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Hop To It: See Y'all at Oktoberfest in Southtown!

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This October 12, Dorćol Distilling + Brewing Co. will cap off Oktoberfest season with a larger-than-life event. Together with our neighbors and area businesses including H-E-B, Laxson Co. Meat Wholesaler, and Oversea Casing Company, we’re cooking up the Longest Sausage in Texas!

At more than 300 feet long, the San Antonio pork and beef blend will be stuffed at the neighborhood family-owned Laxson Meats on October 11 at 7:30 a.m. It’ll beat the previous record held by Chef Brian Luscher of Dallas, who smoked a 249-foot link in 2014. The sausage will then be cooked in the street in a custom designed oven by Chefs Randy Evans (Director of Culinary Development at H-E-B) and John Russ (Chef- Owner of Clementine) for more than 3 hours during the Oktoberfest in Southtown block party.

The sausage will weigh in at more than 240 pounds, and we’re hoping the newest Longest Sausage in Texas will feed a crowd of 500 San Antonians. It’ll be paired with tomato mostardo, potato salad by The Farmers Butcher, sauerkraut by Madge’s Food Company, and a roll, with 100 percent of plate sales benefiting Respite Care of San Antonio.

Respite Care of San Antonio (Respite Care) is a homegrown nonprofit started by local parents in 1987 to offer relief to parents caring for children with special needs and complex medical issues. Today, Respite Care serves approximately 400 children and 100 families annually across 24/7 emergency shelters, foster care, full-time early childhood education, day/night respite sessions and school recess camps.

The sausage will pair with our fourth annual Dunkelweizen, a traditional dark wheat Bavarian brew, and we’ll have HighWheel steins available for purchase for $10.

Join us for a day in Southtown this October 12 from noon to 1a.m. filled with Oktoberfest-style tents, art vendors, bands and plenty of Kinsman cocktails and HighWheel brews to enjoy!


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Il Forno Wins 5th Annual Helado Borracho

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The competition was fierce, but someone had to come out the victor.

Our annual Helado Borracho competition took place this past August 24, and our competitors kept things as creative as ever as they created Kinsman-filled ice cream desserts.

From Bohanan’s porter float with Kinsman ice cream and brittle, to Hoppy Monk’s Day & Night ice cream (a riff on our top-selling cocktail), to The Jerk Shack’s complex rum cake a la mode, this year’s Helado Borracho had chefs bringing out the big guns. New to the fray, Fontaine’s Diner kept it chill with an ice cream sandwich that combined fennel and Kinsman-soaked apricots. Liberty Bar wowed once more with a ginger-laced Kinsman ice cream.

But the winner of the night was Jason Garcia of Il Forno. Our neighbor might have had a leg up with his exposure to our flavors, but he won over the night’s judges (KSAT’s David Elder, San Antonio Express-News’ Paul Stephen, San Antonio Cocktail Conference’s Cathy Siegel, and the San Antonio Current’s Ron Bechtol and Lea Thompson) fair and square.

Jason’s ricotta olive oil popsicle with Kinsman-infused apricot puree paired with arugula brought out delicious layers of savory and balanced sweet along with peppery notes and earned him the Helado Borracho title.

“I've always enjoyed boozy popsicles and felt that they are a great summer treat. They are similar to a frozen drink, but with texture. Using Kinsman was great because apricot pairs well with so many things. Also, the apricot flavor is apparent without being sweet,” Jason said.

People’s Choice winner Grace Rivera, pastry sous chef at Clementine, won attendees over with her mango cheesecake Kinsman ice cream paired with an ice cream cone macaron.

The night helped serve as a fundraiser for Contemporary Art Month, which helps promote San Antonio artists.

“The trophy is recognition of our hard work. But nothing replaces the day to day interaction with people that walk in and share their lives with us. We've met so many people over the years…welcomed them to the neighborhood, said goodbye to those that have moved away, and watched children grow up. We look forward to growing  with the neighborhood along with Dorćol,” Jason said.

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Oktoberfest Is Coming!

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Consider this a tease.

Since HighWheel’s launch, Oktoberfest at Dorćol Distilling + Brewing Co. has been celebrated concurrently to Munich’s celebration of all things beer.

This year will be no different. But we’re celebrating for three full weekends.

On September 21, we’re releasing our Dunkelweizen, a traditional Bavarian style dark wheat beer and having ourselves a Wurst-Off with local brat vendors.

Stay tuned for more details as they’re released!

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Tickets for the 5th Annual Helado Borracho are now live!

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Our annual ice cream social is back!

Dorćol Distilling + Brewing Co. hosts its annual Kinsman-soaked ice cream desserts celebration featuring local pastry chefs and restaurants from across San Antonio. There will be two awards for the night: People’s Choice – voted on by guests at the event and Critic’s Choice – a panel of judges will decide who will be named this year’s Helado Borracho!

The winner of the Helado Borracho will also have the option to ‘pop-up’ at SA Cocktail Conference 2020 with an exclusive tasting for SACC attendees!

Who (so far): Liberty Bar, Maverick Texas Brasserie, Piatti, Hoppy Monk, Il Forno, Rosella Coffee Co., Bohanan’s Prime Seafood & Steakhouse. Stay tuned for more!

Admission, $10, includes samples from all participating restaurants. Click here for tickets!

A portion of proceeds of the event benefit Contemporary Art Month San Antonio, a 501(c) 3 non profit that presents the best our community has to offer at galleries, museums, performing arts spaces, schools, artist studios and various unconventional locations around the city each March.

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Mardi Paws Takes Over Dorćol Distilling + Brewing on February 23

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This February 23, we’re celebrating all things pets with our friends at 4 Paws Animal Hospital.

From noon to 4 p.m., we’re hosting a Mardi Paws Block Party and closing a portion of LaChapelle Street to welcome pet-supply vendors with treats, the latest in pooch and kitty fashions and pet-friendly services. Ten percent of the bar’s proceeds will benefit the Animal Defense League of Texas.

There will be treats aplenty for all the humans as well, as we welcome Third Coast Kitchens (the restaurant group behind The Cookhouse, NOLA Brunch, and Bud’s Rotisserie) for an authentic crawfish boil; fresh-fried beignets from market-favorite The Beignet Stand; and whimsical milkshakes from Honeysuckle.

Leashed and well-behaved pets are invited to don their best Nawlins-inspired ensembles for our pet parade, emceed by local fashion guru and former Express-News staff writer Michael Quintanilla.

Join us for Heritage Ranch pet food samples from our friends at H-E-B; giveaways from Rudy’s Feed Store; training demos by Stephanie Garza of Pup, Pup and Away; fun games from See Spot Run Pet Sitting, pet ambassadors from the Animal Defense League of Texas, Kinsman-filled FURRICANES, and more!

Noon-4pm, Saturday, February 23, Dorćol Distilling + Brewing Co., 1902 S. Flores St.

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We're Celebrating Valentine's Day at Dorćol by Eating Dessert First

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This Valentine’s Day, Dorćol is dimming the lights…

…and getting ready to celebrate the sweeter side of things.

On February 14, we’re teaming up with The Sinister Sisters, Stephanie and Stacy, to showcase the versatility of our warehouse. By day, we produce and brew some of the finest spirits and beers in Texas. By night, we’ll transition our space to a candlelit respite from the urban madness. The evening will be perfect for cocktails and a lil somethin’ sweet.

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Join us for a trio of desserts, a warm apricot bread pudding with Kinsman-soaked apricots, salted caramel drizzle topped with toasted almonds, and a Brandy Alexander cheesecake with chocolate cracker crust paired with a raspberry coulis. There’s also a sweet and fluffy surprise in store.

Desserts (meant for sharing) will be paired with Kinsman cocktails created by two of our favorite barkeeps, “Doc” Elliott and Ron Bechtol. Enjoy the Sherry Baby with Kinsman Rakia, Pedro Ximenez Sherry and Frangelico, and the coffee-based KinKafa with Aztec chocolate bitters, cardamom bitters and Kinsman Rakia.

Seatings are available for 7 to 8:30 p.m. and 9 to 10:30 p.m.

Tickets, available through Eventbrite.com, includes one portion of each dessert for the table, as well as two cocktail pairings, two HighWheel Beer pours (Russian Imperial Stout & Betty) and complimentary bubbles per person.

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