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Discussion in 'Midwest' started by hoeg0015, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. hoeg0015

    hoeg0015 Savant (350) Minnesota Jul 15, 2008

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  2. StPaulSuds

    StPaulSuds Savant (265) Minnesota Oct 31, 2011 Beer Trader

  3. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 Advocate (535) Minnesota May 11, 2007

    Yeah, WTF!!! The early sale seems to have really screwed me up this year.
  4. incutrav

    incutrav Savant (315) Minnesota Jan 16, 2007

    Its never sold out anywhere near this fast before. Thats 'Winterfest fast'.
  5. I got a server error after I selected the number of tickets but I was able to go back and select the number again and get tickets.
  6. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 Advocate (535) Minnesota May 11, 2007

    Most of the tickets must have been sold to all the "special" people in the earlier sale that was virtually unknown. Pisses me off!!!
  7. XmnwildX12

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

    Success, got my tix on round two. My hands were shaking while typing in my cc info haha.
  8. RKPStogie

    RKPStogie Savant (280) Minnesota Nov 4, 2011 Beer Trader

    yep, sold out.
  9. wuuin

    wuuin Aficionado (225) Minnesota May 16, 2007

    phew, those went quick!

    glad I got the tickets I needed this go around.
  10. mjryan

    mjryan Advocate (550) Minnesota Dec 22, 2007

    I think they sold half the first round and half this round.
  11. Yulles

    Yulles Savant (325) Minnesota Apr 12, 2009

    Totally spaced on this today, anyone with an extra, I'm looking for 1 for a buddy.
  12. I have never had a problem getting tickets to these things but I never buy more then one at a time. That may be the idea for these crazy ticket sales, just try to get your one.
  13. RKPStogie

    RKPStogie Savant (280) Minnesota Nov 4, 2011 Beer Trader

    As the event gets more and more popular, I wonder if they will consider switching to a larger venue to accommodate more people. I do love the Grain Belt Brewery though...
  14. Knock on wood, but that actually went fairly smoothly. I was able to get in not once but twice (I went for another ticket for a friend, but then released it before purchase since that friend already bought one themselves.) Another technological tip - those internet ticketing sites seem largely built for Internet Explorer. Sometimes they don't work as smoothly on Firefox or Chrome.

    By comparison, Winterfest I was on top of the ctrl-F5 refresh button, and still wasn't able to get one.
  15. Tolann

    Tolann Savant (370) Colorado Jul 9, 2007

    Isn't that what Surly is supposed to be building? Something that would include a larger venue for events sorta like this?

    I got my tix the first round. I don't think my friends got their tix tho.

    Hey, at least this wasn't a total fiasco like the ticket sales for AHA/BA member pre sales for GABF. yeesh.
  16. Just to stir the pot I figure I will show everyone what I found already. It went up 45 minutes after the sale started. I never remembered this being the "most coveted beer fest", I think that award goes to Winterfest. Let the hatred begin.

  17. DoctorRock

    DoctorRock Savant (370) Minnesota May 13, 2010 Beer Trader

    I enjoy them both, but I think ABR crushes Winterfest as far as selection goes. Just my opinion
  18. incutrav

    incutrav Savant (315) Minnesota Jan 16, 2007

    Whats to say the guy doesnt just make copies of the tickets and resell them about fifty times? I wondered this with the winterfest tickets as well. First person in with said ticket is good to go, all others with the same tickets are skay-rewed.
  19. maximum12

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

    Wow. No joy here. WTF. Been going for years, if anyone has two extra tickets, please, hit me up.
  20. How does the capacity of the Grain Belt facility compare to the International Bazaar at the fairgrounds? I think the facility was the best part of St. Paul Summer Beerfest, myself. It was perfect.
  21. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 Advocate (535) Minnesota May 11, 2007

    I love the ABR facility, but have not been to SPSBF to have a comparison. ABR is five blocks from home, so that is also a huge plus for me...if I make it.
  22. The International Bazaar is partially covered but still very much open/outdoors, has a stage, built-in food vendors and there's "spillover" space in a grassy area outside for additional brewers - a pretty big contrast to a huge parking lot (as cool as the building next to the parking lot is.) It was a pretty sweet setup.

    (ETA And real bathrooms. Not portapotties. Designed for state fair crowds so bathroom facilities are pretty large.)

    But of course it's very hard to compete with "five blocks from home" ; )
  23. RKPStogie

    RKPStogie Savant (280) Minnesota Nov 4, 2011 Beer Trader

    I'm stirring the pot even more. I sent a message to the guy/gal. Doubt I'll get a response...

    I'll give you $45 a piece for the 2 tickets (total $90). That covers the original price of $40 and $4 fee that you paid tempo tickets.

  24. mothman

    mothman Poobah (1,185) Minnesota Jun 21, 2007 Beer Trader

    via craigslist

    2 Tickets to ABR Autumn Brew Review Beer Fest, Sat. Sept. 15th, 1-5pm at the Grain Belt Brewery. Tickets in hand.

    Best offer. Better be VERY good offer or don't bother...event sold out in 5 minutes!
  25. DoctorRock

    DoctorRock Savant (370) Minnesota May 13, 2010 Beer Trader

    Ben - stop plugging your craigslist posts...:eek:
  26. mothman

    mothman Poobah (1,185) Minnesota Jun 21, 2007 Beer Trader

    I only want GOOD offers!!!
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  27. DoctorRock

    DoctorRock Savant (370) Minnesota May 13, 2010 Beer Trader

    Check that - VERY good offers, or don't bother! lol
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  28. aliving1

    aliving1 Savant (295) Minnesota Aug 3, 2011

    I was at work and tried to get tickets on my phone and failed. There's always next year.
  29. So I'm volunteering at ABR again this year. You sign up through Finnegans online and the 11am to 3pm shift filled up in 20 minutes from when it was posted. This is madness!