There really aren't too many words to describe this event aside from being one collosal beer party!
1) Equip yourself!
Photo by: Yvonne
So the first thing you do when you enter is buy tokens. These are like the golden universal currency of the beerfest, as it is the only currency beer vendors will accept. Sold at $1 each in packs of 20, make sure you stock up on these. You don't want to get caught running of them!
2) Preliminary Rounds
Take one walk around the park to familiarize yourself with the fairgrounds and exactly what your options are and where they are. My rookie mistake was bouncing around to whatever caught my eye, and as a result missed out on lots of things. It will be hard not to run to the first thing that catches your eye, because there is lots to see!
Mill Street Mermaid
Me and a gigantic Erdinger glass!
3) Get yourself into the media lounge
Not everyone may be lucky enough to get in free as media, but everyone can try! They had a contest throughout the park allowing you to win access to a closed off tent with lots of free samples, free wifi, and comfy couches. It's the only immunity you have to the hectic crowd, and all the tired feet at the festival will be at your envy!
Chillin' in the Media Lounge
4) Drink Beer
My favourite brewer of the festival was (@flyingmonkeys). Their style is quirky and colourful, reflecting their motto that "Normal is Weird". I love all their fruity beers: Very berry to Fruit Punch, Grape to Fruits R Rs, the beers were refreshing, sweet, and perfect for the summer! If you're not a fan of fruity beers like my boyfriend, you can opt for a Hoptical Illusion like he did. It's a full flavoured beer that I found was quit the bitter!
Cheval Blanc, Jack Daniel's, Grandville Island
5) Eat, eat, EAT!!After having copious amounts of bear from tip #4, you'll need to re-hydrate and eat to counteract some of that bubbly goodness. There are free water stations around the park, so that solves the first problem. The second problem is even easier to solve. You cannot walk 10 steps without encountering a tent or truck offering delicious food in exchange for tokens. Enough said.
Melt Grilled Cheese
My boyfriend described the Melt (@ Meltgrilledchz ) Menage a Trois as being the "best grilled cheese" he's ever had. Three types of cheese between two greasy toasted bread with a wide array of dipping sauces. Lines the stomach right up for alcoholic consumption!