Busch Gardens Tampa Bier Fest Ultimate Guide

Florida - Busch Gardens - Tampa - Bier Fest
Florida - Busch Gardens - Tampa - Bier Fest

Busch Gardens Tampa is the place to go if you dig beer. A favorite for Florida locals as well as visitors is the annual fall Bier Fest. It’s an event that marks the beginning of a season of cooler weather and holiday cheer.  

The Busch Gardens Tampa Bier Fest is included in the price of park admission and typically lasts for several weeks. It begins in late summer and lasts until early September. So, let’s unpack Busch Gardens Tampa Bier Fest Ultimate Guide. 

Where Does Busch Gardens Bier Fest Take Place in The Park? 

Notably, the main focus and obviously the main draw of the Bier Fest is the beverages. The Bier Fest is an annual festival that’s covered by the Busch Gardens Tampa admission price. 

This year the festival has the flavors of Oktoberfest with a huge selection of craft beers, cocktails, and wine. But you can also look forward to delicious food choices scattered around the park. You can sample them while enjoying the wide selection of craft beers from around the world.  

And, of course, what would a Busch Gardens Tampa party be without entertainment? This will also be present throughout the park.  

When is the 2023 Busch Gardens Tampa Bier Fest? 

Busch Gardens Tampa Bier Fest began on July 21, 2023, and will last until September 4. The party is held on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays as well as Labor Day which falls on September 4.  

What Food to Expect at Busch Gardens Bier Fest 


  • German Chocolate Cupcake 
  • Gingerbread Cupcake 
  • Caramel Popcorn Cupcake 
  • Bier Fest Signature Cupcakes 
  • Black Forest Cupcake 
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Pub Grub 

  • German Potato Salad 
  • Creamy Potato Salad with Spicy Mustard 
  • Beer Braised Pork Shank Stout BBQ 
  • Beer Braised and Slow Cooked Tender Pork Shank glazed in a Stout BBQ 
  • Bratwurst 
  • Seared Pork Sausage, Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage on Artisan Pretzel Roll 

Egg Noodle Kugel 

  • Traditional Egg Noodle Casserole 
  • Sauerbraten (German pot roast) with mashed potatoes 
  • Slow cooked beef roast served atop mashed potatoes 

Das Goode Hut 

  • Chicken Apple Sausage with Spätzle 
  • Seared Chicken Apple Sausage with Brown Butter Pasta 

Strudel Haus 

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

 Springs Taproom 

  • Pretzels and beer cheese 
  • Warm small pretzel bites with beer cheese  


  • Curry Stew of pork sausage and vegetables  
  • Seared pork kielbasa with sauerkraut 

Busch Gardens Tampa Samples

Moonshine Tasting 

  • Firefly White Lightning Moonshine 
  • American Born Dixie Moonshine 
  • American Born Apple Pie Moonshine 
  • Firefly Blackberry Moonshine 

 München Haus 

  • Königsberger Klopse – German Meatballs in White Wine Caper Sauce 
  • Bierwurst Pretzel Roll – Seared pork sausage on an artisan pretzel roll 
  • Potato Pancake 

Hoppy Trails 

  • Terrapin – Hopsecutioner IPA – 7.3% ABV – Athens, Georgia  
  • New Belgium – Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA – 7.5% ABV – Fort Collins, CO 
  • Angry Chair – Space Grass IPA – 6.7% ABV – Tampa, Florida 
  • Tampa Bay Brewing Co. – Coral Head IPA – 7% ABV – Tampa, Florida 
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Cider, Cocktails & Sours 

  • Crooked Thumb – Pink Beer Sour – 4% ABV – Safety Harbor, Florida 
  • Wicked Weed – Strawberry Kiwi Burst Fruited Session Sour – 4.5% ABV – Asheville, NC 
  • 3 Daughters Brewing – Raspberry Lemonade Cider – 7% ABV – St Pete, Florida  
  • Cigar City – Homemade Apple Pie Cider – 5.5% ABV – Tampa, Florida 
  • Strawberry Fields Craft Standard Cocktail – Bourbon, Monin Strawberry Paloma 
  • Pearfect Summer Craft Standard Cocktail – Vodka, Monin Desert Pear, Mojito 

Seasonal Suds at Bier Fest

  • Rogue Ales – Dead Guy Maibock – 6.8% ABV – Independence, Oregon 
  • Samuel Adams – Seasonal – Boston, Massachusetts 
  • 3 Daughters Brewing – Beach Blonde Ale – 5% ABV – St Pete, Florida 
  •  Tampa Bay Brewing Co. – Gourds Gone Wild Pumpkin Ale – 6% ABV – Tampa, Florida 

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 Bay Area Brews 

  • Cigar City – Frost Proof Belgian-style White Ale – 6% ABV – Tampa, Florida 
  •  Coppertail Brewing Co. – Sun Runner – 5% ABV – Tampa, Florida 
  • Leaven Brewing – Cheeky Blonde Ale – 4.6% ABV Riverview, Florida  
  • St Pete Brewing – Orange Wheat – 4.7% ABV – St Pete, Florida 
  • Hidden Springs Ale Works – Orange Crush –5.7% ABV – Tampa, Florida 
  • Coppertail Brewing Company – Free Drive IPA – 5.9% ABV – Tampa, Florida.  
  • Marker 48 Brewing – Red Right Return – 6% ABV – Brooksville, Florida 
  • Florida Avenue Brewing Co – You’re My Boy, Blue! – 5.3% ABV – Wesley Chapel, Florida 
  • Founders Brewing Co. – All Day IPA – 4.7% ABV – Grand Rapids, MI   
  • Cycle Brewing – Cream & Sugar, Please Coffee Porter – 4.9% ABV – St. Petersburg, Florida   
  • Crooked Thumb – Strawberry Shakedown Sour – 8% ABV – Safety Harbor, Florida  
  • Keel Farms – Mango Cider – 5.3% ABV – Plant City, Florida  
  • Modelo – Especial – Mexico 
  • Stella Artois – Stella Artois Pilsner – 5% ABV – Belgium  
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European Wines 

  • Valckenberg Gewürztraminer – 13% ABV – Germany  
  • Valckenberg Pinot Blanc – 12.5% ABV – Germany  
  • Valckenberg UNDONE Pinot Noir – 12% ABV – Germany 
  • Riesling Flight – August Kesseler Riesling – Bex Riesling – Twisted River Riesling 

What’s the Busch Gardens Tampa 2023 Bier Fest Cost 

The cost to get in Busch Gardens Tampa 2023 Bier Fest is covered by the cost of admission. However, guests will also have the opportunity to buy a sampling lanyard. With it, you can stroll through the park and get various sample-sized tastes of food or drink. 

The deal includes a 5-Item Sampler for $40, an 8-Item Sampler at $60, and a 12-Item Sampler for $75. This is a great way to ensure you get a sampling of everything.  

 Still planning your trip to Busch Gardens Tampa? Be sure to check out our articles on Busch Gardens Tampa Height Requirements for 2023 and Hidden Gems Near Tampa, Florida. 

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