Texas Craft Brewers Festival Debuts Beer List
The Texas-only beer celebration returns to Austin
By Eric Puga,
1:00PM, Thu. Sep. 1, 2016
Hey readers! We here at the Austin Chronicle Food section have finally cut a sliver of our busy Pokéstoppin’ time to clean out our reader mailbag full of craft beer-related queries. This week, we’re answering questions about the Texas Craft Brewers Festival presented by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild.
Reader Mail: With so many Texas beer choices on the market and only so much cash in my pocket, is there an alternative to downsizing my efficiency apartment each year or rooming with 14 rejected pledge sisters in lieu of turning to the cheap adjunct, big-beer alternatives for my weekend buzz?
Austin Chronicle: No there isn’t. But a great compromise is to attend a bitchin’ beer festival like the TCBF, where, for the price of an IKEA lamp, you can enjoy a rainbow of flavors made by a spectrum of rad Texas brewers who will be showcasing all the stuff you will be missing out on if you relegate yourself to moving out of town over silly things like finances. Something to think about when you’re shopping at the Giant Eagle in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
By the way, I was in a grocery chain in Checotah once and they kept everything higher than 4% ABV unrefrigerated and on a shelf next to the bulk cigarettes. Oklahoma’s a place you definitely don’t want to be a beer nerd, or a human in general. Which makes what’s being accomplished by the Texas Brewers Guild even more substantial. Go support them.
RM: Which Texas city makes the best craft beer?
AC: This is a question with a simple answer: Yes.
From the legacy acts of Real Ale, Live Oak, and Saint Arnold, to the dynamic, talented hucksters from Pinthouse Pizza, Big Bend, and Peticolas, the Texas craft beer scene is like a pitching rotation from a late-Eighties MLB All-Star Game. These Rusted Root jammin’ mercenaries can launch imperial IPA fastballs and barrel-aged slurves at your sobriety like Doc Gooden on five days rest. They even name their beers after euphemistic puns so that you won’t even know that they’re trying to brush you off the plate to set you up for the big punch-out.
TCBF has over 65 of these Texas-only breweries featuring nearly 200 of their handcrafted beers, giving you the chance to take a few cuts in the big leagues.
RM: Will the craft beer bubble ever burst?
AC: Eventually, but not now.
And I’m talking like centuries down the road when we’ve depressed Earth’s resources so badly that we’re making less than 4% beer on the moons of Saturn like a bunch of Okies while eating mozzarella sticks and Twizzlers for sustenance. Given the advancement of modern science, we all just might live to see that hateful era, so enjoy the good stuff while you can.
Until that time comes, the TCBF has done the heavy lifting for you, collecting the largest assembly of Texas brewers to ever appear under one banner, featuring a list of their classic core beers, one-off specialties, rarities, collaborations, seasonals, and an arcade of rotating taps (that will be announced at a later time to maximize the gooeyness of your melted mind). You should totally go.
RM: Who are some of the breweries – new and old – to look out for at the festival?
AC: There will be the classic festival crush for anything Jester King pours, which is a deserved accolade given their massive global reputation for farmhouse ales and fruited sours, particularly festival smash, Montmorency vs. Balaton, their cherry sour. Austin Beerworks will also be featuring their imminently canned Bloodwork Orange IPA, which is a superstar in the making. BrainDead out of Dallas is a new entrant to the festival and is named after their city’s best wide receiver. And while we totally fabricated that fact, BrainDead’s beer is as excellent and capable as Dez. We always look forward to Houston brewers Karbach and Saint Arnold’s specialty masterpieces like BBH and Pumpkinator, respectively. And look out for Last Stand’s SMaSH Citra, which very well could be the festival’s best IPA.
There are a few breweries making their TCBF debuts who we are anticipating, like Austin’s Friends & Allies, Cedar Park’s Whitestone, and Blackwater Draw out of College Station, who incidentally are breaking up the alphabetical showmance from last year’s festival between local celebs and heavy collaborators Black Star Co-op and Blue Owl Brewing.
RM: I’m a goof who forgot to get a ticket early. What are my options?
AC: Well, the VIP option (noon access) is justifiably sold out given the hype and execution of TCBFs of yore, but relax man, you're gonna be fiiine. Shake it off because there will still be plenty of really great beer to sample for the general admission ticket holders ($35) who will get 2pm access. For our A+ friends who are driving us away happy and sated from the festival grounds at 6:30pm, designated driver tickets are $10 and you will be granted access at the time noted on your pal’s ticket. You will also get to choose the car jams on the ride home at your volume of choice (we recommend loud). Be mindful that this event typically sells out in advance.
By the way, a festival ticket entitles revelers to eight three-ounce taster tickets. Additional taster tickets can be purchased for $1 each.
RM: If you were to equate craft beer to music, what genre would it be?
AC: For me, whatever genre Taylor Swift is. What is that? Bubblegum blues? That’s the kind of shit that really helps me put down a few triple stouts. But everyone’s drinking habit is different and any confessions you may have can be between you and your private Spotify playlists. Fortunately, there will be someone spectacular to curate your TCBF experience and that’s the venerable DJ GrossYall of Alamo Drafthouse. He’s a beer fest spinnin' veteran and the ketchup to this festival’s tater tot.
RM: So what’s the damned beer list look like, dummy?
AC: Anyway, it’s time to make it official and get you in the mood for a party. You can have a wee look below at the full beer list, which is presented in no particular order besides alphabetical. Of course, any of these beers are subject to change at a moment’s whim because beer is finicky and sometimes unpredictable, so don’t get too antsy about it. Something amazing always tends to fill in the gaps. One final note: You may be denied festival entry for wearing cargo shorts*.
*You won’t be denied festival entry for wearing cargo shorts. But, leave the list of prohibited items out of all those damned pockets.
Texas Craft Brewers Festival
Saturday, September 24
2016 BEER LIST
|(512) Brewing Co.||Austin||(512) Export Lager||Dortmunder Export Lager|
|(512) Brewing Co.||Austin||(512) Pale||American Pale Ale|
|4th Tap Brewing Cooperative||Austin||Long Walk||Texas Grapefruit IPA|
|4th Tap Brewing Cooperative||Austin||Renewal||Tamarind Wheat Ale|
|5 Stones Artisan Brewery||Cibolo||Melo Rainbow||Saison|
|5 Stones Artisan Brewery||Cibolo||Pompous Monkey||Hefeweizen|
|Adelbert's Brewery||Austin||Tripel B||Tripel|
|Adelbert's Brewery||Austin||Pablo's Wild Pale Ale||Brett Pale Ale|
|Alamo Beer Co.||San Antonio||Alamo Pilsner||Pilsner|
|Alamo Beer Co.||San Antonio||Alamo Oktoberfest||Märzen|
|Austin Beerworks||Austin||Heavy Machinery Belgian IPA||Belgian-style IPA|
|Austin Beerworks||Austin||Heavy Machinery Wet Hop IPA||Wet Hop IPA|
|Austin Beerworks||Austin||Bloodwork Orange||Blood Orange IPA|
|B-52 Brewing Co.||Conroe||Saison Hop - Orbit||Saison / Farmhouse Ale|
|B-52 Brewing Co.||Conroe||Berliner Hop||Berliner Weisse|
|Big Bend Brewing Co.||Alpine||Barrel-aged SW1||Rauchdoppelbock Aged in Scotch Barrels|
|Big Bend Brewing Co.||Alpine||El Corazon||American Lager|
|Big Bend Brewing Co.||Alpine||Balmorhea Dry-hopped w/ Mosaic||Imperial Berliner Weisse|
|Big Bend Brewing Co.||Alpine||Blood & Treasure||Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout|
|Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery||Austin||Pneuma||Pale Ale|
|Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery||Austin||Waterloo||Watermelon Berliner Weisse|
|Blackwater Draw Brewing Co.||College Station||Contract Killer||Coffee Porter|
|Blackwater Draw Brewing Co.||College Station||Timber Snake IPA||American IPA|
|Blue Owl Brewing||Austin||Hop Totem||Sour IPA|
|Blue Owl Brewing||Austin||Czech Czech||Sour Pils|
|Blue Owl Brewing||Austin||Little Gose||Gose|
|Blue Owl Brewing||Austin||Professor Black||Sour Cherry Stout|
|BrainDead Brewing||Dallas||Dry Hopped Wheat||American Pale Wheat / Session IPA|
|BrainDead Brewing||Dallas||GRITz||Classic American Cream Ale|
|Brazos Valley Brewing Co.||Brenham||7 Spanish Angels||Coffee Brown|
|Brazos Valley Brewing Co.||Brenham||Mama Tried IPA||Texas IPA|
|Brigadoon Brewery & Brew School||Plantersville||Scottish Beer||Scottish Light 60 Shilling|
|Brigadoon Brewery & Brew School||Plantersville||English Beer||English Bitter|
|Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.||Houston||1836||Cooper Ale|
|Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.||Houston||Don't Fear the RIPA||Rye IPA|
|Cedar Creek Brewery||Seven Points||Patio Pounder||Pale Lager|
|Cedar Creek Brewery||Seven Points||Catastrophic Failure||American Sour Ale|
|Chimera Brewing Company||Fort Worth||Shields Up!||American Pale Ale|
|Chimera Brewing Company||Fort Worth||Most Excellent Beer||American Sour/Wet Hop Beer|
|Circle Brewing Co.||Austin||BLUR||Texas Hefe|
|Circle Brewing Co.||Austin||Pacific Jade||Dry-Hopped Saison|
|Community Beer Company||Dallas||Mosaic IPA||India Pale Ale|
|Community Beer Company||Dallas||Community Witbier||Belgian White Ale With Orange Peel & Coriander|
|Community Beer Company||Dallas||Yessir!||Pale Ale|
|Community Beer Company||Dallas||Texas Helles||German-style Lager|
|Deep Ellum Brewing Co.||Dallas||Deep Ellum IPA||IPA|
|Deep Ellum Brewing Co.||Dallas||Neato Bandito||Imperial Mexican-Style Lager|
|Deep Ellum Brewing Co.||Dallas||Hatch Chili Stout||Brown Ale|
|Deep Ellum Brewing Co.||Dallas||Barrel-Aged Four Swords||Belgian Style Strong Ale|
|Flix Brewhouse||Round Rock||Saison De Walt||Saison|
|Flix Brewhouse||Round Rock||Satellite||Belgian Red IPA|
|Four Corners Brewing Co.||Dallas||Santanna Ray Equinox Lager||Hoppy Lager|
|Four Corners Brewing Co.||Dallas||Heart of Texas||American Red Ale|
|Freetail Brewing Co.||San Antonio||Bat Outta Helles||Munich-style Helles|
|Freetail Brewing Co.||San Antonio||Soul Doubt IPA||American IPA|
|Freetail Brewing Co.||San Antonio||Rye Wit||Belgian-Style Wit|
|Friends & Allies Brewing||Austin||Noisy Cricket||Session IPA|
|Friends & Allies Brewing||Austin||Urban Chicken||Saison|
|Hops & Grain Brewing||Austin||78702||Kolsch|
|Hops & Grain Brewing||Austin||So Pitted IPA||American IPA|
|Hops & Grain Brewing||Austin||WinoWeisse||Berliner-style Weisse|
|Hops & Grain Brewing||Austin||Vienna Lager||Vienna Lager|
|Independence Brewing Co||Austin||Cucumber Redbud Berliner Weisse||Berliner Weisse|
|Independence Brewing Co||Austin||Liberty Lunch IPA||IPA|
|Independence Brewing Co||Austin||Power & Light||Pale Ale|
|Independence Brewing Co||Austin||Stash IPA||American IPA|
|Infamous Brewing Company||Austin||Sweep The Leg||Peanut Butter Stout|
|Infamous Brewing Company||Austin||Sex A Peel||American Hefeweizen|
|Jester King Brewery||Austin||Kollaborationsbier||Collaborative Farmhouse Beer|
|Jester King Brewery||Austin||Montmorency vs. Balaton||Barrel Aged Sour Beer Refermented with Cherries|
|Karbach Brewing Co.||Houston||Karbachtoberfest||Märzen Lager|
|Karbach Brewing Co.||Houston||BBH||Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter|
|Lakewood Brewing Co.||Garland||All Call||Kölsch|
|Lakewood Brewing Co.||Garland||Hopochondria||Session IPA|
|Lakewood Brewing Co.||Garland||The Temptress||Imperial Milk Stout|
|Last Stand Brewing Co.||Austin||SMaSH Citra IPA||IPA|
|Last Stand Brewing Co.||Austin||Simcoe Pale Ale||American Pale Ale|
|Legal Draft Beer Company||Arlington||Legal Blonde Lager||Helles Lager|
|Legal Draft Beer Company||Arlington||Chief Justice Stout||Stout|
|Live Oak Brewing||Austin||Grodziskie||Grodziskie|
|Live Oak Brewing||Austin||Berliner Weisse||Berliner Weisse|
|Lone Pint Brewery||Magnolia||667 The Neighbor of The Beast||IPA|
|Lone Pint Brewery||Magnolia||UnDeadHeadEd||Ghost Chile Porter|
|Martin House Brewing Co||Fort Worth||Salty Lady||Gose|
|Martin House Brewing Co||Fort Worth||Cuvee Pumpkin Latte||Pumpkin Ale with Coffee|
|Middleton Brewing||San Marcos||Black Lab Porter||Robust Porter|
|Middleton Brewing||San Marcos||Garnet||Belgian Style Amber|
|No Label Brewing Co||Katy||Nightmare on First Street||Imperial Pumpkin Ale|
|No Label Brewing Co||Katy||Peanut Butter Chocolate Time||Imperial Stout|
|Noble Rey Brewing Co.||Dallas||Bridesmaids' Tears||Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Saison|
|Noble Rey Brewing Co.||Dallas||Sex in a Canoe||American Light Lager|
|North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery||Austin||Porch Time||German-style Pilsner|
|North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery||Austin||Cactus Jack||Prickly Pear Saison|
|Oak Highlands Brewery||Dallas||Freaky Deaky||Belgian Tripel|
|Oak Highlands Brewery||Dallas||Oktoberfest||Märzen Lager|
|Oasis, Texas Brewing Co.||Austin||London Homesick Ale||English Pub Ale|
|Oasis, Texas Brewing Co.||Austin||Metamodern Session IPA||Session IPA|
|Oskar Blues Brewery||Austin||Dale's Pale Ale||American Pale Ale|
|Oskar Blues Brewery||Austin||Pinner Throwback IPA||Session IPA|
|Oskar Blues Brewery||Austin||Mama's Little Yella Pils||Czech-style Pilsner|
|Pedernales Brewing Co.||Fredericksburg||Bitter Battle||American Pale Ale|
|Pedernales Brewing Co.||Fredericksburg||Lobo Oktoberfest||German Märzen|
|Peticolas Brewing Co.||Dallas||Velvet Hammer||Imperial Red|
|Peticolas Brewing Co.||Dallas||Too Soon||IPA|
|Pinthouse Pizza||Austin||Electric Jellyfish||IPA|
|Pinthouse Pizza||Austin||Calma Muerta||Session Ale|
|Rabbit Hole Brewing||Justin||Rapture Brown Ale||American Brown Ale|
|Rabbit Hole Brewing||Justin||Off With Your Red IPA||Red IPA|
|Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.||Fort Worth||The Regulator||German Doppelbock|
|Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.||Fort Worth||Iron Thistle||Wee Heavy Scottish Ale|
|Ranger Creek Brewing||San Antonio||Small Batch Series #12||Rye Saison with Brettanomyces|
|Ranger Creek Brewing||San Antonio||Take it Easy||American Cream Ale|
|Real Ale Brewing Co.||Blanco||Axis IPA||IPA|
|Real Ale Brewing Co.||Blanco||Four Squared||Dry-Hopped Pale Ale|
|Real Ale Brewing Co.||Blanco||Oktoberfest||Bavarian-style Lager|
|Real Ale Brewing Co.||Blanco||New World Pils||German-style Pilsner|
|Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co.||Cedar Park||Wilco Wit||Lemon Lime Witbier|
|Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co.||Cedar Park||HapSlappy IPA||IPA|
|Revolver Brewing||Granbury||Blood & Honey||Unfiltered Wheat Ale|
|Revolver Brewing||Granbury||Land Grab Ale||Herbed Amber Ale|
|Revolver Brewing||Granbury||Full-Tang IPA||IPA|
|Revolver Brewing||Granbury||Redshift Ale||American Spiced Red Ale|
|Running Walker||Richmond||Texas Reserve IPA||IPA|
|Running Walker||Richmond||Running Walker Kölsch||Kölsch|
|Saint Arnold Brewing Co.||Houston/td>||Art Car IPA||American IPA|
|Saint Arnold Brewing Co.||Houston/td>||5 O’Clock Pils||Hoppy Pilsner|
|Saint Arnold Brewing Co.||Houston/td>||2013 Pumpkinator||Pumpkin Imperial Stout|
|Saint Arnold Brewing Co.||Houston||Divine Reserve 16||Adamier|
|San Gabriel River Brewery||Liberty Hill||San Gabriel Texas Red||Irish Red|
|San Gabriel River Brewery||Liberty Hill||San Gabriel Honey Porter||Porter|
|Seguin Brewing Company||Seguin||9-Pin||Kölsch|
|Seguin Brewing Company||Seguin||Oktoberfest||Oktoberfest|
|Shannon Brewing Company||Keller||Shannon IPA||English Style IPA|
|Shannon Brewing Company||Keller||Shannon Chocolate Stout||Sweet Stout|
|Shiner Beers||Shiner||Shiner Homespun Cream Ale||Cream Ale|
|Shiner Beers||Shiner||Texas Warmer||Winter Warmer|
|Solid Rock Brewing||Spicewood||Dauntless IPA||IPA|
|Solid Rock Brewing||Spicewood||Big Drought Stout||Dry Irish Stout|
|Southern Star Brewing Co.||Conroe||Conspiracy Theory||IPA|
|Southern Star Brewing Co.||Conroe||Oktoberfest||German-style Festbier|
|Texas Ale Project||Dallas||Fire Ant Funeral||Amber Ale|
|Texas Ale Project||Dallas||100 Million Angels Singing||Double IPA|
|Texas Beer Refinery||Dickinson||Cucumber Gose||Gose|
|Texas Beer Refinery||Dickinson||Catalyst||Imperial IPA|
|Twisted X Brewing Company||Dripping Springs||Austin Lager||German Lager|
|Twisted X Brewing Company||Dripping Springs||Oktoberfest||Oktoberfest/Märzen|
|Twisted X Brewing Company||Dripping Springs||Later Days||Session India Pale Ale|
|Uncle Billy's Brewery & Smokehouse||Austin||Schizopetal Honey Hibiscus Ale||Honey Ale|
|Uncle Billy's Brewery & Smokehouse||Austin||Berdoll Candied Pecan Brown Ale||Brown Ale|
|Whitestone Brewery||Cedar Park||Lovely Day IPA||IPA|
|Whitestone Brewery||Cedar Park||Cedrela Hefeweizen||German Hefeweizen|
|Whole Foods Market Brewing||Houston||DL||Imperial IPA|
|Whole Foods Market Brewing||Houston||Post Oak||Pale Ale|
|Zilker Brewing Co.||Austin||Tafelbier||Belgian Table Beer|
|Zilker Brewing Co.||Austin||Brutus 10||American IPA|