As we head back into another season of beer festivals, reader Tom Rogers thought it would be a good time to give everyone a friendly reminder about some festival etiquette we should all keep in mind. With that in mind, here’s a re-post of few rules that beer lovers should obey:
Beer Festivalgoer Ten Commandments
1. Don’t be an ass.
I can’t even begin to stress how important this rule is. In fact, if everyone just followed this simple rule, almost every single one of these rules below would be unnecessary. It’s just the golden rule, people. Just be cool.
2. Get your beer and move away from the taps.
This rule isn’t that difficult. If you’re not standing in line to get a beer, you’re standing in the way of people trying to get beer. Enjoy some time outside of the tent (weather permitting) and move to the perimeter of the tent after you get your beer.
3. No smoking under a tent.
I’m sure you think your cigar tastes great with that beer, but that doesn’t mean we all enjoy it. Wanna smoke? Be considerate and take it outside the tent.
4. Don’t make this a drinking contest.
Yes, there may be forty beers on the program, but that doesn’t mean you need to try them all. Forty 3oz samples equals ten 12oz beers. You don’t need to drink the equivalent of ten beers in four or five hours time.
5. If someone drops a glass, don’t make that stupid “ohhhh!” noise.
Yeah, I want everyone to have a good time at a beer festival, but what are you, eight-years-old? Knock it off.
6. Pay attention to your surroundings.
We all get a little looser once we have a couple of beers in us, so, just make sure to pay attention to where you’re swinging those arms. No one likes having beer spilled all over them.
7. Honor the brewers and the beer.
If this event is held at a brewery, then be considerate of their home. They’ve opened their home to you, so show some respect. And speaking of respect, these aren’t beer shots; don’t slam them. Also, don’t badmouth the beers in front of the brewers. It may not be your cup of tea, but be polite and dump it elsewhere and keep your comments respectful.
8. Drink some water and eat some food.
Not eating or drinking water at a beer festival is amateur hour. The more water you consume, the more cognizant you are of your surroundings and the beer in your hand.
9. Cut back on the cologne, Casanova.
One of the most important aspects of drinking beer is being able to smell the beer. But I can’t smell my beer if you’ve dumped a gallon of cologne/perfume on. And I know, beer festivals are a great place to meet members of the opposite sex, but they don’t want to smell your cologne or perfume either.
10. Leave your children or animals at home.
With broken glass and stupid drunk people all over the place, this is not a time to bring out either the two or four-legged children. I love dogs are much as the next person, but I don’t want to see any get hurt because of broken glass or human error.