After a yearlong hiatus, craft beer festivals are slowly returning to Central Texas. One of the first and largest in 2021 is the Hill Country Craft Beer Festival, which will take place at Rockin’ R River Rides in New Braunfels on April 17. Twenty-five breweries will be participating in this year’s HCCB, and the festival will boast more than one hundred beers to sample. Austin mainstays like Celis, Blue Owl, and 4th Tap will be joined by Hill Country favorites like Guadalupe, Longtab, and Twisted X. Austin Eastciders, Meridian Hive, Luck Springs Hard Lemonade, and Real Premium Hard Seltzers will also be there for non-beer drinkers. Food truck options include Black’s Barbecue, J’Amys Pretzels, and Smashin Crab. The festival will run from 12 pm-6 pm and feature live local music from Josh Grider, Soul Sessions, and 3 Man Front.
VIP tickets granting early access, a free meal, and other perks are available for early purchase on the festival’s website for $85, as are regular tickets for $30. Day-of prices climb to $100 for VIP access and $35 for regular tickets. All tickets come with six 3-ounce pours of your choice, but additional tasters or full drafts can be purchased day-of. The Rotary Club of New Braunfels runs the festival and proceeds will benefit Pink Warrior Advocates, a non-profit that assists women with breast cancer throughout the Hill Country. The Rotary Club strongly encourages festival-goers to wear a mask when not eating and drinking to prevent the spread of COVID-19. More information is available of the Hill Country Craft Beer Festival’s website, https://hccbf.com/.