Event Spotlight: Texas Craft Brewers Festival

September 23, 2011

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On September 24, 2011, craft brewers from across the state will convene on Austin’s Fiesta Gardens to celebrate Texas’ new, innovative, and delicious craft beers. This non-profit outdoor festival, produced by the Young Men’s Business League of Austin and benefiting Austin Sunshine Camps, will feature Texas-brewed beer and ale (as well as non-alcoholic beverages), a commemorative tasting glass, live music, local food vendors, food and beer pairings, and a good time to be had by all at this beautiful venue on the banks of the Colorado River.

“The Texas beer scene is on fire!” says Tim Schwartz, Director of Brewery Operations for Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, Texas, and President of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild. “New breweries are opening all over the state and established craft breweries are expanding. This is a perfect time for the resurgence of the Texas Craft Brewers Festival. The festival brings all of this variety together in one venue. Come on out and see what Texas brewing has to offer.”

In addition to the many established craft brewers that will be in attendance, several breweries who haven’t released beer yet are using the festival as their target date to publicly introduce their first beers. Rare and special beers will be highlighted throughout the festival.

I was invited to the media release along with many beer enthusiasts at Red’s Porch to sample six different kinds of beer and eat chicken wings and chips with salsa and guacamole.

While I don’t consider myself a beer enthusiasts, since I am extremely lightweight, the many beers that I did sample were interesting.

Festival Information

Date/Time: September 24, 2011, 2 – 8pm

Location: Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St., Austin, TX

Informationinfo@texascraftbrewersfestival.orgTicket Informationevents@texascraftbrewersfestival.org

21+ Event | ID required at entry | Rain or ShineDue to space concerns -NO chairs or coolers allowed.Due to safety concerns  – NO glass or dogs allowed. Safety:The event will be fully insured by the permit holder.All beer servers will be TABC certified.EMS and security will be on-site.Designated driver program – free non-alcoholic beverages for designated drivers.Free drinking water available.Taxis available as attendees leave the gate from our taxi sponsor

For more information on the festival, brewers and other exciting developments, visit http://www.texascraftbrewersfestival.org/


Brewed by: Real Ale Brewing Company in Texas.
Style | ABV:  Märzen Oktoberfest | 5.70% ABV

Oktoberfest is brewed with the highest quality German malt, hops, and yeast using traditional Bavarian brewing methods. The Munich and Vienna malts are the real stars of this smooth, copper-colored, medium-bodied brew. Well balanced and satisfying, Real Ale Brewing Companies’ first lager is the perfect compliment to your fall festivities.

Deep amber color with very light floral notes and no sweetness. Not too much of a foam and about medium malty taste.

Lost Gold IPA.

Brewed by: Real Ale Brewing Company Texas
Style | ABV American IPA | 6.60% ABV

Massive additions of American hops in Lost Gold IPA provide the signature flavor of this Hill Country favorite. German Vienna and English Crystal malts give our IPA its rich golden-orange hue and subtle yet firm malt background. Lost Gold IPA is available year round, so there is no need to hoard this treasured brew.

Slight cloudy appearance with a golden color and has a strong floral hop flavor. If you smell the beer itself, it smells like perfume.

Texas Craft Brewers Festival
Twitter: @TXCraftBeer#TXBrewFest 
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Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.