As the weather gets warmer, there are only two words you need to think about: cold beer.
Thanks to Chad Montgomery, you’ll have your cold dreams come true on April 6 at Fair Park, when the Big Texas Beer Fest hosts beers from all around the state of Texas. It’s going to be the beeriest event of the summer. Read the press release if you don’t believe me.
Dallas, TX – March 10, 2013 – The Big Texas Beer Fest returns to Dallas’ Fair Park on April 6 after a highly successful inaugural event last year, which drew more than 4,000 attendees. The event will be held in the Automotive Building at Fair Park, and feature more than 100 breweries from around the world, including 20+ from the state of Texas. Montgomery indicated, “Craft beer is really growing in Texas right now, last year we didn’t really even have that many breweries to invite.”
In addition, where last year’s event featured mostly Texas brewers from the immediate area, this year brewers from Austin, Houston and other parts of the state will be on hand to showcase their wares.
“We were fortunate to have really unique beers last year,” said Chad Montgomery, who founded the festival with his wife, Nellie, after visiting the Great American Beer Fest in Denver. “The lineup at this year’s festival will be even better. We’re really pulling out all the stops. Fortunately, we know a lot of these brewers personally because we’re craft beer folks ourselves, so we have special commitments from nearly every Texas brewer on our list.”
The success of the 2012 festival, which was named one of the Top 14 craft beer and spirits festivals in the United States by foodrepublic.com, also gained international attention. Montgomery said Chris Bauweraerts, brewer at Brasserie d’Achouffe in Belgium, will be attending this year.
“I’m not personally aware of a Belgian brewmaster ever making their way to Texas, but I’m sure it’s happened before,” he said. “We’re honored someone would choose our event and travel thousands of miles to represent their brand.”
In addition to award-winning beers from all over the world, the festival will also feature 10 local food trucks, samples of artisan cheese from local cheese shop, Scardello, locally roasted coffee from Noble Coyote, locally produced craft soda from Armadillo Ale Works, and other free samples. Local bands The O’s, The Hanna Barbarians and Fish Fry Bingo, the official band of Texas craft beer, are also scheduled to perform.
A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit a local charity, the North Texas Food Bank.
Tickets for the festival are on sale now at http://www.bigtexasbeerfest.com. General admission tickets are available for $35, and VIP tickets (which are nearly sold out) are available for $60. VIP tickets enable attendees to gain entrance to the event one hour early to enjoy all the rare and unique beers with minimal lines, as well as allowing the ticket holder to attend an after party at Community Beer Company.
The festival’s hours are 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with the VIP to begin at 1 p.m. Parking will be available at Fair Park for $10, but Montgomery recommends people use the DART rail. The rail has a stop on the Green Line at Fair Park, dropping attendees just steps away from the venue.
For lots of additional information, including participating breweries, vendors, and much more, visit the official event website. To schedule an interview with Montgomery, send him an email or via phone at the contact details below.