April 26th, 2011
The First Sip: Texas Beer Fest
Few things in this world can make me squeal with the giddy delight of a 6 year old girl about to be gifted a miniature pony. One of those few things… a beer fest! A few years ago I travelled to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. As a beer geek, it was quite simply one of the greatest experiences of my life. Being a Houstonite, I had never really experienced a beer festival. Other cities that are rich in craft beer selection host a variety of festivals throughout the season, but Houston has never been so lucky. Until now…
The Texas Beer Fest is shaping up to be one of the single greatest beer events of the year for our fair city. The festival will take place at the Humble Convention Center Arena [8233 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble, TX 77338] on May 7th, from 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM. The fest will have over 70 breweries represented, 17 of which are from right here in Texas! As a charitable bonus, 25% of all proceeds from the fest go directly to the Houston Food Bank.
A $34 presale ticket to the festival ($40 at the door), which can be purchases online at http://www.texasbeerfest.org/tickets.html, will grant you entry to the festival and buy you 12 coupons to be used for food or beer tastings. Additional coupons can be bought inside the festival. In addition to the hundreds of beers being tapped by the brewery representatives, a “Great Brewers Specialty Beer Wall” of rare and specialty taps will be available (personally, that’s where I’d be spending the bulk of my tickets). In addition to the wonderful bounty of beer, the Texas Beer Fest will be offering a selection of craft food from a variety of local establishments as well as from the blossoming food truck scene.
After your tasting tour, if you want to kick back with a full pint, the fine folks from Duff Distributing are hosting the Duff Beer Garden with a variety of craft beer taps and live music on the Silver Eagle Stage featuring local artists including Robert Ellis and the Boys, Mason Lankford and the Folk Family Revival, Brandon Matthew Band, DJ Mike and Stephanie King.
For the festival attendee who wants to have a lot of fun without the precarious notion of driving home, the Sheraton North Houston (15700 JFK Boulevard) is offering hotel rooms at special discounted rates and transportation to and from the fest is being offered by the Washington Wave. Other hotels offering discounts are listed on their website.
I am AMPED for this beer fest and you should be too! It is shaping up to be one of the best beer events the city of Houston has ever seen! Not only is it an opportunity to try some amazing beers from around the country, but it’s a fantastic time to get to try some of the beer from our newest local breweries like Kreuz Creek of Sugarland and No Label of Katy.
All information can be found on their website, www.texasbeerfest.org. Also, be sure to follow them on Facebook and on Twitter. They will be having a kick off pub crawl the weekend before the fest on April 30th which will visit some of Houston’s finest craft beer bars. Details for this event as well as several wonderful beer dinners can be found on their Events page (http://www.texasbeerfest.org/event411.html).
Stay crafty, my friends!