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Twisted X Dripping Springs Grand Opening

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I’m constantly amazed by what it takes to be a food or beverage artisan. The long hours and sacrifices are enough to make the average person go screaming for the hills. Fortunately, there are those among us who are tough enough to make it through, and we get to be the beneficiaries of their delicious dedication.

For the last three years, I’ve watched this process from the inside as my brother-in-law, Shane Bordeau, and his business partner, Jim Sampson, have worked insane hours to build Twisted X Brewing Company.

Jim and Shane hard at work in the brewery

Jim and Shane hard at work in the brewery

For the first two years, they both had day jobs, so brewery business happened on nights and weekends. They missed time with their wives, events for their kids and a lot of sleep.  But, they were living their dream and making great beer, so it was all worth it.

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Now, the day has come for them to leave behind the small warehouse in Cedar Park  and open the doors to “the big brewery”  – a 10,000 square foot destination brewery with ten times the capacity they had before. Tex Mex beer for everyone!

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Come join the Twisted X crew for the big grand opening on Saturday, November 23rd. For $25 you get a Twisted X logo string backpack, 2 beer tokens, 16oz plastic logo stadium cup and, if you are one of the first 1,000 tickets sold, a t-shirt.

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In addition to the beer, Salt Lick, Phil’s Ice House and Amy’s Ice Cream will be selling tasty treats and there will be water, cola and lemonade for folks who prefer not to imbibe.  The event is kid friendly with fun music, jugglers, magicians and the works.

It’s going to be a great day and you know you want to be there, so I’m going to make it easy for two lucky folks to join us. Comment on this post with the names of three bars where Twisted X delivered beer this week.  I’ll pick a winner of the two tickets at random from the correct entries at 5 pm on Friday, November 15th.

I can’t wait to see everyone in Dripping Springs and, until then, always drink upstream from the herd!

Twisted X Brewing Company Dripping Springs Grand Opening Party
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 / 11am-5pm
23455 W. FM 150 Dripping Springs, TX 78620
corner of RR12 and RR(FM) 150 – 2 miles south of the Dripping Springs city center

Price: $25.00 includes Twisted X logo string backpack, 2 beer tokens, 16oz plastic logo stadium cup, free t-shirt to the first 1000 tickets sold. Must be 21 years of age to purchase or use a ticket, kids under 18 are free accompanied by an adult

Buy tickets here

Food Trucks, Snacks, Water, Cola, Lemonade are NOT included
Additional Tex Mex Beer can be purchased by the glass to celebrate the new Texas Legislative Law changes for $3.00 per pint

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Dripping Springs Farmers Market kicks-off May 7th

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The Dripping Springs Farmers Market, located at The Triangle in Dripping Springs at  Hwy 290 & RR 12, kicks-off it’s 3rd season on May 7th.  I was delighted to see the expanded vendor list with a variety of produce, prepared goods and artisans.

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Currently Slated Vendors
BellaVerdi Farms – lettuce and more
Beautiful Pair –  hand crafted earrings
Earthwise Herbals – tinctures, teas, education and seasonal produce
Fitzhugh Creek  – seasonal produce, melons and farm fresh eggs
Force of Nature – Free Outdoor Class onsite for ALL Fitness levels with Jenna Ryan
JDs Pizza Oven – roasted coffee beans and fresh pizza
Lazy 8 Ranch – eggs, waffle, muffin & pancake mix, dried spices, handmade accessories
Morning Glory Farm – seasonal fresh & dried herbs, vegetable, salad mixtures & flowers
My Chihuahua Bites Salsa – Award winning salsa
Onion Creek Farm – TDA certified organic vegetables, herbs and free range yard eggs
Oh Vey Design – Custom embellishing to clothing and accessories
Rocking B Ranch – grass fed beef, goat and rabbit
Texas Hill Country Olive Ranch – Olive Oil and Vinegars
The Vegetable Patch – Fresh seasonal produce including berries!
Vibrant Naturals – homemade, all natural, vegan soaps, lip balms and lotions
Sam Williams – Peaches
Market manager, Carolyn Hodges, says there is room at the market for more vendors of all types including lamb, chicken, honey, ready to eat foods, flowers & plants. The market also features artists and artisans on the First Saturdays along with the regular vendors.   Potential vendors can find applications on their website.

See you at the market!  Sounds like there will be lots of goodies.  

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To Market, To Market in Dripping Springs

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070809_1I decided to celebrate my independence on the 4th of July by breaking out of my normal market routine and heading to the newly formed Dripping Springs Farmers Market. I know what you’re thinking – why would I head 30 minutes out of the way to go to a relatively small market on the side of the highway? Believe it or not, it was worth the drive.

070809_2The market is located at the intersection of 290 West and RR 12 (in the grassy triangle on the north side of the road). Even though there were only a few booths, they were packed with fresh goodies and there were lines of people waiting to buy. I bought cucumbers, potatoes, tomatoes, okra, and peppers. But my favorite find was the greens from Bella Verdi Farms. You can’t find lettuce this time of year because of the heat, but Darrell Joseph and his crew grow their lettuce and microgreens indoors so that you can have delicious, locally grown salads all year long.
070809_3The Bibb Lettuce was delicious, but I particularly enjoyed the Meditteranean Microgreen mix. The Arugula gave it some spice and the beet greens give it some sweetness. Darrell said you could use them as a salad topper, but I used them as my salad base because I liked them so much. I marinated some vegetables in a homemade dressing and topped the microgreens with the mix. It was very refreshing during our blazing hot weekend! I might have
mistakenly referred to microgreens as a garnish before, but you can bet I won’t do that again.
The Dripping Springs Farmers Market is every other Saturday (next market is 7/18) from 9-11. Go early, buy some beautiful produce, go for a nice drive and then go have lunch at the Salt Lick. Now that would be a great Saturday morning!
You can also buy the microgreens at Central Market if you need them in between market days.
Marinated Summer Vegetable Salad with

Mediterranean Microgreens
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsps white wine vinegar
juice of 1 lemon
1 clove garlic minced
salt and pepper to taste
2 small (or 1 large) cucumbers, peeled and chopped
2-3 small tomatoes (I used 2 green zebra tomatoes and 1 red tomato), chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped

1 package Bella Verdi Farms Mediterranean Microgreens

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In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing – olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper.
In a medium bowl, toss the cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers together and then mix with the dressing. Let the vegetable mixture sit for 30 minutes or so to pick up the flavors.
Place a handful of greens on your plate and top with a large spoonful (or two) of the vegetable mixture on top. Enjoy!
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