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Suggestions/Tips for ACBF

Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Fests' started by jecatudel, May 8, 2013.

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  1. More like acceptance. If they're going to be worn, those who wear them should at least use those pockets.
  2. Don't forget the white visor. Preferably upside down, though backwards is also acceptable.

  3. Man, I wish they poured samples in little boots!
  4. So bringing food in is allowed? the faq says no backpacks, are bags allowed if so what is allowed what are limits. I would like to bring in food that could help me not to drink on an empty stomach. My main aim here is to enjoy new beers but not overindulge.
  5. LostTraveler

    LostTraveler Savant (375) Maine Oct 28, 2011

    -Take a stroll around and not the vendors you want to see, sometimes they release special brews at various times throughout the eve/day that arent listed elsewhere.
    -hit the bathrooms atleast a 1/2 hr before the ending, there has been problems in the past where they want everyone out and close he BRs in the back early which causes a cluster in the front.
  6. I think the very limited exception are small amount of pretzels or crackers to help cleanse the palate. Something that could fit in a pocket or around your neck in necklace format.

    If you are looking to eat while sampling, they will have two concession stands open on either side of the event. Your basic over-priced convention options (think pizza, sandwiches, fries, etc). I think bringing in a backpack of food might undercut that operation...:)
  7. That was why I was surprised to hear people talk about bringing food in. I can see that enforced buying of over priced substandard bad availability food might be something the venue insisted on. Guess I will fall back on my original plan on carbo loading before and after. I love tasting these beers but sometimes the high alcohol %s can creep up on you so quickly.
  8. What are the rules for bringing in water bottles? Don't worry I won't wear them in necklace format.
  9. no water bottles allowed at EBF expect the same
  10. willbm3

    willbm3 Savant (380) Massachusetts Feb 19, 2010

    I suspect they aren't allowed. Although you could probably bring in an empty bottle and fill it from one of the water jugs?
  11. Danger

    Danger Initiate (15) May 31, 2013

    Does anyone know if the "No Backpack" rule is going to be actively enforced? I've been coming to BeerAdvocate fests for years and I've always worn a backback without any issue. It's especially useful for ACBF where they sell glasses, tshirts, etc.

    Anyway, I just found out about the rule last night and I'm heading to the fest after work today so I'm just wondering if I should worry about getting turned away at the door.
  12. I second that one...
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  13. I would buy a tiny, $5 job lot backpack that you can toss aside if they give you any guff.
  14. trboyden

    trboyden Initiate (15) Rhode Island May 31, 2013

    No backpacks because of the recent bombings. All events in the Boston area have tighter security for the foreseeable future.
  15. Danger

    Danger Initiate (15) May 31, 2013


    Yeah, I figured that was the reason.

    This is a good idea. Probably what I'll end up doing.
  16. Stoutish

    Stoutish Zealot (90) California Jan 1, 2013

    Pretzel Necklaces make people look like morons? Good thing I wear my discreet pretzel underwear, that way NO ONE can judge me!
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  17. Pretzel necklaces look a little silly, but part of that is it comes from the same culture that wears big yellow "beer goggle" glasses and silly hats to these kinds of festivals.

    As for cargo shorts... it's going to be 90 degrees. Half the male attendees will be in cargo shorts...
  18. Don't eat off other people's pretzel necklaces.
  19. willbm3

    willbm3 Savant (380) Massachusetts Feb 19, 2010

    Good idea, but a little too abrasive on the undercarriage.

  20. I highly approve of shorts. It's the excessive and extremely large pockets with which I take issue. Cargo shorts just make a grown-ass man look like he's dressing like a teenager or he hasn't bought himself any new clothes since his mom bought him those shorts in high school. My two cents.
  21. that must be the actual Mr. Brooks Brothers in your avatar..... do you think i can sample beer with my grill in place?
  22. kudos to the guy last year who had actual slices of pizza on a string around his neck. That's usin' your noodle.

  23. With the plastic sample cup, it's not much of an issue. However, not advisable with real glassware.
  24. Tianna

    Tianna Initiate (5) May 31, 2013

    If I want to taste more than one beer from a brewer, is it OK to stand there and taste them one after another, or am I expected to get one to taste and keep the line moving?
  25. Depends on the line behind you.
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  26. No its not okay to make the people in line behind you wait while you get a second sample before they get their first.

    Unless there is no one behind you of course.
  27. And there will almost never not be a line at the popular booths. So get a taste, and get back in line. Gives you time to enjoy the beer.
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  28. Get a sample, say thanks, then step aside.
  29. 1. Take sample from pourer
    2. Say thanks
    3. Return to end of line
    4. Repeat Until thirst for brewer has been satiated or they run out of Double Sunshine

  30. I dunno. When something is as socially common as cargo shorts on grown men, I find it pretty hard to take offense to it. Besides, exactly what kind of shorts do you endorse that don't have a negative stereotype about them? You wear jean shorts, you're labeled a redneck. You wear non-cargo khaki shorts, you're labeled a yuppie. You wear gym shorts, you're labeled a slob. May as well go with cargo shorts and look like a teen given those options...
  31. sobeleg

    sobeleg Savant (470) New York Jun 29, 2011

    I'd rather wear a pretzel necklace seven days a week than be caught dead wearing cargo shorts.


    That being said, it's a beer festival, and I really don't care what other's choose...
  32. Can't believe we're debating about shorts when the idea of a pretzel necklace is still on the table.
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  33. I wear khaki shorts. I never thought of shorts as being such a lose-lose-lose situation.


    This made me laugh. I like it.

  34. Yeah, so all the people who care about that kind of thing who are wearing cargo shorts are mentally mocking you at the same time as you are mocking them. Moral of the story - who cares. Wear what you're comfortable in and have a good time... it's a 90 degree beer festival.
  35. DStoked

    DStoked Savant (320) Ohio Sep 28, 2011

    How big are the samples? How long is the line (time)?

  36. People are so mean.

  37. 2 oz on average. Some pours are slightly less if it's a popular beer with limited supply and/or it's a high abv one.

    Most lines are usually just long enough to finish your previous sample in a leisurely manner. Or if you want to do math.. 5,000 attendees minus 15% (750) people at restrooms/food/walking around = 4,250 in lines. 4,250 / 140 breweries = 30 people per line on average at its peak. However, it usually takes about 45 minutes for everyone to filter in so lines will be shorter then and also as people start to leave.
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  38. Stoutish

    Stoutish Zealot (90) California Jan 1, 2013

    gotta have a strong undercarriage. Just don't eat the soggy ones.
  39. some solid advice here!
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  40. Was working the event yesterday, saw quite a few with mini-bagel necklaces. First time I'd seen that, talk about carb overload! I mean necklaces with a dozen bagels on them.. Lol. Too funny. Also saw a few people with giant doughy soft pretzels, like 6 of them, on a necklaces... Equally crazy. And then plenty with 2 feet of necklace completely packed with the little pretzels... Apparently the entire bag. So funny.

    Overall pretty good crowd though yesterday, didn't get too out of control and I didn't see anyone have to be carried out or escorted out so that's a good thing.
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