Firestone Invitational the 2nd

Discussion in 'Pacific' started by PaulStoneAnchor, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. grilledsquid

    grilledsquid Advocate (565) California Jul 10, 2009 Verified

    Thanks that's a pretty good rate.
  2. CenCalMario

    CenCalMario Savant (350) California Jan 12, 2009 Verified Subscriber

    How you missed it last year I'll never know!
  3. Let me tell you, if you're going with a group of at least 4, looking into home rentals through HomeAway or VRBO really is a great way to go. My group rented a 3 bedroom a half mile away from the fairgrounds, the per person nightly rate (taxes and cleaning fee included) is absolutely unbeatable, especially compared to the $108 per night we paid last year for the Motel 6!
  4. rrryanc

    rrryanc Savant (495) California May 19, 2006 Verified Subscriber

    My girlfriend and I camped the night before last year. Then we crawled over the Motel 6 afterward. This year I have two nights reserved at the Best Western, but we may camp the night before again - we'll see how it goes.
  5. Zhiguli

    Zhiguli Savant (305) California Jul 12, 2012

    anyone know how many tix were sold?
  6. kevo2007

    kevo2007 Aficionado (190) California Aug 29, 2010 Verified

    Call up the Adelaide, they've blocked out their website for this event. They are taking reservations by phone (as of around noon today).
  7. A bottleshare after the festival? That is a lot of beer.
  8. pumptrick

    pumptrick Savant (280) California Oct 26, 2010 Verified

    I am very excited. Adelaide Friday and Saturday. Bottle collection in progress
  9. Skuter

    Skuter Savant (305) California Jun 21, 2008 Verified

    We actually did a bottleshare the night before and the night after!
  10. grilledsquid

    grilledsquid Advocate (565) California Jul 10, 2009 Verified

    For those who are familiar with the hotels in the area, which is better, the Best Western Black Oak or The Adelaide Inn?
  11. hophead247

    hophead247 Savant (475) California Jan 27, 2008 Verified

    If you plan on attending a pre Fest bottle share.....The Adelaide
  12. grilledsquid

    grilledsquid Advocate (565) California Jul 10, 2009 Verified

    That sounds fun though I was under the impression that the Adelaide and the Best Western are literally 2 minutes (walk) from one another.
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  13. hophead247

    hophead247 Savant (475) California Jan 27, 2008 Verified

    If I remember correctly, all the hotels on that street are close to one another. I stayed at the Motel 6 last year, and I believe it was the farthest from the event site...on that street that is. Still only took us a short 10 min walk to get there.
  14. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,440) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    Well, tickets are sold out now.
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  15. mlaroche

    mlaroche Savant (270) California Sep 25, 2005 Verified

    Just got off the phone with the Adelaide - they're sold out for Saturday night.
  16. Just missed this. Anyone that has two tickets and wants to give them up, lemme know. I am willing to wheel and deal.
  17. arash1000

    arash1000 Aficionado (190) Arkansas Sep 26, 2012

    I have to say I have friends in SLO that I can crash with but once I heard about the Adelaide bottle shares I booked my room. Got some epic stuff lined up to share with people. Hopefully everyone does the same. The Firestone beer festival last year was awesome, hopefully its as good this year.
  18. Tell me about it... You better have gotten your tickets!
  19. Damn, Adelaide and Best Western appear to be booked. I called Adelaide first, then was on the phone with the lady at BW for about half an hour trying to figure things out. Apparently the BW has rooms reserved for the event, but I couldn't qualify for those rooms because I wasn't wanting to stay Saturday AND Friday. Just looking to stay Saturday night. Only wanting a place to rest my head...nothing fancy. So anyways, ended up settling for Motel 6. Gonna be staying at my family's beach house in Cambria Friday and Sunday night if any BAs in that area wanna get together and share some bottles. :D
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  20. Rau71

    Rau71 Initiate (0) California Dec 12, 2011

    When contacting hotels to stay in if you mention you are going to the Firestone beer fest you might get a room. Firestone got a few blocks in a lot of local hotels for visiting people. Worth a shot if you are still looking.
  21. TheRealPour

    TheRealPour Advocate (575) Illinois Jan 29, 2009

    Wife and I are staying at the Oaks. Looks to be a sub-10-minute walk from the gates on a map. Can anyone confirm whether or not it's easily walkable? Cheers! So looking forward to a great excuse for a few days in Cali to visit breweries and tiki bars!
  22. hophead247

    hophead247 Savant (475) California Jan 27, 2008 Verified

    Staying at the Oaks as well...very short walk.

    And we have a breakfast buffet at our place!!!
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  23. TheRealPour

    TheRealPour Advocate (575) Illinois Jan 29, 2009

    Perhaps a bit OT, but coming from Chicago we're planning on hitting up as many 'first-tier' breweries between the Bay Area and LA as is possible over several days. Northern possibilities include Russian River (of course), Bear Republic, Lagunitas, 21st Amendment and North Coast. The Southern short list includes The Bruery and Hangar 24. Mid-state, of course, will include FW. Unfortunately time is too short to get down San Diego way or too far north of the Bay Area. Any glaring omissions here?
  24. rrryanc

    rrryanc Savant (495) California May 19, 2006 Verified Subscriber

    North county SD is "only" 45 min or so south of The Bruery. If you're going to drive that far, you might as well hop down to SD too.

    That said, have you looked at how long it actually is from the Bay Area (say North Coast) to The Bruery? Better bring your driving gloves. If you only have a few days, I'd say to just stick to one half of the state and save the other half for another trip.
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  25. Vanlingleipa

    Vanlingleipa Savant (485) California May 19, 2011 Verified

    You're far better off to skip Hanger 24 (nice tasting room, avg beer) - use that 2 hours (round trip time) to visit the stellar SD/North SD breweries
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  26. Sante Adairius Rustic Ales-Capitola, CA.
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  27. TheRealPour

    TheRealPour Advocate (575) Illinois Jan 29, 2009

    Nice add from what I can tell online. Definitely seems worth a stop from Paso Robles back north.
  28. TheRealPour

    TheRealPour Advocate (575) Illinois Jan 29, 2009

    Thanks for the tips as well Vanlingleipa and rrryanc...I know I'm stretching my luck seeing that we might only have 3 solid days aside from the FW fest to get around. Certainly not afraid to put some serious miles on the rental, though. My wife has a friend near Modesto who we might be visiting during the trip so we might end up doing 'Paso Robles and north' for this trip and plan another trip for as soon as we can possibly get back to head south. Honestly, FW and Russian River are the only stops that will make or break the trip (for me) at this point.
  29. Most online nerds haven't even discovered how great this place is yet.

    I like your idea of doing NorCal this trip and SoCal the next. Both have plenty to offer beer wise (especially San Diego obviously) but if you've only got 3 days, I'm afraid you're going to have to pick one or the other. It's a big state. Paso pretty much puts you dead center between the two as well. As was mentioned, North Coast is WAY up there. If you had a week to spend, I'd say go for it, but if you've only got 3 days I wouldn't go North of Bear Republic/Healdsburg. Personally, I would also pass on 21st Amendment, not that it isn't a nice place but there are far better options in SF.
  30. drewone

    drewone Champion (865) California Sep 18, 2006 Verified Subscriber

    Yeah, just go for north, hit up Toronado, beer revolution and the like in the Bay area - Lagunitas is a cool stop too, never been to drakes but that on my list. Relax, see some stuff just be side beers, the drive from paso to SF and north can be amazing if you have a little extra time. Have fun. Also you could easily arrange some IP trades of Chicago/midwest beers for socal beers and save yourself a lot of time and stress. :)
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  31. RedBeeron

    RedBeeron Savant (260) California Jul 7, 2012

    I don't know what magical time of day people are leaving the east Anaheim/Placentia area that puts north county "45 minutes" away and Hangar 24 a 2 hour roundtrip away, but please share :/.

    If you're making the trek out to the Bruery, you could spend an entire day hitting local breweries (within maybe ten miles we have 4 soon to be 5 more breweries, only one of which is worth skipping). North county SD should easily be another day, then a morning trip to east county with a return trip to south county/SD proper later that day.
  32. HaveUSeenMyCellar

    HaveUSeenMyCellar Advocate (530) California Aug 30, 2012 Verified

    darnit....didn't even know about this, and likely wouldn't have mattered unless I was on their site in the 20 minutes it took to sell out. Next year I guess. :)

    Any other events like this with super rare beers on tap?
  33. Vanlingleipa

    Vanlingleipa Savant (485) California May 19, 2011 Verified

    I was rounding off that travel estimate to Hanger 24. It's actually takes more like 18 hours to get to Redlands and back. Thanks for semi-correcting this in your usual mild, non-snarky manner. O;-)
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  34. How many of you played cornhole @ Adelaide last year?
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  35. ehammond1

    ehammond1 Champion (790) Jul 4, 2008

    Whales, bro.
  36. jtmartino

    jtmartino Advocate (515) California Dec 11, 2010 Verified

    It takes me 1-1.25 hours depending on typical weekend traffic. If you can carpool, it makes a big difference leaving OC until the lane ends around SJC. Only 60ish miles from Bruery to HWY 78 in Oceanside.

    That said, there's no reason I'd waste my time hitting up Hangar 24.
  37. RedBeeron

    RedBeeron Savant (260) California Jul 7, 2012

    I finally mastered the art of emoticons. Makes a world of difference! :D
  38. RedBeeron

    RedBeeron Savant (260) California Jul 7, 2012

    The last three (I guess two since hammerhead had open preorders) have been fun and pretty mellow. Definitely no CITRA release fiascos. Though, as soon as I hit bronze in their FF program i'll be going less often.

    San Diego traffic generally isn't as horrible as LA traffic, and easier to anticipate, but I've never been able to get to Stone in under an hour. Especially for out of towners that aren't necessarily used to how horrible SoCal traffic can be, lowballing doesn't do them any favors.
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  39. thome50

    thome50 Savant (260) California Dec 10, 2006 Verified

    Just curious if anyone here was one of the "first 5" people to have purchased a ticket and got the special bonus FW mentioned in their email that just went out to everyone with tickets. Curious what that bonus could be. I'd still hope that there is a special bonus for those who bought pre-sale since the price wasn't different this year.
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  40. I was up till Midnight on Thanksgiving refreshing the page till the tickets became available, and purchased right away (my confirmation email came in at 12:02am on Friday Nov. 23rd). That said, I'm certain I wasn't the only one doing that, so being one of the first 5 had to be difficult. Haven't received a special notification email, but if I do, I'll certainly share the news. If I don't, congrats in advance to those that do!
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