Info | American Craft Beer Fest
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The following is general information and frequently asked questions. Please note that this page may be updated w/o notice, so please check back prior to attending the fest.
By purchasing fest tickets, or attending the fest, all attendees agree to any and all rules, restrictions, and forfeit any claims of liability as outlined below and any and all related fest materials.
All attendees must be 21+ with a valid ID. No minors. No exceptions.
I have a question or issue with my tickets.
Please visit the Eventbrite help page and read this page before contacting us.
I need to refund my tickets.
All sales are final. No refunds. No exchanges. No credits.
The name on my ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Yes, so long as the ticket is valid when scanned at the fest.
Can I transfer my ticket to another person?
Yes. Please visit the Eventbrite help page for more info.
Can I transfer my ticket to another session?
If available, you can transfer your tickets to another session; fees may apply. Please visit the Eventbrite help page for more info.
When do tickets ship?
Physical tickets will NOT be shipped. A PDF Ticket will be emailed to you by Eventbrite. If you didn't get one, please visit the Eventbrite help pages. You MUST print and bring this ticket to the event, where it will be scanned / verified.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes, or on your phone. See the Eventbrite help page for more info.
What's included with the ticket price?
One ticket to the assigned session, all beer tastings, PLA compostable tasting cup, and fest guide while supplies last.
All beers are subject to change and availability.
How many tickets are sold?
5,000 per session.
Do you offer a Designated Driver ticket/program?
We don't. We feel that DD programs promote abstinence vs. responsible drinking. We recommend that all fest attendees plan accordingly, drink in moderation, and use public transportation to get to your final destination safely.
I bought my ticket from a reseller and need ticket help.
We can't help you, or guarantee entry, if you buy from a reseller. You've been warned.
Plastic cups? Really?! WTF!
Yes. Really. We use PLA compostable tasting cups at all of our beer fests. Why? Not only do the venues we work with require it for added attendee safety, but they're cheaper and smarter. And the cups we use don't impact beer aroma or flavor. That's all in your head, so climb out of it enjoy.
How do I get to the venue?
The Seaport World Trade Center is located at 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, Mass.
You can take the MBTA Silver Line directly to the World Trade Center Station or take a quick walk from South Station off of the MBTA Red Line.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
21+ w/ valid ID. NO minors. NO exceptions.
Are children allowed?
"No minors" means: no babies, kids, children, toddlers, infants, newborns, etc ... all of which are minors.
What are the fest times?
Session #1 = 6-9:30pm
Session #2 = 1-4:30pm
Session #3 = 6-9:30pm
Your ticket doesn't guarantee entry exactly when doors open, but we'll do our best to get attendees in the venue as quickly as possible. Those looking to get in early should queue up early.
Do you offer trade passes for the industry?
Are there any differences between sessions?
For the most part the beer line-ups will be the same, however, all beers are subject to change and availability.
Do you have a floor plan listing where the brewers will be?
Yes. Our official fest guide will have a map with a list of brewers and their booth numbers. The guide is available for free at the fest.
Do you have any hotel discounts/codes?
Is the venue handicapped accessible?
What happens if it rains or snows?
We'll address any concerns prior to the fest.
Will there be a coat or bag check?
Will there be food at the fest?
Yes. Vendors will be selling food at the fest.
Can I bring outside beverages/food?
Will there be parking?
We don't recommend that you drive to the fest, but you can park your car in the Seaport Garage or one of the many nearby lots if necessary.
Can I bring a bag or backpack?
All bags/carrying items will be subject to search. Backpacks are not allowed on the fest floor. Security will have the final say on all items brought into the fest.
Can I buy beer at the fest?
No. It's illegal for brewers to sell (and giveaway) beer at the fest.
Can I bring beer (to trade) to the fest?
No. Doing so will raise security and legal issues that could result in confiscation of the beer and your being asked to leave the fest.
I would like to distribute info or product at your fest.
Any form of soliciting will result in your immediate removal from the fest and/or disposal of related materials.
Re: Lost & Stolen Items
BeerAdvocate, the fest, its partners, and the venue will not be held liable for any and all lost or stolen items. Please keep your personal items secure.
BeerAdvocate, the fest, its partners, and the venue will not be held liable for any and all damages caused by attendees to themselves, others, or property during or after the event.