What is it about beer that makes us love it so much? It's hard explain why we guzzle it down like our guts are bottomless brewery vats. It could be the that old familiar barley taste, the comforting, simple sensation of just holding one in our hand, or that it just goes so well with a fat, juicy burger. Whatever it may be, it certainly brings us to our hoppy place! Forget Halloween, ghosts, goblins, and witches – This past Wednesday over 120 Dallas Yelpers rallied around October's one true purpose: Beer. The Katy Trail Ice house opened their 'shack' up for a one beery night of fun!
The brisk, fall air set the perfect tone for an evening on a packed patio of Ranger fans and thirsty Yelpers. Or as Joe B puts it, "cool weather and cool weather means more beer drinking!" After guests filed in and signed the guest book of the evening in the form of a pumpkin, beer thirsts were quinched and necks were donned with pretzel necklaces to ensure a tasty, carb-filled-post-sip treat. Not to worry – we didn't leave our hungry yelpers hanging on a string of just a meager pretzel necklace. We know how those elites like to eat and drink. Good thing three craft beers were on tap and yummy bites, such as gooey, cheesy quesadillas, chicken sliders, and chips and queso were offered.
After we caught up with long lost yelpers, the wonderful Tim from Andrews Distributing and Jimmy from Katy Trail took the floor and educated us on the varying brews of the night. Including the most fun fact of the night…that Lager, like the Rahr Oktoberfest on tap that evening, is crafted with an intent to guzzle and get drunk faster. That's right, Lager has a higher alcohol percentage and is more crisp and clear, while Ales are designed to sip and enjoy the hearty, robust flavors integreted into the brew. Good to know! So that leaves us with the question: what kind of beer drinker are you? We do know one thing "once everyone found out the Rahr has the most alcohol, it disappeared quickly!" according to Eric W.
After our Beer 101, our palletes were challenged with a heathly competition of blinfolded beer tasting. Yelpers were amazed at what our senses are capable of without our eye sight and totally dependent on the aromatics and tastes of the beer. Once blindfolded, people were stumped as to which one was the Fat Tire Pale Ale and the Mooose Drool Brown Ale. Sure, one is dark and one is light, but without our sight, they are subtle, yet significant differences between the two. Who knew!?
To see more of the crazy times had by the gangstas below or read about the Katy Trail described by Jodi C as a "picture of a tres chic little place that is one of the most happening places in DFW" – visit the Yelp listing here or flickr pics here.
Dallas Community Manager, Frances G and her proup pup Bacio!