Do you plan on attending beer fests again?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Todd, May 16, 2020.


Are you ready for beer fests?

Poll closed Aug 14, 2020.
  1. Yes, I'm ready to party (when allowed)!

    612 vote(s)
  2. Yes, but only when a vaccine is available.

    357 vote(s)
  3. No, I'll be avoiding them for the foreseeable future.

    294 vote(s)
  4. I don't attend beer fests.

    165 vote(s)
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  1. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (3,112) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I went with the first option. That said, the only "beer fest" I attend is Zwanze Day. If they decide to limit attendance and enforce "social distancing" (God, I hate that term) I'll take a pass this year.
  2. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,996) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Oh come on. As long as people stay six feet away from each other while drinking their samples, and don’t talk to anyone while doing it, it will be totally fine.

    I mean, what do you think is going to happen when everyone’s been drinking? Drunks are super responsible.

    Shit, I didn’t even think of that. I can’t see that many people being able to fly into a state for something non-essential like a beer fest anytime soon.

    I mentioned this in another thread too, but what about people taking Ubers to these things?

    When’s the next time people are going to feel comfortable taking an Uber?

    Yup, I hate that term too. I pretty much have become tired of all COVID-19 related phrases.
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  3. Thors_Bounty

    Thors_Bounty Initiate (0) Aug 21, 2014 Florida

    For festivals I seem to not get a ticket in time. For breweries I kinda stopped going. Too many people and their damn kids. There would be less people now so maybe I could be convinced to go back for a visit but probably not.
  4. JakeWarrenPgh

    JakeWarrenPgh Initiate (0) Jul 3, 2015 Pennsylvania

    For people like me, with a wife who is a chemo survivor, it’s a question of protecting her. She’s 3 to 5 times more susceptible to succumbing to COVID as an ordinary healthy person. So these polls are somewhat misleading because I’m not really answering for myself. I’d guess that’s the case for a lot of care givers like me in similar situations or those who interact regularly with elderly parents.
  5. JakeWarrenPgh

    JakeWarrenPgh Initiate (0) Jul 3, 2015 Pennsylvania

    You’d be correct if every carrier had symptoms, but they don’t.
  6. jjboesen

    jjboesen Meyvn (1,346) Feb 1, 2002 Maryland

    Reading posts such as "won't go outside, until they have a vaccine" makes me laugh. God, what a nation of nancies we have become. The fear mongers in the media have done their job. I plan to hit some festivals when this panic-demic is over - assuming it is ever over.
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  7. thesherrybomber

    thesherrybomber Devotee (402) Jun 13, 2017 California

    You'd rather we all be "MURICA! FREEDUMB! WOOHOO!" types?
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  8. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,996) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Well, World War I was kind of a big deal, and we’re going to surpass the amount of US deaths during WWI very soon...which only took about four months...and three of those four months we were sheltered in place...

    While I’m not in the “won’t go outside until a vaccine” camp, I probably won’t be rushing out to a beer festival in the next month or two either.

    One camp is paranoid, the other is ignorant.
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  9. BruChef

    BruChef Initiate (196) Nov 8, 2009 New York

    That’s most people after a couple hours at a brew fest.
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  10. IPAs_for_days_13

    IPAs_for_days_13 Devotee (444) May 29, 2020 Texas

    As soon as I catch wind of a beer fest that is actually going to happen, I'm all in.
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  11. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (3,088) Sep 18, 2010 Washington

    I feel like there’s a very good reason there was a gap in this thread from May to September. The question posed by the OP was rendered moot by reality.

    A lot of places have made good progress against this virus over the summer by following science. Where I live, we are down to 27 new cases per 100k population over the last 7 days (10% of the current rate in North Dakota). So no, I think attending a beer fest would be one of the stupider choices I could make at this juncture. Beer out of cans and bottles tastes just as good, and even better with the knowledge I’m not risking either spreading the illness or contracting it in the process.
  12. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,716) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    "When allowed" was the caveat here (that many missed) and when we're allowed continues to be pushed back by those who believe that pandemic rules don't apply to them; amongst other obstacles.

    As it stands now, I don't see mass gatherings like beer fests (as we knew them) occurring for at least another year.
  13. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (3,088) Sep 18, 2010 Washington

    Agree with all of this. If “when allowed” had also been included in the thread title, and not just the first post (6 pages back), fewer people probably would have overlooked that significant caveat.
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  14. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,194) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    You're expecting summer of 2021 to be a wash for large events as well?

    I hope you're wrong for sure and I do suspect that restrictions will be largely lifted in 6-9 months. how swiftly organizers and attendees feel comfortable may be another question but id wager there will be some large tests next summer
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  15. officerbill

    officerbill Savant (968) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    I think it will depend on the state.
    I don't see NY or CA approving a large beer fest anytime next year, but I would expect them, perhaps with reduced capacity, in FL or TX.
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  16. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,716) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    As things stand now, yes. I don't see mass gatherings occurring until at least Q3/Q4.
    Exactly. I hope things change and we can host them sooner, but we also have to plan for the unknown and the fact that even if we can host them that it might be some time before everyone is comfortable attending them.
  17. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,194) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Ya, I don't envy your position as an event planner. I hope to attend a ba fest soon. Luckily for me I have small children so I didn't miss out on any events this year and by the time everyone is hosting agai n I might actually be able to attend!
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  18. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,716) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Me either. Before the pandemic, fests were our core source of revenue and the loss is quite signficant.
  19. sulldaddy

    sulldaddy Poo-Bah (4,665) Apr 6, 2003 Connecticut
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    Even after 'when allowed' comes along, I suspect there will still be a signifcant drag behind of when people will go.
    Yes of course some folks would go today if an event was held, but if that is even 50% of previous regular attendees (an overestimate IMO, but for arguments sake) of an event and the other 50% arent ready, will it make sense economically for event organizers to do so?
    Something about leading a horse to water may apply here. Beer fests happening on the regular may be driven by two factors IMO.
    Geography, what State is hosting an event
    Larger feeling safety at such an event in general population.

    Im not currently feeling the crashing need to attend a beer fest with 200 of my closest strangers.
  20. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,194) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Ya I hope you guys can weather this storm well and that pent up demand will make your return to fest hosting a smash success
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  21. rozzom

    rozzom Meyvn (1,076) Jan 22, 2011 New York

    Forget reduced capacity - DeSantis just announced it's business as usual in Florida. It's paaarrtttyyy time down there.....
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  22. gr8ful

    gr8ful Initiate (105) Aug 17, 2014 Texas

    Good luck! I hope you're working again soon!
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  23. deleted_user_995920

    deleted_user_995920 Crusader (796) Jun 4, 2015

    It will get better again-
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  24. Tilley4

    Tilley4 Poo-Bah (2,523) Nov 13, 2007 Tennessee
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    Can't wait for Great Taste this fall...I miss the festival and my friends up that way
  25. surfcaster

    surfcaster Zealot (526) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina

    Younger folks -the 21-40 crowd- would likely get back into the groove quickly but I felt the whole fest thing was waning a bit pre-COVID. Not sure how they were measuring up on projected attendance ?(@Todd ) but locally the popularity of this concept appeared on the decline. Sure there will be the "other side" at some point but seems like smaller is going to be better for the future irrespective of COVID.

    Personally, I doubt that I will ever go to anything of any size in the future. Sure I'm older now (55), have been vaccinated but even if COVID was a non-issue, there is so much great beer now more readily available than ever that flying all over for the fest experience has simpler, and to me, equally attractive alternatives.
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  26. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,716) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    In 2019, we sold out Extreme Beer Fest: Boston with over 12,000 attendees. FUNK Boston and IPA Fest: Brooklyn didn't sell out, but there were a ton of other events happening on those weekends. And Extreme Beer Fest: Boston in 2020 sold out too.

    The events industry has been destroyed by COVID-19, but I think those who make it to the other side of all of this will be in a solid position to capture what I think will be a high-demand for in-person events. It's just going to take a good part of a year, or maybe even more, to get there.
  27. nheinemans

    nheinemans Initiate (33) Nov 4, 2017 Netherlands

    Obviously wait for vaccins and for traveling to go back to normal. Can't wait to visit beer festivals again and meet new people.
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  28. Prep8611

    Prep8611 Disciple (300) Aug 22, 2014 New Jersey

    Ya man let’s go let’s do this. I’d literally go anywhere tomorrow .
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