Beer fest veterans would agree that with the increasing popularity of craft beer, these events can be overwhelming, it’s a good idea to have a solid game plan so you can get the most out of the event. With this in mind we decided to create the brew fest survival guide.
Pre-Game! (but not how you think)
To get the most out of a beer fest, you need to hydrate. For 24 hours leading up to the event, drink more water than you usually would. Trust us. No matter what we tell ourselves, that small cup at the water cooler after x amount of beer samples is not enough. Staying hydrated will help ensure that you can try as many beers as you want. It also doesn't hurt to have a meal beforehand as well to create a base layer to work from. You didn't pay money to have to leave early, so remember that slow and steady wins the race. Get your pre-game on with us at Scotty’s Brewhouse or Thr3e Wise Men and share some wings or dill chips with your group.
We aren't saying to pull out a blueprint and map of the event or to fire up a spreadsheet , but have an idea as to which breweries you want to try and which ones you can pass up. This will stop the aimless wandering and settling on the shortest lines. The point of a beer fest is to sample and try new, interesting or weird beers. Make the most out of the event instead of getting samples of beers that you frequently drink. If you like to be extra prepared, look online or make your own beer tasting lanyard. This lets you be hands free during the event!
We know we aren't the only ones that get hangry when we drink. After a few high gravity beer samples, your attention will quickly focus on the people eating pretzels, chips and crackers around you. Oddly enough, pretzel necklaces and the practice of putting other food items through a thread to make a necklace are encouraged at Indiana beer fests. You don't want to eat too much, but you need sustenance as you drink. Go ahead and put some pretzels on a string, or hole punch the wrapper of a few oatmeal creme pies and wear it around your neck. It may seem strange; but, when in Indiana, do as the Hoosiers do.
Engage With Brewery Staff
Breweries participate in beer fests because the craft beer community is close knit, they love the beer they represent and know a lot about it! Engage with the staff and learn more about their taps. You can ask for a recommendation and maybe you’ll find a new favorite beer style. If the lines are long, don't be that person asking the hop varieties of every single beer brewed that year, but circle back when their line gets shorter if you’d like to find out more.
Get a Ride, Don't Drive
With countless ride sharing apps and easy access to taxis and public transportation, there is no reason to drive after drinking. Beer fests also offer highly discounted tickets so that you can bring a friend as a designated driver. ..It’s also probably a good idea to have a sober buddy to help keep you in check.
Erin Drennan, our Digital Media ACoordinator joined a Pots & Pans Production in 2015 after graduating from Butler University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art + Design. Erin manages the social media channels for Scotty’s Brewhouse and Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co. Responding to guest comments and posting delicious photos of food to tempt our followers are just a few of her responsibilities as an assistant to the Director of Digital Media.