Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Oak St. Drafthouse & Cocktail Parlor ~ Denton, Texas


As mentioned in the Taqueria Guanajuato post, Mr. Music and I also dipped into Oak Street Tavern for one or two craft beers, before heading back over to the Taco Lady. This is a frequent hangout for Mr. Music, and I was eager to try it. Oak St. Drafthouse sits in a truly a cool setting that they describe as thus: "Being the third oldest house in the City of Denton, we’re making sure to keep the history and integrity of the house alive by making minimal changes inside the house.  (and also not to piss off the ghosts). All of the decor inside and surrounding Oak St. Drafthouse were found at local vintage and antique shops around Denton.  Our extremely large patio beer garden allows for a great time. On the weekends, we open the back bar for your enjoyment.  We have a very relaxing environment where people can carry on a conversation without getting distracted by loud music or tv’s."

Our plan for one to two beers turned into 3 as we met and chatted with Ben from The Beer Drinker's Society (see website link to your right) and Daynor from the Best Little Brewfest in Texas. We sat in what would have been the family room, and compared notes on the Texas craft brew movement that has really taken hold in the last 3 years.

From my personal experience, Oak St. Drafthouse is the finest pure beer tavern in DFW comparing favorably to similar places in Denver or Portland. They have 72 taps - 48 inside and 24 outside (and the outside is generally not open until the early evening). Of those taps, many of them are local to Texas craft beers. And some of them are hard to find elsewhere. So they have the robust selection of a Flying Saucer or Ginger Man, combined with a laser focus on local product. All in an authentic late 1800's setting. Doesn't get better than that.

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