The big moment is upon us. In just a few days, the downtown Houston area known as Discovery Green will come alive with the taste of great beer from Texas and across the USA and the world as the second annual Texas Beer Festival transforms the area into a concentrated craft beer mecca. Here are the essential facts:
Who: Texas Beer Festival
What: A festival to celebrate Texas (and others) craft beer
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St., downtown Houston
When: Saturday, April 28, from 1pm to 7pm; 12pm to 7pm for VIP
Why: To sample some new beer and enjoy some old favorites from across Texas, the U.S., and the world.
The Texas Beer Fest is a large, one day festival promoting the appreciation of craft beer and it will include beer products from more than 70 breweries. It is the only festival of its kind in the state of Texas to bring together so many different Texas breweries (over 23) in a single event, along with dozens of other breweries from across the United States and the globe.
This festival is only in its second year, but like any great event, it continues to expand and improve. Besides great craft beer and craft food, the Texas Beer Festival promises to keep guests entertained and educated on multiple levels. Here is a sampling of other things visitors can expect at this year’s celebration:
Music: Several performers will take the stage Saturday afternoon, offering a selection of tunes just as varied as the craft beer. They include Handsome Ransom, an indie folk rock band; Fish Fry Bingo, a 5- piece hillbilly jug band; Brant Croucher, an award winning Houston singer who offers a mix of country, Americana, and rock & roll; and Curtis Grimes, a country music artist who has performed with many nationally- known musical artists.
Book Signing: The Houston Chronicle’s very own Ronnie Crocker will be available to talk about beer and sign copies of his informative book, Houston Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Bayou City.
Beer Education: To keep patrons informed and enlightened, the Texas Beer Fest will offer home brewing demos and a “State of the Craft” discussion panel at 2:30pm, with some talk about the present state of affairs and the future of craft brewing. The panelists will include Ronnie Crocker, Brock Wagner (St. Arnold Brewery in Houston), Chip McElroy (Live Oak Brewery in Austin), Scott Metzger (Freetail Brewing in San Antonio), and Rassul Zarinfar (Buffalo Bayou Brewing in Houston). Those who purchase VIP tickets will get front row seats to all events at the demo stage and will gain access to a special VIP tent with their own bar.
Great Brewers Specialty Wall: Certain to be a hit with attendees, the Great Brewers Specialty Wall will showcase new and/or rare beer products from the festival’s featured breweries. These unique malt beverages will be offered at the Specialty Wall and throughout the festival at individual booths. Ten of the selections will be in firkins, which are traditional vessels that are manually tapped and often used for one- off beers by the craft brewing industry. The samples offered may be limited and may command a higher price than others, but are certain to amaze and tantalize all who sample them. Here is a list of some of the specialty items guests can expect to find:
Texas Specialty Items:
- Saint Arnold Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
- Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company Black IPA with Jaggery, Coconut, and Thai Chiles
- Karbach Bourbon Barrel Hellfighter Firkin
- Southern Star Walloon Dry Hopped with Crystal Hops Firkin
- No Label Brewing Don Jalapeno
- Real Ale Fireman’s 4 Firkin
- Real Ale Real Heavy 2011
- Rahr and Sons Regulator Dopplebock
- 512 Brewing Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter
- Deep Ellum Brewing Company IPA Firkin
- Independence Firkin (TBA)
- Independence Epanoui
- Independence Braggot
- Jester King Black Metal Stout Firkin
- Jester King Beer Geek Rodeo Gravity Keg
- Austin Beer Works Golden Fist
- Ranger Creek Strawberry Milk Stout
- Rogness Yogi Chai Amber
Other Brewer’s Specialty Items:
- Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA (2 ounce limit)
- Avery Samaels (2 ounce limit)
- Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean
- Stone Vertical Epic 11.11.11
- Brooklyn Companion
- Brooklyn Mary’s Maple Porter
- Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout
- Sierra Nevada Big Foot 2012 (2 ounce limit)
- Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
- Oskar Blues Deviant
- Santa Fe Brewing Happy Camper IPA Firkin
- Clown Shoes Firkin (TBA)
- Utah Brewing Outer Darkness Imperial Stout
- Left Hand Sawtooth ESB
- Lindeman’s Pomme
- Rogue John John Dead Guy Ale
- New Belgium Lips of Faith
Houston Market Rarities and New Breweries:
- Adelberts Brewing
- Deep Ellum Brewing Company
- Guadalupe Brewing Company
- New Republic Brewing
- Rogness Brewing
- South Austin Brewing
- Texas Big Beer
- Full Sail Phil’s Existential Alt
- North Coast Acme IPA
- Alaskan Brewing
- Lazy Magnolia Brewing
- Laughing Dog
And Many more!
The Texas Beer Festival is an event loaded with great beer, food, and entertainment and there are certain to be many surprises as the afternoon progresses. One surprise in store is from Houston’s Karbach Brewing. The upstart brewery will debut its latest beer at the fest. It is Karbach Hop Barran Stout, a collaboration effort with the winner of the Petrol Station’s homebrew competition. There could very well be other surprises in store on Discovery Green this Saturday, so guests should be prepared for the unexpected.
With so much entertainment in store and so many things to offer, the Texas Beer Festival is an event not to be missed. Logon to the Texas Beer Festival web site and purchase your tickets today. And be sure to follow the Texas Beer Fest at Facebook and Twitter to get the latest updates as they become available.
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