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Hi everyone!  Things were fairly quiet around here last week on account of a semi-last minute work trip to Dallas, Texas, but now I’m home again and ready to get back into action.  While I didn’t really have a lot of time to much in the way of exploring, I did manage to come across a few good brews in my travels. Just to get things started, I’ll share a couple of beers I had on tap at my hotel, which actually had a pleasantly decent tap list.  It won’t blow away a dedicated beer enthusiast, but it also won’t make one feel like they had to settle either. My favorites were:

Deep Ellum Brewing Company (Dallas, TX) – IPA

My first beer of the trip, this 7.0% West Coast IPA that was a much needed pick me up following a nearly five hour flight and a few extra hours in the office.  Its sweet malt base was present throughout, lurking beneath more prominent notes of tropical fruits and a moderate bitterness mixing floral and piney hops. A very solid IPA and a nice throwback to the pre-haze days.  An excellent go to if you’re in the area.

Bitter Sisters Brewing Company (Addison, TX) – Family Trip

Mixing it up a bit, the other most noteworthy to come out of the hotel lobby was this 10.1% Tripel from another nearby brewery.  It had pale yellow body and smelled distinctly of sweet honey and Belgian yeast. Tastewise, it was again sweet upfront with notes of honey and caramel malt blending smoothly into telltale banana esters, Blegian yeast, and a slightly floral/herbal spice on the end.  Overall very light and easy drinking for a beer this big.

Well, that’s it from the lobby.  Be sure to check in later on in the week to see what I came across once I was finally able to get out for a little bit!