Origins Of The Festival

Chad and Nellie Montgomery visited Denver in September 2010 and attended the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). The entire region came alive with beer events as far away as 100 miles from the city. Not long after returning, they decided to bring that style of event home to Dallas, Texas. After 4 successful years in Dallas, they decided Houston needed another great beer event too.

Many beer events benefit charity, bring good people together to drink amazing beers, promote small businesses (breweries, restaurants, great bars, and more), and local economy. We believe Houston can benefit from the same kind of event.

Ten years ago, the largest event we’d ever planned was our wedding with just over 100 people in attendance. We’re no different than anyone who attends our festival; we’re just two people who love great beer, small businesses, supporting local charities, and festivals.

Our hope and intention is that every brewery and attendee who participates, feels like this event is their own, and something to be proud of. This event doesn’t belong to us, it belongs to you, the attendee. During the course of 5 years we’ve been able to provide almost 115,800 meals to hungry North Texans thanks to our partnership with North Texas Food Bank. We hope to begin a brand new partnership with the Houston Food Bank!


The Organizers

Chad Montgomery

As one of the two owners of Brewvolution, LLC, Chad Montgomery works full time planning and managing events for the company. Previously he was an Operations Manager of a local IT-consulting firm named Qoverage, which provides outsourced IT for small businesses in Dallas. His favorite styles of beer are Belgians, sours of all kinds, barrel-aged beers, and English barley wines. He loves photography, music, traveling, weight lifting, professional football, movies, and technology. He’s a  recent college graduate from The University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in Business Administration (Innovation and Entrepreneurship).

Nellie Montgomery

Nellie Montgomery by day works for a regional architecture firm. She received her undergraduate degree from UT Arlington and her masters degree from Boston Architectural College. Her favorite styles of beer are sours, porters, and coffee-infused beers. She loves photography, architecture, the Dallas Mavericks, and traveling. She’s an amateur photographer in her spare time.

Our Cause

We’ve really enjoyed working with the North Texas Food Bank, and wanted to work with a similar organization in Houston. After talking with several Houston breweries, we’ve decided to partner with the Houston Food Bank! As a result, we’ve chosen them as our charitable organization to receive a portion of the proceeds from Big Texas Beer Fest as well. Besides, who doesn’t love an efficient charity that is able to provide a full day of meals for only $1?