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Texas brew review: Nine Band expands the range of local brewers

Nine Band taproom
Nine Band taproom Nine Band Brewing

On the west side of the Metroplex, it’s easiest to focus on the (very) local guys. Revolver, Rahr & Sons, Collective, Panther Island, Shannon, Rabbit Hole and brewpub Chimera can fill up a beer calendar by themselves. Throw in Martin House — whose third-anniversary party is coming up on Sunday—and it’s easy to lose sight of all the brewery action to the east.

If you expand your radius farther northeast from Dallas, there are several that might hit your radar. One of these, Nine Band Brewing in Allen, celebrated its one-year anniversary Saturday.

Nine Band’s anniversary party probably didn’t cross many minds this far west — it even slipped past previous Quick Sips from this column. This area is big, and 55 miles from downtown Fort Worth is quite a haul for a beer enthusiast to drive for a brewery event.

Despite not being top of mind for many, Nine Band has produced some solid results in its first year. It cans several of its offerings, which are available at stores in Fort Worth. Nine Band’s beers aren’t particularly adventurous in the way that the aforementioned Martin House is known for.

However, Nine Band’s quality is what makes it commendable. Perhaps its most drinkable, and impressive, is its Cactus Cat Kolsch. Kolsch is not a style that gets many beer geeks’ heads bobbing, but it’s one that is hard to get right, and when it’s done well, none can be more refreshing.

Houston’s Saint Arnold has produced its Fancy Lawnmower for many years and it has become as much of a Texas classic as any beer in the state.

Cactus Cat is grassy and bready with a bit more hops than some of its contemporaries. It finishes very clean and is perfect for the coming summer blast furnace. Also look for Nine Band’s Pale Ale and The Badge Honey Blonde.

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Speaking of Martin House: Taking place at the brewery on Sylvania Avenue just east of downtown Fort Worth, Martin Houses 3 Year Anniversary Party is sure to be a raucous good time Sunday. The event will feature more than 30 beers for sampling (many of which fall under the “adventurous” tag) as well as live music. Noon-6 p.m. 220 S. Sylvania Ave. $20-$40.

Untapped Fort Worth runs a little late: Having held Fort Worth’s Untapped beer and music festival in the volatile spring (see the extreme weather that cancelled De La Soul’s performance last year), festival organizers decided to push the festival further into the year. This year’s version will be June 11 and will feature Built to Spill, Hayes Carll and more. Fingers crossed for no tornado warnings.

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