If you’re going to spend as many as 11 hours in Zilker Park every day this weekend, you have to figure out where you’re going to eat. ACL Fest offers a massive assortment of food and drink vendors as diverse as the musical lineup. With more than three dozen options, you could eat three meals a day in the park, plus snacks, and still not try everything.
The food booths line the northern side of the park, and it helps to have a plan. Don’t wait until you’re starving to decide where to eat. Buzz the tower a few times. Get the lay of the land. And make sure you bring cash. You don’t want to stand in line at the ATM in the park.
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New at ACL: Barton Springs Beer Hall
Dear local craft beer lovers: You asked, and they’ve finally listened.
After enduring years of heckling from the local craft scene, producers of the Austin City Limits Music Festival have heeded the call for better beer.
Heineken was once the official beer of the festival, and some people cheered when Shiner did everything they could to wiggle their way onto the scene in 2011. Last year, the best one could score was a Shock Top from the “craft” beer tent.
Now, Real Ale will represent for the local crew, which makes sense because they might be one of the only ones with the capacity to produce enough beer for such an event. Other breweries include Stone, Lagunitas, Brooklyn and Founders. They seem to have covered a spectrum of styles (Stout, yay!), and even included a few ciders for good measure.
Below is a list of the beers that will be sold in the new Barton Springs Beer Hall, which will have more than 100 feet of bar, 16 beers on tap, TVs airing sports (including the Texas/OU game on weekend two), yard games, picnic tables and more.
— Emma Janzen
Real Ale Fireman’s
4 Real Ale Four Squared
Real Ale Hans Pils
Left Hand Milk Stout
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Founders All Day IPA
Harpoon UFO White
Breckenridge Agave Wheat
Ace Pear Cider
Woodchuck Amber Cider