Last month I reached out to Community Beer to organize a tour and tasting for our staff.
We visited their facility last Sunday. They were kind enough to open their doors to us outside their normal business hours. We were closed in honor of the Super Bowl (although I like to think it was for my birthday)
We started out by tasting our way through their beer list, and finishing up with a tour of the brewery. Some of our staff members brew beer in their free time, but seeing the process of a large-scale operation up close is always cool.
Community is relatively new to the craft beer scene, and they officially opened their doors a little over three years ago. Before that, Dallas had some archaic wet-dry laws that prohibited the sale of alcohol in most parts, and the state had on premise laws and direct sale laws that made it impossible for craft breweries to thrive.
Since opening their doors they’ve been unstoppable, racking up award after award for their beers. They’ve managed to create a business that also gives back to the community through charitable activities.
I learned a few things on the tour that I didn’t know before:
- Cans are best for protecting beer from U.V. light. Clear or green glass bottles don’t protect against it, which is why some beers packaged that way can give off a skunky flavor and aroma. This is the reason Corona is packaged in clear bottles, that skunk is a part of its charm.
- Community is one of the few breweries with a microbiologist on staff. They propagate their own strains of yeast, which allows them to experiment with different styles.
- Funnel Cake Ale is really delicious straight from the tank. Beer doesn’t get any fresher than that.
One point I’m trying to drive home with our staff is for them to be more cognizant consumers. I want them to support smaller breweries (and family winemakers) over corporate beverages. By meeting the people behind the business and formulating new relationships, I’m hoping it will encourage them to spend their drinking dollars a bit more wisely.
If you ever find yourself in Dallas, definitely check Community Beer out. Their facility is located in the Design District area of Dallas.
And a big THANK YOU to Corey, Ashley, and Bailie for hosting us. We had a great time.