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Title: My first beer fest.
Post by: weazletoe on June 03, 2010, 04:52:46 AM
 So far, having a great timie here in Idaho. Had a awesome long weekend of camping last weekend. And this weekend I will be going to my first beerfest. The Mountain Man Brewers Fest, in in Twin Falls, Idaho. Twenty bucks gets you unlimited 3oz pours. There are 80+ brewers going to be there. That means bare minimum of 17 pints. With that said, any pointers for me and my best friend liver to survive it? I do plan to carbo load on vitamin B.
Title: Re: My first beer fest.
Post by: dbeechum on June 03, 2010, 05:03:23 AM
Milk thistle
Water - lots of it - gobs of it - too much of it is just enough.
Food
and for god's sake don't try them all. :)
Title: Re: My first beer fest.
Post by: weazletoe on June 03, 2010, 06:09:58 AM

and for god's sake don't try them all. :)



YOU BITE YOUR TONGUE YOUNG MAN!!!
Title: Re: My first beer fest.
Post by: bluesman on June 03, 2010, 10:56:13 AM
Lots of fun but pace yourself and take a cab to a local hotel. You don't want to get a DUI.  8)
Title: Re: My first beer fest.
Post by: akr71 on June 03, 2010, 02:16:38 PM
Go there with a full stomach!  Any festivals I've been to still seem to have the megabrewery/BMC booths  ??? I assume you already know what water tastes like, so you can skip those to sample the real beers.

If there are brewers/beers that you've never tried before, hit them early, so you have a chance to remember what they tasted like.  Its not just the inebriation, but you're tastebuds will get a little overwhelmed after a dozen or two samples.
Title: Re: My first beer fest.
Post by: bonjour on June 03, 2010, 02:19:27 PM
Water - lots of it - gobs of it - too much of it is just enough.
Food
and for god's sake don't try them all. :)

Agreed (don't know about Milk Thistle)
Title: Re: My first beer fest.
Post by: richardt on June 03, 2010, 02:47:51 PM
Agree with above.  As this is your first beer fest--look for the dump bucket. 
If you get a bad tasting beer or one that isn't to your liking--dump it and move on.

I always struggle with doing that as I don't want to be rude and it goes against my midwestern upbringing (cue mental image of Mom saying "Clean your plate, young man!  There's starving kids in (insert country here).  'Waste not, want not'.")

But, it is OK to do this.  Dump buckets are the norm at BJCP competitions,the GABF, and most beer fests. 
Save your taste buds and your tummy space for the good stuff!
Title: Re: My first beer fest.
Post by: brew-witch on June 04, 2010, 01:30:52 PM
May sound silly, but at the beer fests around here I've seen lots of folks with "necklaces" of pretzels.  Not only will it cleanse your palate, but keep something solid in your stomach.  I would probably stay away from salted though, it may dehydrate you more.  And if you really want to remember specific beers, bring a small notebook!  You will taste the most fantastic brew you've ever had and swear that you'll always remember it... you won't  ;)
Title: Re: My first beer fest.
Post by: weazletoe on June 04, 2010, 05:24:23 PM
Dude! I LOVE the pretzel necklace idea! I think I might just start wearing one of those everywhere.  :D
Title: Re: My first beer fest.
Post by: akr71 on June 04, 2010, 07:34:18 PM
... bring a small notebook!  You will taste the most fantastic brew you've ever had and swear that you'll always remember it... you won't  ;)

Very true!  All the 'fests I've been to have a program and little pencils, after 6 samples or so I tend to forget all about it.  And when I remember, I'm too drunk to care.. ;)

Have fun!
Title: Re: My first beer fest.
Post by: beerbronco on June 04, 2010, 07:54:54 PM
Don't do what I did at the GABF.  I tried to sample all the stouts and imperial stouts.  I did not pace myself so...I got stupid drunk.  My advice is as stated above pace yourself, dump buckets and make sure to drink water and eat food.  Remember those little shots of beer catch up with you.   :-[
Title: Re: My first beer fest.
Post by: bonjour on June 04, 2010, 08:02:34 PM
Don't do what I did at the GABF.  I tried to sample all the stouts and imperial stouts.  I did not pace myself so...I got stupid drunk.  My advice is as stated above pace yourself, dump buckets and make sure to drink water and eat food.  Remember those little shots of beer catch up with you.   :-[
I DID NOT fall down after my first beerfest (GABF),    the cop car held me up.
Title: Re: My first beer fest.
Post by: rabid_dingo on June 05, 2010, 08:16:26 PM
Dude! I LOVE the pretzel necklace idea! I think I might just start wearing one of those everywhere.  :D

Kick it up a notch....I buy a variety of packaged snacks. Like vending machine sized packs of peanuts, pretzels, ritz pb sandwiches some jerky...They all have a hole at the top of the package for a reason.
Title: Re: My first beer fest.
Post by: theoman on June 06, 2010, 03:19:15 PM
Definitely pace yourself. Whether you think so or not, you will have plenty of time to try plenty of beer.

If you don't like a beer, dump it. That's a hard one, I know. But trust me...

Try to have a plan. You probably won't end up following it, but it's good to start with one.
Title: Re: My first beer fest.
Post by: yugamrap on June 07, 2010, 06:21:03 PM
Try to have a plan. You probably won't end up following it, but it's good to start with one.
+1 Failing to plan is planning to fail.
Title: Re: My first beer fest.
Post by: bonjour on June 07, 2010, 06:24:25 PM
I Plan to try every beer at every boot!!!


Now That is a plan to fail!!!!
Title: Re: My first beer fest.
Post by: beersk on June 07, 2010, 06:40:23 PM
It's near to impossible to try every beer there from every booth.  The beerfests I've been to there's always too many people to navigate through and too many beers I'm just not interested in.  Besides, most beerfests give you tickets for a certain amount of samples, as well as the option to buy more tickets.  Sometimes if you're nice enough people will give you free samples.  Love beer fests.  I think I'm going to Estes Park brewfest this weekend with my daddio.  That should be fun if something doesn't come up that we can't go. 
Title: Re: My first beer fest.
Post by: Hokerer on June 07, 2010, 06:52:36 PM
I Plan to try every beer at every boot!!!


Now That is a plan to fail!!!!

Could be a stupendously epic fail if you really meant "every boot"

(http://www.brinkleys.org/users/tsl/Files/boot.jpg)