NTX Beer Week is upon us, and it's time to start drinking like it. Several breweries, locally and nationally, have brewed specialty beers for the occasion. Here are some you don't want to mis.
DFW: A Collaboration of Two Breweries
True to the name, this beer comes by way of two North Texas establishments, Lakewood Brewing Co. and Rahr and Sons Brewing Co. For their second partnership release, the breweries created a Baltic porter fermented with pureed cherries and then aged on rum-soaked oak chucks. At 9.5 percent ABV, depend on it being big, bold, malty and boozy. (See more tasting notes here.)
Find it: Untapped Festival; meet the brewer events at LUCK, Ginger Man Lakewood, Ginger Man Uptown, Ginger Man Plano, Ginger Man Fort Worth, Ginger Man Southlake, Lone Star Taps and Caps, Rugby Pub House, World of Beer Fort Worth, On Rotation, Fillmore Pub, Royal Flacon Pub, Little Elm Crafthouse, Cold Beer Co., Flying Saucer Addison, and Jack Mac's Swill and Grill; and on retail shelves in 22-ounce bombers.
This specialty beer hits local taps courtesy of Southern Tier Brewing Co. in Lakewood, N.Y. This is the second year it's brewed something special for NTX Beer Week, and this time it's a pecan brown ale. Brewers promise a warm malty mouthfeel with notes of caramel that finish this 7.8 percent ABV brew.
Rabbit Hole Brewing took its award-winning brown ale and infused it with cold-brew Ethiopian coffee from Mystical Coffee, out of Dallas. The coffee adds notes to the aroma, as well as amplifies the nutty and chocolate flavors in the beer. It's a hearty 6 percent ABV with few hops, coming in at 33 IBUs.
Lakewood Brewing Co. is exploring its wild side with this special release, a wild red hoppy farmhouse ale brewed with Brettanomyces. The style says it all in terms what to expect in taste, but know this one is also a heavy hitter at nearly 9 percent ABV and will only be on tap during NTX Beer Week.
Noble Rey collabs
New to North Texas brewery Noble Rey Brewing Co. teamed up with several other operations locally to brew a series of collaboration beers for NTX Beer Week. All will debut at parties at the brewery in Dallas Design District. The lineup includes a black rye IPA brewed with Panther Island Brewing, a kettle-soured IPL (India pale lager) brewed with Lakewood Brewing Co., and a s'mores cream ale with True Vine Brewing Co. out of Tyler.
On Rotation special releases
This East Dallas brewpub is known for making small-batch experimental brews, and there are plenty being released during NTX Beer Week. New additions include a milk porter, session IPA, raisin brown ale, and a sparkling ale. See the full lineup here, and grab a pint at the brewpub starting this Sunday, Nov. 8.
Four Corners special releases
A week-long celebration calls for a week's worth of special tappings, right? Four Corners will be debuting a a new recipe, including a milk stout, watermelon wheat and an Oktoberfest brewed with sausage spices. See the full lineup and tappping schedule here.