Beer festivals are great after a few months of extreme cold, and not just because they give you an opportunity to drink inside. The Edmonton 10th Annual Beer Festival gives you access to rare, less-available beers, so you can taste a wide variety, hang out with your heroes and other beer lovers, and learn a thing or two. At BeerFest, you can literally drink as many different kinds of beer as you want, and there can’t possibly be a better way for beer lovers to spend a few evening hours.
In order to enjoy Beer Fest, it is important that you take the necessary preparations. The following tips will help you survive our massive beer event April 1 and 2 2016 and guarantee you a great time:
Eat Before You Come!
Give yourself time to get the flavor of the food out of your mouth or you will be tasting food-flavored beer, and continue to seek out food for the duration of the festival. Typical beer festival fare of turkey legs, pizza, nachos and different sandwiches will give your stomach a much needed buffer between beer and alcohol absorption. Take time to enjoy your food; this will also help to cleanse your palate between your beers.
Try to Drink Equal Parts Water and Beer
We know this one is hard… But if you have four servings of beer, try and drink that same amount of water before moving on. BeerFest has bottled water on sale specifically for this purpose. You might 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.
Try to Experience Everything
We provide a list of entertainers (check our Facebook Page) as well as run a Beer School during the show. Get hold of that list and start planning what you might want to see. We have an incredible line up of shows, exhibitors and talent at this year’s festival.
Get the Ultimate Beer Fest Experience with a Beer God Pass
Choosing which type of ticket to buy for a beer festival can be hard, but we’ve made it easy. The only pass for a true beer lover is the Beer God Pass. You get 1 hour early access and front of the line service, Free sampling mug and a Free tasting guide! Click here to buy your Beer God Pass!
Make Sure You Truly Taste the Beers!
Too often attendees look at this festival as a four hour kegger. To enjoy BeerFest 2016 and create a lasting impression in your mind, and to retain a happy memory of the beers you drank (that you should be able to find after the festival), take your time to actually taste the beer. 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 most festivals pour in two 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.
One last tip: dress appropriately for the weather and put on some comfortable shoes, as you will be spending a lot of time on your feet at the Edmonton Beer Festival.
Source: Enjoying a Beer Festival