Looking for some (more specific) help in dallas texas.

Discussion in 'Southwest' started by Brvn, Mar 15, 2012.

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  1. Brvn

    Brvn Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2008 Oklahoma
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    Im no stranger to Dallas or Austin necessarily, but usually when I am there I have no money and only bring home some 120 minute IPA or another "staple". Im coming down saturday through monday and have never actually hit up the dallas bar scene, as if Im in Texas I am usually in Austin. So first question is what bar would you recommend? I will be down for saint patricks day so I imagine everywhere will be crazy, but anything special going on this saturday you would recommend?

    Second off, I am flushed with cash as my original spring break plans fell through, so I thought why not stock up on tons of stuff I've never gotten to try. Specifically what are the IPAS / IIPAS that I must try, what sours are even available in Texas (there are a total of like... 2 available in Oklahoma...), what bizarre unique beers would you recommend, Belgians you dont think we get in Oklahoma, and is there anywhere better than central market I should be getting these things? Also... I dont know my schedule and probably wont have a car, but if anyone is crazy desperate for some La Roja or anything else from Oklahoma... let me know and maybe we can work something out. Thanks tons for the help... hopefully this thread is more successful than the one I made when I went to New Orleans and got 0 replies over on that board.
  2. lokieman

    lokieman Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2011 Oklahoma

    I live in Austin so can't really help you out with things to do in Dallas. As far as beers you should grab I'd have to say anything by Jester King, Saint Arnold Endeavour IIPA is great, Southern Star Buried Hatchet off the top of my head. I also don't think Bear Republic goes to OK so you should grab some Racer 5 and Hop Rod Rye...both great IPA's. Central Market is good but I would think that Specs Dallas would have a larger selection...this is definitely true in Austin. There is also a thread very similar to this one titled "Beers to get in Texas" that should give you some more ideas. Hope this helps...cheers
  3. mattisloco

    mattisloco Devotee (413) Feb 13, 2007 Texas
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    What area of Dallas will you be in?
  4. Brvn

    Brvn Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2008 Oklahoma
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    DFW Im pretty sure.
  5. Brvn

    Brvn Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2008 Oklahoma
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    Saint Arnold going to be growlers only?
  6. raffy313

    raffy313 Disciple (388) Dec 15, 2010 Texas
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    LOL! You just broadened your area to include another city...

    Unless you mean the DFW Airport area, in which you MUST go to Hall's... http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/4183 . Once there, ask for Fern. He'll hook you up. As for sours(assuming OK doesn't already get this)... I just picked up a 4 pack of one of the best Flanders Red I've ever had... EVER! http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/223/50772 . #1 BA rating in that style, and Hall's carries them. As well as some current La Folies.

    EDIT... St Arnold bottles their beers. (512) and Live Oak are growler only. And there's only a couple places in DFW that fill... if you're looking for growlers.
  7. crusian

    crusian Crusader (738) May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    damnit raffy, that flanders red sucks, no one wants it. (i have already gone through a case)
  8. Eurytos

    Eurytos Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2010 Texas

    If you are near greenville for the parade it is almost a requirement to hit the dubliner or trinity hall. Both of those places will be absolutely slammed so if you are looking for a party atmosphere they (along with anything else on greenville saturday) are your ticket. Also, I *think* I saw a posting by Deep Ellum Brewery that their beers will be available at the Dubliner's block party tent.

    If you want some of the more craft beer focused: Common Table, Meddlesome Moth, Union Bear, Flying Saucer (chain), Ginger man (chain), and I am sure I am forgetting many more.

    As far as stores: Specs, Mr. G's, and Hall's are great depending where you are staying.
  9. crusian

    crusian Crusader (738) May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    Mr. G's does not exist anymore... R.I.P.
  10. BrewDogRocks

    BrewDogRocks Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2011 Texas

    Hello. Well as raffy313 mentioned, DFW covers roughly 9,000 square miles so you have to narrow it down for us. Even if you will be in Dallas that's still a fairly big area (about 380 square miles or so) so even then you have to focus it. I'll just throw out what I know in Dallas or thereabouts.

    If you want to buy beer your best bets are Lone Star Beverages (Carrolton), Whole Foods, Spec's, the Bottle Shop and Pogo's. There are several Whole Foods, but the one one Park Lane tends to have the best selection in my opinion. It also sells growlers of beer on tap and also happens to be very close to Spec's, so you could kill two birds with one stone there basically. The Bottle Shop on Lower Greenville sells bottles, growlers and it's also a bar, so it's a one stop shop in a way. You can even drink a bottle from the shelf on the premises and it happens to be across the street from the Libertine (see below).

    If you want to drink beer your best bets are the Common Table, Meddlesome Moth, Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger, Union Bear, the Libertine, Trinity Hall, the Gingerman and the Flying Saucer, with these last two having several locations in the area. You will find the best taps, food and craft beer regulars at the Moth and the Table. There's always also tons of talent at the Table, but I digress.

    Deep Ellum Brewing Company and Peticolas Brewing are also operational now. Both make really good beers and are very much worth your while. Unfortunately DEBC just cancelled their tour on Saturday, so that's out. But you may be able to find them at some event or another. Union Bear is also a 'nanobrewery' which means that they will brew one tap at a time. They are probably two months away from their first batch though. Lakewood Brewing makes really good beer but will not be open until May or so.

    Good luck.


    http://www.thecommontable.com/ (New Website, looks good!)


    Yes I like beer....
  11. raffy313

    raffy313 Disciple (388) Dec 15, 2010 Texas
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    ^^ son-of-a-biatch!^^ *All pertinent info has now been absorbed!

    /thread NOW! :slight_smile:
  12. mindswoop

    mindswoop Initiate (186) Dec 22, 2011 Texas

    If you are in Austin, they have a permanent tap of Jacobins at Hopfields.
  13. raffy313

    raffy313 Disciple (388) Dec 15, 2010 Texas
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    Yeah, for a minute I considered keeping this one off the boards(if for no other reason than greed :slight_smile:) ... but the sheer enjoyment of drinking this sour ended that notion. I'm hoping it lasts awhile.

    And jeez, a case? I broke the freakin' bank with 2 - 4 packs(well, along with about 150 bones of other "Hall's greatest selections"). That shit aint cheap! I WILL be back for more, though... :wink:
  14. Brvn

    Brvn Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2008 Oklahoma
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    Thanks so much for the Flanders recommendation. Will try to get to halls or specs and a few of those bars. Not looking for growlers as much as bottles as this is a sort of stockpile effort. Any more things anyone else thinks I should check out keep me posted.

    We will be around 2720 elm street (zip code 75226) if that means anything to anyone.
  15. crusian

    crusian Crusader (738) May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    what are you coming down for? maybe we can put together an impromptu bottle share or something... I mouthfeel find my way to Dallas Saturday... there should be a decent block party going on...
  16. crusian

    crusian Crusader (738) May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    ack, I meant might find my way to Dallas, damn autocorrect...
  17. BrewDogRocks

    BrewDogRocks Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2011 Texas

    Hello. Brvn the address you described is in Deep Ellum, close to downtown. That's literally a couple of blocks from Deep Ellum Brewing Company. Very close by there is the Libertine and The Bottle Shop. From there your are about 3 miles away from the Common Table and about 7 miles from the Northpark area where Whole Foods and Spec's are. Good luck.
  18. wolffman17

    wolffman17 Aspirant (249) Jul 14, 2005 Texas

    An autocorrect only a beer geek could make.
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  19. bentwookie

    bentwookie Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2008 Texas

    Mr. G's is still open and advertising on the radio..(sponsor of Porn B-Days)
  20. crusian

    crusian Crusader (738) May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    They got bought by specs... transition happened this week...
  21. bentwookie

    bentwookie Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2008 Texas

    Well they are still open as Mr. G's right now and it's not like being bought out by Spec's is going to cause their beer selection to go away.
  22. WickedSluggy

    WickedSluggy Devotee (400) Nov 21, 2008 Texas
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    Our other Spec's location has a pretty good selection. I wish they would keep more of it in a cooler though.

    Also, Didn't Spec's buy Majestic also?
  23. fragilehearted

    fragilehearted Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2009 Texas

    I know, right? But you'd better believe some is in my fridge is well. Sooooo good. I was so excited to see it after having it on draft. That stuff is heavenly.
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  24. Eurytos

    Eurytos Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2010 Texas

    I think Centennial bought Majestic but I would much prefer it be Specs.
  25. crusian

    crusian Crusader (738) May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    Centennial bought majestic... and made it suck.
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  26. Eurytos

    Eurytos Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2010 Texas

    I couldn't agree more. They used to always be on top of new releases but now they lag far behind and in many cases don't even get some beers they used to.
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