By Jose Ralat Maldonado

The Park Lane Whole Foods Market, the specialty grocer’s Dallas flagship store, is a slice of beer-geek heaven. Its beer aisle holds 600 varieties of sudsy libations, while its wine bar has six taps of carefully cuarated craft beer. During a Rahr & Sons Brewing Company tasting at the Whole Foods bar, paradise became even more felicitous than it already was.

The 90-minute event, hosted by brewery owner Fritz Rahr, brought out not only fans of the Fort Worth concern’s line but the curious, not to mention passersby ravenous for free cheese and sausage.

(credit: Jose Ralat Maldonado)

Three dedicated taps poured Ugly Pug black lager, the brewery’s best seller, Summertime Wheat, the seasonal offering, and the latest in the To Thee series, Pecker Wrecker, a boozy, hop-choked imperial pilsner that delights the nose and palate.

Along with the spread of noshes, attendees could sip on two-ounce bottle pours from each of the year-round Rahr beers, including the mild Stormcloud IPA, and the beer that kicked off To Thee series, oatmeal stout Snowmageddon, itself an homage to the Rahr fans, who rallied behind the company after the blizzard of 2010 destroyed the brewery’s roof. It is they who helped the Forth Worth brewery to rise from the snow and ice better than ever.

Its upcoming new releases further prove this.

At the tasting, Rahr announced that Gravel Road, a sticke altbeir, is scheduled for a July release and will be available in six packs. The third To Thee entry, Belgian saison La Grange, will be released the first part of August. Angry Goat, an imperial weizenbock, will follow in time for Oktoberfest. Its label proudly daringly states, the brew “will slap you in the face!” The Regulator dopplebock will continue the To Thee series. The latter three will be sold in bombers (22-oz bottles). And, if 160 years of Rahr brewing tradition is any indication, what’s next for the brewery is nothing short of explosions of joy for myriad beer drinkers.