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The Festival US second edition is coming to Portland ME June 21-22.

Discussion in 'New England' started by LostTraveler, Jan 23, 2013.

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  1. LostTraveler

    LostTraveler Savant (375) Maine Oct 28, 2011

    Just saw this online.... Great news for New England. Per @SheltonBrothers, an update on @TheFestivalUS: “Second Edition will be June 21-22 2013 in Portland, Maine.”
  2. dciBA

    dciBA Savant (390) Maine Dec 23, 2007

    Unreasonably excited about this.
  3. Sweeeet. How much were tickets in Worcester? (I'm too lazy to check.)
  4. LostTraveler

    LostTraveler Savant (375) Maine Oct 28, 2011

  5. That's not too bad ($60). I met a guy who went and he said there were no lines, everything was chill, and the beer list was superb. I hope it stays that way for Portland.
  6. dasenebler

    dasenebler Savant (490) Maine Jan 26, 2008

    So what's the deal with this fest? Any more info?
  7. LostTraveler

    LostTraveler Savant (375) Maine Oct 28, 2011

  8. Tickets were originally more than $60. Something like $85-$100 (if i remember correctly, not positive) which caused a lot of commotion. But then they were dropped to $60... I think from the initial backlash everyone had about the price. Then there was a coupon code given at some point and some peple ended up getting tickets for around $45.

    It was a great fest, probably my favorite ever. I was really hoping it would come back to worcester (closer for me). But i think it's worth the trip to Portland so i dont mind this at all.
  9. They were $90 originally I believe and then lowered. Basically they took out food being included in the ticket cost. My avatar is from the post festival volunteer party with Jean after pouring for him the session before. Can't wait for year 2!
  10. Brez07

    Brez07 Initiate (0) Maine Sep 29, 2009

    Wonder where they are going to host it...
  11. Portmainebeer

    Portmainebeer Initiate (15) Jan 23, 2013

    Ocean Gateway would be the best place in the summer to host it. They host the harvest on the harbor event there, it works out nice. Most scenic spot anybody could host an event plus it would keep everyone in walking distance to hotels and bars. Hope they don't stick it down at the Portland Expo.

    I'm guessing the soon to be opened In'Finiti will be the home away from home for many of the brewers and guests

  12. It's at the Portland Yacht Services Building
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  13. benbking

    benbking Savant (390) Massachusetts Dec 11, 2009 Verified

    I recall paying $65 for my ticket, online directly from them. It was worth every penny and I'm somewhat hating that it will be in Portland but I am secretly loving it. Yay weekend in Portland. Can't wait for the lists.
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  14. codasnap52

    codasnap52 Savant (405) Connecticut Jan 24, 2008 Verified

    As a SW CT resident I was somewhat conflicted in making the trek up to this festival. $60 ticket + being in Worchester gave me pause. But then the beer list was released, I got a $15 off coupon, and it turned out taking the bus home was a reasonable option. This was without a doubt one of the highlights of my beer drinking existence. For those who didn't make it, the lines were a breeze. You could get sample after sample of Westy 12, unblended Cantillon, and all the Crooked Stave and Hill Farmstead you can stomach. Oh yeah, and the brewers were pouring and chatting away.

    Here was the list for beer porn purposes...


    This fest...good god...I still dream of it. It could be in Antarctica and I'd make the trek!
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  15. Auror

    Auror Advocate (695) Massachusetts Jan 1, 2010 Verified

    The longest line I waited in for the entire last fest was 4 people. It was Cantillon and they were pouring Fou Foune, unblended lambic, and I believe zwanze '10, among others.
  16. I wouldn't be surprised if the lines at this fest going forward are no longer a breeze. I know I've heard a lot of people say they were pissed they didn't pull the trigger after hearing how good it was and they plan on going next time. Curious to see if the new locale will affect that, though. And of course it also depends on how many tickets they cap sales at.

    But man, I'm already eager. I can't imagine the vendor list would change much, given it's almost strictly Shelton's portfolio. I just hope all the brewers enjoyed last year's event enough to return this year. And I hope they're able to get equally good food trucks/vendors because last year's was great. Damn, now I'm craving Clover's rosemary fries for lunch...
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  17. The Cantillon line was much longer than that on Saturday, but it's freaking Cantillon! I'm very excited for this news, it was a great beer fest. I assume things will be done differently this year, as there were many reports of the Shelton Brothers losing a considerable amount of money. As for cost last year, I believe it was over 100, but included food.

    I would not expect this years "Festival" to be as quiet as last year.
  18. It was 100 at first then they dropped it to 60/65 and took away the free food option.
  19. Yea, i meant to get "original cost" in there...
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  20. LostTraveler

    LostTraveler Savant (375) Maine Oct 28, 2011

    What was the times for the first one? Im going to put in for the next day off since I have to work that weekend and work 6am-3PM.
  21. Auror

    Auror Advocate (695) Massachusetts Jan 1, 2010 Verified

    Yeah I went to the Sunday session, which was both an hour longer and by all accounts less busy. My decision to go last year was one of the best I've ever made, so I can only assume it will be busier and with tap lists not as good this year, but that will still be worth going to.
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  22. duchessedubourg

    duchessedubourg Advocate (510) Vermont Nov 2, 2007 Verified

    I was planning to go last year, but balked when the initial price was $100 for only a 3-hour session (including food.) Not conducive to chatting up the brewers as promoted. Bought an Ommegang ticket instead. Then they dropped it to $65 and arranged for food trucks to be available, and lengthened the sessions. By then I had already spent my money, but will be happy to attend this time. Not having to pay for a hotel room will help substantially - and Portland is a nicer hosting-town for beer activities than Worcester, anyway IMO.
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  23. Worchester
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  24. I was going as fast as possible!
  25. pjl44

    pjl44 Initiate (0) Massachusetts Oct 3, 2008

    And the line was only long for the first hour or two. No line for the second half of the fest, when I certainly had more than my fill of Cantillon.
  26. benbking

    benbking Savant (390) Massachusetts Dec 11, 2009 Verified

    My friend raises the point that the second edition will not be like the first. He's probably right. Doesn't mean it won't be worth going. Plenty of time to plan. Still it could end up being too steep, given a hotel and probably some cab fare/amtrak costs. I remain hopeful to be able to attend.
  27. brikelly

    brikelly Savant (470) Massachusetts Apr 11, 2010 Verified

    The first was so great. I camped at the cantillon table for an entire hour.

    Best day of drinking. Ever. Will go again. Even if it's only 75% as good as the first it will be worth it.
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  28. ToasterChef

    ToasterChef Savant (450) Maine Mar 26, 2008

    Doesn't Maine law limit beer festivals to using a ticket per drink system, i.e. no unlimited pours? From the stories above, it sounds like you could have as many samples as you wanted last year. If festival goers are limited to 12-15 beers, it will be really hard to prioritize, based upon last year's selection.

    I haven't been to Craft Beer comes to Boothbay, but I heard that they went with unlimited pours during their festivals. They may have been able to skirt the law, but with a high profile event like The Festival, I expect the organizers of this one will follow the law.
  29. Gee, thanks Debbie Downer :(
  30. Auror

    Auror Advocate (695) Massachusetts Jan 1, 2010 Verified

    Such an asinine law. I mean, conceivably they could inculde 50 tickets with your entry right? I haven't read the law so I'm just speculating.
  31. LostTraveler

    LostTraveler Savant (375) Maine Oct 28, 2011

    FWIW Boothbay did not have a tix per drink rule.
  32. ToasterChef

    ToasterChef Savant (450) Maine Mar 26, 2008

    I was just thinking aloud. I really hope there isn't some sort of ticket limit.
  33. beerinmaine

    beerinmaine Aficionado (225) Maine Jun 20, 2009

    I've been twice. No tickets. I can't imagine they were doing anything illegal with every darn brewer in the state there, and the sheriff parked right in front.

    How about Sebago Lake and Mount Desert fests? Tickets?
  34. ToasterChef

    ToasterChef Savant (450) Maine Mar 26, 2008

    Maybe drink tickets are just a Portland thing?
  35. Brez07

    Brez07 Initiate (0) Maine Sep 29, 2009

    Lets just hope it's a Maine Brewfest thing...
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  36. dciBA

    dciBA Savant (390) Maine Dec 23, 2007

    Sebago fest uses tickets and they were surprisngly strict about them the year I went.
  37. UncleJimbo

    UncleJimbo Site Editor (1,005) Massachusetts Sep 11, 2002 Staff Member Verified Subscriber

    Interesting. The buzz after the first Festival was that they wanted to move it closer to Boston, but it looks like they went with farther from Boston instead.

    I look forward to seeing the brewery list for the 2nd fest.
  38. LostTraveler

    LostTraveler Savant (375) Maine Oct 28, 2011

    I really hop that there is some epic collaboration done in Portland that week.... like Cantillion and Allagash.
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  39. Considering how many breweries and beers are involved, tickets make no sense. I'm sure Shelton Brothers vetted all state laws & regs for beer festivals before committing to Portland.
  40. Lukaduke

    Lukaduke Aficionado (175) Maine May 22, 2012

    Not sure the logistics behind the ticket drink rule... but having the glasses sized to a sample portion (like the 4oz glass with a 2oz line that they had last year) may skirt the "ticket" rule. I know when local distributors have wine/beer tastings they are not ticketed events but the law limits the amount of oz's per pour. Hopefully that is the case... Im pretty sure all ticket related festivals in portland are geared around full glass pours.
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