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Winterfest 2013

Discussion in 'Midwest' started by dougofthefuture, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. dougofthefuture

    dougofthefuture Savant (445) Minnesota Oct 15, 2009 Beer Trader

    I know I didn't buy any tickets to Winterfest, so something needs to get figured out. No one has chimed in on ideas for a place though. I'm thinking we invite everyone, which my wife and baby might object to if it is at my house.

    I'd love to find a bar or hall to host, and I'd be glad to organize. If we want to do it on a Friday night, it might be tricky. From the "on tap" thread today, it sounds like a place like New Bohemia would host a tasting, but probably more likely a Monday or Tuesday evening. I'd love to have a good VFW or other random hall hookup. Anyone have ideas?
  2. How many people were at Dougfest anyways?
  3. caskstrength

    caskstrength Savant (330) Minnesota Nov 26, 2008

    New Bohemia would be awesome.
  4. dc55110

    dc55110 Advocate (560) Minnesota Oct 24, 2010 Beer Trader

    There is a place on W 7th, above the Glockenspiel, called Sokol Hall. Things may have changed in the past decade, but we rented it for our wedding reception, it was 200 for the dining/bar area and you could bring your own alcohol. It may be worth looking into.
  5. cmannes

    cmannes Savant (475) Minnesota Mar 15, 2009 Beer Trader

    I did winterfest for the first time last year. Actually, I have a story, but I'll save that till the end. Anyway, it was spendy. So I've been holding out, with ambitions of pooling my beer-fest money for a GABF trip. That said, I'd love to do a few more smaller less official events. Would be a lot of fun.

    As for my Winterfest story. My wife works for the MN Historical Society. Winterfest is held at the History Center.

    So for last year, I picked up my then 4 month old son, brought him to the history center. He and my wife hung out in her office while I drank bunches of beer.

    At the end of the festival, we were all leaving, and I had to use the bathroom. So my wife with the stroller waited outside. While at the urinal a guy comes into the bathroom in shock. "Holy sh*t, there's a woman out there with a stroller and baby!" Much conversation continued about how "hard-core" she was. I just laughed to myself. :)
  6. hoeg0015

    hoeg0015 Savant (350) Minnesota Jul 15, 2008

    I went ahead and bought tickets to the beer dabbler winter carnival today as an alternative to winterfest. Optimistic this year will be a step up from years past. Hope to a see a few of you fools there. Also, if you haven't checked out the beer dabbler store in st. paul, you should. It's pretty cool
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  7. DOUGFEST!!!!
  8. hopazoid

    hopazoid Savant (365) Minnesota Apr 13, 2012 Beer Trader

    I am one of two people selling Winterfest tickets at face value, due to the fact the person that wanted them changed their mind.
    Ungertaker likes this.
  9. laymansbeerfan

    laymansbeerfan Savant (350) Minnesota May 29, 2011 Beer Trader

    Can't PM you, but a buddy was looking for 2. If you could message me, I'd appreciate it.
  10. will1256

    will1256 Advocate (505) Minnesota Dec 4, 2010 Beer Trader

    My plans changed for Winterfest weekend and it turns out I am free that night. If anyone has two extra tickets, I would be interested...
  11. Hopstout

    Hopstout Savant (380) Minnesota Dec 15, 2011

    I have 2 tickets to Winterfest.
    $65 and one bottle of rare or limited beer per ticket if you have interest.

  12. caskstrength

    caskstrength Savant (330) Minnesota Nov 26, 2008

    Damnit, I just drank my rare and limited beer. There's always next year.
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  13. mnbearsfan

    mnbearsfan Advocate (545) Minnesota Dec 25, 2009 Beer Trader

    Grab my ankles for Winterfest or DLD? I think there will be tickets for face the week of.
  14. Hopstout

    Hopstout Savant (380) Minnesota Dec 15, 2011

    Tickets are sold!
    Thank you all for your interest!
    I received $75 a ticket and a Dark Lord vertical 2009, 2010, and 2011.
    Thank you, Jonathan!

    Looks like there are some on craigslist and the cheapest are $100 a ticket. Some are listed at $150 a ticket.
    It's going to be a blast!
    Hope to see you all there!
  15. mothman

    mothman Poobah (1,195) Minnesota Jun 21, 2007 Beer Trader

    Is this guy for real?
  16. jatut

    jatut Aficionado (190) Minnesota Jan 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    I hope so! It was worth laugh.
  17. Hopstout

    Hopstout Savant (380) Minnesota Dec 15, 2011

    Seriously. Met him at Happy Gnome for the exchange last night.
  18. Hopstout

    Hopstout Savant (380) Minnesota Dec 15, 2011

  19. jatut

    jatut Aficionado (190) Minnesota Jan 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    That is one hell of a gouge job you pulled off! Congratulations???
  20. XmnwildX12

    XmnwildX12 Poobah (1,385) Minnesota Nov 12, 2010 Beer Trader

    Anyone else refreshing the page so much that your mouse is about to break? I want the brochure that they said would be posted yesterday :(
  21. Hopstout

    Hopstout Savant (380) Minnesota Dec 15, 2011

    He offered a third bottle and insisted on paying face value.

    Supply and demand...and generosity.

    ...and THANX!
  22. maximum12

    maximum12 Champion (920) Minnesota Jan 21, 2008 Beer Trader


    You're entitled to do whatever the hell you like with your tickets, naturally, but to come on here & brag about gouging the shit out of someone...well, that takes a massive misunderstanding of the fine beer community in the Twin Cities.

    Hope I don't see you. Wherever.
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  23. mothman

    mothman Poobah (1,195) Minnesota Jun 21, 2007 Beer Trader

    I am not going to winterfest because of this guy.
  24. How can you be so obtuse?
    maximum12 likes this.
  25. Hopstout

    Hopstout Savant (380) Minnesota Dec 15, 2011

    Sorry all for offending...just excited I guess.

    Peace and Cheers.
  26. maximum12

    maximum12 Champion (920) Minnesota Jan 21, 2008 Beer Trader


    Great line from a great movie.
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  27. deebo

    deebo Advocate (525) Minnesota Oct 13, 2006 Beer Trader

    For each his own but I must say this is the kind of guy that could sell a ketchup popsicle to a woman in white gloves.
    ryanfolty likes this.
  28. laymansbeerfan

    laymansbeerfan Savant (350) Minnesota May 29, 2011 Beer Trader

    Wait, which guy?
  29. mothman

    mothman Poobah (1,195) Minnesota Jun 21, 2007 Beer Trader

    I will give you a hint, it's not Corey.
  30. Just couldn't justify this one this year. Winterfest $75 for 3 hours of event or Firkin Fest $50 for 6 hours of event. I understand that the MN Craft Brewers Guild really bring the heat for this event but holy crap! I am waiting for the first single evening event thats 3 hours and costs $100 for a ticket or $150 for a VIP ticket. Prices seem to go up 20% every year. Well have fun all and I'll see you in a couple months at the Gnome for Firkin Fest.
    will1256 likes this.
  31. theCoder

    theCoder Savant (400) Minnesota Oct 24, 2011 Beer Trader

    I'm bummed I'm going to miss Firkin Fest this year. I'll be in San Francisco for the Game Developers Conference. So I am requiring with my friends out there they gather up some local Bay Area/California beers I can't get here and I'll bring out some tasties they can't get there (I'm thinking a nice Darkness vertical '10, '11, '12 and some homebrew with maybe some others should suffice). Its nice to see they're expanding Firkin Fest to 6 hours, but I hope that doesn't mean they're going to sell as many tickets as 2 years ago or it'll be a crap fest again of waiting in line for 30 min for a beer. I'll be at Winterfest for my second year in a row though and for the quality of beer and the environment I feel the price tag is worth it IMO. However I don't mind dropping $125+ on a ticket to Whiskey Fest which is only 4 hours and with scotch/whiskey you aren't going to try all that many unless you want to be dragged out of there while passed out.

    I do feel if they keep raising the price though depending what they have for the food this year, they may need to turn it into a real quality food/beer event with more/better food and not just fancy appetizerish like food.
  32. Philly82785

    Philly82785 Savant (275) Minnesota Dec 17, 2008

    The reason why the are charging such a premium for Winterfest tickets is because there is such a high demand and only 700 tickets, thats why they sell out too. I missed the window this year, as I have for the past few. Beer festivals are on the rise, I'm guessing tickets will keep going up. Not that it bothers me, I will still attend if I can get my hands on tickets, face value or scalped.
    theCoder likes this.
  33. crotchkick

    crotchkick Disciple (55) Minnesota Apr 26, 2011

  34. Penguin3200

    Penguin3200 Savant (365) Minnesota Dec 28, 2008

    Steel Toe - Dawn Juan! Cant wait to hear how that one is!
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  35. dc55110

    dc55110 Advocate (560) Minnesota Oct 24, 2010 Beer Trader

    Good thing they put Northbound on the first floor and North Gate on the third floor. That should alleviate some of the confusion.
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  36. dc55110

    dc55110 Advocate (560) Minnesota Oct 24, 2010 Beer Trader

    Twisted Trace!!!!
  37. igor

    igor Aficionado (230) Minnesota Nov 7, 2009

    Looks like a nice line up for Friday night.
  38. brewbicle

    brewbicle Zealot (80) Minnesota Mar 29, 2011

    OK so I've got an extra ticket, I don't want to make any $, just want $80 for it. That's $75 plus the fees.

    To make it interesting I have selected a number between 1-38 (the number of booths at Winterfest). PM me with ONE guess for your chance at the ticket. If you win there are two conditions:

    1.) Cash payment
    2.) Please use the ticket for yourself or a friend, no reselling/profiteering
  39. ottodyer

    ottodyer Savant (330) Oregon Oct 27, 2009 Beer Trader

    Don't you know how much Dark Lord you can land on top of face value!
  40. North gate liquor store is gonna be there?
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