Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s 4th Annual Bier Fest Opens August 13

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Busch Gardens Bier Fest
Bier Fest returns to Busch Gardens every Friday through Sunday from August 13 to October 31.

Celebrate end-of-summer flavors with new brews and fresh bites at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s 4th Annual Bier Fest! Guests will be able to sip seasonal beverage offerings and savor new recipes featuring fan-favorite breweries. Beer will flow through the park on an all-new beer trail, weaving between iconic coasters, local live music and fascinating animal habitats. And the exciting experience will also include fan-favorite restaurants and outdoor culinary stations. The popular event opens Friday August 13 and will continue each Friday through Sunday through October 31.

Choose from dozens of beers at this year’s Bier Fest, including over 50 varieties of IPAs, wheat ales, stouts and more. Iconic local, regional and national brews will be incorporated into new shareable samples at over a dozen culinary locations, including:

  • Brews & Chews with Funky Buddha Brewing: Pair a “Hop Gun IPA” with new Drunken Shrimp Papaya Salad. Beer-battered and golden fried shrimp are 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. This includes 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. They’ll be topped with pepper jack mornay cheese and a savory avocado crema.
  • Kraft-Heinz Kitchen featuring Sierra Nevada Brewing: Enjoy a mountain of flavor packed into the new High Altitude Smoked Elk Jalapeño Sausage Chili, topped with a drizzle of Kraft-Heinz cilantro sour cream.

Beyond the brews, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay offers plenty of delicious options for everyone to enjoy at Bier Fest. Delectable bourbon tastings, chilling frozen cocktails, and seltzers will be available to sample. Several festival locations feature non-alcoholic beverage options as well, including the new Giraffe Bar. Barrilitos strawberry hibiscus or watermelon Agua Frescas offer cool relief on warm summer days and Serengeti views from panoramic windows or the open-air patio.

For the best value to taste a variety of food and drink offerings, guests can purchase a Bier Fest Sampler Lanyard. This starts at only $49.99 for an 8-sample punch card. Pass Members get an exclusive offer: 15 items for the same price as a 12-item Sampler to enjoy three extra samples for free!

For all alcohol purchases, including sampler lanyard redemption for alcoholic items, guests must be 21 years of age or older to be served.

To purchase tickets, Fun Cards, and Annual Passes, visit Busch Gardens Tampa Bay here. And for the latest information, follow Busch Gardens on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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