The Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival will dominate the Fort Worth food scene during the last weekend in March, but as we noted recently, there are plenty of other food events going on this spring in DFW.
Add Fort Worth’s Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. to the foodie frenzy.
Rahr is calling April “Rahr-B-Q Month” in North Texas. The whole thing kicks off with a two-hour party beginning at 1 p.m. April 5 at the Rahr brewery, 701 S. Galveston St. in Fort Worth. Cousins Bar-B-Q will provide the ’cue, Grill Kings the burgers, Eleven Hundred Springs the music and Rahr ... the beer. Fort Worth-based Texas-country station KFWR/95.9 “The Ranch” is scheduled to be on site.
Cost is $10, which doesn’t include food, but you’ll get a complimentary Rahr-B-Q pint glass.
But it’s not the only thing the brewery has planned for April -- or for the year.
“We’re going to be doing quarterly programming, and this is our first formalized program,” says Fritz Rahr, co-founder of the brewery. “We’re going out to retailers, supporters of Rahr who sell our products on- and off-premise, and kind of centering on specific events to help promote our beer and have fun with it.”
Rahr says that the brewery doesn’t have any new beers coming out in conjunction with “Rahr-B-Q Month,” but that it will highlight Rahr Texas Red.
“It’s what we consider our backyard-barbecue style beer,” Rahr says. “We’ve got events all over town planned for that.”
Those include beer dinners and pint nights featuring souvenir glasses at Red Hot & Blue in Fort Worth; Bone Daddy’s in Arlington and Grapevine; Riscky’s Bar-B-Q on Camp Bowie Boulevard and in downtown Fort Worth; all Cousin’s locations; all Fred’s Texas Cafe locations; Cooper’s Old-Time Pit Bar-B-Q in the Fort Worth Stockyards; Rudy’s in Arlington; and Woody Creek Barbecue.
“We have events planned all month at these places,” Rahr says.“Drink and food specials promoting the products. And we’ll have great big displays at local grocery stores and liquor stores promoting our beers and showcasing Texas Red.”
Participating grocery stores include DFW Central Markets, H-E-Bs and Tom Thumbs, which will also do giveaways, including a shopping list for the perfect Rahr-B-Q and a BBQ sauce recipe made with Rahr’s Texas Red.
Rahr declined to say what other events might be planned for this year, although he did say to expect big things during Rahr’s 10th anniversary in November.
Along with Rahr-B-Q Month, the brewery is due to debut its first canned beers this spring, Rahr says.
“We should have cans out in five to six weeks,” Rahr says. “It’s a market that we don’t currently compete in. ... What’s nice about cans is that if you’re going camping or somewhere where you have to haul in beer, and you don’t want to haul out a lot of weight -- bottles are heavy. Cans, you can crush ’em down to a small size, and empty cans are a lot easier to take out than a case of bottles.”
The cans will include 12-packs of Rahr Blonde Lager, as well as a new beer, The Pride of Texas Pale Ale.
The brewery recently took several awards at the New York International Beer Competition, including Texas Brewery of the Year, silver medals for the Texas Red (in the Amber Lager category) and Winter Warmer (English Brown Ale); and five bronze medals. For a full list of winners, go here.
For updates on Rahr-B-Q Month, visit Rahr’s website or Facebook page. Rahr is also one of the breweries participating in the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival’s Burgers, Brews and Blues event from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Edwards Ranch/Heart of the Ranch.
Update: Rahr will also hold a Rahr-B-Q event late in the month, from 3 to 7 p.m. April 27, to benefit the Hope Center for Autism (April is also Autism Awareness Month). Sonny Burgess, Dempseu Pullen and Cami Maki will provide music. $35, which covers four beers, barbecue food trucks and dessert. Childer 12 and under free (food available for purchase).