Tickets for September’s Texas Craft Brewers Fest now on sale

Save the date for the state’s largest craft beer festival focusing solely on Texas-made beer: Texas Craft Brewers Fest returns on Sept. 24 with more than 65 breweries pouring their sudsy wares.

Photo by Tyler Malone. The Texas Craft Brewers Festival on Saturday has some exciting new additions on tap, including brewers' talks throughout the afternoon.

Photo by Tyler Malone. The Texas Craft Brewers Festival returns this year on Sept. 24.

Tickets for the festival are now on sale at three levels: VIP for $75, general admission for $30 (an early-bird rate that expires on July 15) and designated driver for $10.

The $75 VIP ticket price might seem a little steep, but it’s a good deal for serious beer fans. They’ll get access to Fiesta Gardens, the location of the fest, two hours early, with “quality mingle time” with some of the brewers in store during that time. VIP tickets also come with a commemorative T-shirt and souvenir glassware.

Both VIP and general admission ticket holders will get 8 beer sample tickets — and plenty of time to roam the grounds, discovering new beers and breweries that might not be available in their city.

“Once again, we are excited to bring Texas craft brewers and Texas craft beer fans together in Austin for our unique celebration,” Charles Vallhonrat, the executive director of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, the organization in charge of the festival, said in a press release. “The Texas Craft Brewers Festival is one of a kind because it really is the brewers’ festival. With nearly 200 operating and in-planning brewery members, the Texas Craft Brewers Guild is the leading advocate for Texas craft beer.”

For the second year running, part of the proceeds from festival sales are going toward a good cause. The House That Beer Built, a collaboration between local breweries and the Austin branch of Habitat for Humanity, “aims to raise $85,000 to build a new home for a deserving Austin family,” according to the release.

For more information, visit texascraftbrewersfestival.org.

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