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On tap: DFW craft beer events, week of March 31

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It may be hard to believe, but the Big Texas Beer Fest is already in its third year. What started as an event with around 80 breweries pouring 300 different beers has seen those numbers grow to 105 and over 400 respectively. Happening Saturday, April 5 from 2 to 6:30 p.m., the festival once again takes place in the Fair Park Automobile Building in Dallas. A full beer list has been released, or you can check out my companion guide over at Beer in Big D. General admission tickets are still available and can be purchased here.

If you can't wait to get the party started, the Flying Saucer on the Lake has you covered. They are throwing a Big Texas Beer Fest Pre-Party on Friday night featuring a quintuple tapping of beers from Real Ale's Mysterium Verum series. Enjoy one of those or the brewery's new Hefeweizen while you rub elbows with Master Brewer Erik Ogershok.

Another option for activities before as well as after the festival will be going on at the Holy Grail Pub from Friday through Sunday, April 4-6. It's a Game of Thrones Weekend, where they'll be tapping Ommegang Take the Black Stout and Iron Throne in addition to offering up dishes made from the Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook.

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Monday, March 31

  • Choice Beverage, McKinney - 4 p.m. - Beer Tasting featuring the Texas debut of Odell in bottles.
  • World of Beer, Arlington - 5 p.m. - Keep the Pint Night and Randall infusions*.
  • World of Beer, SMU - 6 p.m. - Special tapping of Sir William's English Brown Ale from Grapevine.
  • The Ginger Man, Plano - 6 p.m. - Pint Night featuring Firestone Walker DBA*.
  • 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).
  • Dallas Beer Kitchen, Dallas - 6 p.m. - Special tapping of Noir, Coffee Noir and Vanilla Noir from Prairie Artisan Ales.
  • Central Market, various locations - 6:30 p.m. - Discovery Series: Craft Beer Class ($10pp, click links for tickets at Plano, Southlake or Fort Worth).
  • Pour House, Ft. Worth - 7 p.m. - Chalice Night*. Selections vary.

Tuesday, April 1

Wednesday, April 2

Thursday, April 3

Friday, April 4

Saturday, April 5

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

- Events

Sunday, April 6

Further Out:

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

* 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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