cab·in fe·ver | noun
Irritability, listlessness, and similar symptoms resulting from long confinement or isolation indoors during the winter.
With the last two weeks of weather we’ve had, a beer festival has never been more aptly named.
Saturday, January 13 will be the day that Schlafly hosts its 16th Cabin Fever festival and yes, the festival is outside. Featuring over 40 beers on draft, attendees will get a commemorative tasting glass and are able to sample a wide variety of styles from 12-4pm for $30 in advance (purchase here) or $35 at the door. And yes, the festival is outside. So how many attendees will be crazy enough to show up? If history is an indicator, this festival will be packed. Our writer Tim Lewis recapped last year’s festival and it was a great time! Schlafly Brewery Ambassador, Stephen Hale, shares his thoughts on this popular winter festival:
Being in the cold is actually good for us, we just need to wear the right gear (hat, coat, gloves, boots, come on kids, be safe and comfy out there!). Having a beer in hand makes it all the better, and the conviviality of being with friends and making new friends is just the icing on the, uh, cake (sorry).
If you’re still on the fence about attending because of the weather, there’s one thing we at Saint Brewis can count on from our readers: They’ll do almost anything for good beer. Stephen gives us his picks for some beers that are sure to get people excited:
The fabulous thing about Cabin Fever is the great variety of winter-time beers alongside some year ‘round classic favorites, so there’s something for everyone. It’s not a winter beer festival without some stouts, so I expect some of the special stouts (Blueberry Coffee Stout, Salted Caramel Stout, Mexican Chocolate Stout and more!) will be quite popular, I know I’m looking forward to them. A taste of beers to come will be pretty special, too, but balanced with all this, for me, is having some refreshing lower-abv beers like our Clementine Lager, Berlinerweisse, or White Lager. Pale Ale rocks it too, can’t pass up the classics. And did someone say Northeast IPA?…
So at the festival, you’ll be drinking some new beers and some classics, and you’ll have food available for purchase outside and at the restaurant inside. It’s just like every other festival you go to in the summer, just with a winter twist. So, Stephen, can you shares some final tips for folks coming to Cabin Fever?
Per my comment above, dress for the weather—a few years ago I bought the warmest “snowmobile” boots I could find, toasty all day. And remember, when you get your beer sample, make sure to let others get to the pouring stations. Hang out by the fire pits (there will be fire pits!) and other areas, but not in front of the taps, some basic beer festival etiquette that we all need to remember. There’s plenty of great beer, food and entertainment, I look forward to seeing you there!
We’re just 7 days away from Cabin Fever and Schlafly wants to give TWO tickets to one lucky winner. We’ll pick a winner on Tuesday at noon and there are options to enter daily so make sure you do so! Enter below for your chance to win.