Mayor Annise Parker joined Food & Vine Time Productions, Inc. and Houston First Corporation to announce a new destination craft beer event at the George R. Brown Convention Center October 20-26, 2014. Crafted for beer lovers in Houston and across the nation, the event will spotlight Houston’s role as a leader in the craft beer industry. Big Brew is sponsored by Spec’s Wine, Spirits and Finer Foods.

Big Brew kicks off October 20, 2014 with event around the city, followed by larger event October 23-26 at the GRB. Offerings for the week-long event include VIP experiences, pub crawls, craft beer dinners, food and beer pairings, beer education seminars, intimate meet-and-greet opportunities, a Best in Texas even focused on Texas offerings only and two grand tastings.

Texas is the third fastest growing state in terms of the number of small, independently owned craft breweries. Currently the craft brewing industry provides $2.3 billion in economic benefit, according to the Brewers Association, and within a decade it is expected that the industry will explode in terms of its economic impact to the state.

The Houston area is home to 10 breweries and several in the making, and the demand for craft beer continues to grow across all socioeconomic groups. It is anticipated that this week-long event will attract more than 10,000 people across the region.

Tickets for Big Brew go on sale February 17 and start at $45.

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From the official Press Release