Even though the San Antonio Beer Week has come and gone, those who love a good brew still have something to look forward to. The second annual SATX International Craft Beer Fest will take place on April 12 from noon-5 p.m. at the historic VFW Post 76 on the northern end of the River Walk.
Although not an official Fiesta event, this festival is a surefire way to kick off the forthcoming festivities.
Christopher Miller, brand manager for the locally owned and operated GLI Distributing, said that the SATX Beer Fest is way for locals to “enjoy great craft beers, celebrate good beer, good food and good times with other local San Antonians.”
More than 30 beers are represented at the festival, featuring three options from local favorite Busted Sandal Brewing along with other Texan beverages from Shiner, Austin Eastciders, and Solid Rock Brewing — a brewery located in the tiny town of Spicewood. Additionally, food will be available for purchase from Chela’s Tacos, JimBO’s Slice of Heaven (gourmet burgers and sandwiches), and Rickshaw Stop (traditional Pakistani street food).
While the event is free to enter, sheets of 10 tickets for beer samples will be sold for $20 — if you decide to peddle to the event, all folks who arrive on bike will receive their first sample of beer for free. The best part is that some of the money raised goes to support a good cause.
“A portion of the proceeds will benefit the VFW Post 76 Veteran Relief Fund,” Kimberly Arellano, promoter of the event from The Seedless Agency said. “This fund benefits veterans in need.”
With local breweries constantly popping up, and craft beer bars like The Friendly Spot, Flying Saucer, and Hills and Dales pouring a variety of beer, San Antonio is quickly moving from a Miller Lite city to one that is exploring different flavors.
“San Antonio is young when it comes to the craft crowd so a lot of popular styles and trends start in other cities and regions and work their way down here,” Miller said. “With this festival, we are able to introduce different styles that are not prevalent yet in South Texas (and) brands that do not get as much exposure.”
The SATX International Craft Beer Fest is not only an opportunity to help a great cause, it’s also a fantastic way to spend a Sunday afternoon. For more information, visit their Facebook page.