BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival Labor Day Weekend

8th Annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival On Tap For Labor Day Weekend

Toast to the end of summer at the 8th annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival in sunny Galveston Island, Texas.  Named 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 that lets visitors tap into the world of craft beer on island time.  Visitors will flock to Galveston Island September 1-3 in the pursuit of hoppiness and a craft beer experience unlike any other. With 400 craft beers, and rare “Taste it First” selections, the Free Beer Friday Bad Ass Beard Contest and more, this 3-day event offers endless opportunities to learn from the best in the craft beer industry.

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Craft breweries continue to open at a brisk pace across Texas, and BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival is the perfect place to sip, savor, and explore the real meaning behind the phrase “Drink Local.” Whether you are a craft-loyal drinker looking for inspiration, or just a newbie finding your way, BrewMasters is the ultimate event for experiencing the distinctive world of craft beer. Clifton McDerby, Executive Director of Food & Vine Time Productions, Inc. explained “our vision has always been to make sure that loyalists and newcomers to this event experience the widest selection of craft beers available at any Texas festival, along with brew education and an introduction to new brews coming available for the first time at BrewMasters.”  McDerby continued, “This year we are planning pop-up tastings.  Guests will be pleasantly surprised by this addition, we feel certain.”  But BrewMasters is more than just great tasting craft beer, “it is a place to meet the people who make the craft beer industry a force to be reckoned with,” McDerby added.

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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, September 1 kicks off at 7 p.m. 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.  Frivolity abounds at the popular BrewMasters Friday Night Pub Crawl at 8 p.m. where guests can climb aboard a festive party bus each of which is hosted by a brew brain and tour some of Galveston’s coolest bars.

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Saturday, September 2 is all about craft beer, and the innovative breweries who make it happen. As Texas ranks 8th in the amount of craft beer produced each year, visitors won’t want to miss the Texas Brewery Tasting Tour. This tour 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 in a small group and intimate environment with some of the most passionate and skilled brewers in the industry from 11:30 – 12:45 p.m.

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On Saturday afternoon, the ultimate BrewHaHa Grand Tasting begins with the chance to sample some of the best beer in the world, over 400 of them to be exact. Don’t miss any of the “Taste it First” selections which offer an exclusive opportunity to sample never-before-seen craft beers. Not a fan of waiting in line? The BrewHaHa VIP Premium Lounge provides early access to the tasting floor plus an exclusive space to get crafty with live music, light bites, and premium sampling.  The VIP Zone opens at 2 p.m. with the Grand Tasting at 3 p.m.

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Don’t miss a wide range of experts on the Beer University Stage including the Women in Craft Beer panel where the women of craft beer talk about the growth of women in the industry.  Yes, you can “Have your beer and eat it, too.”  The Art Institute of Houston will present several cooking demonstrations showcasing how to cook with beer.  And finalists in the infamous Bad Ass Beard Contest, presented by Free Beer Friday, will see if their mustache, goatee, and beard made the final cut.

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BrewMasters goes out with a bang on Saturday and Sunday night with Beach, Brews, and Bands at Moody Garden’s Palm Beach with a live concert each night at Palm Beach.  To top off the foam-filled weekend, don’t miss the Brew-B-Que, Sunday September 3 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. featuring smokin’ hot smokehouse specialties, live music and, of course, plenty of brews. Meet Rocky Stubbs from the infamous Stubb’s Barbecue empire, which started in 1968 when C.B. Stubblefield, “Stubb,” opened his first restaurant in Lubbock, Texas. Over the course of his life, Stubb perfected the art of barbecue, including making the sauces, marinades and rubs that today bring legendary Texas flavor to homes everywhere.  Stubb was well known for his trademark smile and infamous line… “Ladies and gentlemen, I’m a cook.”

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Make it a destination weekend.  Set in Galveston’s tropical Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, with special events at various venues around the island, BrewMasters breaks out the barrels and serves up foam-filled perfection all weekend long. Tickets range from $25-$85.  For more info on the festivities, click here.

Get Crafty with Brews, Suds and Sun at Moody Gardens Hotel this Labor Day Weekend!

Make plans now to attend the 6th Annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival. The festival, tapped as a fan-favorite by ThrillList, also remains a favorite of the industry where brewers regularly unveil never before tasted brews. Join fellow craft beer lovers and supporters as they gather Labor Day weekend to celebrate and sample more than 400 specialty and hard-to-find brews. This foamtastic celebration takes place at Moody Gardens Friday, September 4 through Sunday September 6, 2015.

The three-day celebration will showcase two signature events: BrewHaHa Grand Tasting and BrewLicious Brews and Foods Pairing. There are a host of related events like the BrewMasters PubCrawl and Texas Brewery Tasting Tour. Featured activities include: Beach, Brews and Bands live musical performances and fireworks, educational events, a slew of Brew Brains and industry experts, including award-winning BrewMasters and home brewing masters.

Festivities begin on Friday, September 4 with the BrewMasters Pub Crawl at 8 p.m. Hop on board this festive party bus departing from Moody Gardens with a tour to some of Galveston’s trendiest bars. Meet featured Brew Brains at each stop. Tickets are $25 in advance.

If you are Texas beer fan, and who isn’t, make your first stop of the day on Saturday, September 5, at the Texas Brewery Tasting Tour. You’ll have a rare opportunity to take a tasting tour in a small group and intimate environment to enjoy featured Texas brewed selections. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and always sell out.

Then it’s time for the grand tasting.  Saturday, September 5, sample some of the best brews in the world made available to beer lovers at the BrewHaHa Grand Tasting held in the Moody Gardens Convention Center. The Grand Tasting will feature over 400 craft and specialty brews as well as a Wine Escape with wine samplings. Admission to BrewHaHa is $35 in advance, $40 at the door, $85 for a VIP ticket, or choose a multi-event Hopper Pass. The BrewHaHa Grand Tasting will run from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and includes access to multiple beer seminars for all who take pride in their beer and want to expand their knowledge of craft beers.

Thirsty for more? This year Brewlicious Brews & Foods Pairing moves to Sunday to give foodies time to get to the island. This spectacular event, where everyone is a VIP, is for the serious beer and culinary enthusiast. Every featured beer will be paired with food with a focus on high-end, premium, unique beer paired with just the perfect culinary accompaniment. BrewLicious Brews and Foods will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $75.

What would Labor Day be without a concert on the beach? On Saturday and Sunday from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. get ready to have some fun in the sun as Moody Gardens rolls out a beach blast.  Beach, Brews & Bands features live music in the sand followed by fireworks at Palm Beach.  Tickets are $12 at the gate.  $6 online as an add-on to any BrewMasters ticket purchase. Or $6 at the gate with a BrewMasters wrist band or ticket receipt.  Tickets include all activities at Palm Beach plus the concert and fireworks. Admission to Palm Beach is included in your hotel stay.

Driving responsibly is always a must so all BrewMasters events also have a designated driver ticket.  Designated drivers cannot sample any beer.