Michigan winter beer fest this weekend!

Discussion in 'US - Great Lakes' started by raymo55, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. raymo55

    raymo55 Savant (475) Michigan Oct 3, 2011

    Welcome back everyone!

    Just checking in to see who will be going to the Winter Beer Fest this weekend in Grand Rapids MI.
     
  2. camil1mj

    camil1mj Savant (415) Michigan Oct 4, 2010

    See you all there in my Lost Abbey Hoodie! Come say hi!
     
  3. I will be there!
     
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  4. mike409

    mike409 Aficionado (235) Michigan Jan 25, 2012

    Me the wife and friends will be in line at 11
     
  5. Itoclown

    Itoclown Savant (270) Michigan Jun 19, 2008

    I think I'll be there. I don't have a ticket yet but I see a lot for sale on Craigslist and am willing to wait until the price gets back to the original selling price. I am not buying a ticket for $20 for more than it was originally bought for. PS... If you have an extra one you want to sell I'll be glad to take it off your hands so I can avoid the whole show up day of deal. I live in Grand Rapids BTW...
     
  6. freehafe

    freehafe Aficionado (220) Michigan Nov 26, 2010

    I'll be there a little before noon with the folks and some friends.

    The list of beers looks pretty epic this year. What is everyone looking forward to trying?
     
  7. raymo55

    raymo55 Savant (475) Michigan Oct 3, 2011

    By far, the Dark Horse list steals the show
     
  8. freehafe

    freehafe Aficionado (220) Michigan Nov 26, 2010

    Agreed, I figure I'll spend most of my tokens there.
     
  9. raymo55

    raymo55 Savant (475) Michigan Oct 3, 2011

  10. I'll be there bright and early.
     
  11. dblab33

    dblab33 Savant (365) Michigan Dec 9, 2011

    I'll be there lurking around Dark Horse most of the day. Getting in at noon... may do a little warming up before, but after going through that list I am not sure if I can.
     
  12. decadance

    decadance Savant (385) Texas Mar 14, 2010

    I am likely going to be there. Will be there early for an event with Arcadia at 9. Likely a Bell's or Pintsize (avatar to the left) hoodie on.
     
  13. DrDoitchbig

    DrDoitchbig Savant (345) Michigan Jun 6, 2009

    Trying Dark Horse's Bourbon Barrel 666 will probably be worth the price of admission alone. Sarsaparilla Six was probably my 2nd favorite beer from the 4 Elf Party (behind BA Pt5). Here's to hoping they bring it out for the Summer Fest.
     
  14. Lansman

    Lansman Savant (410) Illinois Mar 19, 2011

    Coming up from Chicago and staying in downtown Grand Rapids - is it worth bringing up beers to trade over the weekend? Hoping to find some CBS while up there...
     
  15. steebo777

    steebo777 Advocate (535) Michigan Jun 30, 2009

    I'll be there man, right around 12noon with the wife.
     
  16. raymo55

    raymo55 Savant (475) Michigan Oct 3, 2011

    I am hoping to be there around 12 also...but I am rolling up with a crew of about 12 of us so I'm sure it will be closer to 2pm :mad:
     
  17. dblab33

    dblab33 Savant (365) Michigan Dec 9, 2011


    Not sure if you've been there in years past, but I strongly suggest you don't show up at 2. If you do, you'll be waiting outside for quite a while. Should get in line around 12 if you actually want to get inside by 1:00-1:30.
     
  18. strohme2

    strohme2 Savant (450) Michigan Nov 3, 2007

    I'll be there with 4 others. I'm looking forward to the DarkHorse and Shorts tent. Also pumped the weather will actually be winter and not 50 degrees.
     
  19. raymo55

    raymo55 Savant (475) Michigan Oct 3, 2011

    I know, I was being sarcastic because they like to dilly-dally every year. This is the 4th year in a row we have been to this and it keeps getting more redonkulous
     
  20. Corbet

    Corbet Savant (340) Michigan Nov 7, 2010

    I'm also looking for a ticket if anybody has an extra.
     
  21. dblab33

    dblab33 Savant (365) Michigan Dec 9, 2011

    Figured as much.... yeah, it's pretty insane. Last year it was terrible. I heard of people having to wait an hour+ just to get in.

    Might just have to leave any stragglers behind! heh
     
  22. dblab33

    dblab33 Savant (365) Michigan Dec 9, 2011

    Dark Horse is bringing the thunder just like they do at every one of these festivals as of late. I hope the lines aren't as crazy as they were last year, but I know they will be. I'm afraid to even think about what the Black Note line over at Bell's is going to look like. Yikes.
     
  23. dlello2

    dlello2 Savant (370) Illinois Nov 11, 2011

    So what time should we show up for the best chance at not waiting an hour+ to get in??
     
  24. adamant1912

    adamant1912 Savant (395) Michigan Jan 10, 2010

    I'll be there nice and early, the guild membership and hour early admittance is nice to have! I'm predicting a lot of people will be let in for the early admission, but not nearly as bad as when the masses are let in after 1...
     
  25. adamant1912

    adamant1912 Savant (395) Michigan Jan 10, 2010

    I'd show up around 12 to get in on time if you don't have a guild membership
     
  26. dpjosuns

    dpjosuns Savant (280) Illinois Dec 8, 2009

    I'm there. Not sure what time, probably btw 11:30 and 12ish.
     
  27. kenm2118

    kenm2118 Savant (350) Illinois Apr 17, 2009

    We better not get there at 2pm. Shawn, I say we leave the stragelers at home
     
  28. trginter

    trginter Savant (380) Michigan Dec 1, 2008

    Just like everyone else, hoping to get there by noon and wait in line to get in. Wish there was a way to show you're a BAer, like a BA hoodie or something.
     
  29. raymo55

    raymo55 Savant (475) Michigan Oct 3, 2011

    I agree.....I will drive myself if everyone starts playing grabass before we leave!
     
  30. GRBrew

    GRBrew Savant (295) Michigan Jan 12, 2009

    I know this is the wrong spot for this, but I posted an FT:ISO looking to set up some trades for this weekend. If anyone is interested here is what I posted:

    FT:
    Baller (multiple)
    Better Half (multiple)
    BA Pt5 (multiple)
    BCBS (multiple)
    CBS (multiple)
    King Henry (multiple)

    ISO:
    BA Stouts/Barleywines
    Sours
    Cantillon
    Offers
     
  31. jale

    jale Savant (475) Michigan Oct 17, 2009

    Hopefully I will be there. leaving from Phoenix this afternoon, maybe if the weather is good in Detroit.
     
  32. steebo777

    steebo777 Advocate (535) Michigan Jun 30, 2009

    Grand Rapids weather for the next 36hrs. Looks like perfect great Winter Fest weather!

    Friday:
    Cloudy with snow. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds NNW at 20 to 30 mph. Snow accumulating 2 to 4 inches.

    Friday night: Snow showers. Low 26F. Winds WNW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulating 1 to 2 inches.

    Saturday: Snow showers. High 32F. Winds WNW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snowfall around one inch.
     
  33. raymo55

    raymo55 Savant (475) Michigan Oct 3, 2011

    Safe travels to you sir...hope you make it out Saturday. The snow is only really in the SW corner of Michigan
     
  34. GRBrew

    GRBrew Savant (295) Michigan Jan 12, 2009

    It looks like a snow globe outside of my office in downtown GR.
     
  35. A beautiful day for BeerFest!!!!!

    Can't wait!
     
  36. raymo55

    raymo55 Savant (475) Michigan Oct 3, 2011

    I hope to be there by 12:30 via bus trip from the Walldorff. I will be wearing my Colts sweatshirt and I will be with "kenm2118" and "chitownfish" among about 10 others.

    Stop by and say cheers!
     
  37. RyanMM

    RyanMM Aficionado (220) Michigan Mar 12, 2009

    Anyone have any heads-up on special releases? The only one on my radar right now is Black Note at 3:15pm.

    I'm doing the Groupme thing again this year, so if anyone wants to keep in touch during the fest, it's a great way to talk about what's good, bad, and awesome. It's like a chat room for your phone, via text messages or a dedicated app.

    Message me with your cell phone number and name so I can add you to the group.
     
  38. GRBrew

    GRBrew Savant (295) Michigan Jan 12, 2009

    I will be the guy with the homemade soft pretzel necklaces. They are amazing. Seek me out and I will break you off a piece.
     
  39. Itoclown

    Itoclown Savant (270) Michigan Jun 19, 2008

    I'll hit you up man. I should be there around 1.
     
  40. camil1mj

    camil1mj Savant (415) Michigan Oct 4, 2010

    This was a great event. Raspberry Wild One was the best in my opinion.
     

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