If you missed out on GABF this year, or couldn’t make it to the rescheduled Untapped Houston, you’ll get another chance to try some national and Texan beers at Houston’s Big Brew.
Houston’s first destination craft beer festival will be holding a week-long festival with daily events from Oct. 20-26.
Big Brew will have 85 breweries from all over the U.S. participating this year, making it the second largest beer festival in the nation. Over 40 of those breweries are from Texas, including, but not limited to: Karbach Brewing Co. Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co., Real Ale, Austin Beerworks, Deep Ellum Brewing Co. Lakewood Brewing Company, Thirsty Planet…the list goes on and on. I could name more, but you’re better off looking here for the complete list.
Events will be spread out over the week and will include beer dinners sponsored by Houston breweries, food pairings, and a pub crawl.
And if your liver is still functioning by the end of the week, it will be rewarded/punished with the Big Brew Grand Tasting Sessions, where you’ll find over 1,000 beers available to sample, the chance to meet brewers, live music, and the Spec’s University Seminar Stage.
And of course, no beer festival is complete without a beard contest. Nine of the best beards will be selected by Houston brewers and go on to compete on Oct. 25. The grand prize is a weekend stay at the Hyatt Regency Austin, and a tasting and dinner at Oasis Texas Brewing Company. Eight of the best beards have already been picked, but facial hair experts have one last chance to enter the contest on Oct. 18 at 2 pm at Lone Pint Brewery in Magnolia.
All events are individually priced and are spread out across the city. Below is the schedule of events for Oct. 20-26:
Monday, Oct 20: America’s & Southern Star Brewing Co. Beer Dinner @ America’s River Oaks
Reception at 6:30, Dinner at 7 – Call for reservations
Tuesday, Oct. 21: Witchcraft Tavern Provision Co. & Karbach Brewing Co. Beer Dinner
Time TBA – Call for Reservations
Wednesday, Oct. 22: RDG + Bar Annie & Saint Arnold Brewing Co. Beer Dinner
Time TBA – Call for Reservations
Thursday, Oct. 23: The Great Match – Food and Craft Beer Pairing
Houston chefs and restaurantuers have been paired up with craft breweries from all over the country to create 40 brew-inspied dishes. Ice cream cookie cake with 8th Wonder Rocket FuelVietnamese Porter anyone? Or how about Roasted Lamb Street Tacos paired with Rogue Ales?
Attendees will receive sampling cards for up to 24 food and beer samples and a souvenir sampling cup.
6-9 pm @ George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall A3- $100 per person in advance
Friday, Oct. 24: Texas Brewed – Texas Breweries Showcase
Forty Texas breweries will gather to showcase the best craft beer the Lone Star State has to offer. Attendees will get a souvenir mug and a card good for 24 1-oz. beer samples.
6-9 pm @ George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall A3 – $50 per person in advance
Price, Time, and Pub Crawl Stops TBA
Saturday, Oct. 25: Big Brew Grand Tasting Sessions
Each ticket includes a card good for 24 1-oz. beer samples, with additional samples available for purchase, interactive displays, and access to beer seminars.
1-4:30 & 6:30-10 @ George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall A3 – $45 per person in advance
A VIP ticket gets you early access to the tasting sessions, special tastings, food , a nicer sampling mug, and most importantly, a place to sit.
12-4:30 pm @ George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall A3 – $100 per person in advance
Sunday, Oct. 26: 8th Wonder Brewston Brunch
A 3-course brunch featuring beer parings from 8th Wonder Brewing.
11-1 @ Shula’s Hyatt Regency Downtown – $50 per person in advance, call for reservations