The Great American Beer Festival is over! This festival takes over the city and the lines to get in can wrap around the convention center. Attending a festival of this caliber requires some serious planning. There are plenty questions that need to be answered by those eager to attend. Where do I park? What time should I get there? Will there be restrooms?! One that may get overlooked is:
What am I going to eat while I’m there?!
Now with any drinking event I encourage everyone who will be attending to eat a good meal before hand. There are plenty of amazing restaurants and food trucks in Denver to eat at before AND during the fest. If you’re trying to save some money and avoid the food lines at GABF (taking away from precious sampling time) you may be wondering:
What do I do?!
No food is allowed in the venue UNLESS it is worn! Thus the “Pretzel Necklace” can and should be a part of your GABF wardrobe. These can be as ordinary or as extreme as you can make them. So, while you’re getting dressed up in your favorite beer gear, curling your beard into amazing shapes and planning our which breweries booths you’re going to hit first (through the GABF app). Make sure to carve out some time for building an amazing Pretzel Necklace.
Here are a few examples if you are having trouble deciding what necklace fits both your style and your need for sustenance. If you weren’t prepared this year then you have plenty of time to prepare for GABF 2019.
Real Plain Jane this one but it gets the job done. Grab a huge bag of pretzels and some string and run through as many pretzels as your neck can hold. This one is easy. No thought involved here. Just smash a delicious pretzel into your face when the salt cravings creep into your mind and carry on to your goal of conquering GABF one samp at a time.
Arby’s was wrong, YOU have the meat. Get as many individually wrapped beef jerky strips, slim Jims and hell, why not thrown in a whole bag of pepperonis and string them through some twine. **LifeHack** Most already have holes punched in them for the stores display hooks. Your strong neck and back can handle the weight of this powerful plethora of seasoned meats, I believe in you. BONUS, you can pepper in a couple of string cheeses to keep your festival diet balanced!
This one is going to take some planning. Imagine one of those hipster bloody mary’s you’ve seen being made at a brunch place. You know… the ones with in the giant bell mason jar topped with bacon, pickles, a cheeseburger, fried shrimp, a calzone, an entire pizza, the Empire State Building and two airplanes? Okay maybe i’m exaggerating…. They wouldn’t double up a calzone AND a pizza… But basically, this is a free for all. Take some string and bind together all your favorite foods! You may need a bib if the food in unwrapped like whole pizza slices but if your planning on taking one of these monsters into GABF I’m sure you already thought of that!
I hope this was helpful and I hope all who attended had an amazing time. May your pretzel necklace game be on point for GABF 2019 or any other beer fest that will allow it!