There is definitely some truth to the old adage, every thing is bigger in Texas, especially when it comes to our beer. This year marked the fourth annual Big Texas Beer Festival. Co founders Chad and Nellie Montgomery visited Denver in September 2010 and attended the Great American Beer Festival. They were so impressed with how the region responded to such an event, that they decided to try to bring this type of event home to Dallas.
2015 Big Texas Beer Fest marked a momentous undertaking. With 500+ beers being represented, there was sure to be massive crowds. The fest has sold out before the event date every year. A sold out crowd means long lines to enter and to sample, however, the entrance lines flowed smoothly and only caused about a 15 minute wait. There is always a VIP option that gets you in the event an hour earlier to try all the rare beers first if you want to bypass the lines. You also receive a sample lanyard cup holder, souvenir beer glass and bag.
Once in the building, you received a two ounce sample cup as well as a sample card good for 12 samples. Due to the state laws, you had to purchase additional sample cards for a minimal cost of just $2 per card. Naturally, with that much beer available, there were several food truck options available in the outdoor pavilion as well as entertainment. Free water was provided throughout the hall.
A portion of the BTBF proceeds benefit the North Texas Food Bank (www.ntfb.org). They chose the food bank because hunger is a major problem in North Texas, and 94% of the food bank funds go directly to their mission. They’re highly efficient, and BTBF wants to support them.
With a such an array of craft beers, music and food, it’s not hard to see how this event sells out every year. Make sure to follow them on facebook for updates to next years event.
Article by: Kristelle Maguire
Photos by: Jason Maguire