By Daniel Reifsnider
Next Saturday, July 19th, the Texas Craft Brewers Festival descends upon the thriving beeropolis of Austin, TX. As usual, the festival is taking place at Fiesta Gardens and this year’s shebang is looking to be the best one yet with over 150 beers being poured by over 60 Texas breweries (and quite of bit of them are brand new this year).
We here at Stay Hoppy have been long time fans of this festival, and it’s our collective thought that not only is this festival one not to miss, but it’s also one of the best beer festivals that happens all year. From the amazing selection of rotating rare beer tappings to the one on one time spent with brewers during the V.I.P session, this festival is a wondrous celebration of Texas beer year after year.
If you’re brand new to the festival this year, then you chose the perfect year to attend. This year, a record number of Texas brewers are showing up in full force with a primo choice of their regular lineup beers intermingled with some very rare and heavily sought after beers such as (512)’s Whiskey Barrel Double Pecan Porter, Saint Arnold’s 20th Anniversary Barleywine aged in cognac barrels, Real Ale’s Scots Gone Wild, Hops & Grain’s Volumes of Funk Sour Brown Ale, Jester King’s Atrial Rubicite, and so many many other delicious beers. Oh, and did you hear about those #WhalezBro?
However, while this festival is one of the best beer festivals that happens all year from the side of the festival goer, it’s also a complete blast on the other side of the table being a beer server and festival savior in general. I’ve volunteered for this festival for the past three years and I can honestly say it’s the best festival to volunteer for, because the folks who run it are all equally awesome in their own right, but they also go all out to ensure volunteers get the best experience possible. The festival planners even organized an exclusive appreciation party just for volunteers after the great shindig to show just how much every volunteer is appreciated for all their hard work.
Whether you end up attending the festival and partaking in the all out beer-gorging, or you end up showing your love for the Texas beer industry by volunteering, the 2015 Texas Craft Brewers Festival is definitely shaping up to be one hell of a time. Pack your ice chests and leave them at home because all your Texas beer desires will surely be met at this party.
If you’re serious about volunteering, volunteers are still needed so check out their sign-up page for all the details!
If you’re rather going to celebrate and enjoy the revelry, check out the beer list and rotating beer tappings list to start outlining your game plan.