BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational (2017)

Discussion in 'New England' started by Todd, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,468) Aug 23, 1996 California

    Ready for Micro?!
    Whether you're a noob or veteran, use this survival guide to navigate our Microbrew Invitational and the incredible lineup of tasty brews. I'll update as needed, and feel free to chime in with questions or tips for others.


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    And make sure to tag your posts with #BAMicro


    Gatherings & Parties
    And don't miss our pre-party: Microbrews @ the Shipyard w/ KO Pies & Friends. Always an awesome time. For more:

    Seaport World Trade Center
    200 Seaport Boulevard
    Boston, MA

    Session #1 = June 2, 6-9:30pm
    Session #2 = June 3, 12-3:30pm
    Session #3 = June 3, 6-9:30pm

    Entry Line
    The line starts on the eastern side of the building, around the corner from Sovereign bank, and extends down the Harborwalk.
    • If you have a disability, please alert one of our line crew volunteers or security at the front of the line so we can make your wait a more comfortable one.
    • Dress for the weather if you plan on waiting in line early.
    • Please listen to our line crew and security to ensure the line is kept tight.
    • Be prepared to be redirected to walk around the building if the line reaches the end of the building.
    • We'll be pre-scanning early to ensure that we get you in quick. Have your tickets and IDs ready when you see us coming with scanners in hand.
    Fest Guide
    We'll have free guides available at the fest with more fest info, beer details, lingo, map and whatnot. Make sure to pick one up, and then add it to your BeerAdvocate shrine after the fest.

    Venue Map
    w/ booth assignments:

    The Lineup
    We're looking at over 325 beers, ciders, kombuchas, meads, sakes and more!

    • All booths will be manned by brewery staff.
    • The beer lineup is the same for all three sessions, however, all beers are subject to change and availability.
    • Pours are 2 ounces (or less) in accordance with MA State Law. Please consume with respect.
    • Please be advised that some of the beers may contain allergens. Ask before you drink.
    Random Protips
    • Eat! Don't forget to buy a bite from one of the awesome food vendors. You'll thank us later. This year we welcome back Waffle Cabin, KO Pies, Cellars at Jasper Hill and Roxy's Grilled Cheese and Binge BBQ! See the map for their locations.
    • Hydrate! Free access to WaterMonsters will be onsite for your hydration needs.
    • The fest can be overwhelming, and you're not going to be able to try every beer. Make a short list. Like your top 10 must try beers. Hit those, if you can, take a deep breath and relax. Everything else is now gravy. Now go have fun and explore random booths and try something new.
    • Skip the long lines. Explore! There's a very good chance that you'll discover some amazing beers that you'd otherwise miss because you wasted the entire fest waiting in lines.
    • Look up from your phone now and then. Drinking beer isn't a game, and the fest is a great chance to interact with fellow beer geeks and brewers in the flesh.
    • Don't get drunk. Don't be that guy or girl. You'll only regret it and your odds of getting the boot by security will greatly increase.
    Respect Beer®
    We're all about having fun as we explore beer, but by observing these simple rules and noting a few practical policies, you can increase your enjoyment and learn how to truly "Respect Beer."
    • Appreciate what you're drinking. Note the beer's appearance, smell and taste. Savor it.
    • Pace yourself, and find out what the ABV of a beer is before you consume. Drink for flavor, not just for impact.
    • We've said it before, but it's worth repeating: water is your friend. Drink plenty of it to help detoxify and counteract the alcohol stripping water from your system. Eating also replenishes the system, slows down your rate of consumption, and helps to absorb alcohol so you don’t find yourself inebriated after a few beers.
    Beer Fest Line Etiquette
    Believe it or not, you're not the only person at the fest. Look around. There are thirsty people surrounding you. And if you follow these simple tips, you'll go from an inconsiderate beer fest noob to courteous veteran in three easy steps!
    1. Get your sample, say thanks, and move so others can do the same.
    2. If someone has to ask you if you’re in line, and you're not, you're in the way. Move!
    3. However, if you feel compelled to talk to a brewer, or ask a question about a beer, and it's going to take more than 5 seconds ... please move to the side to geek out.
    That's it. Cheers to you, courteous beer fest pro.


    We've got attendees coming in from all over the US and as far as Australia. Thanks for your support! Looking forward to seeing many of you there!
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  2. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,468) Aug 23, 1996 California

    Food Update:

    Same lineup as Extreme Beer Fest in February:
    • Binge BBQ
    • Cellars at Jasper Hill Farms
    • KO Pies
    • Roxy's Grilled Cheese
    • Waffle Cabin
    Eat something. You'll thank us later.
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  3. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,468) Aug 23, 1996 California

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  4. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,468) Aug 23, 1996 California

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  5. zjendrysik

    zjendrysik Initiate (169) Dec 3, 2015 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    How many tickets are left for this event?
  6. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,468) Aug 23, 1996 California

    Session #2 looks like it'll sellout first, but I wouldn't wait (for any of the sessions) if you plan on going.
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  7. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,017) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
    Staff Beer Trader

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  8. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,468) Aug 23, 1996 California

    We're now at 261 beers and counting, which doesn't include the lineup of cider, kombucha, sake and mead that has just been posted.

    Also, there are less than 150 tickets left for Saturday, Session #2 (12-3pm).
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  9. Phineasco

    Phineasco Defender (654) Sep 4, 2016 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Did foam and prison City pull out? I thought they were on the list. Regardless, it's going to be a good fest.
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  10. SteelersX

    SteelersX Disciple (375) Jan 30, 2011 New York
    Beer Trader

    Did Prison City cancel?
    Their Puff Puff Shiv is amazing
  11. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,468) Aug 23, 1996 California

    Yes. After chasing them down, they finally replied and bailed on the fest due to their expansion and being "ridiculously behind on our production right now. "
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  12. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,017) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
    Staff Beer Trader

    FYI: Less than 10 tix left for Session #2
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  13. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,468) Aug 23, 1996 California

    Session #2 is now SOLD OUT. Friday and Saturday night tickets remain, for now.
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  14. thaichile

    thaichile Disciple (399) Jan 2, 2004 New Jersey

    Will any of the brewers be selling cans of their beer. I recently attended TapNY and many of the brewers were selling 4 packs of their craft beers so I was wondering if the same would be occurring at this festival. You would make the purchase at the booth, get a ticket and submit at a location at the end.
  15. Dicers

    Dicers Poo-Bah (1,741) Sep 2, 2012 Colorado
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    No beers sales will be at the festival it is not allowed for various reasons.

    They do have the opportunity to sell merchandise if they so choose.
  16. Foamykeg

    Foamykeg Initiate (112) Jan 24, 2013 Massachusetts

    Will there be a map posted, like there was for the Extreme Beer Fest?
  17. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,468) Aug 23, 1996 California

    Yes. We always post a map. It'll be in the guide, too.
  18. Britt

    Britt Events Manager (1,030) Apr 17, 2009 Massachusetts
    Staff Beer Trader

    Unfortunately, due to a family emergency, Yonkers Brewing Co. is no longer able to join us for Micro.
  19. EMH5

    EMH5 Initiate (106) Apr 21, 2015 Massachusetts

    Is Foam pull out? I was looking forward to trying their stuff.
    Also, when will the floor plan be out? We need to plan our attack!!
  20. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,468) Aug 23, 1996 California

    Yeah. A while back due to capacity issues.
  21. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,468) Aug 23, 1996 California

  22. NickT1133

    NickT1133 Initiate (60) Jul 29, 2014 New Hampshire
    Beer Trader

    Does anyone have a google sheet of the current list of beers and breweries with BA ratings?
  23. oriolesfan4

    oriolesfan4 Poo-Bah (2,264) Apr 16, 2008 Maryland
    Beer Trader

    Here is a spreadsheet I made.....

    The coloring is scaled, red is lowest rated up to green being highest
  24. NickT1133

    NickT1133 Initiate (60) Jul 29, 2014 New Hampshire
    Beer Trader

    This is fantastic
  25. hopley

    hopley Meyvn (1,181) Feb 24, 2010 Massachusetts
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    That is awesome, I used to do the same thing - is there a way of downloading it?
  26. oriolesfan4

    oriolesfan4 Poo-Bah (2,264) Apr 16, 2008 Maryland
    Beer Trader

    Try this:
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  27. Spoild

    Spoild Initiate (137) Jan 30, 2017 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Are the beers that are crossed out just beers you've had?
  28. Lunchbox1251

    Lunchbox1251 Initiate (100) Jun 2, 2017

    I may need to be a game-time decision. Can I buy a ticket at the door (assuming Session 3 doesn't sell out)?
  29. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,468) Aug 23, 1996 California

    If it doesn't, yes.
  30. trevorpost

    trevorpost Crusader (796) Aug 3, 2008 Massachusetts

    FYI for the next two sessions: the security guard out at the portapotties seemingly unilaterally decided at 925 that no one should use the outside bathrooms because he had worked since 5am and wanted to go inside. So be prepared for some horrifically unprofessional behavior from security...
  31. Gsulliv2

    Gsulliv2 Initiate (165) Dec 9, 2014 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Any insights from yesterday? Would appreciate it, thanks
  32. eb1610

    eb1610 Disciple (349) Jan 3, 2014 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Horrifically unprofessional seems rather strong for closing the outside bathrooms 5min before the session ends. Maybe he was under instruction to do so since thats about when they start to usher people out
  33. eb1610

    eb1610 Disciple (349) Jan 3, 2014 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Just hang out at the J. Wakefield booth. All their beers were far superior to everything else at the festival. Burley Oak berliners were surprisingly good
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  34. trevorpost

    trevorpost Crusader (796) Aug 3, 2008 Massachusetts

    His response was that he "didn't want to stand outside any more". Which when there is a huge rush to the bathrooms as the session is ending and he is still on the clock seems a bit like an abuse of power to me. He was extremely rude to everyone involved as well.

    This has never been an issue at past fests either. Any decision to cut off access to bathrooms when everyone is leaving seems very foolish regardless.
  35. jimmyfausto

    jimmyfausto Initiate (132) Jul 28, 2014 Massachusetts

    Brew Gentlemen never had a line, that i saw, that was more than 5 people deep. I still can't wrap my head around that.

    Them and Brick And Feather were my favorite hoppy beers. JWB Haterade and Luther wowed me.
  36. SteelersX

    SteelersX Disciple (375) Jan 30, 2011 New York
    Beer Trader

    Burley Oak knocked it out of the park.
    Them and Barreled Souls were my favorites.

    The Citralixy might be the best IPA I have ever had. Absolutely amazing. I see big things for them.

    The event was perfectly run. I can't imagine a suggestion for improvement. It was great.
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  37. BakeTheCake

    BakeTheCake Initiate (130) Mar 31, 2010 Massachusetts

    Haven't seen them mentioned yet, but everything from Transient was awesome. The Juice is Loose was my favorite IPA there yesterday.
  38. Spoild

    Spoild Initiate (137) Jan 30, 2017 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Biggest lines were for Other Half and especially Fiddlehead. Other Half opened up later on, but I just skipped Fiddlehead as I've had some of their stuff before.

    My favorites by style..

    IPA - Brew Gentlemen's General Braddock, No Use For Smugglers from Brick and Feather, and Double Mosaic Dream from Other Half. Honorable mention to Pleasant Surprise from Henry and Fran.

    Stouts - Luther and Big Poppa (JWB), Woodford reserve bourbon barrel Deep Space (Barreled Souls).. honorable mention for Buckley (Transient).

    Barleywine - III by Brew Gentlemen. Just go get it.

    I'm lumping sours together because there weren't that many - Vive Bruxelles (Cambridge Brewing Co), Foeder #2 w/ Black Currants (Transient), and Taking My Talents To Miami (JWB).

    Overall, if I went again tonight, I'd go to JWB, Transient, and Brew Gentlemen the most.
    But there were a couple interesting beers I went out of my way for.. Bagel Bock can be skipped (bagels used in mash). Sweet Potato Farmhouse Ale was worth trying, ask for the brett version, it's pretty good, believe it or not, and tastes like sweet potatoes!
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  39. zjendrysik

    zjendrysik Initiate (169) Dec 3, 2015 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    One of the best run beer fest I've been too.
    JWB best there. III By brew gentleman and juice is loose by transient also amazing.
  40. blahblah

    blahblah Initiate (115) Dec 2, 2016 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Long lines at Other Half, Fiddlehead, Pipeworks, Barreled Souls as expected. Go for J.Wakefield & Barreled Souls anything, Burley Oak sours, Brew Gentlemen saison (Table Beer) was a revelation, ANY of the ciders from Prospect or Lookout.
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