There aren't many things more fun and freewheeling than the sample-tastic splendor of beer flights.
Most brewery taprooms, growler bars and gastropubs in Dallas-Fort Worth offer suds-loving patrons some form of sampler-style flights. Most of them come with four to six samples and usually run about $10. But some of history's greatest advancements have originated with a single question: How can we make this more awesome?
Cue the mega-flight, a sampling tray that offers brews by the double digits.
Next time you want to take your beer flights from pretty good to super grand, check out these three bars.
Lone Star Taps & Caps
It's of little surprise that Rick Ali's growler bars are in on this trend early. When the first in Lewisville opened in 2014, few, if any, local places offered crowlers. Now, they're practically ubiquitous at growler spots.
The "Barley Legal" flight is no joke — it comes with 18 draft samples of your choosing, and you're required to have at least two additional buddies to consume it. As large as that seems, that's not enough to try even half of the bars' tap lists. The Barley Legal is served at Lone Star Taps & Caps locations in Lewisville and Fort Worth. Prices vary depending on which beers you pick for the flight.
There may not be another spot in town that showcases the whimsical fun a craft beer scene possesses like this Deep Ellum gem. Open since 2015, BrainDead offers stout-spiked milk and cookies and hosts fun events including a barrel-aged beer celebration, Festicle, and drinking game nights.
Offering the "Big Ass Beer Flight" is right up the brewpub's alley. For $30 plus tax, a minimum of two people can choose 11 five-ounce samples to sit in a handcrafted, wooden flight tray.
Peticolas Brewing Co.
If you're a craft beer lover in D-FW, you probably love Peticolas not just for its distinctive high-in-alcohol brews, but also for how owner Michael Peticolas has used his experience as a lawyer to fight for the rights of independent Texas breweries.
For $40, you and two friends can sample all 17 beers the brewery has on hand at a given time. (Really!) That includes any nitro or cask offerings. The "Super Flight" comes on a serving tray made from repurposed shipping pallet wood the brewery receives when its bulk malted barley orders arrive. Swing by the still-spanking-new taproom, order the "Super Flight," and tell the good folks there just how much you appreciate all they do for your right to have delicious local brew here in Big D.