The Barton Springs Beer Hall, where sports fans can check in on their teams during the festival, offers nearly 20 beers on draft.
There's never any shortage of booze at Austin City Limits Festival, returning this weekend, but it seems to be flowing even more than usual this year, thanks to a revamped wine lounge where frosé is fully a thing — as well as the return of the craft beer-loving Barton Springs Beer Hall.
The beer hall, which has become a shaded oasis for music fans needing a few minutes to relax in between sets and for sports fans to cheer on their teams, has nearly 20 beers on tap, in a good mixture of easy-to-drink styles. Locally made favorites like Celis Brewery and Austin Eastciders are on offer, as are well-regarded ales from out-of-state beer makers like New Belgium Brewing and Bell's Brewery.
A bulk of the draft beers come from the popular Karbach Brewing, which was purchased in 2016 by the maker of Budweiser, Anheuser-Busch InBev. It's by far the most prolific option on draft: 8 out of the 18 options come from the Houston-area brewery. Karbach also provides the only can offering available at the beer hall, in the form of an oversized "taller boy" of Karbach Love Street at a mighty 19.2 oz.
The canned Karbach is also the most expensive, at $10. All other beers, at 16 oz., are $9. (Want other beer options? Additional areas around Zilker Park, the location of the fest, will carry different selections of canned brews; Pilsner Urquell was a good bet last year.)
Here's the ACL Fest draft beer list this year.
Karbach Love Street Kolsch-style Blonde
Karbach Hopadillo IPA
Karbach Weekend Warrior Pale Ale
Karbach Weekday Warrior Session IPA
Karbach Lemon Ginger Radler
Karbach Blood Orange Radler
Karbach Staycation Dry-Hopped American Wheat Ale
Karbach Big & Bright Grapefruit IPA
Austin Eastciders Original Dry Cider
Austin Eastciders Blood Orange Cider
Bell's Two Hearted IPA
Big Bend National Park Hefeweizen
Celis Pale Bock
Independence Native Texan Pilsner
Kona Big Wave Golden Ale
New Belgium Voodoo Juicy Haze IPA
Twisted X Whoa Mango IPA
The ACL Wine Lounge, "set in a beautiful shaded grove," is another solid option for booze this year, according to the festival. In addition to straight-up wine, you can expect frosé (frozen rosé, that is, one of the biggest drink trends of the past couple years), spritzes (another huge beverage trend) and other fun specialty drinks.
ACL Fest continues Oct. 12-14. The only tickets available at this point are general admission. For more information, visit aclfestival.com.
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