Untapped Dallas Review

 Photo: Untapped Dallas

Photo: Untapped Dallas

Over 400 beers, 100 breweries, and 3 stages flooded Fair Park in Dallas, Texas this weekend for Untapped Festival. One thing you can always count on from a Texas music festival is great beer, but when the festival itself revolves around showcasing the finest beer across the country, you’re sure to have a great time. The cool weather came in for an intimate evening with great national acts: TV on the Radio, Gogol Bordello, Kaleo, and Bishop Briggs; the entertainment went hand-in-hand with the endless cold brews.

With performances from today's top-touring bands, the most notable act had to be Bishop Briggs whose live sound pulsated throughout the crowd on the Alamo Beer Company Stage; sounding even better in person as they played their chart topping single, “River,” to a packed audience.

Another notable performance was from the Icelandic-folk powerhouse, Kaleo, who played their last U.S. show before heading back to Europe. Headliner, TV on the Radio, brought the energy to Dallas by playing a fast-paced set that wouldn’t let the audience stand still — almost creating a 21st century punk atmosphere for the night.

Never a dull moment when you have Gogol Bordello serenading the stage with their extremely theatrical stage presence, along with their raw “Gypsy punk” sound as if they just got off of a pirate ship.

Of course,  local artists made an appearance as well with Shotgun Friday, hailing from our very own Fort Worth, Texas. The tight band of brothers blend rock, folk, and bluegrass into what they deem a genre known as, Beergrass.

Three stages surrounded the Cotton Bowl with what seemed like a never-ending perimeter of breweries from all over Texas and the U.S. While we enjoyed taste-testing beer after beer, here are some of our favorite brews from the Festival:

Robert Earl Keen Honey Pils (5% ABV) from Pedernales Brewing Company in Fredericksburg, Tx; A great beer and tribute to an even greater Texas music legend.

Boss Raptor IPA (6.5% ABV) from Audacity Brewing Co. in Denton, Tx.

Bourbon Barrell High Fighter Imperial Porter(10.8% ABV) from Karbach Brewing Co. in Houston.

And our personal favorite beer from outside of Texas goes to….

14th Anniversary Double IPA (8.9% ABV) by Stone Brewing Company in San Diego, California.

Unfortunately Untapped Festival had to come to an end, but not without sending the night away with an unforgettable assortment of music and craft beer to please both your ear buds and your pallet. Sadly we’ll all have to wait until 2017 for the next Untapped installment. Until next time!

Matt Carlin