Dallas Beer Week Diary, Day 2
This second day of Dallas Beer Week actually took me to Plano, where the relatively unknown Ringo’s Pub was hosting their first-ever beer dinner in conjunction with weeklong events. Buried in The Shops at Legacy and literally around the corner from the Plano Ginger Man, this formulaic Irish pub-slash-sports bar hosted a rather mature and well-constructed beer dinner, pairing local Franconia beers with several chef-driven courses.
Franconia owner/brewer Dennis Wehrmann played host for the event, and Brian Brown covers the menu in more detail. A slowly evolving project, Ringo’s has become increasingly more friendly to craft beer by carrying more select taps and offering some popular craft releases. Manager Blair also indicated a revised menu is in the near future, with a turn away from greasy American-style bar food and more toward traditional modern Irish bistro fare.
Dallas Beer Week Diary, Day 3
Two rare beer tappings tonight in Uptown Dallas: First, our local Ginger Man is in the midst of celebrating its 20th anniversary this week. Just for this event, the Brooklyn Brewery of New York made a special “Gingerman Ale” that was sold only here and only this evening. A darker, copper-colored ale, the official stylistic description was something in the area of a scotch ale or wee heavy. While it fell short of that style, it did have pleasant elements of cocoa and a very light caramel roast, and I would call it a very drinkable light winter warmer. Unfortunately, the one keg they had emptied far too early.
Also tonight, mere blocks away, The Common Table was tapping a Deschutes Black Butte Porter XXIII as well as selling bottles of The Abyss (2010). With brewery reps present at both these events, the Deschutes night turned into quite a popular gathering spot on a Monday night for local craft beer fans. If they didn’t run out of both Deschutes beers tonight, I guarantee there is not much left of either.
Dallas Beer Week Diary, Day 4
Sidelined tonight, a touch of a head cold—the real infectious kind, not the alcohol flu—left me unable to taste much of anything. Hopefully, I can be back on my feet getting legless again quickly, as there are significant events yet to come this week.
The news broke late today that the organizers of Dallas Beer Week have canceled their planned Dallas Beer Festival this Saturday, announcing that “ticket sales have been extremely slow, and in recent days, it has become increasingly apparent that the financial risk is just too high for us to take.” While this is unfortunate, the way DBW is structured it should not affect any other planned events at participating local venues.
Here’s hoping for better success this time next year!