Festival Survival Tips

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.


1.   I am looking for tips that range from the obvious to the obscure.

2.   Add your tip in the comment.

3.  Include your facebook/twitter/blog info.

4.  You can comment on Facebook or Twitter and I will copy the info into the post

5.  I reserve the right to edit and/or remove any offensive posts.


I will add two obvious ones to get this page started.


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. re-posted from twitter

    Al: Try to get a list of what each brewery is pouring. That way you won’t miss out on something special or be too hammered to really enjoy it.

  4. Go with friends and share beers amongst you to try a greater number of beers. That way you’ll have someone to keep you company too.

    Make notes as you’ll inevitably forget what you had to drink by the end of the night.

    • Kevin Pratt
    • November 13th, 2011

    Take your time, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Stop when you can’t really taste the beer and get something to eat and cleanse your palate. If you can’t taste it, why bother? Take some vitamin B before the event, it helps the liver.

    • JoannaM
    • January 27th, 2012

    Ditto on taking notes and vitamin B! Some of the comments we’ve written are classic and you can tell which beers were sampled earlier vs. later.

    Talk to the brewer if you can, even if it’s a quick “good job, tastes awesome.”

    Taste the beers that you can’t normally access – we all wish we could road trip to one (Kern River is on my list), but it’s ideal when they all congregate at a festival.

  1. August 30th, 2011

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