Tonight: Head on over to Common Table where Jeff Fryman is tapping Lagunitas Hop Stoopid (yes, on draft in all of its glory), Anchor Humming (Pale Ale with Nelson Sauvin hops), Rogue XS I2PA (Imperial India Pale Ale), (512) Black IPA, Dogfish Head 90 Minute, and Lagunitas IPA. Show up early to receive a sweet Lagunitas mason jar glasses with any Lagunitas. One per person, and come early because once they’re gone, they’re gone.
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Get on the phone and sign up for the Flying Saucer Beer Dinner (Garland location) on April 17, at 5 pm. Highlights: Craft brews, a five-course dinner, and time to chat with Jason Armstrong from Stone Brewing Company. $45 for U.F.O. members, $50 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased in person at Flying Saucer or by calling 972-226-0725. On the menu: Stone Pale Ale Pancakes (Stone Pale Ale), Quiche, made with ham, portabella mushrooms and spinach (Highway 78 Scotch Ale), Pulled pork and coleslaw sliders (Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale), Surf ‘n’ turf kebabs (2008 Stone Imperial Russian Stout), Homemade cookies and smoked porter ice cream (Stone Smoked Porter)
Make a beeline to Sigel’s to pick up one of my personal faves, Oskar Blues Ten FIDY. It’s pricey—a four-pack of 12oz cans will run you a whopping $16.49 (case of 24 is $94.67), but, as Sigel’s so aptly put it, “this Imperial stout is a titanic wonder of a stout, immensely viscous, and loaded with neck-deep flavors of chocolate, malt, coffee, cocoa and oats. It’s the beer equivalent of decadently rich milkshake made with Whoppers malted-milk balls and Heaven’s best chocolate ice cream. Ten FIDY is about 10% ABV and is made with enormous amounts of two-row malts, chocolate malts, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops. Ten FIDY’s huge-but-comforting flavors hide a whopping 98 IBUs that are deftly tucked underneath the beer’s mountains of malty goodness.” Not to mention that it won a Gold Medal at the 2010 World Beer Championship, was listed among the “Top 25 American Beers” in (eh hem) MAXIM magazine, received a 100 rating at Ratebeer.com, was named The Beer of the Year by The Denver Post, and generated a “This one puts the ‘A’ in ‘Holy Crap!’” from Beer Advocate magazine. In other words, give it a try. You won’t regret it. Ever.
Finally, Deep Ellum Brewing Company and Peticolas Brewing Company continue their neck-and-neck race to become the city’s next craft-brewing wüderkind. Michael Peticolas’ is deep in the zoning and City Planning Commission to get his Design District location rezoned for the production of alcoholic beverages. City of Ate reports that the earliest Peticolas’ could go to a Planning Commission hearing is May 5. Count six weeks after that before it can go before the city council after approval. So, he’s looking at July, possibly August. Of course, we’re all still gunning for the success of House Bill 2436 (session 82(R), which would allow breweries producing 75,000 barrels or less annually to sell directly to consumers.