Fort Worth Ale Trail

One of my clients, Fort Worth municipal government, puts together a tourism brochure every year. One of the interesting new things they have advertised is the Fort Worth Ale Trail. You will receive a “passport” with information on 10 local brewries’. Every time you visit one of the breweries in the passport, you will receive a stamp from the brewry. If you collect 5 stamps, you will get a T-shirt; if you  collect all 10, you will get a $100 gift card from Dickies Jeans.

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A map of all the breweries.

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We started our journey with Shannon Brewing Company in Keller, Texas. This first-stop destination took an hour of highway drive on a dizzy Saturday in December.

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That was in the winter. Fortunately they had a food truck to keep us warm.

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Front lobby.

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The crowd.

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Band playing, with an Asian kid on the keyboard (so stereotypical).

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Later that day we drove another 30 minutes to a town called Justin Texas, where our next destination Rabbit Hole stationed.

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….and bumped into a festival.

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The brewery we are visitng, Rabbit Hole, was having their 3rd year anniversary.

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Their counter was decorated with their logo, purple rabbits; each complete with a donor’s name in its belly.

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Staff braved the winter cold.

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People stood around the canvas canopy, listening to the music and dancing.

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Lord Nut table selling exotic-seasoned peanuts – at half-price. We decided to stock up.

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More tap if you want more.

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The brewery inside.

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We came not far from their closing, and finished a dozen glasses of beers on their festival deal.

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One of the breweries we had visited was Wild Acre.

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Looks like a crowded party.

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Martin House.

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Made in Texas.

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Next stop, Hop Fusion.

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We then stopped by Panther Island. At the time there was a Mac-N-Cheese competition. Pay $5 per person to try out 10 different Mac-N-Cheese samples, then select the best one. Money paid went to food donations.

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Jason loaded with his samples.

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One of my most-expected visits is Revolver Brewery. I had actually bumped into their truck on a highway the day before our visit. We saved it to the last because it was a little far from the rest of breweries. 1.5 hour southwest of Forth Worth, that’s 2.5 hours from where we lived.

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Brief tour of the brewery.

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