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2015 Dallas Untapped Beer & Music Festival Preview

Untapped Dallas 2015

It's the kickoff of North Texas Beer Week!  That also means that it is time to get ready for the flagship beer festival of Texas!

Here are four reasons why you should go to Dallas Untapped Festival:

4. Welcome Ninkasi Brewing to Texas!

Ninkasi Brewing will be slinging brews at Untapped in Texas for the first time ever!  This brewery from the heart of brewing country in Eugene, Oregon has finally made it to Texas and we need to give them a Texas-sized welcome!

3. Visit a Giant Traveling Keg: Deschutes Brewing's Woody 2.0

Woody 2.0

Deschutes Brewing is bringing their giant wooden keg/bar on wheels to Untapped Festival this year.  Dubbed Woody 2.0 after some major upgrades, the Deschutes Brewing team will be pouring their selection of beers from his many taps.

2. Listen to the Flaming Lips

The Alt Rock band from Oklahoma City is well known for their concert antics, including crowd surfing in a human-sized hamster ball.  Also be sure to catch The Mowgli's, Dr. Dog, and many others earlier in the day.

1. Drink Local Beer

There are a wide range of brand new beers offered by a wide range of new and established DFW breweries at this year's festival.  Top choices include:

Martin House Brewing Company
Holidazed and Confused

Martin House Holidazed and Confused

Martin House will be bringing out the winner of this year's Riverside Shootout homebrew competition.   For the second annual event, Martin House invited over 40 local homebrew teams to test their skills in creating unique full-flavored beers.  This year's winner, coming from The Fort Brewing Co., is an imperial saison with cranberries, nutmeg, and cinnamon, aged on wine soaked oak.  This beer is aptly named Holidazed and Confused, and will be a great way to wash down that fifth piece of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving.  The beer is draft only and will only be available during November.

Lakewood Brewing/Rahr & Sons Brewing
2015 DFW Collab.
The second in hopefully a long tradition of collaborations between Fort Worth's Rahr Brewing and Garland's Lakewood Brewing, features a dark Baltic Porter (think of a stout made with a clean lager yeast) with a blend of cherries, and then aged in rum barrels.  This beer comes in at a whopping 9% ABV.

Community Beer Company
Rum Soaked Cinnamon Legion
Its the Legion Russian Imperial Stout you know and love, but with that extra punch of rum and a cinnamon-spiced sensation.

Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Bourbon Barrel Coffee Ale
Bourbon, good.  Coffee, good.  Deep Ellum beer, good.  All three together?  Even better.

Peticolas Brewing Company
Ghost of Alfred Brown
Very limited release version of Peticolas' semi-seasonal brown ale but with a kick of Ghost Peppers thrown in for good measure.  Not overly spicy, but also not for those faint of heart(burn).

FireWheel Brewing
Barrel Aged Midnight Ninja
FireWheel's flagship beer aged in whiskey barrels. Also stop by and say goodbye to Brad and the rest of the FireWheel crew, as they close their doors and move on to bigger and better things!  Last day of operation for the brewery is the Midnight Ninja 3rd anniversary party on November 14th.

Also make sure to try the whole slew of new and new-ish DFW breweries and brewpubs: Braindead Brewpub, Oak Highlands, Bitter Sisters, Noble Rey, and Small Brewpub!

Where: Fair Park, Dallas, TX
When: Saturday, November 7th, 2:30 to 10:00 pm
(1:30 pm entrance for VIP tickets)
Tickets here  (VIP Sold Out)

Full Untapped Musical Line Up
Full Untapped Beer Line Up