Gabino's Festival Fever: Texas Craft Brewer’s Festival
Here’s a question that will probably get some hell yeahs: do you like beer? Okay, then you need to mark down this upcoming Saturday, Sept. 24, and head down to Austin’s Fiesta Gardens for the Texas Craft Brewer’s Festival. A celebration of all things beer, the event will bring to Austin craft brewers from across the state to celebrate Texas’ new, innovative and delicious craft beers.
This non-profit outdoor festival, produced by the Young Men’s Business League of Austin and benefiting Austin Sunshine Camps, will feature Texas-brewed beer and ale (as well as non-alcoholic beverages) from 18 Texas brewers, including some locals: (512) Brewing, Alamo Brewing, Austin Beerworks, Circle Brewing, Draught House Pub & Brewery, Jester King Brewery, Independence Brewing, Live Oak Brewing, New Republic Brewing, No Label Brewing, Rahr & Sons Brewing, Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling, Real Ale Brewing, Saint Arnold Brewing, Southern Star Brewing, Spoetzl Brewery, Thirsty Planet Brewing and Twisted X Brewing. The event will also feature a commemorative tasting glass, live music (this is Austin, what did you expect?), local food vendors and food and beer pairings.
"The Texas beer scene is on fire!” says Tim Schwartz, Director of Brewery Operations for Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, Texas, and President of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild. “New breweries are opening all over the state and established craft breweries are expanding. This is a perfect time for the resurgence of the Texas Craft Brewers Festival. The festival brings all of this variety together in one venue. Come on out and see what Texas brewing has to offer."
How can you say no to an invitation like that?
In addition to the many established craft brewers that will be in attendance, several breweries who haven’t released beer yet are using the festival as their target date to publicly introduce their first beers, which gives you a chance to get to try some new beers. Also, rare and special beers will be highlighted throughout the festival.
The beer drinking starts at 2 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. You can get your tickets here or at the door. Please remember that this is an “alcoholic festivity,” so make sure you’re at least 21 and bring your ID with you. No ID, no beer. Also, you can volunteer to work at the festival by clicking here. Since the burn ban is still in effect, the festival will be a smoke-free event. For more information, visit the festival’s official website here. See you there!