The 2nd annual Big Bend Brewing Company Valentine’s Day in Valentine, TX, with music from Texas legend Gary P. Nunn, Fort Davis-native Doug Moreland and Austin’s La Tampiqueña and the debut of Big Bend Brewing Company’s seasonal craft brew El Corazon, brewed with prickly pear puree and featuring label art by internationally-recognized artist and Valentine-native Boyd Elder (best known for his album cover art for bands The Eagles and Yacht).
When: Friday, February 14, 2014, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Music starts at 5pm.
Where: The Old Mercantile Building smack dab in the heart of Valentine, Texas (population: 187), just north of the railroad tracks (follow the signs). Until last year, the Old Mercantile Building had been virtually abandoned for 70 years. The first annual Valentine’s Day in Valentine was hosted with no electricity and only the most basic of amenities, and STILL Big Bend Brewing Company welcomed almost 500 guests. Since then, the owner has done astonishing amount of upgrading, including electrical and a full operational, professional stage.
Why: Valentine’s Day in Valentine, TX, has quickly evolved into a West Texas reunion of sorts, with folks coming from all over the state to celebrate this tiny town with a big heart. Big things are brewing at Big Bend Brewing Company and they are proud to play host to the gathering once again. This second annual event is not only a celebration of the Big Bend region but a chance to give back. Last year the event raised $2,400 for education and youth initiatives within Valentine Independent School District and hopes are high to double that in 2014.
Organizers expect in excess of 550 guests this year and are prepared to host as many as a thousand. In addition to having the first opportunity to buy the specialty beer El Corazon at the event, guests (ages 21 and up) can enjoy all five of Big Bend Brewing Company’s suite of beers on tap. There will be merchandise for sale, including shirts, posters and more. Food trailers from Marfa will be on hand to provide non-alcoholic beverages, snacks and meals. Many surprises are planned this year. Children are welcome. This is a family-friendly event.
Thank you to our stage sponsor, King Land & Water. And to Texas Mountain Realty for sponsoring the Marfa shuttle. We are still seeking sponsors for our Alpine and Fort Davis shuttles. Contact Mercer at email@example.com for more information.
Advance tickets are $15. No tickets will be released until February 1. All purchasers must provide a mailing address. TICKETS SHIP ON FEBRUARY 1ST. After February 1, will-call tickets will be sold online for $20. Tickets purchased at the door will be $25. Tickets must be purchased for anyone over 21 years of age.
In the interest of everyone’s safety, we highly encourage the use of our FREE shuttles. Shuttles will be available to and from Marfa, Alpine and Fort Davis. We are currently seeking shuttle sponsors for each city. If you or your business is interested in sponsoring a shuttle, please contact Mercer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (432) 295-2127. More info on shuttle sponsorship can be found HERE.
For those who choose to drive, we ask that you please designate a sober driver in advance. Please be considerate of our neighbors in Valentine when choosing a place to park. Do not block driveways or streets. Do not double park or otherwise block other cars from moving from their parking places. And, please do not park in the area immediately in front of the Old Mercantile building. This area will be cordoned off for the event accordingly.
Everyone over the age of 21 who wishes to partake in our free Big Bend Brewing Company beverages (responsibly, please) is welcome to do so. This year we will have two or three food vendors on hand to provide food and non-alcoholic beverages. Please bring cash, since most food trucks are cash-only. Fat Lyle’s of Marfa is on board to bring you an array of sandwiches, Topo Chico and sodas. Do not even thinking of missing the Scotch eggs. And David Beebe and Primo Carrasco are bringing “The Rib Krib” to Valentine in the famed Boyz2Men food trailer. Barbecue is on the menu. We’re going to eat real good, y’all!
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Valentine is on HWY 90, 35 miles west of Marfa and 40 miles east of Van Horn, in the heart of Big Bend country.
The Old Mercantile Building is on the dirt road that runs along the north side of the railroad tracks in Valentine, TX. There are two safe railroad crossings – one just outside town to the east and one in town on the western end.
Follow the signs up and over the tracks and to Bell Avenue. There are two parking lots. The arena at Bell and 4th street will serve as the main parking lot. Once that is full, please park along the streets and be careful not to block driveways or other cars.
Additionally, there is a handicap parking lot on the east side of the mercantile building, with easy access to the party. This is reserved for our elderly and handicap guests.