Oh yeah. This is the good one. Beware of imitators, fakes, and frauds.
For all you screwed over by some of the other “beer fests” around the state recently, we encourage you to cleanse your palate with a frothy refreshing pint of Texas Craft Brewers Festival (yeah, that’s a weird sentence…)
Awarded Best Beer Event in 2011 (readers’ and editors’ choice) in our 2011 Readers’ Poll, the Texas Craft Brewers Festival is a dynamo of an event. Besides stellar representation and rare beers from Austin’s plethora of brew folk, the festival brings out several of our great states brewers that you may not find so easily in Austin.
With plenty of rare and new beer, all from Texas, this is one of our favorite events and we always look forward to it. Check out our coverage from last year.
Blah blah blah. We could go on (and have in more inebriated instances) about how this is the ONLY beer festival in Texas we endorse, and if you’re diagnosed with only a few months left to live and your fragile failing liver can only handle one more festival this is the one, and how this festival is the genuine thing produced, planned, and attended by all the folks who make great beer in Texas and love it, but you’ve probably already heard it.
On Saturday, October 6, 2012, the Texas Craft Brewers Festival, a non-profit outdoor festival, and the oldest and largest annual celebration of Texas craft beer, returns to Fiesta Gardens in Austin to deliver the best Texas craft brewers have to offer. The event will highlight innovative and special releases, new and seasonal offerings, and rare tappings from established and newly launched breweries operating across the State.
Produced by the Young Men’s Business League of Austin, with support from members of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, the festival benefits Austin Sunshine Camps, a 501(c)(3) non-profit providing mentorship, education and personal development for economically disadvantaged girls and boys throughout Central Texas.
“Texas has great craft beer…
…and now we have a great festival to match,” says Texas Craft Brewers Festival Chairman Brian Peters. “Last year, we had 4,000 beer lovers show up and support the ‘little guys.’ This year will be even bigger and better with dozens of Texas breweries participating.”
The Texas Craft Brewers Festival launched in 2003 with under ten brewers and brewpubs participating. Keeping pace with the national trend, the number of brewers in Texas has risen to 78 actively licensed, and another 61 in planning, according to the Brewers Association, a national organization of independent craft brewers. While Texas brewpubs are prohibited from participating in festivals within the state due to current state laws, production brewers will be pouring the best Texas-brewed lagers and ales, with live music, local food vendors, beer education sessions, and food and beer pairing events providing perfect accompaniment.
A Must-Attend for Texas Craft Beer Enthusiasts
Among the brewers providing essential support in making the Festival happen are lead sponsors Saint Arnold Brewing Co. and Real Ale Brewing Co., both now ranked as top-five domestic craft brewers within the Brewers Associations’ Southern Region category. Joining those breweries are festival support sponsors the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, Rahr Brewing Co., social-sharing app Beergram, The Country Malt Group, Live Oak Brewing Co., Independence Brewing Co., (512) Brewing Co., Wasabi Creative and Jack Martin & Associates.
A must-attend for Texas craft beer enthusiasts, the festival represents the year’s premier social gathering for a supportive and enthusiastic craft beer community that has the nation buzzing.
“The rest of the country is talking about the Texas craft beer movement,” enthuses Peters, himself a career brewer launching a new brewpub, Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. “Come be a part of it.”
Tickets to the festival are on sale now, with both general admission ($20) and VIP admission ($65) options available. Visit the Texas Craft Brewers Festival web site for complete details.
WHEN: Saturday, October 6, 2012, from 2-8 pm (noon entry for VIP ticket holders)
WHERE: Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia Street, Austin, TX
DETAILS: Information is available at the official web site, on Facebook and via Twitter