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By Robert Philpot Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Ever since Revolver Brewing opened in Granbury in 2012, its Blood & Honey ale has become on of the most popular brews at DFW restaurants and bars. But you couldn’t drink it at home. That’s about to change.
Beginning in August, Central Market Fort Worth will begin selling Blood & Honey as it makes its retail debut. The brewery and the upscale grocery store will celebrate with an Aug. 8 party on the patio, at which Revolver’s Revolver Bock, Mother’s Little Fracker stout and High Brass American Blonde Ale will also be for sale. Revolver beer glasses will be available for sale while supplies last.
Rhett Keisler, Revolver’s founder, and Grant Wood, its master brewer, will be on hand at the Central Market event to show off their craft beers and chat, along with JR Clark, Central Market’s wine and beer manager, and other Central Market beer experts.
Clark calls it the the biggest beer launch in recent years.
“If you go to any restaurant or bar that’s beer-friendly in DFW, the [Revolver] taps they have, and usually it’s Blood & Honey, are pretty much sacred,” Clark says. “Everybody I talk to says ‘We would never replace Blood & Honey. We sell too much of it.” Clark cited as an example Fort Worth’s Reservoir, which he says sells eight to nine kegs a week.
Blood & Honey is described on the Revolver website as an American wheat ale finished with blood-orange zest, local Fall Creek Farms honey, and other spices. Clark calls it a bridge beer, one that’s not too hoppy or malty, but rich and medium-plus bodied. The 7 percent alcohol content never hurts either, he adds.
“It has this nice and very pleasant sweetness that comes on,” Clark says. “It’s a beer that women and men enjoy equally. ... The questions we’ve had from our customers have been almost equally been spread among the gender gap.”
Revolver posted a photo of the first bottle run on its Facebook page on July 26, but indicated that it wanted to make sure everything is just right for the launch.
“Now we wish we could tell you that we are ready to release them into the world,” the post says. “But the truth is we have to make sure the deliciousness is ready for prime time. We have to take the first run bottles, look at them, open them and taste them. There are worse jobs.”
At the launch event, the Central Market Food Truck will have a menu incorporating the craft beers, including Buffalo & “Bock” wings, “Blood & Honey” mustard wings and “High Brass” fish and chips.
Texas singer-songwriter Austin Allsup will perform. Yes, he is the son of Tommy Allsup, who was lead guitarist for Buddy Holly and the Crickets.
Clark says there’s been constant conversation and requests for Blood & Honey at the Central Market beer wall in recent months.
“If we’re standing at the beer wall on a Saturday, it’s a constant question: ‘Do you have Revolver?’ ‘Do you have Revolver?’ ‘Do you have Revolver?’,” Clark says. “[Aside from] special holiday beers like the Rahr Winter Warmer, I truly believe this is the most anticipated beer launch in recent years.”
Although the debut will take place at Central Market Fort Worth, the beer won’t be exclusive to Central Market.
“We will also be rolling out at other locations (Kroger, HEB, Whole Foods, Sigel’s, and others) and will keep you updated with locations and times,” Revolver says via Facebook.
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