Written by Sissy Courtney
Beers with names like Bloody and Honey, Revolver, and Velvet Hammer challenged the taste of any attendees at the North Texas Beer and Wine Festival (NTBWF) who considered themselves a Bud-man or woman. The event at Irving Convention Center May 11, offered a broad array of beer and wine tasting along with classes on brewing beer at home, cooking tips, a silent auction, keynote speakers, freebies, a beer garden overlooking Las Colinas, bands, food, clothing and memorabilia booths, and a VIP party with Band of Brothers and Zionaura in concert.
The event benefited three veterans groups: Honor Flight DFW which flies World War II (WWII) veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the WWII Memorial; www.VetTix.org which donates event tickets to active and veteran military personnel; and Veterans Falls Memorial, a 300 foot waterfall under construction in Granbury.
Christopher Copeland of Dallas came because he loves beer – good beer.
“And you have really good beer at a function like this,” Copeland said. “It’s got flavor. Unlike Miller Lite beer or Budweiser, these are high quality beers with flavor. It’s a good way to try (different beers) and get an idea what you like. Mainline beers like Coors don’t have much flavor; they’re just lagers."