Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by kdmcguire10, Apr 10, 2012.
Does anyone have a good suggestion as far as parking? We're camping at Van Buren State Park and will be driving in from there around 3.
Thinking about heading there. Although I won't be able to get there til about 6pm. Anyone thats been there in the past do they stop letting people in at some point?
Oh and make sure not to miss 4 Finger 5, I saw them last night and they put on a hell of a show!
Hey jose, I believe on their website it says they will let people in until they reach capacity. I believe that is also their policy for re-entry. Leaving for GR from Chicago in a few mins!
Anyone can feel free to post tap updates throughout the day...still thinking of shooting over there today
i have two tickets in hand for anyone who wants them, i cant go
im in the burbs (downers grove)
Somebody post the god damn tap list and any "specials" they're pouring so that I can kick myself for not going.
Since no one is posting....I looked at Untappd for some check-ins. Saw the likes of Blushing Monk, KBS, Looking Glass, Devil Dancer, Better Half, and Frangelic Mountain Brown.
Start the kicking.....
wrong, they had blushing monk but ran out @ around 6pm, kbs and better half was not there.
Hmmm...must have been some false check ins! The nerve....
Would be really nice to have a full report out of this. At least last year they had KBS and Better Half at one point in the night. At least it was a nice night for it, wish I could have gone.
KBS was on at 4 and 6 I believe. Blushing monk was also on at multiple different times. I had plenty of it. Better half was not served - standard old curmudgeon was. Other specials as others have said were Looking Glass, Devil Dancer, Linch Pin, Frangelic Mountain Brown.
well I didn't get there till 4:30 and if there was kbs it was gone by then, didn't see it at 6 but maybe it was for a few minutes.
holy crap, is it gonna be barrel aged?
I didn't see Better Half, but KBS was most definitely there at one point.
Maybe, Founders had posted a picture on instagram of a barrel,the label on it said "Project Quince"
KBS was definitely there. BH was not. Specialties were:
Red's Rye with Bourbon Chips
Centennial with ginger
whatever, when I got there at 4:30 they specialty list was looking glass, blushing monk, FMB, devil dancer, curmudgeons, and 6th one was blushing monk but they ran out by then, when I went back up at 6:30 they still only had 5, and at 9 they where all out of the specialty beers.
Yeah, I think you had to watch the tent closely. I got blushing monk around 4:30 and KBS was on around 6pm. Then, they put BM back on shortly thereafter.
I think they shut down the specialty line at 8pm.
What a great time this weekend in Grand Rapids, especially at Founders Fest. Got to have a couple of glasses of Dave's Not Here (Very delicious), then at the fest I had Looking Glass, Frangelic and Linchpin (All very good, and they tasted soooo rare), and probably half of my wife's cups of KBS and Blushing Monk.
I had been wanting to get a taste of the firkins, but I wasn't so sure about them sitting out in 80+ weather for hours. Room temperature is one (very tasty) thing, but that's a bit on the warm side. Did anyone try the two they had? If so, how did they turn out?
I did get the chance to sample the Red's Rye w/bourbon chips firkin. I thought it was absolutely delicious. They did a reasonably good job of not letting it get too warm.
I also thought the reds rye w/bourbon was good, had it next to a looking glass and it wasn't a whole lot warmer. didn't get the ginger centennial, ginger is not my thing.
yah I guess thats what the number 6 mystery beers where then, I know when I got up to the front of the line there was a guy behind me who was super pissed because they ran out of blushing monk and people had been cutting in line.
There were a few people that I noticed that were getting upset about the large amount of people cutting in line. After speaking with the Founders reps on hand after the Specialty Tap lines were shut down, they commented that there will likely be some changes for next year - they were taken by surprise at the large demand for the specialty taps. I don't think they predicted the line stretching back as far as it did (to the entrance of the festival and wrapping back around at some times throughout the day). Seeing that the line took 30-45 minutes to get through, having more than one area (or having the taps served separate from the regular offerings) might make sense to help the issue of the long lines for next year.
In any event, it was a fun time, and cheers to Founders for putting on a great event!
Had a great time Friday night at the brewpub - Dave’s Not Here was very tasty, but I’m not sure what hops F! changed in Devil Dancer. I was getting a Belgian/spice flavor that wasn’t present last year. I was even nice enough to pay the City of Grand Rapids $30 for a parking ticket . (Maybe GR will send me a t-shirt!)
Saturday was a lot of fun, too, but there must have been twice the amount of people at the fest as there were last year. I was lucky enough to get some KBS, FMB, Looking Glass, and the RR Cask, but standing in line for an hour and a half sucked. The keg for BM blew about 3 people in front of me. But, what can you do?
We were the 3rd-6th people in the gate, so not being able to get the specialties until 4PM kind of screwed us. I’m certainly not complaining, and I’m very excited that F! are seeing this much growth. Maybe next year the lines can be a bit more delineated, that includes the food lines, and some, if not all of the specialities can be on at 3PM. Overall, the experience was great as usual.
I too thought the line for the specialty brews was just preposterous. It was running 45-60 minutes. A big part of the reason I came was to listen to the bands and it's rather hard to do that when you have to just keep getting in line for a beer. I'd hope they could find a way to fix that next year.
That said, it was a great time. Weather was great and everything went off without a hitch.
I was a bit surprised by the specialty lines as well. I remember last year not having to wait in line very long to get whatever. This year, I noticed people would get to the front of the line, when it was their time to order, and they had no idea what they wanted. So they would strike a conversation, ask about each beer, discuss their choices with who they were with, then order. I certainly get wanting to be judicious about what you order, but that was a big reason for the long line, and I think there was only one or two people pouring specialty stuff.
With that said, my wife and I actually met another nice couple, so we got to the end of the line, drank our regular beers until we got to the front, ordered our specialty, walked to the back to drink and chat, then by the time we were at the front again, our beers were gone. We did this 3 times, and had a really great time.
All in all though, it was a great time and pretty well run.
Here is kind of a cool picture of the turn out at Founders Fest posted on their Facebook. Somewhere in that mess, Founders26 and I are holding up our cups to the photographer after we spotted him. I just cannot find us though!
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