As the saying goes, “Everything’s bigger in Texas” was certainly true at this year’s Big Texas Beer Fest, which took place on March 30th-31st, 2018 at the Fair Park Automobile Building.
Set up in the heart of Dallas, the 7th Annual Big Texas Beer Fest had 100 different brewers pouring over 500 different styles and flavors of craft beer to attendees. Big names such as Samuel Adams, Firestone Walker, Ballast Point, and many others attended, bringing with them an out-of-state influence. Meanwhile, plenty of state and local breweries geared up for the event, including Shannon Brewing Company, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Community Beer Company, and Deep Ellum Brewing Company, among several others.
This two-day craft beer extravaganza brought in several thousands of people, with some estimating well over 7,000 in attendance. While most of the crowd showed up for general admission, VIPs got special treatment, with entrance to the event an hour early so they could be the first to start sampling the abundance of crafted goods. After some time, there were long lines at several breweries, with some waiting up to 20 minutes just to sample the coveted brews.
Several special releases were scattered abroad, ranging from red wine barrel-aged sours and bourbon barrel-aged stouts to a milkshake IPA. Many brewers tried their best to conjure up different unique recipes to win over the crowd and provide a flavorful experience.
Gourmet food trucks lined up outside the venue to provide hunger-stricken craft beer lovers with much-appreciated grub. This year’s Big Texas Beer Fest was an absolute success, as well as a proving ground for the major growth and expanse that the craft beer industry has seen as a whole. Until next year, continue to drink up and spread the craft beer cheer.