Ah, so much fun headed our way! The 2015 Texas Craft Brewers Festival in Austin happens Sept. 19, and as it gets bigger and better every year, we CANNOT WAIT for this to happen.
This is where I fell in love with a certain dark pumpkin pie beer that only appears for, like, a minute in October.
I love this festival, and I especially love to see it grow, because the continuing upward mobility of craft brews in Texas highlights the entrepreneurial spirit of the Lone Star State, and it shows just how well our system works when it comes to supporting great brewers in making great beer. Especially happy to see the inclusion of Freetail Brewery in San Antonio, brewpub of one Scott Metzger, craft brew activist! Welcome!
New brewers to join the fest this year include (lifted from the website):
Last Stand Brewing Co.
Last Stand Brewing Company is a small independent brewery located between Austin and Dripping Springs. Our mission is to create lasting relationships with our customers by consistently delivering masterfully crafted small batch brews and excellent customer service.
Martin House Brewing Co.
Martin House Brewing Company is a team of brewers, explorers, and dreamers. We avoid tradition in favor of adventure, both in brewing and in life. We value good ingredients and good people, and each of our beers pairs perfectly with life’s memorable moments. We want to be the handcrafted beer you and your friends choose when celebrating your most recent adventure or planning the next one. Martin House – Made in Texas by Texans.
Noble Rey Brewing Co.
Noble Rey Brewing Company is Dallas’ newest brewery to open in the Design/Brewery District. We aim to produce the highest quality hand crafted beers for our customers.
Big Bend Brewing Co.
Big Bend Brewing Co., located between the Rio Grande, Davis Mountains, and Big Bend National Park, is Far West Texas’s only craft brewery. Headed by Brewmaster Steve Anderson, we brewed our first batch of beer in 2012, and have recently added production capacity in aspirations of statewide distribution. Although we hope that all Texans will soon be able to taste our beer in their local bar, we invite each and every one to come sit on our back porch, see our mountain view, and drink The Beer From Out Here where it is born.
Oak Highlands Brewery
Oak Highlands Brewery, located in the Lake Highlands area of Dallas, is dedicated to crafting the highest quality ales and lagers with unrelenting passion and attention to detail.
North By Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
As Austin’s oldest and most upscale brewpub, North by Northwest is well established in the local beer and food scene. Owner Davis Tucker set out to create great beer after a fateful visit to Germany where he had his first sip of a truly amazing beer. Inspired by the German beers and the architecture of the lodges of the Pacific Northwest, the concept of North by Northwest was born. For over 15 years their award-winning brews and incredible food have come together in a fun and interesting atmosphere.
Bindlestick Brewing Co.
Bindlestick is an icon for that time when beer variety reigned across this beautiful country. A time when each town had a different beer that highlighted local ingredients. We wish to resurrect some of these fine brews from old as well as new creations celebrating the variety and flavor. We will highlight local ingredients that show how beautiful this great state of TEXAS is!
Blue Owl Brewing Co.
New to East Austin. Blue Owl Brewing is dedicated to the craft of sour-mashing your favorite beer styles into new experiences.
Bluebonnet Beer Co.
A small craft brewery in Round Rock, Texas, owned and operated by a husband and wife team who focus on classic beer styles with slight enhancements. Nothing too crazy or unapproachable here. Just great, easy-drinking beers that are well-suited to the Texan lifestyle.
Pinthouse Pizza Craft Brewpub
We like hops here at Pinthouse Pizza… some may say we are a bit obssesed with them, but we also like balance and drinakability and, we work tirelessly to create innvoative beers of all styles that showcase the highest quality ingrediants that we source for them. Whether it is our award-winning Fully Adrift Double IPA (2014 Alpha King Runner Up and 2015 L.A. International Beer Competition Silver Medal), elusive Jaguar Shark Barrel Aged Stout (2015 L.A. International Beer Competition Gold Medal, 2014 GABF Bronze Medal, 2014 L.A. International Beer Competition Bronze Medal) or our next Pilot IPA offering, we brew every beer to be delicious, drinkable and pair well with six more! What does that mean, you ask? Well, we like to brew flavorful, complex, and interesting beers that still remain very drinkable. The Pinthouse Pizza brewing style is hop-forward American craft beers heavily influenced by the Olde English pub tradition, where it is commonplace to pull up a stool and stay for a pint or six while spending time with friends. It is through a respect for the craft – both an understanding of the science and the embracement of culture and art – that we construct our beers.
Collective Brewing Project
The Collective is Fort Worth’s first franken-monster of a brewery. We’re an unholy marriage of production brewery and badass taproom. In the Near Southside District, we are North Texas’ only sour, wild, and funky brewery.
Freetail Brewing Co. - (SHOUT OUT TO METZGER)
San Antonio’s Brewery & Official Beer of a Kick Ass Time. Crafting ales and lagers the Freetail way since 2008.
Goliad Brewing Co.
Goliad Brewing Company is a family-owned craft beer brewery located in the small South Texas town of Goliad. We seek to bring Texas history back to remembrance while passionately crafting consistent beers and remaining pure to the art of brewing.
True Vine Brewing Co.
Men of love and integrity walking in faith and hope, putting their neighbors before themselves and crafting brews that reflect the same, bringing people together and building community. Beer is an amazing social equalizer. Founded in 2011 by friends with a passion for life, quality beer and creative expression, we are an up-and-coming, family-based craft brewery located in Tyler, TX.
Whole Foods Market Brewing Co.
Whole Foods Market’s first in-store brewery, creating unique beers that bridge our wonderful store offerings and the great world of craft brewing.
Zilker Brewing Co.
We’re a craft brewery and taproom focusing on the American-Belgo style while brewing a wide array of interesting and classic beers. Our unique brewing style is influenced by world travel and experimentation. By combining delicate Trappist yeast strains with clean American brewing techniques, we produce a unique beer that is always in balance, always complex, and always has a proper finish.