Craft beer, live music and community fun will all be on tap during the second Salado Springs Beer Fest, hosted by Barrow Brewing Company.
The event will take place from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday on the creekside property next to the brewery at 108 Royal St. in Salado. Fourteen additional breweries will be onsite selling their own craft beer.
Barrow co-owner Graydon Hill said about 3,000 people attended the inaugural beer fest last year.
“It was a big hit,” he said. “All the breweries that attended had good things to say about it, and they’re all back this year.”
“There are a few new breweries this year that we’re excited about,” co-owner KD Hill said. “Oddwood Ales out of Austin just opened up a few months back, and they’ll have sour beers. And Caracara (Brewing Co.) out of Lockhart is coming up, so we’re excited to meet them and have Lockhart represented.”
Tickets are available online from barrowbrewing.com/salado-springs-beer-fest for beer and non-beer drinkers alike. Beer drinker tickets cost $15 and include a wristband, souvenir cup and one beer from the brewery of choice.
Tickets for non-beer drinkers cost $10 and include a non-drinker wristband and entry to the festival grounds.
Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, but tents, canopies, ice chests and outside food or drink will not be allowed.
Salado Springs is an independent craft beer festival, so it will be different from many other beer festivals.
“Your entry includes one beer from the brewery of your choice, and after that you’re buying your beer separately directly from the brewers,” KD said. “So at other beer festivals, there’s one vendor that sells all the beer, and at this festival we’re able to work it so the breweries are keeping all their sales.”
She said the breweries will accept cash or credit cards.
Live music will take place throughout the day. Performances will begin at noon with Kady Rain. Sundae Drivers will perform at 2:30 p.m. followed by The Inverters at 4:30 p.m. The final performance will be The Toasters at 6 p.m.
Other activities will include the Boulders Rock Climbing Gym, helicopter rides from Freedom Air, and activities for children.
“The kids will be able to play in the creek, which is basically all they want to do anyway,” KD said.
She said there will also be a dunk tank to raise money for the Salado Volunteer Fire Department.
The event also will include giveaways and food trucks.
Free parking will be available throughout the village at First Baptist Church and the Salado Civic Center on Main Street, and Salado United Methodist Church and Tablerock Amphitheater on Royal Street. A shuttle service will be running throughout the day. Paid parking also will be offered at various locations for $10.
KD said the Salado Springs Beer Festival is really a special event.
“I think it’s a really cool opportunity for people to get to know the brewers and really understand the heart that goes into craft beer,” she said.