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Event Preview | The Texas Craft Brewers Festival

Event Preview | The Texas Craft Brewers Festival

Texans are gearing up for the largest craft beer festival in the state happening September 24, at Fiesta Gardens in Austin. The Texas Craft Brewers Festival features beers from breweries all over the state of Texas and is hosted each fall by Texas Craft Brewers Guild. This year’s event is expected to be the largest the Guild has ever hosted and will feature 65+ Texas breweries. I sat down with the Guild’s event manager, Caroline Wallace, to get a sneak peak on what to expect at this year’s event.

Photo Credit: Tyler Malone – The Second Shooter

Tell us a little bit about the Texas Brewers Guild and how the festival originated.

The Texas Craft Brewers Guild has over 200 brewery members throughout the state. As a Non-Profit trade organization, the Guild exists for the purpose of promoting Texas craft beer, educating the public about the qualities and attributes of craft beer and advancing the common interest of Texas craft brewers.

The Texas Craft Brewers Festival has been around since 2003 when it was spearheaded by some pioneering Texas brewers. It’s grown exponentially since those early days, and today attracts around 5,000 folks to Fiesta Gardens in East Austin each Fall to experience beers from breweries all over the state of Texas.

Photo Credit: Tyler Malone – The Second Shooter

What new things can festival goers look forward to this year?

This will be Texas Craft Brewers Festival’s largest year ever with 67 Texas craft breweries and nearly 200 beers! We’ve got several breweries making their festival debut, and a really good geographic representation from all over the state. Overall, the thing that makes the Texas Craft Brewers Festival extra special is that since it’s organized by the Guild, it really is an event for and by the brewers. Every brewery participating will have staff on-hand to mingle, so attendees will be able to meet the brewers behind their favorite Texas beers. We’ll also have local food vendors, tunes from DJ GrossYall, yard games, and more!


How do you select the breweries that can participate?

All of the breweries participating in the festival this year are members of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild. Breweries are invited to sign up, and we try to accommodate as many as possible at the fest (a feat which gets tougher and tougher each year as the number of Texas breweries continues to grow).

Photo Credit: Tyler Malone – The Second Shooter

What’s your one pro tip?

Make sure to check out the Beer List (including the extra special Rotating Tap list) in advance of the fest so you can plan your day around all the awesome tappings. Oh, and don’t forget to drink plenty of water! I know I cheated with a second tip, but hydration is important.


What’s on tap for the Texas Craft Brewers Guild next?

The Texas Craft Brewers Guild will be out representing the Lone Star State at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver in just a few weeks. If you’ll be out at the fest, be sure to come visit us in the Support Your Local Brewery Pavillon and taste some fantastic Texas brews you won’t find anywhere else on the festival floor!

Going into 2017, we’re gearing up for the next Legislative Session, where the Guild will work to protect and expand the rights of Texas craft brewers.

VIP tickets have been long sold out, but general admission tickets are still available.

Keep up with the Texas Craft Brewers Guild on Facebook and Twitter and follow the Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

And now to the beers. A note that this list is subject to change:

(512) Brewing Company

(512) Export Lager
Dortmunder Export Lager

(512) PALE
American Pale Ale

** ROTATING TAP @ 5:30 pm **
(512) Wild Bear
Double Brown Sour Ale

4th Tap Brewing Cooperative

Long Walk
Texas Grapefruit IPA

Tamarind Wheat Ale

5 Stones Artisan Brewery

Melo Rainbow

Pompous Monkey

Adelbert’s Brewery

Tripel B

Pablo’s Wild Pale Ale
Brett Pale Ale

Alamo Beer Company

Alamo Pilsner

Alamo Oktoberfest

Austin Beerworks

Heavy Machinery Belgian IPA
Belgian-style IPA

Heavy Machinery Wet Hop IPA
Wet Hop IPA


Bloodwork Orange
Blood Orange IPA

** ROTATING TAP @ 4:30 pm **
Sputnik (2015)
Russian Imperial Coffee Oatmeal Stout

B-52 Brewing Company

Saison Hop – Orbit
Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Berliner Hop

Big Bend Brewing Company

Barrel-aged SW15
Rauchdoppelbock aged in Scotch barrels

El Corazon
American Lager

Balmorhea dry-hopped w/ Mosaic
Imperial Berliner Weisse

Blood & Treasure
Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout

** ROTATING TAP @ 3:00 pm **
Marfa Light
Russian Imperial Stout

Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery

Pale Ale

Watermelon Berliner Weisse

** ROTATING TAP @ 2:30 pm **
Ted Talk
Double IPA

Blackwater Draw

Contract Killer
Coffee Porter

Timber Snake IPA
American IPA

Blue Owl Brewing

Hop Totem
Sour IPA

Czech Czech
Sour Pils

Little Gose

Wet Hops Van Dayum!
Sour American Red Ale w/ Simcoe Wet Hops

** ROTATING TAP @ 12:30 pm & 5:00 pm **
Wine barrel-aged Saison Puede
Wine barrel-aged Saison

BrainDead Brewing

Dry Hopped Wheat
American Pale Wheat / Session IPA

Classic American Cream Ale

** ROTATING TAP @ 4:00 pm **
Idle Playthings
Belgian Golden Strong Ale

Brazos Valley Brewing Company

7 Spanish Angels
Coffee Brown

Mama Tried IPA
Texas IPA

Brigadoon Brewery & Brew School

Scottish Beer
Scottish Light 60 Shilling

English Beer
English Bitter

Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company

Cooper Ale

Don’t Fear the RIPA

Cedar Creek Brewery

Patio Pounder
Pale Lager

Barrel Aged Spinning Mule
Robust Porter

Circle Brewing Company

Texas Hefe

Tuxedo Tshirt
Black IPA

** ROTATING TAP @ 1:00 pm **
Doppel Blur
Imperial Hefe

Community Beer Company

Mosaic IPA
India Pale Ale

Community Witbier
Belgian White Ale With Orange Peel & Coriander

Pale Ale

Texas Helles
German Style Lager

** ROTATING TAP @ 1:30 pm **
Barrel Aged Wild Ale

Deep Ellum Brewing Company

Deep Ellum IPA
India Pale Ale

Neato Bandito
Imperial Mexican-Style Lager

Hatch Chili Stout
Brown Ale

Barrel Aged Four Swords
Belgian Style Strong Ale

Flix Brewhouse

Saison De Walt

Belgian Red IPA

Four Corners Brewing Company

Santanna Ray Equinox Lager
Hoppy Lager

Heart of Texas
American Red Ale

Freetail Brewing Company

Bat Outta Helles
Munich-Style Helles

Soul Doubt IPA
American IPA

Rye Wit
Belgian-Style Wit

Friends and Allies Brewing Company

Noisy Cricket
Session IPA

Urban Chicken

Hops & Grain Brewing


So Pitted IPA
American IPA

Berliner Style Weisse

Vienna Lager
Vienna Lager

** ROTATING TAP @ 4:30 pm **
Dry-hopped Brett Saison
Belgian Style Saison

Independence Brewing Co.

Cucumber Redbud Berliner Weisse
Berliner Weisse

Liberty Lunch IPA

Power & Light
Pale Ale

Stash IPA
American IPA

Infamous Brewing Company

Sweep The Leg
Peanut Butter Stout

Sex A Peel
American Hefeweizen

Jester King Brewery

Collaborative Farmhouse Beer

Montmorency vs. Balaton
Barrel Aged Sour Beer Refermented with Cherries

** ROTATING TAP @ 1:30 pm & 5:30 pm **
Atrial Rubicite
Barrel Aged Sour Beer Refermented with Raspberries

Karbach Brewing Company

Marzen Lager

Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter

** ROTATING TAP @ 3:30 pm **
F.U.N. 014 Roll in the Hay
White Wine Barrel aged Saison

Lakewood Brewing Company

All Call

Session IPA

The Temptress
Imperial Milk Stout

** ROTATING TAP @ 2:30 pm **
Mole Temptress
Imperial Milk Stout w/ chiles, cacao, and cinnamon

Last Stand Brewing Company


Simcoe Pale Ale
American Pale Ale

Legal Draft Beer Co.

Legal Blonde Lager
Helles Lager

Chief Justice Stout

Live Oak Brewing Company


Berliner Weisse
Berliner Weisse

Lone Pint Brewery

667 The Neighbor of The Beast

Ghost Chile Porter

Martin House Brewing Company

Salty Lady

Cuvee Pumpkin Latte
Pumpkin Ale with Coffee

** ROTATING TAP @ 3:00 pm **
The Sea Witch
Black Gose

Middleton Brewing

Black Lab Porter
Robust Porter

Belgian Style Amber

No Label Brewing Company

Nightmare on 1st Street
Imperial pumpkin ale

Peanut Butter Chocolate Time
Imperial Stout

Noble Rey Brewing Company

Bridesmaids’ Tears
Strawberry Rhubarb Rhubarb Sour Saison

Sex in a Canoe
American Light Lager

North by Northwest Restaurant and Brewery (Stonelake)

Porch Time
German-style Pilsner

Cactus Jack
Prickly Pear Saison

** ROTATING TAP @ 4:00 pm **
Barton Kriek
Belgian-style lambic with tart cherry

Oak Highlands Brewery

Freaky Deaky
Belgian Tripel

Marzen Lager

** ROTATING TAP @ 5:00 pm **
Chump Change
Imperial Black Saison — Belgian Saison

Oasis, Texas Brewing Company

London Homesick Ale
English Pub Ale

Metamodern Session IPA
Session IPA

Oskar Blues Brewery

Dale’s Pale Ale
American Pale Ale

Pinner Throwback IPA
Session IPA

Mama’s Little Yella Pils
Czech style Pilsner

Pedernales Brewing Company

Bitter Battle
American Pale Ale

Lobo Oktoberfest
German Marzen

Peticolas Brewing Company

Velvet Hammer
Imperial Red

Too Soon

** ROTATING TAP @ 5:30 pm **
Sledge Hammer
Triple Imperial Red / Barley Wine

Pinthouse Pizza Burnet

Electric Jellyfish

Calma Muerta
Session Ale

Rabbit Hole Brewing

Rapture Brown Ale
American Brown

Off With Your Red IPA

** ROTATING TAP @ 3:00 pm **
Barrel Aged Rapture Brown
Rum Barrel Aged Brown Ale

Rahr & Sons Brewing


Iron Thistle
wee heavy scottish ale

Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

Take it Easy
American Cream Ale

Ranger Creek Oktoberfest

** ROTATING TAP @ 3:30 pm **
Small Batch Series No. 12
Rye Saison with Brettanomyces

Real Ale Brewing Company

Axis IPA
India Pale Ale

Four Squared
Dry-Hopped Pale Ale

Bavarian Style Lager

New World Pils
German Style Pilsner

** ROTATING TAP @ 1:00 pm & 4:30 pm **
Barrel Aged 20th Anniversary
Rye Barrel Aged Imperial Rye IPA

Red Horn Coffee House and Brewing Co.

Wilco Wit
Lemon Lime Witbier

HapSlappy IPA
American IPA

** ROTATING TAP @ 12:30 pm **
The S.O.N. Double Stout w/ Coconut
Double Stout with Coconut

Rentsch Brewing



Revolver Brewing

Blood & Honey
Unfiltered Wheat Ale

Land Grab Ale
Herbed Amber Ale

Full-Tang IPA
American Style IPA

Redshift Ale
American Spiced Red Ale

Running Walker Brewery

Texas Reserve IPA

Running Walker Kolsch

Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Art Car IPA
American IPA

5 O’Clock Pils
Hoppy Pilsner

2013 Pumpkinator
Pumpkin Imperial Stout

Divine Reserve 16

** ROTATING TAP @ 2:30 pm **
Sorachi Ace Dubbel aged in red wine barrels with brett

San Gabriel River Brewery, Inc

San Gabriel Texas Red
Irish Red

San Gabriel Honey Porter

Seguin Brewing Company



Shannon Brewing Company

Shannon IPA
English Style IPA

Shannon Chocolate Stout
Sweet Stout

** ROTATING TAP @ 4:00 pm **
Chocolate Rumble Stout
Barrel Aged Sweet Stout

Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner Homespun Cream Ale
Cream Ale

Texas Warmer
Winter Warmer

Solid Rock Brewing

Dauntless IPA

Big Drought Stout
Dry Irish Stout

Southern Star Brewing Company

Conspiracy Theory

German-Style Festbier

** ROTATING TAP @ 5:00 pm **
Black Crack
Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout

Stesti Brewing Company

Pivo Pils

Bohemian Lager

Texas Ale Project

Fire Ant Funeral
Amber Ale

100 Million Angels Singing
Double IPA

Texas Beer Refinery

Mexican IPA
American IPA

Cucumber Gose

Twisted X Brewing Company

Austin Lager
German Lager


Later Days
Session India Pale Ale

Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse

Schizopetal Honey Hibiscus Ale
Honey Ale

Berdoll Candied Pecan Brown Ale
Brown Ale

Whitestone Brewery

Lovely Day IPA
India Pale Ale

Cedrela Hefeweizen
German Hefeweizen

Whole Foods Market Brewing Company

Double IPA

Post Oak
Pale Ale

Zilker Brewing Company

Belgian Table Beer

Brutus 10
American IPA

** ROTATING TAP @ 3:30 pm **
Bourbon Barrel Aged Coffee Milk Stout w/Espresso Shots
Milk Stout

** Brewers and Beer list subject to change without notice **

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