Busch Gardens Tampa Bier Fest 2022 Guide

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The upcoming Bier Fest event at Busch Gardens theme park in Tampa, Florida has a little bit of everything.

It is, as you would expect from the name, a beer festival.  But it is also a beer-flavored food festival.  There are over seventy brews and foods at Bier Fest.

But it is also a music festival.  You’ll get to hear great music from local Tampa Bay area bands.

Bier Fest takes place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays starting August 12, 2022.  It runs through Labor Day, September 5, 2022, the only Monday where you can attend the festival.

We’re going to give you more information about the festival, like the menu and entertainment line-up.  And then we’ll tell you how you can save money at the festival!

Food & Drink Menu

There are stations throughout the park where you can get some great food and drinks.

Munchen Haus

  • BBQ Beer Glazed Rib
    • Slow Smoked, Glazed with Beer BBQ Sauce; Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage
  • Königsberger Klopse
    • German Meatballs with White Wine Caper Sauce
  • Potato Pancake
    • Potato Pancake, Sour Cream, Applesauce and Chives

Ciders and Sours

  • Cigar City Homemade Apple Pie Cider
    • Tampa, Florida
    • 5.5% ABV
  • Crooked Thumb Strawberry Sour
    • Safety Harbor, Florida
    • 5.8% ABV
  • Flying Boat Raspberry Passionfruit Sour
    • St. Petersburg, Florida
    • 5.3% ABV
  • Keel Farms Agrarian Two Henrys Mango Cider
    • Plant City, Florida
    • 5.3% ABV

Pub Grub

  • Bavarian Pretzel Stick
    • With Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip
  • Bratkartoffeln
    • Fried Potatoes, Chives, Caramelized Onions & Bacon Bits
  • Charcuterie in a Cup
    • Soppressata, Tomato, Swiss Cheese, Marinade Olive & Cornichons

Hoppy Trails

  • Founders All Day IPA
    • Michigan
    • 4.7% ABV
  • New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA
    • Colorado
    • 7.5% ABV
  • Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing
    • California & North Carolina
    • 6.7% ABV
  • Terrapin Hopsecutioner
    • Georgia
    • 7.3% ABV

Zambia Smokehouse (Mobile Order Pickup)

  • Brisket Poutine
    • Cheese Curds, Seasoned Kettle Chips & Brown Gravy
  • Pulled Pork Slider
    • Slow Smoked Pork, Aus Jus, Crispy Onion Strings & Fried Jalapeno on a Roll
  • Sauerbraten Slider
    • Marinated Beef & Sauerbraten Jus on a Pretzel Roll

Zambia Smokehouse

  • 3 Daughters Beach Blonde
    • St. Pete, FL
    • 5% ABV
  • Bud Light
    • California
    • 5% ABV
  • Budweiser
    • Missouri
    • 5% ABV
  • Cigar City Jai Alai IPA
    • Tampa, FL
    • 7.5% ABV

Twisted Tails

  • Pretzel Bratwurst
    • Grilled Bratwurst wrapped in Pretzel; Mustard
  • Black Forest Pretzel
    • Sweet Pretzel; Strawberry and Chocolate Glaze ; Oreo Crumbs
  • 3 Daughters Key Lime Cider
    • St. Petersburg
    • 5.5% ABV
  • Bud Light Pilsner
    • Missouri
    • 4.2% ABV
  • Cigar City Florida Man Double IPA
    • Tampa, Florida
    • 8.5% ABV
  • Coppertail Free Dive IPA
    • Tampa, Florida
    • 5.9% ABV
  • Floridian Funky Buddha Wheat
    • Oakland Park, Florida
    • 5.2% ABV
  • Golden Road Mango Cart
    • Los Angeles, California
    • 4% ABV
  • Samuel Adams Octoberfest
    • Massachusetts
    • 5.3% ABV
  • Tucher Hefeweizen
    • Germany
    • 5.3% ABV

Dragon Fire Grill (Mobile Order Pickup)

  • Cheese Pierogis
    • Cheddar Cheese, Caramelized Onion, Sour Cream & Chives
  • Polish Boy
    • Fried Kielbasa Sausage, Sauerkraut & Brown Spicy Mustard on a Pretzel Roll
  • Reuben Brats
    • Grilled Bratwurst, Swiss Cheese, Special Sauce, Spicy Mustard, Sauerkraut & Caramelized Onion on a Soft Potato Roll

Pantopia Drinks and Snacks

  • Savory Buffalo and Cheddar Popcorn Blend
  • Bitburger Premium Pilsner
    • Germany
    • 4.8% ABV
  • Carlsberg Danish Pilsner
    • Denmark
    • 5% ABV
  • Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc
    • France
    • 5% ABV
  • Schofferhofer Hefeweizen
    • Germany
    • 2.5% ABV

Dragon Fire Grill

  • 3 Daughters Florida Orange IPA
    • St. Petersburg, Florida
    • 6.9% ABV
  • Bell’s Two Hearted Ale IPA
    • Michigan
    • 7% ABV
  • Coors Light
    • Colorado
    • 4.2% ABV
  • Cycle Cream & Sugar Please
    • St. Petersburg, Florida
    • 5% ABV
  • Funky Buddha Vibin’ Groovable Lager
    • Oakland Park, Florida
    • 5% ABV
  • Michelob Ultra
    • Missouri
    • 4.2% ABV
  • Modelo Especial
  • Mexico | 4.4% ABV
  • Woodchuck Amber Cider
  • Vermont | 5% ABV

Bay Area Brews

  • Beer Cheese Nachos
    • Tortilla Chips, Shrimp, Beer Cheese, Fried Jalapenos, Diced Tomato, Sour Cream, Chives
  • Big Storm Bromosa Tangerine IPA
    • Clearwater, Florida
    • 7.1% ABV
  • Cigar City Frost Proof
    • Tampa, Florida
    • 6% ABV
  • Crooked Thumb Harbor Lager
    • Safety Harbor, Florida
    • 5.2% ABV
  • Green Bench Postcard Pils
    • St. Petersburg, Florida
    • 4.7% ABV
  • Jdubs Passion Wheat
    • Sarasota, Florida
    • 4.2% ABV
  • Leaven Brewing Cheeky Blonde
    • Riverview, Florida
    • 4.6% ABV
  • Motorworks Rollcage® Red Ale
    • Florida
    • 6.5% ABV
  • Tampa Bay Brewing Reef Donkey
    • Tampa, Florida
    • 5.5% ABV

Giraffe Bar

  • Bavarian Charcuterie Pretzel
    • with Savory Beer Cheese, Sweet Mustard, Chef’s Selection of Cold Cuts and Cheese, Pickles & Dijon Mustard
  • 3 Daughters Beach Blonde
    • St. Petersburg, Florida
    • 5% ABV
  • 7venth Sun Graffiti Orange Creamsicle Wheat Ale
    • Tampa, Florida
    • 5.9% ABV
  • Big Storm Sunny Key Lime Ale
    • Clearwater, Florida
    • 4.5% ABV
  • Big Storm Wavemaker Amber Ale
    • Clearwater, Florida
    • 4.9% ABV
  • Big Top Hawaiian Lion
    • Sarasota, Florida
    • 7.5% ABV
  • Brew Bus You’re My Boy, Blue! Blueberry Wheat Ale
    • Tampa, Florida
    • 5.3% ABV
  • Cigar City Fancy Papers Hazy IPA
    • Tampa, Florida
    • 6.5% ABV
  • Coppertail Fallen Fruit Cider
    • Tampa, Florida
    • 6.5% ABV
  • Florida Avenue Passion of the Heights Tropical Wheat Ale
    • Wesley Chapel, Florida
    • 4.7% ABV
  • Motorworks Pulp Friction Grapefruit IPA
    • Bradenton, Florida
    • 6.8% AVB
  • TBBC Old Elephant Foot IPA
    • Tampa, Florida
    • 7% ABV
  • Yuengling Raging Eagle Mango Pilsner
    • Tampa, Florida
    • 6.0% ABV

Entertainment

What makes craft beer better?  Live music!  And there are some great local bands playing at Bier Fest.  You can come to see them play at Coke Canopy Stage in the Bird Gardens.  They’ll be playing Friday through Sunday at 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM, and 6:30 PM.

Here is the lineup:

  • The Rundown Band
    • August 12th through August 14th
  • Slickwood
    • August 19th through August 21st
  • Fire & Ice
    • August 26th through August 28th
  • Blue Stone Circle
    • September 2nd through September 5th

VIP Tour

Want to enjoy Bier Fest at a VIP level?  Then take the VIP Tour!

It is an exclusive walk tour of up to eight guests per tour.  It can last up to two hours.  You’ll learn about Busch Garden’s history during the tour.

And you get free beer and food included in the cost of the tour.  During the tour, you get up to 7 beer samples, one brew-inspired dish, and water.  You also get to skip to the front of the line on three select popular rollercoasters.  And you get a free cup of nectar to feed the Lorikeets!

Click here to purchase a VIP tour.

How to Save Money

So there is more than one way to save money at Bier Fest at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

One of those ways is to buy a sampler.  A sampler allows you to sample different menu items throughout the festival.  You can buy a 5-item, 8-item, or 12-item sampler.  The higher the item sampler you buy, the more you can sample.

For example, if you buy a 5-item sampler, you get to select five different options from the beer, food, wine, and cocktail menu.  But the 8-item sampler gets you eight different selections.  Buying the sampler saves you money versus buying these items separately.

You can buy one of these samplers here.

The other way you can save money at Bier Fest is through your tickets.  Admission to Bier Fest is included in the cost of admission to Busch Gardens.  And it just so happens they have a great sale on tickets right now.  If you buy one single-day ticket, you can get another single-day ticket!  So take advantage of this BOGO sale by clicking here.