Bier Fest Kicks off on August 17 at Busch Gardens Tampa

2019 Bier Fest Pub Fare Tacos

Just in time for International Beer Day, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announces the return of Bier Fest, featuring over 40 local and international breweries, 40 NEW brews to try, NEW pub-inspired fare, and live entertainment.

Although International Beer Day is celebrated globally on the first Friday of August, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has been pouring out the fun all year with complimentary beer samples as a part of the park’s 60th Anniversary Celebration. Samples will continue to pour out at Garden Gate Café in the heart of the festival footpath throughout Bier Fest, each weekend from August 17 through September 8, including Labor Day.  Beer connoisseurs can create the perfect pairing with delicious pub food favorites and enjoy live music from local acts.

Here just some of the Florida-based brewery’s that will be available:

  • 3 Daughters Brewing

    Barrel of Monks Brewing

    Big Storm Brewing

    Big Top Brewing Co.

    Brew Hub

    Central 28 Beer

    Cigar City Brewing

    Coppertail Brewing Co.

    Crooked Thumb Brewery

    Dunedin House of Beer

    Escape Brewing Company

    Florida Avenue Brewing Co.

    Fort Myers Brewing Co.

    Green Bench Brewing Co.

    J.Wakefield Brewing

    M.I.A Beer Company

    Orange Blossom Trail Brewing Co.

    Pierced Ciderworks

    Sailfish Brewing Co.

    Tampa Bay Brewing Co.

    Two Henrys Brewing Co.

    Veza Sur Brewery

    Walking Tree Brewer

2019 Bier Fest Pub Fare Wings

2019 Bier Fest Pub Fare Wings

All-new culinary creations include tacos, melts, sliders, and other hand-held bites:

  • Try the reimagined schnitzelwich slider, Busch Gardens’ take on schnitzel served on a pretzel roll with Swiss cheese and sweet and savory, maple-bacon honey mustard.

    Indulge in the sweet grilled cheesecake melt, served on mouthwatering pound cake with sweet cream filling, grilled and topped with guava sauce at the all-new Melted Munchies cabin.

    Grab a quick bite of sweet potato fries served with marshmallow dipping sauce or a returning pub favorite, fried pretzel sticks with beer cheese dipping sauce.

    Cool off with all-new floats featuring unique combinations like the Hard Coffee Float– Pabst Blue Ribbon Hard Coffee served over chocolate soft serve ice cream and Rosé Float created with Astoria sparkling rosé moscato over vanilla ice cream.

The best way to enjoy the flavors of the festival is with the purchase of a Bier Fest Sampler Lanyard, starting at only $29.99. Samplers allow a choice of any five or ten food or beverage samples throughout the festival. Pass Members get an exclusive offer: 12-items for the same price as a 10-item Sampler – or two extra samples for FREE!

Bier Fest is included with park admission, including year-round admission with a Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Annual Pass or Fun Card. For a limited time, guests who purchase a Busch Gardens Fun Card for $99.99 will receive an Adventure Island Fun Card for FREE, including unlimited admission through the end of the 2019 season.



Clint Gamache started Thrillgeek back in 2013 to share his love of theme parks, pop culture and other geeky stuff with the world. He can be found on Twitter @iamcgeed

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