Formerly Untapped, Index Fest reveals full beer list for Austin event

The inaugural Index Fest, which is combining craft beer and live music with art and food components, kicks off in Austin with quite a beer list.

At the May 13 event, there will be nearly 300 beers from 75 breweries in Texas and beyond, including Fredericksburg’s new Altstadt Brewery, BrainDead Brewing in Dallas and Jester King in the Texas Hill Country. Austin’s only meadery, Meridian Hive, will also have some meads available for tasting, and several cideries will also be on hand.

Here are some of the beers you’ll get to taste at Index Fest. The festival’s website has the full list, which you can explore by brewery, style, ABV and booth number (in case you want to plan out your day).

Austin Beerworks
Black Thunder Schwarzbier
Fire Eagle IPA
ACTION! 6th Anniversary Pale Ale (which debuts this weekend at the sixth anniversary party)
Bloodwork Orange Blood Orange IPA
Finkle Berliner Weisse
Pearl Snap Pils

Pinthouse Pizza
Electric Jellyfish IPA
Burro’s Breakfast Mexican Lager
Handlebier American Pale Ale
Joe’s Magical Pils
Old Beluga Amber Ale
Zappy Squid IPA

Founders (Grand Rapids, MI)
All Day IPA
PC Pils
Rübæus Raspberry Ale
Lizard of Koz Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
Sumatra Mountain Brown
Backwoods Bastard Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale

Big Bend Brewing
Tejas Negra Vienna Lager
Balmorhea Berliner Weisse
West of Pecos Helles

Arianna Auber / American-Statesman. Hops & Grain is one of the breweries featured at Index Fest, formerly Untapped.

Hops & Grain
Dispensary Series: Imperial IPA
The One They Call Zoe Pale Lager
Pellets & Powder IPA
78702 Kölsch
River Beer Premium Lager
A Pale Mosaic IPA

BrainDead Brewing
We Own The Night Imperial Stout
Idle Playthings Belgian Strong Ale
Foreign Export Stout

SweetWater Brewing (Atlanta, GA)
420 Extra Pale Ale
Goin’ Coastal Pineapple IPA
Cool Breeze Cucumber Saison
Sweetwater IPA
Pulled Porter Smoked Bacon Porter

(512) Brewing
Pecan Porter
Stingo Old Ale
SMaSH Cashmere Session IPA

Jester King Brewery
La Vie en Rose
Funk Metal
Cerveza de Mezquite
Fair Voyage

Tickets for the festival are also available at the website and run from $25-$119. Index Fest will take place in the parking lot of the Austin American-Statesman at 305 S. Congress Ave.

For more information, visit indexfest.com/austin.

Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp on Tour to make an Austin stop in June

One of America’s most respected breweries continues to build camaraderie and friendship among brewers — rather than the competition that befalls many industries — with its Beer Camp series, a line of collaborative brews released as a variety pack every year.

Another big component of Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp is Beer Camp on Tour, an 8-city beer festival extravaganza coming to Austin this year on June 24. The California brewery is teaming up with the Texas Craft Brewers Guild to bring hundreds of craft beers to Carson Creek Ranch from both local and national breweries, with profits from the fest benefiting the guild and its mission of advancing the interests of the state’s small and independent brewers.

Sierra Nevada has collaborated with breweries around the states and the world for its Beer Camp Across the World pack of brews.

“Beer Camp showcases the art, spirit and attitude of craft beer, and everyone’s invited — brewers and fans alike,” according to Sierra Nevada.

At Austin’s Beer Camp on Tour, you’ll be able to taste each of this year’s Beer Camp brews, created by Sierra Nevada and 12 collaborating breweries. These beers include the Dry-Hopped Berliner-Style Weisse made with Houston’s Saint Arnold Brewing and the East Meets West IPA made with Massachusetts’ Tree House Brewing.

New this year, Sierra Nevada also collaborated with several international breweries, such as Ayinger Brewery and Duvel Moortgat.

In addition to those beers, Beer Camp on Tour has invited breweries from the state and beyond to pour at the festival. Taste suds from Lorelei Brewing in Corpus Christi, Absolution Brewing in California, Oak Highlands Brewery in Dallas and new Austin brewery Orf Brewing, as well as many more.

For Sierra Nevada, it was a no-brainer to select Austin as one of the cities for Beer Camp on Tour, “as one of the most social craft beer communities in the nation.”

Tickets for the festival, which starts at 5 p.m. on June 24, are on sale now and range from $40 (designated driver) to $75 (one-hour early access). There are also $55 general admission tickets. Beer Camp on Tour will have live music and food trucks in addition to plenty of brews.

For more information, visit beercamp.sierranevada.com/festivals/austin/?.

Index Fest, formerly Untapped, to come to Austin in May with beer, music and more

The festival celebrating craft beer and live music is returning to various cities across Texas this year and Austin will get another taste of it on May 13. Early bird tickets go on sale today.

Index Festival, formerly Untapped, is coming to Texas cities this year, Austin in the spring.
Index Festival, formerly Untapped, is coming to Texas cities this year, Austin in the spring.

Now Index Fest as a result of new ownership, the festival aims to offer much of the same as its previous incarnation, but in addition to the beer and music that made Untapped a fun affair, Index will have an expanded focus. “The long-term vision for Index Fest includes elevating the new components of high-quality food and arts to similar levels,” according to a press release.

That’s the goal of current owner Brad Weiss, who provided production services for past Untapped Festivals since 2014 and was excited to acquire it and make it his own.

“I’m privileged to have the opportunity to bring even more culture and culinary delight to cities across Texas,” Weiss said in the release. “We’re building on Untapped’s enormously fun and flavorful craft beer and music programming with elevating additions in food and arts. I can’t wait to share it with communities all over the state.”

Index Fest which is also coming to Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio is open to all ages. Tickets for the Austin version, which will take place in the Austin American-Statesman’s parking lot at 305. S. Congress Ave., are going on sale today at indexfest.com.

Announcements about the live music acts and craft beer vendors, as well as the coming arts and food focus, will be made at a later date.

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.