More entertainment added to festivals


Grammy-winning artist O.S. Grant will be playing on Friday night to help open up the Gonzales Inquirer’s Craft Beer Festival, it was announced last week.

Grant, a local saxophone artist who has played with such stars as Johnny Taylor, will open the VIP tent festivities on Friday night at the Shiner Beer Tent at 7 p.m.

“We are thrilled to have O.S. play for us,” said Craft Beer Festival Director Terry Fitzwater. “O.S. has quite a following, and he is one of the legendary saxophone players in Texas. While O.S. Grant will headline the festivities, the tent opens at 6 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. Mia Gonzales, a charming voice out of Lockhart, Texas will take the stage and sing for about 20-25 minutes. She will blow your mind away after you see her perform.

“At the conclusion of the Friday night show, we have a surprise from Houston that will bring the house down to end the inaugural VIP Night of the Gonzales Inquirers Craft Beer Festival.”

Sponsors for the beer festival have also been named. Sponsoring the Craft Beer Tent will be Shiner Beer out of Shiner, Texas. They will be assisted by Hartman Distributing out of Victoria, Texas and most of all of Shiner’s brands will be available for sampling and pours on Friday and Saturday. Also available this weekend through Hartman Distributing will be some of the beers from Goliad Brewing and Blue Moon.

The Main Stage is being sponsored by David Stewart Trucking, with his brother Kenneth Stewart Trucking sponsoring the VIP tent. Pravel Insurance Brokerage is sponsoring the wrist bands, while Flare Energy and H & R Block are sponsoring various entertainment options on Saturday. On Friday night, Belle Oaks Inn and Laurel Ridge are taking turns sponsoring O.S. Grant.

For the beer festival, a number of breweries have committed to be at the event, including Shiner, Bells Brewery, Seguin Brewing Company, Freetail Brewing Company, Thirsty Planet, Blue Moon, Goliad, San Antonio Distillery and Beckers Vineyards. Tickets are $50 for VIP passes, but as of press time, there are only 40 left.

On Saturday, the festival kicks into high gear with a wine festival, car show and more craft beer tastings in the Shiner tent. Tickets for the wine tasting are $20, while tickets for the Craft Beer Festival are $25 and are available for purchase at the Inquirer office or at the beer tent.

The wine and art festival starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 9 p.m., while the Shiner Craft Beer tent opens for VIP members at 11 a.m. and to the Saturday only ticket holders at noon. It goes until 8 p.m. Derek Vera and Anna Marie and the Magnolias will both be playing in the Shiner tent on Saturday.

For more information, contact Terry Fitzwater at 830-672-2861 or at