The seventh annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival is happening September 2 through 4 on Galveston Island at The Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center. Over 400 craft beers will available for attendees to try.
The festival kicks off on Friday night with a new event, the Nach-Yo Ordinary Tequila Tasting. Guests will be able to try a variety of tequilas while loading up at the nacho bar. Later that evening, buses will ferry attendees around town for the popular BrewMasters Friday Night Pub Crawl. Each bus features its own "Brew Brain"—a host who will provide fun facts and information as the tour visits several popular Galveston bars.
Saturday's events kick off with the Texas Brewery Tasting Tour from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. This is a unique opportunity for beer enthusiasts to chat with professionals in the brewing industry in an intimate setting.
The BrewHaHa Grand Tasting starts at 3 p.m. and will be hosted by Chad Pilbeam of Beer Logic. Pilbeam will entertain attendees with stories about the beer industry and will introduce special guests throughout the evening. One of the BrewHaHa's main highlights is "Taste it First," which are beers from local breweries, including B-52, Galveston Bay, Buffalo Bayou and Fetching Lab, that are not currently available anywhere else in Texas.
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In addition to craft beer and live entertainment, winners of the Bad Ass Beard Competition will be announced during the BrewHaHa Grand Tasting. Three finalists will be chosen in each of the following categories: full beard, mustache, goatee, longest beard and unique design. Grand prize winners will receive a customized YETI 64-ounce Rambler cooler and a Hopper 20 travel cooler bag.
The festival concludes on Sunday with another new event, the Brew-B-Que. Pitmaster Patrick Feges of Feges Barbecue and Southern Goods will be on hand serving up ribs, brisket and sausage. Tickets to the Brew-B-Que include a barbeque plate, a punch card for six 2-ounce beer samples, and live music.
Tickets for the various events range in price from $25 to $85 and can be purchased at www.brewmastersbeerfest.com. VIP tickets to the Grand Tasting include entry an hour earlier plus access to the Auchentoschan Scotch tasting lounge.