North Texas Beer Week is a 10-day, regionwide celebration of all things beer. As if you needed an excuse to hit the local bars. Dozens of special events will take place Nov. 2-11 throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, but we've rounded up a few favorites to get you started. For more info on NTX Beer Week, visit ntxbeerweek.com.
Festicle: Celebration of Beer and Fried Chicken
Now in its fourth year, this festival specializes in sour and barrel-aged beers. That means you're destined to get a buzz from some of the more than 40 rare and specialty offerings available, which is why BrainDead Brewing is also serving fried chicken throughout the party. There'll also be tunes from DJ Josh Hammertimez.
Learn to Homebrew Day
Established in 1999, this unofficial holiday takes place the first Saturday in November and encourages beer enthusiasts to take their thirst to the next level by learning how to brew. That it coincides with North Texas Beer Week is a beautiful coincidence. The folks behind Cowtown Brewing Co. in Fort Worth are inviting homebrew supply shop Texas Brewing Inc. out to their newly opened facility to answer questions and offer demonstrations of the process. House beers and barbecue will be available for purchase.
Dallas Brew Bus tour: Little D for NTX Beer Week
Celebrate Sunday Funday with an all-inclusive beer-cation to Denton. Climb aboard the Dallas Brew Bus at Dot's Hop House and Cocktail Courtyard in Deep Ellum and you'll be greeted with samples from Turning Point Beer in Bedford and the newly opened Celestial Beer Works in Dallas, before cruising north to bars East Side Denton and Oak Street Drafthouse. The ticket price includes two beers in Denton.
Dallas Cowboys Watch Party
Monday Night Football is better with a beer in hand. And your first is on the house during the Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Titans game if you go to Lakewood Brewing Co. wearing a team color. (Blue and white preferred.) One dollar from every beer you buy thereafter will be donated to a local nonprofit organization.
The Ticket's 'Hardline' Remote Broadcast and Revolver Brewing Tap Takeover
Join radio hosts Mike Rhyner and Corby Davidson at East Side Denton for a live broadcast of Sportsradio 1310/96.7 FM sports program The Hardline. The show airs Nov. 6 at 3 p.m., after which Davidson is said to be sticking around, tending bar and raffling prizes during the Dallas Stars game. Granbury's Revolver Brewing will take over the taps that night.
Women of Craft Beer Panel
It's no secret that craft beer is a male-dominated industry. That's what makes this annual panel of leading ladies in the local scene so important. Featured female speakers will mingle with attendees before answering questions about beer and the women's experiences in the industry. They may wear pink boots, but don't underestimate them -- these ladies are tough spent grain cookies.
Turning Point Takeover and Fundraiser
Free Play, an arcade bar in Richardson, invites Bedford's Turning Point Beer to take over the taps for a good cause. Brewery co-founder James Peery was recently diagnosed with Crohn's disease, and half of each $10 entry fee will benefit him and his family. That price also buys unlimited access to more than 95 modern and vintage games in the arcade.
Do214 and Noble Rey Brewing Co. Collaboration Beer Launch
Celebrate the week with a specialty beer brewed just for the local festivities. Noble Rey Brewing Co. and events company Do214 teamed up to create Certified Dank, a hoppy ale made with hemp hearts, hemp flour and three different kinds of hops that offer especially herbaceous aromas and flavors -- dank indeed. Stop by the brewery for live music and pints of this limited-edition brew.
Rahr and Sons Brewing Co. 14th Anniversary
Opened in 2004, Rahr and Sons Brewing Co. in Fort Worth is North Texas' oldest craft brewery -- and that calls for a toast. Celebrate with founders Fritz and Erin Rahr and more than 30 house brews, including some rare gems such as the 2016 vintage of Angry Goat, a weizen doppelbock, and Fritz's Funkberry, a bock beer fermented with brettanomyces and aged on 40 pounds of raspberries specially for the occasion. Local musicians Big Mike and Brittany Oviedo provide the tunes. A $25 ticket includes a commemorative glass and 10 samples.
After a full week of drinking, your liver needs a break ... but not just yet. Community Beer Co. in Dallas in throwing one last party to close out North Texas Beer Week, complete with brunch bites from LUCK restaurant in Trinity Groves and, of course, beer. Tickets include two pours.
Bonus: The Old Monk 20th Anniversary Party
Although not technically affiliated with North Texas Beer Week, the Old Monk in Dallas celebrating a notable anniversary during the time frame. The pub was an early proponent of the movement towards more flavorful beer, having opened 20 years ago. It marks the occasion with live music and an endless well of libations.