About Brownsville Beerfest
Brownsville BeerFest is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization, created in 2013 by a group of Brownsville residents that shared the same vision and committed to the promotion and goodwill of the Brownsville community and its neighboring cities throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Brownsville BeerFest’s primary goal is to raise funds and awareness for other non-profit groups in the area. Our main beneficiary, the Gladys Porter Zoo, opened to the public on September 3, 1971. For nearly 44 years, the Zoo has delighted millions of visitors and has been a habitat for wildlife from all corners of the globe and continues to be one of the pride jewels of Brownsville and the Rio Grande Valley. Brownsville BeerFest is proud to support the Gladys Porter Zoo and its wildlife initiatives.
Brownsville BeerFest offers a unique festival experience which includes beer sampling from different corners of the world and ranging from craft to specialty brews. Coupled with great food and top live entertainment, Brownsville BeerFest has become the most prominent and biggest beer festivals in South Texas. Brownsville BeerFest features great attractions and is proud to be Home to the “Longest Bar in Texas”; this 121 ft. rustic wooden bar is considered the longest wooden bar in the entire state…and we know everything is Big in Texas!
Nestled in the beautiful confines of Dean Porter Park, the festival grounds are surrounded by the historic Town Resaca and a handful of civic buildings including the Camille Playhouse, the Ringgold Civic Pavilion, the Children’s Museum and the Costumes of the Americas Museum. The park also contains Sam’s Memorial Pool, and several playgrounds, a fitness trail, and several large and small picnic pavilions. With all of these features, Dean Porter Park continues to be one of the finest, well kept, and most diverse urban parks in the country. (Source: CoB Parks & Recreation)
Please note that although Brownsville BeerFest is a 21 and over only event, the Board of Directors strongly encourages you to visit this beautiful 25 acre park and all that it has to offer….oh yes, it is also right across the street from both the Gladys Porter Zoo and the Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts.
Leading up the big Brownsville BeerFest is Brew at The Zoo. This limited engagement event gives the public a chance to sample some great beers on the grounds of the Gladys Porter Zoo and experience it firsthand. And now Brew at The Zoo, an “Official” Brownsville BeerFest event, offers its fans an amazing sampling of delicious food from some of the area’s best restaurants. Now you can enjoy an incredible beer sampling along with top-notch entertainment and some of the Valley’s best restaurants showcasing their signature dishes. Only a limited amount of tickets are printed for this event so you must get your tickets now and enjoy the Brew at the Zoo while you “Feast with the Beasts”! All donations for this event to go to the Zoo’s wildlife preservation efforts. For information visit www.gpz.org.
100% of the funds underwritten by our sponsors will go directly to the production of the festival which includes the disbursement of donations to other non-profit organizations in the area. Past recipients include Gladys Porter Zoo, Brownsville Literacy Center, Communities in School, The Children’s Museum of Brownsville, The Brownsville Historic Museum, Sea Turtle Inc., Mr. Amigo Association, Sombrero Festival, Brownsville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Tip-O-Tex Family Outreach, Brownsville Border Lions Club, The Brownsville Pan-American Golf Association and The Camille Playhouse.
Brownsville BeerFest is 100% volunteer based and supported by the Brownsville community, its businesses leaders as well as city, county and state officials alike. In only its second year of existence, Brownsville BeerFest has already given over $20,000 back to the community, in both cash and in-kind donations.
We hope that our donations continue to make a visible and positive difference in our community’s non-profit efforts in social services, education, conservation, art awareness, wellness initiatives, sports programs and municipal promotion and tourism. Thank you for supporting our Brownsville BeerFest. Cheers!