Unless you happen to be relatively wealthy or possess the liver of Michael Malloy, chances are under normal circumstances you won’t have the ability to try 80 beers in a single afternoon. Fortunately, thanks to beer festivals such as Microfest, we (relatively) normal people have the opportunity to do exactly that. If you happen to be going to Microfest, terrific! I’ll see you down there. However, if you haven’t purchased a ticket yet, I’d like to show you an opportunity to not only get to sample the beers, but to make a difference at the same time by volunteering.
Wait, who are you and what have you done with Blake and Justin?
Ah, my apologies. Allow myself to introduce…myself. I’m Steve, and like Blake and Justin, I’m a beer aficionado, although not to the extent that they are. I’ve known both of them for several years and count them among my good friends. I’ve also worked at Microfest for almost a decade, as a beer pourer, as the volunteer coordinator, and as a tent captain/supervisor.
Blake and Justin are fine. They’re off doing responsible adult stuff. [Edit: he’s lying. We’re drinking. – J]
Why Should I Volunteer?
Excellent question. Well, first off, Microfest benefits the Lift for Life Gym, which serves to provide at-risk children with a safe haven to exercise and perform after-school activities. At the very least, you can know that your work and efforts will be going to a terrific cause.
Plus, if you decide to attend, there’s a good chance you’ll get to see Justin, Blake, or myself walking around, working. And who wouldn’t want a chance to meet us awesome gentlemen?
Oh, and you’ll get free beer.
Wait, what was that?
Maybe I should have led with that. For your efforts working a four-hour session, you’ll receive a compensatory ticket to attend one of the other two sessions. These tickets are costing $45 online, so in addition to doing something altruistic, you’ll also be getting handsomely rewarded. You’ll get a free sampling glass and a chance to sample as many beers as you’d like for four hours. There are going to be more than 125 different breweries from all over the country offering over 600 various beers (you can find a partial list of the participating breweries here). In addition, you’ll also receive a free t-shirt with the Microfest logo to wear while you work. I mean, you can also wear it after the festival. It’s not like you have to throw it away afterwards.
If you get hungry, there will be food available to purchase from several outstanding local restaurants, including SugarFire Smokehouse, Mission Taco, and The Dam.
Okay, so what does volunteering entail?
Well, it really depends on what you want to do. Most of our volunteers will be manning pouring stations, pouring samples for people who are attending. Depending on which session you work, we’ll be needing anywhere from 75-130 beer pourers at any given time. We’re also going to need people to work at the admissions gate, handing out wristbands and glasses, as well as people to pour water (so people can wash their glasses out) and dump out water buckets with the dirty water. Don’t worry, we swap people in and out of various positions so everyone will get the chance to pour beer.
Hmm, okay. Where and when does this take place?
Microfest will be taking place on Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7. Friday features one session, from 6-10pm, while Saturday has two, 1-5pm and 6:30-10pm. The event is being held in Forest Park at the Lower Muny parking lot.
Alright, you got me. Where can I sign up?
And with that, I thank you for your time. If you have any questions about volunteering or anything, I’d be more than happy to answer them! Feel free to leave your questions or comments below, and I’ll do my best to answer every one of them.