Event Date Oct. 20-26, 2014

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What is Big Brew?
Big Brew, a week-long celebration of craft beer at the George R. Brown Convention Center, was announced in January 2014 by Food & Vine Time Productions, Inc. and Houston First Corporation, which operates the convention center. Big Brew kicks off October 20, 2014 with events around the city, followed by larger events October 23-26 at the GRB. Designed for beer lovers in Houston and across the nation, participants will enjoy more than 1,000 featured beers, meet the best and brightest brewers in the craft beer industry and quench their thirst on never before tested brews and rare finds.

When and where is the festival?
When: October 20-26, 2014. Events will be held around Houston from the 20-22 followed by larger events at the GRB on the 23-26.
Where: At different locations around Houston and at the George R. Brown Convention Center: 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, Texas 77010. Please check the specific event page for location details.

Who does Big Brew benefit?
Big Brew benefits the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston.

How much are tickets and where can I get them?

Date Time General Admission Ticket Price

The Great Match
October 23, 2014

6:00 - 9:00 pm
$100 per person in advance
Texas Brewed
October 24, 2014

6:00 - 9:00 pm
$50 per person in advance
Grand Tasting Session #1
October 25, 2014

1:00 - 4:30 pm
$45 per person in advance
Grand Tasting Session #2
October 25, 2014
6:30 - 10:00 pm
$45 per person in advance

Tickets can be purchased on the tickets page of the Big Brew website. We do not guarantee that tickets will be available to purchase at the door of any event. Each event has a cap on the number of attendees, so we suggest purchasing them early online. You must be 21+ with a valid ID to attend Big Brew events.
Guests must possess a valid event wristband at all times. Guests not wearing a wristband may be ejected from the event without a refund. Guests who attempt to event the events without a valid ticket/wristband may be arrested and cited for evasion of admission.

Will there be a designated driver ticket?
Yes and no... weird answer we know. Designated drivers should purchase a general admission or VIP ticket to the event. When the event is over, all designated drivers should head to the Designated Driver area to take a breathalyzer. If the breathalyzer determines that you have not had any beer or wine, we will refund the entire amount of your ticket. If it says that you have had beer or wine, we will keep the full ticket price.

What is included in the ticket price?
Each ticket varies so please double check the event description for the detailed information of what each ticket includes. 
The Great Match
  • Admission to The Great Match
  • Professional Chefs and featured restaurants pairing specialty beers to compliment the delicious food
  • A commemorative beer sampling cup
  • A punch card for 24 (1 oz) beer samples from participating breweries with matching food samples
     Texas Brewed
  • Admission to Texas Brewed
  • A commemorative beer sampling cup
  • A punch card for 24 (1 oz) beer samples from participating Texas breweries
     The Grand Tasting Session #1 and #2
  • Admission to The Grand Tasting
  • A commemorative plastic beer sampling cup
  • A punch card for 24 (1 oz) beer samples from participating breweries
     Big Brew Beer Snobs VIP Zone
  • Admission to The Grand Tasting
  • Granted entry one hour before general admission
  • Unlimited access to the designated VIP Zone (which features culinary treats)
  • A special commemorative beer sampling cup
  • Special samplings
  • A punch card for 24 (1 oz) beer samples from numerous breweries
You must be 21+ years old with valid ID to attend.

Will there be any other activities during the events?
Each event contains different components and may have other things to do along with beer tasting. Please check out the event descriptions for each event to determine what other things might be going on!

Do you accept credit cards of checks to purchase tickets and merchandise?
We do not accept personal checks. We accept cash and all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) at the gate to purchase festival tickets, if tickets are still available, and at the merchandise station.

What is the appropriate ID to get into Big Brew events?
You must be 21+ with a valid ID to purchase tickets and attend Big Brew. All patrons must have their IDs checked in accordance with TABC regulations regardless of age. Please be prepared to show your ID to the ticket attendant. The proper IDs to get into the event include:
  • A government issued driver's license 
  • A government issued passport
  • US Military identification card with photo and date of birth
*Note: the ID cannot be expired at the time of festival

When will ticket and extra punch card sales end?
Ticket sales will end 45 minutes prior to the end of the event. Punch card sales will end 30 minutes prior to the end of the event.

Will there be a coat/bag check?
No bags or backpacks will be allowed inside the festival. All personal belongings subject to check upon entry and exit. No coat/bag check will be available, so please plan accordingly.

Where is the Lost and Found located?
There will not be a designated area for Lost and Found at the event. Should you lost something, please contact the Big Brew event coordinators or a GRB staff representative who will be able to help you.

Are children allowed at Big Brew?
We highly suggest leaving all children at home. Children under the age of 2 are allowed into Big Brew. They must at all times be carried by their parent and are not allowed to walk around the event. No strollers or personal backpacks/bags will be allowed into the events. Back backpacks/bags will be allowed.

Can I bring my pet?
In accordance with Health Department rules, no animals (with the exception of service animals) will be allowed into Big Brew events.

Will there be a line to get into Big Brew events?
There may be a line to get in. If you love beer as much as the rest of the craft beer community, you know that guests will line up in advance for a chance to be the first ones into the event! In accordance with TABC rules, the ID of event person MUST be checked, regardless of age. The line will most as quickly as possible, but we do apologize for any delays. To help speed up the process, please have your ID and tickets out to present to the ticketing agent.

Will food & non-alcoholic beverages be available?
During Session #1 and Session #2 of the Grand Tasting as well as Texas Brewed food and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase from the food vendors within the event. During The Great Match, 2 oz samples of selections from various outstanding white table cloth restaurants will be available to all event patrons to pair with beer and are included in the ticket price. Bottled water will be available to event patrons.

Can I bring outside food & beverage in the venue?
Sorry, no outside food or beverages will be allowed into any ticketed event. There is one exception, pretzel necklaces will be allowed.

Will the weather impact the event?
As most of the events for Big Brew are inside the GRB, weather will not impact these indoor events.

Why are the sampling cups plastic?
For safety reasons, plastic tasting cups are used in accordance with GRB rules that no glass will be allowed at the events.

Are there any gluten-free beers this year?
Stay tuned, we are hoping to add this component to Big Brew 2014!

Are Big Brew events like a giant bar or drinking party?
Not at all. The Great Match, Texas Brewed and The Grand Tasting are all educational tasting events that are designed to let you experience beers that you do not have on a regular basis. Try'em and learn! Big Brew works to highlight craft beers from all over America. We invite you to taste 24 (1 oz) samples of these enticing beers that will excite AND experienced patrons alike. If you feel that you would like to continue the tasting experience past your initial 24 samples, you may purchase a second punch card that contains 12 (1 oz) samples for $2.00. Sampling portions are maximum permitted by the TABC...

How many beers are there?
Over the course of three days, Big Brew will have over 1,000 beers to excite your taste buds! The amount of beer and beer selections will vary from event to event.

How do I find the beer I want?
Upon entrance into the event, you will be given an event guide that will list all of the available beers. Each brewery table has a sign hanging above it that states the name of the brewery. The best way to find the brew you are looking for it to make sure it is being sampled by checking the list and then by heading to that brewery table! Keep in mind that due to market availability some changes may occur.

Why do breweries sometimes run out of beer?
Occasionally, breweries will run out of a popular product for the remainder of a particular event. There are over 1,000 other beers to take advantage of tasting, so we're confident you'll find many you'll love!

Where are restrooms located?
The restrooms for each event are located inside the GRB. You will be allowed to leave the event room and re-enter as long as your wristband is still intact.

Is smoking allowed?
Sorry, smoking is not allowed within any of the GRB event rooms. Please note that there is a smoking area outside the building and you may leave and re-enter the event as long as your wristband is still intact.

Is there any other alcohol at the event besides beer?
There will be no spirits at any Big Brew events. Craft beer and limited selections of wine for those who need a palette cleanse will be the only alcohol at all Big Brew events.

What if guests get intoxicated?
We expect that all guests will drink and act responsibly. Please ensure that you have a safe means of transportation to and from the event. Guests may be denied access to the event without refund if they are deemed to be intoxicated before entering the event. Guests may be asked to leave an event without refund if found to be intoxicated and creating a disturbance. 

How can I become a sponsor for this year's event?
We welcome sponsors! The more, the merrier. Please contact the producer at bigbrew@foodandvinetime.com to find out about sponsorship opportunities for Big Brew. We look forward to working with you to customize a sponsorship that works for you!

If a guest is found participating in or distributing unauthorized marketing?
No marketing companies or material will be allowed into Big Brew without prior approval. All situations are determined on a case by case basis by event and facility management. Persons found to be marketing without authorization will be to gather all pieces of unauthorized marketing materials, dispose of them and leave the event. Any pieces of unauthorized material not removed, will be collected and the company will be billed for the expense of the clean-up.
Unauthorized marketing includes, but is not limited to:
  • Signs, banners, posters, flags, literature, business cards, flyers, pamphlets, handouts, materials (ex: koozies, stickers, lanyards, etc.) that display pictures and / or words related to commercial advertising and marketing for an unauthorized company
  • Yelling or chanting words associated with an unauthorized company

Will there be any prohibited items?
Yes, there will be. The below items are prohibited, but are not limited to:
  • Outside food and beverage
  • Outside wine, beer and spirits
  • Bottles and cans
  • Weapons (ex: knives, pepper spray, stun-guns, any concealed weapons, firearms, etc.)
  • Illegal drugs
  • Chemicals
  • Fireworks, smoke bombs, etc.
  • Backpacks, suitcases, large beach bags, etc.
  • Strollers
  • Bikes, skateboards, roller skates, ice skates, use of roller shoes, etc. 
  • Other items as determined by event and facility management
Event and facility management reserves the right to remove any prohibited items or any other item deemed inappropriate for the event. Guests may be asked to remove the item, dispose of the item or leave the premise. Event and facility management reserves the right to handle each guest / items on a case by case basis. All jackets, bags and purses are subject to search before entering the event.
Some items which have a varying policy: costumes, video and audio recording equipment and signs and banners.

Guests are welcome to bring personal cameras into the event.
Purchasing this ticket confirms your permission to be photographed from any fees associated with the use of the photos/videos. All photos/videos are the property of Food & Vine Time Productions and our official event photographers/videographers. No photos/videos can be copied or used without the written permission of Food & Vine Time Productions and/or the photographer/videographer. 
For media access to Big Brew events, please see the media page for information.

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