1. PRELOAD – This is a 5-hour event dedicated to the best beers nationwide. Your heart and your tastebuds are already racing. A good base of food will help you go the extra rounds instead of tapping out early. Continue to seek out and enjoy food for the duration of the festival to give your stomach a much needed buffer between beers and alcohol absorption. Drink A Beerfest is located within 5 minutes of multiple restaurants in the Monroeville business area. Plan on grabbing a bite at one of your favorite spots – check em out.
2. DRINK WATER -Try to come close to drinking equal parts water and beer. If you have four two ounce servings of beer, try to drink that same amount of water before moving on to another flight of beer. Drink A Beerfest will provide several areas of obtaining water specifically for this purpose. You will undoubtedly use the restrooms more frequently, but in the end this will keep you from becoming dehydrated and could help reduce the chance of suffering a hangover later on.
3. GAME PLAN – Have a list of beers and a plan. Drink A Beerfest provides lists of both breweries and the beers that they plan to present at the event. Print a copy of the list and start planning what flights you might want to try. Check out the event map – this makes finding your favorites that much easier.
4. DITCH YOUR NOTEBOOK – It’s a good idea in theory. In reality, your meticulous beer notes will quickly fade to short 4 letter words and scribbled ramblings soaked in suds. It’s best to just enjoy each beer in the moment and discuss about it with those around you. You’ll remember the extra special ones better that way. So put the pencil down and share initial impressions with your new beer buddies. Some tasting hints to consider:
- Aroma - Since half of taste is actually our olfactory perception, take time to smell the beer. Make a mental note of what you can smell.
- Appearance - Although Drink A Beerfest pours 3 ounce portions, you should be able get a good idea of the look of the beer. The head retention, color, cloudiness, etc.
- Taste - When tasting, it is recommended that you drink only half of the sample initially. Make a note of the different properties of the beer (bitter/sweet/tart, etc).
- Mouth feel - What did the beer feel like? Thick, chewy, silky, fizzy? The texture will have an effect upon your perception and enjoyment of the beer.
5. FIND YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND - Beer is a social lubricant, and thousands of people together trying hundreds of beers creates a conversation machine. Meeting new people throughout the entire day is inevitable, and the best part? They’re all awesome! Be prepared to make new friends, but don’t be sad if you don’t remember all of their names. You’re highly likely to find your next adventure buddy over dozens of delicious beers.
6. IT’S NOT A RACE - Don’t go full boss-mode. Time is a funny thing during beerfests, the first hour flies by, but that’s just your excitement. Don’t worry, after the first few samples, time warps to extra slow speed. It’s best not to sprint thorough this marathon, you’ve still got to make it to dinner afterwards.
7. DUMP THE BEERS YOU DON’T LIKE - With 250 beers to choose from, you’re bound to get a couple misses. Don’t feel bad about pouring beer out that doesn’t tickle your tastebuds. Dump it, clean your glass, and grab another. Many people are too embarrassed to dump a beer out. Don’t be. Beer Fest is too short to be unhappy.
8. DON'T LET THE SMALL GLASS FOOL YOU - “That’s it?” is a common observation upon first pour. Those little 3oz tasters seem insulting to the traditional pint glass. Just remember there are at least 250 other 3oz tastings to be had. That’s 750 oz of potential future beer.
9. TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT – This is an event to enjoy great beers and good times with friends. Don’t be intimidated by the huge variety of styles and experimental beers, great people like you make a great beer festival. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, because anyone with the right answers will be happy to help.
10. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE – Most importantly, have yourself a designated driver or some plan to avoid having to drive after the festival. Pay a neighbor's kid, go as a group with one person designated to drive, get an Uber, grab a taxi or book a room at one of these great hotels – (click here).