It's that time of year again; North Texas Beer Week has returned for its third year. Running Nov. 6-15, the week of festivities brings together die-hard craft beer junkies, industry personnel and those hoping to dip their toes in the craft beer community.
This year's celebration, put on by GuideLive and SportsRadio 1310 AM and 96.7 FM The Ticket, features events all over Dallas-Fort Worth. Here are 10 worth clearing your schedule for.
100 Million Angels Singing Release Party (Nov. 6)
Texas Ale Project will be releasing 100 Million Angels Singing, a new double IPA (9 percent ABV, 100 IBU) that promises a great balance between hops and malt. The first opportunity to taste it is Friday, Nov. 6 at the brewery in Dallas. Have your brew alongside barbecue and music. It's beer drinking you can feel good about: $1 from every pint will be donated to Veterans of Operation Iraq/Enduring Freedom. If you can't make Friday, there's another opportunity to get a taste Tuesday, Nov. 10 at Stonedeck Pizza Pub in Deep Ellum.
Revolver Brewing Cinnamon Girl Vertical Tasting (Nov. 6)
Fans of Revolver Brewing can kick off North Texas Beer Week at State & Allen Kitchen+Bar with a vertical tasting of Cinnamon Girl, a spiced American red ale (6.5% ABV, 22 IBU) brewed with saigon cinnamon, black pepper and aged on rose petals. It's described by Revolver Brewing as "malty, floral, and spicy with a lingering warmth on the finish." From 6-9 p.m., you can taste different ages of the same brew, a great opportunity for beer nerds to experience how the cinnamon and spices develop over time.
Untapped Festival (Nov. 7)
Returning for a fourth year, the Untapped music and beer festival takes place at Fair Park in Dallas. The event aims to educate people about the hundreds of amazing craft beers brewed in the U.S. and in Texas in particular, according to the website. Attendees get to listen to music from artists such as the Flaming Lips and Dr. Dog while tasting 2-ounce samples from more than 400 available brews. Some of the breweries featured at Untapped this year include Deep Ellum Brewing Co., Brooklyn Brewery, Peticolas Brewing Co., and Jester King Brewery to name a few. Full beers and food will also be available for purchase. Minors are allowed at the event too -- children under 10 get in for free.
Beer Yoga (Nov. 7)
Looking for something more tranquil than a music festival? The Collective Brewing Project is hosting a beer and yoga event at the brewery in Fort Worth. For $20, patrons enjoy an hour of yoga and two pints. Bring your own yoga mat and arrive early; there are only 50 spaces available.
Sunday Funday with Martin House Brewing (Nov. 8)
Everything is bigger in Texas, including the beer pong. David Wedemeier and Cody Martin of Martin House Brewing Co. are hosting super-sized beer pong at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth. From 1-6 p.m., play pong with four square balls and trashcans instead of ping-ping balls and Solo cups. Enjoy several draft options and food from the grill at 4 p.m. A $20 registration fee includes the game and a food ticket, and a prize if you're lucky (ehem, skilled) enough to place.
Rahr/Lakewood Collaboration Event: Meet Brewery Specialists (Nov. 8)
After a successful collaboration last year, Lakewood Brewing Co. and Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. worked together again to create a special brew for beer week. This year's brew DFW: A Collaboration of Two Breweries is a rum oak-aged cherry Baltic porter with a 9.5 percent ABV. Stop by the Ginger Man location nearest you to have a taste, mingle with brewers and snag special glassware.
Birds and Brew (Nov. 12)
If you like the outdoors, this one's for you. Trinity River Audubon Center is hosting this event for those who want to catch a breeze with their brew. From 6-8:30 p.m., attendees can explore the trails and watch the sunset from scenic decks overlooking butterfly gardens, wetlands, and the Great Trinity Forest while sampling beers from three breweries -- Noble Rey Brewing Co., Guns and Oil Brewing Co., and Backcountry Brewery. Admission is $10.
Meet the Southern Tier Family (Nov. 12)
New York brewery Southern Tier is coming to Ginger Man locations in Dallas and Fort Worth. Get the opportunity to sip on a beer, XNTX, brewed specially for North Texas Beer Week while you meet several of the company's head honchos. Learn about Southern Tier's growth as a brewery and the XNTX, a single hop pale ale created with experimental hops. Glassware is available, too.
Brewers Ball (Nov. 13)
North Texas Beer Week's 2nd annual Brewers Ball is one of the week's more intimate events. The black tie dinner and beer festival hybrid offers patrons the opportunity to rub elbows with some of craft beer's elite while enjoying bites from some of the area's beer-centric restaurants. Either a founder, owner or brewmaster from each brewery will be present, making this an event you won't want to miss. Only 500 tickets to this exclusive event are being sold at $125 each.
1st Annual Fort Worth Weekly Homebrew Throwdown (Nov. 15)
Finish off the week's festivities at Fort Worth Weekly's First Annual Homebrew Throwdown. From 12-6 p.m., go and support home brewers and local breweries while watching the Cowboy game on the big screen. There will be beer and food for sale, sampling cards, Q&A sessions with panelists, and live music from Shotgun Friday. Advance tickets are $20, and $25 at the door.
Alison Glander is a senior at Southern Methodist University majoring in journalism and dance performance with a minor in fashion media. Dancing keeps her fit so she can try bad beers and you don't have to.