North Texas Craft Beer Events (updated 3/20/17)

Image credits: Rahr & Sons Brewing Co., Bluebonnet Brew-Off,
Franconia Brewing Co., Martin House Brewing Co. (click to enlarge).

This week on the craft beer calendar, a pair of anniversaries and the return of the largest homebrew competition in the nation headline the list of things to do around North Texas.

On the anniversary front, Franconia Brewing Co. will celebrate its ninth year in business with festivities at the brewery on Saturday. LUCK will be on hand providing the grub, while the brewery will roll out the 2017 edition of its popular Ice Bock.

Also on Saturday, Martin House will host festivities in honor of the brewery's fourth anniversary at its location in Fort Worth. LUCK will be on hand for that event as well, which promises well over 20 beers on tap for visiting patrons.

As for the aforementioned homebrew competition, that would be the Bluebonnet Brew-Off. Now in its 31st year, the two-day event starts on Friday and features a key-note address, seminars and a Professional Brewers Showcase. Not only that, Rabbit Hole will debut School of Bock during the proceedings, a beer adapted from an award-winning recipe from last year's competition.

Elsewhere, other items worth a look this week include World Water Day at Rahr & Sons on Wednesday and the BikeMS Fundraiser at Community Beer Co. on Saturday. And, for those who might just happen to be spending the weekend down around Waco, the Dancing Bear Pub will host its 2017 Texas Craft Beer Festival on Saturday as well.

Cheers!


Monday, March 20

     Brewery Taproom Hours

     Pubs/Restaurants
  • The Common Table, Dallas - 6 p.m. - Pour Man's Beer Dinner featuring a flight of four brews paired with four courses for just $29.
  • What's on Tap, Keller - 6 p.m. - Special tapping of Rabbit Hole School of Bock.
  • Ginger Man, Southlake - 7:30 p.m. - Brewery/Trivia Night featuring Oak Highlands Freaky Deaky.

Tuesday, March 21

     Brewery Taproom Hours

     Pubs/Restaurants
  • The Common Table, Dallas - 5 p.m. - Brewsday Tuesday. Selections vary.
  • Kool Keg, Arlington - 5 p.m. - Special Tapping of The Caucasian from Texas Ale Project.
  • Taps & Caps, Fort Worth - 6 p.m. - Roll Out the Barrels with Deep Ellum. Scheduled to be tapped: Barrel Crusher, Barrel-Aged Darkest Hour and Barrel-Aged Four Swords.
  • Brü City, Euless - 7 p.m. - Pint Night featuring brews from COOP Ale Works*. Scheduled to be tapped: Alpha Hive DIPA and Horny Toad Blonde.
  • Little Elm Crafthouse, Little Elm - 7 p.m. - Pint Night*. Selections vary.
  • Ginger Man, Dallas - 7:30 p.m. - Brewery/Trivia Night featuring Duvel.

Wednesday, March 22

     Brewery Tours
     Brewery Taproom Hours
     Brewery Special Events
  • On Rotation, Dallas - 4 p.m. - Clean Slate Wednesday. Selections vary.

     Pubs/Restaurants
  • Katy Trail Ice House Outpost, Plano - 5 p.m. - Tap Takeover featuring brews from Community, with glassware while supplies last*. Scheduled to be tapped: Divinity, Vanilla Ascension, Mosaic IPA, Razzy and Snickerdoodle Ale.
  • The Bearded Lady, Fort Worth - 6 p.m. - Pint Night*. Selections vary.
  • Bluffview Growler, Dallas - 6 p.m. - Keep the Glass Night featuring Ommegang Witte*.
  • Flying Saucer, Addison - 6 p.m. - Flight Night featuring brews from Firestone Walker. Scheduled to be tapped: XXII, XXIII, XIX, XX.
  • Ginger Man, Dallas - 6 p.m. - Bring Your Own Vinyl Night featuring brews from Franconia.
  • Lakewood Growler, Dallas - 6 p.m. - Keep the Glass Night featuring Lakewood Goatman*.
  • Taps & Caps, Lewisville - 6 p.m. - A Bastard's Work is Never Done featuring brews from Founders. Scheduled to be tapped: Frootwood, Lizard of Koz and 2016 Backwoods Bastard.
  • Whole Foods, Fort Worth - 6 p.m. - Pint Night featuring brews from Karbach*.
  • World of Beer, Arlington - 6 p.m. - Pint Night featuring brews from Rabbit Hole*. Scheduled to be tapped: Off With Your Red and School of Bock.
  • Ron's Corner Tavern, Bedford - 7 p.m. - Pint Night featuring Community Razzy*.

Thursday, March 23

     Brewery Tours
     Brewery Taproom Hours
     Brewery Special Events

     Pubs/Restaurants
  • Flying Saucer, Addison - 5 p.m. - Tap Night featuring Harpoon Barrel-Aged Barleywine.
  • Kool Keg, Arlington - 5 p.m. - Release Party featuring brews from Manhattan Project.
  • The Libertine Bar, Dallas - 6 p.m. - Pint Night featuring Cedar Creek Clover Kicker*.
  • Wise Guys Pizzeria, Grapevine - 5 p.m. - Thursday $3 Pint Night featuring brews from Whistle Post.
  • Whole Foods, Addison - 5 p.m. - Pint Night featuring brews from Tallgrass*.
  • Dallas Beer Kitchen, Dallas - 6 p.m. - Pint Night*. Selections vary.
  • Dallas Craft Co., The Colony - 6 p.m. - Tap Takeover featuring brews from Rabbit Hole, with glassware while supplies last*. Scheduled to be tapped: Mystic Rapture and Off With Your Red.
  • Dr. Jeckyll's Beer Lab, Pantego - 6 p.m. - Pint Night featuring brews from Ballast Point. Scheduled to be tapped: Manta Ray Double IPA, Sculpin, Coconut Victory at Sea and Homework Series #8: Dry-Hopped Hefeweizen.
  • Holy Grail Pub, Plano - 6 p.m. - Cellar Thursday featuring Firestone Walker Bravo.
  • Ron's Place, Addison - 7 p.m. - Pint Night*. Selections vary.

Friday, March 24

     Brewery Tours
     Brewery Taproom Hours
     Brewery Special Events
  • Oak Highlands Brewery, Dallas - 5-9 p.m. - Family Night to benefit Lake Highlands Family YMCA (free to attend).

     Pubs/Restaurants

Saturday, March 25

    Brewery Tours
     Brewery Taproom Hours
     Brewery Special Events
  • Grapevine Craft Brewery, Grapevine - 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - BBQ Pitmaster Class with Meat U Anywhere Barbecue ($99pp, click here to purchase tickets).
  • Cobra Brewing Co., Lewisville - 12-7 p.m. - Special tour/tasting to benefit Rescue Without Boundaries.
  • Franconia Brewing Co., McKinney - 1-9 p.m. - Ninth Anniversary Party featuring food from LUCK and a tapping of 2016 Ice Bock ($40pp, click here to purchase tickets).
  • Martin House Brewing Co., Fort Worth - 1-5 p.m. - Four Year Anniversary Party featuring food from LUCK and over 20 beers on tap ($20pp for general admission, VIP is sold out, click here to purchase tickets).
  • Community Beer Co., Dallas - 6-10 p.m. - BikeMS Fundraiser featuring a tapping of Minivan Wheat Wine ($20pp, click here to purchase tickets).

     Pubs/Restaurants/Retail

Sunday, March 26

     Brewery Tours
     Brewery Taproom Hours
     Brewery Special Events
  • Legal Draft Beer Co., Arlington - 3-6 p.m. - Hoots & Hops to benefit Audubon Texas and Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center.

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