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The Collective Brewing Project

Collective Brewing Project, Fort Worth Breweries, Texas Breweries, MicrobreweriesThis past weekend, the newest brewery in Fort Worth opened it’s doors and quickly became one of my all time favorites – The Collective Brewing Project. The location, atmosphere and most importantly flavor left us wanting to spend our entire weekend here. Take a look!

Situated just south of I-30 in Southside Fort Worth, the renovations to this building are amazing. Whether it was the lighting fixtures, table tops or the exposed brick (who doesn’t love exposed brick), it left an industrial feel. Cozy, familiar and relaxing. A perfect weekend location with friends and family to relax and bask in good company (and beer).

Collective Brewing Project, Fort Worth Breweries, Texas Breweries, Microbreweries

Collective Brewing Project, Fort Worth Breweries, Texas Breweries, Microbreweries

It’s not just the interior but the outdoor capability. With a grand spot in the back, it’s perfect for taking in the excellent fall weather around. A good ole game or two of cornhole (aka bags), tables, a little live music perhaps (I’d personally love to see Grady Spencer playing back here – hint, hint), the opportunities are endless. For the opening a food truck was parked nearby but I’m sure the future holds endless opportunities for this space. (And if CBP happens to be reading this I’d love to help you plan some events back here.)

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The Beer
Let’s get to the whole purpose of this place! It’s all about the craft beer. To me, The Collective Brewery is really unique. My entire goal is to try something different and unique. Varieties of flavors, ingredients, smells and let’s face it clever names are always the icing on the cake. The Collective Brewery doesn’t disappoint.

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Mustache Rye’d was definitely my favorite out of the five on tap. A smooth, roasted flavor that has a slightly bitter finish that quickly fades. A great rye porter. I’ll definitely be back for more of this one.

A first for me was the Petite Golden Sour – a sour beer. Actually, I heard this was a first for quite a few folks at the event and I think we were all just as eager to try it. Sour beer isn’t something that’s been sticking out in the Fort Worth beer scene (unless I’ve been missing something) so CBP has found a great niche. The taste –  a lot like a grapefruit, tart, easy to drink. My only quarrel is the smell… it is worst than the taste but you get over that pretty quickly. Don’t let that deter you!

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What I absolutely love about the beer are the options available… in sizes.

  • Pints – no explanation needed here.
  • Half pints! These had to be made for me and brewery tours. Going to a brewery and not being able to try everything on tap, well who likes to do that?! Or sometimes you’ll get a pint just isn’t for you. This is the PERFECT size to try everything. For instance, five beers on tap – got to try every one.
  • Crowlers – this is also something that I haven’t seen in the Fort Worth. 32-oz cans ready to fill with the brew of your choice to take with you.Really, can it get any better than that?

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If you are in the Fort Worth area and looking to try something unique and new – this is your hot spot. Easy to find off the highway, ample parking and I guarantee you’ll leave with a smile on your face – we did. These guys definitely have something to be proud of!

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The Collective Brewery Project
112 St. Louis Ave / Fort Worth, Texas 76104

Weekends Should Be Like Mini Vacations

If we’ve met, you’d know I like to stay on my feet. The world is an amazing place with something new always to be seen and experienced. The sounds go hand in hand with the sights. There’s an experience to be had around every corner. More reasons to turn weekends into mini-vacations.

Don’t get me wrong, we all have a million things going on but it’s doable! It doesn’t have to take all day, break the bank or be hundreds of miles away. It only has to be so much fun to make you forget all of your worries and be in the moment. Here’s a glimpse into my last weekend!

Friday evening after work I headed over to Farmers Branch, Texas to the Bluegrass Heritage Festival. I was about as excited as a kid in a candy store. Bluegrass isn’t something that I get to experience as often in Texas as I did back home in Vermont but I grabbed hold of the opportunity.

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Farmers Branch, Heritage Bluegrass Festival

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage

Saturday morning I was up and at ’em early. First, a 15.5 mile bike ride on the Trinity Trails in Fort Worth. These trails seem endless and I pass thru so much – Backwoods Rentals, the park for picnics, basketball and the Pillar Project. Farther downstream following the Trinity River, I came across fitness groups, live music and even a few fly fisherman. All smart folks – enjoying every ounce of the amazing weather!
Trinity River Basin, Fort Worth, TexasNext up – a brewery tour!
Who doesn’t love a good brewery tour?! This is one of my favorite things to do. Each location is a new experience for your sights, sounds and tastes. This afternoon I met a couple friends at the Bearded Eel in Saginaw. The stout – yum! Delicious! Who doesn’t love a Saturday afternoon spent with good friends, hearty laughs with a cold brew in hand!
Fort Worth Brewery, Texas, Fort Worth, StoutEvening arises…
This calls for a girls night to see Gone Girl. Beyond twisted. If you haven’t seen it – it’s good. You’ll get a taste of what “crazy” really looks like.

Sunday Brunch. Brunch has to be one of my favorite meals. On this Sunday, I ate at one of my favorite places, Cat City Grill in Southside Fort Worth. Eggs Benedict – you make my belly so happy!
Fort Worth, Southside Fort Worth, Texas, BenedictThe afternoon brought a choo-choo! Can you ever go wrong with a ride on a miniature railroad? I think not! Transfixed back to my younger years. Everything was right in the world! (Read more by clicking on the link!)
Fort Worth, Miniature Railroad, Afternoon / Evening.
While everyone was watching the Cowboys game, I made these tasty, delicious and fresh out of the oven blueberry muffins (and my apartment smelled the best)!
Cooking, MuffinsWhat’s the best way to prepare for a five day work week? Make sure you have a weekend that gets you even more excited for the next!
What are your plans for this weekend?

Fredericksburg, Texas – An Intro

How do I describe Fredericksburg, Texas….. German, historic, authentic, great food, shopping, art, vineyards, beer, Luckenbach, bed and breakfasts, nature, landscapes, one of a kind destination.

A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Fredericksburg. I had been once a couple years ago for literally just for a couple hours and always said I was going to go back. Returning would involve checking a lot off my Texas Bucket List. In the short time I was there, I was able to get everything on my list done (within the area) and even check out a few others. How’s that for keeping busy!
Fredericksburg is located right off Highway 290, just west of Austin (about 2 hours). Sound familiar? I mentioned Highway 290 in last weeks post about Hye, TX. The trip to Fredericksburg is scenic route. Wildflowers graze the side of the highways along with the Texas state flower, the bluebonnets in the spring. It’s the perfect time to drive with the windows down and just enjoy the view and the fresh air. You’ll drive through Johnson City and see Lyndon B. Johnson’s old stomping grounds (if you are into history, you may want to stop by the LBJ State Park and Historic Site). Did I mention the many, many vineyards you’ll pass along the way which will leave you contemplating on whether or not to stop (trust your gut, you probably should). And if you don’t pay attention, you’ll miss that old sign for Luckenbach (I’ll fill you in on Luckenback later on.)
Soon enough, you will come into town. You’ll see the classic Texas town main street, filled with shops, restaurants and many people. Fredericksburg is a popular tourist destination, be prepared but as popular as it is there is a kind of charm that allows you to become calm, relaxed and able to enjoy the moment.
In the coming weeks, I’ll be telling you a lot about Fredericksburg. Whether you have a family, need a couples getaway or even just a getaway for yourself – leave Fredericksburg to be an option for your break from the real world. I’m going to recommend it!
Need a little more convincing?
  • Frederickburg is #2 in the country for a wine destination getaway (right behind Napa).
  • Fredericksburg holds over 400 bed and breakfasts. That’s right – 400!
  • Shopping, eating, drinking, live music – it’s all at your fingertips.
  • Need a break to venture into the outdoors? I’ll tell you about my adventure at the Enchanted Rock and the absolute breathtaking view at the top.
I was able to experience a little bit of everything that I’ve mentioned and will be giving my take in the coming weeks. Hope you’ll join me on my journey!

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History of Fredericksburg, TX
An Introduction to Fredericksburg, TX