Yes, there is a firkin lot of great beer at the Texas Craft Brewers Festival (see my 5 favorite beers) , but if that’s all you go for, you are missing half the fun. The people watching is where its really at. Here are 17 things that start with the letter “B” that you can see at the annual beer bash.
One of the best things about the Brewers Fest is the opportunity to meet so many of the people behind the creation of the beer. Most of the 57 breweries send the brew master and other brewers who are happy to talk about their craft and their babies with guests.
Bree Clark uses her smarts, education and experience to ensure the consistency and quality of Hops & Grain Brewery’s beers. She developed the know how by earning a master’s degree in bio chemistry and as a high school chemistry teacher and now serves as one of only a very few brewery lab technicians in Texas. Quick with a smile and a pint, she’s a great person to have in the industry.
Beer dudes and beards. Duh.
Bright Red Mohawks
Bright red mohawks are a gender-neutral fashion statement among beer lovers.
The ladies from the influential and insightful beer blog, Bitchbeer, are a fixture at most major beer events, gathering information at mixin it up with the brewers. Want to get the inside scope on the best beers around, check their blog.
Speaking of bloggers, the Texas Craft Beer Festival draws some of the best beer writers around from sites and publications like Austin Beer Guide, Craft Taste and Stay Hoppy Austin among others. These guys may be excellent beer bloggers, but they sure as hell are not easy on the eyes. Especially the dudes from Austin Beer Guide. You’ll thank me for not posting a photo.
The craft beer industry is all about keepin’ it real. Brewers show up at events in t-shirts and jeans. Let the beer speak for itself. This year Twin Peaks, a breastaurant chain that brews its own beer, stood out in the crowd with attractive women with bare midriffs pouring their beer. It seemed a bit off to me, but maybe it worked.
There is nothing better than drinking beer and sharing laughs with good friends. The Fest was filled with groups of friends comparing notes on beers and telling stories. Makes for a lovely afternoon.
It seems the world is obsessed with booty right now. Some people at the Fest chose to call attention to theirs with really short shorts (see mention of Twin Peaks babes) or by slapping a sticker on their ass. Made ya look.
Come on, its a beer festival. Big bellies are almost as ubiquitous as beards.
It hasn’t been that long since Oktoberfest in Munich ended. Its hard not to roll out the traditional beer drinking garb and make believe your 4 ounce plastic tasting cup is a liter stein.
Bands played all afternoon in the pavilion. Live music is always a welcome touch.
Bros in Kilts
There were more than a few groups of guys sportin’ kilts at the Fest – and not just brewers promoting Scottish ales.
Lots of people were decked out in beer themed fashion. My favorite is the beer socks that is prevalent year after year.
The insane growth of the craft beer industry has several breweries scrambling to expand to meed demand. The dudes at Craft Royalty Partners set up a bank dedicated to funding the growth of Texas craft breweries. Sounds like heroes in pinstripes to me.
Bring Your Own Snacks
Sure there are tons of great things to eat from several food trucks at the Fest, but why stand in line when you can bring your own snack. These people went for convenience with pretzel necklaces. Brilliant.
Big Ass Lines
Once the gates open for general admission, the lines start to form at all of the beer tents with insanely long lines forming for the special tappings that happen every 30 minutes. The biggest line of the day is the one to get into the park. It snakes for blocks from the gate to the lake. My advice, spring for the VIP if you can, get there as early as possible or just be prepared to wait.
What did you see that was really interesting at the Texas Craft Brewers Festival?
My other posts on the Fest:
- Biggest beer bash ever: 120 brews on tap for Texas Craft Brewers Festival
- My 5 Favorite Austin Beers at the Texas Craft Brewers Festival
Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary media pass.