Beer Festival Do's and Don'ts
DO: Get your tickets in advance to guarantee admission.
No one likes to pay the higher price when they wait to buy their tickets on event day. AND, if the event is sold out, you won't be able to buy tickets at all. Plan accordingly.
DO: Have a hearty lunch/dinner.
In the ninety minutes leading up to the festival’s first pour have a meal with a rich mixture of carb-, cheese-, and grease-laden food. These will form a strong barrier between the high gravity beers you are about to ingest and your bloodstream.
DON'T: Drink before the festival.
It may seem like a good idea at the time, but having an early beer or two will negatively impact your festival experience. If you arrive intoxicated, you don’t get in. Plus, there will be some awesome beers at the Expo, you’ll want to enjoy them.
DO: Plan your transportation in advance.
Maybe you have a friend who will be the designated driver that night? Or you can get dropped off by a friend or family member? Or hire a taxi, Uber, Lyft. Whichever you choose, be prepared, there is no excuse to drink and drive.
DON'T: Forget to hydrate.
This should be a no-brainer! Water, water, and more water. Make sure you hydrate before and during the show.
DO: Stop by the official event merchandise tent.
Check out a possible souvenir to take home. Whether it is an “official” event t-shirt or a sweatshirt with a snarky beer saying on it. Shop early for the best selection and size availability.
DON'T: Forget to bring your photo ID.
All attendees (even designated drivers who must also be 21+) are required to show valid photo ID for entry.
DO: Download your ticket to your phone/print it out.
Sometimes the venue’s internet is spotty or non-existent. If you have a hard copy of your ticket or a copy downloaded onto your phone, entering the event will be a speedy and pleasant experience.
DON'T: Forget to eat at the event.
Even if you had a big breakfast, you’ll want to take a break, even for just a few moments, to grab a hotdog, pretzel, slice of pizza, something to keep your belly full and your wits about you.
DO: Download the event map.
So you can find your favorite breweries, locate restrooms, find smoking areas, and identify entrance/exits.
DON'T: Forget to wear your pretzel necklaces!
Oh so fashionable and satisfying, it wouldn’t be a beer fest if at least 50% of the attendees weren’t wearing pretzels on a string!
DO: Be social with us!
DON'T: Forget to take the online survey.
You will receive an email a day or two after the event. It is an anonymous and important way for you to share information with the event producers about your experience.