San Antonio beer dinners, an update on HB 660, and what's going on with San Antonio Beer Week 

PALATE PLEASERS

Two beer dinners will whet your appetite for beer and food from great San Antonio chefs in the coming weeks.

First up is the Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling dinner at Lüke on the River Walk on February 28 with Chef Steve McHugh pairing courses with Ranger Creek beers. Expect the oatmeal pale ale and mesquite-smoked porter already on tap at Lüke along with the La Bestia Amiable Belgian-style dark ale. The lineup also will include a wheat beer brewed just for the occasion, served with a floating cloud dessert.

On March 1, up to 60 people will be able to enjoy beers from Germany to Belgium and then back to Texas with food pairings from Executive Chef René Bajeux and Chef de Cuisine Alex Altamirano at Brasserie Pavil. Bajeux said to expect antelope chop, a favorite ingredient of his, and quail as features.

Yours truly will be doing the honors of presenting the beers along with Chris Campana of Artisanal Imports. Both dinners could fill up fast, so book reservations and tickets in advance.

RALLY FOR HB 660

The Texas bill that would allow brewpubs in Texas to also sell beer outside the confines of their breweries, HB 660 from San Antonio Representative Mike Villarreal, has received a lot of support from consumers across the state who want to see Texas take its place among the ranks of craft beer states like Oregon, Colorado, and California. To that end, a San Antonio rally is planned for 5:30 p.m., February 25, at Main Plaza in front of San Fernando Cathedral. Organizers are hoping for at least 1,000 participants, but are planning for many more. Villarreal will speak at the rally. In addition, expect three bands and lots of Texas beer.

BEER WEEK UPDATE

By the time you read this, a logo will have been chosen for the inaugural San Antonio Beer Week and the winner will be enjoying the spoils of a 15-person burger party courtesy of Blue Star Brewing Co. The beginnings of sanantoniobeerweek.com also should be up. The Facebook page is operational and is a great place to sound off on what you would like to see from SABW.

In response to early feedback on Facebook, the community of San Antonio homebrewers is stepping up to plan demonstrations during the week to advise on the brewers’ art.

And a happy one-year birthday shout out to Darkside Fermentation in San Marcos, a nano brewery where brewer Silas Parker is making incredible Belgian-style beers at the Root Cellar cafe.

Travis E. Poling writes about beer weekly for the Current and is author of Beer Across Texas: A Guide to Brews and Brewmasters of the Lone Star State. Please send beer news and event information two weeks in advance to travis@beeracrosstexas.com.


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