Huzzah! Here’s what to drink at the Texas Renaissance Festival this year

As the temperatures finally cool down and the holidays approach, it marks the start of a beloved tradition: The Texan Renaissance Festival. Now in its 47th year, people from all over come to Todd Mission to eat, drink and play in a very different time.

And it’s not just turkey thighs, there’s plenty to drink. Of course, you can contact almost any food vendor for a beer or a frozen lemonade. But whether you’re a cocktail lover or a seasoned sommelier, there are options to enhance your festival experience by simply strolling around with a beer in hand.

Here’s what, where, and how you should drink at the Texas Renaissance Festival, depending on your preferences.

Souvenirs during the opening weekend of the 46th Annual Texas Renaissance Festival at Todd Mission on Sunday, October 4, 2020.

Elizabeth Conley, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer


Drink like those of yesteryear and grab a glass or bottle of mead for the road. Mead is an alcohol traditionally made with honey, yeast, and water and is said to cure a number of illnesses (or simply intoxicate all royals and peasants). Enchanted Manor Meadery created a traditional-style mead specifically for the Texas Renaissance Festival, along with a few other interesting versions of the drink. Tea drinkers will enjoy Enchanted Manor’s Earl Gray Mead, while those looking for something with an intriguing kick should try the Queen Mother’s Herbal and Spice Mead made with Ginger, Zest of lemon, cloves and osmanthus flower.


Haak Winery in nearby Santa Fe, Texas participates in the festival daily guided wine tastings at Odin’s table. The organized tasting includes the white wine with mead from Haak, the white port, the tawny port, the Blanc du Bois de Madeira and the Madeira “Renaissance”. You can also take a glass of wine home. La Table d’Odin will also be open outside tasting hours for purchases of bottles and wines by the glass.

21+ only, $ 30

Spectators and performers are featured at the Texas Renaissance Festival on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Todd Mission.
Spectators and performers are featured at the Texas Renaissance Festival on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Todd Mission.Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle


For those looking for something more upscale, Wyrmwood Public House is the place to go for craft cocktails in glassmaking, as well as daily absinthe and tequila tastings. There is also a very different vibe from the rest of the festival. Instead of Renaissance clothing, you will find a steampunk “Victorian fantasyland”. Cocktails available include Death in the Afternoon, made with absinthe, simple syrup, champagne and a zest of lemon; the Last Word made from gin and green chartreuse; and classics like a sazerac, a margarita or a paloma. If you’re looking for a morning wake-up call, you’ll also find coffee-based cocktails like Irish Coffee or The Carajillo, or mimosas and Buck’s Fizz, a blend of gin, champagne and fresh juices. Bonus: This is one of the very few festival locations with central air conditioning.

21+ only, stand # 225; Reservation required for absinthe and tequila tastings


It’s no secret that there is a lot of beer everywhere you turn at the Renaissance Festival. But if you really want to enjoy a beer sample and a drunken festival, there is a twice daily pub crawl that makes five stops at festival taverns. The tour promises dirty jokes galore from the three tour guides, plus five 8-ounce tastings and a commemorative drink. It’s also a chance to use your own dirty jokes – the tourist who offers the most inappropriate source of laughter for the group will receive a “(dis) honor award” at the end as a thank you for their contribution.

21+ only, $ 45

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