Actually it wasn’t that bad. You had to get a ticket before the presentation (yes for a 150$ barrel you bet they verified everyone’s address) and it was very orderly. I even got to test my fresh knowledge when these two young banker-like men came up to the line asking if they were handing out free kegs- no! They’re rain barrels, helpful in decreasing the runoff load to Philly’s combined sewer/stormwater system during storms… and useful in watering your plants!
One thing new I learned: don’t shower or do laundry while it’s raining, because that’s when the system is the most stressed. Your hot shower water could be going right into the Schulykill!