Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Get Ready to Raise a Cup: Your Great International Spring Beer Festival Checklist

It’s finally here! Saturday May 7th is the day for the Great International Spring Beer Fest at our beautiful new outdoor location, Mulligan’s Island Golf & Entertainment Complex. We’ve got a ton of great brewers, one of Rhode Island’s best bands, food, fun, and we’re ready for afternoon and night sessions. But are you ready? Here’s a checklist to make sure you have the ideal Beer Fest experience.

1. Tickets
Duh… Did you get them yet? If you haven’t already gotten yours online, you can still purchase them at the door for only $40.

2. A designated driver
This one should go without saying, but we’re going to say it anyway. We’re thrilled to provide you with more than 250 great beers to sample, but it’s no fun unless everybody gets home safe. We offer special “designated driver” tickets for only $15 so you can all pitch in and bring along a noble, selfless buddy. RIPTA’s 21 line  also runs out to Cranston, with a stop about half-a-mile from Mulligan’s Island. And there’s always Uber. Whatever you do, just make sure you’ve got a plan.

3. Directions
Speaking of Mulligan’s Island, do you know where you’re going?

4. Your valid photo ID
Don’t forget it, because you ain’t getting a single sip without it. And no one under 21 is admitted under any circumstances, so make sure even your designated driver is 21+ with a valid ID.

5. A full stomach
Food will be available on site, and no outside food or drink is permitted at Beer Fest, but we always recommend arriving on a full stomach. We want you to be able to enjoy as many brews as possible and it helps to lay down a base coat absorb them all.

6. Beer Knowledge
Over the past several weeks, we’ve tried to prep you for an extravaganza of hoppy goodness with blog posts about Rhode Island and New England breweries, alt-brews like ciders and hard sodas, seasonal brews, and even our band, Steve Smith & The Nakeds. If you haven’t done so already, we recommend a little light reading of our previous blog posts so you can arrive at Beer Fest with a plan of attack.

See you Mulligan’s Island on Saturday. Let’s get ready to raise a cup!