Many people go to their first beer festival totally unprepared and not too sure about what to expect. Other people go to beer festivals frequently, but don’t pace themselves or come unprepared. Either way after reading this, You will know all the must-haves of a beer festival and be 100% prepared to have a great time!
I’m also giving away a $75 gift card to get yourself a Jord Wood Watch, so read on to find out how!
Water Bottle (Covered in Brewery Stickers)
Ah, water, one of the core elements and also your best friend at a beer festival. Water is great to make sure you don’t end up getting wasted, which happens fast with several to a dozen tastings of high-alcohol craft beer! Water will also be useful for a quick rinse of your tasting glass when you switch from something like a Kolsch to a Porter.
My favorite water bottle is this one from Vapur. It’s super compact, cheap and comes in a ton of colors. I use it regularly for traveling and I also bring it to all beer festivals. Many beer festivals have water stations with tiny cups, but this is reusable and saves you time for the important stuff, like craft beer! Plus, mine is covered in stickers from some of my favorite places! It’s a great way to represent where you’re from and what you like.
Snack Necklace to “Cleanse Your Palate”
One of the most overlooked beer festival must-haves is the snack necklace. There might be a more technical term for this, but I think snack necklace works well too.
So here’s what you need for your beer festival snack necklace:
- Ribbon or string cut to your desired length/appetite size.
- Preztals, an assortment of sizes
- Mini Slim-Jims
- Cheese sticks (better be cheddar!)
- Fun-sized Snickers
I don’t think I need to go into detail about how to make a necklace with the above materials. Just string it on in an pattern or way you see fit, tie it in a knot, and toss it on!
I’ll stress again the importance of pacing yourself and making sure the only thing in your stomach isn’t just high-alcohol craft beer.We’ve all had too much drink or mornings that made us swear off all alcohol, but with snacks and water you will easily offset this!!
Also, these snacks maybe, possibly, can be used to bribe the volunteers to not mark your card or take a ticket for the tasting, but you didn’t hear it from me!
A Cool Watch to Keep Track of Special Keg Tappings
So one of the most exciting parts of a beer festival is the special kegs that breweries bring with them to the event. Many of these limited craft beers have been brewed especially for the event and the anticipation to have a taste is high! Most times, they stagger the tapping of the special kegs so everyone can try some and there’s not an overflow of people at one time.
It’s hard reaching for your phone with a beer in hand, so a cool watch is the best way to keep track of time!
I wear my Jord Wood Watch when it’s time to hit a beer festival. It’s lite-weight, won’t scratch or get roughed up, AND looks cute as hell with almost any outfit, causal or dressy. I’m an accessories girl, with a taste for watches, and this quality of this wood watch from Jord took my breath away when I opened the box!
This Jord wooden watch also has an unique, rustic feel which puts it right at home at craft beer events. Plus, since it’s a watch made out of wood, it always catches people’s eyes.
**AND! I love this unique watch so much, that I’m giving away a $75 giftcard so you can get your own! Mine is the Frankie 35 in Navy, but you’ll get to pick your own!
Link and details are at the bottom.
Don’t Overlook the Importance of Hand Sanitizer
It can get gross at a beer festival. With all the beer being sloshed around or spilling, you’ll be sticky-hands-free if you just carry a little bottle of hand sanitizer with you. Also, there are usually just port-a-potties at beer festivals, and even then things can get weird and gross. Finally, if you think you don’t need it, chances are there will be someone else who does. And when they do, you’ll be a hero!
A Safe Ride Home
What’s cheaper, a $20/$30 ride share or a 10K DUI bill?
Get a DD (many beer festivals allow DD’s to get in free) or get a ride share. Just don’t drive yourself home. There’s no need to risk it with all the great and easy options. Most beer festivals run specials with the city or taxi and ride share companies, so make sure to research that before hand.
Did I miss any Beer Festival must-haves? Or wanna share your favorite beer fest hack? I wanna hear, comment below!
Now, as promised, the Jord Wood Watch Giveaway!
It’s incredibly easy, just hop over to Jord Watches, pick your favorite, and enter your name and email. And there’s no losers here, you’ll get a $25 giftcard emailed to you just for entering! Contest runs till December 17th, which is just in time for crossing the hard-to-buy-for-people off your gift lists!
Thank you Jord Wood Watches for sponsoring this post and this blog, Big World, Small Girl!