A beer festival can be a great thing. Two beer festivals on the same day? Well that’s just bananas. No, really – the Savannah Bananas are holding two beer festivals on the same day. Hosting a morning beer fest and then an afternoon beer fest immediately after it was the crazy thing. “We thought why not? Savannah can handle it,” says Savannah Bananas owner Jesse Cole.
Tap of the Morning, as the AM version of the April 1 beer fest is called, and Afternoon Delight, the PM version, are the next great marketing events from the Savannah Bananas. Each will feature numerous breweries serving up over a hundred beers, food trucks to keep you fed (and sober) and some music to keep you entertained.
Here is the run down: Tap of the Morning opens April 1st at 9:30 AM for you early birds. The food truck Big Cheese Legend will be serving up breakfast sandwiches. The first of five bands scheduled through day will begin playing and the beers will start pouring. Tap of the Morning closes up at 12:30 allowing everyone to take a breather, or a nap, and enjoy some between festival music. Afternoon Delight starts up at 2:00 and runs until 5:00. The Squeaky Beaver food truck will be on hand for afternoon snacking and the full slate of breweries will continue to pour. Entry for each festival is $35 but $50 VIP tickets earn you admission to both festivals and a few reserved beers samples.
The full brewery list has not been released yet but expect all your local favorites like Service, Moon River and Coastal Empire, some of the usual larger craft breweries, Lagunitas and Oskar Blues and plenty of the hotter breweries like Bell’s, and Cigar City.
An all day beer fest can take its toll so here my tried and true beer festival survival guide
Eat: Food will help you make it through the day. Take advantage of those food trucks and eat before you go. Have a nice big breakfast or lunch and your full belly will help keep the pace of your drinking level. Bonus pro tip: Avoid palate killing spicy foods.
Drink Water: Hydrate before you enter the festival. Hydrate while at the festival. Drink a glass of water for every glass of beer you drink.
Pace yourself: The day is about quality beer, not quantity. Sip and enjoy your beer. Pay attention to the flavors in every beer you sample. Make comparisons and talk them over with your buddies. If you don’t like a beer, that’s OK, don’t drink it. Take a break every now and then to enjoy the music and talk to a beer rep.
Talk to the brewery representatives: The reps aren’t there just to pour you a drink. Beer representatives all love beer and beer lovers love to talk beer so ask questions, these guys are pros, you’ll get good answers.
Have a plan: Brewery participants for the Duel Fests are not listed yet but will be posted online before festival. Go in knowing what breweries you want to sample. Feel free to wander from time to time but stick to your plan.
Take your phone: You are certain to find a great beer you’ll want to revisit later. There are several beer apps available that usually have a rating system, a means to record photographs and a means to take beer notes. You may also need it to call a for a ride.
Upgrade to VIP tickets: VIP tickets to beer festivals always have several perks that are usually worth it for the craft beer enthusiast.
Have a safe ride home: NO ONE wants you driving home after drinking. Have a ride ready to pick you up or plan for a cab. The Savannah Bananas have $10 designated driver tickets. Your ride can enjoy the music while you drink up.
The Tap of the Morning and Afternoon Delight beer fests both take place April 1st on the grounds of Grayson Stadium. Tickets to the individual fests are $35. A VIP ticket will set you back $50 but gives you access to both festivals. More information and tickets can be found at thesavannahbananas.com/beerfest or by calling 912-712-2482. Cheers!