craft beer or other beverage to complement this laid-back vibe? Galveston has just as many diverse options for drinks, such as pioneering Galveston Island Brewing.
Launched two years ago by former tugboat captain Mark Dell’Osso, the island’s first brewery in decades has since expanded its programming to include tours, tastings and craft brewing classes. For
private events, groups can rent the Barrel Room, where Dell’Osso
ages his best beer in Maker's Mark, Four Roses and other premium
bourbon barrels. There’s also outdoor space complete with games
and bleacher seats for catching glorious Gulf sunsets.
The brewery is among the participants at the island’s highly popular annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival. Taking place over Labor
Day weekend, the nationally recognized event staged at Moody
Gardens and various venues around Galveston features more than
400 craft beers along with food, live music, educational events
Did somebody say “Cocktails in a Bag?" Galveston-based Lt.
Blender’s has attracted national attention for its all-natural cocktail
mixes packaged in party-size bags. Brainchild of Ralph McMorris,
who earned the “Lt. Blender” moniker for his Caribbean-based
cocktail-making during the Vietnam War, the line includes margaritas, daiquiris, pina coladas and mojitos—just add the alcohol and
other mixers. Groups can tour the factory—housed in the former
headquarters of Purity Ice Cream, the oldest ice cream company in
Texas—and sample the delicious products.
Located in the Strand District, Tsunami Exotic Tequila Emporium serves more than 45 tequilas and 12 styles of margaritas, and
features a collection of official Galveston Island Mardi Gras posters
dating back to the 1980s.
Offering nearly 16,000 square feet of flexible space, The Trem-ont House, a Wyndham Grand Hotel, is home to the island’s only
rooftop bar. Located on Galveston’s beachfront, Island Famous is a
unique concept combining four bars and a casual restaurant.
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