Post-holiday reality check got you down? Sounds like you could use a drink. Keep the party going at some of the best upcoming beer and wine events.
Have a round on Alamo Drafthouse (several dates)
Alamo Drafthouse is really excited about opening its new Dallas location in February. To celebrate, crews from the indie move theater will be hitting local breweries throughout January and buying a beer for the first 100 people. Stop by Oak Highlands Brewery (Jan. 9), Peticolas Brewing Co. (Jan. 16), Four Corners Brewing Co. (Jan. 23), and Community Beer Co. (Jan. 30) from noon to 3 p.m. on respective dates.
Pucker up for a bottle release (Jan. 15)
Fort Worth's Collective Brewing Project has earned a reputation as a sour beer powerhouse, but if you usually buy a six-pack from the store, you may have missed out. The beers are almost exclusively available on tap; that is, until Jan. 15 when Collective celebrates its second bottle launch. It will release its flagship ale, Petite Golden Sour, which has been bottle conditioning for two months. The release party takes place at the brewery in Fort Worth, but bottles will also be available at Lone Star Taps and Caps in Lewisville and the Bearded Monk in Denton the following day.
Drink wine, see your future (Jan. 15)
My crystal ball says you are feeling very thirsty. Join psychic Chelsea Andrea at Two Corks and a Bottle in Uptown Dallas for vino and views -- into the future. She'll be doing private readings from 7-11 p.m. at the shop on Friday, Jan. 15. Readings cost $15 for 15 minutes and are provided on a first come, first served basis.
Down ales for ALS (Jan. 16)
The ALS ice bucket challenge may have been a viral trend, but raising awareness and donations is a year-round job. That's why Noble Rey Brewing Co. is throwing a fundraiser at LUCK restaurant in Dallas' Trinity Groves. The event doubles a launch party for a collaboration beer between Noble Rey and organization Ales for ALS, which donated hops for the brew. It's an American pale ale called Just the Ice Bucket and a portion of the proceeds from sales will benefit the ALS foundation. Additionally, owners of both LUCK and Noble Rey will be taking an ice bucket challenge ... outside ... in January. The least you can do is show support, right?
Sing a brewery 'Happy Birthday' (Jan. 23)
Design District brewery Community Beer Co. is turning three, and rest assured crews there know how to throw a party. Expect live music, food trucks, a photo booth, local vendors and more than 40 dank beers, including several fun and experimental batches brewed specially for the occasion. (See the crazy beer list.) Tickets range from $30 for general admission to $65 for VIP.
Pre-game for Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival (Feb. 4)
Already itching for the spring when Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival takes over the city? OK, we'll throw you a bone. Stop by Cafe Modern inside the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Thursday, Feb. 4 for a fancy pre-party deemed the Reserve Wine Tasting. For $125, you get 25 pours from American vineyards alongside bottomless bites. The Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival takes place March 31 to April 3.