Today’s kitchen adventure is from last summer’s trip to BIG D and recaps our visit to the Deep Ellum Brewery.
Over the last year or so Eric has become quite the beer snob connoisseur. Let me state he is not just drinking beer, he has studied the brewing process and appreciates all the hard work that microbreweries put into each batch of beer. And just like wine connoisseurs, he smells, sips, and truly tastes all of these different beers. He then will tell you if the beer is full body, hoppy, or if it has citrus, chocolate or floral undertones. He can tell you how to pair beer with different foods and even how to cook with it!
He will talk to anyone and everyone that will listen and eloquently describes the complexity of micro-brewed beers. I love listening to him talk because I feel that passionately about food.
Because of all this, we have been visiting a lot of microbreweries over the last year so that Eric can talk to the brew masters and learn more about the brewing process and what makes each brewery and the beers they brew unique.
On our vacation to Dallas, Texas last summer, we took time to stop by Deep Ellum Brewing Company in the historic Deep Ellum neighborhood in east downtown Dallas.
We have been to a few breweries and Deep Ellum’s “tour” is unique in a few ways. First, they call their “tour” an “open house and tasting” because that is really what it is. You pay a flat fee and get a souvenir pint glass and three tokens to redeem to have your glass filled with your choice of beer. The brewery open house is only open to the public on Saturday afternoons. The set up is super casual and at least when we went very crowded.
As with any open house you can come and go as you please, but if you would like to learn more about the beers/brewery, an on site brewer/host will talk about the brewing process and history of the brewery on the brew deck at about 1:30 on Saturdays. At the time we went, you could not actually “tour” the inside of the brewery, as it was roped off, and you could just stand on the inside brew deck. However, outside the brewery there is a large beer garden where there are several picnic tables, a stage with live music and a food truck.
I must note that our tour “host” was super passionate about the brand and his job, and talked to Eric and I extremely nice and knowledgeable about the beers! I am always happy to see people loving their job and that are passionate about what they do!
Deep Ellum Brewing Company offers a variety of beers including:
Deep Ellum IPA
Double Brown Stout
Deep Ellum Pale Ale
Plus a variety of special seasonal beers
For more information about visiting the brewery or checking out some of Deep Ellum’s craft beers, find additional information below:
Address: 2823 St Louis Street Dallas, TX 75226
Phone number: 214-888-3322
Hours: Tap Room: Monday-Friday 12-10 pm and Open House: Saturday 12-3 pm
Price: Open House/Tour: $15 cash or credit at the door or $12 online (includes 1 DEBC logo glass (pint or snifter), and 3 beer samples)