Discovery Green Hosts the Best Beer in the Lone Star StateMay 3, 2012
by Ali Vise It was a perfect Saturday afternoon for Texas Beer Fest at Discovery Green. The weather was just right so with sunglasses and spf 70, I was set to enjoy my first beer festival. As a newbie, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.
We were fashionably late at 2 p.m. and immediately set up with a plastic cup each (a souvenir) with two lines: one to measure tastings and one for a full glass. Once in beer fest domain, we did a lap around the two rows of brewery booths to pick out ones we had to try first. Each booth was decorated in the brewery’s merchandise and outfitted with beer on tap, bottles, cans or all three. To my surprise, I was unfamiliar with many of the breweries, which made me eager to try.
One tasting ticket was $1, so we purchased 12 tickets to ensure a large variety. We started with Independence Brewery from my college city of Austin, TX. I tried the Stash IPA because I thought the label had a cool design and quickly learned that IPA beer was not for me, nor was selecting a beer based on the label a wise choice.
Six tastings later and with more brewery knowledge, we headed the Anheuser-Busch Stage to soak up some sun and listen to Brant Croucher‘s mix of country, Americana and rock followed by a favorite musician of mine, Curtis Grimes.
After several songs, an empty glass and photo op by the Houston Chronicle, we made our way back to tackle six more tastings. Some of my favorites include Shiner Ruby Redbird, Saint Arnold Summer Pils, and New Belgium Fat Tire. I even spun the wheel for a prize at the Saint Arnold‘s booth and won a free tasting at the brewery! (Here’s a tip – check out the Thursday Concert Daily Deal to sign up for free tour tickets.)
By 5:30 p.m. and 12 tastings, I felt slightly more like a beer connoisseur. I learned such terms as Lager, Pale, IPA, hops, malts and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to each brewer describe their specialties in such detail. The festival gave me much appreciation for beer made in our great state and I’ll definitely be back next year. Cheers!
P.S. Texas Beer Fest is the brainchild of Clif Wigington and Jake Lewis and it’s all about the appreciation and celebration of craft beer.