Sixth-Annual Big Texas Beer Fest returns March 31-April 1, 2017
The Big Texas Beer Fest returns to Dallas’ Fair Park Auto Building on March 31-April 1. The event was founded in 2012, and has raised almost $50,000 for the North Texas Food Bank since inception. Named as Dallas Observer’s best beer festival two years in a row, and Blitz Weekly’s best festival, this year’s event expects to draw 8,000+ attendees across 2 days. The festival is one of the Southwest’s largest beer events, and will feature over 500 beers from 120 breweries.
One of the festival organizers, Chad Montgomery, added, “each year we add new components to make things fresh and interesting. We’re committed to making the experience better each year for attendees, brewers and vendors.” To that end, the festival has partnered with Noble Rey Brewing Company and Free Play Richardson (a vintage arcade) to create a vintage ‘Arcade Alley’ where attendees can relive favorite arcade games of their youth. Big Texas Beer Fest has sold out every Saturday since year 2, so organizers recommend purchasing in advance.
The success from the first five years has seen attendees travel from faraway places like Germany and Sweden, and this year is no exception. Montgomery says, “we have people from many countries book way in advance, and over 30 states attending this year’s event.” Chad’s wife and event co-founder Nellie added, “last year, we really looked around to figure out why we started this event, and came up with the simple mantra of ‘connecting people through beer.’” In most industries, we don’t see competitors collaborating, but craft beer is different. Breweries like Rahr and Sons from Fort Worth and Lakewood Brewing in Garland have collaborated on two different beers in the past. The couple hopes that the spirit of camaraderie carries through all the way down to the attendee experience at Big Texas Beer Fest.
In addition to award-winning beers from all over the world, the festival will also feature 11 local food trucks, local and regional bands such as Matt Tedder (formerly on The Voice), and attendees can also samples artisan food and non-alcoholic beverages from local vendors such as Dallas Caramel Company, LUCK and other neat vendors. Music and food trucks can be found in the outdoor food and music pavilion.
A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit local charity, the North Texas Food Bank.
Tickets for the festival are available at http://www.bigtexasbeerfest.com. Saturday’s VIP tickets have been sold out for months, but everything else is available. Chad added, “to get the true kid-in-a-candy-store feel, we highly recommend attending our Friday session where we only see about a third of the attendance that we do on Saturday.” General admission tickets begin at $35 and Friday VIP tickets can be had for $60. VIP tickets enable attendees to gain entrance to the event one hour early to enjoy all the rare and unique beers with minimal lines.
The festival’s hours are Friday, March 31 from 7:00pm to 11:00pm, and Saturday from 2:00-6:30pm. Each VIP session is set to begin 1 hour prior to the times noted above. Parking will be available at Fair Park for $10, but the Montgomery’s recommend people use the DART rail, or use their transportation partner Lyft. The DART rail has a stop on the Green Line at Fair Park, dropping attendees just steps away from the venue.