Join us for a NTHBA pub/beer crawl on Saturday, October 28th from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm. We will board the bus from 3 Nations Brewing Co. in downtown Carrollton at 1:00 pm and then head south to Peticolas Brewing Co., Manhattan Project Beer Co., Autonomous Society and Four Corners Brewing Co. We will return to 3 Nations by 7:00 pm.

Members may purchase a ticket for themselves and a guest for $10 each. Member’s guests do not need to be a member. Additional non-members may purchase their own ticket for $20. Your receipt will be your ticket to ride.

Ticket may be purchased here:

Bluebonnet Judging

The first weekend of judging is in the books. We are looking for help next weekend now. Register as a judge on the Bluebonnet BCOEM site and select the locations where you can judge.

Help is needed at these sites:

Mike Grover – North Carrollton
Friday 2/17 7:00 PM Fruit Beers – 2 judges needed
Saturday 2/18 9:00 AM Pale Bitter Lagers – 2 judges needed
Saturday 2/18 1:00 PM Saison – 1 judge needed

Walter Hodges – South Carrollton
Friday 2/17 7:00 PM Light Ale – 2 judges needed
Saturday 2/18 9:00 AM English Porter and Stout – 2 judges needed

North Texas Homebrew Supply
Friday 2/17 7:00 PM Strong Bitters – 2 judges needed but also need a head judge
Saturday 2/18 9:00 AM Dark Lagers – 5 judges needed, one to be head judge
Saturday 2/18 1:00 PM Specialty Cider – 3-5 judges needed, one to be head judge – Cider experience preferred

Bluebonnet Judging – 1st weekend help DESPRATELY needed

Mike and I are looking to fill out a few more slots for the upcoming Bluebonnet judging weekend. Review the list of open slots and register via the Bluebonnet BCOEM site –

Judging experience is not required. Please contact me at the email address below if you can help or register yourself as a judge in BCOEM and sign up for our sessions.

Mike Grover’s Site (North Carrollton)
Friday 2/10 7:00 to 10:00ish – Table 66 Sweet Stout (1 judge needed)
Saturday 2/11 9:00 to Noon – Table 73 Specialty IPA (1 judge needed)
Saturday 2/11 1:00 to 4:00ish – Table 89 Traditional Mead (3 judges needed)

Walter Hodges’ site (South Carrollton)
Friday 2/10 7:00 to 10:00ish – Table 67 Strong British (3 judges needed)
Saturday 2/11 9:00 to Noon – Table 70 American Porter and Stout (3 judges needed)
Saturday 2/11 1:00 to 4:00ish – Table 71 Imperial Stout (1 judge needed)

If you have trouble with registering via BCOEM contact Walter at: [email protected]

Superbowl Meetup

For anyone interested, several of us will be meeting up at Autonomous Society Brewpub on Sunday to watch the Super Bowl. Kick-off is at 5:30 so we will be arriving a bit before then. Dean Weaver is a long-time member of NTHBA and is currently serving seven of his house brewed beers. He has 24 taps and also serves wine, cider, mead and root beer for the non-beer drinkers. Bring your darts in case the game is a blowout.

Bluebonnet Judging Opportunities

Bluebonnet judging starts this Friday evening. We will need lots of help to get through our allocation of beers. We have two locations in Carrollton the first weekend. The next weekend we will add in a judge site at North Texas Homebrew Supply. Experience is not required. We will pair inexperienced judges with experienced and/or certified judges.

To judge you will need to register on the Bluebonnet registration page as a judge. If you entered beers into the competition, modify your account to mark yourself as a judge. You’ll then be able to see and select judging locations. It’s best to stay at one location on Saturdays to minimize travel. You will also need to bring a laptop since all scoring will be done using electronic scoresheets. Register as a judge here:

Remember, that you cannot judge a category you entered.

Bluebonnet Brew-off Information

Hopefully, you have already registered your beers with the Bluebonnet as tables are filling fast.

If you are planning on attending the event, buy your tickets soon. Prices go after this week. VIP tickets are still available, but they will go fast. The pub crawl busses are also filling. Don’t Wait!

If you plan on volunteering to pour at either the Big Thirsty or at the Homebrew Showcase, you will need to have a TABC Sellers/Servers license. If you need to get a license, they take about two hours and there are several on-line training companies. Prices are generally around $8-$10. This link is to the TABC’s list of on-line training providers, shop around for the best deal: The Bluebonnet will reimburse your tuition.

Bluebonnet Judging Sites Needed

We need locations for Bluebonnet judging. We will have sessions on Friday evenings, Saturday mornings and Saturday afternoons starting on 2/10 through 3/4. If you can host one or more sessions, please email Mike and Walter at: [email protected]; [email protected]

Please let us know your name, address, dates and sessions you are able to host. Also, please include beer styles that you are unable to judge because you entered them in the Bluebonnet or just outright hate them.