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After some research, I found the location of the Dallas Buyers Club house on Swiss Avenue. It’s in East Dallas about 6 miles away from my apartment, on the outskirts of the Junius Heights neighborhood, about 4 blocks away from Baylor Medical Center. It used to be occupied by an architecture firm, but its current tenant is a private massage/personal training center.
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Hi everybody! My name is Lee and I have the great honor of managing the Big Texas Beer Fest tumblr and sharing everything fantastic about this amazing celebration of everything craft beer that takes place in the heart of Dallas this April.
My hobbies include:
- Traveling the world to find more beer
Stay tuned for some more updates about this great festival!
So, this is happening. I’m still working out some kinks on layout and appearance, but this blog is going to be a wonderful celebration of everything craft beer, Dallas, the Big Texas Beer Fest, and getting day drunk with your best friends.
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Just an FYI, everyone should go to the parade this year. No excuses. Go epic, or go home.
Much more updates as we get closer to the date, but just remember that your calendar should be marked already. If you live around Dallas and want to get day drunk with me, drop me a line.
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One of my friends, who is also the dude I grade trivia with on Wednesdays, is the drummer for a semi-big country band called Cooder Graw. They posted the below message on Monday morning, which gave me a whole new appreciation for Matthew McConaughey:
Congratulations to Matthew McConaughey on winning Best Actor at the Oscars last night! For those that don’t know, Matthew helped Cooder Graw’s career get off the ground by helping to finance our first CD (editor’s note: the above picture is McConaughey in the studio when the band was recording said album), making appearances at shows, and hiring us for events like the EdTV movie premiere in Austin TX (like when Matthew and Lauren Holly dancing on stage while we all try to act normal). Again, big kudos to Matthew, and Just Keep Livin’! (And how about that acceptance speech? Alright, Alright, Alright!)
And when I talked with my friend last night about this, he said that McConaughey still hires the band for friend and family’s weddings and other events. He also never gets tired of saying “alright alright alright.” Without Cooder Graw telling this story, I’m not sure if anyone would even know about this connection. So, yeah, dude’s still pretty chill over here.
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So, last night Texas State Senator John Carona lost the GOP primary election for what would have been his 7th term. This is of note, because Senator John Carona is the author of the infamous craft beer poison bill that thankfully failed last year, because it was terrible and no one wanted it except for Carona and the distributors that just so happen to be some of his biggest campaign contributors. Oh, and did I mention that Carona was the chair of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee? Yeah, kind of super important.
I wrote about the legislation battle a lot last year. What I didn’t write about is about a staffer/general crony of Carona constantly acted like Carona was on the side of craft the entire time. Thankfully, GABF gold medal winning brewery owner Michael Peticolas is a former lawyer and is there to set the record straight on the matter.
Though Don Huffines is definitely further right and more libertarian that Carona, Carona not being re-elected is one of the most important things for the Dallas craft beer scene. Deep Ellum Brewing Company, even hosted a fundraiser for Huffines, solely because of what Carona tried to do to Texas craft.
It’s not an all out solution, but it’s definitely a step in the right way for beer.
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Oh my God, Tim Thomas is a Dallas Star. Someone wake me up out of this unending nightmare that is being a Stars fan.
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So, I guess one of the best parts about the Dallas music scene is that bands that are either going to or on their way back home from SXSW sometimes stop and play a small venue in Dallas, because fuck it, why not?
That’s led to some amazing shows for me, including the only time I’ve seen Screeching Weasel. The next show they had was in Austin for SXSW. One thing led to another and Ben Weasel ended up attacking a woman in the audience, the entire band quit, and the rest of the tour was cancelled. Thank God they played on the way to Austin and not on the way back, or I would have never been able to lose my voice on a Thursday night in Deep Ellum.
Anyways, remember the band I was talking about yesterday? Against Me? Well, because they’re playing 3 separate events in SXSW this year, they’re having a show at an outdoor venue that holds a maximum of 150 people. So, of course I’m going and I’m wearing my sweat stained clothes that I wore to shows in college.
I’m beyond pumped for this and can only hope that the band doesn’t break up while in Austin.
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You want them to notice
The ragged ends of your summer dress
You want them to see you
Like they see any other girl
They just see a faggot
They hold their breath not to catch the sick
I’m at the inevitable stage in my music life where I’m revisiting all of the bands that I danced and bled for in circle pits across Dallas punk venues and basement shows that I spent so much of my time in. By far the band that I am still most impressed with in their journey, and just plain story, is Against Me!
I really hope that somewhere somewhere is editing together a documentary about this former anarcho punk band from Florida now led by badass, unapologetic transwoman still making the same great music.
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I didn’t feel a damn thing. Maybe a little gas. I would usually insert a nice offensive joke about the gays but those queens are too damn sensitive and have zero sense of humor about their pushy lifestyle. Hey look I still kinda got it in there.
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"Our resident lobster" is my favorite phrase in all of sports.
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