Editor's note: Another week has come and gone, and there's a lot we all probably missed. But we're looking out for you, kid. Here are the most popular stories from this past week:
1. Craft beer savants to open BrainDead brewpub in Deep Ellum. Three craft beer veterans have joined forces to open a brewpub in what is quickly emerging as Dallas' hottest neighborhood: Deep Ellum. The brewpub will be called BrainDead Brewing, and it will open spring 2014 in the 2600 block of Main Street — a few doors down from new decor store Life of Riley and a block away from the new location of Pecan Lodge. Main Street is where it's at.
2. Get toasty and toasted at the 6 best Dallas bars with fireplaces. It’s that time of year when Snow Miser makes his mark, and everyone is talking about how the key to comfort is wearing layers. But layers only last so long, and though that jacket of whiskey might seem like it’s keeping you warm, it’s actually making you colder. Don't worry, we made a list of the six best Dallas bars with fireplaces to keep you warm all winter long.
3. The best dive bars in Dallas to knock back a couple of rounds. The classic dive bar, to which this article is devoted, is timeless. It exists now as it existed when your ancestors were getting lit. They offer the perfect location for drunken epiphanies and offer umbrage for any and all thirsty travelers. There are few rules other than to keep your shit together, but even then exceptions are allowed.
4. Need an ugly Christmas sweater? This Dallas shop has 10,000. One supposes it had to happen, and of course it would happen in Dallas, the shopping capital of the world. A pop-up store dedicated to ugly Christmas sweaters opened this week on Mockingbird Lane at Abrams Road in East Dallas. Called the Ugly Christmas Sweater Shop, it has 10,000 vintage ugly sweaters for sale.
5. Is Fort Worth really the most hateful city in Texas? The FBI released its 2012 hate crime statistics on November 25. Despite all the charts, numbers and bullet points, a careful reading will get you no closer to understanding hate crimes in Texas. That's because the Lone Star State missed the deadline for inclusion in the study. Oddly, that didn't stop the FBI from publishing a partial report of Texas hate crimes, which is masquerading as a complete data set.