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Discussion in 'US - Mid-Atlantic' started by BelgianBeerMan7, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. For those who have attended, how was your experience? I'm thinking about attending the Saturday evening session and was curious if the breweries still pour their top beers at this time or if they tend to run out during the two previous sessions.

    What were some of the highlights from last year?
     
  2. This event is very well run. I have attended the past two Saturday night sessions. I don't recall many of the breweries running out of the top brews. Past highlights include Sculpin, Dragons milk, Kane brewing, and many top Belgian brews. The convention center is huge and the lines are reasonable. I would recommend getting thereabout 30-45 min. Early to get ID'd and entry.definitely worth attending. Hope this helps.
     
  3. I love the AC Beerfest. This will be my seventh year going. Only one year it was bad which i think was due to the economy. The guy that puts it together does a great job. There will even be an app this year. Sure it gets a little crowded but the wait for a beer is not long at all. Going to the sat night session too. I think the NJCB usually has a table too. Yes, as jeremyf stated, get there around 30-40 minutes early. The line to get in gets crowded.

    Just waiting on a pour list. I am hoping Kane will be pouring Head High. I have been wanting to try it.
     
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  4. Nectar

    Nectar Savant (310) New Jersey Jan 17, 2013

    Going to the Friday Session. Its always a great time. Solid list of breweries represented. Looking forward to hearing the reaction to my hometown favorite. Cape May Brewing Centennial IPA. Try it and you're welcome
     
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  5. Reck

    Reck Aficionado (130) New Jersey Apr 22, 2008

    I went to the Friday session last year and really enjoyed it. I was introduced to Kane and Carton there, and all their brews were fantastic (Kane had head high, single fin, and overhead last year. I'm sure they'll have head high again. Would love to try the galaxy head high). Tuckahoe also had some great brews. Other non-nj highlights for me were brooklyn blast! and the debut of deviant dales. Ballast point had sculpin and im pretty sure Ithaca had flower power as well. Didn't have to wait in line too long for a brew. I'm going to the Saturday night session this year, and I'm also hoping that they don't run out of anything and that its not a drunken slop fest. I'm sure there will be plenty of great brews regardless.
     
  6. dmac621

    dmac621 Aficionado (210) New Jersey Nov 26, 2008

    If you enjoy Kane I highly recommend a trip to the brewery. They now sell 12oz glasses for on site consumption and usually offer a special beer or two each weekend. BA Head High is simply amazing.
     
  7. I've gone the past 2 Saturday evening sessions and going again this year. As others have said, the line to get in gets really long before they let everyone into the main area. Some of the booths get longer lines as the event goes along, but I've always had a good time. And it's just a good excuse for a weekend in AC.
     
  8. Definitely a good excuse for a trip to AC! Anyone know about the App that they supposively have? Can you view which beers each brewery is bringing?
     
  9. I asked about a pour list and they said it will be featured on the App. They mentioned on Twitter that the App will be out mid march. It should be any day then.
     
  10. DaGrizz

    DaGrizz Savant (260) New Jersey Feb 22, 2012

    Anyone got any extra VIP tickets for Sat night. Shoot me a BM. I missed out on getting them apparently.
     
  11. Couple of pour lists from brewery websites .. post more if you find them .

    Dogfish Head :
    Dogfish Head will once again be pouring at the 2013 Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival beginning during the first session on Friday, April 5th at 7PM. The festival features three sessions over two days with more than 200 beers from over 50 different breweries from across the country. We will be pouring Namaste, Aprihop, Palo Santo Marron, Noble Rot along with limited appearances by 120 Minute IPA and our Randall the Enamel Animal.

    Victory :
    Victory coming to AC once again, always a good time. We will be pouring - Swing Session Saision, Ranch DIPA ,– Simcoe Headwaters Pale Ale
     
  12. Sorry to bump an old thread but it looks like the AC Beerfest APP will be released late tonight. As per beerfest twitter.
     
  13. thampel09

    thampel09 Advocate (505) New Jersey Apr 27, 2010

    Does anyone ever set up trades here like other brewery bottle release parties do?
     
  14. The APP is now available. Some breweries have their pour lists under the brews section too.
     
  15. Cuzco

    Cuzco Savant (375) New York Mar 22, 2008

    Anyone going to the Saturday Night Session? I will be down there and staying over night. If anyone is going and wants to meet up for a few brews and/or trades let me know!
     
  16. I'll be at the Saturday night session. Staying at the Trop Friday night and Sat night at either the Trop or Trump. I can bring down some NEBCO stuff to trade/share if anyone is interested in meeting up.
     
  17. Reck

    Reck Aficionado (130) New Jersey Apr 22, 2008

    Does anyone know if Carton will be at the AC beer fest? They aren't listed on the app or website, so it doesn't look like they are coming. Wonder why... They had a nice setup last year.
     
  18. I dont think Carton will be there this year. Cape May Brewery will not be there either.
     
  19. thampel09

    thampel09 Advocate (505) New Jersey Apr 27, 2010

    It is a bummer they weren't there this year as goes with Cape May, especially since their IPA took home first place. Anyone ever go to Carton yet? been thinking about making the trip up there.
     
  20. Carton's a great place to hang out! They were NOT at ACBF nor was Cape May. Bolero Snort took home People's Choice. The Toga Bar in Caesar's had Dayman on tap. It was a 1/2 bbl so it stayed on late into the night along with Sculpin and more.
     
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  21. So lately a bunch of these beer fests are popping up all over the place. The big one around me is in Atlantic City(about an hour away). My main question is is it worth the money and everything to go? I know there are so many great brewers at these events. But I also heard that they only give you one tasting glass to use the entire day and that it's hard to get to a rinsing station. I feel like if your glass has remnants of every beer you've tried the next beer you try won't taste anything like how it's supposed to. It's also hard to convince someone to come with me and not drink, so I would have to stay at least one night. Would it be worth it, in your opinion, to go? There are a lot of these and I always want to go but keep missing out. Thanks as always guys.
     
  22. beernuts

    beernuts Savant (355) Virginia Jan 23, 2014

    I can't speak to the rest of your questions but brink a bottle of water to rinse your glass.
     
  23. JrGtr

    JrGtr Savant (400) Massachusetts Apr 13, 2006

    Most fests I've been to have water jugs all over the place. If not, you can bring a water bottle along and rinse out as you go. I genereally don't go to beer fests expecting to catch every single nuance of every beer - after a dozen or so samples, your palate is pretty shot, and after a few more, the ABV starts building and your judgement is.
    Depending on timing and locations of the fest and so forth, I generally will plan to have a good dinner and walk around for a while, and by then, I'm good to drive. Another plan would be to carpool. I bet there are people from your area going.
    The big advice I would give is to make sure you have a good meal before, and snack through the fest, plus drink lots of water anyways. Also, you don't have to try every beer in the place. I like to focus on beers I haven't had - either breweries, or look for special edition type stuff.
     
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  24. charlzm

    charlzm Champion (865) California Sep 3, 2007

    Some fests don't allow you to bring water in. Those would be the ones selling water inside. But, it's for charity, so don't dare complain or you're a bad person.

    Anyway, check out who's going to be at the festival, brewery-wise. If you start seeing a a lot of "crafty" beers, it's more likely to be a frat-boy blow-out than an actual beer tasting festival.

    I've been to enough of them in the last decade to be able to tell just by looking at the flyer whether or not it's worth attending. Most important thing: who is sponsoring it? If it's a local brewery or a brewing organization, you're probably good.

    If it's sponsored by a radio station or a non-profit of some kind... not so much.
     
  25. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Advocate (730) Illinois Apr 8, 2010

    I skip most beer fests near me because I've already tried all or most of the beers they are serving. There are a few that are worth the money though. And yes any good beer fest will have rinsing stations all over the place.
     
  26. A lot of the brewers at ACBF have pitchers of water at their booth for rinsing.
     
  27. ZagZagg

    ZagZagg Savant (375) Pennsylvania May 13, 2008

    I haven't been, but I'm planning to head down this year. At other fests I've been to theres a handful of beers I particularly scope out first. After that I just walk around and sample whatever catches my eye. From experience, some events can get a little out of hand with young drunk people stumblin' around. You probably don't wanna attempt to drive away from any event that isn't pay as you go.

    Some breweries (assuming the stations are manned by people from the brewery) are more diligent about rising your glass than others, but it's usually not too much of an issue. I don't want by samples getting tainted, but at the same time I'm not attempting to review them either. Overall, a fest is a good way to sample a variety of great beer and talk to knowledgable people.
     
  28. JrGtr

    JrGtr Savant (400) Massachusetts Apr 13, 2006

    You're right... some don't allow outside food or water.
    OF course, that usually doesn't stop me from bringing it... I've never been frisked or run through an x-ray maching going into a fest before, so I normally don't get caught.
     
  29. Kanger

    Kanger Savant (465) New York Sep 3, 2013

    Hmmm my birthday is 4/4 - this might be a good plan to make!



    Thankfully all the good fests I've been to give water away for free which is smart imo.
     
  30. I'll be at this since my buddy wants to see Saves the Day anyway. I'll probably be at the Kane and Carton booth the whole night.
     
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  31. DaGrizz

    DaGrizz Savant (260) New Jersey Feb 22, 2012

    Carton was not there last year and is not listed as attending this year either. Looks like we will have to settle for Kane. They just added DC Brau this week though!
     
  32. I am bummed Carton wont be there again this year.
     
  33. Damn. I had a good time at their booth at Big Brew Fest back in September. Carton of Milk and Boat were my go to sessions in between 10% monsters.

    Hoping DC Brau brings some OTWOA or I'll probably pass them up.
     
  34. Victory will be pouring :

    Summer Love
    Hop Ticket Hoppy Wheat
    DirtWolf
    Headwaters
     
  35. I will be there on Friday, this will be first for me and I'm excited.
     
  36. Oh good, a bunch of hoppy beers. I'm sure there won't be an abundance of those at the festival. Too bad, Victory makes so many other excellent beers. I hate when brewers do this. Bring a variety, not just all hop forward beers.
     
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  37. I havent had the Hop Ticket Hoppy Wheat so i will give that a try. Their Hop Ticket session IPA was just ok. Tried it at Xfinity live.
     
  38. Starkbier

    Starkbier Savant (270) Maryland Sep 19, 2002

    But whats the purpose of festivals? Hoppy beers and IPAs drive the market today, so this gives new consumers a chance to sample draft versions of beers they can go buy in the package store (expect for Hop Ticket which is a limited draft release, and quite tasty IMO).
     
  39. Perhaps, but I think the world has enough hop-forward profile beers. Bring something different like Helios or the Kolsch or Sunrise etc.
     
  40. Starkbier

    Starkbier Savant (270) Maryland Sep 19, 2002

    I hear you, and of course our brewpub does cater to malt lovers too. Sunrise and Koelsch are not in season yet, and Helios is way better in bottles when the Brett has a chance to develop. Have fun!