Survival Tips for the 6th Annual RCBF
Buy Your Tickets Early
- The Rocket City Brewfest may sell out this year. Buy your tickets early to ensure that you can attend.
Build Your Own Beer List (BYOB List) TBD
- Click on the link here or in the Breweries & Beer tab to access this new option to create your OWN Beer List! For the first time YOU can create a customized list of brews that you want to be sure to sample! Then print it off to bring with you. The beer list will print out with vital information on how to find the brews by brewery and/or distributor, as well as ABV% and descriptions. It will also leave your blank space to make notes about what your experience in the sampling. We will also include a blank version in the RCBF 2014 Guide you get at the gate to complete yourself.
Bring everything you plan to need for a successful experience
- So, bring your coat, chair, cash, loved one, keys, and kitchen sink if you plan to need it. (Just kidding, please leave the sink in the kitchen.) Pretzel necklaces are welcomed along with Designated Drivers!
- There will be food options, merchandise, soft drinks, etc. available at the festival. We have formally requested the mobile ATM, but the RCBF is e at the goodwill of Redstone Federal Credit Union to provide it. Come prepared, in the event that the ATM isn’t provided. There will be awesome RCBF T-Shirts (we sold out last year!), FTHs stemware, memeberships, and T’s, as well as great FOOD!
Prepare for transportation home after the festival
- With so many beers to taste and so little time, make sure you have a safe option for getting home. Bring a non-drinking friend to do the driving, or plan on taking a taxi.
Respect the beer
- There’s a reason the Rocket City Brewfest requires all participants to use a small sampling glass provided at entry: so that attendees can enjoy a number of samples of a variety of styles of beer RESPONSIBLY. Don’t try to sample every beer at the festival, but rather pick some you’re interested in or have never tried before that you’d like to taste. The Rocket City Brewfest encourages responsible drinking and reserved the right to refuse alcohol to individuals who are obviously intoxicated. For the safety of yourself and others, know your limit and refrain from overindulging.
- With the signing into law of Free The Hops’ Gourmet Beer Bill in 2009, beers with an alcohol by volume (ABV) of greater than 6% are now legal in Alabama and many will be available at the Rocket City Brewfest. Beers with a higher alcohol content should be consumed at a slower pace than those that have lower alcohol content. Be sure you know the ABV of the beers you’re drinking so that you can take your time with them. If you’re not sure of a beer’s ABV, ask the server.
Respect the two ounce pour rule
- Samples at the Rocket City Brewfest are given in two ounce pours and only in the tasting glass provided at entry. This is a festival and ABC board policy. Do not ask for more than two ounces per sample and do not ask for a beer sample in any container other than the official Rocket City Brewfest tasting glass.
- Drinking alcohol dehydrates your body which can make you feel pretty bad. Drink water to help keep you hydrated. The Rocket City Brewfest will have FREE water on hand, courtesy of Earth Fare market. When a volunteer comes by offering you one…Please take it. The more you hydrate the better your experience will be.
Plan to eat
- For all of the reasons stated above, eating and hydrating will allow you to balance the alcohol you are consuming. We have specifically picked food vendors that offer selections that pair wonderfully with the beers you are sampling as well. Or make your own pretzel necklace and wear it in when you come! They are great palate cleansers in between beers and will help keep a healthy balance of food to beer ratio on your stomach.
Respect the Smoking Section
- Smoking is not a right because this is an outdoor festival. It is a accommodation for our guests that wish to partake. Please limit your enjoyment of smoking to the areas designated for smoking and utilize the receptacles for dispensing with the by-products. We reserve the right to ask you to move to the designated areas and/or put out your smoking materials in areas other than the designated area.
Bring a chair or blanket to sit on
- Seating is very limited at the venue. If you know you’ll want to sit down sometime during the festival, bring a folding chair. However, please sit in low-traffic areas like the stage or in the food pavilion.
- Beer festivals can get crowded. You will likely have to wait in a line for some beers. Be patient and remember to respect those behind you by not lingering at a crowded booth.
Thank a volunteer
- This is all run completely by VOLUNTEERS. From the Blue Shirts who spend months planning and organizing the event, to the (TBD Color) Shirt volunteers who work hard to help make the festival a good time for everyone. Show them your appreciation!
Educate yourself about the beers
- One of the best ways to have fun at a beer festival is learn in advance about the beers and beer styles you will be sampling. Learn the difference between an American Pale Ale and a Russian Imperial Stout or a Belgian Tripel and a German Rauchbier. Know what colors, smells, and tastes to expect (and not expect).
- OR just ask one of the brewery reps standing near by. Or your volunteer pouring for you. Or a Blue Shirt. Or your neighbor in the crowd next to you! There is a wealth of beer knowledge in this one location!