Beer Festival Survival 101

Carolina Brew and Q

If there’s anyone who knows beer, it’s Diane Willingham, head of Special Events at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium. Founded in 1995 in Fort Worth, Texas, the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium has recently expanded to 16 additional locations. They offer more than 240 beers (!!) with 100 different brewing styles to choose from.

This year, Flying Saucer is hosting their inaugural Brew and Q event in South Carolina. Being that Diane is an expert on all things beer, she is sharing her beer festival DOs and DON’Ts with us today.

DO take the weather and venue into consideration. Is the festival inside? Outside? Chance of rain? Is the venue air-conditioned? Also, remember you’re attending a beer festival — seating might not have been taken into consideration and you might be standing all day!

DON’T wear uncomfortable shoes or expensive clothes. Like we said, you might be standing all day — pick your shoes carefully. Also steer clear of light-colored attire and expensive fabrics, like silk. We like to use the Guinness test when picking out what to wear. Would you be upset if someone spilled a dark beer on you? Probably not a good idea to wear it then.

DO eat beforehand. Although some fitness professionals will likely disagree, beer festivals are truly a marathon event. Make sure you have enough energy to get through the day by eating a meal beforehand. Carbs are a yes (get a good base), spicy foods are a no (don’t damage your palate)!

DO stay hydrated (with water). It can be easy to get carried away with all of the beer you sample, but keep the marathon mentality in mind. We like the 3:1 sip rule. Reconnect with your water bottle after every three beers you try. Trust us, this is very important.

DON’T forget your purse (or your murse). Carry a bag with you to hold possible beer swag, a bottle of water, pretzels, and a notepad (so you can jot down all of your new favorite brews)!

Ready to put these tips into action? Check out Carolina Brew and Q this weekend in Columbia, SC or find a beer event near you! Any tips you want to add? Feel free to leave them in the comments below.


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