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Bier Fest is back at Busch Gardens Tampa with new brews and fresh bites

by Brittani Tuttle

Starting Aug. 13, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s fourth-annual Bier Fest returns to offer seasonal beverages and new recipes for guests to enjoy.

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This year, beer will flow through the park on an all-new beer trail that weaves between the park’s coasters, plus plenty of local live music to enjoy, fan-favorite restaurants and outdoor culinary stations to sample, and more.

Brew fans will have dozens of beers to choose from at this year’s event, featuring over 50 varieties of IPAs, wheat ales, stouts and more from local, regional, and national breweries at over a dozen culinary locations, including:

  • Brews & Chews with Funky Buddha Brewing – Pair a “Hop Gun IPA” with new Drunken Shrimp Papaya Salad, featuring beer-battered and golden fried shrimp topped with Tajin and Thai chili Buddha dressing.
  • Pub Grub featuring Alcatraz Brewing – Indulge in a “2 X IPA” with pepper-smoked chopped brisket poutine, including beer-battered French fries smothered in blue cheese, caramelized onions, and chipotle BBQ sauce.
  • Garden Gate featuring Anheuser-Busch – A nod to the park’s roots include the return of fan-favorite Mojo roasted heritage pork pub chip nachos topped with pepper jack mornay cheese and avocado crema.
  • Kraft-Heinz Kitchen featuring Sierra Nevada Brewing – Enjoy the new High Altitude Smoked Elk Jalapeño Sausage Chili topped with a drizzle of Kraft-Heinz cilantro sour cream.

There will also be more brew-dedicated locations throughout the park featuring local favorites, like Big Storm, 3 Daughters, Motorworks, Cigar City, Coppertail, Yuengling, and more.

If brews aren’t your bag, Busch Gardens Tampa will have plenty of other delicious offerings at Bier Fest, including bourbon tastings, frozen cocktails and seltzers, and beyond. Several festival locations will also offer non-alcoholic beverage options, including the new Giraffe Bar.

Sampler Lanyards are also back, offering a value component to sipping and sampling your way through the festival. An 8-sample punch card retails for $49.99, and Pass Members can get an exclusive 15-sample punch card for the same price as the 12-sample card.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit BuschGardens.com/Tampa.

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