Beautiful scenery, live music, and local beers?! Yes, Erick and I FINALLY made it out to Brew and Blooms and it was such a fun, and much needed, date night! We’ve been wanting to go for a while now but never quite found the right time… But this time around, we made sure not to miss it! After building a new privacy fence for our backyard, going through a disastrous home repair, and building a new home, we were BOTH ready for a night out!
Brews and Blooms is a local craft beer festival held at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens from 6:00-9:30pm. The gardens usually close at 5:00pm so it was great to see everything at nightfall. It made everything look new even though I’ve walked the grounds many times before! General admission tickets were around $30 a piece and we left feeling like it was worth every penny! (Buy your tickets early because Erick and I wanted VIP which granted early admission and access to eight additional breweries, but they were sold out! We were super happy with our general admission, though.) With each ticket you get entrance into the gardens, get to sample eight brews, and there is also live music and DJs to enjoy around the grounds. There are also ride share options you can plan at the same time you purchase your tickets, so there is no need to fuss over who is going to be the designated driver.
After strolling – and sipping – a bit, we got our photo taken at the photo booth (by Mad Mad Photo Booths) then headed over to the food truck area and devoured our eats from The Box Street Social. Spicy crab stuffed avocados and pulled pork sandwiches hit the spot and were what I would consider “fancy” food truck food and not your typical burger and fries. The lines for food piled up fast, so if you attend I recommend heading there earlier on in the night rather than later… or you could grab food somewhere else beforehand since food is not included in general admission ticket price.
From there we strolled and sipped some more, tasting a selection of Oktoberfest brews along with the much welcomed creative variations made from sweet potato and blood orange. (The Pale Ale and Oktoberfest from Alamo Beer Company and the Blood Belt Beer (an ale infused with blood oranges) from Southern Star Brewing were among our favorites! I cannot wait to crack one of these open around a campfire soon!)
As we were rounding the corner, the live band Soul Grammar was jamming out to, and busting a move, to hit songs by Prince, Bruno Mars, and Robin Thicke. They were seriously SO GOOD at everything… singing, dancing, playing keyboards, witty banter between songs… everything! I want to have a party at my house just to have them come play! We unfolded our blanket and sat in the plush grass a bit and enjoyed their wonderful talent and before long it was time for us to pack up… but not before grabbing one of my ALL TIME favorite snacks for the road – Kettle Corn from Pink’s Popcorn. A little sweet, a little salty, the popped kernels were the perfect end to the night.
I’m not sure when the next Brews and Blooms will be, but if you follow the San Antonio Botanical Gardens on Facebook, they update their events frequently. Erick and I are already looking forward to attending next year! CHEERS, GUYS!