JUNE 21 2014: 4-7:30PM

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Don't miss out on your chance to sample hundreds of different beers with 100% of the proceeds benefiting two wonderful causes.

 

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BREWERS COMPETITION

We'll find out who's the best of the best in Texas at this years BLBFIT. Your favorite craft breweries from all over the state will be competing to prove who's best in Texas. Show up the 21st to find out who won and to cast your vote for Peoples Choice 2014!

 

BEST LITTLE BREWFEST IN TEXAS


TEXAS' ONLY 100% CHARITY BEERFEST

Best Little Brewfest in Texas // Established as a 100% for charity beer festival in North Texas benefiting Cloud 9 Charities. The 2013 festival took place at Texas Motor Speedway, but for the 2014 year we have found a new home in Old Town Lewisville. Read on to find out what we're all about!

  • CHARITY

    HOW WE GIVE BACK

    If you haven’t noticed yet we’re highly in favor of charitable organizations. This is why we represent the 501(c)3 Cloud 9 Charities here at BLBFIT. This event benefits the Alzheimer association and teen suicide prevention.

  • MUSIC

    SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC

    Our festivals will always feature hot, as well as up and coming Texas musicians. Old Town Lewisville is no stranger to live music with its Western Days Festival.

  • BEER

    WE ARE A BREWFEST

    We feature some of the most sought after craft beers from across the country (even some internationals). We also aim to and invite all Texas breweries to join! (Bug your local brewery to join the fun.)

  • FOOD

    DRINK, LISTEN, EAT!

    In 2014 we will put an emphasis on fantastic food. From featured dishes from local restaurants, to some of the finest food trucks around, you’re sure to be full at BLBFIT 2014

Check back to our blog for announcements. // We'll be adding all kinds of fun information in our blog as time goes on. Feel free to check back to this area for brewery announcements, food information, and much more.

  • REVOLVER BREWING- A TALL GLASS OF TEXAS

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    Just outside of Granbury, Texas (between Acton and Pecan Plantation) you will see two large revolvers, marking the spot of Hood County’s one and only brewery, Revolver Brewing Company.  Located on 16.5 beautiful acres,  Revolver is equipped with a fresh water well from the Trinity Aquifer located 450 ft. below. This custom built microbrewery is 6,000 sq. ft.  with a 30 barrel brewing system.

    Revolver was established in 2011 by father and son Ron and Rhett Keisler.  The Revolver name for the brewery came from the 1847 Colt Walker  Revolver that Samual Walker, Texas Ranger had commissioned Samuel Colt to design. “The revolver pistol is an iconic symbol of self-sufficiency in the American West. We hope to bring a bit of that spirit to our little brewing company”.

    Rhett’s love for craft started when he took a trip to Munich, Germany after graduating college from University of Texas. He worked in the world of finance many years before deciding to quit the corporate world and ask his dad to open up a brewery together. With the help of Brewmaster & Cicerone Grant Wood from Boston based brewing co. Samual Adams (also Lone Star, and Pearl brewing co. back in the day) Revolver began brewing up beer and opened its doors in October 2012.

    The year round beer line up includes “High Brass” Blonde Ale, “Revolver Bock” and the popular  ”Blood & Honey” Wheat Ale, (nicknamed “the beast”) made with blood orange zest and local honey from Fall Creeks Farm. This is one of my go to beers. Blood & Honey is a great session beer and is on tap at a lot of the Dallas-Ft.Worth area bars that sell craft. Some of the seasonal beers include “Mothers Little Fracker” (another favorite of mine) a full bodied sessionable stout with flavors of roasted malt and a touch of sweetness. Other Seasonals include the “Sidewinder” Southwest Pale Ale, brewed with agave nectar, citrus,  spices and Citra hops. And  saving the best for last, “Mullet Cutter” English Style Double IPA, special release (currently my favorite Revolver beer) brewed with Weyermann Belgian Abbey Malt, Summit, East Kent Goldings, and Bramling Cross hops then dry hopped with Citra hops giving this beer  a lovely 80 IBU  and 9% ABV.

    Head out to Revolver Brewing for the perfect Saturday outing. Taste some delicious beer while listening to some local licks and enjoy the beautiful Texas scenery.

    Open every Saturday 12-3 pm.  Brewery Tour at 1:30 pm. $10 gets you four 8 oz beer tastings (before 2 pm and two tastings after) and a souvenir glass. Family friendly, but leave the four legged family member at home. No pets allowed. Play a game of  horse shoes, giant jenga, and a brewery wouldn’t be complete without corn hole.  Local food truck on site. 

    Revolver Brewing is located at 5600 Matlock Rd. Granbury TX, 76049.  About 50 min. from Ft. Worth and 80 min. from Dallas. From Hwy 377, head south on FM 167 (Fall Creek Hwy) for 5 miles.  Take Left on Matlock Road. Turn right into second gate.

    Check out the website for current beer line up and upcoming events. www.revolverbrewing.com

    Cheers!

  • LOVE AT FIRST BREW – SAINT ARNOLD, HOUSTON

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    St. Arnold holds a special place in my heart. Not because I am from Houston (North Texas born and raised!) Not because I’m have a family member that works there, in fact I’m not sure the rest of my family knows much about craft beer. Here’s why: (STORY TIME!)

    A few years ago, I was in my favorite Denton Fry Street bar, Lucky Lou’s, enjoying the Texas Ranger’s game against the Angels with a great girlfriend of mine, Sara Salihm. We’re drinking a few beers, catching up, watching the game when something catches my eye. At a table against the wall is a men’s league softball team. All in green, sweaty loud guys and one of them gets my attention. Not sure if it was his brown eyes, muscular legs, the green bandana around his head or sweaty softball attire (I have a weakness for sporty guys) but he stood out to me. The normal across the bar flirtations occur, eyes meet and smile exchange a few times. I go to the bar to grab another beer and he come up, too. He orders a Lawnmover. I casually ask what that is and tells me it’s a good Texas beer and I should try it. Now, little does he know that my name is up on the Lucky Lou’s Around the World boards for finishing the long list of beers from around the world that is offered and I’ve bartended for years. He compliments my Ranger’s jersey and we go back to our own tables. About 10 minutes later, a very attractive girl sits next to him at his table and I think my chances are blown. After I’ve pretty much given up and I focus my full attention back to my friend and the base ball game, he comes over to our table on his way to the bathroom and says, “You see that girl who sat down?” I nod, of course I noticed. “She’s an Angels fan,” and gives me this look that restores my faith in the situation. I tell him that’s unfortunate and to give me the word and I’ll help him take her out, jokingly, I wouldn’t actually hurt another person. A few more minutes go by and he gives me this “save me” look, so I take my legs out of the chair next to me and motion to him, inviting him to our table. The rest of the night, he and a few of his other teammates sit at our table and talk about baseball and beer. It comes to closing time and numbers are exchanged.

    We end up hanging out the next night, and then the next. Saving you the details, our bond over baseball and beer grows and we discover we have a lot in common and we are still together today. All starting with a conversation about Saint Arnold’s Lawnmover brew. Now, most people say that if you meet someone at a bar, that it won’t last. There’s an exeption to that rule, when the conversion is started about craft beer. There is a special bond between people can appreciate a well crafted brew that is deeper than the normal bar-pick up. We’re the proof. (Appreciation for the great American sport was an added bonus and definitely helped.)

    Anytime I’m out promoting Best Little Brewfest or out with the girls and I miss my man who is at home, I drink Lawnmover. Even last year at BLBFIT, I talked to the Saint Arnold table and they gave me a Lawnmover after hearing my story of the love of my man and the beer.

    Saint Arnold Brewing Company, located in Houston, is Texas’ Oldest Craft Brewery. Their goal is to brew world class beers and deliver them to their customers as fresh as possible.

    A small crew does everything at the brewery: brew the beer, filter the beer, keg the beer, bottle the beer, sell the beer and drink the beer. For them, this is a passion, not a job. They believe that this comes through in the beers we make.

    They brew several different beers; some are year round, some are seasonal and a few are single batch brews. They are available in bars, restaurants, grocery stores, liquor stores and warehouse stores throughout Texas, Louisiana and Colorado.

    The first keg of beer was shipped on June 9, 1994. Founded by Brock Wagner and Kevin Bartol, they chose Houston because, other than living here, this was the largest city in the country that did not have a microbrewery. Brock was a longtime homebrewer and had considered opening a brewery as far back as college, although that was quickly dismissed as a silly idea. Seven years after graduating, Brock revisited the idea, enlisted Kevin’s help and the brewery was off and running. Kevin has since left the business

    If you are in the Houston area, visit them! They have a public open house every weekday at 3pm and every Saturday starting at 11am. Tours are available Monday through Friday from 2pm-4:25 at $8. Saturdays from 11am to 2pm. On Saturdays they offer a limited food menu to create the best lunch experience with craft beer!

    Visit their website www.saintarnold.com for more information about the brewery and the beers they offer. Who knows, maybe one of their brews will start up a conversation that will make a great story for you.

  • TEXAS HILL COUNTRY MAKES REAL [ALE] GOOD BREWS

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    Last year at Best Little Brewfest in Texas, I had the pleasure of pouring Real Ale for the attendees. I was so excited when I was told where I was going to be pouring beer. FIREMANS #4, I CAN DRINK THAT ALL DAY LONG! And I did… The best thing about volunteering at Best Little Brewfest, not only because the Brewfest is the ONLY 100% for charity beerfest in North Texas and it benefits Cloud 9 Charities which supports Alzheimer’s and Prevention of Teen Suicide in Texas, but you get to hang out with beer drinkers and brewers and really amazing people. Pouring someone a beer opens up a friendship automatically, then they ask about the beer (and of course, I have to taste all of them before I can tell them!) and you have a conversation about the hops and citrus tones and depth of the brew. It was an amazing experience which lead to my increased involvement this year. (If you’re interested in volunteering, please sign up at http://bestlittlebrewfestintexas.com/volunteer/)

    While Firemans #4 is probably the most popular and you can find it in more bars on tap, they have 8 more year-round brews that will rock your world. 4-squared, Hans’ Pils 2012 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal winner, Devil’s Backbone (ABV: 8.10%,) Lost Gold IPA, Sisyphus Barleywine Ale (10% ABV,) Full Moon Pale Rye Ale, Rio Blanco Pale Ale 2010 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal winner, and Brewhouse Brown Ale with hints of chocolate. 6 more seasonals, 2 special offering brews, Brewers’ Cut Beer Series and other special releases make up an impressive line up from Real Ale.

    Real Ale Brewery is located in Hill Country South Texas, North of San Antonio in Blanco, Texas.  Utilizing a 60-barrel stainless steel brewing system, Real Ale incorporates 100% malted grain, domestic and imported hops, and crystal clear water into our unique recipes. They’ve been brewing since 1996, founded by Philip & Diane Conner along with their son, Charles. They set up shop in the basement of an antiques store on the Blanco town square. They had three original recipes brewing –  Full Moon Pale Rye Ale, Rio Blanco Pale Ale, and Brewhouse Brown Ale. In 1998, Brad Farbstein joined the Real Ale team. Coincidentally it was right around this time that Philip decided to get out of the brewing business. He asked Brad if he might know anyone interested in buying the brewery’s equipment. Recognizing a rare opportunity to turn a dream into reality – even though he had no idea how he was going to pull it off – Brad said, “I’m your man.”

    Brad took over the brewery in the summer of 1998, and with the help of two employees, made about 500 barrels of beer that year. The original brewery had a 2-vessel, 15-bbl brewhouse that was basically outside, housed in a carport attached to the store’s basement.  Tanks, cold storage, bottling and labeling equipment, and everything else were crammed in a space of less than 2500 square feet with only 7 foot high ceilings. If you were to design a space to NOT be a brewery, this would probably be it. In spite of the the many obstacles, spatial and otherwise, facing the fledgling brewery, the beer flowed and demand for RABC’s handcrafted ales grew exponentially for the next several years. Real Ale steadily increased its output until finally maxing out the original location at 5500 barrels in 2006. (If you do the math, that’s 366 batches of beer in one year on a 15 barrel system! ) In 2005 Brad realized that for Real Ale to achieve its potential, something had to be done. Brad decided to take another leap of faith and he purchased several acres of land just outside the Blanco city limits to allow for the construction of a new brewery from the ground up. Brad likes to say that many years of having to do things the wrong way taught him how to do things the right way.  Construction began in 2005 and the brewery went online in 2006.

    Check out more of their history, community support and about their beers at realalebrewing.com.

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