Your Guide to the 2018 Texas Craft Brewers Festival

In its 15th year, the Texas Craft Brewers Festival plans to showcase nearly 200 craft beers from around the state.

If you’re reading this post and haven’t bought tickets to the Texas Craft Brewer’s Festival… Stop immediately and go grab ’em now! Because they will sell out. (VIP tickets are already sold out!) You can grab a link to buy tickets here.

Since 2003, the Texas Craft Brewers Guild has been putting on their own beer festival that remains by, and for the Texan craft brewers and craft beer community. And in case you didn’t know, there’s a lot to celebrate with Texas craft beer!

My first Texas Craft Brewers Festival was in 2016, just a few months after I packed up my whole life in Virginia to move halfway cross the country to Texas. My first year was spent as a last-shift volunteer pouring beers from nearby Infamous Brewing. It was a whirlwind and felt like a speed-dating round with Texas craft brewers but I loved every minute of it.

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Texas Craft Brewers Festival Details

  • What: Texas Craft Brewers Festival
  • Who: 70+ Texas craft breweries hosted by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild
  • When: September 29th, 2-6:30 PM (VIP at 12 PM)
  • Where: Fiesta Gardens in East Austin, Texas
  • Why: To celebrate the close-knit Texas craft beer community.
  • How: Buy tickets here.

Going down in East Austin’s Fiesta Gardens on Saturday,  September 29th, is the largest beer festival in Texas focused soley on Texas-brewed craft beer! This year, the festival is hosting 70+ Texas craft breweries and 200 some craft beers available for tasting. For the full lineup and rotating taps, head over here.

Here are some important tips to plan your afternoon at the Texas Craft Brewers Festival:
  • No dogs or minors allowed
  • You can bring in an empty, refillable water bottle (highly-recommended!)
  • Yes, there are DD tickets
  • Take public transportation or use Lyft to get there
  • Your ticket comes with eight samples. Additional 3oz sample tickets will be $5/eight tickets
  • Tickets have sold out every year, plan to purchase yours before arriving
  • If this is your first year at the festival, come prepared! The TCBF website has you covered with their FAQ page
Now on to the fun part, the beer! Below is the full list of Texas beers that will be available at this year’s Texas Craft Brewers Fest:

512) Brewing (Austin) | Cryo Juicy IPA
(512) Brewing (Austin) | Wild Bear (Foeder-aged wild ale)
8th Wonder Brewery (Houston) | Dome Faux’m (Cream Ale)
8th Wonder Brewery (Houston) | Haterade (Gose)
Adelbert’s Brewery (Austin) | Hibiscus Saison
Adelbert’s Brewery (Austin) | Lagerboy Pilsner
Adelbert’s Brewery (Austin) | Travelin’ Man (Rotating Hop IPA)
Adelbert’s Brewery (Austin) | Tripel B (Tripel)
Alamo Beer Company (San Antonio) | Alamo German Pale Ale
Alamo Beer Company (San Antonio) | Alamo White (Belgian Wit)
Armadillo Ale Works (Denton) | Honey Please (Mesquite Bean Blonde Ale)
Armadillo Ale Works (Denton) | Land Yacht (IPA)
Austin Beerworks | Black Thunder (Black Lager)
Austin Beerworks | Heavy Machinery Wet Hop IPA
Austin Beerworks | Lazer Salad (Double IPA)
Austin Beerworks | Montecore (Oktoberfest)
The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. | Happy Pounds (American-style Lager)
The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. | Sunny (Saison)
Back Pew Brewing (Porter) | Black Habit (Schwarzbier)
Back Pew Brewing (Porter) | Blue Testament (American Pilsner/Pre-prohibition Lager)
Barrow Brewing (Salado) | Evil Catfish (IPA)
Barrow Brewing (Salado) | Mystery of the Deep (DIPA)
Bearded Fox Brewing (Tomball) | Aunt Rose (Red Helles Lager)
Bearded Fox Brewing (Tomball) | G.O.A.T. (Imperial IPA)
Big Bend Brewing (Alpine) | Alpine White (Witbier)
Big Bend Brewing (Alpine) | Balmorhea w/ watermelon & tangerine (Imperial Berliner Weisse)
Big Bend Brewing (Alpine) | Charles Prince of Whalez (Pastry Stout)
Big Bend Brewing (Alpine) | Old Love (Barleywine)
Black Star Co-op (Austin) | It’s Not A Pneuma (Super Hoppy Pale Ale)
Black Star Co-op (Austin) | Roze Sap (Sour Guava Ale)
Blue Owl Brewing (Austin) | Cool & the Gang (Sour English Mild w/ Earl Grey Tea)
Blue Owl Brewing (Austin) | Citra Fresh Hopped Little Boss (Sour session wheat w/ fresh hops)
Blue Owl Brewing (Austin) | SMash SMaSH (Single-Malt-and-Single-Hop Sour IPA)
Blue Owl Brewing (Austin) | Tiki Hop Totem (Sour IPA w/ tropical tiki fruit)
Bluebonnet Beer Company (Round Rock) | Trophy Buckle IPA (American IPA)
Bluebonnet Beer Company (Round Rock) | Oktoberfest (Oktoberfest / Marzen)
Braman Brewery (Richmond) | Running Walker Hefeweizen
Braman Brewery (Richmond) | Running Walker Pale Ale
Brazos Valley Brewing (Brenham) | Greetings from Brenham TX (Brut IPA)
Brazos Valley Brewing (Brenham) | Willin’ Pale (Mosaic-Hopped Pale Ale)
The Brewer’s Table (Austin) | UnBavarian Super Fancy (Field Lager)
The Brewer’s Table (Austin) | Vor Ort (American Lager)
The Brewtorium (Austin) | Electric Lederhosen (Vienna Lager)
The Brewtorium (Austin) | SHAzacca (IPA)
Brigadoon Brewery & Brew School (Plantersville) | Green Ogre IPA (Imperial IPA)
Brigadoon Brewery & Brew School (Plantersville) | Scottish (Scottish 60 Shilling)
Buffalo Bayou Brewing (Houston) | Crush City IPA (Mandarina & Mosaic IPA)
Buffalo Bayou Brewing (Houston) | Wake ‘n Bake (Blonde Ale w/ Amaya Espresso & Madagascar Vanilla)
Caracara Brewing (Lockhart) | Lockhart Blonde (Blonde)
Caracara Brewing (Lockhart) | Plum Creek Porter (Robust Porter)
Celis Brewery (Austin) | Celis IPA (American IPA)
Celis Brewery (Austin) | Celis Juicy IPA (Hazy IPA)
Celis Brewery (Austin) | Celis Pale Bock (Amber Lager)
Celis Brewery (Austin) | Celis White (Belgian Witbier)
Circle Brewing (Austin) | Beto Beer (American Pale Ale)
Circle Brewing (Austin) | Blur Texas Hefe (South German Hefeweizen)
Community Beer Company (Dallas) | Mosaic IPA (India Pale Ale)
Community Beer Company (Dallas) | Silly Gose (Fruited Gose)
Community Beer Company (Dallas) | Texas Lager (Light Lager)
Community Beer Company (Dallas) | Witbier (Belgian White Ale)
Deep Ellum Brewing (Dallas) | Dallas Blonde (Blonde Ale)
Deep Ellum Brewing (Dallas) | Easy Peasy IPA (Session IPA)
Deep Ellum Brewing (Dallas) | Neato Bandito (Mexican-style Lager)
Deep Ellum Brewing (Dallas) | Play Date (American Sour Blonde Ale)
Eureka Heights Brew Co. (Houston) | Buckle Bunny (Cream Ale)
Eureka Heights Brew Co. (Houston) | Mini Boss (IPA)
Family Business Beer Company (Dripping Springs) | Spree (Berliner Weisse)
Family Business Beer Company (Dripping Springs) | The Ocelot (Un-hazy IPA)
Flix Brewhouse (Round Rock) | Das Umlaut Oktoberfest (Marzen)
Flix Brewhouse (Round Rock | Nebulas Hazy IPA (New England IPA)
Flying Man Brewing (Pflugerville) | Auto Rotator Series IPA
Flying Man Brewing (Pflugerville) | Waterbomber Watermelon Wheat
Fredonia Brewery (Nacogdoches) | Invictus (New England IPA)
Fredonia Brewery (Nacogdoches) | Marzën
Freetail Brewing (San Antonio) | Bat Outta Helles (Munich Helles Lager)
Freetail Brewing (San Antonio) | Tadarida Oscura (Cascadian Dark IPA)
Freetail Brewing (San Antonio) | Old Bat Rastard (Winter Warmer)
Freetail Brewing (San Antonio) | Peach Bexarliner (Fruited Berliner)
Friends and Allies Brewing (Austin) | Bearliner (Blackberry Berliner Weisse)
Friends and Allies Brewing (Austin) | Hike & Bike (Pale Lager)
Frontyard Brewing (Austin) | Coffee Milk Stout
Frontyard Brewing (Austin) | Rye IPA
Great Heights Brewing (Houston) | Fruity Pellets (New England IPA)
Great Heights Brewing (Houston) | Lager-ish (Kolsch)
Hi Sign Brewing (Austin) | Hi-C (American IPA)
Hi Sign Brewing (Austin) | Shamus The Fiddler (Irish Red)
Hi Sign Brewing (Austin) | The Astronaut (Double IPA)
Hi Sign Brewing (Austin) | Violet (Blueberry Blonde)
Holler Brewing (Houston) | Apriquat Sour (Kettle Sour w/ Fruit)
Holler Brewing (Houston) | Holler Dollar Pils Y’all (German Pilsner)
Hopfusion Ale Works (Fort Worth) | Feisty Blonde (Honey Vanilla Blonde)
Hopfusion Ale Works (Fort Worth) | Tejano Lager (Mexican Lager)
Hops & Grain Brewing (Austin) | A Pale Mosaic (Double Dry-hopped IPA)
Hops & Grain Brewing (Austin) | O-Fest Lager (Festbier)
Hops & Grain Brewing (Austin) | Pellets & Powder IPA
Hops & Grain Brewing (Austin) | River Beer (Premium American Lager)
Jester King Brewery (Austin) | Das Wunderkind! (Hoppy Farmhouse Blended-Saison)
Jester King Brewery (Austin) | Detritivore (Farmhouse Saison with Spent Cherries)
Künstler Brewing (San Antonio) | Cashmere (Hefeweizen)
Künstler Brewing (San Antonio) | Hawaiian Fog (American IPA)
Lakewood Brewing (Garland) | Lakewood IPA (American IPA)
Lakewood Brewing (Garland) | Temptress (Imperial Milk Stout)
Last Stand Brewing (Austin) | Fuzzieluscious (New England IPA)
Last Stand Brewing (Austin) | Pre-Prohibition Lager
Lazarus Brewing (Austin) | 40 Days and 40 Nights (IPA)
Lazarus Brewing (Austin) | Prodigal Pils (Pilsner)
Legal Draft Beer Co (Arlington) | Hung Jury (Hefewiezen)
Legal Draft Beer Co (Arlington) | Lawktoberfest (Festbier)
Live Oak Brewing (Austin) | Lichtenhainer
Live Oak Brewing (Austin) | Oaktoberfest (Festbier)
Lone Pint Brewery (Magnolia) | The Jabberwocky (Imperial India Pale Ale)
Lone Pint Brewery (Magnolia) | Tornado Shark (American Strong Ale)
Martin House Brewing (Fort Worth) | The Salty Lady (Gose)
Martin House Brewing (Fort Worth) | True Love (Raspberry Sour Ale)
No Label Brewing (Katy) | 1980 Kolsch
No Label Brewing (Katy) | Sittin’ Sidehaze (New England IPA)
North by Northwest (Austin) | Bohemian Pils (Czech-style Pilsner)
North by Northwest (Austin) | Brutylicious (Brut IPA)
North by Northwest (Austin) | Mango Zombie (Fruited IPA)
North by Northwest (Austin) | Zombie Dragon (IPA)
Oak Highlands Brewery (Dallas) | Freaky Deaky (Belgian Tripel)
Oak Highlands Brewery (Dallas) | Oktoberfest (Marzen)
Oasis Texas Brewing (Austin) | Luchesa Lager (Unfiltered Pils)
Oasis Texas Brewing (Austin) | Protomodern IPA
Orf Brewing (Austin) | Oocheenama (Asian white ale)
Orf Brewing (Austin) | Salutation (Golden ale)
Oskar Blues Brewery (Austin) | Barrel Aged Barleywine
Oskar Blues Brewery (Austin) | Barrel Aged Ten Fidy (Imperial Stout)
Oskar Blues Brewery (Austin) | Dale’s Pale Ale
Oskar Blues Brewery (Austin) | Mama’s Lil Yella Pils (Pilsner)
Peticolas Brewing (Dallas) | Golden Opportunity (Kolsch)
Peticolas Brewing (Dallas) | Sit Down or I’ll Sit You Down (Imperial IPA)
Pinthouse Pizza (Austin) | Hazed & Confused (Unfiltered IPA)
Pinthouse Pizza (Austin) | Nomura (Hazy Double IPA)
Rabbit Hole Brewing (Justin) | Shield Biter (Strong Scotch Ale)
Rabbit Hole Brewing (Justin) | Yankee Jester (New England IPA)
Rahr & Sons Brewing (Fort Worth) | Dadgum IPA (American IPA)
Rahr & Sons Brewing (Fort Worth) | Paleta De Mango (Fruit Beer)
Real Ale Brewing (Blanco) | Axis IPA (American IPA)
Real Ale Brewing (Blanco) | Cranberry Gose (German-style Gose with Cranberry)
Real Ale Brewing (Blanco) | Oktoberfest (Marzen)
Real Ale Brewing (Blanco) | Swifty APA (American Pale Ale)
Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing (Cedar Park) | Hoop Dreams (Helles Lager)
Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing (Cedar Park) | More Better Tropical Milkshake Double IPA
Rentsch Brewery (Georgetown) | Bourbon Barrel Stout
Rentsch Brewery (Georgetown) | Double Dry Hop IPA
Saint Arnold Brewing (Houston) | Art Car IPA (American IPA)
Saint Arnold Brewing (Houston) | Orange Show (Blood Orange Blonde Ale)
Saint Arnold Brewing (Houston) | Pumpkinator 2013 (Pumpkin Imperial Stout)
Saint Arnold Brewing (Houston) | Raspberry AF (Raspberry Berliner Weiss)
San Gabriel River Brewery (Liberty Hill) | Irish Coffee Porter (Robust Porter)
San Gabriel River Brewery (Liberty Hill) | Texas Red (Irish Red)
Save the World Brewing (Marble Falls) | Flamma Granatum (Blonde ale aged on pomegranates)
Save the World Brewing (Marble Falls) | Sol Vinum (Golden strong ale aged on Syrah grapes)
Southern Heights Brewing (Austin) | Tahitian Dreamin (American IPA)
Southern Heights Brewing (Austin) | Where’s My Flannel (English Mild Pub Ale)
Southern Star Brewing (Conroe) | Hecho en Conroe (Mexican Lager)
Southern Star Brewing (Conroe) | Oktoberfest (Marzen)
Spoetzl Brewery (Shiner) | Shiner Day Quencher (Session Ale)
Spoetzl Brewery (Shiner) | Shiner Wicked Juicy IPA
St Elmo Brewing (Austin) | Roxanne (Guava Sour)
St Elmo Brewing (Austin) | Vaughn (German Pilsner)
Suds Monkey Brewing (Dripping Springs) | Funky Monkey IPA
Suds Monkey Brewing (Dripping Springs) | Punk Monkey Porter
Texas Beer Company (Taylor) | Hoppy Duck (IPA)
Texas Beer Company (Taylor) | Pecos Amber Lager
Thirsty Planet Brewing (Austin) | Pail Head Pale Ale
Thirsty Planet Brewing (Austin) | Wizard Kitty (Passion Fruit Kettle Sour)
TUPPS Brewery (McKinney) | DDHIPA – Double Dry Hopped IPA (New England IPA)
TUPPS Brewery (McKinney) | Full Grown Jack (Pumpkin Spiced Imperial Stout)
Uncle Billy’s Brewery (Austin) | Green Room (IPA)
Uncle Billy’s Brewery (Austin) | Knuckleballer Kolsch
Vista Brewing (Driftwood) | Le Saison (Traditional Saison)
Vista Brewing (Driftwood) | Dark Skies (Schwarzbier)
Whitestone Brewery (Cedar Park) | Keyboard Gangsta (Hazy IPA)
Whitestone Brewery (Cedar Park) | Oktoberfest (Marzen)
Wild Acre Brewing (Fort Worth) | Wild Acre Super Hawk (Double IPA)
Wild Acre Brewing (Fort Worth) | Wild Acre Texas Blonde (Blonde Ale)
Woodcreek Brewing (Rockwall) | Highway 66 IPA (American India Pale Ale)
Woodcreek Brewing (Rockwall) | Lakeside Cerveza (Mexican-Style Ale)
Zilker Brewing (Austin) | Chaos Magic (Kettle Sour)
Zilker Brewing (Austin) | Heavenly Daze IPA (American IPA)

Partners in Craft is a Night to Celebrate Collaboration in the Community

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Returning to the festival this year is the Friday kick-off, Partners in Craft. This is to be a much more intimate festival compared to the Texas Craft Brewers Festival.

Partners in Craft will be featuring some of the best collaborations that have happened in the Texas craft beer community. But it doesn’t stop with incredible craft beer. There will be an impressive lineup of local food vendors (Hold Out Brewing, Vista Brewing, Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches, Lick Honest Ice Creams), local artists (Including Austin Flea!!) and a sunset view of Lady Bird Lake. Head to this page to grab your tickets.

Last year, I attended the beer festival kick-off, and I gotta tell ya, I loved it! The evening was intimate, sophisticated, and full of incredible brews that are the direct result of Texas’s collaborative community.

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Here’s the full list of collaborations that will be available at Partners in Craft:
  • 7 Spanish Angels Autumn Ale | Brazos Valley Brewing Company Collaboration with Independence Coffee Company | Pumpkin Spiced Coffee Brown Ale
  • Archetype Historical IPA | Circle Brewing Company Collaboration with Blacklands Malt | Historical Beer
  • Art Car IPA with Texas Peaches | Saint Arnold Brewing Company Collaboration with Lightsey Farms | American IPA
  • Black Sparrow Bier | Texas Beer Company Collaboration with Black Sparrow BBQ | Smoked Beer
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Off With Your Red | Rabbit Hole Brewing Collaboration with Acre Distilling, Ft. Worth TX | Barrel Aged Imperial Red IPA
  • Cool & the Gang | Blue Owl Brewing Collaboration with Lazarus Brewing Co | Sour Mild with Earl Grey Tea
  • DDHelada | TUPPs Brewery Collaboration with Waterboy Farms | Heirloom Tomato New England Style Double Dry Hopped IPA
  • Et Tu Brut IPA | Austin Beerworks Collaboration with Holdout Brewing | Brut IPA
  • Hill Country Common | Thirsty Planet Collaboration with Pellets and Patience BBQ, Austin Honey Company | Smoked California Common
  • Houston Triple Craft | Holler Brewing Collaboration with Greenway Coffee, Feges BBQ | Smoked Coffee Marzen
  • Just Hunks | Adelbert’s Brewery Collaboration with Oddwood Ales | Blended Double IPA
  • Lady Bird | Vista Brewing Collaboration with Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center | Bier De Garde
  • Magic | Hops & Grain Brewing Collaboration with Spokesman Coffee | Mixed Culture Barrel Aged Saison with Coffee
  • Meow! | Whitestone Brewery Collaboration with Flix Brewhouse | Hazy IPA
  • Mikey V’s Texas Ex’s Weizenbock | Rentsch Brewery Collaboration with Mikey V | Weizenbock
  • Nitro Coffee Milk Stout with Hemp Oil | Zilker Brewing Company Collaboration with Cuvee Coffee | Coffee Milk Stout
  • No Way Rosé | Deep Ellum Brewing Company Collaboration with Oskar Blues Brewery, other CANarchy breweries | Southwestern Rose Ale
  • Norman | St. Elmo Brewing Company Collaboration with Easy Tiger | Rye Bread Beer
  • Part & Parcel | Jester King Brewery Collaboration with Blacklands Malt | farmhouse ale
  • Po-Cha-Na-Quar-Hip | Lone Pint Brewery Collaboration with A local bee farm near Livingston, TX | Braggot
  • Rocket Fuel | 8th Wonder Brewery Collaboration with Greenway Coffee Co | Vietnamese Coffee Porter
  • Snakebite | Real Ale Brewing Company Collaboration with Austin Beerworks Hazy IPL
  • Sorachi Tripel | Southern Star Brewing Company Collaboration with Channing Herrin (Nobi Public House) | Tripel
  • Tejano Coffee | Künstler Brewing Collaboration with White Elephant Coffee Co | American Porter
  • Texas Ruby Red Radler | Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse Collaboration with Lone Star Citrus Growers | Radler
  • Wineoceros | Red Horn Coffee House and Brewing Co. Collaboration with NXNW (Stone Lake) | American IPA w/ White Wine Juice
  • With Our Powers Combined | Eureka Heights Brew Co Collaboration with Freetail Brewing Company | Hoppy Rye Kolsch
  • With Our Powers Combined | Freetail Brewing Company – Pub Collaboration with Eureka Heights Brewing Co. | Dry-Hopped Rye Kolsch Wit Bier
  • Yellow Circles | The Brewtorium Collaboration with Red Horn Coffee House and Brewing Co. | Altbier
  • YSB #6: Siouxsie’s Strawberry Girl | Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company, The Collaboration with Farm To Table | Fruited American-Style Sour Ale
  • Zaydorf | Orf Brewing LLC Collaboration with Justin Davis | wood-aged ale

Official TX Craft Brewers Fest Afterparty will be Hosted by Craft Pride

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Craft Pride is again hosting the TCBF’s Official After Party.

If somehow you’re up for more partying and craft beer after several hours at the Texas Craft Brewers Festival, there is an afterparty. Craft Pride is back again and hosting the traditional afterparty over on Rainey Street.

If you’re somehow still standing after your afternoon of drinking Texas craft beer, you’ll want to follow the crowd to this party which starts at 3 PM. I’ve never made it to this afterparty, but I have a feeling this year will be the year! 🙂

Craft Pride will run timed tappings of specialty Texas craft brews, along with live music starting in the afternoon. AND Via 313 Pizza will be out back, which is divine in its own right. For more details about this unofficial, official beer festival afterparty, check out Facebook Event page. Below is the pouring list:

  • 4th Tap Brewing Co-op House of Torment Pumpkin Ale
  • (512) Brewing Company Wild Bear
  • 8th Wonder Brewery Blueberry Haterade
  • Adelbert’s Brewery Berry White
  • Austin Beerworks Finkle: Pomegranate & Blood Orange
  • Big Bend Brewing Company Charles Prince of Whalez
  • Blue Owl Brewing Wild Animal Brazos Valley Brewing Company Mango Willin’
  • Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company BBA Gingerbread Stout
  • The Collective Brewing Project Pineapple & Thai Basil PGS
  • Community Beer Company 5th & Flemish Saison
  • Lakewood Brewing Company Peanut Butter Temptress
  • Last Stand Brewing Company Citra SMaSH Cask w/Mango, Vanilla Bean, & Lactose
  • Martin House Brewing Company Dairyland Special
  • Noble Rey Brewing Company Peanut Butter & Jealous
  • NXNW Restaurant & Brewery – Stonelake Zombie Dragon Cask w/ Peaches, Vanilla, & Cinnamon
  • Oasis Texas Brewing Company Spur
  • Pinthouse Pizza WTF Is Juice?
  • Real Ale Brewing Company Imperium Persicum
  • Saint Arnold Brewing Company Raffarita
  • Southern Heights Brewing Co It’s Probably Awesome IPA
  • TUPPS Brewery Apricot Sour DDH IPA
  • Two Wheel Brewing Company The Turbulent Joose
  • Whitestone Brewery Meow! Vista Brewing Rosanna
  • Zilker Brewing Company Phresh Hop Parks & Rec
Coming to the Texas Craft Beer Festival in Austin, Texas? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to grab a beer with ya!

One thought on “Your Guide to the 2018 Texas Craft Brewers Festival”

  1. Tiffany Martin says:

    I really need to get to Texas one day as I hear such great things about the Craft Beer Scene!

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