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Boerne BierFest: Bringing Your Favorite Texas Craft Breweries to YOU, April 7th!

Boerne BierFest: Bringing Your Favorite Texas Craft Breweries to YOU, April 7th!

Who: 20+ Texas Craft Breweries, Hill Country Council for the Arts (HCCA), and YOU
What: 2nd Annual Boerne BierFest
When: Saturday, April 7, 2018, 11am-7pm
Where: Main Plaza, Boerne
Why: To experience craft-brewed beer from over 20 Texas breweries, all in one place.  Also, to support the Boerne Community Theatre and the Circle Arts Theatre of New Braunfels through the HCCA
Cost: $30 in advance, $35 at the gate, Under 21 is FREE
What You Get: Event entry, commemorative sampling stein, 10 sample tickets (additional tickets available for purchase at the event), entertainment, and fun!

Did you know there's a  Boerne BierFest?  I had no idea!  This is the second year for the festival and I don’t know what rock I was under last year, but somehow I missed it. 

So, I did a little bit of digging around to see what BierFest is all about and who’s involved.  Here’s what I found out:

First and foremost, this is a charity event.  ALL proceeds will benefit the Boerne Community Theatre and the Circle Arts Theatre of New Braunfels through the Hill Country Council for the Arts.  Last year’s beneficiary was the Boerne Village Band, which received $20,000 from event sponsors, ticket sales, and purchases.  Pretty amazing, right?

 Presenting the check for the proceeds of the Inaugural Boerne BierFest to the Boerne Village Band, 2017,  Image Source

Presenting the check for the proceeds of the Inaugural Boerne BierFest to the Boerne Village Band, 2017, Image Source

Second, I am totally stoked by the lineup of participating breweries.  We’ve got local Boerne breweries (woot-woot!), including a BRAND-NEW Boerne brewery that hasn’t even opened its doors yet (ahem, Tusculum Brewing Co., I see you!) and some of my all-time favorites which, I’m not going to lie, sort of makes me a little star-struck:

 Participating Breweries from 2017's Boerne BierFest,  Image Source

Participating Breweries from 2017's Boerne BierFest, Image Source

See what I mean about that line-up?  Independence Brewing's Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout, Real Ale Brewing's Devils' Backbone, and Southern Star Brewing's seasonal Winter Warmer and year-round Buried Hatchet Stout are some of my all-time favorite beers.  And there are at least a half-dozen other breweries on here that I've been dying to try; I am all kinds of excited that they are literally all coming to me!  

And that’s just the “beer” part of BierFest.  You can also get your fill of turkey legs, tacos, hamburgers, cheese fries, schnitzel sandwiches, bratwurst, potato pancakes, kettle corn, pie, roasted nuts, funnel cakes, frozen fruit pops, crepes, and more(!) thanks to the fantastic line-up of food trucks that will be encircling Main Plaza for the day.  

There will also be no shortage of entertainment as we'll be treated to live music, an art contest with cash prizes, and a variety of German games and competitions...including a Keg Toss to close out the festivities!

 Boerne BierFest Keg Toss, 2017,  Image Source

Boerne BierFest Keg Toss, 2017, Image Source

Now, you know that I can't write a post about something this awesome and not reach out to the organizers to ask a few questions.  Here's what I wanted to know and what Rob Ziegler, chairman of Boerne BierFest and a director for the Hill Country Council for the Arts, had to say:

SS: How did Boerne BierFest come to be and who are the core organizers of the event?

Rob: The beginnings of BierFest is rooted in local brewers who saw the craft brewing scene in Boerne starting to grow.  They came up with the idea of BierFest, and local arts foundations got involved to create the event.  The core organizers are volunteers from the Hill Country Council for the Arts (HCCArts) and Majestic Ranch Arts Foundation.

SS: What’s the long-term goal of Boerne BierFest?

Rob: The long-term goal is to bring more awareness to the local brewers in Boerne and around Texas, while also celebrating Boerne’s rich German heritage and love of the arts. 

SS: Besides buying tickets and showing up, how can we help? 

Rob: Volunteers are still needed and can sign up by contacting Jesse Martinez at bijoux-123@hotmail.com.  Shifts are four hours long and volunteers get free admission to BierFest!

Well, count me in.  You can get your tickets here and remember that anyone under 21 years of age is FREE.  It will be fun for the whole family, so pack 'em up and move 'em out for a great time!

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