BTX Brewfest

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BTX Brewfest is Burleson's very own Brewfest, started by a few girls who had a dream of bringing a day filled full of music, cold beer and drinks, food trucks, and supporting local businesses.

Participating breweries include 903 Brewers, Fort Brewery, Martin House Brewing Company, Panther Island Brewing, Four Corners Brewing Company, Revolver Brewing, Texas Ale Project, and more.

Performers will include The Dick Beldings, Seven 6 Band, Poo Live Crew, and Josh Weathers Band.


West Side Cafe finds new owner and more Fort Worth restaurant news

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In this roundup of dining news around Fort Worth, there are promising openings and sad closures. New owners, new menus, new desserts. Ice cream, cake, and frozen yogurt. And new craft beer.

Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news:

West Side Cafe, the home-cooking restaurant on Camp Bowie Boulevard, has new ownership: Joel Hancock, the cafe's general manager for more than 20 years, is now owner, joined by his son Brian Hancock, in partnership with Westland Restaurant Group. West Side Cafe's longtime previous owner Tracey Sanford passed away in 2021. The cafe is known for its breakfasts and for classics like fried catfish, fried okra, squash casserole, cornbread, and buttermilk pie.

Eazy Monkey, the new concept from chef Andrew Dilda, opened on August 11, but for delivery only. The restaurant has “Asian-inspired flavors with Texas roots." Dishes include Crab rangoon nachos, Smoked brisket bao buns, Cheeseburger fried rice, Dan Dan Sloppy Joes, Beef cheek hash, and Orange chicken & bubble waffles. They're still waiting on permits so the dining room won't be open until September.

Dusty Biscuits Beignets is on the ropes again. Owner Trey Smith posted on August 8 that the restaurant was facing dire financial straits and was on the brink of closing. Many customers came out and bought beignets. But Smith says that unless he gets an infusion of capital, the restaurant's days are numbered.

Manny's Uptown Tex-Mex Restaurante shut down its location in Southlake at 151 Nolen Dr. the first week of August, after six years. They offered no explanation for the closure. Manny's was founded by Manny Rios in 2005 in Uptown Dallas. There are currently four locations: two in Dallas, in Lakewood and on Coit, plus Sachse and Heath.

Anderson Distillery & Grill closed its location in Roanoke on Sunday, August 13, and is relocating to Denton, to the old Red's Yard/ Backyard space at 410 N. Bell Ave.

Lucille's A Stateside Bistro at 4700 Camp Bowie Blvd. has a new menu with some past dishes including lobster roll, chicken salad sandwich, crab cakes, and fried green tomatoes plus some new items, as well.

Cruz Blanca Brewery will launch this month in North Texas in a partnership with Tenth & Blake, a division of Molson Coors, to bridge the gap between craft beer and the booming Mexican imports category. The beer will be brewed at Revolver Brewing in Granbury. Cruz Blanca will launch with three beers – Mexico Calling Lager Especial, Palm Shade Tropical Hazy IPA, and Chelada Lime + Sea Salt Tropical Lager – available on draft in August 2023, with retail later this year. Founded in 1869 and reimagined in Chicago in 2016, Cruz Blanca is one of the first breweries in the U.S. dedicated to brewing craft cervezas.

Weinberger's Deli, the Grapevine sandwich shop known for its authentic sub sandwiches, is expanding its vegetarian selections. They brought in a plant-based chicken which is a very convincing fake, and are using it in new offerings such as the Buffalo Chicken sandwich with melted provolone, shredded lettuce, cucumber, tomato, on a garlic toasted baguette. "If you’d like to cut the heat ask for a side of Ranch dressing," they recommend.

Melting Pot has a romance-infused four-course menu on Thursdays starting at $56, with cheese fondue, salad, and entrée such as filet mignon, Atlantic salmon, savory teriyaki steak, and a sparkling chocolate fondue ending. Tables are set with rose petals and candles. At 4900 Belt Line Rd. in Dallas-Addison, and Arlington 4000 Five Points Dr. in Arlington.

The Toasted Yolk Cafe has new menu items available for a limited time: Fried Banana Peppers; Strawberry Pico Pollo Pancakes featuring a chicken tender wrapped in a pancake drizzled with Siracha Aioli and topped with strawberry pico de gallo; Chicken & Waffles with chicken tenders and Belgian waffles flavored with cheddar cheese and diced jalapeños; Strawberry Casa-Hito with tequila, strawberry puree, and champagne; The Toasted Yolk Shot with Jameson Whiskey, butterscotch schnapps, and maple syrup, with OJ and candied bacon; The Cold Brew Shot with coffee, vodka, and whipped cream; The Beach-Side Shot with rum, pineapple juice, and coconut cream.

Tiff’s Treats has continued its partnership with Sprinkles Cupcakes with two new Sprinkles cupcakes flavors, available through October 1: Sprinkles Cookie Cupcake, a chocolate chip-studded yellow cupcake lined with a cookie crust, topped with brown sugar frosting; and Sprinkles Dark Chocolate, a Belgian dark chocolate cupcake topped with bittersweet chocolate frosting and chocolate paillettes.

Chuck E. Cheese is now serving slices of celebrity chef "Cake Boss" Buddy V’s cakes at the 16 Chuck E. Cheese locations in the DFW metro-area, in three flavors: Confetti, Vanilla Rainbow, and Chocolate Fudge, individually or as an add-on to a party package.

Van Leeuwen ice cream has partnered with Uber One on a limited edition flavor called Uber One BBQ Gold Cornbread Crumble, featuring corn ice cream with honey cornbread chunks and a BBQ swirl. Uber One Exclusives are limited to members only. Pints are $10.50 and available exclusively on Uber Eats as well as at Van Leeuwen stores with a membership flash.

Bar Louie has a new Martini of the Month: Envy Martini with Grey Goose L’Orange, Grey Goose Le Citron, melon liqueur, pineapple, simple syrup, Sprite, and an orange twist. Bar Louie has 65-plus locations nationwide, including four in the DFW area. They donate $1 to No Kid Hungry for each sale.

Yogurtland has a new limited-edition Cinnamon Churro Cereal frozen yogurt, which they're calling a breakfast-inspired treat although are churros not dessert? It's made with "real cinnamon," none of that fake cinnamon stuff, and available through the fall.

Cinemark Holdings, Inc. is partnering with DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats to deliver movie snacks to customers across Texas, with plans to expand nationally. Available items include popcorn, candy, ice cream, nachos, hot dogs, ice-cold sodas, and ICEEs. A spokesperson says there is consumer demand for this; go figure. It's available at Cinemark West Plano, Cinemark Dallas XD and IMAX on 11819 Webb Chapel Rd, Cinemark Allen, Cinemark Legacy and XD in Plano, Cinemark Frisco Square, CUT! by Cinemark Frisco, Cinemark Roanoke, Cinemark Grand Prairie, Cedar Hill, Mansfield, Rockwall, Denton, Lewisville, North McKinney, Tinseltown Grapevine, Alliance Town Center, North East Mall, and Ridgmar.

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These are the 6 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week

This week in gluttony

The dog days of summer are in full swing as August arrives this week, bringing with it seasonal favorites like watermelon, spritz cocktails, and the almighty Hatch chile. August also means school starts soon, and there’s a school supply drive that comes with free beer. End the week with a happy hour book club that will take guests on an adventurous vacation without leaving the A/C.

Tuesday, August 1

Spritz Showcase at Clay Pigeon Food & Drink
It’s National Spritz Day and Clay Pigeon is here for it. The upscale dining destination will showcase the best of those slightly fizzy, always refreshing spritz cocktails with an interactive and educational tasting. Discover the origin of six different versions while exploring important ingredients like sparkling wine, bitters, liqueurs, and aromatics. The event is $50, which includes small bites, and will take place from 5:30-7 pm.

Wednesday, August 2

An Evening with Mondavi COO Jeff Richardson at 3 Vino
The Roanoke wine bar and bottle shop will host the chief operating officer of C. Mondavi & Family, which produces the prestigious Charles Krug label. Richardson, who’s only making three stops on this particular tour, will share behind-the-scenes stories of Napa’s very first tasting room, which opened in 1882. The tasting will feature five Charles Krug wines. Tickets are $39 and the tasting begins at 6 pm.

Friday, August 4

A Hatch Enchilada Dinner at Central Market Fort Worth
August means Hatch chile season is here and no one celebrates the piquant New Mexican pepper like Central Market. Harken the heat of Hatch during this hands-on cooking class that will demonstrate how to make chicken enchiladas, cheese enchiladas, two sauces, and sides. A glass of wine will be paired with the meal. Class is $70 and will begin at 6:30 pm.

Sunday, August 6

Funky Gets Wild: Book Club at Funky Picnic
The Fort Worth brewery and café will host another edition of its summer book club, which currently features outdoor and adventure-themed books. This month will feature Journeys North: The Pacific Crest Trail by Barney Scout Mann. Book clubbers can enjoy happy hour pricing on beer, wine, signature cocktails, and appetizers along with the brunch and regular menu. The book club will run from 3-4:30 pm.

Watermelon Eating Contest at El Chingon
It’s another wild eating competition at the West 7th district Mexican restaurant and bar, which doubles as a dance club after dark. This time the featured food is a giant slice of watermelon, and no hands are allowed to be used during the contest. Whoever finishes first gets a $100 El Chingon gift card plus choice of drink tower, including mimosa, paleta, green tea, or white tea. Registration is free and the competition starts at 3 pm.

Back to School Bash at Hao’s Grocery & Café
Hao Tran, the namesake behind Hao’s Grocery & Café just south of downtown, moonlights as a chef outside of her full-time teaching gig. She’s hosting a school supply drive in partnership with The Welman Project, which will be on-site with their festive bus. Make a donation to the project and get a free beer. Hao will also serve banh mi hot dogs for the occasion. Visit from 4-6 pm.

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Martin House Brewing and Fletcher's Corny Dogs present Glizzy Fest

Martin House Brewing and Fletcher's Corny Dogs are joining forces to present Glizzy Fest, where guests can indulge in corny dogs, hot dogs, state fair treats, and a selection of Martin House Brewing's beers.

The festival will feature live music performances, including John Cougar Mellencamp tribute band, Texan Fool. There will be unique Glizzy-themed crafts from local vendors and a chance to cool off in a dunk tank.

Martin House Brewing and Fletcher's Corny Dogs have collaborated to create a special mustard beer exclusively for Glizzy Fest. The one-of-a-kind brew will be available on draft and in tallboy cans to-go.

Finally, there will be corny dog eating contest taking place around 2:30 pm, with beer and a trophy for the person who can eat eight corny dogs the quickest.

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Fort Worth Oktoberfest

Fort Worth Oktoberfest is a three-day celebration of German culture with the best in Bavarian entertainment. Guests can drink das bier, eat das sausage, and polka till they drop.

This year’s lineup includes Alex Meixner Band, Das Ist Lustig, Alpenmusikanten, Walburg Boys and the Happy Hour Oktoberfestband. There will also be a midway with carnival rides and games.

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Shiner Beer crafts new barbecue joint at iconic Texas brewery

Road trip time

Lewis and Clark, Sonny and Cher, SpongeBob and Patrick. Duos float in and out of pop culture at hummingbird speed. But few have quite as much staying power as beer and barbecue. So, it’s only natural that one of Texas’ most iconic breweries would want to break out the smoker.

According to a release, Shiner Beer is untapping a new market with the recent grand opening of K. Spoetzl BBQ Co. Housed at the newly expanded Spoetzl Brewery, the eatery now welcomes carnivores seven days a week.

Pitmaster Tommy Schuette, the former proprietor of the Shiner Barbeque Co., is leading the charge with the state’s holy trinity of smoked meats, including brisket, sausage, and ribs. Other favorites like pulled pork and chicken are served alongside a meaty assortment of salads, loaded potatoes, and sandwiches.

Of course, no Texas barbecue joint can get away with skimping on the sides. Potato salad and pinto beans are served throughout the week, but weekend guests get a little extra. Diners can also opt for green beans, coleslaw, creamed corn, and giblet rice from Thursday through Saturday.

K. Spoetzl BBQ is now open daily. Hours are 10 am-4 pm, so plan accordingly.

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'Yellowstone' stars to greet fans at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

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Yellowstone fans, get your comfy shoes ready - there'll be a long line for this one. Cole Hauser a.k.a. "Rip Wheeler" on Yellowstone, and Taylor Sheridan, the show's co-creator, executive producer, and director of the series, will meet fans and sign autographs at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

The event will take place from 4:30-6:30 pm only on Friday, February 3. Location is the 6666 Ranch booth near the south end of Aisle 700 in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall.

According to a February 2 announcement from FWSSR, "fans will have the opportunity to snag an autograph as well as purchase some distinctive Yellowstone and 6666 Ranch merchandise while also enjoying all the features the Stock Show offers."

The event is free to attend (with paid Stock Show admission) and open to the public.

It's the second year in a row for Hauser to appear at FWSSR; in 2022, he and fellow cast mates drew huge crowds.

Sheridan, a Paschal High School graduate, is no stranger to Fort Worth; he lives in a ranch near Weatherford and filmed 1883, the prequel to Yellowstone, in and around Fort Worth. Currently, another spinoff, 1883: The Bass Reeves Story, is filming in North Texas.

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is winding up its 2023 run on Saturday, February 4.

Famed Seattle piroshky bakery makes stop in Fort Worth on Texas-wide tour

Meat Pie News

A Seattle bakery is coming to Fort Worth for a special pop-up: Piroshky Piroshky Bakery, which specializes in handmade piroshki, AKA Russian hand pies, will stop in Fort Worth on a national tour.

The bakery will pop up at Martin House Brewing, 220 S Sylvania Ave., on October 4 from 5-7 pm, with luscious offerings, both savory and sweet.

Piroshkis are small pies of Russian origin, made from an enriched yeast dough, with savory fillings like meat, vegetables, or cheese, the most traditional being meat and rice or potato and onion.

Piroshky Piroshky Bakery was founded in Seattle in 1992, and offer their pastries in all sorts of delectable fillings: from beef & cheese to cabbage & onion to vegan-friendly mushroom & potato.

Their piroshky are individually made from scratch and hand-formed into unique shapes that help differentiate the flavors and fillings inside.

They make sweet pastries, as well.

The company has five locations across Seattle, and also sells their products online. Their original location at Seattle's Pike Place Market serves more than 20 varieties.

But they also make annual tours, just like a rock band, to bring their goods to towns across the U.S. They previously came through Fort Worth in February 2022.

The tour features options such as:

  • Smoked salmon pate piroshky
  • Beef & onion piroshy
  • Impossible beef & onion piroshky
  • Ham, spinach, & cheese piroshky
  • Potato & cheese piroshky
  • Veggie chipotle piroshky
  • Chocolate cream hazelnut roll
  • Cinnamon cardamom braid
  • Pumpkin toffee braid
  • Caraway cheddar cheese stick
  • Poppyseed cinnamon roll

The full menu is online, and pre-ordering is required. The cutoff order date for Fort Worth is October 2 at 4 pm. There's a minimum of $50; individual items run between $5.25 to $7.25.

In addition to Fort Worth, they're also making three other stops in Texas:

  • Dallas at Outfit Brewing, 135 John W. Carpenter Fwy, on October 5, from 5-7 pm. You must order by October 3; pre-order here.
  • Austin at Twin Creeks Park, 2303 Dervingham Drive, Cedar Park, on October 6, from 5-7 pm; pre-order here.
  • Houston at Elks Lodge, 10150 W Airport Blvd, Stafford, on October 7, from 5-7 pm; pre-order here.

This is how many 'unretirees' are clocking in for work in Fort Worth, study finds

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Many Fort Worth seniors are still punching the clock well past retirement age. According to "Cities with the Most Working Seniors," a new employment study by business website ChamberofCommerce.org, a quarter of Fort Worth seniors aged 65 and up are still employed, making Fort Worth the No. 31 city in the U.S. with the most working seniors.

About 24,300 Fort Worth seniors aged 65 and up are employed out of a total 96,883, or 25.1 percent of the city's senior population.

The No. 1 city in the U.S. with hard-working oldsters is Alexandria, Virginia, located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, where 36.8 percent of its seniors still employed. Coming in second was Tallahassee, Florida, with 30.9 percent.

In third place was Dallas, with 30.3 percent of the senior population clocking in for work around the city.

To determine their ranking, the site examined the percentage of seniors aged 65 and over who were actively employed within the last 12 months, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Their analysis included data from 170 of the nation’s most populous cities.

The report says the median household income of a senior citizen in Fort Worth is $52,145, and hints at the rising cost of living coupled with personal extenuating circumstances leading to a new trend of "unretiring" seniors within the Dallas-Fort Worth workforce.

"Deciding when to retire is one of the most important financial and personal decisions that workers can make," the report's author said. "Before making the leap, make sure you have factored in your savings, social security benefits, spending habits, economic volatility and how your social life will change after retirement."

Other DFW cities that made the list include Plano which ranked just at No. 6 overall, with 28.9 percent of the city's senior population currently in the workforce. That amounts to 10,178 seniors out of a total 35,245.

Arlington came in at No. 11 with 27.1 percent or 13,333 employed seniors in the workforce (it has a sizable senior population of 49,153).

Frisco came in at No. 17 with 26.2 percent or 5,180 of its seniors still toiling away. Frisco's relatively high percentage of working seniors might come as a surprise, considering the suburb was recently named one of the best cities for retirees.

Irving (No. 29) also has 25.1 percent of seniors actively employed in the city - the same percentage as Fort Worth - although that doesn't equate to the same number of seniors. The report says there are 5,273 working seniors in Irving, whereas populous Fort Worth has more than 4.5 times that amount of working seniors.

Garland was No. 33 with 25 percent of the senior population under employment. McKinney ranked No. 38, with 24.6 percent of seniors employed in the workforce.

The top 10 U.S. cities with the most working seniors are:

  • No. 1 – Alexandria, Virginia
  • No. 2 – Tallahassee, Florida
  • No. 3 – Dallas, Texas
  • No. 4 – Irvine, California
  • No. 5 – Washington, D.C.
  • No. 6 – Plano, Texas
  • No. 7 – Anchorage, Alaska
  • No. 8 – Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • No. 9 – Overland Park, Kansas
  • No. 10 – Madison, Wisconsin

ChamberofCommerce.org is a digital site for small business owners and entrepreneurs. The full report and its methodology can be found on chamberofcommerce.org.