The San Antonio Beer Festival was a Saturday well spent. Â To commemorate one of my first legal outings, here are some highlights, recommendations for an even better time at next yearâ€™s festival and personal advice for handling yourself post-Beer Festival.
Before I begin, full disclosure: I pretty much donâ€™t consume beer unless I absolutely have to.
When I first bought my ticket weeks in advance, I was a young 20 year old simply pumped to have fun with a legal status that was not yet a reality. However, as someone who is not in the slightest a beer enthusiast, I must admit that Beer Festival was still memorable and incredibly fun.
As you might imagine from the title of the event, this was a beer enthusiastâ€™s dream. There was pretty much every imaginable beer type or flavor available for sampling. I am proud to admit that I endured three cups of real beerâ€” October Fiesta, Crispin Pacific Pear and Alaskan Amberâ€” before I caved and stuck to cider. Â Indeed, one of the perks of Beer Festival was discovering a new appreciation for a variety of ciders.
For some reason, I thought that the San Antonio Beer Festival would change my dislike of beer.
At this yearâ€™s Beerfest, I Â hoped that perhaps I would find a beer that didnâ€™t taste like sour, yeasty soda to me, and that I could then start to regale all my Â my beer-drinking friends with my newfound alcoholic expertise. Shockingly, this did not happen.
However, I did discover the wonder of cider, Â and I spent most of my sample opportunities at the REDDâ€™s tent, while my friends continued to sample real beer.
As for how to have the best time at the next Beer Festival, I highly recommend bringing something to sit on. Thankfully one of my friends was smart enough to bring a towel, which made the dry, prickly grass much more comfortable.
In the end, a lawn chair is ideal, but itâ€™s not the easiest thing to carry around, so I leave it up Â to you to decide if comfort or access to good beer is more important.
Also, thereâ€™s a reason that this is an age 21+ required event. Outside of drinking beer under this age being, you know, illegal, the fact is that this Beerfest just wouldnâ€™t be fun sober. Â Slowly becoming dehydrated in the two worst possible ways is only fun when youâ€™re tipsy: all the alcohol sort of makes you forget that youâ€™re sweating beyond recognition.
So, dear reader, hereâ€™s my advice: wear something loose-fitting and breathable for the most comfortable beer-consumption-in-90-degree-weather experience.
After consuming copious amounts of alcohol in the span of approximately five hours, I suggest dining at a nearby restaurant.
If you donâ€™t get to eat from one of the food trucks on site, get yourself a solid burger or basically anything with plenty of carbs and fat.
Also, if you drink something with a lot of electrolytes, such as coconut water, just before you turn in for the night, you are pretty much set for a well-hydrated morning after. Â If you find yourself getting one of those pesky headaches, Iâ€™d say that ibuprofen is your best bet.
Thanks to not-so-careful planning but some readily available coconut water afterwards, I can honestly say that I consider my first San Antonio Beer Festival a success.
As delightful as the beer was, many of my takeaways from the festival were not related to that titular beverage. Some of my most treasured souvenirs include a hangover-free Sunday, a sunburn that resulted in some decent color and, as you might have guessed, a new appreciation and affection for REDDâ€™s Strawberry Cider.