This week’s events come with a side of biking and bowling. There’s a happy hour trail ride along the Trinity River and a beer dinner at a bowling alley. A local brewery is also celebrating an anniversary with a party, and there’s pop-up dinner featuring a fusion of two very different cultures. But first, toast to National Bourbon Day on Thursday at Fort Worth’s whiskey distillery. Looking for places to treat Dad on Father's Day? There's a whole separate list for that.
Thursday, June 14
National Bourbon Day at Whiskey Ranch
Thanks to meticulous work by Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co., Fort Worth has its own bourbon, and there’s no better place to celebrate National Bourbon Day than at the expansive Whiskey Ranch distillery. Sip some smooth TX Bourbon paired with a cool treat from Alchemy Pops for an admission price of $5. Leonard Firestone will be on hand for a meet-and-greet, and an engraver will customize glass products purchased. There’ll be live acoustic music, too. Plan to cut out of work early, as the event will run from 12-5 pm.
Bike to the Bend
Biking is better when cocktails are involved. This trail ride-happy hour will take participants on a leisurely bike ride from Waterside to WestBend, and they’ll be rewarded with apps and sips upon arrival. First stop: the hot new Bartaco for a fresh-squeezed lime margarita, chips and salsa, and fried plantains. Then it’s over to HG Sply Co. for a cold draft beer before heading back to Waterside for a Rahr & Sons brew. The $20 per-person ticket includes all drinks, apps and a bike rental, too. (Bikes are limited and participants are welcome to bring their own.) The 5:30 pm trail ride-happy hour benefits the First Mile program, which provides low-cost access to the Fort Worth Bike Sharing system.
Four-Course Beer Dinner at Pinstripes
The bistro, bowling alley, and bocce ball venue will host a four-course beer dinner featuring local Deep Ellum Brewing Company. Plan for bacon-wrapped scallops with lemon cream sauce, vegetable and kale salad with crostinis and cilantro dressing, chile-glazed pork chops with roasted potatoes and baby vegetables, and passion fruit gelato with raspberry mousse. Beers will be paired with each course. Reservations are $50 per person and include tax and gratuity. The dinner begins at 7 pm.
Saturday, June 16
Wild Acre Brewing Company Two-Year Anniversary Party
Time flies when you’re brewing beer. The downtown Fort Worth brewery will celebrate its second birthday with some rare pours from exclusive kegs. Food vendors include Love Shack, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, and Alchemy Pops. There’ll be live music all day. General admission is $20 for entry at 2 pm (or $30 for early entry at 12 pm) and includes four beers and an anniversary pint glass. The party will run until 8 pm.
Monday, June 18
The Two Souths Dinner Pop-Up at The Garden Market & Bistro
It’s a fusion of two cultures — Asian and Southern soul. Chef Hao Tran of Lost in the Sauce and dietitian Dixya Bhattarai of Food, Pleasure & Health will partner to prepare a mash-up of culinary styles. The a la carte menu will include Kerala (a state in India) fried chicken and waffles, chilled noodle salad, fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese, gazpacho, southeast Asian street corn, and lychee popsicles. The menu will available from 6-8 pm at The Garden Market & Bistro in East Fort Worth.