Untapped Ft. Worth

With 80 breweries, 300+ beers, and 8 bands, Untapped Festival in Fort Worth was the highlight of weekend. Located at scenic Panther Island Pavilion, the festival brings together beer-lovers, music enthusiasts, and passionate brewers into one arena.

While the hot hot heat of Dallas summer poured over the crowd, there were plenty of ways to stay cool; from endless tastings of refreshing beers and hammocks scattered throughout the event, to the VIP section that offered a hidden oasis for relaxing, eating, and drinking.

There’s never a dull moment at Untapped. The hungry have a flock of food trucks to choose from, some of our favorites being Easy Sliders and a limited menu from Rodeo Goat. The thirsty have a sea of beers to sample, from sour IPAs to dark chocolate stouts. And aside from the brews and bites, scattered about the festival were plenty of games to enjoy like oversized beer pong, table tennis, and cornhole.

The beer tasting was the centerpiece of the event, combining the tastes of local and national favorites. Some noteworthy flavors was the Barmy from Ballast Point (strong golden ale, 12% ABV), Bridesmaid’s Tears from Noble Rey Brewing Co. (Strawberry Rhubarb Saison, 7% ABV), and Love Street from Karbach Brewing Co. However, it’s hard to choose a favorite; it was simply beer heaven.  

Untapped is known for bringing together some of the greatest beer selections all in one place, as well as a rocking lineup. The music portion included Rayland Baxter, The Hendersons, Hayes Carll, Built To Spill, White Reaper, David Ramirez, Groupo Fantasma, and Bummer Vacation.

A Crate Diggers favorite, Rayland Baxter, performed on the KXT 91.7 stage. Despite having come straight from Bonaroo with no sleep, the performance never skipped a beat, getting the crowd dancing to songs like Oliva, Yellow Eyes, and Mr. Rodriguez. The band is from Nashville, TN and has an undeniable personality on and off stage.

Although Untapped Festival in Fort Worth has ended, there’s multiple Untapped Fests all over Texas, including one a little closer to home in Dallas on November 12.

Amy Johnson