Now in its fourth year, Central Market's annual celebration of beer has taken on yet another new name. We've previously visited Brewtopia and expanded our Brewniverse, but now it's time to crack open the beer books as Brewniversity is about to be in session. Running from September 11 through September 24, as in past year's there will be a variety of tastings, beer dinners and meet and greets with brewery representatives. Each store's daily events can be found by following the links directly below, but a few of the more unique items are highlighted in the listings that follow.
Keep in mind that many, if not all events with a cost associated with them require reservations. Clicking the individual links below each heading will take you to Central Market's event description, where you can also buy tickets.
Individual store calendars
St. Arnold's Special Release Tasting ($25pp): One of the marquee events of Brewniversity will be a visit by St. Arnold founder Brock Wager as he leads a tasting which will include the entire run of the Bishop's Barrel series (1-4), as well as Divine Reserve 10, 11, 12 and 13.
Alaskan Brews & Seafood ($50pp): Join Brewmaster Justin Ginter for a five-course dinner featuring four of Alaskan's year round brews, along with a special dessert pairing with Pumpkin Porter, the fall release in the brewery's Pilot Series.
Rahr & Sons Beer Dinner ($50pp): Fritz Rahr, the owner of North Texas' oldest craft brewery, will be on hand to host a three-course Southwestern-inspired meal paired with La Grange Farmhouse Ale, Stormcloud IPA and the brewery's seasonal Oktoberfest.
Special appearances by author Garret Oliver of the Brooklyn Brewery: Considered to be the authority on beer and food pairings, Garrett Oliver of the Brooklyn Brewery will visit two area Central Markets. He'll guide tastings at the Plano and Southlake locations, followed by a five-course dinner at Dallas Lovers.
- 9/18 - Bottle Signing at Plano, 2 - 4 p.m.
- 9/19 - Bottle Signing at Southlake, 1 - 3 p.m.
- 9/19 - Brooklyn Beer Dinner at Dallas Lovers ($45pp), 6:30 p.m.
Artisanal Cheese Pairings ($50pp): Janet Fletcher, author of the book Cheese & Beer, will lead this event pairing artisanal American cheeses with popular local and national craft beer brands.
Beer-centric snack and dessert debuts
The High Road Ice Cream & Sorbet company will unveil a new line of ice cream flavors featuring beer-centric ingredients at all area Central Markets. Chef Keith Schroeder says they created the new flavors in their Beer Series "to help celebrate beers for a valued customer. We love collaborating with talented food professionals, and the folks at Central Market are very serious about their food, beer and wine." Product descriptions provided courtesy of Chef Schroeder.
Lemon Hop Sorbet - In this one, we don't use beer, rather using freshly squeezed lemon juice, cane sugar, Cascade hops, and a pinch of salt. It's inspired by the deliciousness (and the month of August in Atlanta) of a Shandy. We put hops in during the boil of a simple syrup, and "dry hop" through a strainer before spinning frozen.
Brown Ale Caramel - Watership Brown Ale from Red Hare Brewing in Marietta, Georgia, is made into a caramel and is steeped with Fuggles hops before blending into a 1/2 & 1/2 mix of our sweet cream and custard mixes. It's also streaked with our classic Brown Butter Caramel.
- 9/12 - Plano, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.
- 9/13 - Dallas Lovers, 10:30 a.m, - 2:30 p.m.
- 9/13 - Dallas Preston Royal, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.
- 9/14 - Fort Worth, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
- 9/14 - Southlake, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Floyd Beer Cheese is expanding into Texas, and their products will make their market debut during Brewniversity. According to press materials, Floyd Beer Cheese "is a spicy cheese spread, made with sharp cheddar cheese and infused with local craft beer." On entering the local market, co-owner Andrew Templar says that "Texas has such a diverse and exciting specialty food movement happening right now. We are thrilled to toss our hat into the ring." His company will unveil their Original, Spicy Jalapeno and Smokey Bacon varieties in eight ounce, ready to serve containers.
- 9/14 - Plano, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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