Lines are long and pours are small at Grand Rapids’ Winter Beer Fest. While others plan their beer sampling itinerary and discuss strategies for pretzel necklaces, snow pants, and designated drivers, here’s the only advice you need: Bring a flask of bourbon.
Bourbon will keep you warm and happy, and help you avoid giant beer pisses in the port-a-johns. The point of the festival is, of course, to sample local beer and to mingle with like-minded craft beer enthusiasts. Do that, first and foremost. But it’s cold out there, kiddies, and sobriety is a death sentence in such a frustratingly crowded and slow-moving environment. Bourbon will help -- trust me.
View my photos of Winter Beer Fest 2009, and to read about last summer’s beer festival in my July 27th blog post. For more information, visit the Michigan Brewers Guild website, and head to Michigan Microbrews for a thorough consideration of Saturday's festivities. Hope to see you at 5/3 Ballpark. Say hello, and have a pull from my cleverly disguised flask. Cheers.