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10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Choosing a Beer Festival

Categories: Hops to It!

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Summertime is the best time

Summertime brings with it dozens of beer festivals. That's great news! The only downside is that many fall on the same day or weekend and can make a nice dent in your wallet.. and liver. You can't go to them all, so you're going to have to make some hard decisions. But how? Flipping a coin and risk missing out on the event you should've gone to? Banish the thought.

Here are 10 questions to ask yourself when choosing the best beer festivities this summer.

How will I get home?
Public transportation is lacking in Orange County and drunk driving is bad, so the first question you should always ask before a beer festival is "Who can drive?" If there are any transportation incentives provided by the evnet, like Uber vouchers or discounted designated driver tickets, the host of the event probably cares about your safety and well-being. They probably deserve your money too.

Is there going to be food?
This is my real first question when picking an event. It's a no brainer -- what goes best with beer? Food. Food helps cleanse your hop-soaked palate while balancing out all that alcohol you're going to be consuming. And while most events might have food for purchase from a food truck or caterer, always pay extra attention to the festivals that will provide free food. No explanation necessary.

How many tasters do I get?
Each beer celebration will either give you an allotment of tasters tickets or let you have unlimited tasters, restricted only by your stomach and lines. It should go without saying that unlimited tasters is tempting, but remember to check out the quality of the beer too.

Where is my money going?
If a portion of your ticket purchase is going to a nonprofit of some sort, be decent and support that event. Orange County microbreweries are big on community, and their donation will only go back to you. Do the right thing and drink for that animal shelter -- the kittens and puppies need you.

Can I get most of this beer again?
The answer to this question will oftentimes dictate your entire decision, and it's up to you what's important. Widely available beer lacks novelty but can be endearing in its reliability. Some people can't stand a brief tryst with a small batch beer while others live for the lust. The choice is yours.

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4 comments
Rudy Gomez
Rudy Gomez

So what are the top brew festivals in oc?

Jeff Keller
Jeff Keller

L.A. Beerfest ... when they were at Paramount Studios.

Sandra Sutphen
Sandra Sutphen

Blues, Brews, and BBQ at the Fullerton Arboretum in August. Great music, 10+ craft beers, and Brian's BBQ for sale!!! Wonderful event.

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