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On tap: DFW craft beer events celebrating American Craft Beer Week

Cheers to American Craft Beer Week!
Cheers to American Craft Beer Week!
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, The Common Table, Brewers Association, Texas Homebrew Society

It's American Craft Beer Week, which according to the Brewers Association is a celebration more relevant than ever given the more than 2700 craft breweries operating around the country, not to mention the countless numbers currently in development.

Bars and restaurants throughout the Metroplex will be participating in the festivities, and as you'll see in the listings below, special tappings literally fill the calendar this week. Some, such as those featuring the likes of Deschutes, Founders and Prairie Artisan Ales, will include some of the most sought after brews available in Texas. The largest of these is built around the brews Firestone Walker, seventeen of which will be on the menu Saturday at the Common Table.

Other ways to celebrate include further Saturday events like Barrel Aged Day at World of Beer SMU and the Bastards vs. Blues Poultry Pounding at the Fort Worth Flying Saucer. Then on Sunday, it'll be a day of community in the Bishop Arts District, as professional and amateur brewers come together for Brew Riot.

The Total Beer Experience continues at area Total Wine locations as well, with daily tastings and late-week summer seasonal beer classes. There are also beer and cheese pairings on the bill, one with Oskar Blues on Wednesday in Fort Worth, followed by an evening with Lakewood on Thursday at Plano East.

Monday, May 12

Tuesday, May 13

  • The Common Table, Dallas - 5 p.m. - Brewsday Tuesday featuring Green Flash. Scheduled to be tapped: Serrano Stout, West Coast IPA and Le Freak.
  • The Fillmore Pub, Plano - 5 p.m. - Special tapping of Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 14 with glassware*.
  • Flying Saucer, Addison - 5 p.m. - Special tapping featuring Odell.
  • Flying Saucer on the Lake, Garland - 5 p.m. - Tap Night featuring Choklat and Creme Brulee from Southern Tier.
  • Meddlesome Moth, Dallas - 5 p.m. - Special tapping of Firestone Walker Double Jack.
  • The Libertine, Dallas - 5 p.m. - Special tapping of Community Bourbon Barrel Glenstemmons.
  • World of Beer, Arlington - 5 p.m. - Deschutes Brewery Night. Scheduled to be tapped: The Abyss, Barrel Aged Mirror Mirror and Hop in the Dark.
  • Londoner, Frisco - 5 p.m. - Pint Night*. Selections vary
  • Holy Grail Pub, Plano - 6 p.m. - Special tapping of Lakewood Raspberry Temptress.
  • Dallas Beer Kitchen, Dallas - 6 p.m. - Special tapping of Lakewood Till and Toil with glassware*.
  • The Ginger Man, Dallas - 6 p.m. - Pint Night featuring Real Ale 4 Squared*.
  • World of Beer, SMU - 6 p.m. - Prairie Artisan Ales Night. Scheduled to be tapped: Bible Belt, Coffee Noir, Vanilla Noir, Wine Barrel Noir and Bomb! Bottles of Noir, Bible Belt and Wine Barrel Noir will also be available.
  • The Ginger Man, Ft. Worth - 6 p.m. - Pint Night featuring Brooklyn Half Ale*.
  • T&P Tavern, Ft. Worth - 6 p.m. - Rahr & Sons Pint Giveaway featuring Summertime Wheat and 9th Anniversary Ale.
  • Tolbert's, Grapevine - 6:30 p.m. - Franconia Beer Dinner ($45pp, see menu and purchase tickets here).
  • Whole Foods Park Lane, Dallas - 7 p.m. - Pint Night featuring Summertime Wheat*.
  • WBC Bottle Shop, Dallas - 7 p.m. - Beer College: Belgian beers (call 214-828-2873 for information).
  • Pour House, Ft. Worth - 7 p.m. - Brew-ducation/Beer 101. Participants may purchase discounted flights and appetizers.
  • Lucky Lou's, Denton - 9 p.m. - Pint Night*. Selections vary.

Wednesday, May 14

  • Independent Ale Works, Krum - 4-7 p.m. - Taproom hours/beer for purchase.
  • Community Beer Co., Dallas - 5-8 p.m. - Brewery open house and tour.
  • Four Corners Brewing Co., Dallas - 5-10 p.m. - Taproom hours/beer for purchase.
  • Rahr & Sons Brewing Co., Ft. Worth - 5 p.m. - Weekly tour and tasting ($10pp). This week's specialty beer is Barrel Aged Bucking Bock.
  • The Fillmore Pub, Plano - 5 p.m. - Special tapping of Lakewood Mole Temptress and Franconia Tripel Dunkel with glassware*.
  • Flying Saucer on the Lake, Garland - 5 p.m. - Special tapping of Ovila Quad and Ovila Dubbel from Sierra Nevada, followed by Brewery Night featuring a Beerknurd Appreciation glass at 7 p.m.
  • Meddlesome Moth, Dallas - 5 p.m. - Special tapping of New Belgium La Folie with glassware*.
  • WBC Bottle Shop, Dallas - 5 p.m. - Pint Night featuring Founders Rübæus*.
  • Kelly's at the Village, Allen - 5 p.m. - Glass Night*. Selections vary.
  • Fred's Texas Cafe, Ft. Worth - 5 p.m. - Pint Night featuring Rahr & Sons*.
  • Rugby House, Plano - 5:30 p.m. - Pint Night*. Selections vary.
  • Holy Grail Pub, Plano - 6 p.m. - Special tapping of Rabbit Hole Paddy O'Rapture (Rapture randallized with Irish Whiskey soaked coffee beans).
  • FM Smokehouse, Dallas - 6 p.m. - Glass Night featuring Ska Modus Hoperandi*.
  • Dallas Beer Kitchen, Dallas - 6 p.m. - Special tapping of Founders All Day IPA with glassware*.
  • World of Beer, SMU - 6 p.m. -Brooklyn Brewery Night. Scheduled to be tapped: Dry Irish Stout, Cuvee la Boite and Half Ale.
  • The Bearded Lady, Ft. Worth - 6 p.m. - New Belgium Night featuring special tappings of La Folie, Transatlantique Kriek and Snapshot Wheat.
  • Craft and Growler, Dallas - 6 p.m. - Keep the Glass Night*. Selections vary.
  • The Ginger Man, Southlake - 6 p.m. - Pint Night featuring Real Ale 4 Squared*.
  • The Bottom, Ft. Worth - 6 p.m. - Pint Night featuring Summertime Wheat*.
  • Total Wine, Ft. Worth - 6:30 p.m. -Say Cheese! Tasting Event with Oskar Blues ($10pp, purchase tickets here).
  • Ron's Corner Tavern, Bedford - 7 p.m. - Pint Night*. Selections vary.
  • Flying Saucer, Addison - 7 p.m. - Brewery Night featuring a Beerknurd Appreciation Glass*. Choose from Lakewood Mole Temptress, Community Minivan or Deep Ellum Four Swords.
  • Flying Saucer, Ft. Worth - 7 p.m. - Quadrophenia Event featuring special tappings of Sierra Nevada Ovila, Deep Ellum Four Swords and St. Arnold Divine Reserve 13.
  • Brewed, Ft. Worth - 7 p.m. - Bingo & Brews. Selections vary.
  • Henry's Tavern, Plano - 7-9 p.m. - American Craft Beer Week Celebration featuring representatives from local and national breweries ($10pp, email njesse@r-u-i.com to reserve).

Thursday, May 15

  • Community Beer Co., Dallas - 5-9 p.m. - Taproom hours/beer for purchase. This week they'll feature a special release of Citra Dry-Hopped Witbier.
  • Four Corners Brewing Co., Dallas - 5-10 p.m. - Taproom hours/beer for purchase.
  • The Fillmore Pub, Plano - 5 p.m. - Special tapping of Deep Ellum Neato Bandito*.
  • Flying Saucer, Addison - 5 p.m. - Tap Night featuring Southern Tier.
  • Flying Saucer, Ft. Worth - 5 p.m. - Founders Tap Takeover. Scheduled to be tapped: Backwoods Bastard, Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Old Curmudgeon Ale, Imperial Stout, Breakfast Stout, Dirty Bastard and All Day IPA.
  • Meddlesome Moth, Dallas - 5 p.m. - Special tapping of Ska Modus Head IPA.
  • WBC Bottle Shop, Dallas - 5 p.m. - Prairie Day. Scheduled to be tapped: Coffee Noir, Vanilla Noir, Standard and Bomb!
  • Pappas Burger, Ft. Worth - 5 p.m. - Pint Night featuring Rahr Summertime Wheat*.
  • 903 Brewers, Sherman - 5:30 p.m. - Trivia Night and taproom hours.
  • Total Wine, Plano East - 5:30 p.m. - An Evening with Lakewood Brewing Company - Beer & Cheese Pairings ($15pp, purchase tickets here).
  • Deep Ellum Brewing Co., Dallas - 6 p.m. - Weekly tour and tasting ($15pp, $10pp advance).
  • Holy Grail Pub, Plano - 6 p.m. - Special tapping of Odell Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA with glassware*.
  • Dallas Beer Kitchen, Dallas - 6 p.m. - Glass Night featuring Rahr Summertime Wheat*.
  • The Libertine Bar, Dallas - 6 p.m. - Pint Night featuring Grapevine*.
  • World of Beer, SMU - 6 p.m. - Samuel Adams Tap Takeover. Scheduled to be tapped: Boston Lager, Summer Ale, Rebel IPA, Angry Orchard, Honey Queen, Tasman Red, Roggen Wolf, Porch Rocker, Blueberry Hill Lager, Golden Yuzu and Imperial White.
  • Pour House, Ft. Worth - 6 p.m. - House to House Pub Pedal featuring brews from Martin House (details here).
  • Jack Mac's Swill & Grill, Dallas - 6:30 p.m. - Pint Night*. Selections vary.
  • Gaylord Texan, Grapevine - 6:30 p.m. - Real Ale Beer Dinner (menu, $75pp purchase tickets here).
  • Total Wine, Plano North - 6:30 p.m. - Summer Solstice: The Seasonal Brews of Summer class ($15pp, call 214-436-5518 for more information).
  • Total Wine, Ft. Worth - 6:30 p.m. - Summer Solstice: The Seasonal Brews of Summer class ($15pp, call 817-292-2503 for more information).
  • Taverna Rossa, Plano - 7 p.m. - Peticolas Beer Dinner (menu, $55pp call 469-209-5646 to reserve).
  • Zio Carlo, Ft. Worth - 7 p.m. - Pint Night*. Selections vary.
  • Flying Saucer on the Lake, Garland - New Belgium Lips of Faith Beer Dinner (call 972-226-0725 for more information).
  • Social House Uptown, Dallas - Special tapping of Dogfish Head Red & White with glassware.
  • Social House, Addison - Special tapping of Ommegang 3 Philosophers.

Friday, May 16

  • Flying Saucer, Ft. Worth - 4 p.m. - Tap Night. Selections vary.
  • Cedar Creek Brewery, Seven Points - 4-9 p.m. - Taproom hours/beer for purchase.
  • Community Beer Co., Dallas - 5-10 p.m. - Taproom hours/beer for purchase. This week they'll feature a special release of Bourbon Soaked Vanilla Bean Ascension Coffee Porter.
  • Four Corners Brewing Co., Dallas - 5-10 p.m. - Taproom hours/beer for purchase.
  • Lonestar Beverages, Carrollton - 5 p.m. - Weekly tasting. Selections vary.
  • Main Street Days, Grapevine - 5 p.m. - Craft Brew Tasting ($19 total for admission and tasting, purchase tickets here).
  • The Fillmore Pub, Plano - 5 p.m. - Special tapping of Peticolas Alfred Brown and Dogfish Head Red & White*.
  • Flying Saucer, Addison - 5 p.m. - Special tapping featuring New Belgium.
  • Flying Saucer on the Lake, Garland - 5 p.m. - Special tapping featuring Double Jack and 17th Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker.
  • Meddlesome Moth, Dallas - 5 p.m. - Special tapping of Avery Tweak.
  • World of Beer, Arlington - 5 p.m. - Samuel Adams Tap Takeover. Scheduled to be tapped: Honey Queen, Tasman Red IPA, Roggen Wolf, Porch Rocker, Blueberry Hill Lager and Thirteenth Hour Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout.
  • Rodeo Goat, Ft. Worth - 5 p.m. - Special tapping of Dry Hopped Pride of Texas Pale Ale from Rahr & Sons with glassware*.
  • Total Wine, Plano North - 5:30 p.m. - From Homebrew to Microbrew - The Lakewood Brewing Story ($15pp, purchase tickets here).
  • Cobra Brewing Co., Lewisville - 6-10 p.m. - Taproom hours/beer for purchase.
  • Holy Grail Pub, Plano - 6 p.m. - Special tapping of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout.
  • Dallas Beer Kitchen, Dallas - 6 p.m. - Boulevard Tap Takeover. Scheduled to be tapped: Grainstorm, Boss Tom's Golden Bock, Rye on Rye and Irish Ale.
  • World of Beer, SMU - 6 p.m. - 903 Brewers Night featuring a special tapping of The Chosen One and Sasquatch.
  • Total Wine, Dallas - 6 p.m. - Founders Beer Dinner (sold out).
  • Social House, Dallas & Addison - Swag Night featuring free koozies with the purchase of brews from Real Ale in cans.

Saturday, May 17
- Weekly brewery tours (each admission includes a logo glass)

- Events

  • The Common Table, Dallas - 11 a.m. - Firestone Walker Tap Takeover featuring 17 of the brewery's beers on tap.
  • Flying Saucer, Ft. Worth - 11 a.m. - Bastards vs. Blues Poultry Pounding featuring special tappings from Stone and Oskar Blues.
  • WBC Bottle Shop, Dallas - 12 p.m. - Breckenridge Brewery Beer Brunch Taco Extravaganza (menu, $30pp call 214-828-2873 to reserve).
  • World of Beer, SMU - 12 p.m. - Barrel Aged Day. Scheduled to be tapped: Laughing Dog Bourbon Barrel Aged Dogfather, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Funky Jewbelation and Barrel Aged Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz, Harviestoun Ola Dubh 21, Rahr Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. Bottles of Firestone Walker XVII, Sucaba and Parabola will also be available.
  • Total Wine, Dallas - 3 p.m. - Summer Solstice: The Seasonal Brews of Summer class ($15pp, purchase tickets here).
  • The Bearded Lady, Ft. Worth - 4 p.m. - Martin House Meets Melt Ice Cream Social featuring flights of the brewery's beers paired with ice cream.
  • Meddlesome Moth, Dallas - 5 p.m. - Special tapping of New Belgium Pluot.

Sunday, May 18

Further Out:

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* Buy the beer, keep the glass.

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