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Aug. 31st-Sept. 1st: Brewmasters Craft Beer Fest, Hoppiness Happiness

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This Gulf Coast beer festival draws enthusiasts for sun, fun, and samplings of more than 400 regional and international craft beers. 

Toast to the end of summer at the 10th annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival in sunny Galveston Island, Texas. Named a Top 3 beer event by USA TODAY and revered by beer lovers across the region, BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival is an immersive multi-day event over Labor Day weekend where visitors can tap into the world of craft beer on island time. Visitors will flock to Galveston Island in the pursuit of hoppiness and a craft beer experience unlike any other. With hundreds of craft beers, rare “Taste it First” selections, and a Brew-B-Que to boot, this 3-day event offers endless opportunities to learn from the best in the craft beer industry. 

Whether you are a craft-loyal drinker looking for a new summer fav, or just a newbie learning the ropes, BrewMasters is the ultimate event for experiencing the distinctive world of craft beer. As Clifton McDerby, Executive Director of Food & Vine Time Productions, Inc. explained, “We have always focused on craft beer education, making sure that everyone who comes to this event can not only experience the widest selection of craft beers available at any Texas festival but learn something from the craft masters themselves. Intimately, we create a learning experience with immersion into the latest trends while attendees get the opportunity to taste and learn at the same time.”

The three-day festival is packed with beer, cheer, and plenty of foam-filled events happening each day over the Labor Day weekend. Friday night, August 30th kicks off at 7pm with the spirited Nach-Yo Ordinary Tequila Tasting event featuring a range of high-quality tequila-tasting and plenty of salt and nachos for all.

Saturday, August 31st is all about craft beer and the innovative breweries which make it happen at the ultimate BrewHaHa Grand Tasting, which offers the chance to sample hundreds of the best beers in the world.  Pay close attention to the “Taste it First” selections, which offer an exclusive opportunity to sample never-before-tasted craft beers. 

Want an intimate tasting experience with Texas’ finest? Then, the Texas Brewery Tasting Tour is for you.  This tour, now part of the main tasting floor, provides a rare opportunity to meet some of the most successful and emerging breweries in the state.

Guests will enjoy featured selections with each brewery offering a “Taste it First” selection and time with some of the most passionate and skilled brewers and owners in the industry.  

Not a fan of waiting in line? The BrewHaHa VIP Premium Lounge provides early access to the entire tasting floor plus an exclusive space to get crafty with light bites, and premium sampling.  The VIP Zone opens at 2pm with the Grand Tasting at 3pm.

Hear a wide range of experts on the Beer University Stage including a return of the very popular Women in Craft Beer panel where the women of craft beer talk about the growth of women in the industry.  Meet James Simpson and Chad Pilbeam, hosts of “What’s on Tap Radio” and many more. 

To top off the foam-filled weekend, don’t miss the Brew-B-Que, Sunday, September 1st, 11:30am-2:30pm,  featuring smokin’ hot smokehouse specialties from award-winning Pitmaster Patrick Feges and Erin Smith of Feges BBQ, recently recognized as one of the 25 Best New Barbecue Joints in Texas by Texas Monthly, plus live music and, of course, plenty of ice-cold brews.

Make it a destination weekend. Set in Galveston’s tropical Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, 7 Hope Blvd., Galveston, with special events at various venues around the island, BrewMasters breaks out the barrels and serves up foam-filled perfection all weekend long. For more info on the festivities, visit brewmastersbeerfest.com.

This is sponsored by Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, Ben E. Keith, Buffalo Brewing, City of Conroe, Constellation Brands, GEVC, Guinness, Karbach Brewing, Liber Industrial, Palm Bay International, SpeedPro Imaging The Woodlands, T-Mobile and The Wine Group. In-Kind partners include Community Impact News, Goya Foods, Infiniti Graphics, and Kelley Sweet Photography.

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