Fried food may be one of the main attractions at the State Fair of Texas, but beer is also a big deal. Just ask Brett Enright, a longtime fair concessionaire and owner-operator of Beer Haven, a massive bar on wheels.
The 58-foot-long Beer Haven truck is outfitted with 60 draft taps from which fair staff pour cold brewskis for attendees. The truck primarily serves craft beer, including selections from local favorites such as Deep Ellum Brewing Co. and Texas Ale Project, though less adventures palates can also expect to find classics such as Budweiser, Bud Light and Corona. The Beer Haven truck anchors a beer garden space near the base of the Texas Star Ferris wheel, where there are also tables and food options nearby.
Beer Haven first rolled into the State Fair in 2015. At the time, Enright's setup also included what he called "the world's largest mobile brewery" -- a second truck with a built-in 5-barrel brewing system and canning line. Enright isn't bringing the brewery this year, he says. Instead, he's setting up a 30-foot-long barbecue pit by the beer garden to serve half-chicken dinners with beans and coleslaw; beef and pork ribs; and tacos filled with pulled pork, brisket or shredded turkey-leg meat.
That's right: Fairgoers can now get an off-the-bone turkey leg wrapped in corn tortillas and topped with cilantro, cheese and pico de gallo.
"When we started looking at how we can make a more sustainable program, we realized we wanted to eliminate the waste of throwing turkey legs away," Enright says. "We decided to take the meat off the bone and put it in tacos."
In addition to operating Beer Haven, Enright is founder and chief executive officer of Juicys Food, which holds Guinness World Records for most expensive hamburger sold ($5,000) and largest hamburger commercially available (777 pounds). The massive meat patty is cooked at Juicys Outlaw Grill, an 80-foot, $1 million barbecue rig that will also be at State Fair.
With brews, barbecue and an accommodating atmosphere, Enright hopes Beer Haven will be a hot spot during the football game between the University of Texas and University of Oklahoma on Oct. 14. He plans to have a jumbotron set up so fairgoers can enjoy the game without setting foot in the Cotton Bowl.
Enright will also have a 28-foot-long "mini Beer Haven" truck with 30 draft taps near the SkyCoaster ride on the midway.