This past weekend we visited our home park, SeaWorld San Antonio, to check out their newest event: Bier Fest! This German-themed event features over 100 types of beer, live German entertainment, and several unique food offerings. You know we love a good food festival, so when SeaWorld announced plans for this year's newest event, we were all over it!
SeaWorld Orlando and both Busch Gardens parks are also offering Bier Fest (at different times of the year) and we're planning on visiting BG Tampa in a few days to compare our home park's festival to theirs. But for now, here are the highlights of San Antonio's Bier Fest and a few bonus construction photos of the park as well!
The festival was contained to one area of the park. When we first got there I was a bit let down because I thought it would be more spread out throughout the park. However, upon spending a mere 5 minutes in that heat/humidity, I was grateful to not have to walk far between booths.
Although there were no food sampler options for this event, there was a beer sampler lanyard. It's $25 for ten 4 oz beer samples. We each got one, which ended up being more than enough! There are a lot of beers to try, but 10 per person is a lot! Even if they are small.
There were several stands set up both right outside and inside the newly built "Biergarten." Each stand offered a few selections of a different variety of beer. There were IPA's, Bocks, Ambers, Largers, Ciders, and more!
Each stand offered 3-5 unique draught options and 2-3 bottled or canned options.
Inside the actual Biergarten there were a few more beer stands, a stage, and food booths!
Not a ton of food options here, but we think there were enough. This event is more focused on the beer and theming rather than food like Seven Seas is.
So, this amount of offerings was perfect!
Potato Pancakes with Sour Cream and Applesauce and Beer Cheese Dog.
The beer cheese dog was AWESOME! So. Much. Cheese.
The potato pancakes on their own weren't too special, but I've got to say, they paired really nicely with the dog.
As delicious as cheese is, every third bite needs to be something different. The potato pancakes were perfect for that.
Smoked jalapeno and cheese bratwurst on a stick.
Another huge hit. The sausage was really good. A perfect blend of spicy and cheesy.
A personal favorite from the festival. It was like a moist, gooey-centered coffee cake. I loved it. I wanted 4 more.
I will say, I thought this would be elevated by being warmed up slightly and served with ice cream.
But, that's just me being extra.
So, overall I'd say that we really enjoyed SeaWorld's first Bier Fest! It was a bit small and contained to one area, but, just like the Seven Seas Festival, we anticipate this to grow and grow as the years go by. We're excited to see SeaWorld create new, fun ideas for the park year-round.
This event definitely got us excited for Howl-O-Scream (starting September 28th) and this weekend's visit to Busch Gardens. AND added bonus: BG just made their 2019 announcement and 2020 "hybrid" tease announcement today which has us feeling all giddy inside for the Busch/SeaWorld family of parks.
As promised, below are photos of SeaWorld's updated construction. We couldn't see much as most of it is fenced off. But, we wanted to share!
Until next time, have a whale of a day!
Parker and Brittany Ruhmel- Lovers of all things food and theme park related!