Thousands of San Antonians flocked to Dignowity and Lockwood parks on the Eastside to celebrate San Antonio’s 11th Annual Beer Festival, which included over 150 breweries, largely with their own tents, and over 400 individual beers.
Varying ambers, stouts, blondes, and IPAs mixed as participants explored individual samples. Each tasting card allowed participants to sample eight beers for $2 per brew.
Benefits for the event went directly to the San Antonio Food Bank, which donates meals to over 70,000 families each week. While numbers are still in flux for the current year, last year’s Beer Festival yielded nearly $90,000 in donations for the nonprofit organization.
The Food Bank contributed volunteers as well as marketing assistance in order to create revenue for the Beer Festival, and, thus, its mission to feed San Antonio’s hungry. Each dollar earned yields roughly seven meals, according to the organization.
“It was not tough to get volunteers for the Beer Festival,” SA Food Bank CEO Eric Cooper said.
In addition to raising crucial funds for a worthy cause, the Beer Festival helped prove the event hosting capacity of Dignowity and Lockwood parks, which are collectively up for $3.1 million in bond money to enhance the Eastside’s public space, including the closing of Burnet Street in order to develop a full park without a public street in the way.
The event offered a wide variety of assorted craft beers and gave attendees a chance to taste something from every represented city, which included Texas beers as well as an array of suds from breweries as far away as Colorado, Massachusetts, and California. Tasty side dishes included turkey legs, paletas, and frito-pies.
Breweries from near and far represented themselves to discerning and enthusiastic San Antonio drinkers – Some had even prepared a signature brew months in advance, especially for the festival.
Ranger Creek offered a Tangerine Saison that was exclusive to the event, but also included their crowd favorite offerings like the Red Headed Stranger and the Oatmeal Pale Ale.
Beers from Hood River, Ore., along with beers from Boston combined to create a comprehensive and adventurous mix at the festival that overlooked the San Antonio skyline amid beer swigs and local eats.