Discussion in 'Pacific' started by Travisnin, Apr 3, 2013.

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  1. Travisnin

    Travisnin Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2010 Idaho
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    Hey, I am going to be heading to CA for Coachella music festival. Are there any gems in or around Palm Springs that I need to hit up? Is Bevmo going to be my best bet for bottle shops? Does anybody know if the Bevmo in la Quinta is better then the total wine in Vegas?
  2. grandmachine

    grandmachine Initiate (89) Mar 11, 2010 California
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    I would also like to know, since ill be going to Coachella next week.

    I'm going on weekend 1 and I was wondering if anyone else here is going. Perhaps we can do a Coachella beer share on the day before (thursday) Coachella starts?
  3. riko

    riko Aspirant (207) Jan 18, 2008 California
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    The beer options in that area aren't great. I've learned it's best to bring your own from home. If you're coming from out of state and flying directly to Palm Springs and don't want to bring bottles with you, the Bevmo in La Quinta is OK, but you won't find anything rare there. If you're flying to LA, Ontario or another airport and driving to Indio, and don't want to bring bottles on your flight, you're best off buying beer in that city before driving to the desert.
  4. maskedman

    maskedman Initiate (0) Feb 20, 2004 California

    You have Ace Hotel in Palm Springs good taps

    Schmidys in Palm Desert

    Yardhouse in Rancho Mirage...
  5. Thirsty_Rob

    Thirsty_Rob Initiate (0) Oct 7, 2012 California
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    Anyone on there way to Coachella for weekend 2? I have two 24 packs of PBR and Jameson. Will be there later tonight.
  6. riko

    riko Aspirant (207) Jan 18, 2008 California
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    Leaving tomorrow morning. I'll be the guy in line drinking Cantillon from a Big Gulp cup haha.
  7. erichxedge

    erichxedge Initiate (153) Nov 29, 2009 California
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    Went last Saturday and ended up getting trashed off of Strongbow in the VIP and felt 16 again when I saw Descendents. And then went home with a bad back. All in all a good day ...
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  8. grandmachine

    grandmachine Initiate (89) Mar 11, 2010 California
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    The only beer options that you have (general admission) are Heineken and Heineken light. I had a hard time getting drunk at coachella, due to all the walking around and staying hydrated. I'm glad I didn't get a hangover though.
  9. TheCrowsNest

    TheCrowsNest Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2010 California

    I've heard The Beer Hunter isn't too bad for draft stuff - But then again they don't even have a full beer list on their website, so maybe take this recommendation with a grain of salt.
  10. Miruguy

    Miruguy Aspirant (200) Nov 22, 2010 California
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    Descendents were one of my favorites of the weekend (which is probably because I was one of the oldest people at Coachella - the last time I saw them was in '82). Although the nice thing about being one of the oldest is that there were pretty much no crowds for any of the bands I wanted to see. I agree that it's tough to get drunk there - the Heineken is ok for quenching thirst, but not something I want to drink in large quantities. Not to mention the fact that you have to drink in designated areas and can't really walk around with a beer.
  11. erichxedge

    erichxedge Initiate (153) Nov 29, 2009 California
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    So true that the crowds for the bands that you wanted to see were small. Got there right after Trash Talk was done playing, so bummed that I missed them (since I havent seen them in a couple years), but did catch The Evens which was cool. Descendents was by far the best set of Saturday ... They were great. Strongbow was an ok choice in the VIP i guess, but they did have mixed drinks as well.
  12. riko

    riko Aspirant (207) Jan 18, 2008 California
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    I've been told they added Newcastle this year. While it's not my favorite, I'd pick it over Heineken...
  13. UT-Alex

    UT-Alex Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2012 Texas

    They did. I just brought my own beer and drank before going into the festival. I maintained a buzz for a while and then started to drink water for the rest of the day, and then drank again at night. Restroom lines were never an issue either. I ended up meeting a fellow beer advocate who camped nearby, he spotted me drinking a Ten Fidy.
  14. Thirsty_Rob

    Thirsty_Rob Initiate (0) Oct 7, 2012 California
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    Trash Talk's set was legendary. Descendents were great. Social D played a great set though it was short. So many good bands. Fun weekend minus all of the dust. That sucked.
  15. marcron03

    marcron03 Initiate (148) May 24, 2011 California

    anyone knows what craft beer / beer vendors will be showing up at coachella 2014 ???
  16. erichxedge

    erichxedge Initiate (153) Nov 29, 2009 California
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    For the main beer choices this year it will be Heineken / Heineken Light / Heineken Dark ... There will be craft beers in the VIP areas, but it is usually decided on last minute
  17. riko

    riko Aspirant (207) Jan 18, 2008 California
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    Reportedly in the welcome guide that came with this year's wristbands is this mention:
  18. nogidrew86

    nogidrew86 Initiate (0) Aug 16, 2010 Nevada

    Total Wine in henderson (Las Vegas) is much better than the La Quinta Bevmo.
  19. thatinvisibo

    thatinvisibo Initiate (187) Sep 5, 2005 California

    Well that's kind of awesome. Campground or festival? Though I'm not sure if it really matters too much. I'll mostly likely be sticking to Modern Times and Pizza Port since they'll be much cheaper than what they're selling.
  20. embeevlos86

    embeevlos86 Initiate (0) Apr 6, 2013 California

    Total Wine and La Quinta Brewing Co in Palm Desert. The Bevmo in La Quinta is the worst.

    BOLTSPRIDE Initiate (118) Nov 6, 2013 California has a nice selection and is close to coachella. their latest email. other then this place is total wine in palm desert

    De La Senne Taras Boulba Extra Hoppy Ale 96 points RB

    Beer Here Autumnic Fallout Brown Ale 95 points RB

    Beer Here Hoptilicus American Strong Ale 96 RB

    Amager/Mikkeller Hr. Frederiksens Vaesel Brunch 100 RB


    BOLTSPRIDE Initiate (118) Nov 6, 2013 California

    $10 for 8 oz or 16 oz at the new craft tent. lots of so cal kegs. alesmith ballest stone. what i drank
    bruery oude tart with cherries
    bruery saison de lente
    Ommegang Three Philosophers
    bear republic red rocket ale
    port brewing mongo
  23. mrotstein

    mrotstein Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2010 California
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    $10 for 8 or 16 oz? Duh...get the 16 oz

    BOLTSPRIDE Initiate (118) Nov 6, 2013 California

    ha, the size of the beer depended on the beer you wanted to drink. three philosophers and oude tart were 8 oz
  25. petty_crimes

    petty_crimes Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2014 California
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    the selection was amazing
  26. nckmllr916q

    nckmllr916q Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2013 California
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    Any details on guest taps, brewers this past weekend at Coachella's Beer Barn? Couldn't find anything online.
  27. danscott

    danscott Aspirant (238) Jul 15, 2006 California

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  28. dcgunman

    dcgunman Defender (633) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    Curious, has anybody heard of or been to Babe's BBQ Brewhouse out in Rancho Mirage? Not really interested in their house brews but from what I was told they do serve guest beers. Will be doing another road trip out to Tucson/Phoenix area in Feb and will be passing by that area. Maybe for the food and a glass or 2.

  29. CaptainPancakes

    CaptainPancakes Disciple (314) Oct 16, 2012 California
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    Your best bet for beers on tap is Eureka Burger in Indian Wells and Whole Foods in Palm Desert (both are on Hwy 111, not far from Babe's). Babe's has beers on tap besides their own, but it's usually limited to just a few. Eureka and WF each have over 20 taps and they usually have at least 1 or 2 from each local brewery (Coachella Valley Brewing, La Quinta Brewing, Babe's).
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  30. salazaro44

    salazaro44 Initiate (129) Mar 15, 2011 California
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    I'll be attending weekend 1 this upcoming year. I'm totally up for a bottle share or can share inside the camp grounds.
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