When I was in Dallas a few weeks ago, I stopped in at Peticolas Brewing Company. Though I was only in town for about 72 hours, I wanted to explore the Dallas craft beer scene as much as I could.
As I’ve mentioned, Dallas is my hometown, but I’ve lived in San Diego for nearly a decade. A lot has changed in the two cities over the past 10 years, and there’s been a veritable explosion of breweries in both places.
Peticolas Brewing is only open on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 1-3 p.m for tours. Upon entry, you pay $10 and receive a complimentary glass and three wooden nickels that you can exchange for beer samples throughout the two hours. Not a bad deal!
Side note: though it is called a “tour,” there was no official tour on my visit.
The first beer I chose was Golden Opportunity, a 4.6% Kolsch. I was with my mom, so I wanted to start off something light! Golden Opportunity pours a typical gold color with a white head, and has a light wheat and floral aroma. The flavor is similar and overall, it’s a clean, sessionable beer.
Next I chose the beer that I came to Peticolas to try: Operation Collaboration IPA. The brainchild of Chuck Silva from Green Flash in San Diego and Michael Peticolas, Operation Collaboration combines two varieties of experimental hops and two English malts. It pours a dark gold/orange color with an aroma of citrus and pine. The taste is unlike any IPA I’ve had as the hop bitterness is balanced with plenty of malt along with orange, grapefruit and tangerine-like flavors. It has a smooth, moderately bitter finish.
(Check back later this week for more details about this beer!)
My final beer was the Velvet Hammer. It pours a dark red with a sweet caramel aroma, and the flavor is initially sweet with hints of brown sugar and toffee. A slight hop bitterness arrives late with an alcohol finish. Here’s an interesting comparison of Velvet Hammer to Lagunitas’ Imperial Red.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time at the brewery. It was larger than I expected, and there were several different areas for visitors to explore: a main room with picnic table-type seating, the actual brewery with all the equipment, an open space toward the front of the brewery with several coaches and chairs, a back room with reading materials about the brewery and its accolades, and an upstairs level with TVs and air hockey/foosball tables.
There were probably 200 people there for the tour, but with so much space it didn’t feel overly crowded. It also made for some quality people watching! For $10, three beers, and a fun afternoon, I’d recommend giving Peticolas Brewing Company a try.
Stay tuned later this week for a Q&A with owner Michael Peticolas!