Every Wednesday, a new beer is born at Fieldhouse Brewing Company. At 5 p.m. on the dot, the staff cracks open samples of their newest small-batch creation to get a better idea of what beers should go into regular rotation at their brewery. Should guests like any particular beer, it one day might join the ranks of house draft beers such as Sticky Paws honey wheat beer, Fist Pump milk stout, and the gluten-free IPA Paralysis by Analysis. Since the staff spends most of their time devising new brew recipes, they leave food options up to the customers themselves. Guests can grab food from the food trucks parked outside most nights, order food to be delivered from nearby McCabe's, or even bring in food found in their own pantry or cooling on nearby windowsills.
Sovereignty Wines is a locally owned, family-run business, featuring a diverse selection of wine, spirits, and beer from around the world. Whether you're a grapephile seeking a specific low-production vintage or a vino virgin looking for professional wine-pairing guidance or a thoughtful gift, the shop's knowledgeable staff will help you locate some special sips. Sovereignty stocks nearly every varietal, including favorites such as Bordeaux, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, chenin blanc, grenache, merlot, pinot noir, Riesling, sauvignon blanc, Shiraz, and sparkling wines, as well as fine spirits including cognac, brandy, scotch, whiskey, and bourbon. Peruse the shop's impressive inventory to discover reasonably priced staff recommendations, including the 2008 Lucky Star Pinot Noir (under $10), the French oaked 2007 Angeline Chardonnay ($10–$20), or a tasty liquid treasure such as the 2005 Etude Cabernet (over $20), rated 96 points by Wine Enthusiast magazine.
Founded by local brew maestro Jason Yester, Trinity Brewing serves fresh food and beer amid a people- and environment-friendly atmosphere. Drawing on his years of experience as former brew master at Bristol Brewing Company, Yester personally crafts a variety of staple and seasonal brews, such as the Sunna Belgian Wit or the 12.5% ABV Farmhouse Nocturnum Saison. With a thundering beerfall of more than 30 taps, Trinity Brewing surrounds 6 to 10 original creations with about 27 offerings from signature breweries such as Avery, Dogfish Head, and New Belgium. The kitchen keeps the brew munchies at bay with a full menu that appeals to vegetarians, meatitarians, gluten-free gourmets, and ascetic Antarctic ice temple monks. Juxtapose a well-aged Stop Making Sense eisbock with appetizers such as the authentic belgian fries ($5) and Awaken bison jerky ($5). For heartier hungers, try a mediterranean wrap ($6) or sink your moistened molars into the holy mole enchilada ($9) or the falafel with house-made tzatziki sauce ($9).
Located on Main Street of Grapevine, Texas, D'Vine Wine treats visitors to countless varieties of wine paired with savory cheese and charcuterie plates. In the tasting and dining area, honeycombed wine racks and wooden barrels line the earth-toned walls, allowing visitors to imagine they've been swept away to the rustic cottage of a Tuscan vintner or the panic room of a billionaire. Guests sip house-made sauvignon blanc, malbec, and fruit-infused wine, while customers consult with wine representatives on creating a personalized label for any occasion.
Brewing beer used to be just a hobby for Biff Morehead. After coming home from his day job at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, he'd set to work homebrewing. But in 2013, he decided to make his hobby into a full-time vocation: he purchased a commercial brewing setup from a friend, and Smiling Toad Brewery was born. Inside the East Bijou Street brewery, Morehead uses locally sourced hops and grains to craft balanced, drinkable session beers such as the Irish ale, the aromatic Bella Lavender, and the Electric Espresso Stout. With its cozy, comfortable atmosphere, the brewery is a welcoming place to meet old friends or make new ones.