The folks at Rabbit Hole Brewing in Justin, Texas may be new to the North Texas craft beer scene, but they’re determined to do things differently.
You may have heard of Rabbit Hole Brewing and its connection with Dallas Stars’ legend Mike Modano. (He is a part owner after all.) But Rabbit Hole Brewing made it clear during their pre-New Year’s event last month during North Texas Beer Week that they are not just another DFW craft brewery. The event, hosted at the House of Blues’ Foundation Room, brought together local beer lovers to debut a brand new, celebratory seasonal brew: Hole Lang Syne.
Hole Lang Syne, a seasonal beer for new years, was a fruity, bubbly, sweet concoction that is different from other winter seasonal offerings. Light and fruity, with a strong blueberry taste, this brew barely tastes like beer.
Instead of doing the expected seasonal beers, the Rabbit Hole Brewing team decided to make their own seasons – you won’t find any pumpkin ales or Christmas lagers from these guys. The fall seasonal, or rather the “Season of Fear” was a red IPA with a malty backbone and a strong hoppy bite, appropriately named “Off With Your Red”.
It’s clear that Rabbit Hole Brewing is out to make a name for itself in the already competitive local beer scene. Craft beer drinkers across the metroplex are already developing a cult like devotion to one of the brewery’s year-round beers; the “Rapture” fusion brown ale. Rapture balances toasted malts and sharp Pacific hops to create one of the most balanced and interesting brown ales I’ve tried.
Another year-round beer that stands out from the typical brewery offering is the 10/6 English IPA. Using three kinds of English hops and winter barley creates a bold, tasty alternative to your typical IPA offering. This beer has nice bitterness and bite to it, but is not overbearing or overwhelming.
Finally, one of Rabbit Hole’s signature beers, and the only one without a whimsical, Wonderland themed name, is the Mike Modano’s 561 Kolsch. Named after part owner Mike Modano’s record career goals for U.S.-born hockey players, the 561 is crisp, refreshing and deceptively complex. Slightly fruity and delicate, this is a great beer for summertime in Texas – or for a Stars game.
**Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary ticket to attend this event, and all thoughts are my own.