Beer & Donut Pairings at Luck in Dallas
Beer & Donut Pairings at Luck in Dallas
What could be better, really? It’s 11am on a Sunday, and I have a plate of delicious looking donuts in front of me with a flight of DFW craft beers to match.
A little gluttonous? Sure. My new version of heaven? Absolutely. Naps later? Duh.
The donuts were from Glazed Donut Works in Deep Ellum. Check them out because their donuts were ridiculous.
The beers were slightly different from what was listed on the event site on Facebook, but what we got worked out pretty dang well.
This was the 7th running of beer and donuts at Luck, so they have this down to a science. They prepare 100 plates, so if you are late then you’ll have to settle for their brunch menu. That’s not too shabby though.
Luck is located in the middle of a strip of restaurants in Trinity Groves just west of downtown Dallas. They have what looked like 100 taps that are stocked with local DFW beers. You could spend all day there drinking craft beer and hopefully wind up remembering some of it.
Okay. So let’s get down to business.
Pairing #1 – Cold Brew Coffee and Chocolate Donut Balls with Ascension Coffee Porter from Community Beer Co.
Cold Brew Coffee & Chocolate Donut Balls with Ascension Coffee Porter
I’ve posted about Ascension Coffee Porter before. This beer is amazing, so I was thrilled to see it on the flight.
The (what I would refer to as) donut holes have a great coffee flavor that brings out the coffee notes in the porter. The blend of the two is fantastic. It’s basically like they were created to go together.
I didn’t realize that Ascension Coffee Porter could get much better, but apparently coffee donuts will do the trick.
As I sampled more of each, I realized that the porter malts worked really well to balance out the sweetness of the donuts.
Great start. I was really enjoying myself.
Pairing #2 – Blueberry Lemon Star with Franconia Wheat
Blueberry Lemon Star with Franconia Wheat
This donut was ridiculous. The dough was thick and provided a great base for the sweet blueberry and lemon glaze. That glaze was something else. It was clearly fresh and homemade.
Franconia Wheat was a nice choice for this fruity donut. This beer delivers tons of banana and clove flavor and those were brought straight to the foreground by the overall sweetness of the donut.
Again the malts in the beer provided a nice base for all of the sweetness in the donut. Franconia Wheat is a heavier beer, so that worked pretty well with the heaviness of this donut.
So far Luck was two for two on their pairings.
Pairing #3 – Vanilla Peach Old Fashioned with Real Good Cream Ale from Panther Island Brewing
Vanilla Peach Old Fashioned with Real Good Cream Ale from Panther Island Brewing
This was the first new beer for me, so that was a a bonus for this pairing.
The donut was really, really sweet with a nice crumbly dough. It was the type of donut that might legitimately give you diabetes, so I wondered what to expect from the beer.
Real Good has a nice balance of subtle hops and a smooth malty body that was somehow able to subdue some of the sweetness from the donut. I think that the crystal hops play a really nice role in the beer. They give it a nice floral quality.
After I finished this pairing, I found myself really wanting more of this beer. It’s definitely one of the better cream ales that I’ve ever had. Nice work by Panther Island Brewing.
Pairing #4 –
Chocolate Chocolate with Crunchy White Chocolate Pearls with Tuppkin from TUPPS Brewery
This beer was a surprise to me because I thought that we were getting the Black Ale from Tupps, but I was excited to see what their seasonal pumpkin inspired beer was like.
This donut was basically like eating a fried brownie. It was decadent to a fault and made me wish that I had skipped one of the old fashioneds. If you plan to attend one of these events, bring your appetite. It’s definitely a marathon of sorts.
I was pleasantly surprised by the Tuppkin, though. It is a Robust Porter with pumpkin pie spices, dark malts, and pretty much everything that you want in a fall beer.
The dark malts in the beer were heavy enough to balance out all of the chocolate in the donut, and the pumpkin pie spices added a whole new element. It was really good.
I’m glad that I finished on this beer/donut combo because this one was a momentum killer.
So that was the end of my Sunday morning of mega-fat eating and drinking. This was a really cool event, and I plan on making it to more of these. Check out Luck’s event page to keep up with everything that they are doing.