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3 Stacks, Not just Great BBQ

  For our recent tasting at Frisco's newest hot spot 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House I invited him to join my League of Extra-Ordinary Reviewers. I have included him before and he is always great company and to me, a respected opinion.
  So while I usually suggest that everyone drink water so they can taste the food, Richard is a respected Beer Judge. With 32 beers on tap as part of their name, someone has to do some pairing. Here's Richard! 

  As a BJCP beer judge and restaurant consultant, it was a pleasure to be invited to the tasting at 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House.  The food was excellent and the company was fun and funny. 
  We were guest of J.B. Blocker, the North Texas Reporter. Joining us were Frisco's Mayor Maher Maso, Collin County Commissioner Matt Shaheen, and Terri Green the current President of the Republican Women of Collin County.  With commentaries on the food by these three local favorites, I will simply use my space to detail what I think are the best meat and beer pairings currently available. 
  3 Stacks has 32 beers on tap and a few of those beers are specials and they won't always be available.  If my suggestion is not available, ask your server or bartender for a recommendation of similar style.

  While you may have a favorite beer, I urge you to compare and contrast these beer selections with your food (Texas beers are designated with *).  I also urge you to try the different sauce options to see what makes your palate happy.

Texas Beef Brisket: Alaskan Amber Ale or Franconia Dunkel*

Carolina Pulled Pork: Left Hand Milk Stout or Brooklyn Brown (Carolina barbecue sauce has vinegar in it. That is why I recommend big, soft, stout, round, and malty brown ales.)

Smoked Turkey or Smoked Chicken: Peticolas Golden Opportunity* or 312 Wheat

Hickory Sausage: Shiner Bock* or Franconia Kolsch*

Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage: St. Arnolds Pilsner* or Lagunitas IPA

Dry Pork Ribs: Peticolas Velvet Hammer* or Batch 19

Glazed Pork Ribs: Lakewood Lager* or Lagunitas IPA (Some people are wary of IPAs but this is a softer version than most.)

Beef Ribs: Firestone DBA or Deschutes Black Butte Porter

Beers with smoky notes such as Smoked Porters, Scottish Ales or Rauchbiers always play well with any barbecue pork or beef dish.

As always, your mileage may vary.

- J.B. Blocker is a media consultant based in Collin County in North Texas. Advertise with J.B. by calling 469-334-9962. Email:

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