Posted on August 11, 2017 by Kendra

Our Roundhouse Craft Beer Fest kicks off at 4 p.m. this afternoon! We put together some of our top tips for first timers so you can learn how to navigate a beer fest like a pro.

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Get here Early

Our Roundhouse Craft Beer Fest starts at noon on Saturday and Sunday. We highly recommend arriving early to snag one of our coveted hats. They change every year and are handed out to the first 500 folks through the door.

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Be Prepared

Our craft beer fest is rain or shine and attendees from last year might remember relentless heat that was broken with intermittent rain showers (which were very much appreciated, thanks Mother Nature). The beauty of being Canadian is embracing the unpredictability of our 4 seasons. If rain is in the cards bring a poncho, closed toe shoes and a great attitude.

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Try Everything

A Beerfest is your best opportunity to try that jalapeno mango sour you’ve always been curious to try. In addition to trying wacky and wonderful beers from the best breweries in the province – this year we’ve added a Canada 150 Pavillion showcasing beers from the West Coast.

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Have a Strategy

Check out our list of participating breweries and cideries here. Many breweries share what they are bringing in advance on their social media feeds. Some of the most coveted casks are the first to tap out so taste strategically. Otherwise we recommend working your way up to the highest IBU’s. That means if your first beer is a double IPA you’re going to overwhelm your taste buds right out of the gate. We recommend starting with something lighter both in hop and malt profile and working your way up to the heavy hitters.

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Hit the Hydration Station

We have 2 water stations on-site. Feel free to bring a water bottle and hydrate often.

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Be Sun Smart

Sunstroke can be the worst buzzkill for any festival. In addition to drinking lots of water make sure you wear SPF and take shade breaks often.

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Fuel Up

Make sure to pay a visit to our diverse selection of the city’s best food trucks to give you the energy you’ll need to party into the evening hours.

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Take in the Tunes

This year our Roundhouse Craft Beer Fest’s music stage will be curated by the folks at Exclaim! Check out their lineup to plan your craft beer adventures accordingly.

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