House beer is finally flowing at Zio Carlo

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Few brewpubs, we’d wager, have had as tortuous a history as Zio Carlo Magnolia Brew Pub at 1001 Magnolia Ave. in Fort Worth.

It didn’t help that in December 2011 founder Carlo Galotto ranted on its Facebook page against his own customers during a momentary, and greatly regretted, meltdown. Under the former defense industry software engineer, the watering hole never quite got around to brewing a drop.

Adam Gonzales returned from Austin to rescue the venture in April, kept Galotto on as a partner and added former Rahr & Sons brewer Austin Jones. It still took months to get the equipment functioning.

They came out with a house-brewed beer, then another.

But on Wednesday night, they began serving five brews, three of them brand-new. And it’s a solid lineup, finally making the establishment a true brewpub. It also dispenses a well-considered assortment of some of the country’s tastiest micros.

The new beers have fun names: Second Best IPA; Bianca Pesca Wit, a Belgian-style witbier with peach; and Smoke Wheat Everyday Grodziskie. They are being served along with Zio Carlo’s inaugural brew, Roman Empire Bitter ESB with myrtle, and its Batch-Limit Berliner Weisse, which can be served with flavored syrups.


Southwest High grad

tapped for Energy post

Christopher Smith, a 1986 graduate of Southwest High School in Fort Worth, has been nominated for an Energy Department position that includes steering the Obama administration’s policy on exporting natural gas.

The White House announced Smith’s nomination last week along with several other appointments. Smith has been the acting head of the Energy Department’s fossil energy office for six months. Before that, he was deputy assistant secretary for oil and natural gas, heading an advisory committee to research the risks and benefits of unconventional oil and gas production.

Smith’s advisory committee was a six-person group consisting of two members each from the Energy Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey. President Barack Obama created it to “quantify the concerns people have” about shale development and to make sure there are rules “to appropriately mitigate that risk,” Smith told us during a 2012 visit to Fort Worth and Barnett Shale operations.

He’s been at the Energy Department since 2009 and spent 11 years in production and liquefied natural gas trading for Texaco and Chevron. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds a Master of Business Administration from Cambridge University.

Arlington Denny’s

returns with free meals

Free food is always welcome.

At 9 a.m. Friday, Denny’s will mark the reopening of its renovated Arlington location with a local flair at 4928 S. Cooper St. by giving free Original Grand Slam breakfasts to the first 100 hungry people to appear at its doorstep.

The first 25 there at noon will get a free burger with fries, and the first 25 for dinner at 6 p.m. will get a free main course with the purchase of another meal.

In addition, the nearly 20-year-old franchised restaurant will give away hundreds of lunch and dinner vouchers. Who said there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Or dinner?

The store is owned by Syed Ahmad of Continental Restaurants.

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727 Jim Fuquay, 817-390-7552 Barry Shlachter, 817-390-7718

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