Starting today, beer lovers can purchase tickets to the 2014 Texas Craft Brewers Festival taking place at Fiesta Gardens on Sept. 27, the same weekend as last year’s festival.
It’s become the state’s largest craft beer event focused exclusively on Texas-made brews, and the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, in charge of producing the festival along with the Young Men’s Business League of Austin, expects this year’s to have even more breweries and beer on hand. So far, almost 40 Texas breweries have currently signed up to pour their wares to thirsty fans — a number that will most likely grow as summer goes on.
"In 2013, we saw a 35 percent jump in participating brewers, and we’re poised for a similar jump again this year," Charles Vallhonrat, executive director of the guild and co-chair of the festival, said in a press release.
That’s in part because Texas’ craft brewing scene only continues to swell. In addition to announcing that Texas Craft Brewers Festival tickets are now on sale, the press release said that small Texas breweries (essentially, any brewery that isn’t Spoetzl, the maker of Shiner beers) produced 44 percent more beer in 2013 than they did in 2012. These breweries, which all put out less than 225,000 barrels of beer per year, now total close to 100, an impressive feat for a state that only last year made it legal for breweries to sell beer from their taprooms.
Advanced general admission tickets for the festival are $25; VIP tickets are $75. There’s also the designated driver option of $10.
Here’s the list of breweries planning on attending the fest (thus far, of course).(512) Brewing5 Stones Artisan BreweryAdelbert’s BreweryAlamo Beer CompanyArmadillo Ale WorksAustin BeerworksB-52 BrewingBrazos Valley BrewingCedar Creek BreweryCircle BrewingCommunity BrewingCyclers BrewingDeep Ellum BrewingFort Bend BrewingHops & Grain BrewingHuff BrewingInfamous BrewingJester King BreweryKarbach BrewingLakewood BrewingLive Oak BrewingLone Pint BreweryNew Republic BrewingNo Label BrewingOasis, Texas BrewingPedernales BrewingRabbit Hole BrewingRahr & Sons BrewingReal Ale BrewingRogness BrewingSaint Arnold BrewingShannon BrewingSolid Rock BrewingSouth Austin BreweryTexas Beer RefineryThirsty Planet BrewingTwisted X BrewingUncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse