Make a toast to new traditions at Bier Fest, an all-new event at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and returning to Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
On select weekends in August – September, guests can enjoy thrill rides, craft beers, and food in this unique celebration.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
On weekends from Aug. 25 – Sept. 16, guests can enjoy over 100 beers from 60 different breweries around the world as they rotate through the four-weekend festival. The festival, which is included with regular park admission, also features live entertainment.
Some of the Florida breweries being featuring during the festival include:
- Tampa Bay Brewing Company
- Crooked Thumb Brewing Company
- Big Storm Brewing Company
- 3 Daughters Brewing Company
- 7venth Sun Brewery
- Funky Buddha Brewery
- Cigar City Brewing Company
- Florida Avenue Brewing Company
- Coppertail Brewing Company
- Swamp Head Brewery
- Islamorada Beer Company
- Green Bench Brewing Company
- M.I.A. Beer Company
Outside of the sunshine state breweries will also be featured, as well as European brews. The domestic and international selection includes:
- Founders Brewing Company
- Hofbräu München
- Goose Island Beer Company
- Narragansett Beer
- Samuel Adams
- Kona Brewing Company
- SeaDog Brewing Company
- Lagunitas Brewing Company
- New Belgium Brewing Company
- SweetWater Brewing Company
Bier Fest’s contemporary menu will delight Tampa Bay foodie tastes with themed culinary cabins offering small-plate options that pair perfectly with beer.
Das Sliders will offer a two-bite burger for every taste with an all-beef burger; Cuban-style pork burger; and Impossible sliders – an all-natural, all-plant burger.
German beers will pair perfectly with offerings from Hops & Handhelds, including bite-sized Reuben croquettes, soft pretzel sticks with bacon beer-cheese dip, and mac and cheese fritters. Tavern will bring a new spin on fish and chips, and Kebabs will offer seared skewers of chicken, beef, kielbasa, and vegetables.
Fresh fare can be found at Seasonally Inspired, like watermelon with heirloom tomatoes and feta in a summer salad; beets roasted and tossed with pecans, goat cheese, and balsamic vinegar; and duck glazed with sweet and spicy gochujang and peaches.
Over at The Best of the Wurst, traditional German handheld “fast food” will get a new twist with currywurst – knockwurst, fresh caraway slaw, and curry ketchup on a pita; bratwurst – spiced German sausage on a pretzel roll; and schnitzel – think pork cutlet fried and topped with Swiss cheese and mushrooms on a pretzel roll.
Guests can enjoy the best of everything with a Bier Fest Sampler, which comes in quantities of five or ten samples, and start at $29.99. Pass Members can purchase an exclusive 12-item Sampler for the same price.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Bier Fest at Busch Gardens Williamsburg will send off the last few weeks of summer with a toast! On three weekends from Aug. 17 – Sept. 3, this festival will offer guests over 100 draft and bottled beers from around the world and in Virginia.
Bier Fest will also offer a menu packed with mouth-watering German food, including roasted turkey legs, beer-battered bratwurst and a giant pretzel with bacon salt – known as Riesenbrezel. Busch Gardens’ Bürgermeister will also host a firkin keg tapping ceremony on Fridays during the event.
Guests can also enjoy performances from local bands during the festival, including:
- Daily performances from The Happy Dutchmen
- Aug. 18 – Jesse Chong
- Aug. 25 – Lewis McGehee
- Aug. 31 – Sept. 1 – The Deloreans
- Sept. 1 – Buck Shot Band
- Sept. 2 – Super Doppler
- Sept. 2-3 – Kevin MaC
Check out the announcement video for the festival from Busch Gardens Williamsburg below: