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Local microbrews on tap at Beer by the Bay festival


HORSESHOE BAY — With just one taste of a microbrewery beer, brewmaster David Rathkamp says it’s difficult for anyone to go back to anything else.

“It will have a lot more flavor,” he said. “It’s the difference between eating a piece of Wonder Bread and eating a freshly baked homemade hearty grain bread.”

For the first time, Rathkamp, who co-owns the Marble Falls-based Save the World Brewing Co. with his wife, Quynh, expects to inspire hundreds more microbrew converts during the upcoming Beer by the Bay Music Festival in Horseshoe Bay on Aug. 1-3.

The business will present five of its flagship products fresh from the stills featuring recipes from Belgian monks with Latin names like Lux Mundi (The Light of the World), Huilus Filius (The Humble Son), Angus Dei (Lamb of God), Froctum Bonum (The Good Fruit) and Pinceps Pacis (Prince of Peace).

“We are certainly very honored and proud to be featured in their festival. In our backyard hometown is all the more sweeter,” Quynh Rathkamp said. “That means our community is not only supporting us, but we can support our own community by bringing in more customers and buyers.”

The local brewery debuted its products at local Twin Liquors, H-E-B, Specs, The Bottle Shop, Kellcy’s General Store, Jamail’s and Circle B Beverage Bar.

However, the festival presented the first chance for the company, which offers its proceeds to charity, to connect with the public to promote its beer.

“We haven’t had a lot of one-on-one interaction with the public. It puts a personal touch on it when the person who made it is actually talking about the beer and the craft to produce it,” David Rathkamp said. “They’ll be able to try it and talk to us. Things are a lot better when you hear the story behind creating it.”

Go to or too find out more about the Marble Falls microbrewery.

Other beers to be featured at the festival are from the Blanco-based Real Ale Brewery, South Austin Brewing Co., Saint Arnold and Twisted X. Beers by the pint and tastings can be purchased at the festival.

Gates to the Live Oak Event Lawn in Horseshoe Bay open at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday with live music starting at 5:30 p.m.

Jack Ingram headlines the event Saturday night along with Blacktop Gypsy, Charla Corn, Bri Bagwell and The Effinays.  Friday’s acts include T.J. Broscoff, Pauline Reese, The Matchmaker Band and headliner Curtis Grimes, who was a finalist on the NBC show “The Voice.”

To purchase tickets, find the list of microbreweries across Central Texas, read artist bios or learn more, go to or or call (877) 611-0112.

Staff writer Jared Fields contributed to this report.