The cooperative spirit is one of the craft beer industry’s most endearing characteristics. It’s not uncommon to find brewers attending events at one another’s breweries, promoting the virtues and abilities of their fellow brewers or ordering one another’s beers at local beer joints.
Sometimes that spirit of cooperation goes as far as allowing the supposed “competition” into your place of business, using your equipment to brew and basically joining the family.
Cody Martin of Martin House Brewing was an unpaid apprentice at Deep Ellum while his brewery was being constructed. Armadillo Ale Works has been brewing on Deep Ellum’s system on a contract basis while it waits for its own permanent brewery location to open.
Brand-new Collective Brewing Project occupied the same temporary brewing space in Haltom City that Panther Island Brewing used previously. Collective was even able to capitalize on the facility upgrades Panther Island left behind to help get beer to the market faster.
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Years before that, DFW’s oldest craft brewery took in an up-and-coming brewer who was looking to get some experience before getting his own local operation going. After graduating from the American Brewers Guild in 2010, Lakewood Brewing founder Wim Bens needed real-world experience to move from the world of small-batch homebrewing to the business of large-batch commercial brewing. He started out by scrubbing the tanks and learning the ropes of brewing at Rahr & Sons as an intern in late 2010 to early 2011. Rahr was willing to help someone who would eventually become competition.
Now, four years later, Rahr and Lakewood are joining forces again, only this time it’s a professional collaboration between the two breweries. Rahr is celebrating its role as the area’s elder statesman with 10-year anniversary events on Nov. 9th, 21st and 22nd. . Meanwhile, Lakewood continues to establish itself as one of the area’s premier breweries.
With North Texas Beer Week set to kick off its second year, the two came together to create DFW: A Collaboration of Two Breweries. The style will vary from year to year in what will be a yearly partnership, and this first iteration is a Belgian-style dubbel. It’s well-balanced and malty sweet with a kick of spice from the Belgian yeast and a complex, slightly smoky backbone. It’s complex, delicious and a great way to kick off North Texas Beer Week. Feel the love.
Beer Week is back
In its second year, North Texas Beer Week has grown by leaps and bounds. With almost 300 events planned (and counting), Beer Week will last 10 days and features unique events all across the Metroplex. It’s hard to choose what to attend, but here are a few standouts from the first half:
Untapped Dallas: Untapped festivals have been some of the best in the state since Day One and this one should be no different. The music lineup is as legit as they come, with Cake, Deltron: 3030 and Polyphonic Spree playing. As usual, the beer lineup is ridiculous. Don’t miss this. Beginning at 2:30 p.m. Saturday by Gilley’s in Dallas.
Real Ale Bingo Night :Brewmaster Erik Ogershok will be on hand to discuss the eight beer samples you get for the $20 entry and you’ll get to play Bingo for Real Ale prizes. If it doesn’t sound like a blast, you’re too old (or too young?). 7 p.m. Monday at Bearded Lady.
Garrett Oliver day: The Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster will be in Dallas for several events Tuesday, including a book signing at the Flying Saucer in Addison, beer dinner at the Meddlesome Moth and a very intriguing “Ghost Stories” event at the Common Table.
Collective Taproom launch
Fort Worth’s newest brewery is opening its taproom to the public for the first time Saturday. Open 5-10 p.m., Collective will be selling beer on site and to go in growlers, and something new to Texas — Crowlers. It’s a 32-ounce can that is filled and sealed on site. It’s as great as it sounds. 112 St. Louis Ave., Fort Worth.
Learn to brew it yourself
Does all this craft beer talk have you wanting to get started making your own?
Saturday is the official American Homebrewers Association Learn to Homebrew Day, and local brew shop Texas Brewing Inc. will be doing homebrewing demonstrations, sampling homebrew and generally guiding brewers down the path of creating beer. The event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 5200 Airport Freeway, Suite B, in Haltom City.