Tuesday, 10 July 2018

On Rotation - Dallas

Just a couple of hundred yards from White Rock Alehouse in Lakewood Hills sits the On Rotation taproom.
Located in a strange little corner strip-mall situation, it doesn't appear very promising from the street, but great things await within!

It has a lived-in dive bar feel to it, but there are a ridiculous 40 draft taps lined up behind the small bar at the end!

The beer range included 8 of their own beers, of which three were extravagantly flavoured milkshake IPAs. The rest of the taps featured mainly Texas breweries, including a couple of interesting craft ciders from Bishop (which is must-visit on my to-do list for my next trip to Texas). All beers were available in taster measures.

There is no food served in On Rotation, but they are literally next door to an Italian restaurant which delivers to the bar.

Service was excellent and I hung out for for a very pleasant couple of hours chatting to Red behind the bar, along with a couple of local customers.

On Rotation is a no nonsense craft beer pub of epic proportions.

The fabulous combination and contrast of White Rock and On Rotation within such close proximity to one another, makes Lakewood Hills a wonderful place to spend a few hours.

White Rock Alehouse - Dallas

In the upmarket neighbourhood of Lakewood Hills in East Dallas are two outstanding nano breweries with attached taprooms. They are very different in feel, but each are superbin their own right!

The first location on my agenda was the White Rock Alehouse. This purpose built facility opened in late 2017 on a grand scale. It has seating indoors for about 120 people, mainly at restaurant style tables, although the large central island bar will seat at least 20 people alone. Outside there are two separate patio areas which seat an additional 100 or so.

The bar has 36 taps, and a highly impressive video wall displaying the beer details, as well as cycling through promotions etc. There were 6 White Rock beers on offer, complemented by a good selection of other breweries, both local and from further afield in the USA. Every beer was individually priced for 4oz, 8oz, 12oz and 16oz measures, and happy hour was in effect, providing a $1 discount on all pints. Note to all taprooms.....this is how to charge for your beers!!!!!

There is a full-service food menu, with a good combination of basic drinking snacks, as well as more upscale dining options.

This is probably the most upmarket taproom I have ever visited, and must have cost a small-fortune to build.

Nonetheless, it still has a welcoming feeling to it, and I spent a pleasant couple of hours, working my way through the menu, two tasters at a time. 

Monday, 9 July 2018

Noble Rey Brewing - Dallas

Having visited the Farmers Market outpost the previous day, I was keen to visit the main Noble Rey brewery tap.

Having made three previous stops on the afternoon, and walked several miles in the 100 degree Texas July heat, I arrived at about 3.30pm, only to discover that they were closing an hour earlier than advertised, for a private party!

Oh well, I still had time to order a 4 beer, free-choice flight from the 20 taps available, and among them were a couple of terrific NEIPAs.

The taproom is an L-shaped room seating perhaps 50 people, with a couple of vintage arcade machines.

Although I didn't get to spend as much time as I would have liked here, it is a really nice facility.


Pegasus City Brewing - Dallas

A bit closer to civilisation than the previous two, Pegasus City taproom is not purpose built, but is a fenced-off area on the brewery floor. It is however, perhaps the finest example of the genre that I have visited to date!

There is trestle-table seating outside for about 20 and seating inside for a further 30, including some very comfy lawn chairs, a foosball table and a free-to-play pinball machine!

There were 9 beers on tap and my tasting flight was a free choice. The beers were all pretty good, but the thing that really blew me away was the popcorn which is made with their own Export Porter. Think Butterkist-style sweet, crunchy popcorn, but with a dark malt savoury note. Spectacular!

An impressive taproom with some nice quirky details, which makes it highly recommended for a visit!

Peticolas Brewing - Dallas

Hidden away in an unpromising looking industrial cul-de-sac, Peticolas doesn't look like much from the street, but inside is a superb facility laid out across three split levels, with the bar on the middle tier and a pool table at the top. Due to the layout, the taproom could comfortably seat perhaps 100 people.

There were 16 beers on draft, and my 6 beer tasting flight was a free choice from across the entire range. 

There was no food available, but there were menus from local restaurants that could be ordered in.

Service was excellent, and I appreciated the atmosphere of the place.

Texas Ale Project - Dallas

Northwest of downtown Dallas in a more industrial rather than residential area, are four taprooms in relatively close proximity, the first of which is the Texas Ale Project. 

This is a shiny, purpose built brewery building, with a small glass taproom in the front corner, with views into the brewery as well as out into the yard.

Inside there is seating for only about 30, with shaded outdoor seating for a similar number again.  

There were only 9 beers on draft, any of which could form part of a flight. Several of the beers were excellent and the service was very friendly. No food is available.

This was probably the least impressive of the four taprooms I visited on Sunday afternoon, but it was still delightful, which says a lot about why I find taprooms so compelling!

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Four Corners Brewing - Dallas

Four Corners Brewing is located about a 15 minute walk from Downtown Dallas, the other side of the main I30 Freeway.

This is an impressive purpose-built brewery on a substantial scale, with a large taproom in the building next door.

As seems to be a common theme with Dallas taprooms, they also have lots of outdoor seating, although the heat was still blistering when I arrived at around 7pm on Saturday evening.

The bar seats at least 120 people, and it was busy but not packed. There is a separate food counter in the corner, with a decent menu of pub grub.

The beer selection was decent, And I was able to choose my own 4-beer tasting flight, which was appreciated.

This was another impressive operation, although perhaps not quite as atmospheric as the taprooms located in historic buildings that I visiting earlier in the day.