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Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer

Monday, 04 April 2016 00:21
Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer (2013), Rahr & Sons Brewing Company, Fort Worth TX Style: Winter Warmer ABV: 8.50% The cold season here in North Texas is slowly melting away so I figured I better get this one out quick. There won’t be much time left to enjoy it. Now, I’m always a fan of trying new combinations, but my…

Prairie Coffee Okie, a badder-ass brown ale

Sunday, 06 March 2016 23:35
Prairie Coffee Okie, Prairie Artisan Ales, Tulsa OK Style: American Brown Ale, aged in whiskey barrels with roasted coffee added ABV: 13.00% I had just recently discovered Prairie Okie and was very much blown away by it. When I heard that there was a coffee version of it coming, I put it on my calendar and waited patiently. When I…

Prairie Okie, a badass brown ale

Sunday, 24 January 2016 19:49
Prairie Okie, Prairie Artisan Ales, Tulsa OK Style: American Brown Ale, aged in oak whiskey barrels ABV: 12.00% I picked this beer up somewhat begrudgingly. I say begrudgingly simply because I’m not a fan of brown ales. I find them to be too light in the body. The one American Brown Ale that I’ve tried that I really do enjoy…

Lakewood Sin Mint Temptress

Saturday, 19 December 2015 21:44
Lakewood Sin Mint Temptress, Lakewood Brewing Company, Garland TX Style: Milk/Sweet Stout ABV: 9.10% 'Tis the season to be jolly and all that good holiday cheer. Christmas lights, eggnog, warming yourself by the fire and, of course, seasonal brews. And what better brew than Sin Mint Temptress? It just screams winter holidays. I don’t know why, but the aroma and…

Funky Gold Mosaic

Monday, 07 December 2015 21:23
Prairie Funky Gold Mosaic, Prairie Artisan Ales, Krebs OK Style: American Wild Ale ABV: 6.50% Another sour you say? Well yes. But it’s not sour season you say? Ok, I’ll agree it’s not, but this review has been sitting in my back pocket for a bit and the beer is just too good to not talk about it. It’s another…

An Imperial Berliner Weissbier?

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 00:06
Charlie Foxtrot, Texian Brewing Company, Richmond TX Style: Berliner Weissbier ABV: 7.50% The first time I encountered Charlie Foxtrot and Texian Brewing Company out of Richmond, Texas was at the Big Texas Brewfest 2015. Charlie Foxtrot was on my “must try” list because I was just then discovering sour ales and this brewery was new to Texas and brewing a…

A tasty local IPA

Sunday, 11 October 2015 16:11
Mosaic IPA, Community Beer Company, Dallas TX Style: American IPA ABV: 8.60% North Texas has been churning out some damn good brews lately, stouts and sours in particular. One style that I previously had found hard to enjoy, however, has been the IPA. Many brewers take a subtler approach to the IPA and balance the hops, making the brew smoother…

Somewhere different and funky

Friday, 18 September 2015 00:40
Prairie Somewhere, Prairie Artisan Ales, Krebs OK Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale ABV: 7.00% I love Prairie Artisan Ales, I won’t lie. They are definitely in my top 5 brewery list, perhaps the top three. And I’ll tell you why. They appeal to the true craft beer nerd, that is to say that they brew some really fantastic beer but…

Mom Azacca

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 22:27
Mom Azacca, The Collective Brewing Project, Fort Worth TX Style: Dry Hopped Witbier ABV: 5.60% The Bearded Lady had a special beer launch party a few weeks ago for The Collective Brewing Project’s (CBP) newest addition, Mom Azacca. How could DocHopHead not be there? That’s a combination of our favorite gastropub and favorite local brewery. Not to mention the fact…

Insula Multos Collibus

Sunday, 30 August 2015 22:59
Insula Multos Collibus, Avery Brewing Company, Boulder CO Style: American Wild Ale ABV: 9.70% I love Avery Brewing Company. Not only are their brews some of my favorites, but they appeal to the base promiscuity in most craft beer drinkers by always having new stuff constantly being produced. Last year I was saddened by the fact that their excellent sour ale,…

Another tasty summer beer

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 23:33
My Antonia, Dogfish Head and Birra del Borgo, Milton DE and Italy Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner ABV: 7.90% Summer beers are still alive here in North Texas despite what you may be seeing on the shelves (ie: pumpkin ales in 104F August). We’ve still got another month or so of scorching temps here on the surface of the sun,…

The Brewer's Tale - Book Review

Thursday, 06 August 2015 15:22
A History of the World According to Beer  Craft beer drinkers implicitly understand the beauty of a good brew. When you taste a great beer, you know you are tasting something crafted by another human, made with attention, creativity, and purpose. You are making a connection, one in which the brewer is central. This is a connection that cannot be made through any…

I found me some summer beers ...finally

Friday, 24 July 2015 20:47
Rodenbach Grand Cru, Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V., Belgium Style: Flanders Red Ale ABV: 6.00% So I searched last summer, with disdain in my heart, looking for beer styles that are suitable for summer drinking. I really wanted to find a thirst quenching drink for the scorching Texas heat. Try drinking a bourbon barrel aged Imperial Mega Stout with cocoa nibs and ancho…

Untapped Fort Worth 2015 in Pictures

Thursday, 16 July 2015 01:46
After almost a 2 month summer break DocHopHead is back! I'd like to start by posting some fun times from the recent Untapped Festival from Fort Worth 2015. And, since we're reminiscing about the good times at Untapped, here's a reminder: Untapped Dallas is coming up sooner than you think: November 7th, 2015. And they'll have even more brews than…

The Libations and Legions of Untapped 2015

Monday, 25 May 2015 17:20
Photography by Julio César Cedillo I really enjoyed the Untapped Festival in Fort Worth this year. I’d never been before and didn’t know what to expect. It had half the beers of the Big Texas Beer Fest, but it did not disappoint. It was as much a music festival as it was a beer festival, which turned out great for…

Untapped Festival Fort Worth 2015

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 21:41
Photography by Julio César Cedillo Well, I’ve had a few days to reflect, and I’m convinced the recent Untapped Beer Festival in Fort Worth was truly amazing. The day started out not looking so great with dark, menacing clouds swirling about and the DocHopHead crew having no idea what to expect with parking, lines, and whatnot. Julio, DocHopHead, myself, and…

A Roadmap... or Beermap if you will

Sunday, 03 May 2015 19:30
We at DocHopHead, hopefully, have been taking you down a journey of some of the tastiest hops and malts ever to cross the threshold of this great state. I for one transitioned from lighter fare, to Dopplebocks, to Belgian Dubbels and Quads, to Scotch Ales to Imperial Stouts and RISs, to Double IPAs and now onto the Sour Ales. There…

The Big Texas Beer Fest 2015

Friday, 24 April 2015 14:19
Photography by Julio César Cedillo I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Big Texas Beer Fest when I bought my VIP ticket several months back. The fest is touted as one of the largest in the region, and this year it drew five thousand attendees and 106 breweries from across the world (mostly from the United States).   Julio,…

Prairie Bomb!

Monday, 20 April 2015 23:21
Prairie Bomb!, Prairie Artisan Ales, Tulsa OK Style: American Double / Imperial Stout ABV: 13.00% As the heavy hitting beers of Fall and Winter give way to warmer weather and paler brews, perhaps it’s not too late to review one more excellent stout. I chose Prairie Artisan BOMB! for my maiden beer review because (1) it has a lot of…

What to drink, what to drink?

Monday, 06 April 2015 13:13
With the Big Texas Beer Fest (BTBF) quickly approaching I sat down to evaluate my beer choices. I realized, yet again, that the landscape of craft beer in North Texas is much different now than it was even one year ago. And the BTBF reflects that. I went last year with DocHopHead photographer, Julio Cedillo, and had a great time.…

Rahr & Sons Iron Joe

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 22:09
Iron Joe, Rahr & Sons Brewing Company, Fort Worth TX Style: Scotch Ale aged in oak barrels with Avoca Coffee ABV: 8.00% My favorite brew from Rahr has always been the Iron Thistle. It’s the first beer I grab when I hit up the monthly Fridays on the Green. The light body and dark, slightly sweet flavor hits the right balance…

Barrel Aged Legion

Sunday, 22 February 2015 11:15
Barrel Aged Legion, Community Beer Company, Dallas TX Style: Russian Imperial Stout, aged in bourbon and whiskey barrels ABV: 11.60% I’ve had my fair share of barrel aged beers, most good and some bad. I think, for the most part, if you start with a good base beer, the barrel aging only adds to the flavor. Of course you have…

Legion

Saturday, 14 February 2015 13:44
Legion, Community Beer Company, Dallas TX Style: Russian Imperial Stout ABV: 10.00% When I think Russian Imperial Stout (RIS) I don’t think “North Texas,” or at least I didn’t. The first thing that would come to my mind would be Oskar Blues Ten FIDY, North Coast Old Rasputin, Firestone Walker Parabola, etc. The brews in North Texas grew up as…
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