Breweries Are Covered Under Essential Businesses Allowed To Stay Open Through Shelter-In-Places Orders, So Why Not Grab A Pack Of Your Local Favorite To-Go?
Being that this is unlike anything we have experienced in modern history before, these uncertain times are proving to have no clear guide for how to adjust to our new normal — so much so, in fact, that the unthinkable has happened. In an effort to help the now-struggling food and beverage industry, the State of Texas has allowed for certain TABC regulations to be waived for the time being.
That includes to-go orders from North Texas breweries. That’s right; you’re no longer stuck choosing between whatever is left at the grocery store and the Coors Light at 7-Eleven. While we understand this isn’t comparable to the experience of enjoying your favorite North Texas-made beer within the walls it was brewed in, it’s the next best way to help your local ale-makers stick around through all this.
Also neat: If your favorite Dallas-area beer is sold at one of your favorite local eateries, you can also kill two birds with one stone and enjoy a cold one with your meal, as restaurants and bars that offer food are also permitted to include beer in their to-go and delivery orders. This is especially good news for those of you who love brews from temporarily closed breweries like Deep Ellum Brewing Company or Revolver, as their selections can still be found at restaurants all around town.
For the most part, it seems like y’all already might know this. According to data pulled from geotags on Twitter over the last month, Texas ranks no. 1 in drinking during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we can’t say we’re surprised, we aren’t disappointed, either. Being that there are so many breweries in North Texas — all of which you should consider supporting through these trying times — we wanted to highlight some of the most well-reviewed brewers we’ve featured.
After sifting through our On Tap archives of the 200-plus brews we’ve reviewed here at Central Track, we’ve come up with a list of some of our regularly high-ranking breweries, all of which are currently offering curbside pickup you should call in for a beer or six. Keep in mind: This is not a comprehensive list of every single brewery in the area that is offering to-go pickup for the time being. It is just a suggested starting point for your shopping searches.
Got a personal favorite brewery? Check their social media channels for the latest updates on if they’re participating in pick-up orders.
That out of the way, here are some suggestions on places to start ordering from, in no specific order:
We just recently gave Lakewood Brewing’s Salted Caramel Temptress a perfect score of 10. Though that beer was part of a limited run, the brewery’s original milk stout, the Temptress, is available year-round.
Peticolas has always fared well in our On Tap reviews, with its brews often landing among our top-ranked ones, but what’s particularly exciting is what the brewery has unexpectedly rolled out amid these rocky times: Now available in cans are its Come & Take It and Royal Scandal beers. See, there’s something to look forward to in all of this, after all!
Of all the breweries listed here, Community Beer Company is the only one to crack a perfect score three times in our On Tap catalog so far — one of which being its Mosaic IPA. We’ll let that speak for itself.
We’re big fans of Oak Highlands Brewery’s Golden Mustache here at Central Track. By that, we mean we enjoy both its name and the beer itself.
“Massively hoppy and carries high carbonation and ABV that’ll warm your cheeks right up,” is how we described On Rotation’s Flocculation of Seagulls, which seems perfect now that we’re finally moving back into that warm North Texas weather.
If you’re in far, far North Texas, swing by this Sherman brewery for 903’s sweet Birthday Sasquatch. If you’re out for something to match this warm weather, the brewery is also releasing two brand new beers in its Slushy series as of Friday.
Cover photo by Bob Floyd.