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Where and when is Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival?

Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival will be held at The Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center on August 31-September 2, 2018.

Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center
One Hope Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77554

How much are tickets and where can I purchase them?

You can purchase your tickets by clicking the "Buy Tickets" button at the very top of each page.

Tickets will be on sale at the door the day of the event for the BrewHaHa Grand Tasting and Brew-B-Que. In past years, the events have sold out soon after doors open so get here fast before they're gone! Tickets will go on sale one hour before doors open. You must be 21+ with a valid ID to attend BrewHaha and Brew-B-Que.

What do I get for the price of my ticket?

Nach-Yo Ordinary Tequila Tasting: admission to the Nach-Yo Ordinary Tequila Tasting, event guide, samples of tequila, access to the nacho bar

BrewHaHa Grand Tasting: admission to the BrewHaHa Grand Tasting, commemorative beer sample mug, event guide, 24 (1 oz.) beer samples from numerous breweries

VIP BrewHaHa: 1 hour early admission to the BrewHaHa Grand Tasting, commemorative beer sample mug, event guide, 24 (1 oz.) beer samples from numerous breweries, unlimited access to the designated VIP tent with featured food samples, seating area for you to relax throughout the festival, specialty beers only available to VIPs

Brew-B-Que: admission to Brew-B-Que, commemorative beer sample mug, event guide, a full-size plate of local sourced bar-b-que, beer samples

Additional drink cards are available for purchase on-site for $5 per card. These cards are good for 12 - 1 oz. tastings.

Do you sell designated driver tickets?

Yes! We encourage you to purchase one and give it to a friend who will not be drinking with you, Designated drivers are welcome to walk around the festival floor and enjoy the seminars, meet the Brew Brains and festival atmosphere!

Free water will be available at concession areas for designated drivers.

Designated drivers will be given a different wristband from those who are drinking and will NOT be served any alcoholic beverages at the event.

Remember you MUST be 21+ with valid ID to purchase tickets and attend both the BrewHaHa Grand Tasting and Brew-B-Que.

Do you accept credit cards or checks?

We accept all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express) and there will be an ATM in the ticket lobby. Unfortunately, we do not accept personal checks.

Will there be a coat/backpack check?

There will not be a coat/backpack check. There are no lockers for rent. No backpacks will be allowed into the events.

Are children allowed at Brewmasters?

No one under 21 will be admitted (including infants/young children) at any Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival events. All IDs will be checked at the door.

Can I bring my pet?

In accordance with Health Department rule, no animals (with the exception of service animals) will be allowed into the closed events.

Why is there a line to get in?

Beer enthusiasts and novices alike will line up in advance for a chance to be the first ones into the event. In accordance with TABC (Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission) rules, the ID of every person entering the event MUST be checked, regardless of age. The line will move as quickly as possible, but we do apologize for any delays. To help speed up the process, please have your ID and tickets out to present to the ticketing agent.

Will food & non-alcoholic beverages be available?

During BrewHaHa Grand Tasting, food & non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase from the food vendors within the event.

Can I bring outside food and/or beverages into the venue?

Sorry, no outside food or beverages will be allowed into any ticketed event. This includes any food and/or beverages purchased in the hotel lobby.

Pretzel necklaces will be allowed.

Should I drive or take public transportation?

We would like to emphasize that we want all our patrons to be safe, so please drink responsibly!

Public transportation is always recommended when consuming alcohol. if you choose to stay at Moody Gardens, you will be within walking distance of your room. Cab transportation can be arranged in advance. Choose your ride, drive responsibly.

Where can I park?

There is FREE parking available at Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center.

Are there any gluten-free beers this year?

Please take a look at the beer page to see what will be offered this year! Check this page regularly as we will be updating the page with any additions as they come in.

How can I become a sponsor for this year's event?

We welcome sponsors! The more the merrier.

Please contact Constance McDerby at constance@foodandvinetime.com to find out about sponsorship opportunities for Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival. We look forward to working with you to customize a sponsorship that works for you!

Why are the tasting cups plastic?

Plastic tasting mugs are used in accordance with Moody Gardens' rules that no glass will be allowed at the events as a safety precaution.

Is Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival a giant bar?

On the contrary, Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival is an educational tasting events that are designed to let you experience beers that you do not have on a regular basis. Try them and learn!

Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival works to highlight craft beers from all over the world. We invite you to taste samples at BrewHaHa Grand Tasting, Texas Brewery Tasting Tour and Brew-B-Que that will excite novices and experienced patrons alike. If you feel that you would like to continue the tasting experience past your initial samples at BrewHaHa, you may purchase a second punch card that contains additional samples. Sampling portions are maximum permitted by the TABC.

How many beers are there?

BrewHaHa Grand Tasting will have over 400 beers to excite your taste buds! But for the most part, the amount of beer and beer selections will vary from event-to-event.

How can breweries run out of beer?

Occasionally, breweries will run out of a popular product for the remainder of a particular even. There are over 400 other beers to take advantage of tasting so we're confident you'll find many you'll love!

What is the appropriate ID to get in?

You must be 21+ with a valid ID to purchase tickets and attend Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival. All patrons must have their IDs checked in accordance with TABC (Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission) regulations regardless of age. Please be prepared to show your ID to the ticket attendant. The proper IDs to get into the event includes:
a valid drivers license
a valid passport
US military identification card with a photo and birth date

Note: the ID cannot be expired at the time of the festival

When will tickets and extra punch card sales cease?

Ticket sales will cease 45 minutes prior to the end of the event. Punch card sales will cease 30 minutes prior to the end of the event.

Will there be any other activities during the events?

Each event contains different components and may have other things to do along with beer tasting. Please check out the event descriptions for each event to determine what other things might be going on.

How do I find the beer I want?

Upon entrance into the BrewHaHa Grand Tasting, you will be given an event guide that will list all of the available beers. The best way to find the brew you are looking for is to make sure it is being sampled by checking the list and then by heading to that brewery table!

Is smoking allowed?

Sorry, smoking is not allowed within any of the Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center event rooms. Please note that there is a smoking area outside the building and you may leave and re-enter the event as long as your wristband is still intact.

Where are restrooms located?

The restroom for each event is located inside the Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center. You will be allowed to leave the event and re-enter as long as your wristband is still intact.

Where is the Lost & Found located?

There will not be a designated area for Lost & Found at the event. Should you lose something, please contact the Brewmasters event coordinators or a Moody Gardens staff representative who will be able to help you.

Where is the entrance?

There are different entrances for each event. Event entrances will be indicated by signs outside the building. If you are inside the Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center, please follow the signs that are placed throughout the building to guide you to the events. Before you arrive at Brewmasters, please familiarize yourself the Moody Gardens Map so that you know where the buildings are located on the property.

Will the weather impact the event?

As most of the events for the Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival are inside the Moody Gardens Convention Center, weather will not impact these indoor events.

Who does the Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival benefit?

BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival benefits Second Chance Network Inc., a 100% volunteer based charity building orphanages, homes and schools in India.
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