Is it beer festival season already? Apparently.
A cursory tour across the internet yields little info on the 2013 Austin Specialty Beer Festival benefiting Boys & Girl's Club of the Austin Area (Sat Feb 23 2013) Even their website offers little in the way of real information.
The organizers trumpet the fact they'll have "Lagers, Ales, IPA's, Stouts, Porters, and Hefes" but no mention is made of what brands will be offered. Russian River? Lost Abbey? Blue Moon?
Maybe they don't even know.
Austin got burned hard last year at the Austin Beer Fest At Travis County Expo Center. That shameful tale is told here http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2012/4/1/
So the craft beer community is likely to cast a wary eye toward all future festivals. Especially when the lone brand that the latest festival is offering on their website is Newcastle. In a "Grande Beer Garden"
Of course using the word Grande will put the Latino community on notice that they are more than welcome. A bit of savvy marketing in the new East Austin?
In keeping with Austin's love of food trucks
Boss Hogs Kitchen
Pig Vicious and
Way South Philly will be on site vending.
Here's the hotlink to the website of the affair http://www.austinspecialtybeerfestival.com/home
update: here's the list
Avery Brewing Company
Bourgogne Des Flandres
Dogfish Head Brewery
Full Sail Brewing
Maui Brewing Company
Merchant Du Vin Imports
North Coast Brewing
Oskar Blues Brewery
Real Ale Brewery
Saint Arnold Brewing Co.
Samuel Smith Brewery
Sierra Nevada Brewery
Ska Brewing Co.