Event Date Oct. 20-26, 2014

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Welcome to the Volunteer Team for Big Brew Houston!

     We have a great job for you!

Houston's newest beer festival, Big Brew Houston, could not exist without the help of volunteers like you. Get in on the ground floor and be among the first of your friends to volunteer for what will be one of the Nation's largest craft beer festivals.

TABC certified volunteers are highly preferred. To become a TABC certified server you can take a class from any of these school approved by the TABC and listed on their website.
Click here to become TABC certified
We have many volunteer opportunities throughout Big Brew, so before you decide which event you want to volunteer for, here are some details that will help you make your decision.

The roll of the Big Brew Volunteers is to:
1) Greet Festival guests and welcome them to Big Brew
2) Support the volunteer captains throughout the event
3) Act responsibly as you will be representing Big Brew and the breweries during the event. If the thought of not drinking during your volunteer session does not seem like fun to you, then volunteering may not be for you. If meeting brewery and industry representatives, learning more about beer and passing that information along to festival guests is up your alley, then we have a spot for you!

Big Brew is a week long festival and there will be volunteer opportunities on the last three days of the festival: Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The Great Match
Thursday, October 23, 2014
5:30 - 9:30 pm
The GRB Hall A3

              Texas Brewed
Friday, October 24, 2014
5:30 - 9:30 pm
The GRB Hall A3

             The Grand Tasting
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Session 1: 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Session 2: 5:30 - 10:30 pm
The GRB Hall A3

The Perks of Volunteering:
1) You will receive an official festival volunteer t-shirt
2) You will receive an official Big Brew sampling cup & program
3) You will get to mix and mingle with brewery and industry representatives

Note to volunteers:
     Sending in a volunteer registration does not guarantee selection as a volunteer
     There are no guarantees that if you volunteer as a group that you will all be placed together
     All volunteers must be at least 21 years of age on or before volunteer shift date

     All volunteers will be required to present a state issued identification card confirming age
     All volunteers will need to check in 45 minutes prior to their volunteer shift start time to be placed with your volunteer team
     All volunteers must apply by clicking on the link below and filling out all of the information. A confirmation email will be sent when your shift has been accepted.
     After you have been accepted, use the same link to check, modify or cancel shift

Volunteer Captains will be charged with leading a team of dedicated volunteers before, during and after the event. There will be plenty to do before the event: trainings, team meetings and planning sessions.
At Big Brew there will be Captains for each event and sections within the event are charged with managing volunteers, keeping their section clean and orderly and running efficiently. There will be Beer Table Section Captains, a Volunteer Check-In Captain, an Exhibitor Check-In Captain. a Guest Greeting and Information Station Captain - just to name a few...

Do you think you have the chops to be a Volunteer Captain?
We want to know you and we want to know why!

Email us at volunteer@foodandvinetime.com with a brief description of your beer knowledge, volunteer experience, management experience, which Captain position you are interested in and why you think you would make a great Volunteer Captain at Big Brew! There will be an interview process for Captain positions.

We know not all volunteer jobs are glamorous, but Big Brew would not be successful without each volunteer job and the volunteer filling it! We appreciate your help! Here are some of the volunteer jobs we will have open during the event.

Greeting Guests
     Greeting guests as they enter the event
     Passing out event programs
     Passing out event sample glasses as the guests enter
     Answering questions for the guests during the event

Setup Volunteer General Duties
     Manual labor (intensive position)
     Must be able to repeatedly lift 50 lb bags of ice and cases of beer
     Must be able to repeatedly move, with assistance, 150 lb kegs

Breakdown Volunteer General Duties
     Manual Labor (intensive position)
     Must be able to repeatedly lift 50 lb bags of ice and cases of beer
     Must be able to move tables, chairs, pipe & drape, etc.
Festival Pourer General Duties
     Setup beer, ice, rinse water in area
     Punch beer sample ticket and pour 1 oz sample beers to guests
     Keep your work space clean during Big Brew
     Clean up at the end of your shift
     Share your knowledge of beer with the guests

* As with any festival, there are other things everyone will do. This list gives a general overview.

Frequently Asked Volunteer Questions

Do workers get a festival t-shirt?
Yes! All volunteers will receive an official Big Brew t-shirt.

Do we get any food?
Sorry, due to the fast paced nature of the festival, we do not have time available for a meal break. We ask all pourers to eat a hearty meal before arriving. You may bring your own snacks with you.

Can we store bags/purses/jackets someplace secure?
You will be able to keep your personal items with you behind the table from which you are serving. There will be no secure area to store any personal items. Beware that the beer tables/floor may be wet from ice and beer. We ask that you only bring what you need.


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