Friday night was “Art On Tap” at the Dixon. A ticket got you unlimited beer samplings from around the world and food from local restaurants. There was a wine tasting for an extra $10.
One of the first beers that I tried was from Memphis Made Brewing. It was a light golden ale called Soulful Ginger. The beer was sweet but layered. There’s candied ginger and peppercorn in it and it was fruity with a tiny kick. Definitely worth trying!
I was excited to try 4Dumplings because I haven’t been there yet. The staff was on site rolling and making the dumplings by hand.
The dumpling was light and airy. The pork was well cooked and sweet. The sauce that was poured on top of the dumpling was refreshing and fantastic. I don’t know what it was, but it was definitely delicious!
The next thing that caught my eye was the Apple Ginger Hard Cider from Bluff City Brewers. If you’re expecting to taste the sweetness of an apple, this isn’t the cider for you! It mainly tastes like ginger and is more of a bitter cider.
My favorite thing by far at Art On Tap though was the “hops-icles” from CFY Catering. If you haven’t had them yet, you’re missing out! “Hops-icles” are pretty much adult popsicles that have alcohol in them. CFY Catering had two kinds this year.
The first one was chocolate pudding with Guinness. It was creamy, thick and yes, chocolaty. It tasted like a chocolate popsicle. I didn’t really taste the Guinness. It was refreshing to have during the night.
The second “hops-icle” was Blue Moon with Mike’s Hard Lemonade. It was lemony, sweet, and you definitely could taste the alcohol more in this one. It was my favorite thing. I knew I was enjoying it a bit too much when a guy passed me and said, “They’re stupid good, right?” Yes, sir, stupid good! The winner of the evening!
Here’s a list of some of this year's Art on Tap featured selections: Dogfish Head, Ghost River Brewing, Bernoulli Brew Werks, Blue Point Brewing, Bluff City Brewers, Boscos Squared, Buster’s Liquors & Wines, Sweetwater Brewing Company, Goose Island, High Cotton Brewing Company, Memphis Brewer’s Association, Memphis Made Brewery, Southern Prohibition Brewing, Straight to Ale, Tallgrass Brewing Company, Wiseacre Brewing Company, and Lagunitas.
As for the food that was available to try this year, there was Rock 'n' Dough Pizza, One and Only BBQ, 4Dumplings, Gus's Fried Chicken, Frost Bake Shop, CFY Catering, Celtic Crossing, CFY Catering and Boscos Squared.