Featuring an extensive menu of creative American food—including The Reuben 1976, born on the restaurant and brewery's opening day—Humperdink's has served the mertroplex area for 36 years. Humperdink's boasts menu items such as barbecue ribs, sustainable seafood, steaks, gourmet burgers, and original buffalo hot wings, along with a number of award-winning microbrews crafted on the premises and served on tap.
In 1847, William Rahr brought his passion for beer from Rhineland, Germany—where his ancestors had been stirring hops for years—to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, where he opened his own brewery and, later, a malt house. William's passion passed through the generations, eventually inspiring his great-great-grandson Fritz Rahr to open his own brewery with his wife, Erin, in 2004.
Today Rahr & Sons Brewing Company—whose Iron Thistle brew was named a National Grand Champion at the United States Beer Tasting Championships in 2009—pours more than 5,000 barrels each year. Encompassing amber lagers, bocks, IPAs, and more, Rahr's lineup of year-round and seasonal brews take their names from weather systems, homely dogs, buffalo hindquarters, and the storm clouds William saw on his voyage to America. The 20,000-square-foot facility welcomes visitors on popular Saturday and Wednesday tours, where fans can watch grain swirl and bob before it ships off to local farms and bakeries as a special treat for cattle and unique ingredient in artisanal bread.
Sudsy brews slosh in clink-ready cups at the third annual North Texas Beer and Wine Festival, which takes up residence at the new Irving Convention Center on Saturday, May 12. Once the doors open to the general public at 2 p.m., imbibers can snack on high-end eats from the likes of Velvet Taco and The Ranch in Las Colinas, and sample the wares of local and international brewers from Imperial and Franconia. These brewmasters sling samples of hundreds of different beers, from classic signature brews to new, experimental creations. Just one of several enriching presentations on the schedule, Kelly Harris of Homebrew Headquarters edifies entrepreneurs and enthusiasts at 2:45 p.m. with an introductory course to home brewing. In a sprawling beer garden, live music from The Superkings and Dallas All Stars Blues Jam serenades sippers in the afternoon hours, easing eardrums into the VIP-only event featuring Band of Brothers and Zionaura.
Reserve Wines equips oenophiles with a panoply of accessories and accouterments to enhance, streamline, and beautify the wine-consumption process. Treat wine to a luxurious, albeit brief, stay in one of the shop's many pouring vessels, including crystal stemware from Riedel or decorative wine glasses ($23.99+). Ornamental wine stoppers ($9.99+) will spruce up sips, and cork cages ($25.99+) display the plugs from favorite bottles and keep them from banding together to pose as a very weak baseball bat. Complement a friend's purple teeth with gift items from the shop’s selection of slate cheese boards ($14.99+), cigars ($3.99+), and gift bags ($2.99+). Although this Groupon is not valid towards the purchase of wine, Reserve Wines offers hundreds of wines under $20 as well as a large selection of rare and allocated bottles.
Blue Smoke of Dallas sparks full-bodied flavor with a panoply of premium rolled cigars. A three-month membership to the cigar connoisseur club supplies smoke-smitten folk with assortments of six to seven banded wrappers per month, guaranteed not to explode like products purchased from cartoon-bunny competitors. A premium Cohiba Lonsdale is included in every package, delivering flavorful puffs as balanced as a teeter-totter occupied by twins. Although access incurs an additional fee, Blue Smoke of Dallas' back lounge features four HDTVs and a Vegas-style poker table to supply a relaxing escape for stressed-out smoke rings.
Vino 100 teases taste buds with a tempting menu of light Mediterranean appetizers designed to complement their collection of more than 100 wines. The Farmer's Trio dheese plate ($13) brings manchego sheep's-milk, dilled havarti cow's-milk, and soft chevrine goat's-milk cheeses together in a flavor combination as complex as a Rube Goldberg machine that solves rubik's cubes. Scott's Savory Bistro plate sates carnivores with a tantalizing combination of sopprasata italian sausage, double cream brie cheese, aged sharp cheddar, mixed olives, and a fresh-fruit garnish ($16). Though alcohol is not covered in this Groupon, the bistro lines its walls with limited-production and artisan wines, at least 100 of which are under $25 per bottle.