It nice to have friends with some pull. After waiting too long to get our own damn tickets, Don and I got the great news yesterday that we have scored Brewers Passes to the Great American Beer Fest, courtesy of Boise beer gurus Rick Boyd and Chris Oates at Brewforia. A million thanks guys!
Don and I quickly busied ourselves making travel plans to Denver and deciding what gear we want to bring with us. But now that the dust has settled, I have to admit I’m a little overwhelmed by the enormity of this event. I really have no idea where to start.
Obviously we’ll drink some great beers and meet some great folks, but beyond that I’m clueless. We need a plan to get the most out of our first trip to GABF. We want to hook up with our blogger buddies who will be there, meet some brewers we worship, get a few awesome blog posts out of it, do some interviews, and maybe get matching tattoos (depends on how much beer we drink!).
I think the epicenter of my fear is the immortal struggle between drinking beer and being productive. With so many new beers to try, it’ll be difficult to resist temptation and not get a little hammered. But being hammered will put a damper on our ability to get stuff done. Except talking that is, I’m a chatty drunk.
Anyway, it’s a challenge to be professional when you’re tipsy. My plan so far is to only drink the very, very good stuff, drink lots of water, keep food in my belly and avoid lines if possible. That should take care of the physical part of it (mostly), but what about the rest of the action?
If you’ve been to the GABF, let us know what’s a must-see and what to avoid. If you’ve always wanted to go to the GABF, let us know what you would do in our shoes.
Sorry if it’s turning into “Needy Friday” on the blog (we’re asking for lots of reader input today!), but we would deeply appreciate some perspective on this awesome opportunity.