The Magic City Brewfest was first hosted in 2007 by Free the Hops, an all-volunteer and nonprofit craft beer consumer advocacy group in Alabama.
None of the Free the Hops members who organize and work at the brewfest are financially compensated for their work. We do it because we love craft beer, we love teaching people about the wide world of beer out there, and we want to support Free the Hops.
Prepare for transportation home after the festival
With so many beers to taste, make sure you have a safe option for getting home. Bring a non-drinking friend to do the driving or plan on taking a taxi or ride-share service.
Respect the beer
There’s a reason the Magic City Brewfest requires all participants to use a small sampling glass provided at entry: so that attendees can enjoy a number of samples of a variety of styles of beer responsibly. Don’t try to sample every beer at the festival, but rather pick some you’re interested in or have never tried before that you’d like to taste. The Magic City Brewfest encourages responsible drinking and will refuse alcohol to individuals who are obviously intoxicated. For the safety of yourself and others, know your limit and refrain from overindulging.
Respect the 2 ounce rule
Samples at the Magic City Brewfest are given in two ounce pours and only in the tasting glass provided at entry (NOTE: In 2021, the sample glass will be provided at the end of the event to comply with Jefferson County Health Department requirements). Do not ask for more than two ounces per sample and do not ask for a beer sample in any container other than the official Magic City Brewfest tasting glass.
Bring a chair if you will want to sit
Seating is very limited at the venue. If you know you’ll want to sit down sometime during a four hour festival, bring a folding chair. However, please sit in low-traffic areas like the stage or in the food pavilion
Drinking alcohol dehydrates your body, which can make you feel pretty bad. Drink water to help keep you hydrated. The Magic City Brewfest will have water on hand, but it’s not a bad idea to bring your own re-fillable container.
You will likely have to wait in a line for some beers. Be patient and remember to respect those behind you by not lingering at a crowded booth.
Thank a volunteer
These folks work hard to help make the festival a good time for everyone. Show them your appreciation.