Paste Untapped Festival is a little more than three weeks away, so it seems time to bring things up to date. The festival announced earlier this summer that it will be at Gilley’s and in open areas around South Lamar with a concert viewing deck at The Loft for VIP members, for which there are still tickets.
Those tickets are $62.50 and grant you early entry to the grounds and indoor bathroom access as well as access to some rare tappings. Those tappings are the really important part because this is a beer festival after all.
Now the important part: the beer line up is out and it is a doozy. There are currently 69 breweries committed from as far away as Hawaii and Japan, and they’re bringing their big guns.
Among the beers that you really ought to seek out is Avery Brewing Company’s Uncle Jacob’s Stout, a barrel-aged imperial stout and Founders Brewing's Kentucky Breakfast Stout, which is considered by many to be one of the best beers in the country.
Throw that in with brews like Sixpoint Brewery’s Resin (an Imperial IPA), North Coast Brewing's Class of '88 Barleywine and about 200 more beers and the issue quickly becomes how does one try everything that one wants without passing out.
And while one could spend all day exploring the bountiful options of hard to find beers that only rarely make it to Texas, there are going to be more than 20 breweries from Texas alone, which means that unless you’re Tony Drewry or one of his Fish Fry Bingo band mates, you’ll still find something you haven’t tried before. Real Ale Brewing from Blanco is bringing a murderer's row including its Scots Gone Wild, an American wild ale.
Paste Untapped Festival happens September 7 from 1:30 until about 10 pm.