Craft Taste

Last Minute Guide to the Texas Craft Brewer’s Festival

Tomorrow is the Texas Craft Brewers Festival. Fiesta Gardens in East Austin will be inundated in craft beer from every corner of the Lone Star State. Feeling a little unprepared? Not sure if you want to go? Check out this last minute guide.

Bob Galligan of Hops and Grain and Dipak Topiwala of the Whip In/ Kamala BC at last year’s fest

Who’s Going to be There?

Here is a list of the breweries in attendance.

* denotes first-timers at the festival.

When & Where

This Saturday 9.17.15. VIP ticket holders, 11:30 am | General Admission, 2 pm. The event closes at 6:30 pm.

Fiesta Gardens
2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.
Austin, Texas

Fiesta

Styles
  • IPAs / Pales – 34.8%  (up 23% from 2014)
  • Sours / Saisons / Farmhouse – 15.2%  (up 83% from 2014)
  • Blacks / Browns / Reds / Rye – 12.7%  (up 1.6% from  2014)
  • Stouts / Porters / Strongs – 11.6%  (up 16% from 2014)
  • Wheats – 9.1%  (down 27.2% from 2014)
  • Lagers (Pilsners, Bocks, Märzens) – 9.1%
  • Blondes / Goldens / Ambers – 4%  
  • Other – 3.5%  (up 6.1% from 2014)
Special Tappings
** ROTATING TAP @ 12:30 pm **

(512) Brewing
(512) Whisky Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter
Whiskey Barrel-aged Double Robust Porter with Roasted Pecans
( 9.5% ABV | 30 IBUs )

Southern Star Brewing
Black Crack
Bourbon Barrel-aged American Imperial Stout
( 9.25% ABV | 50 IBUs )

** ROTATING TAP @ 1:00 pm **

Freetail Brewing
#WHALEZBRO
Bourbon & Wine Barrel-aged Strong/Sour Ale
( 9.1% ABV | 30 IBUs )

Whole Foods Market Brewing
Fall Seasonal
Belgian-style Golden Ale with Hatch Chilis
( 5.3% ABV )

** ROTATING TAP @ 1:30 pm **

Saint Arnold Brewing
20th Anniversary Ale Aged in Cognac Barrels
Cognac Barrel-aged Barleywine
( 11.2% ABV | 50 IBUs )

Lakewood Brewing
Lion’s Share III: Anniversary Ale
Red Wine Barrel-aged Old Ale
( 9% ABV | 41 IBUs )

** ROTATING TAP @ 2:00 pm **

Real Ale Brewing 

Scots Gone Wild
Barrel-aged Sour Scotch Ale
( 9.3% ABV )

Hops & Grain Brewing
Volumes of Funk: Sour Brown Ale
Barrel-aged Sour Brown Ale with Brettanomyces
( 5.38% ABV | 18 IBUs )

** ROTATING TAP @ 2:30 pm **

Jester King Brewery
Atrial Rubicite
Barrel-aged Sour Ale with Raspberries
( 4.9% ABV | 6 IBUs )

Texas Beer Refinery
Catalyst
Imperial IPA
( 9.6% ABV | 160 IBUs )

Blue Owl Brewing
Professor Black
Sour Stout with Cherries
( 6.2% ABV | 45 IBUs )

** ROTATING TAP @ 3:00 pm **

Southern Star Brewing
Black Crack
Bourbon Barrel-aged American Imperial Stout
( 9.25% ABV | 50 IBUs )

Austin Beerworks
Heavy Machinery Wet Hop IPA
IPA, wet hopped with Centennial
( 7% ABV | 45 IBUs )

** ROTATING TAP @ 3:30 pm **

Karbach Brewing
BBH with Vanilla
Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Porter with Vanilla Beans
( 11.5% ABV | 80 IBUs )

Rabbit Hole Brewing
Kopi Luwak Rapture
Coffee-infused Brown Ale
( 6.4% ABV | 33 IBUs )

Whole Foods Market Brewing
No Escape
Imperial Coffee Stout
( 10.8% ABV )

** ROTATING TAP @ 4:00 pm **

(512) Brewing
(512) Whisky Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter
Whiskey Barrel-aged Double Robust Porter with Roasted Pecans
( 9.5% ABV | 30 IBUs )

Revolver Brewing
Anodyne Wheat Wine
Oak-aged Barleywine / Wheat Wine
( 9% ABV | 50 IBUs )

Deep Ellum Brewing
Local Legend – Jameson Edition
Imperial Milk Stout with Pecans
( 9.5% ABV | 23 IBUs )

** ROTATING TAP @ 4:30 pm **

Twisted X Brewing
Aged Bock
Whisky, Bourbon & Tequila Barrel-aged Doppelbock
( 7.8% ABV | 23 IBUs )

Community Beer
Public Enemy #1
Barrel-aged Wild Ale
( 9.6% ABV )

** ROTATING TAP @ 5:00 pm **

Freetail Brewing
#WHALEZBRO
Bourbon & Wine Barrel-aged Strong/Sour Ale
( 9.1% ABV | 30 IBUs )

Real Ale Brewing
Scots Gone Wild
Barrel-aged Sour Scotch Ale
( 9.3% ABV )

** ROTATING TAP @ 5:30 pm **

Saint Arnold Brewing
20th Anniversary Ale Aged in Cognac Barrels
Cognac Barrel-aged Barleywine
( 11.2% ABV | 50 IBUs )

Buffalo Bayou Brewing
Lenin’s Revenge with Vanilla Beans
Russian Imperial Stout with Vanilla
( 9.6% ABV | 50 IBUs )

Admission:

You can purchase your general admission and designated driver tickets online. Sorry, VIP tickets are sold out. You’re still important to me.

Parking:

Just kidding, there isn’t any venue parking. Seriously. You will find parking in the neighborhood surrounding Fiesta Gardens, but expect to circle and park far away. Plan accordingly and be courteous to the people who live in the neighborhood. I recommend carpooling, ride sharing, cabbing, or riding your bicycle.

Public Transportation:

The Cap Metro trip planner has directions from your location to the venue. Popular routes include:

  • Bus route 22 Chicon Saturday: drops off at the RBJ Health Center west of Fiesta Gardens or East 2nd and Robert Martinez.
  • Bus route 17 Cesar Chavez Eastbound Saturday: drops off at East 2nd and Robert Martinez.
Food:

There will be eight options for food, mostly food trucks, which is one more than last year and about 12 less then this crowd of beer drinkers needs…nay, deserves.  No offense to the vendors that will be there, they’re great. But I have no idea why, in this food truck city, this festival is always so devoid of sustenance.  I recommend not going to the fest on an empty stomach and relying on the food trucks. Eat before you go. You don’t want to spend your afternoon waiting in line trying to get something in your belly to soak up all that beer.

Miscellaneous:

Wear comfortable shoes and use sunscreen, forecast of 95° and sunny. Get there early, the general admission line is always blocks long. Bring cash for extra beer tickets.  Extra drink tickets will be sold at the event for $1 per ticket. Plan ahead, if you know you will want more tickets, get them early before the line gets crazy. Pro tip: if you hang around the exit, saturated festival goers will give them away as they depart.

Keep your four-legged friends at home, they are not allowed at the festival.  Bring an empty water bottle or vessel to fill at the festival. Stay hydrated.  No outside alcohol, you know better. To answer all your fest questions check out the FAQ section of Texas Craft Brewers Festival.

Cheers!

 

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