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Complete Guide to Bier Fest at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

If there’s one thing for certain, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay knows how to throw a party. With a number of festivities and events throughout the year, it can be hard to determine which is the one for you and your family. One of our favorites here at Orlando Informer is the annual fall Bier Fest. When this event rolls around each year, we know that cooler weather and the holidays are just around the corner.  

This event is included with park admission, and typically occurs for several weeks, usually starting sometime in late summer. Here’s everything you need to know about experiencing the 2023 Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Bier Fest.

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What is Bier Fest 2023 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay?

If you didn’t catch it in the name, the main draw of Bier Fest is the drinks. Bier Fest is an annual festival included with park admission at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. This year, the festival will pay particular homage to Oktoberfest with its selection of craft beers, wine, seltzers, and cocktails. Delicious food selections will also be around the park for guests to sample as they enjoy the carefully-cultivated craft beverages. Of course, entertainment will also be provided throughout the park to keep the party going. 

When is Bier Fest 2023 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay?

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (as well as Labor Day) starting July 21 and concluding on September 4, 2023

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Bier Fest 2023 Menu

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's Bier Fest Map
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Bier Fest Map

Xcursions

Bier Fest Signature Cupcakes

Black Forest Cupcake

Caramel Popcorn Cupcake

Gingerbread Cupcake

German Chocolate Cupcake

Moonshine Tasting

Moonshine Tasting at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's Bier Festival
Moonshine Tasting at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Bier Fest

Firefly White Lightning Moonshine

Firefly Blackberry Moonshine

American Born Apple Pie Moonshine

American Born Dixie Moonshine

München Haus

München Haus at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's Bier Festival
München Haus at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Bier Fest

Königsberger Klopse
German Meatballs with White Wine Caper Sauce

Bierwurst Pretzel Roll
Seared Pork Sausage served on Artisan Pretzel Roll

Potato Pancake
Fresh applesauce

Hoppy Trails

Hoppy Trails at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's Bier Festival
Hoppy Trails at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Bier Fest

Terrapin | Hopsecutioner IPA
Athens, GA | 7.3% ABV | 71 IBU

New Belgium | Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA
Fort Collins, CO | 7.5% ABV | 42 IBU

Angry Chair | Space Grass IPA
Tampa, FL | 6.7% ABV | 50 IBU

Tampa Bay Brewing Co. | Coral Head IPA
Tampa, FL | 7% ABV | 75 IBU

Pub Grub

Pub Grub at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's Bier Festival
Pub Grub at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Bier Festival

Beer Braised Pork Shank Stout BBQ
Beer Braised and Slow Cooked Tender Pork Shank glazed in a Stout BBQ

German Potato Salad
Creamy Potato Salad with Spicy Mustard

Bratwurst
Seared Pork Sausage, Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage on Artisan Pretzel Roll

Cider, Cocktails & Sours

Cider, Cocktails & Sours at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's Bier Festival
Cider, Cocktails & Sours at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Bier Fest

Crooked Thumb | Pink Beer Sour
Safety Harbor, FL | 4% ABV | 8 IBU

Wicked Weed | Strawberry Kiwi Burst Fruited Session Sour
Asheville, NC | 4.5% ABV | 20 IBU

3 Daughters Brewing | Raspberry Lemonade Cider
St. Petersburg, FL | 7% ABV | 0 IBU

Cigar City | Homemade Apple Pie Cider
Tampa, FL | 5.5% ABV | 0 IBU

Strawberry Fields Craft Standard Cocktail
Bourbon, Monin Strawberry Paloma

Pearfect Summer Craft Standard Cocktail
Vodka, Monin Desert Pear, Mojito

Das Goode Hut

Das Goode Hut at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's Bier Festival
Das Goode Hut at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Bier Festival

Chicken Apple Sausage with Spatzel
Seared Chicken Apple Sausage with Brown Butter Pasta

Egg Noodle Kugel
Traditional Egg Noodle Casserole

Sauerbraten (German Pot Roast) with Mashed Potato
Slow Cooked Marinated Beef Roast served over Mashed Potato

Seasonal Suds

Seasonal Suds at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's Bier Festival
Seasonal Suds at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Bier Fest

Rogue Ales | Dead Guy Maibock
Independence, OR | 6.8% ABV | 40 IBU

Samuel Adams | Seasonal
Boston, MA | Seasonal

3 Daughters Brewing | Beach Blonde Ale
St. Petersburg, FL | 5% ABV | 23 IBU

Tampa Bay Brewing Co. | Gourds Gone Wild Pumpkin Ale
Tampa, FL | 6% ABV | 20 IBU

Bay Area Brews

Bay Area Brews at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's Bier Festival
Bay Area Brews at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Bier Fest

Cigar City | Frost Proof Belgian-style White Ale
Tampa, FL | 6% ABV | 18 IBU

Coppertail Brewing Co. | Sun Runner
Tampa, FL | 5% ABV | 8 IBU

Leaven Brewing | Cheeky Blonde Ale
Riverview, FL | 4.6% ABV | 24 IBU

St Pete Brewing | Orange Wheat
St. Petersburg, FL | 4.7% ABV | 9 IBU

Hidden Springs Ale Works | Orange Crush
Tampa, FL | 5.7% ABV | 15 IBU

Coppertail Brewing Co. | Free Dive IPA
Tampa, FL | 5.9% ABV | 65 IBU

Marker 48 Brewing | Red Right Return
Brooksville, FL | 6% ABV | 15 IBU

Florida Avenue Brewing Co. | You’re My Boy, Blue!
Wesley Chapel, FL | 5.3% ABV | 12 IBU

Strudel Haus

Apple Strudel with Vanilla Ice Cream
Flaky Apple Pastry with Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream

Springs Taproom

Springs Taproom at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's Bier Fest
Springs Taproom at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Bier Fest

Pretzels and Beer Cheese
Warm Small Pretzel Bites Served with Signature Beer Cheese

Currywurst
Curry Stew of Seared Pork Sausage and Vegetables

Kielbasa and Sauerkraut
Seared Pork Kielbasa with Sauerkraut

Founders Brewing Co. | All Day IPA
Grand Rapids, MI | 4.7% ABV | 42 IBU

Cycle Brewing | Cream & Sugar, Please Coffee Porter
St. Petersburg, FL | 4.9% ABV | 21 IBU

Crooked Thumb | Strawberry Shakedown Sour
Safety Harbor, FL | 5.8% ABV | 8 IBU

Keel Farms | Mango Cider
Plant City, FL | 5.3% ABV | 0 IBU

Modelo | Especial
Mexico | 4.4% ABV | 10 IBU

Stella Artois | Stella Artois Pilsner
Belgium | 5% ABV | 10 IBU

Anheuser-Busch | Michelob ULTRA
St. Louis, MO | 4.2% ABV | 10 IBU

Leaven Brewing | The Red Irish Ale
Riverview, FL | 6.7% ABV | 30 IBU

Cycle Brewing | Crank IPA
St. Petersburg, FL | 7% ABV | 55 IBU

3 Daughters Brewing | Oktoberfest Märzen
St. Petersburg, FL | 5.1% ABV | 24 IBU

Samuel Adams | Seasonal
Massachusetts | Seasonal

Golden Road Brewing | Mango Cart
Los Angeles, CA | 4% ABV | 10 IBU

European Wines

European Wines at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's Bier Fest
European Wines at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Bier Fest

Valckenberg Gewürztraminer
Germany | 13% ABV

Valckenberg Pinot Blanc
Germany | 12.5% ABV

Valckenberg UNDONE Pinot Noir
Germany | 12% ABV

Riesling Flight
August Kesseler Riesling | Bex Riesling | Twisted River Riesling

Giraffe Bar

Giraffe Bar at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's Bier Fest
Giraffe Bar at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Bier Fest

Tampa Bay Brewing Co. | Reef Donkey APA
Tampa, FL | 5.5% ABV | 36 IBU

Cigar City | Fancy Papers Hazy IPA
Tampa, FL | 6.5% ABV | 60 IBU

Walking Tree | Straw Hat Blonde Ale
Vero Beach, FL | 4.3% ABV | 14 IBU

Florida Avenue Brewing Co. | Passion of the Heights Tropical Wheat Ale
Wesley Chapel, FL | 4.75% ABV | 11 IBU

Golden Road Brewing | Mango Cart
Los Angeles, CA | 4% ABV | 10 IBU

Florida Avenue Brewing Co. | The Lantern Pumpkin Ale
Wesley Chapel, FL | 8.5% ABV | 22 IBU

Florida Avenue Brewing Co. | You’re My Boy, Blue!
Wesley Chapel, FL | 5.3% ABV | 12 IBU

7venth Sun | Graffiti Orange Creamsicle Wheat Ale
Tampa, FL | 5.9% ABV | 13 IBU

Tampa Bay Brewing Co. | Old Elephant Foot IPA
Tampa, FL | 7% ABV | 70 IBU

3 Daughters Brewing | Beach Blonde Ale
St. Petersburg, FL | 5% ABV | 23 IBU

Motorworks Brewing | Pulp Friction® Grapefruit IPA
Bradenton, FL | 6.8% AVB | 85 IBU

Samuel Adams | Seasonal
Massachusetts | Seasonal

Busch Gardens Bier Fest 2023 Cost 

Guests will have the opportunity to purchase a sampling lanyard. With this lanyard, you can go around to any of the festival stations and get a sample-sized taste of food or drink. It’s a decent deal with a 5-Item Sampler for $40, an 8-Item Sampler at $60, and a 12-Item Sampler for $75. Using a lanyard is a great way to be sure you get to taste everything you want to before getting too full, or having one too many. If you decide that you don’t want to use all your tastings, that’s okay too. Your lanyard is valid at any festival station throughout the duration of Bier Fest. 

What else is there to do at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay?

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is a park that boasts 18 attractions and a number of smaller entertainment features. Soar above the Serengeti Plain on the all-new Serengeti Flyer. Iron Gwazi, Tigris, Cheetah Hunt, and Sheikra are all coasters that will take even the most stalwart coaster lover to task. 

No matter what your age is, the sheer number of animals that call Busch Gardens home will put a smile on your face. Little ones will likely find their favorite spot in the park to be Sesame Street Safari of Fun. Here, younger guests can enjoy a splash pad, tyke-sized rides, and explore the treeline in Elmo’s Treehouse Trek. 

For a full overview of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and everything it has to offer, check out this guide page. Even better, we hope you’ll come enjoy Bier Fest and check everything out for yourself. Until then – cheers!