BeerAdvocate's IPA Fest: A Tribute to Hoppy Beers, From Bitter to Hazy and Juicy to Sour

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  1. BeerAdvocate

    BeerAdvocate Founders (17,668) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts

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    (Boston - April 10, 2018) BeerAdvocate is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting our first IPA Fest on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Sponsored by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, this one day, two session event will be held at the Flynn Cruiseport Boston, and will explore and celebrate the tremendous diversity of a beer category that continues to attract more fans year after year: India Pale Ales.

    Each of the 150+ beers from 40+ breweries in attendance will be an India Pale Ale (plus a few India Pale Lagers for good measure). IPA is not only one of the most popular style families, it is also one of the most versatile. So we've invited brewers to bring New England, hazy, juicy, 100 IBU, zero IBU, English, Belgian, American, session, double, triple, quadruple, fresh hop, wet hop, dry-hopped, double dry-hopped, barrel-aged, rye, wheat, black, red, white, wild, Brett, sour, fruited, spiced, french-pressed, or distilled hop IPAs. So long as it's somehow an IPA in concept, it's welcome at this festival dedicated to the wide range of flavors and aromas brewers are coaxing from hops!

    "My brother Jason and I have been hopheads for decades. We're stoked to kickoff our annual tribute to everything India Pale Ale, from bitter to hazy and juicy to sour, and beyond," says Todd Alström, founder of BeerAdvocate.

    Session One will take place from 12 p.m.–3:30 p.m. and Session Two will run from 6 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 each (plus fees) and go on sale via Eventbrite on Thursday, April 12th at noon EDT. Tickets include beer tastings, Govino drinkware, and a fest guide while supplies last. Food sold separately. All attendees must be 21+ with valid ID.

    What: BeerAdvocate’s IPA Fest

    When: Saturday, December 15, 2018
    Session One: 12 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Session Two: 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

    Where: Flynn Cruiseport Boston, Mass.

    Tickets: $65 (plus fees) and go on sale on Thursday, April 12 at 12 p.m. EST.

    For updates follow @BeerAdvocate and visit: beeradvocate.com/ipa

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  2. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,608) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    A limited number of early bird tickets are on sale now for Premium Members.
     
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  3. andylipp

    andylipp Initiate (0) Dec 8, 2006 Massachusetts

    Unfamiliar with the venue. I'm curious as to how many attendees per session you're hoping for.
     
  4. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,608) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Around 1,200 tickets per session.
     
  5. Rysk22

    Rysk22 Initiate (183) Nov 12, 2014 Massachusetts
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    Sounds fun, although I feel like this would be the perfect for an outdoor fest during the summer, but either way I'm looking forward to seeing the full list of who's pouring.
     
  6. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (10,335) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    Long overdue in my opinion.
     
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  7. emannths

    emannths Aspirant (224) Sep 21, 2007 Massachusetts

    I was thinking it should be somewhere around the end of October for peak wet hops possibilities...
     
  8. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,608) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Agreed. This is a fest that we've been considering for years. I guess we were just waiting for the world to finally recognize New England IPA. :triumph:
     
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  9. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (1,571) Apr 16, 2015 New Hampshire
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    Grabbed a few tickets, can't wait! Will there be an EBF still in February?
     
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  10. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,608) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Hell yeah x 2!
     
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  11. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (1,571) Apr 16, 2015 New Hampshire
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    Awesome, I love Boston beer weekends!
     
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  12. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,608) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Tickets are on sale now! Thanks in advance for your support.
     
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  13. brewandbbq

    brewandbbq Poo-Bah (2,491) Apr 24, 2003 New Hampshire

    What's the deal on early bird tickets?
     
  14. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,608) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Premium Members were able to buy them first and with no ticket fees.
     
  15. Jbrews

    Jbrews Aspirant (268) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    Basically this is hopjam...that actually works!

    Great addition to the fests.
     
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  16. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Initiate (168) Aug 2, 2017 New Jersey

    Well, unsurprisingly due to my screen name, this has peaked my interest. Alchemist coming is so awesome!
     
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  17. Kraz

    Kraz Initiate (83) Feb 12, 2018 Indiana
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    Great lineup so far. Seems like a good quick weekend trip

    Checking flights brb!
     
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  18. CliffBrake

    CliffBrake Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2010 New Hampshire

    Any English style IPA’s included for us reforming hopheads? Narragansett IPA would be a great local choice.
     
  19. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,608) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Too early to tell, but we'll be pushing for diversity.
     
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  20. warrendietrich2001

    warrendietrich2001 Defender (602) Feb 13, 2013 Nevada
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    Nice to see another brewery added to the list. I realize still 6 months away but for me this is a big trip and I love to see the updates. Already booked airfare and hotel looking forward to this festival, just bummed that there is no Extreme Beer LA as I doubt my wife is down for a 2nd trip to Boston in February.
     
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  21. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,608) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    We hope to finalize the brewery lineup by the end of this month. And thanks for making the trip to Boston! More updates to follow...
     
  22. aprilrau

    aprilrau Initiate (15) Aug 7, 2018 New Hampshire

    Hello!
    I am getting tickets to this for my husband and some friends and can't wait!!!
    However, we have 1 person in the group who is Gluten Free (sad for them :slight_frown: ).
    Anyway, will there be GF options (e.g., GF beer, ciders) at this event ?
    Thank you kindly!
     
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  23. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (2,257) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    Welcome to the BA site, april. I don't know the answer to your question, but I'll call in the expert who will be able to let you know. Calling @Todd
     
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  24. aprilrau

    aprilrau Initiate (15) Aug 7, 2018 New Hampshire

    Thank you, I really appreciate it!!!
     
  25. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,608) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Too early to tell, but there won't be any ciders and I wouldn't plan on there being any GF IPAs at the fest.
     
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  26. mlm61

    mlm61 Initiate (91) Jun 16, 2016 Connecticut
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    You think there will be anymore brewers added?
     
  27. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,608) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    We're full and exceeded our goal of 40+ brewers with 50+.
     
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  28. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,161) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
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    FYI ... Session #1 is sold out. There is still some Session #2 tickets left so don't miss out!!
     
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  29. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,608) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    I dropped a heat map of current attendees in the Facebook event page. It's always fun to see where everyone is coming in from.



    Are you on the map?
     
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  30. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,608) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Sorry. I spoke too soon.

    Our friends from:
    ...will also be joining us.

    That's it. I promise.
     
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  31. mlm61

    mlm61 Initiate (91) Jun 16, 2016 Connecticut
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    It is fine if you beak promise, more the merrier, :grin::stuck_out_tongue:
     
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  32. Britt

    Britt Events Manager (1,055) Apr 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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  33. Britt

    Britt Events Manager (1,055) Apr 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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  34. Britt

    Britt Events Manager (1,055) Apr 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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  35. Britt

    Britt Events Manager (1,055) Apr 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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    The beer lists for

    Beer'd Brewing Co. (Stonington, Connecticut)
    Brix City Brewing (Little Ferry, New Jersey)
    Carton Brewing Company (Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey)
    Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware)
    Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company (Framingham, Massachusetts)
    Lamplighter Brewing Company (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
    Lord Hobo Brewing Company (Woburn, Massachusetts)
    Southern Prohibition Brewing (Hattiesburg, Mississippi)

    are up! There are only 75 tickets remaining, so check it out and grab your tickets soon
     
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  36. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,608) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Heads up! Fewer than 50 tickets remain. This fest will sell out any day now, so if you're on the fence you might want to jump on over and get your tickets before it's too late.
     
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  37. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,608) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    IPA Fest is SOLD OUT! No additional tickets are being released. No door sales. Thanks to everyone for your support, and we'll see you at the fest!

    In the meantime, keep an eye on the growing list of beers.

    https://www.beeradvocate.com/ipa/

    Cheers!
     
  38. warrendietrich2001

    warrendietrich2001 Defender (602) Feb 13, 2013 Nevada
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    It's awesome that so many beers already announced (my pet peeve is going to a big festival that has not updated the beer listing the night before) . The line-up is mind blowing. As someone who likes to make lists and map out what beers they are going to try, I was wondering will you have a VIP beer list announced before the festival? Really excited for this festival its like a Beer Christmas!!!
     
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  39. Britt

    Britt Events Manager (1,055) Apr 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Unfortunately, we just we received word from Bearded Iris that they will not be able to join us for IPA Fest. They said

    "We’ve been trying our best to make the plans for this festival work out. But because of some personal time needs of several members of our team we’re unfortunately not going to be able to attend this year.

    I deliver this message with a heavy heart as our team was super stoked not only about this festival, but also about the opportunity to visit Boston and all of the heavy hitter NE IPA breweries in the surrounding area that many of us have never been able to visit.

    I sincerely apologize, this is the first time we’ve pulled out of a festival, and it gives me no joy. However, our team’s well being and ability to attend to their personal time needs as they come is extremely important to us as we continue to try and build a workplace promoting a sustainable work-life balance. In addition to that, when we attend a festival, we like to come in force and these limitations would prevent us from being able to provide the showing the festival deserves."

    While they will certainly be missed, we look forward to trying an increasingly epic lineup of IPAs from the other awesome brewers in attendance!
     
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  40. mlm61

    mlm61 Initiate (91) Jun 16, 2016 Connecticut
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    How about seeing if you can get Southern Grist Brewing as a replacement. :beer::heart_eyes:
    Southern Grist Brewing