by Brian Wall
Most people enjoy a good festival. Whether it be a carnival, renaissance faire, music gathering; they all have their own separate functions but are all designed for one simple thing- to enjoy a social atmosphere and have fun. Beer festivals are no different from other festival with the exception that there is normally plenty of brewers offering samples and rarities that may have only been brewed for the festival. On April 5th, the festivities at Fair Park gave us the Big Texas Beer Fest.
Beer fests are not for the uninitiated or the casual beer drinker. Similar to the way a marathon is not for the three mile per day jogger, beer fests are marathons that must be prepared for and trained for. The craft beer offerings go unrivaled from the standard tavern selection and maintain more samples than it is safe to consume in a given day. BTBF was definitely no exception to this rule. Continue reading
by Jennifer Thomas
Tickets to the 3rd Annual Big Texas Beer Fest are on sale as of today, and festival organizers Chad and Nellie Montgomery have planned the biggest beer event to ever hit North Texas. This year look for even more Texas breweries, brew pubs and generally even more representatives totaling over 100, sampling nearly 400 unique beers. The event takes places once again at the Texas State Fairgrounds April 5, 2014. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
The Second Annual Big Texas Beer Festival, which is hosted by two very special local beer enthusiasts Chad and Nellie Montgomery, was a wailing success. The festival which takes place in the Automobile Building at the Texas State Fairgrounds brings in a slew or brews from around the country. This year over 400 beers were on the ready to be sampled, and we went through a majority of them two ounces at a time.
The $35 price of admission gave each reveler a punch card good for a dozen samplings, and a small glass for tasting. For an extra two dollars you could grab another round of twelve, making the day inexpensive and fun. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Chad and Nellie Montgomery are very well known in North Texas as a few of the foremost authorities on beer. The couple are also behind the Big Texas Beer Fest that they will be hosting the April 6, 2013. Last year was the first run for the event and it was an incredible success, selling out in record time, leaving many thirsty beer nerds at the gate wanting a few sips of the finest beers found in Texas and across the country.
There have been major improvements this year and the Montgomery’s have been actively working the 2013 event the day after the 2012 version ended. Food trucks were used last year to feed the hungry masses and they have been increased from 3 to 10 confirmed trucks. There has also been a major increase of Texas brewers represented. This makes sense as the number of breweries has skyrocketed in 2012. This brings the total of unique beers from 350 to 400 plus with over 100 breweries in total. Continue reading
by Tait Lifto
Big Texas Beer Fest was a smashing success, flying in the face of criticism and skepticism (which, honestly, was to be expected with failures by other festivals in the past in Austin and Houston). But… this is DALLAS, damn it. We are more than just a bunch of $30,000 millionaires driving to Sfuzzi’s in our BMW’s. Yeah, we may have lagged seriously behind Austin in the craft beer movement (despite having millions more people in the area), but we’re here now and we’re here to stay.
Chad & Nellie Montgomery estimated around 4,000 people went through the gates Saturday (plus another, but exact numbers haven’t been released yet. It would’ve been more, but attendance was capped so some people that arrived late and didn’t purchase tickets in advance were turned away. My sympathies, but I also wish Dallas people actually purchased their tickets in advance instead of the majority waiting until the day of the event. Makes it super hard to plan for a great event. Continue reading