The folks at Rabbit Hole Brewing in Justin, Texas may be new to the North Texas craft beer scene, but theyâ€™re determined to do things differently.
You may have heard of Rabbit Hole Brewing and its connection with Dallas Starsâ€™ legend Mike Modano. (He is a part owner after all.) But Rabbit Hole Brewing made it clear during their pre-New Yearâ€™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 Bluesâ€™ 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 â€“ you wonâ€™t find any pumpkin ales or Christmas lagers from these guys. The fall seasonal, or rather the â€œSeason of Fearâ€ was a red IPA with a malty backbone and a strong hoppy bite, appropriately named â€œOff With Your Redâ€.
Itâ€™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 breweryâ€™s year-round beers; the â€œRaptureâ€ fusion brown ale. Rapture balances toasted malts and sharp Pacific hops to create one of the most balanced and interesting brown ales Iâ€™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 Holeâ€™s signature beers, and the only one without a whimsical, Wonderland themed name, is the Mike Modanoâ€™s 561 Kolsch. Named after part owner Mike Modanoâ€™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 â€“ or for a Stars game.
**Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary ticket to attend this event, and all thoughts are my own.