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Bier Fest brings the spirit of Oktoberfest to Busch Gardens Tampa

by Susan and Simon Veness

Bier Fest returns for its fifth year at Busch Gardens Tampa on August 12, 2022, with an all-new Oktoberfest-inspired menu, more than 50 seasonal, local, and international brews, and BOGO theme park tickets.

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Photos courtesy of Busch Gardens Tampa

Coinciding with sister park SeaWorld Orlando’s Craft Beer Festival, Busch Gardens’ homage to grain, hops, yeast, and water (beer) runs for four weeks, and features 18 new beer, cider, sours, and food items that allow guests to sip and sample while enjoying world-class rides and attractions.

Bier Fest brews

Choose from more than 50 lagers, ales, pilsners, IPAs, and hefeweizens, including these new options:

Cigar City – Fancy Papers Hazy IPA
Leaven Brewing – Cheeky Blonde
Tampa Bay Brewing – Reef Donkey
Bitburger – Premium Pilsner
Coppertail – Free Dive IPA
Kronenbourg 1664 – Blanc

bier fest beer pouring

More than just beer

Not into craft brews? The festival also features new ciders and sours, such as:

Keel Farms Agrarian – Two Henrys Mango Cider
Cigar City – Homemade Apple Pie Cider
Crooked Thumb – Strawberry Sour
Flying Boat – Raspberry Passionfruit Sour

Bier Fest Oktoberfest menu

This year, the event offers several new bites to pair with brews, ciders, and sours, including:

Bratkartoffeln – Fried Potatoes with chives, caramelized onions, and bacon
Konigsberger Klopse – German meatballs in a white wine caper sauce
Pretzel Bratwurst
Sauerbraten Sliders
Potato Pancakes
Brisket Poutine
Cheese Pierogis
Ruben Brats

Live music is also on the Bier Fest menu, compliments of local artists.

bier fest busch gardens tampa guests

Consider a Sampler lanyard, which can be redeemed for all festival food and beverage items. Samplers are $35 for a five-item sampler, $55 for an eight-item sampler, and $70 for a 12-item sampler.

The festival runs each weekend from August 12 – September 5, and is free with theme park admission. Food and drink options are extra, and only those ages 21 and up can purchase or consume alcoholic beverages.

For a limited time, guests can take advantage of the park’s Buy One Get One single-day park ticket offer. Tickets must be used by Sept. 30, 2022.

For more information visit BuschGardens.com/Tampa.


A look at Bier Fest at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

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