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TX Breweries Pouring at Great American Beer Fest 2014

Thanks to the awesome work from the staff at on posting up this list on Texas breweries who will be pouring beer at this year’s Great American Beer Fest! Way to go Branchline for being the ONLY one from San Antonio!

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photo 4With the Great American Beer Festival members-only pre-sale on now (like literally, RIGHT NOW), we thought we’d share a look at the Texas breweries who will be slingin’ beers in Denver come October.

While the list includes the usual GABF veterans, there are also several more low-profile Texas breweries joining the ranks this year, including Sherman’s 903 Brewers, Abilene’s Pappy Slokum Brewing Co., and more.

The list below is subject to change, but it currently holds an impressive 45 Texas breweries, up from last year’s 37.

If you’re looking for a complete nationwide list of which breweries will be pouring at the festival, head on over to The fine folks at Denver-based Porch Drinking have also done the tedious (but much appreciated) work of separating out which breweries will be pouring at the festival for the first time, as well as some notable absences. On the…

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