Another Fantastic Texas Craft Brewers Festival
September, 28, 2103 – Austin, TX – We had heat, we had rain, we had food, and of course we had beer. Lots of beer. Overall, we had a great time at this year’s Texas Craft Brewers Festival. In the end, there were 37 breweries on-hand with more than 130 beers to offer – all from the great state of Texas.
The day began with the VIP session where Texas craft beer fans had early access to the beers and a great opportunity to talk with the brewers who brew them. Many brewers spent time with the VIPs in the pavilion area sampling great beer and talking about the specific qualities of the beers, what inspires the recipes, and all the work involved in making great craft beer. Also, during the VIP session, the first of our special Rotating Tap series kicked off. The Rotating Tap series is a program during which we tap a special keg at a brewery’s tent based on a predetermined and published schedule. These are usually unique offerings from the breweries and there is usually a very limited supply. We had a new Rotating Tap beer every 30 minutes between 12:30 and 6:30, and this year, we even had two Rotating Taps during our busiest times to ensure more people had access to the special craft beers.
At 2:00 PM the general session started and the crowds showed up in strength. Despite the heat, Texas craft beer fans would not be kept away from their favorite liquid refreshment. Our festival goers also visited with our sponsors who were on-site, including Google+ Local, H-E-B, Open the Taps, and Brown Distributing, along with our Beer God level sponsoring breweries – Deep Ellum, Rahr & Sons, Real Ale and Saint Arnold Brewing. In all, we had over 4,000 participants at this year’s festival, which we were really happy about.
We were especially impressed with the way the crowd came together for craft beer and didn’t let a little thing like a torrential downpour dampen (yes…intentionally used) their craft beer desires. Most people waited out the rain under the pavilion or in tents throughout the grounds and we watched parts of the park turn into small rivers. But, as soon as the rain slowed down and it looked like it was clearing out, there was a collective cheer from the crowd and the beer lines formed up again right away. Way to go, Austin!
As always, the Texas Craft Brewers Guild is proud to be a sponsor of the this festival and we salute the festival’s producers – the Young Men’s Business League of Austin. YMBL’s support of Austin Sunshine camps means many low-income boys and girls in Central Texas have an opportunity to attend summer camp and develop the tools necessary to overcome the variety of difficulties they face in their day-to-day lives. We are excited that the Texas Craft Brewers Festival can be a part of such a great community and help make Central Texas great.
And finally, thanks to all the festival sponsors.
Beer God Sponsors:
- Brown Distributing
- Deep Ellum Brewing Company
- Draught House Pub and Brewery
- Google+ Local
- Jack Martin & Associates
- Outhouse Designs
- Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
- Real Ale Brewing Company
- Saint Arnold Brewing Company
- (512) Brewing Company
- Arrow Electronics
- Austin Beer Week
- Ben E. Keith Co.
- Capitol Beverage Company
- Cross Oak Group
- G&D Chillers
- Live Oak Brewing Company
- Open The Taps
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