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Discussion in 'Pacific' started by crusian, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. PlinyTheYoungest

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    Except for a couple years ago when it was a bunch of food trucks, which ended up being a terrible choice. Though it was compounded by every other terrible choice which made it their least successful initiation celebration yet. But like you I was there quite early and got plenty of pours of everything I wanted, so it wasn't that terrible for me.
     
  2. Retsinis

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    Yeah, I remember the food trucks. I hit those early too, since I knew the lines would get long, which they did. Sucked when they ran out of food, not the way to go for that many folks, they certainly learned that lesson.

    Getting there early had it's perks, as did having a very large group, and staying to the very end, where they stopped taking tickets all together. That, was some awesomeness right there. last year was very well run, plenty of staff, pouring stations, and we all got in early, instead of a huge queue line. It was raining, but that is the way to go imo. Let folks in when they arrive, and start pouring when you want it to start. I never waited more then 5 minututes for anything, and went through my tickets well before it was over, and I think that was only over 2 or 3 hours. Now with 4 hours, it should be fine, since some will go through their food, and tasters, then leave, so the crowds should flow well.
     
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  3. jtmartino

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    Yeah didn't see that list until after - the other stuff, I had no idea until I got there. Same for a lot of other people at the event I talked to in line. We were all kinda bummed we couldn't buy more tasters.

    This year I have 20 tickets, so I'll be fine. And by fine I mean drunk.
     
  4. stupac2

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    I had that pretty well handled with only 10. It helped that a friend got about 20 pours out of 5 tickets, for some reason no one was taking his.
     
  5. jtmartino

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    You're friend is a magician, and I need to meet him. Plus apparently we left before the pourers took off the blinders and were just giving out free samples to everyone within reach.

    This year is gonna be good - wonder if they'll have more green hop oil/food coloring to play with? Really kicked the Knuckle Sandwich up a notch and made Humulus even more exciting.

    Just trying to decide where to spend the night...probably somewhere near Disneyland so we can stumble around Downtown Disney in our drunken stupor and scare families.
     
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  6. crusian

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    I hope there are veggie options too...
     
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    With all the vegetable beers that the bruery makes you should be good to go!

    Thanks folks! I'm here all night! The 10 o'clock show is much better than the 5 o'clock show!
     
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    Is anyone buying an extra ticket instead of a DD ticket so they can use the extra tasters? Just wondering, because I haven't seen anyone post about doing that yet...
     
  9. nanobrew

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    I think jmartino has mentioned about 10 time that is what he is doing
     
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  10. jtmartino

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    In case it wasn't clear before, I'll be the guy double-fisting walez.
     
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    psh 2 tickets is for pleebs, I will be in the Hoarders tent drinking 40 tasters of HS exclusive Nottenroth
     
  12. crusian

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    so, getting closer to the event... I can bring some things to a nice hoarder that would be willing to uh, let me taste some things in the HS area...
    bourbon county? jester king sours? um... whatever else?
     
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    Brewed with PR's dingleberries.
     
  14. RedBeeron

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    Strict upgrade.
     
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    I emailed asking them if there would be vegetarian options (for my wife), and they said that they would request some veggie options.
     
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  16. crusian

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    my hero. thanks man, much appreciated!
     
  17. pmarlowe

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    Nice! I'm always surprised that anywhere in SoCal would ever think of NOT having a veggie option.
     
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  18. crusian

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    So, just got an email that said my tickets have shipped? Is that true, or is my name on a list at the door?
     
  19. djaeon

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    I got the same email.
     
  20. HopsintheSack

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    I am wondering the same thing.
     
  21. jtmartino

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    You should be on a list. They'll check you off and give you a bracelet.
     
  22. PMR

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    There won't be any physical tickets being mailed out, your name will be on a list at the door.

    Thanks,
    Patrick
    The Bruery
     
  23. HopsintheSack

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    Thanks, can't wait.
     
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    Anyone know of any leaks on the web of the beers to be poured?
     
  25. stupac2

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    Isn't it over a week from now? If it leaks it'll be a few days before.
     
  26. DocBrewsky

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    Is anyone familiar with the sort of food that Haven is known for? I get that they are a gastropub, but what do people think they would offer at a festival like this?
     
  27. PlinyTheYoungest

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    Here's their menu: http://www.havengastropub.com/orange/eat.html
    The Haven burger is a popular item but I've never had it as I'm not a fan of onions and they don't take kindly to modifications. They used to have some pulled pork sliders that were pretty good, I could see them doing some sort of sliders and maybe some of their flatbreads. But who knows.
     
  28. DocBrewsky

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    Hmm thanks. Doesn't sound bad. It doesn't matter too much to me, I
    mean it's a craft beer event - food is not going to make or break it.
     
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    Hoarders gwan make it..Reserve gwan break it.o_O
     
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    I'm flying out with a friend from upstate NY. Can't wait, first time in the area for beer stuff. Have a rental car but have to finalize my plans and accommodations. If anyone has any insight into anything good going on from Thursday through Monday let me know! Also cheap hotels near Phoenix Club seem pretty slim at this point so I'm going to have to do more research. Also, do people usually run out of tickets at these events? I could see that being a little frustrating.
     
  31. Vanlingleipa

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    If you have a rental car it shouldn't be a big deal finding a cheap motel - there's a decent Motel 6 at the 91 freeway and State College - about 2-3 miles away from the Phoenix Club that runs about $50-$60. Also a best western next to the Bruery (also a couple of miles) that goes about $100.

    For fun stuff try the OC Weekly listings @ ocweekly.com
     
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    can't wait
     
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    So I have had some bumps in my plans. I am looking for a ride from SD (I live in OB). I can get a ride there, but getting back is the problem. If anyone has space in there car let me know. I will pitch in on gas and bring a couple of bottles.
     
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  34. crusian

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    We may be heading to SD after...
    depends on how later today goes...
     
  35. mhksuccess

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    i am looking to carpool from the northridge area but can meet somewhere along the way
    we are 2 people and has gas money and couple bottles
     
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    Does anyone have an extra ticket? I have a friend coming in from out of town who would also like to go. Please BM me if so! We can work something out.
     
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    Checking with the GF to see if she minds an extra passenger going with us. If she's ok with it, I hope you like dogs ;)
     
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    I'm going to be going to the party now with my bro Usofar. I'll be the big Mexican dude with a Rrrraiders jersey on. :p
     
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    Looks like Bootlegger's last day of operations in their old tasting room is Saturday as well from noon to close. Definitely worth checking out, esp for the closing festivities. If you can't find a hotel near the Phoenix Club, look in Fullerton near Bootlegger's.
     
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    So where are we at on these bottle shares? Anyone want to aware me? ;)
     
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