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On tap: DFW craft beer events, week of December 16

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We're down to only a couple of weeks left in the year, but there's still time for the launch of yet another new brewery. This Saturday, December 21, the Cobra Brewing Company becomes the 16th production brewery to open in North Texas. They'll celebrate at the brewery with a half-dozen beers on tap, food from Old Town Lewisville neighbor Square One Cafe and live music from The Enablers. Tickets are available for $10pp via Eventbrite.

Speaking of debuts, Deep Ellum releases its newest beer on Tuesday night at Goodfriend. Four Swords, a Belgian-style quadrupel, will be one of five brews scheduled to be on the menu as part of a Tap Takeover event that evening. Others beers expected to be available include 2011 and 2012 vintages of Darkest Hour, 2013 Dreamcrusher and 2013 Cherry Chocolate Double Brown Stout.

Elsewhere, special tappings will be a nightly occurrence at three area establishments. The Dogfish Days of December continue at the Addison Flying Saucer, while the Oak St. Drafthouse and East Side Social Club are teaming up for something they're calling Bourbon Barrel Week. Regarding the latter, both Denton craft beer destinations will tap a different barrel aged brew each night through Saturday. Detailed listings can be found in the schedule below.

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Monday, December 16

  • Flying Saucer, Addison - 12 p.m. - Dogfish Days of December featuring a special tapping of Black & Blue.
  • World of Beer, Arlington - 5 p.m. - Monday Fun Day featuring glassware giveaways and a special randallized brew. Check with venue for details.
  • World of Beer, SMU - 5 p.m. - Glass Night featuring both Winter Warmer and Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer from Rahr*.
  • The Ginger Man, Plano - 6 p.m. - Pint Night featuring New Belgium Accumulation*.
  • The Ginger Man, Dallas - 6 p.m. - He'Brew Jewbelation Brewery Night.
  • The Common Table, Dallas - 6 p.m. - Pour Man's Beer Dinner featuring a flight of four beers paired with four courses for just $29 (check out the menu here).
  • Urban Crust, Plano - 6:30 p.m. - Beer and food pairing featuring Christmas brews ($34.90pp, call 972-509-1300 to reserve).
  • Idle Rich Pub, Dallas - 6:30 p.m. - Christmas Beer Tasting (sold out, but call 214-965-9926 to check for cancellations).
  • Oak St. Drafthouse, Denton - 7 p.m. - Bourbon Barrel Week featuring a special tapping of Rahr Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer.
  • East Side Social Club, Denton - 7 p.m. - Bourbon Barrel Week featuring a special tapping of Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Oatmeal Stout.

Tuesday, December 17

  • The Common Table, Dallas - 5 p.m. - Brewsday Tuesday featuring Brooklyn. Scheduled to be tapped: Black Chocolate Stout, Fire & Ice and Blast!
  • Flying Saucer, Addison - 5 p.m. - Dogfish Days of December featuring a special tapping of Theobroma.
  • Flying Saucer on the Lake, Garland - 5 p.m. - Tap Night featuring Great Divide Oatmeal Yeti.
  • Londoner, Frisco - 5 p.m. - Pint Night*. Selections vary.
  • World of Beer, SMU, Dallas - 5 p.m. - Oskar Blue Brewery Night. Contact venue for details.
  • Goodfriend, Dallas - 6 p.m. - Deep Ellum Tap Takeover featuring the debut of the brewery's newest beer, Four Swords. Other brews to be tapped: 2011 and 2012 vintages of Darkest Hour, 2013 Dreamcrusher and 2013 Cherry Chocolate Double Brown Stout.
  • The Ginger Man, Dallas - 6 p.m. - Pint Night featuring Boulevard Nutcracker*.
  • The Ginger Man, Ft. Worth - 6 p.m. - Pint Night featuring Boulevard Nutcracker*.
  • Oak St. Drafthouse, Denton - 7 p.m. - Bourbon Barrel Week featuring a special tapping of The Abyss from Deschutes.
  • East Side Social Club, Denton - 7 p.m. - Bourbon Barrel Week featuring a special tapping of Uinta Labyrinth.
  • Lucky Lou's, Denton - 9 p.m. - Pint Night*. Selections vary.

Wednesday, December 18

  • 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 Angry Santa.
  • Flying Saucer, Addison - 5 p.m. - Dogfish Days of December featuring a special tapping of Rhizing Bines, followed by Brewery Night* with Breckenridge Barrel Aged 72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout at 7 p.m.
  • Meddlesome Moth, Dallas - 5 p.m. - Special tapping of Great Divide Hibernation.
  • Kelly's at the Village, Allen - 5 p.m. - Pint Night*. Selections vary.
  • Rugby House, Plano - 5:30 p.m. - Pint Night*. Selections vary.
  • FM Smokehouse, Dallas - Texas Tap Night featuring Rogness Holiday.
  • Craft and Growler, Dallas - 6 p.m. - Keep the Glass Night*. Selections vary.
  • The Bottle Shop, Dallas - 6 p.m. - Glass Night Wednesdays*. Selections vary.
  • The Ginger Man, Southlake - 6 p.m. - Pint Night featuring Boulevard Nutcracker*.
  • Ron's Corner Tavern, Bedford - 7 p.m. - Pint Night featuring Angry Santa and Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer from Rahr*.
  • Flying Saucer, all locations - 7 p.m. - Brewery Night featuring the 2013 Saucer Christmas Glass.
  • Oak St. Drafthouse, Denton - 7 p.m. - Bourbon Barrel Week featuring a special tapping of Lakewood Bourbon Barrel Temptress.
  • East Side Social Club, Denton - 7 p.m. - Bourbon Barrel Week featuring a special tapping of Oskar Blues Bourbon Barrel Aged Ten Fidy.

Thursday, December 19

Friday, December 20

Saturday, December 21

- Weekly brewery tours (each admission includes a logo glass)

- Events

Sunday, December 22

Further Out:

In case you missed it, items from the Beer in Big D blog:

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* Buy the beer, keep the glass.

Contact me via email at planocraftbeer@yahoo.com, or follow me on Twitter and Facebook. You can also keep up with local craft beer news by visiting my website at BeerinBigD.com.

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