Craft Beer Guide Summer 2016 : Page 1

A new trend is the “growler” station such as Lone Star Taps & Caps, where you bring in your own bottle and get beer on tap to go. There are even hybrids such as On Rotation in Lakewood, which is half growler store, and half microbrewery. They serve beer from other brewers and make their own beer in small batches. An even grander hybrid is represented by select Whole Foods Market stores, which combine supermarket, in-house bar and growler station, featuring wines on tap along with locally brewed beers. The company ramped up its program in 2015 when it launched a brewing operation— Whole Foods Market Brewing Company — at its Post Oak location in Houston. The brewery produces up to six beers, available on-rotation at North Texas stores with in-house bars. The lines began to blur in 2013, when Texas laws changed to help the little guy get a foot in the door. Small breweries are now allowed to sell their beers for drinking on-site, and brewpubs can sell their beer to distributors. Those legislative changes set the stage for the beer prosperity we’re seeing today. =<-C by Teresa Gubbins In the past five years, more than 40 breweries have opened. But illogical inconsistencies still remain, such as the restriction still on the books forbidding traditional breweries from selling their beer for off-site consumption. This means that a customer can visit Deep Ellum Brewing Company and taste their beer, but not buy a six-pack to take home. It’s a practice that’s perfectly legal for wineries, distilleries and small breweries with a brewpub license. Why not breweries, too? Frustrated by the double standard, Deep Ellum Brewing Company filed a lawsuit against the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission in September 2015, claiming that the system was “arbitrary and discriminatory.” DEBC was joined in its lawsuit by Grapevine Craft Brewery ; a ruling is expected in fall 2016. Let’s toast the continued success of local craft beer by supporting those who brew it and serve it. We’ve compiled a list of the breweries and brewpubs in the DFW area, which we’ve marked accordingly, along with a little lexicon explaining the differences. Life has never been more effervescent for beer drinkers in North Texas. Thanks to a cosmic confluence of events— loosened laws, plucky entrepreneurism and an increased sophistication about artisanal goods of all kinds— Dallas-Fort Worth has birthed a local craft beer industry that keeps growing, tap by tap. It’s happened fast: in the past five years, more than 40 breweries have opened or are on their way in 2016. Craft beer in DFW runs the gamut. You have breweries such as Peticolas Brewing Company, that brew and sell their own beer. You have brewpubs such as Braindead Brewing, where they brew their own beer, serve other beers and food, too.

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