If it seems like there’s a new neighborhood taproom, brewpub, or tasting room opening every month or two, you’ve been paying attention. And with Smokestack – Magnolia’s long awaited restaurant and bar – opening in Dogpatch soon, this seems like an opportune time to catch our collective breath and provide an update on a few of the craft beer places that have opened in the last year or so.
Seasonal beers give craft brewers a good excuse to stretch their legs and create something different from their flagship brews. And while there are a few established spring beer styles, – like maibock, a type of strong German lager, or bière de mars, a light Belgian-style ale – many brewers just use this time of year as an excuse to play with medium and light bodied styles.
After several years in the making Barrel Head Brewhouse recently opened its doors at 1785 Fulton at Masonic. The spacious 150-seat brewpub has an steel and concrete industrial feel balanced by booths built from refurbished wood, a massive wood slab bar and other slab table tops scattered on the main floor bar and mezzanine. The focal point behind the bar is a torpedo where 30 taps pour out the brews. Barrel Head’s 15-barrel brewing system lines the facing wall.
While beer and basketball go together like, well like beer and baseball, there’s often a tradeoff between watching games in a sports bar, which can have a lot of TVs but few craft beers, and going to a brewpub or a serious beer bar which can have a great selection of brews but limited or no access to TVs. To help you plan out where to drink in the March Madness, here’s our list of places to watch the NCAA games and enjoy great beer:
Most beer is never better than the day it leaves the brewery, but certain beers, properly kept, improve with age. As we shift away from the strong, dark beers of winter to spring’s lighter fare, it’s time to make one last run to the beer store and stock up on a few select heavies to store away for the future.
You can find it around town for the next few weeks, but it’s not like any brew you’ve ever had. It’s called Kvasir, and it’s the latest hybrid recreation in what’s known as the Ancient Ale series from Dogfish Head Brewery, which is known for making off-centered ales for off-centered people.
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