Did You Know the Texas Craft Brewers Festival is the Biggest Beer Event in the State?

In Texas, beer is beloved. Especially since the renaissance of the craft beer scene, Austin has become a haven for microbreweries and taprooms that serve up Texas craft beer from around the state. Across the country, people are seeking out the latest and greatest combination or hops, grain, yeast, and water in their own cities. Sometimes it’s east, sometimes it’s south, and sometimes it’s not even within city limits.

It’s no surprise that beer enthusiasts have recognized that having to travel miles in every direction to enjoy a refreshing brew was not going to cut it. So, in 2003, they came up with the idea to host all of these beers in one place, and what better way than a beer festival? And thus was born the Texas Craft Brewers Festival.

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Much has happened with craft beer since the first Texas Craft Brewers Festival in 2003. However, despite the changing face of craft beer, this Austin festival has remained true to its roots as a uniquely Texan celebration of community, collaboration, and beer.

Brimming with handcrafted beers from all over the state, this festival promotes a unique lineup of Texas tradition through its breweries, musicians, non-profits, artisans, and more. 

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As laws have relaxed around the craft brew industry, to the delight of beer lovers, Texas-produced craft beer has become a mainstay in bars all over the state. Whether you’re a homebrewer or burgeoning entrepreneur, those who love beer are now able to sample some of the state’s best in the name of research.

Come support the process that is enriching the Texas beer community and discover the new tastes that will turn you into a craft brew devotees. The festival itself is produced by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild.

The state’s largest craft beer event will be hosted on September 30th, 2017 at Fiesta Gardens from 2:00 PM – 6:30 PM CDT.

Admission

Admission to the festival reflects the community-centric ethos of the craft brewing industry. Ticket prices range from $10-$120.

General admission tickets include access to the event, a commemorative glass tasting cup, and eight sample tickets – each redeemable for a 3-ounce pour. Get your tickets here.

Partners in Craft

If you want a little bit more beer in your weekend, make sure to check out the pre-festival celebration, Partners in Craft, for some quality mingle time with the brewers.

On the Friday before the fest, you can experience a taste of what is to come. The event, held in the courtyard on the East Side of Fiesta Gardens, will feature local food vendors, live music, a variety of local artisans There will, of course, also be a terrific lineup of beers for you to sample.

Tickets for Partners in Craft are $55. 

Your Local Brews

What are some of the brews you’ll be tasting? While the official beer list will not be available until closer to the event, expect plenty of seasonal, special, rare and one-off beers to be served.

You can learn more online, but here is a complete list of the breweries attending the event. Changes could be made with little notice.

  • (512) Brewing Co. (Austin)

  • Adelbert’s Brewery (Austin)

  • Alamo Brewing Company (San Antonio)

  • Altmeyer & Lewis Brewing (San Marcos)

  • Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. (Austin)

  • Austin Beerworks (Austin)

  • B-52 Brewing (Conroe)

  • Big Bend Brewing Co. (Alpine)

  • Black Star Co-op (Austin)

  • Bluebonnet Beer Company (Round Rock)

  • Blue Owl Brewing (Austin)

  • Brazos Valley Brewing (Brenham)

  • Brigadoon Brewery (Plantersville)

  • Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. (Houston)

  • Cedar Creek Brewery (Seven Points)

  • Circle Brewing Co. (Austin)

  • The Collective Brewing Project (Fort Worth)

  • Community Beer Co. (Dallas)

  • Celis Brewery (Austin)

  • Flying Man Brewing (Austin)

  • Four Corners Brewing (Dallas)

  • Freetail Brewing (San Antonio)

  • Friends and Allies Brewing (Austin)

  • Holler Brewing (Houston)

  • Hops & Grain Brewing (Austin)

  • Idle Vine Brewing Company (Round Rock)

  • Infamous Brewing Company (Austin)

  • Jester King Brewery (Austin)

  • Last Stand Brewing (Austin)

  • Live Oak Brewing (Del Valle)

  • Lorelei Brewing (Corpus Christi)

  • Martin House Brewing (Fort Worth)

  • New Braunfels Brewing (New Braunfels)

  • Nine Band Brewing (Allen)

  • No Label Brewing (Katy)

  • NXNW – Stonelake (Austin)

  • Oak Highlands Brewery (Dallas)

  • Orf Brewing (Austin)

  • Oskar Blues Brewery (Austin)

  • Pedernales Brewing (Fredericksburg)

  • Pegasus City Brewery (Dallas)

  • Peticolas Brewing (Dallas)

  • Pinthouse Pizza Craft Brewpub Burnet (Austin)

  • Rabbit Hole Brewing (Austin)

  • Real Ale Brewing (Blanco)

  • Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co. (Cedar Park)

  • Rentsch Brewing (Georgetown)

  • Running Walker Brewery (Richmond)

  • Saint Arnold Brewing (Houston)

  • San Gabriel River Brewery (Liberty Hill)

  • Southern Star Brewing (Conroe)

  • St. Elmo Brewing (Austin)

  • Strange Land Brewery (Austin)

  • Texas Beer Co. (Taylor)

  • Thirsty Planet (Austin)

  • Thousand Oaks Brewing (Cedar Park)

  • TUPPs Brewery (McKinney)

  • Twin Peaks Brewing Co. (Irving)

  • Uncle Billy’s Brewery (Austin)

  • Whistle Post Brewing (Pilot Point)

  • Whitestone Brewery (Cedar Park)

  • Zilker Brewing Co. (Austin)

Who’s Your Designated Driver?

If you’re traveling to this fall craft beer festival, you’re going to need to make sure that you have an appointed designated driver. Thankfully, the Texas Craft Brewers Festival recognizes the importance of this position and has a special designation for attendees abstaining from alcohol.

The Designated Driver tickets provide admission plus free non-alcoholic beverages. You can become a DD here.

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