These are the special beers pouring at Texas Craft Brewers Fest’s additional night

12:57 p.m Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 Drinks
St. Elmo Brewing's collaboration beer with Richard's Rainwater in Dripping Springs will be on tap at the Partners in Craft event the night before Texas Craft Brewers Fest on Sept. 30.

For the first time ever, the Texas Craft Brewers Festival has expanded to an additional night — a smaller, more intimate beer tasting that showcases the close-knit camaraderie of the state’s beer makers.

Partners in Craft, to be held on Sept. 29, the night before the big fest, will have beers you can sample that were all produced in collaboration with another maker, whether a local farm, coffee roaster, winery or even a stoner rock tribute band. The Texas Craft Brewers Guild, the organization behind the festival each year, decided to highlight these collaborations because they’re so integral to the beer industry.

“We have been interested for some time in adding an additional VIP experience to the festival, while also celebrating the core values of Texas craft beer: collaboration and community,” Charles Vallhonrat, director of the guild, said. “Partners In Craft promises to be the perfect combination of intimate setting, local food and music, and craft beers that highlight how Texas craft breweries work with their communities and each other.”

In addition to the beer list — featuring brews that, for the most part, you won’t be able to try at the festival — Partners in Craft will have live music, local artisans curated by the Austin Flea and local food vendors that include LeRoy and Lewis’ barbecue and upcoming restaurant and brewery the Brewer’s Table. 

But let’s be honest, you’re likely going for the beer. The $55 Partners in Craft tickets get you a commemorative taster glass and 8 sample tickets for 3 oz. pours; although you can purchase more pours, you’ll still need to decide ahead of time which brews to seek out. Here’s the beer list.

Tickets to both Partners in Craft and Texas Craft Brewers Fest are available at texascraftbrewersfestival.org. You can bundle to go to both for a discount.

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