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Here’s your guide to North Texas Beer Week

A crowd of beer fans at Brewer’s Ball in 2015
A crowd of beer fans at Brewer’s Ball in 2015 North Texas Beer Week

North Texas Beer Week is coming for its fourth year, and it is once again jam-packed with events of all flavors, all across the Metroplex.

From breweries and brewpubs to restaurants and retail establishments, Beer Week features more events than you could ever hope to attend in a 10-day period. Here are a few to consider earmarking on your calendar for Nov. 11-20:

The obvious ones

Untapped Dallas has become a premier event by any accounts.

Entering its second year at Fair Park, the beer and music festival features TV on the Radio, Gogol Bordello, Kaleo and others as well as 400-plus beers from more than 100 breweries. 2:30-10:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Tickets are $45-$139. untapped-festival.com/dal

Not to be overshadowed by Untapped, Brewer’s Ball is entering its third year as one of the state’s premier beer events.

Held at the Omni Dallas Hotel and featuring exciting and rare beers from more than 40 breweries and small plates from 12 area restaurants, the ball is as big of a deal as it sounds. Each brewery is required to send a founder, owner or brewmaster, so attendees have a chance to meet some local and national personalities at the event. 7-10 p.m. Nov. 18. $125, ticket sales limited to 500. http://ntxbeerweek.com/#/brewers-ball

Trailblazers come together

If you’re interested in the local beer scene, this is an event not to be missed. Held at Lakewood Brewery in Garland, some of the most influential brewers, proprietors and thought leaders will be present to talk about the community they have helped to define.

The lineup includes Fritz Rahr (Rahr & Sons), Dennis Wehrmann (Franconia), Keith Schlabs (Flying Saucer, Meddlesome Moth), Jamie Fulton (Community), Dan Heinzerling (Humperdinks), Rick Ali (Lone Star Beverages), Tim Deemer (Lakewood), and beer historian Brian Brown. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Tickets are $28 with only 75 available and include three beers and a food ticket.

Communal Beer dinner

Community Beer Co. hosted one of Beer Week’s top events last year and is following up with another. With rare and barrel-aged beers from Community as well as intriguing courses, this one should be one tasty night at the brewery. 7 p.m. Nov. 14. $70

Giant beer pong

Sometimes you just want to have fun. Fort Worth’s Martin House Brewing knows that more than anyone, so it will be co-hosting Giant Beer Pong on the patio at Flying Saucer Fort Worth. Martin House beers will be on special for $3. 4-9 p.m. Nov. 16.

Rodeo Goat burgers all week

The Rodeo Goat locations in Fort Worth and Dallas are staging a burger battle that pits two breweries against one another with a burger designed by each brewery that are made with their beers. Fort Worth pits Rahr vs. Wild Acre, while Dallas mounts Lakewood vs. Peticolas. Event runs throughout Beer Week. rodeogoat.com

Quick sips

This Saturday features four big events. Collective Brewing Project celebrates its second anniversary at the brewery (collectivebrew.com) in Fort Worth while Rahr & Sons celebrates 12 years right down the road (rahrbrewing.com). In Dallas, Deep Ellum celebrates its fifth year at its brewery (www.deepellumbrewing.com) while Braindead Brewing hosts its second annual Festicle Beer Festival at its brewpub (braindeadbrewing.com).

Have questions or tips for Scooter? Shoot him an email at texasbrew@dfw.com. And for more beer columns and news, visit www.dfw.com/beer.

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