Austin’s Untapped Festival to return May 14

The series of Untapped Festivals in Texas, that magical combination of live music and craft beer, is returning to Austin this spring. Tickets for the fest go on sale today.

On May 14 at Carson Creek Ranch, more than 75 breweries are pouring a total of 300-plus beers while bands like Atlas Genius, Deltron 3030 and Lady Lamb regale the crowds with their sounds on two stages. Austin is the first city to host the festival this year, which marks Untapped’s fifth anniversary. Dallas’ festival on Nov. 12 will serve as the special anniversary event.

From Untapped Festival's Facebook. Last year's Untapped Austin was a big success, and the festival is returning this year on May 14. Pre-sale tickets go on sale today.

From Untapped Festival’s Facebook. Last year’s Untapped Austin was a big success, and the festival is returning this year on May 14. Pre-sale tickets go on sale today.

The festival’s goal every year “is to bring thoughtfully paired music to seasoned beer drinkers and to introduce new and exciting craft beers to discerning music fans,” according to a news release.

Last year’s Untapped was the first time the festival came to Austin, and it was a resounding success for the festival founders, a group called Spune Productions.

“The tremendous response we received from Untapped Austin’s debut last year exceeded all our expectations and proved why Austin is a true destination for music and beer. This year, Austin attendees can expect bigger and better,” Matthew Harber of Spune said in the news release.

Untapped Austin was so successful, in fact, that it sold out in its debut year. This year, there are myriad options for ticket purchasers to ensure a good time — including, new for Austin’s fest, the VIP Stout Package, which offers fun perks like entry into the Untapped clubhouse, where beer and music fans have side stage access, as well as free beer, wine and cold brew coffee, and free food from a couple  of local restaurants.

Both the Stout and VIP packages will get you an hour’s worth of early access to the fest at 2 p.m. Stout tickets start at $119, while VIP tickets are going for $62.

General admission tickets start at $32.

And if one Untapped fest is just not enough for you, the festival organizers are introducing the Untapped Season Pass in honor of this year’s five-year anniversary. The season pass will allow you to attend all five of the fests, including Fort Worth’s on June 11, San Antonio’s on Sept. 17 and Houston’s on Oct. 22.

The first round of tickets, available through March 1, are now live today on the Untapped Austin website. Starting March 2, ticket prices on all three levels will go up.

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