Beer festivals are just plain fun but sometimes they can be a little TOO much fun if you don’t take a few precautions. Help me build a list of survival tips for festival newbies to ensure their first festival isn’t their last.
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I will add two obvious ones to get this page started.
EAT before you go, avoid the temptation of diving in and drinking on an empty stomach. This will almost certainly ensure your early departure from the event and besides you don’t want to be remembered as “that guy who blew chow” Most festivals have food but the prices can be high (you already paid a bunch to get in the door) and the quality can be suspect. Besides you’re there for the beer. So eat a big before you go. Avoid spicy foods so you don’t destroy your palate before you have had a chance to taste that new eleventeen hopped, hop-rocket, quadruple IPA.
DRINK lots of water. I like to drink an ounce or two between each taster. Not only will this help cleanse your palate but it will help you stay hydrated and forces you to pace yourself. Be sure to bring your own water bottle just incase there isn’t a readily available water source.
Below you will find comments that I copied from my old blog format here. They may be a year old but sound advice never ages!