EXCLUSIVE: These are the rare beers to seek out at Texas Craft Brewers Festival
Last week, the beers tapping at Texas Craft Brewers Festival were revealed — and with nearly 80 breweries from around the state serving up at least a couple beers each, festival-goers will have plenty to choose from.
But then there’s the list of rotating taps. These are the extra-special, often rarely made offerings that 26 breweries have selected to feature at specific times throughout the day on Sept. 29, when the fest returns. Beers such as Jester King’s Atrial Rubicite. Oskar Blues’ Barrel-Aged Java Ten Fidy. And Shiner’s new whisky barrel-aged marzen, which debuts widely a few days after the festival.
Are you feeling thirsty yet? VIP tickets have long been sold out, but there are general admission tickets still available for $35, as well as a ticket combo package in case you’re looking to also attend Partners in Craft the night before, which highlights collaborative beers.
Here’s the rotating tap list, divided by the time at which each beer will be available (an important thing to note — with some of the more popular releases, lines form well before the beer taps).
Legal Draft Beer Co. Ginned Up Charges, gin barrel-aged IPA, 10 percent ABV
Wild Acre Brewing Wild Acre Snap’d, gingerbread strong ale, 8 percent ABV
Adelbert’s Brewery Berry White, blackberry Berliner Weisse, 5.3 percent ABV
Lakewood Brewing Peanut Butter Temptress, imperial milk stout with peanuts, lactose, vanilla, chocolate and sea salt, 9.1 percent ABV
(512) Brewing Whiskey Barrel-Aged Double Pecan Porter, robust porter, 9.5 percent ABV
Lazarus Brewing Exodus, American wild ale with fruit aged in tequila barrels, 8.5 percent ABV
Blue Owl Brewing Tiger’s Blood, sour with watermelon, coconut and strawberry (yes, it’s a snow cone beer!)
Hops & Grain Broot Point IPA, brut IPA, 6.5 percent ABV
Peticolas Brewing Doctor’s Orders with Mango, imperial IPA, 10 percent ABV
Black Star Co-op Island Baby, fruited rum barrel-aged beer, 9.5 percent ABV
Jester King Brewery Atrial Rubicite, sour barrel-aged beer made with raspberries, 5.5 percent ABV
Spoetzl Brewery Balcones Single Malt Barrel-Aged Marzen, imperial marzen aged in whisky barrels, 11 percent ABV
Austin Beerworks La Mentira, tequila barrel-aged Mexican-style lager with lime and salt, 4.8 percent ABV
Live Oak Brewing Smoked Gose, 3.2 percent ABV
Real Ale Brewing Imperium Persicum, American wild ale with peaches, 8.4 percent ABV
Big Bend Brewing Antifragile, American wild ale, 5.4 percent ABV
Martin House Brewing The Farm, wild brett farmhouse ale, 9.8 percent ABV
Saint Arnold Brewing Palmer, lemon and tea Berliner Weisse, 3.6 percent ABV
Freetail Brewing Rum Barrel-Aged 2017 La Muerta, barrel-aged imperial stout, 9.1 percent ABV
Oasis, Texas Brewing Spur Brett Saison, Cabernet barrel-aged brett saison, 8.6 percent ABV
Vista Brewing Rosanna Blend, barrel-aged brett beer, 6.5 percent ABV
Deep Ellum Brewing Freak Flag, wood-aged American sour ale, 7.8 percent ABV
Eureka Heights Brewing 6 Demon Bag, rye barrel-aged quad with sour cherries, 12 percent ABV
The ABGB YSB #8: Violet, fruited American-style sour ale, 3.8 percent ABV
North by Northwest Iron Mermaiden, bourbon barrel-aged sour stout with cherries, 5.5 percent ABV
Oskar Blues Brewery Barrel-Aged Java Ten Fidy, imperial stout with coffee, 13 percent ABV