Back this Sunday, hopefully without thunderstorms: Bishop Arts District's Brew Riot, where tons of looters... no, homebrewers, will vie for the People's Choice Award, and a golden mug bestowed by a panel of judges based on aroma, taste, finish, and appearance, far more likely to be "attractive" after they've had a few. Beyond wares from Dowdy Studio and music from the Lucky Pierres and the King Bucks, here's what's making this year bigger/badder than ever:
Twice as many brewers: Over 80 different beers'll be supplied by just north of 50 homebrewers, including defending champion Blockhead and great names like Beer'ded Goat, SPAM Bier, GrandSkull, Double Vision, Neon Pegasus, and Trinity Beercrafters, who'll turn you into a Fat Man who acts like a Little Boy.
Wackier "specialty" flavors: Dallas Brewing Company's bringing it with pumpkin pie and raspberry wheat, Taste Buds've got a mango-enhanced IPA, Just Brewing's unleashing a pepper porter, and Team Dallas Brew Review has teamed up with your mom on a peanut butter & chocolate stout.
Magic bath tubs: The husband/wife behind Night Owl Craft Ales cryptically and sensually allude that "the magic happens in the bathtub", and use theirs for making sweet, sweet... stout.
The Run & Chug: Get an early start -- and bypass the line -- by participating in the first-ever 1.1mi fun run, which involves 10oz-beer-chugging stops at Nova, The Kessler Theater, and Bolsa, thus making that finish line appear much more attractive.