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Tips for enjoying our Beer Festival!

Do you like good beer? Are you curious about beer? Think all beer tastes the same? If so, come to our beer festival and get answers to your questions!!

Beer fests are awesome for a number of reasons:

  • You get a great opportunity to try many craft beers from local brewers and others from outside our area.
  • If you’re just starting to get into beer, this is a cost effective way to try a lot of quality beers and find out what you like.
  • Sometimes breweries will bring awesome hard-to-get or one-time brews just for the fest.
  • You can learn a lot about how beer is made and make connections with other beer lovers.
  • You are supporting local craft brewers, vendors, and other beer lovers, while enjoying good food, good music and good fellowship!

And, oh yeah, ….BEER!

Here are tried and true beer fest tips for having fun and surviving a beer fest:

  • Have a buddy system. Take a friend and coordinate. You can watch each other’s stuff while someone is scoping out the beer tents, share a ride to and from the event, share your thoughts on the beers, and just have fun and watch out for each other.
  • Make a plan for transportation. You will be drinking. Drinking and driving don’t mix, period! So, use your buddy system and share a ride, talk someone into picking you up, or pay for a non-beer drinking friend’s designated driver ticket.
  • Take chairs or a blanket and pick out a prime spot. Check out the area and locate a spot to sit. Shade is nice when it’s warm.
  • Be respectful. Make sure to read the rules beforehand and go to have a good time. Understand that other fest-goers are going to be there to have a good time and usually beer people are a laid-back folk. Relax, the lines may be long, but are worth it. If someone is getting rowdy, tell a festival volunteer and let them handle it.
  • Make friends. You’ll meet tons of other beer lovers at the fest, so you’ve got something in common. Talk to the brewers if you liked their beer, find out how they make it and where you can buy it.
  • Be adventurous. Check the beer list beforehand, and create a plan of attack, but be flexible. Sure the line may be long for that brewer that everyone loves. But what about new breweries with nobody in line? Try them instead, you might be surprised and find something awesome! Plus, no wait for beer!
  • Hydrate! Drink plenty of water!!! You may be drinking a lot of beer over a few hours, so you need to stay hydrated and keep from getting too much alcohol in your system. Water will help cleanse your palate between beers and rinse out your tasting glass.
  • Eat! Make sure you eat a meal at the festival or beforehand. Check out the food options at the beer fest when you first get there. Know that the lines will get really long during mealtimes and at about the halfway to 2/3 point of the fest.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. No kidding! If it’s not raining, you could get sunburned. Even cloudy days will leave you with a red face. Apply sunscreen before you leave for the fest, and take some with you to reapply. Wear a hat to keep the sun out of your eyes and off your face, and locate a shady spot under a tree, or canopy, if you can.
  • And the most important part is to have fun!

  • What are your tips for beer fests?