Austin, TX — The greatest showcase of Texas craft beer is set for September 27 as the 2014 Texas Craft Brewers Festival pitches its tents at Fiesta Gardens in Austin, Texas. Presented by H-E-B and produced by the Young Men’s Business League of Austin, in partnership with the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, the festival is the state’s largest craft beer event focused exclusively on Texas-produced craft beer.
“We expect to easily surpass 2013 numbers for brewers and beers served,” says Charles Vallhonrat, executive director of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild and co-chair of the Texas Craft Brewers Festival. “In 2013, we saw a 35 percent jump in participating brewers, and we’re poised for a similar jump again this year.”
The Texas Craft Brewers Festival, launched in 2003 by founders of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, has earned a reputation as a must-attend event for craft beer-loving Texans. For years, only a handful of brewers participated — because only a handful of brewers existed in the state.
That’s all changed. As Texas has gained a love for craft beer, the number of brewers is exploding in every corner of the state.
And this thirst for regional and locally produced craft beer isn’t slaking. Newly released data from the Texas Craft Brewers Guild paints a robust picture for the state’s still-youthful craft beer industry. Output for Texas brewers jumped over 17 percent in 2013, and for brewers falling in the less-than-225,000-barrels-a-year category, that jump was an even more impressive 44 percent. See today’s Texas Craft Brewers Guild release: Texas Craft Beer Production Hits Record Highs In 2013.
Craft & Community
Beyond its craft beer focus, the Texas Craft Brewers Festival is about community.That plays out on the ground at the festival, where brewers actively mingle, but also in the festival’s collaboration with the Young Men’s Business League of Austin to benefit Austin Sunshine Camps, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing mentorship, education and personal development for high-potential, low-income girls and boys throughout Central Texas.
“The festival is great fun, but it’s also contributing to a great cause,” says Paul Glantz, co-chair for the Texas Craft Brewers Festival for the Young Men’s Business League of Austin. “Along with the brewers, attendees and sponsors directly help our organization make sure these kids get the care and attention they deserve.”
Co-presenting sponsor H-E-B values the festival’s community-centric approach, and their True Texas Brews on Tap program tells you where their heart lies.
“At H-E-B, establishing initiatives that make Texas a better place to live is the core of our business, and we are excited to show our support of the Texas craft brewing community by featuring our True Texas Brews on Tap program at this year’s festival,” says Jennifer Mueller, senior marketing director for the H-E-B Central Texas Region. “We are honored to be a part an event that not only supports talented individuals in the craft brew industry, but also one that is making a positive difference in the lives of young Texans.”
Other sponsors, too, deliver that community spirit. They include Craft Pride, Saint Arnold Brewing, Deep Ellum Brewing, Real Ale Brewing, Jack Martin & Associates, Texas Craft Brewers Guild, Cafe Mueller at H-E-B, Cross Oak Group, G&D Chillers, American Canning, Beer Alliance of Texas, (512) Brewing, Austin Beerworks and Live Oak Brewing.
Texas craft brewers initially signing up for the Texas Craft Brewers Festival are below, with more to be announced soon:
- (512) Brewing
- 5 Stones Artisan Brewery
- Adelbert’s Brewery
- Alamo Beer Company
- Armadillo Ale Works
- Austin Beerworks
- B-52 Brewing
- Brazos Valley Brewing
- Cedar Creek Brewery
- Circle Brewing
- Community Brewing
- Cyclers Brewing
- Deep Ellum Brewing
- Fort Bend Brewing
- Hops & Grain Brewing
- Huff Brewing
- Infamous Brewing
- Jester King Brewery
- Karbach Brewing
- Lakewood Brewing
- Live Oak Brewing
- Lone Pint Brewery
- New Republic Brewing
- No Label Brewing
- Oasis, Texas Brewing
- Pedernales Brewing
- Rabbit Hole Brewing
- Rahr & Sons Brewing
- Real Ale Brewing
- Rogness Brewing
- Saint Arnold Brewing
- Shannon Brewing
- Solid Rock Brewing
- South Austin Brewery
- Texas Beer Refinery
- Thirsty Planet Brewing
- Twisted X Brewing
- Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse
Tickets for the Texas Craft Brewers Festival on sale noon CT, 6/3
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About the Texas Craft Brewers Festival
The Texas Craft Brewers Festival is an annual celebration of Texas craft beer. By and for Texas craft brewers, the event, first held in 2003, is produced by the Young Men’s Business League of Austin in collaboration with the Texas Craft Brewers Guild.
About the Young Men’s Business League of Austin
Founded in 1913, the Young Men’s Business League is one of the oldest and most respected social service organizations in Austin. The organization operates community programs through Austin Sunshine Camps, its 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing mentorship, education and personal development for deserving children throughout Central Texas.
About the Texas Craft Brewers Guild
The Texas Craft Brewers Guild is a nonprofit trade association representing Texas craft brewers. The Guild exists for the purpose of promoting Texas craft beer, educating the public about the qualities and attributes of craft beer, and advancing the common interest of Texas craft brewers.
H-E-B, based in San Antonio and with sales of more than $19.4 billion, operates more than 350 stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community service, H-E-B celebrated its 105th anniversary in 2010. Recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience at everyday low prices.