2017 FOBAB

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  1. BeerPrince22

    BeerPrince22 Initiate (156) Feb 21, 2016 Illinois
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    Text me! Pm me for my number
     
  2. MrWrigleyField

    MrWrigleyField Initiate (24) Nov 22, 2015 Illinois

    Friend who is there Fri session said Cable Car kicked in VIP. Jester king atrial rubicade made it past VIP. Arc light sour smith black razz was best in his opinion. He isn't VIP but still got double barrel, prop, north woods. Reserve going on now.
     
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  3. croush

    croush Champion (805) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    Did GI have anything during VIP? Thought they timed all their tappings of special stuff, so wondered what they have during VIP.
     
  4. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Devotee (462) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    I’m old enough to remember when BA brothers delivered on the Friday night of Fobab.....
     
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  5. Quilentro

    Quilentro Disciple (368) May 12, 2017 Illinois
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    Whatcha need? There is a wheel you can spin to get revolution stickers, flags, and keychains. It only smelled bad every other row. If you make a list of the top 6 beers you want to try, half will be tapped out before you arrive (if you aren’t VIP). The goose line was a joke. Midway through the night, people refused to accept a pour, because the options were so bad. They stood for 20 minutes waiting for the new option, preferring to drink nothing.

    Emotionally: I was annoyed, disappointed, resigned, occasionally surprised, and moderately drunk.

    All in all, I’d prefer to have a cozy bottle share with all of you. #BAbrothers
     
  6. MrWrigleyField

    MrWrigleyField Initiate (24) Nov 22, 2015 Illinois

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    Damn friend and his potato camera phone. Will try to enhance. Calling CSI now.
     
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  7. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Devotee (462) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Thanks for sharing your experience even if it wasn’t ideal. What am I looking for? By this time last year, Weldworks was the talk of the fest with the stout and the Peach sour. Just basically wondering if a brewery or beer has jumped out like that this year
     
  8. MrWrigleyField

    MrWrigleyField Initiate (24) Nov 22, 2015 Illinois

    Will somebody please tell me to which booth I should be Black Friday running toward when I enter?
    I don't care about drunk misspellings. We understand. It was a long night and you are airing out your nasal cavity.
    Please, I only have 15 hours to plan this. We just had a newborn and this will be my first time drinking with anyone over the age of 6.
     
  9. Jaycase

    Jaycase Poo-Bah (1,917) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    Waiting for Stoutot.
     
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  10. P739397

    P739397 Initiate (110) Feb 13, 2017 Illinois
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    Don't check your coat
     
  11. Ristaccia

    Ristaccia Champion (852) Nov 21, 2012 Nebraska

    Rusty Nail was pretty good. No line all night.
     
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  12. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Devotee (462) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Go on....
     
  13. GuyFawkes

    GuyFawkes Poo-Bah (6,559) Apr 7, 2011 Illinois
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    Samuel Beckett's tale of alexistential dread...
     
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  14. randjuke

    randjuke Initiate (177) Feb 13, 2010 Iowa
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    Wow, just a mess. Hundreds of drunk people all pressing to the front table. Security people and volunteers trying to get coats. My advice is don't check your coat.
     
  15. MrWrigleyField

    MrWrigleyField Initiate (24) Nov 22, 2015 Illinois

    How was the uber/lyft situation afterwards?
     
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  16. cd34

    cd34 Defender (606) May 12, 2014 Illinois
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    How was the line to get in. Did they have a holding area like Dark Lord day to minimize the wait.
     
  17. randjuke

    randjuke Initiate (177) Feb 13, 2010 Iowa
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    I had no trouble. Got Lyft with no problem.
     
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  18. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Devotee (462) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    I know Prop Day has a discount code. Any deals for Fobab?
     
  19. jwenig

    jwenig Initiate (143) Feb 10, 2015 Illinois
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    Arc light sour smith black razz was best in his opinion. ? Trying to find this on untapped... can't.
    J
     
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  20. MrWrigleyField

    MrWrigleyField Initiate (24) Nov 22, 2015 Illinois

    Black raspberry
     
  21. MrWrigleyField

    MrWrigleyField Initiate (24) Nov 22, 2015 Illinois

    Is there wifi at the Uic forum for fobab?
     
  22. croush

    croush Champion (805) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    Who brews this one? Sounds delicious.
     
  23. MrWrigleyField

    MrWrigleyField Initiate (24) Nov 22, 2015 Illinois

    Cable car kicked in 45 mins during VIP
     
  24. Chris_H_2

    Chris_H_2 Aspirant (267) Jan 3, 2013 Illinois
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    I'm assuming VIP is different than Imbibe pre,correct?
     
  25. MrWrigleyField

    MrWrigleyField Initiate (24) Nov 22, 2015 Illinois

    No, I mean hour early for imbibe when I say vip
     
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  26. macewank

    macewank Initiate (189) Aug 28, 2010 Illinois

    Such a shit show. We didn't get out of the pavilion until after 1130. Not messing with it tomorrow. What a glorious waste of time
     
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  27. navaja

    navaja Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2017 Illinois

    Walked in and said to myself "Can you imagine how this coat check line will look at 10pm?" What a disaster that was. Keep your coat and go straight for Weldworks or Chocolate Caliente. Avoid that ridiculous overblown BCS line at all costs. How do that many people really believe a 45 min wait is worth the time at this event?
     
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  28. Artmcd88

    Artmcd88 Initiate (0) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Anyone have pictures of the Fobab booklet pages?
     
  29. DeadWax

    DeadWax Initiate (174) Dec 29, 2016 Illinois

    Everything was filtered into an inescapable bottleneck. Imagine Black Friday at Walmart and instead of having the whole store to spread out in, you have an immediate dead end hallway with no escape and only a wall in front where you have but to try to turn immediately back around to push out of the horde.
     
  30. Buddhaa

    Buddhaa Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2013 Illinois

    The solution to the coat check is 30 min before you plan on leaving, you go get your coat with no line at all.
     
  31. RBMurphy4

    RBMurphy4 Initiate (71) Dec 16, 2015 Illinois
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    if waiting in the ridiculous goose line with a friend take turns grabbing beers from the row in corner where the goose line bends. Three of my highlight beers of the night were right there: 1. Benthic (kicked relatively early but def readily available for non VIP). 2. Cerebral Here be Monsters Vanilla (amazing, got a pours a few times) 3. big bad Baptista (way better than I remember)
     
  32. sahd-1

    sahd-1 Disciple (375) Jul 2, 2013 Illinois
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    This is, what, the 4th year they’ve held it at the UIC Forum? How have things gotten worse before better?
     
  33. P739397

    P739397 Initiate (110) Feb 13, 2017 Illinois
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    I avoided that corner initially because the Goose line made the area so packed. Kicked myself when I saw the beers that were gone.
     
  34. P739397

    P739397 Initiate (110) Feb 13, 2017 Illinois
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    I went in with a coat, grabbed weldwerks, clients, atrial, and that soursmith black raz. By then the line was gone, so I checked mine. I don't remember ever waiting much for my coat after the event, not sure why this year was different.
     
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  35. dukedevil0

    dukedevil0 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2008 Illinois

    How has this not been posted yet?!?
     
  36. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Meyvn (1,408) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    So it sounds likes the $40 dollar price increase this year definitely made a difference...for the organizer's kid's college fund....
     
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  37. randjuke

    randjuke Initiate (177) Feb 13, 2010 Iowa
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    Looking at this year's booklet, there are about 50 pages of beers. I think in the past they had sort of a condensed section that was easier to post, but not this year.
     
  38. JJ_17

    JJ_17 Aspirant (206) Apr 22, 2014 Indiana
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    No talk of More? Did the BA Henna thing happen? Did Perennial bring anything good?
     
  39. macewank

    macewank Initiate (189) Aug 28, 2010 Illinois

    More has BA Karma (delicious)

    Perennial has BA 17 and I think one more.


    For what it's worth it seems the volunteers were coached this year to hold beer back for GA. Multiple beers "ran out" during VIP but were put back on at 6.
     
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  40. mbockstruck30

    mbockstruck30 Devotee (402) Dec 31, 2010 Illinois
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    People asking for the beer listings need to relax. You'll find out when you get there. There will be plenty of good stuff to go around. If you are going in with the mindset of trying all the whales, you're doing it wrong.
     
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