DALLAS: Strangeways Bar and Beer Review
April 22, 2016
2429 N. Fitzhugh Ave., Dallas, TX 75204
I have been driving by Strangeways for years but finally stopped in last night. The first thing you’ll notice about Strangeways is the building itself which is an eclectic mix of exposed brick, age, and style and features a painted name instead of a traditional sign. The front outdoor patio was full but not overly crowded because Dallasites do, after all, love their patios. Inside has a variety of seating options and fun displays.
Strangeways has an impressive collection of beers so I decided the best thing to do was try as many as possible with a flight. Flights are an easy way to try 5 different beers at once. Grab a menu, a pen, and paper slip from the bar and start picking!
My Beer Flight:
3. Wine Noir – 11% Imperial Stout aged in wine barrels, slight tart, wine like taste.
4. Vanilla Noir – 12.5% Imperial Stout aged in oak whiskey barrels with organic fair trade vanilla beans.
7. Sexy Betty – Russian Imperial Stout aged in American Brandy barrels. Roasted malt, and a slight fig like flavor.
26. Vanilla BBH – 11.5% Aged in Four Roses (70%) and Maker’s Mark (30%) barrels plus Madagascar and Mexican vanilla.
37. Barrel Aged Hibernation – 12.4% Old Ale aged for over 12 months in whiskey barrels. Dried fruits, caramel, whiskey/oak, vanilla.
I guess I was on a Stout kick! I loved the flight. Everything was interesting to try and very flavorful in very different ways.
My Friend’s Beer Flight, with tasting notes:
8. Responsibly – 13% Belgian style Quad aged in American Brandy barrels. Semi-sweet, pleasant; Would order again.
11. Paradox Smokehead – 10% Brewdog paired with Smokehead Islay Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, peat, vanilla, and oak. Extremely smokey, heavy scotch/peat flavor.
16. Goseator Rum – 9% Gose aged in rum barrels, hints of spice. Tastes sour.
18. Christmas in July – 14% Barrel aged Sugar and Spice, super limited! Smells sour, tastes sweet.
40. Porcine Unidragon – 12.5% This no longer available Stout was made with Beechwood Smoked Malt aged 100% in bourbon barrels. Good, smooth, nutty at the end.
If you’re looking for a laid back place to enjoy a beer (or flight!) with friends, this is definitely a place to try out. It wasn’t overly crowded or loud but had a comfortable neighborhood bar vibe. I can’t wait to go back and try more beers.