A few weeks after we got back in town, we decided to go check out Peticolas Brewing Company in Dallas. They are a pretty new brewery…actually they celebrate their 1 year anniversary on Dec. 30 (Happy early anniversary if you happen to find our little blog!!!). But they have had a HUGE year! They just recently took home a GOLD metal for their Royal Scandal English Pale Ale at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. THAT is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!! I actually had the Royal Scandal when we were there, and I loved it. It’s super balanced, and VERY drinkable. Their Velvet Hammer was named Dallas’ Best Beer by the Dallas Observer…Chuck loves that one, but it’s a little dark for me. I’m kind of a weenie. Anyways, Michael and Melissa Peticolas are the owners, and they have some pretty adorable kids too that run around the brewery. Pretty awesome if you ask me. I love seeing family work together in a business…and I think one of the greatest things about the craft beer community is the family/friend atmosphere that you get everywhere. I’ve said it before…but people that are into this kind of thing are the NICEST people! Plus, everyone is better at talking to strangers after a beer or two!
Anyways, we had a great time at Peticolas. $15/each got us in the door, a free glass each, and plenty of beer. Only thing is…the tour started at 11 am, and i’m dumb. I didn’t have a SINGLE thing to eat before we went…annnnd 3 beers into it, I was done. DONE. So I strongly suggest having a hearty breakfast before you head out to these things. Here is a picture of Chuck inside the cooler.
A little Moose Drool!
I was having a great hair day…you can’t tell so much in this picture, but trust me. It was good. We really enjoyed just hanging out and talking to a bunch of new people that had the same interests we do. The “tour” part was very informal, and since they keep their groups pretty small, Michael basically just walked us all through the process and answered everyones questions. I love seeing how different brewery’s operate and the size/scales of their equipment. This one is a pretty small operation, but they put out an excellent product. The fact that they are not afraid to keep it small and control the quality, is another thing I love about them.
Here’s a little shot of the equipment…and some fellow beer lovers.
And here we are enjoying the product of all their hard work. I THINK I am drinking a Golden Opportunity in this picutre. I enjoyed it, it’s medium bodied and really crisp and fresh. I am pretty sure chuck is drinking a Velvet Hammer here.
Here is Michael Peticolas and his son, talking us through the process
Here is about where I started wishing I had eaten breakfast…haha
And again, answering questions for the crowd. If you are in the Dallas area, I strongly suggest stopping by Peticolas. These guys are passionate about what they do, and they do it right. The beer is great, the people are great, and its right by “Off Site Kitchen” , which has some pretty killer hamburgers (and my favorite…Grape Koolaid on TAP!) to help soak up a little bit of that beer. If you go soon, you can try their Wintervention…which I had the other night at Brewed in FW. It’s spiced, and perfect for this time of year.
OH! And Peticolas is pretty active on facebook. So I would definitely check that out to stay up to date on tours, special tappings, events, etc.