Much to celebrate at Texas’s Largest Craft Beer Festival with recent legislative changes Spec’s 4th Annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival
Announced for Labor Day at Moody Gardens with over 400 featured brews
Style Magazine Newswire | 6/26/2013, 7:32 p.m. | Updated on 6/26/2013, 7:32 p.m.
Raise a glass to an industry on the rise. The craft beer industry has much to celebrate since the last BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival http://www.brewmastersbeerfest.com/ , producing 186,663 barrels of craft beer last year, according to the Texas Craft Brewers Guild. That’s an increase of 42 percent over prior year. Sure to spur the industry to even greater heights are the recent legislative changes announced last week. Cheers to the Texas legislature for passing legislation (SB 515- SB 518)
http://blog.chron.com/beertx/2013/05/beer-bills-formally-pass-head-to-gov-rick-perry/ that not only expands the craft beer market but also helps craft beer makers and brew pub owners to produce, market, and sell greater quantities to Texas consumers. Join fellow craft beer lovers and supporters as they gather Labor Day weekend to celebrate and sample more than 400 specialty and hard-to-find brews at the 4th Annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival http://www.brewmastersbeerfest.com/ . This foamtastic celebration takes place at Moody Gardens Friday, August 30 through Sunday, September 1, 2013.
The three-day celebration will showcase two signature events: BrewLicious Brews and Foods Pairing and BrewHaHa Grand Tasting, which also has a VIP component. There are a host of related events like the BrewMasters PubCrawl and Texas Brewery Tasting Tours. Featured activities include: live music and fireworks on the beach at Palm Beach, educational events, a slew of Brew Brains and industry experts including award-winning BrewMasters and home brewing masters.
“We’re fortunate to have multiple micro breweries right here in Houston and many others throughout the region, said event founder and organizer, Clifton McDerby, principal of Food & Vine Time Productions, Inc. “This event is dedicated to showcasing what’s new in the market along with the continued explosive industry. The craft and specialty beer market just keeps getting bigger and better as marked by the changes in legislation,” added McDerby. “Our vision has always been to produce the largest craft beer festival in the state by providing beer lovers with the widest selection of craft beers available at any Texas festival along with brew education. Plus, we’ll continue to feature Taste it First at BrewMasters selections with featured beers that haven’t been tasted in Texas before our event. Many brewers use BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival as a marketing launch as this is the ideal venue for loyal craft beer drinkers,” concluded McDerby.
Festivities begin on Friday, August 30 with the all new BrewLicious Brews and Foods Pairing. This spectacular evening for suds sippers is for the serious beer and culinary enthusiast. Every featured beer will be paired with food with a focus on high-end, premium, unique beers paired with just the perfect culinary accompaniment. BrewLicious Brews and Foods will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $75.
Also on tap is the BrewMasters Pub Crawl Friday, August 30 at 8 p.m. Hop on board this festive party bus departing from Moody Gardens with a tour to some of Galveston’s trendiest bars. Meet featured Brew Brains at each stop.
Saturday, August 31st sample some of the best brews in the world made available to beer lovers at the BrewHaHa Grand Tasting held in the Moody Gardens Expo Arena. This Grand Tasting will feature over 400 craft and specialty brews as well as a Wine Escape with wine samplings. Admission to BrewHaHa is $35 in advance, $40 at the door, $85 for a VIP ticket, or choose a multi-event Hopper Pass. The BrewHaHa Grand Tasting will run from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and includes access to multiple beer seminars on the Spec’s University Seminar Stage, a fun and educational experience for all who take pride in their beer and want to expand their knowledge of craft beers.