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

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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

The Coming Craft Beer Voyager Show On YouTube

I have some exciting news! Next week we will be filming the very first episode of The Craft Beer Voyager Show at Shannon Brewing Company near Fort Worth, Texas. The show is set to provide 20-25 minute episodes with each episode featuring an independent craft brewery. We will receive an in depth tour of the brewery and their brewing process followed by a tasting session and interviews with the owner and brewers.

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One of the main purposes of the show is to create an independent craft brewery awareness and to help inform the audience (especially those that don’t drink craft beer) about what craft beer is all about and that it is not your father’s canned, flavorless classic. We will upload new episodes every two weeks and in between uploads we will also upload a smaller series within the channel.

The smaller series will feature two different series with the first being called Craft Beer Tips With The Voyager that will be about 5 minutes in length and will go over different facts, stats and information about craft beer and the industry as a whole. The second series will be Tasting With The Voyager which will feature myself (The Voyager) sampling new and rare releases. The smaller series is set to be released on a weekly basis.

Go ahead and check out the Craft Beer Voyager Show on YouTube and become one of the first subscribers! The intro video is set to be uploaded and released sometime in the next few days and will keep you updated. Until then go ahead and sip, savor and enjoy! Cheers and God bless!

-Michael Thacker

Shannon Brewing Company’s Newly Released Pilsner Is Must Have For The Warm Texas Spring Days Ahead

Released a little over a week ago and just in time for those warm spring days is Shannon Brewing Company’s Pussy Willow Pilsner. A light bodied lager that features aromas of floral hops and lemon peel with hints of honey and dill pickle. Each sip provides a smooth sweet beginning reminiscent of honey nut cheerios with a touch of citrus tang and a dry herbal and black pepper finish.

Perfect for warm spring days by the grill with friends and family. Goes well with some mesquite grilled chicken and a baked potato and for a sweet kick go for a complimented dish like some banana pudding.

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These beauties can be found at your favorite pubs and bottle shops throughout the greater DFW metroplex and other surrounding locations. Pick up a six pack today and sip and savor. Cheers and God bless!

-Michael Thacker

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Dogfish Head Brewery Set To Release 120 Minute IPA 2018 Edition This Saturday, March 30th

It’s that time again where the green grows bright and the warmer air climbs which brings out the hoppy spring brews, and what better way to celebrate than with the mothership of all hop-filled beers? This Saturday, March 30th marks the release party of Dogfish Heads 120 Minute IPA 2018 Edition with sampling from prior years including 15′, 16′ and 17′ at their brewery in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. For those that live a bit out from that location, hang on tight, because it will be only a couple short weeks and you will be able to get your hands on some of this hop loaded bomber at your local bottle shop and pub.

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Remember to sip and savor this beast with care as it stands stout at 18% ABV and a hop bitterness rate of 120, enough to make you pucker up and make you feel alive. On the other side, this brew features flavors and aromas of citrus and floral hops, orange peel, caramel, honey and pine needles. Cheers and God bless!

-Michael Thacker

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