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Brian Luscher's Beer Picks; Barbecue Family History

The Grape chef on his favorite holiday beers; Daniel Vaughn on Hardeman's Barbecue; brewery anniversary party.

The beer offerings at Deep Ellum Brewing Co.'s taproom.
The beer offerings at Deep Ellum Brewing Co.'s taproom.

BEER WIRE—What's your favorite beer to drink during the holidays? Chef Brian Luscher of The Grape offers a few suggestions, including Lakewood Temptress ("just sexy") and Deep Ellum Brewing Co.'s Chocolate Cherry double brown stout (goes great with dessert). [TxMo]

SOUTH DALLAS—Daniel Vaughn examines the storied history of family-owned Hardeman's Barbecue, which currently has two locations. They have at least one meat offering you probably haven't seen before: "brakes," which are "the day’s trimmings of link ends, ribs too crispy to serve, and burnt ends of brisket. They come in a hefty tub for $3.50." [TMBBQ]

LEWISVILLE—Cobra Brewing will celebrate its first anniversary this Saturday with a party at the brewery from 1-6 p.m. Eleven different beers will be on offer, and the $20 ticket price includes eight half-pours; there will also be "special glassware, music, food trucks, and other vendors on site." Purchase tickets here. [DMN Beer Blog]