Tipsy Tuesday: Dallas Booze Events July 29 – Aug 3

Dallas is hosting wine dinners, beer birthdays and drink specials this week.

Deep Ellum Dallas Blonde, courtesy of Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
Deep Ellum Dallas Blonde, courtesy of Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
I don’t know about you, but my weekend went by quickly and delivered one well hell of a punch come Monday. Last week we finally got to experience what Scotch and Sausage has to offer (signs are looking good) and Bishop Cider made its keg debut in a number of bars around town including The Libertine, Craft & Growler, Lakewood Growler and Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House. I’m already on my countdown to Friday and this week’s roundup of tipsy events makes that much more bearable.

For the wine lovers:

Raise your glass high as Abacus hosts a four-course Rosé Wine Dinner featuring Todd Ruback of Vineyard Brands this Thursday. Chef Kent Rathbun will cook up dishes like foie gras pastrami, roasted rabbit “porchetta,” and Copper River salmon. From sparkling to still, wines will range from Spain, France and California. The dinner begins at 6:30 PM and runs $120 per person plus tax and gratuity. Make reservations by calling 214-520-0151.

For the beer lovers:

If you’re not part of the hip craft beer in-crowd yet then this event will probably get you your membership card. Rabbit Hole Brewing will present its first 48 growlers ever including four brews on tap at Craft and Growler this Wednesday. You can’t really call yourself a real beer drinker until you have your very own growler to tote around, so get there early to take one home when you buy a 64-ounce fill of the Wonderlust, Mike Modano 561 or Rapture Fusion Brown. The party starts at 7 PM.

It seems Deep Ellum Brewing Company and Katy Trail Ice House are best friends for life, so clearly it’s the only place they’d choose to celebrate the second birthday of its Dallas Blonde. This citrusy, balanced session ale is one of DEBC’s fastest growing brews from their lineup with floral American hops and wheat malts. Starting at 5 PM, expect things like free promotional DEBC gear, birthday cake and commemorative schooner and pint glassware.

Courtesy of Lakewood Brewing Co.
Courtesy of Lakewood Brewing Co.
Two years ago this Sunday, Lakewood Brewing Company sold its very first kegs of Rock Ryder and Hop Trapp at Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House. Last year their birthday party was pretty crazy, but this year they’re bringing it back to where it all began at Goodfriend and going even harder. Think more space, beers, merchandise, friends, music and good times. Look forward to 18 taps of LBC brews, a 40’ x 60’ air-conditioned tent with a beer garden, commemorative glassware while supplies last, custom t-shirts and the debut of their second anniversary ale Lion’s Share II, a wine barrel-aged Berliner Weisse aged on back currants. The kickoff is at 11:00, so start early and snag a shirt because 20% of the proceeds from all purchased shirts will go directly to the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Inc.

For the cocktail lovers:

The folks at Whiskey Cake may know a thing or two about my drink of choice, but they like to dabble in another spirit as well. This Wednesday they will host a Historia de Tequila Dinner featuring five courses paired with differed cocktails. $60 will get you drunken littleneck clams and chimichurri wood-grilled hanger steak in addition to other mouth-watering plates. Get there at 7 PM and call 972-993-2253 to secure a seat.

National Tequila Day may have come and gone, but Texans like to celebrate it like it’s every day. That’s why Chef Julio Peraza and Komali restaurant will welcome Herradura Tequila for a special tasting dinner this Thursday at 5 PM. Experience a quintessential Mexico City five-course meal paired with handcrafted cocktails created by mixologist Leann Berry. Dishes will include watermelon salad, sea bass al pastor, crispy sweetbread and pork belly taco, marinated lamb chop and blue corn profiteroles. The dinner will run for $80 per person and reservations can be made by calling 214-252-0200 or emailing [email protected]

This week head, here for drinks:

Blackbird Julep, courtesy of Tate's.
Blackbird Julep, courtesy of Tate’s.
Known for their craft cocktails and fully-stocked bar, this place is a home to all kinds of drinkers. On the outside, it looks like a cozy home with wooden patio and open lawn that makes it a prime location for people watching. Walk inside for a more intimate feel. The best time to go is happy hour for the great prices and to enjoy some of their appetizers with friends. Order the Blackberry Julep or Eternal Flame, but explore your options because the bartender really knows his stuff.

Happy Hour: 3-7 pm Monday-Saturday, All Day Sunday
$4 Draft beer (excluding Chimay)
$2 off all wines
$4 Well mixed drinks

Daily Specials:
Monday – Half Priced Bottles of Wine
Rum Tuesday – Half Priced Rums
Whiskey Wednesday – Half Price Whiskeys
Thursday – Ladies Night, Half Off Select Cocktails