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Texas takes honors at Grapevine Main Street Fest brew challenge

Ben and Jaime Grider, of Highland Village, toast their samples of beer at the Craft Brew Experience.
Ben and Jaime Grider, of Highland Village, toast their samples of beer at the Craft Brew Experience.

Craft brew lovers voted Texas the winner of the State Brew Challenge during Grapevine’s 31st Annual Main Street Fest A Craft Brew Experience.

Craft breweries from across the country battled it out for the hearts and taste buds of festival-goers during the State Brew Challenge. Voters could choose from more than 50 craft brews from 20 craft breweries from 10 states.

Votes were cast as brews were poured in the delightful beer garden setting of Grapevine’s Liberty Park.

Voters selected Colorado as the second place finisher with California taking the third spot. Participating breweries were also from Alaska, Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon and Vermont.

Attendance was 154,032.

“All weekend, guests were having a wonderful time at events such as the Craft Brew Experience and tare he State Brew Challenge, where guests could vote for the state offering their favorite craft brews,” said Vick Cox, who with his wife Jackie are chairpersons of the event that ran May 15-17. “Coupled with the world-class live entertainment, the children’s area featuring Legoland Discovery Center and Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium, festival food, artisans, the marketplace and more, Grapevine was definitely the place to be for a weekend of festival fun.”

Among those having fun were Rathna and Larry Gray, who had a convenient walk from their home two blocks away. Their children Brooke, 10, and Catherine, 6, also walked, but 1-year-old Caroline took in the sights in her stroller.

“We came for the fun, fair and food — especially the red velvet funnel cake,” Rathna said. “It’s a family tradition. We look forward to it every year.”

Throughout the weekend, a series of cask tappings took place in the Craft Brew Experience.

A highlight was the the 2nd Annual DFW ICON competition. Winners were selected May 17 in different age categories and included Grand Champion Harper Gruzins, 13, of Coppell; Bella Brown, 9, of Choctaw, Okla.; Kennedy Claytor, 15, of Allen; Troy Grant, 16, of Cedar Hill; and Jennifer Phillips, 22, of Bedford.

Guests also danced in the streets during live performances on stages throughout the festival from artists such as Love and Theft, Zack King, George Navarro, Marc Broussard amd Main Street LIVE.

Thousands of children discovered fun when they entered a 22-foot inflatable shark to a special chldren’s area. They experienced the Lego brick build area and Junior Builder competition, Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium’s touch pool, The REC of Grapevine’s batting cages and interactive games and entertainment.

The 32nd Annual Main Street Fest will be held May 20-22. Proceeds from the 31st Annual Main Street Fest benefit historic preservation and restoration projects throughout Grapevine.

For more information about Grapevine or Main Street Fest, call 800-457-6558 or visit

Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367