With the Labor Day weekend on the horizon, beer lovers from all over the country will be descending on Galveston Island for the eighth annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival set for Sept. 1 through Sept. 3 at Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., in Galveston.

Named one of the Top 3 beer events by “USA Today,” the festival allows attendees to tap into the world of craft beer from breweries from across the country, as well as locally.

One of the local breweries, Galveston Island Brewing, which opened in June 2014, will participate in two days of the festival, said Charday VanOrstrand, executive administrator of operations at Galveston Island Brewing.

“This is our third year to participate in the BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival, and we certainly have enjoyed all aspects of the event,” VanOrstrand said. “It is a great way for us to engage directly with breweries and try their first-time-released beers, flagships and specialty brews as well.”

Galveston Island Brewing, 8423 Stewart Road, owned and operated by Mark Dell’Osso, is currently served in over 60 restaurants on the island. Known for its flagship beer, Tiki Wheat, which is becoming a staple beer on the Gulf Coast, the brewery will feature its Citra Mellow, Double IPA No. 8, its “Taste It First” selection Samson in a Barrel and its Woodford Reserve barrel-aged Imperial Stout, VanOrstrand said.

“BrewMasters festival is one of the best sampling opportunities of independent Texas breweries this side of Austin,” Dell’Osso said. “And the very best part, it’s one of the very few air-conditioned beer fests in the whole state! No small feat in Texas summers.”

The three-day event will feature 400 craft beers, rare “Taste it First” selections, the Free Beer Friday Badass Beard Contest, opportunities to learn from the best in the craft beer industry, and more.

“Our vision has always been to make sure that loyalists and newcomers to this event experience the widest selection of craft beers available at any Texas festival, along with brew education and an introduction to new brews coming available for the first time at BrewMasters,” said Clifton McDerby, executive director of Food & Vine Time Productions. “This year we are planning pop-up tastings. Guests will be pleasantly surprised by this addition, we feel certain. BrewMasters is more than just great-tasting craft beer, it is a place to meet the people who make the craft beer industry a force to be reckoned with.”

Some of the featured events at the festival will include the Nach-Yo Ordinary Tequila Tasting from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 1, the Texas Brewery Tasting Tour, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Sept. 2, BrewHaHa VIP Lounge, 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2, BrewHaHa Grand Tasting, 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2, and the Brew-B-Que, presented by Stubb’s Bar-B-Que, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 3.

Tickets range from $25 to $85 per person.

For tickets and information, visit www.brewmas tersbeerfest.com.

Angela Wilson: 409-683-5239; angela.wilson@galvnews.com

Angela Wilson is the community news editor for The Daily News.

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