OCTOBER 20TH 2018

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We at BLBFIT strive to put on the best fest we can year after year. We wouldn't be able to do so without the help of our fantastic volunteers year after year. Click to join in 2018!

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Tickets are on sale so be sure and get yours early. Avoid the rush and buy one of the limited VIP tickets. Food, limited beer, and early access... doesn't get much sweeter! See you October 20th in Lewisville, TX

BEST LITTLE BREWFEST IN TEXAS


THE ONLY BREWFEST IN NORTH TEXAS THAT GIVES 100% OF ITS PROFITS TO CHARITY

Best Little Brewfest in Texas // Established as a 100% for charity beer festival in North Texas benefiting Cloud 9 Charities. The 2013 festival took place at Texas Motor Speedway, but for the 2014 year we found a new home in Old Town Lewisville. 2015 we expanded the ever popular VIP section, 2017 was an amazing time and there is a lot more in store for our new date set for this October 20th, 2018!

  • CHARITY

    HOW WE GIVE BACK

    Since our inception we have donated over $275,000 to local charities: Metroport Meals on Wheels, MHMR, Touched by Suicide, Rachel’s Challenge, Special Abilities of North Texas, Youth and Family Counseling, NightTime Rescue, and many more…

  • MUSIC

    SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC

    Our festival will always feature hot, as well as up and coming Texas musicians. Both Main stage and Acoustic stages are in Ferguson Park along with our Sponsored Breweries.

  • BEVERAGES

    BEER, WINE & SPIRITS

    Come hang out with 80+ Brewery reps and industry insiders at one of their favorite events of the year.

  • VENDORS

    FOOD, GIFTS, AND MORE!

    Check out all our great Food and Retail Vendors!

Beer, Spirits, & Wine - "oh my!" // Texas breweries were our focus in again in 2017 for our fourth annual pro brewers competition. Feel free to browse our portfolio of beer, distilled spirits, and wine for the year as well.

Reminders: No pets, no strollers, no weapons, no outside food or drinks. To see more information, please visit our Festival FAQ

  • SAVE WATER BY DRINKING MORE BEER

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     by Haley Lawson

    20150316_180905128_iOSAs I was scanning Facebook, an article from Outside Magazine popped up about beer saving west rivers.  Intrigued, I took a look (and you can read it here).

    The article starts with a story about Kim Schonek, the Verde River projects manager for the Nature Conservancy. While on a family kayaking trip, Schonek noticed that the Verde River was in danger of drying up. The river houses countless species and is used for irrigation for local farmers. Drought and excessive flow diversions (mostly to irrigate crops) threatens the life span of many western rivers. The Verde River project Schonek has begun to implement hopes to encourage farmers to switch to water efficient crops such as barley instead of alfalfa and cotton. Alfalfa and cotton use twice as much water as barley and are harvested in August and September; which requires regular watering late into the summer when water is scarce. Barley uses less water and is harvested in June; which means watering happens in the spring when the river is high

    Over the years, many environmental organizations have encouraged farmers to switch to barley but have been unsuccessful because barley is generally used for feed and not profitable for farmers. However, as we all know, barley is integral to brewing beer! So Schonek began to encourage partnerships with breweries and farmers to source barley locally as many breweries get their barley from Europe or Canada.  Barley that is bought for the purpose of brewing beer is much more profitable than barley that is used for feed. 

    “It’s kind of a new conservation technique,” Schonek tells Outside Magazine. “Instead of paying farmers every year to reduce the water they’re using, we can create a market that will drive farmers to change their water use.”

    It is also in the best interest of farmers to conserve water as they need rivers and lakes to grow their crops. This new partnership is sustainable for everyone. 

    “We care about the river; it’s the only reason there is farming here in the first place,” says farmer Zach Hauser, whose family owns the largest swath of farmland in the Verde Valley. “We have a huge interest in the health of the river, so anything we can do while still making a living is a win-win.”

    I reached out to some Texas breweries to see if the same steps are being taken. Many Texas breweries (as well as distilleries) source their malt from TexMalt in Fort Worth. I reached out to TexMalt and learned they are working to source as local as possible and use water saving techniques everywhere they can.

    “We source everything from Texas and as local in Texas as we can. We also take steps to recycle our water we use for steeping the grain” says Chase Leftwich from TexMalt.

    With the rise of craft beer, sustainable practices like this can make a big difference. The DFW area has grown from 2 to over 75 craft breweries since 2011. If you drink local craft beer, you know the importance of supporting local businesses and the impact local business has on the local economy. The more you spend here, the more stays here — and this includes our local farmers. If a demand for barley is created, farmers will begin to grow barley, improve consistency, supply our local breweries, and save water; not to mention the fuel savings that will come from the decrease in shipping barley from out of state or even out of country. Let’s make a difference and drink more beer!

     

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