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The Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau recently launched a project that’s the perfect cure for curious craft beer fans stricken with wanderlust. The Ale Trail is a passport book with spaces allocated to nine brewery destinations (The Collective Brewing Project, Martin House Brewing, Panther Island Brewing, Rahr & Sons Brewing, Revolver Brewing, Rabbit Hole Brewing, Shannon Brewing, Chimera Brewing, and HopFusion Ale Works).

Passports can be picked up directly from participating breweries, Fort Worth Visitor Centers (130 E. Exchange Ave., 508 Main St.), or downloaded at FortWorth.com/aletrail. The website download link wasn’t active today, but CVG staff said it will be shortly.

From there, you can participate by getting your book stamped at each location while sipping brews and meeting the folks who made the beer. You can also go Off the Trail by checking out local wineries and distilleries that are making a name for themselves here and abroad. As always, the CVB encourages everyone to drink responsibly, and even provides a list of alternative transportation options.

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Kudos to the CVB for supporting the local craft beer movement. Even this intrepid beer blogger hasn’t visited Shannon and Revolver Brewing yet, although I love those beers. Now that I have a passport I’ll put them at the top of my destinations to visit soon.

On Tap this Week:

The Ale Trail

Now you’ve read about it get out and earn some stamps. I recommend starting with breweries you haven’t visited yet.

Big Texas Beer Fest

Tickets for the festival are on sale now here. Saturday’s VIP tickets have been sold out for months, but everything else is available. General admission tickets are $39 and VIP can be had for $65. VIP tickets enable attendees to gain entrance to the event one hour early to enjoy all the rare and unique beers with minimal lines. The festival’s hours are Friday, April 1from 6:30pm to 10:30pm, and Saturday from 2:00pm to 6:30pm. Each VIP session is set to begin one hour prior to the times noted above. Parking will be available at Fair Park for $10, but the event organizers recommend people use the DART rail or use their transportation partner Uber. The DART rail has a stop on the Green Line at Fair Park, dropping attendees just steps away from the venue.

On tap for next week is a review of Big Texa Beer Fest. Yes, I’ll be there. You should too.

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