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On tap: beerfests and where to sip the new DFW brews

Posted 7:17pm on Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2013

Between the tours and tastings and several upcoming big beerfests, we'll have plenty of opportunities for sipping this spring.

Independent Ale Works launch party

3 p.m. Saturday

Oak St. Drafthouse, 308 E. Oak St., Denton

Oak St. Drafthouse hosts the brewery launch party of Independent Ale Works with a party on Saturday afternoon, where it will have the brewery's amber and blonde on tap. Buy a pint of the beer ($5) and you get to take the glass home. Oak St. is worth a visit for any craft beer aficionado; it is an able ambassador with 70 beers on tap.

https://www.facebook.com/events/251300485006939/

Big Texas Beerfest

2-6:30 p.m. April 6; VIP entry begins at 1 p.m.

Fair Park Automobile Building

$35, $60 for VIP

Annual beer festival returns to Fair Park with food trucks, live music from the O's, the Hanna Barbarians and Fish Fry Bingo, and beer from more than 100 breweries around the world, including 20 from Texas.

www.bigtexasbeerfest.com/

https://www.facebook.com/BigTexasBeerFest

Untapped Festival

3:30-11:30 p.m. April 20, VIP entry begins at 2 p.m.

Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth

$25-$58

Untapped combines a beer festival with a concert, featuring more than 50 breweries and renowned Texas musicians including Deer Tick, Justin Townes Earle, Sarah Jaffe and the Orbans. Many of the breweries in our cover story will be at Untapped, including Rahr, Armadillo, Revolver and Martin House. The fest recently announced that it has gone national, with a partnership with tastemaking magazine Paste and The Common Table.

untapped-festival.com/

https://www.facebook.com/untappedfestival

Revolver Brewing tasting tours

Noon-3 p.m. Saturdays

5650 Matlock Road, Granbury

Arrive before 2 p.m. and get four 8-ounce samples; arrive after 2 p.m. and get two 8-ounce samples

$10 admission includes brewery tour, samples and a complimentary 16-ounce Revolver Brewing glass.

https://www.facebook.com/REVOLVERBREWING

More regular brewery tours:

Rahr & Sons: 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 1-3 p.m. Saturdays. $10. rahrbrewing.com

Deep Ellum Brewing Co.: 6-8:30 p.m. Thursdays and noon-3 p.m. Saturdays. $10. deepellumbrewing.com

Peticolas Brewing Company: 1-3 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of every month. $10. peticolasbrewing.com

Firewheel Brewing Co.: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. $10.

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