If you like your large-scale beer events with a little less shit show and a little more delicious, centrally located and locally made beer, cancel your plans for October 6th. Unless your plans were to go to the Texas Craft Brewers Festival, in which case: carry on. The festival, now in its ninth year, will be held at Fiesta Gardens downtown with "dozens" of craft and local beer brewers, from Real Ale to Jester King.
Tickets are $10-$77 dollars, depending on whether you'd like the "Designated Driver" option, with complimentary non-alcoholic drinks, or the full-throttle VIP admission with a "guild enthusiast" membership. Proceeds will benefit Austin Sunshine Camps.
Sounds like a great time for all ... except there's a very specific group of folks who can't participate.
Jester King Brewery is pumped to attend the fest, but as they note on their blog, it's not as good a festival as it could be, because brewpubs are excluded:
Indeed we are very excited about the upcoming Texas Craft Brewers Festival. The festival will likely be even better than the excellent one last year. However, we should note that the Texas Legislature has not yet allowed the necessary changes to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission code so that half the craft breweries in Texas — i.e. brewpubs — can actually have their beer at the festival. It’s silly that we have these archaic restrictions holding back our locally grown breweries in an up and coming beer state like Texas!
· Texas Craft Brewers Festival [Official]
· All Craft Beer Coverage on Eater Austin [-EATX-]
· Social Media-Ites Call Austin Beer Fest A Total Disaster [-EATX-]