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Texas brew review: Hopping down the Rabbit Hole

Posted 8:41am on Friday, Mar. 07, 2014

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re already a craft beer drinker or you’re curious to find out what the heck all this microbrewery chatter you keep hearing is all about.

Regardless of where you are in your beer journey, you had to start somewhere. Every craft beer drinker has a story about the first time they strayed from the light (or is it Lite?) and took that leap down the rabbit hole.

And this is precisely what Rabbit Hole Brewing has based its brewery on. Its latest beer, 10/6 (a reference to the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland), is another in a lineup that seeks to coax people to follow the proverbial craft beer white rabbit.

10/6 is an English India Pale Ale, which means it’s different from what you might be accustomed to from American IPAs. The English hops used in this beer impart earthy, lightly floral characteristics with very light bitterness, and that’s all balanced by rich, somewhat sweet malts. This beer features some of the best characteristics of English beers in exciting and unexpected ways.

For now, Rabbit Hole is available on draft only, but the brewery will look to can its beers when it decides to package. 10/6 launched Feb. 28 at The Bearded Lady in Fort Worth and other area bars and will be widely available in coming weeks.

The Justin brewery, located between Fort Worth and Denton, west of Interstate 35W, launched with classic, if somewhat under-represented styles of beer that are palatable to those who are new to craft beer. A kolsch, a brown ale and now an English IPA might not seem too groundbreaking, but they’re all well-made and drinkable, and leave us wanting more.

Once it has coaxed drinkers to the edge of the rabbit hole, I suspect this brewery will jump in head-first and start making even more head-turning fare. For now, we’ll enjoy its well-made classics. And no one is mad at that.

Quick sips

• Untapped Fort Worth is 3-10:15 p.m. Saturday and will feature 65 breweries, plus musical acts the Joy Formidable, Allen Stone, Lucius, People Under the Stairs and others. Make sure to visit the Real Ale, Jester King, Martin House and Rahr tents, as they’ll all be pouring hard-to-come-by brews. Tickets are $26-$60. untapped-festival.com/ftw.

• Revolver Brewing is participating in International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day this weekend. The Granbury brewery employs Kayla Bowman, and it’s joining this charitable cause to help promote women as key members of the brewing community and raise money for the Pink Boots Society, which also helps promote women in brewing. The beer will be a 4 percent ABV session beer called Unite Pale Ale and will be available at the Saturday tour and tasting in three to four weeks. www.iwcbd.org.

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