Don’t miss AHB Community School’s 8th Annual Austin Homebrew Festival, a showcase of Central Texas’ finest small batch beers with live music and tasty bites from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, November 4, 2016 at Saengerrunde Hall.
The festival offers guests a one-of-a-kind experience celebrating the best locally homebrewed beers, meads, ciders, and kombuchas in Austin—all pre-selected by a panel of certified beer judges and not otherwise available for sale in any stores. Some of this year’s uncommon flavors will include Sweet Coffee Stout, Summer Cider, and some great traditionals like Helles Lager.
“We have had great amateur homebrewers who bring really high quality beer,” says Ali Weatherford, a festival volunteer and a parent of two children attending AHB, the event’s beneficiary. “Our winner last year was told he should quit his job as a chemist at NASA and go work for a big brewery in town.”
Participants will have a chance to taste and vote on these unique beverages. They can also purchase foodie-grade grilled cheese by Melted or hot dogs by Evil Wiener, enjoy the pop-infused folk music of Selmer’s Arch, and bid on amazing deals in the eclectic Silent Auction, including a vacation getaway in St. Bart’s.
“I love Brewfest, even though I don’t like beer much, because it’s a lot of fun,” says fellow organizer and AHB parent Valerie Sand. “There’s sort of a happy buzz in the air—if you’ll forgive the bad joke. But there’s something about the voting and getting to try everything and comparing notes with strangers that makes it have a real fun party atmosphere.”
Proceeds from the event will benefit AHB Community School, a small, progressive non-profit elementary and middle school in Hyde Park offering Austin families a unique and exciting educational model of creative and collaborative study. The curriculum seeks to create authentic, balanced critical thinkers who are prepared for a lifetime of learning and community engagement.
Festival Producer Amanda Butterfield, who is also a parent of a middle schooler at AHB, says there is strong a connection between the spirit of the festival and the learner-centered approach towards education at AHB. “Beer is something you could easily buy that is mass-produced all over the world, yet homebrewers choose to spend the time, the money, and the effort to make it at home,” she explains. “With the school it’s the same thing. There’s this very standardized free education that is available with its testing, but at AHB there is a DIY mentality of how can we craft something that’s tailored to our kids and to this community—of how can we help our kids grow and create the best next generation of people that we can create.”
What: Austin Homebrew Festival
When: Friday, November 4, 2016. 6 – 9 p.m. (VIP access at 5:30 p.m.)
Where: Saengerrunde Hall, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
More info: facebook.com/AustinHomebrewFestival
Why Do You Have to Be a Member to Attend? In order to comply with TABC homebrew requirements, all attendees must be members of the Austin Homebrew Appreciation Society to attend the event. More info at ahbappreciationsociety.wordpress.com.
Enter to win
Enter for your chance to win two VIP tickets (a $100 value) for the Austin Homebrew Festival by filling out the form below. One winner will be selected on October 26, 2016 and notified by email. VIP tickets will provide early entrance to the festival as well as access to the Saengerrunde bowling alley and VIP Lounge, complimentary snacks from Melted and Evil Wiener, plus a chance to win the “Golden Parking Spot” located right outside the front door to the event, which entitles one lucky winner a white-glove, door-to-door experience.