Why is everything always bigger in Texas? God only knows. But its beer festivals are no different. Starting in 2012, this small, Rotary-sponsored beer festival has grown into one of the nation’s premiere beer-centered occasions.
What makes Wild West Brewfest so special? For one, its size. Over 500 different brews will be available to try from around 95 breweries. Or perhaps it’s the impact Wild West Brewfest has on its local community. The festival is all-volunteer, donating 100% of its profits — which since its inception has reached over $1 million — to various charities, school programs and students in need.
Another reason for its renown: Wild West Brewfest’s previous brewery list includes a roll-call of craft beer heavy hitters. Titans like Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, Dogfish and Deschutes appear, as well as imperial stout-perfecters like North Coast, Firestone Walker and Prairie Artisan Ales, which makes some of the most adventurous and acclaimed pastry stouts in the country. While a full list of anticipated brewers for 2024 isn’t complete, a few have already signed on, including No Label, Buffalo Bayou, Karbech and Live Oak Brewing.
The festival happens in three phases. Firstly, the K-Down Throw Down on the 21st, a smaller, more informal gathering with an emphasis on highlighting local brewers. It’s a chance to taste what the region has to offer in terms of craft beer and rub elbows with the folks who make it. Next, the launch party from 7 to 10 p.m. on March 22. You’ll find specialty pours here which won’t be available anywhere else. As such, limited tickets are sold. Finally, the last day will feature the main Brewfest in all its glory. Art installations from local artists will be strewn throughout the festival grounds. Plenty of non-unique but still fun components of most beer festivals will be present, from cornhole to yoga, to food trucks and live music. A music lineup for this year has not yet been announced.
Although the festival will take place at the Typhoon Texas Waterpark this year, Wild West Brewfest will be held on asphalt. Thankfully, it’s only March, but come prepared for some classic southeast Texas sun and heat. Free water will be provided.
- Over 9,000 people are anticipated across the three days.
- General Admission and VIP passes are available. A General Admission pass will run you $40, but drops to $25 if you get forgo drinking with a “No Beer” ticket.
- Check out Fifty Grande’s guide to nearby Houston here. And here’s our guide to the state.
What is the closest airport to the festival?
Your best bet for widely available air travel is the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, north of Houston, and about a 45-minute drive to Katy.
Is the festival ADA accessible?
No accessibility information is available.
What is the bag policy?
Bags are allowed in Typhoon Texas Waterpark, but will be searched upon entry.
Is there lodging nearby?
There are numerous hotels partnered with the festival. See options on the festival’s website.