By Becca Shinn
Returning to Dallas for a second year on Nov. 1, the Untapped Festival promises great music and excellent beer. The festival was designed to be an event that would give equal amounts of attention to both music and beer and create a unique balance between these two popular interests. The event will feature hand-selected food vendors to complement the impressive variety of alcohol and bands.
Organizers of Untapped Festival were not able to be reached for comment, but the festival’s website shed some light on its mission.
“Basically we’re passionate about great beer and great music and felt like there were thousands of like-minded people who would want to come hang out with us in a great spot and sample a wide range of amazing beers and tunes,” it reads.
Gavin Cleaver of the Dallas Observer reviewed the Fort Worth Untapped Festival earlier this year.
“With a thriving craft-beer scene in North Texas continuing to grow, it’s beyond impressive that a festival filled with so many great beers offered tunes that matched the suds cup for cup, note for note,” he wrote.
The tunes in the Dallas festival will include artists Cake, Shovels and Rope, Deltron 3030, Polyphonic Spree, Cayacus, METZ and Jamestown Revival, all of whom will be performing at the festival’s outdoor venue, rain or shine. An official list of the festival’s beers will be posted on the Untapped Festival website soon, according to the “Beer List” page of the site.
“The festival was organized, the vibe was solid and music was energetic,” wrote Tiney Ricciardi of the Dallas Morning News, in another review of the Fort Worth festival. “Untapped invited some of the most creative brews to date.”
The festival begins at 3:30 p.m. and lasts until 10:30 p.m. General admission tickets are available online for $35. Tickets including 12 two-ounce beer samples in addition to concert admission are $42, and those 21 and up will be allowed to purchase 12 oz brews for $5 each. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event, though they will be more expensive at the door.
Untapped Dallas will be held in the Cedars neighborhood outside Gilley’s Dallas on South Lamar Street. This venue is accessible by DART, located near the Cedars Station on either the Red Line or the Blue Line.
If you are looking for a great way to sample dozens of different beers while enjoying great music outdoors with your friends, the Untapped Festival is the festival for you.
How to get there from UD: Take the Orange Line toward Parker Road or LBJ/Central for 7 stops. Get off at West End Station and transfer to either the Red Line toward Westmoreland for 3 stops, or the Blue Line toward Ledbetter for 3 stops. Get off at Cedars Station and turn left onto Belleview Street. Walk for 0.2 miles, and turn right onto S. Lamar Street.