Austin Celebrates MaiFest (w/ ticket giveaway!)

-2Sure you’ve heard of Oktoberfest, but how about its springtime equivalent–Maifest?

Whether it rings a bell or not, you’ll be able to celebrate the German festival right here in Austin next Saturday, May 31 for the second annual Maifest at Saengerrunde Hall.

The event will feature craft beer tastings from 11 Texas breweries offering up their takes on traditional German and European styles, music from Czech Melody Masters, Los Kolaches, Off the Grid and Sour Bridges, and food available to purchase from neighboring Scholz Garten.

Attendees will also have access to Saengerrunde’s rooftop biergarten and bowling alley during the festivities, and Bitch Beer will be on-site selling copies of our book, “Austin Beer: Capital City History on Tap,” which tells the story of Austin’s German brewing heritage, through to our current day craft breweries.

Here’s the beer list for the event:

– Austin Beerworks: Heisenberg (German-style Kristallweizen)
– Circle Brewing: EPIC Hop Bock (combines the styles of a German Helles Bock with an American IPA)
– Karbach Brewing Co.: Love Street (Kölsch-style)
– Grapevine Craft Brewery: Monarch (Pale Wheat Ale)
– Hops & Grain: Alt-eration Ale (German-style Altbier)
– Independence Brewing: Independence Pale Ale
– Live Oak Brewing: Schwarzbier (opaque black lager)
– Real Ale Brewing: Hans Pils (German Pilsner)
– Pedernales Brewing: Lobo Negro (Munich Dunkel Lager) & Classic Hefe-Weizen
– Rahr & Sons Brewing: Summertime Wheat (Hefeweizen)
– Saint Arnold Brewing: Santo (black Kölsch-style)

The festival benefits Foodways Texas, an organization that preserves, promotes and celebrates Texas’s diverse food cultures. It runs Saturday, May 31 from 1-7 pm (RAIN or SHINE). Tickets are $25 Advance / $35 Door / $20 Members.


Ticket Giveaway

Bitch Beer is giving away two pairs of tickets to the festival!

Comment below sharing you Twitter handle, and telling us why you’d like to attend Maifest, and we’ll announce our two randomly selected winners Tuesday, May 27 via Twitter.

Good luck!

15 Comments on Austin Celebrates MaiFest (w/ ticket giveaway!)

  1. missfoodiehotpants // May 23, 2014 at 5:09 pm // Reply

    @mscutiehotpants how much fun is this?! bowling+beer+history? nerd alert!

  2. Eric Young // May 23, 2014 at 5:41 pm // Reply

    I’d like to attend – I’ve been a little lax in my beer event attendance lately 😉

  3. Ashley Hawes // May 23, 2014 at 7:23 pm // Reply

    @hawesome27 Alt-eration is my favorite! German-Texan beer at a German-Texan festival sounds like the best way to spend an afternoon in Austin!

  4. @giventruth likes beer a lot and loves trying new beer.

  5. Matthew J. Reid // May 23, 2014 at 10:35 pm // Reply

    @biergut I cut my craft beer teeth suckling on the fine brews in Germany back in ’91 and have been dying to relive that experience. This is my chance right here in Austin!

  6. Because I love craft beer and would love to go to this event. Thanks

  7. Helles yes! It’s Summertime and it would be EPIC 2 win some tickets to an event we never have been to, yet. Been to some Tx Octoberfest, Wurstfest, but sadly, no MaiFest 😦
    Warning, getting our stein on to some Czech Melody may not be as pretty as a Monarch on Love Street. It however sounds like a Real fun time; like Independence on the Pedernales with some Texas craft beer in hand. Should we win, it would be a great ALTeration to our plans. We will be sure to toast our old friend Santo and expand our Floodways horizon. Prost! @13DegN

  8. Victoria Alvarez // May 26, 2014 at 10:22 am // Reply

    Because I am a lady who loves craft beer. Please pick @thevickeys

  9. @leftwithnoarms I’m a little late getting into craft beer so I’d love the opportunity to learn about German/Euro style beers and Maifest!

  10. @BeerdedBrent Awesome German beer styles brewed by awesome Texas breweries, nuff said!

  11. I would love to have the opportunity to become inebriated as it has been months since my last time and what would be better than accomplishing this feat than with locally produced libations. Oh and my wife would love it too.

  12. ministry24 // May 27, 2014 at 12:54 pm // Reply

    @austinist great selection of brews!

  13. Because we’re in Austin in summer and it never stopped feeling like fall (except for last week), and i’m convinced that these tickets will allow me to find my long lost connection to my german roots. Prost! @uanof_brews (oh yeah, this is my IG ’cause I don’t have Twitter)

  14. Thanks for entering everyone! Our randomly selected winners are @hawesome27 & @austinbeergeek. Congrats!

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