Rahr & Sons Brewing Is Set To Cook Up Some BBQ This Sunday, May 20th

Nothing sounds better than some great cooked up steak, dripping wet with BBQ for Memorial Day Weekend, but who says you have to wait till then? This Sunday, May 20th, Rahr & Sons Brewing in Fort Worth, Texas is set to celebrate early with their 2018 Rahr BQ that features a sanctioned SCA Cook Off event paired up with Great Billy Oaks Acres BBQ with the funds going to support Children Charities of Fort Worth and Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer.

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So, all in all, not only are you getting a head start on your Memorial Day Weekend fun, but you are also helping support great causes as well as your local brewery and your paid admission includes a BBQ dinner. The event will run from 1-5pm with tickets available online for $30 or at the gate for $35. Live music will be present at the event with the line up including Reid Farris and Ryan Ready, Giovanni and the Hired Guns full band, and a local Fort Worth band called Legacy 4.


Pack your bags and head over to Rahr & Sons Brewing for delicious foods, fantastic brews, live music, supporting causes, and big fun. Rahr & Sons is located at 701 Galveston Ave, Fort Worth, Texas 76104. Tickets can be purchased here: Rahr BQ. Cheers and God bless!

-Michael Thacker


Martin House Brewing Sour Fest Recap

Well, the 2nd Annual Martin House Brewing Sour Fest has come and gone with a bang as hundreds of people from all over gathered and lined up to enter in to try some new, intriguing sour brews by the brewers at Martin House. Providing a line up of about 18 new sours to taste and cherish with a Willy Wonka styled theme for the event and  a few sours named for that very purpose in mind including Blue and Red Snozberry and Boysenberry. And, of course, for those that didn’t tend to lean towards the sour end of the spectrum, then they still offered the classic brews like Friday IPA, Bockslider, Gateway Blonde and the rest of the gang.

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This year’s event was packed out to the max with a line well on down the road to just get in followed by long waits up to 30 minutes at some post to just get 8 oz of beer! Blue Snozberry ran out within 30 minutes of the event starting to help clarify just how wild and packed the event started out, and it finished the same way. But besides some of the craziness that went on, all in all the event was a blast!

I really enjoyed several of their sours I tried including their Boysenberry Sour and Queen of the Mist-Mango. They had a few food trucks parked out front with some delicious food which My wife and I went with some small sliders that were flipping fantastic to say the least. Live music echoed in the background with much of an old school sound to it that helped keep the mood mellow throughout the facility.

When the event comes around next year you can be rest assured that I will return and be more prepared (a canopy a must!) and ready to venture off into Willy Wonka’s sour world of fun. Thanks for the great event Martin House Brewing and I look forward to next year! Cheers everyone and God bless!

-Michael Thacker

Big Texas Beer Fest 2018 Provided Texas Sized Fun For Craft Beer Enthusiasts

This years Big Texas Beer Fest was bigger and better than ever with over 500 different beers provided at the event by over 100 different breweries attending. Barrel-aged brews seemed to be the big fuse with hazy IPA’s following closely behind. People from all over the state and throughout the nation attended with an estimated count of over 7,000 attendees for the weekend.

Read more at my article I wrote for Chilled Magazine: Big Texas Beer Fest Recap

-Michael Thacker

Martin House Brewing Hosting A Sour Festival To Help Celebrate The Art Of Sour Brewing

Nothing quenches while at the same time puckers you up more than a properly brewed and fermented sour and wild ale, and to help recognize and celebrate this unique craft Martin House Brewing is hosting Sourfest 2018 at their brewery near downtown Fort Worth, Texas. The event is set to take place this Saturday, May 12th from 1 to 4:30 pm and will feature 20 different sour beers including 5-barrel aged sours; Best Maid Pickle Beer, Cherry Limeade Sour, Imperial True Love, Queen of the Mist-Mango, Rhubarb Sour, Salty Lady with Pineapple, Scotch Barrel-Aged Salty Lady, Tequila Barrel-Aged True Love and many more.

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There will be live music by Ole G. as well as several food trucks and vendors including Rollin Stone, LUCK, and Easy Slider. The event is kid and animal friendly with animals needing to remain outside the brewery. Tickets are on sale for $15 at the door and gets you eight 8oz pours of beer (or four 64oz pours of their year round beers).


Martin House Brewing is located at 220 South Sylvania Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76111. So go ahead and get ready for some sour fun in the sun this Saturday and make sure your pucker face is in check. Cheers and God bless!

-Michael Thacker

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Shannon Brewing Company Helping Beer Lovers Really Celebrate American Craft Beer Week With Rare Releases

American Craft Beer Week is set to take place next week starting Wednesday, May 16th and run till Sunday the 20th. The week event is a nationwide celebration as well as recognition of the craft beer industry as a whole. To help those looking for creative ways to celebrate American Craft Beer Week, Shannon Brewing has a creative solution with each day of the week presenting a rare release from the brewery.

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For the first day, Wednesday, May 16th, Shannon and the crew our set to release their famous spiced up Habanero IPA followed by their citrusy favorite Grapefruit IPA on Thursday, and then their intriguing new release “Purple Punch” Glitter Kristallweizen on Friday. The weekend will begin with a delicious Rum Barrel Aged Chocolate Stout on Saturday followed with a finishing off of all the releases set to take place on Sunday the 20th.

Shannon Brewing specializes in Irish and English style brews that are filtered in a uniquely natural way. They have been around for almost four years now and are located just north of Fort Worth, Texas in a town called Keller. Cheers and God bless!

-Michael Thacker

Parker County Brewing Set To Release Their New Chocolate Hazelnut Porter May 11th

The newly brewed up Parker County Brewing located just outside of Fort Worth, Texas in a small town called Willow Park is set to release their newly conjured up brew, Chocolate Hazelnut Porter. This deliciously rich and bold darker beer is being celebrate this Friday, May 11th at 5pm with a first pour and tasting of the new jewel. Join the crew and be ready to delve into a world where sweet and bold come together in perfect harmony!

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Parker County Brewing is located at 225 Shops Blvd, Suite 105, Willow Park, Texas 76087. The event is to take place from 5-7pm with the outgoing Mayor Pat Dean, incoming Mayor Marc Povero and City Manager Patrick Lawler attending the event to help celebrate. Cheers and God bless!

-Michael Thacker

Upcoming 7th Annual Big Texas Beer Fest Set To Elevate The Standard Of Craft Beer Festivals

The old saying speaks truth, “Everything is bigger in Texas” with the 7th Annual Big Texas Beer Fest only a little over a week away and bigger and better than ever. This year’s event is set to be a fun-filled, brewed-up two day beer, food and live music extravaganza. Over a 120 different breweries from around the world are set to attend with over 500 different brews being displayed and poured.

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Some of the attending breweries include 3 Nations Brewing, Bell’s Brewery, Samuel Smith’s Brewery, Left Hand Brewing, Founders Brewing Co., Shannon Brewing Company, and much more. Each festival attendee will be able to sample any brew with their 2oz sample card and don’t worry, as soon as you run out on your card you can purchase more cards and continue on your sampling journey! You will be able to try many of the year round beers offered by the breweries as well as many special release beers including barrel-aged brews, firkins and other special brewed up ideas.


Food will be available for purchase and provided by local food trucks; Chez Flo, Jack’s Chowhound, Aroma Kitchen, Yummy Pizza and several others. accompanying the abundance of brews and food will be live music played by David Matsler Band, Chucho, Atlantis Squarius, Marc Rebillet, Cody Jasper, and The Roomsounds.

The festival will be located Fair Park Automobile Building in Dallas and will span over two days; Friday, March 30th and Saturday, March 31st. The festival will run from 7-11pm on Friday and 2-6:30pm on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased here: Big Texas Beer Festival. General admission tickets get you access at regular attending hours, a commemorative Big Texas Beer Fest tasting acrylic cup and a 12(2oz) sampling card.


VIP tickets will get you early access into the event (1 hour early both days), commemorative Big Texas Beer Fest glass tasting cup and acrylic cup, first access to rare and special releases, in and out access to the event which is only a VIP perk, and several other VIP surprises. VIP tickets will be limited and sold online only.

This year’s event is set to be legendary and is a must go, not only for the craft beer snobs, but for the average person seeking to try something new and exciting while having a great time doing so. Grab your tickets today and hope to see you there. Remember to sip and savor and God bless! Cheers!

-Michael Thacker

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