We’ve checked out Beer Festivals Part One – World’s Best Festivals and Beer Festivals Part Two – Preparing for the Main Event. Now, attending a beer festival can be a most epic experience, but follow these tips to make the most out of your festival visit…
When you arrive at the festival, case out the layout of the festival keeping in mind where the toilets are situated.
Ensure that you have a safe way of departing from the event. Chances are you will leave the event sporting seven shades of Charlie Sheen so it’s stupid and risky to attempt to drive home intoxicated. Rather get a sober friend or a cab to fetch you. Enquire if the festival has an in-house transportation service.
Drink enough water to keep the body adequately hydrated. Try your best to drink water after every beer that you consume. It makes you urinate a lot but it will keep your consumption under control and also decrease your chances of a hangover and keep your palate sensitive.
We understand that you love beer and would possibly trade your mother-in-law for a keg of Heineken but pace yourself and resist the urge to be greedy. The point of attending a beer festival is to sample as many different beers as possible. It doesn’t help your cause if you drink yourself into a frenzy, soon after arriving at the festival.
Keep note of how much of beer that you consume, you may be just having samples but do so to be on the safe side and steer clear from an overly blurry night.
If you do get a bit too tipsy, make sure that you conduct yourself in an appropriate manner and do not make a fool of yourself.
Do not be a beer snob but rather a beer geek. Take in as much information that you can. By doing so your next beer festival will be an even more memorable experience as you will have a much better understanding of the nitty gritty of beer.
While asking brewers questions is a great chance to enrich your beer knowledge, do not over do it and chat for a lengthy period of time. Be considerate of the other patrons who are also waiting to get their chance to chat to the brewmaster.
Most importantly, go in and have fun. Beer Festivals are a pleasing retreat from the real world and allows you to kick back and indulge in some of your favorite and future favorite brews.