chicory adds a nice depth of sweet spice to the beer, and gives it that little je ne sais quoi.”

Deliveries of French Quarter Temptress began this week in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Shipments to other Texas markets are slated to occur in the coming weeks.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Texas Ale Project named official beer of the 2017 NFFC

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Looking to introduce its products to a wider audience, Texas Ale Project has announced a new tie-in which will see its brand recognized as the official beer of the 2017 National Fantasy Football Convention (NFFC).

The NFFC, for those that aren't aware, is a collaborative venture founded by a group that includes former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Tony Romo. It was originally slated to debut in 2015, but legal wranglings led to its cancellation the past two years. Now set to occur at Fair Park in Dallas from July 14-16, the three-day event will feature exhibits, performances and parties, where fans can interact with more than 50 current and former NFL players.

"We're truly excited about our new partnership with the NFFC. This is a unique opportunity to grow our brand and bring football fans and quality craft beer closer together," says Kat Thompson, CEO and co-founder of Texas Ale Project. "We appreciate the NFFC's support of local businesses like ours."

As part of the festivities, Texas Ale Project will host the NFFC After Party at its location in the Dallas Design District on Saturday, July 15. Admission to the after party is included in the price of a convention ticket, which can be obtained by visiting In addition, take note that attendees may use code TAP17 to receive $20 off the regular ticket price.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Community introduces Passiflora White IPA

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Being billed as a new, refreshing summer offering, Community Beer Co. of Dallas is set to release Passiflora White IPA.

Named for the passion fruit flower, Passiflora follows the style of a white IPA in that it's cross between an American IPA and a Belgian witbier. In this case, though, Community has put it's on spin on the style by adding a generous amount of passion fruit puree to a beer that's brewed with a blend of Mosaic and Citra hops.

"We're big fans of hoppy beers here at the brewery, and we wanted to brew something that pairs perfectly with summertime weather," says Jamie Fulton, brewmaster at Community. "Passion fruit is a slightly tart, tropical fruit which compliments the flavors and aromas of the hop blend. The signature spicy Belgian yeast ties the whole beer together, resulting in a very drinkable, hop-forward IPA that craft beer fans are sure to enjoy!"

Look for Passiflora White IPA to be available during the summer months, both on draft and in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles. An official launch party for the beer will be held at Community's taproom in the Dallas Design District on Thursday, June 29 at 5 p.m.