I've never been to one of these beer festival thingies. I wonder if I would actually like it?
Throughout the evening, which ended at 10 p.m., the atmosphere became increasingly raucous. Every time somebody dropped something, a shout went up and spread throughout the arena until the whole place was filled with cries. A group of people in lederhosen walked by arm in arm. There was an unusual number of T-shirts asserting Irish nationality and more T-shirts encouraging drunkenness. By 8 p.m., all of the more sober things like cooking demonstrations and tasting classes were over and people were losing all reserve. Some of the breweries ran out of beer and closed up shop.The weird thing about the Great American Beer Festival is that they appear to have been limited to one ounce servings despite paying 55 bucks US to get in. How much better the British beer festival format like the Scottish Traditional Beer Festival 2005 held last June where you play 3 pounds and get pints.
There is a line in a Hemingway short story where a nice European lady running a nice restaurant in the American west asks why the men drink like pigs. Paying 55 bucks for one ounce glasses seems to be one reason.