Extreme Beer Fest 2015: Survival Guide

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,029) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society



    Ready for Extreme Beer Fest?!
    http://www.beeradvocate.com/ebf/

    Use this survival guide to get your ass through what will probably be the best week/end of your life.

    Follow us @BeerAdvocate on Twitter and Instagram.
    https://twitter.com/BeerAdvocate
    https://instagram.com/beeradvocate

    And make sure to hashtag your posts with #ExtremeBeerFest.

    Gatherings & Parties
    http://www.beeradvocate.com/ebf/events/

    ^ You'll want to click on the link. We recommend the pre-throwdown at Olde Magoun's Saloon and post-brunch at The Kirkland Tap & Trotter.

    EBF Talk
    http://www.beeradvocate.com/community/forums/beeradvocate-fests.35/

    Geek out with other BeerAdvocate before and after the fest.

    General Fest Info
    http://www.beeradvocate.com/ebf/info/

    Venue
    https://goo.gl/maps/Yszpe

    Seaport World Trade Center
    200 Seaport Boulevard
    Boston, MA

    Times
    Session #1 = March 20, 6-9:30pm
    Session #2 = March 21, 1-4:30pm
    Session #3 = March 21, 6-9:30pm

    Entry 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.

    Fest Map
    http://goo.gl/C1Rgf8

    Plan your attack in advance with our handy PDF map of the EBF battlefield.

    The Beer Lineup
    http://www.beeradvocate.com/ebf/beer/

    Disclaimers:
    • 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 poured at EBF may contain allergens. Ask before you drink.
    Note that there will be some beers pouring that didn't make the list.

    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 (extreme) beers.
    Speaking of Food & Water ...
    http://www.beeradvocate.com/ebf/food/
    • Don't forget to buy a bite from one of our awesome EBF food vendors. You'll thank us later.
    • And we'll be selling bottles of water at the BeerAdvocate booth for $1 a bottle. Stay hydrated, friends.
    Beer Fest Line Etiquette
    Believe it or not, you're not the only person at EBF. 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.

    Thanks for your support, and we'll see you at #ExtremeBeerFest!

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    Hosted by BeerAdvocate. Sponsored by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Don't accept (l)imitations.
     
  2. Kanger

    Kanger Zealot (521) Sep 3, 2013 New York

    I can't wait! Looking forward to my first EBF and to trying so many great beers!

    Will BA have it's own booth? Wouldn't mind meeting some of the people who help run the site.
     
  3. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,029) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society

    Yes. It's on the map. But @Jason and I won't be behind it. We'll be roaming the hall, mostly. So feel free to stop us and say hey.
     
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  4. Shanem12

    Shanem12 Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2014 Connecticut

    How long does the line last? The building has capacity for all ticketholders right? Its not like I'll have to wait until 7-8 to get in the building?
     
  5. mendvicdog

    mendvicdog Initiate (0) Sep 1, 2006 Maryland

    Will there still be water and dump stations?
     
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  6. madtrixter787

    madtrixter787 Zealot (516) Oct 15, 2009 Virginia
    Society

    They get the line moving very fast. I was in within 15 minutes last year and was very far down the pier. They know what they are doing.
     
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  7. madtrixter787

    madtrixter787 Zealot (516) Oct 15, 2009 Virginia
    Society

    Yes, many of them.
     
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  8. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (553) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    Was there an oyster table last year? Is it like raw bar style?
     
  9. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,029) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society

    Nope. First time. And yes, it's going to be a raw bar.
     
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  10. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (553) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    Over/under on number of people that drop an oyster into their tasting glass and declare 'Look, it's an oyster stout'?
     
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  11. trevorpost

    trevorpost Champion (893) Aug 3, 2008 Massachusetts

    Are Otter Creek and Long Trail going to be sharing a booth?
     
  12. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,029) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society

    Yes.
     
  13. 31Sam13

    31Sam13 Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2014 New Hampshire

    Lots of good info here. I can't wait. It'll be interesting to meet people who are on here. I respect so many BA'ers and it will be nice if a good amount of the online ones show up...
     
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  14. Fly_Moe

    Fly_Moe Initiate (105) May 22, 2012 Florida
    Trader

    From FL and not used to walking around with a jacket on. Is there going to be a coat check?
     
  15. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,029) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society

  16. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (553) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    And just a tip, it's not called the seaport for fun. The venue is on the water and the wait outside before the fest starts is cold and windy. Check the weather before you head over.
     
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  17. Dil_thebeerdrinking_do

    Dil_thebeerdrinking_do Disciple (311) Jan 21, 2014 Georgia
    Trader

    So in other words us southerners will have to bundle up or suffer. And carry around our jackets on the floor.
     
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  18. Ilovelampandbeer

    Ilovelampandbeer Initiate (0) Aug 25, 2013 New York

    Shoulda gone to huna day then! Lol
     
  19. Dil_thebeerdrinking_do

    Dil_thebeerdrinking_do Disciple (311) Jan 21, 2014 Georgia
    Trader

    Yea yea shoulda. But did not get a tickets and was already planning for this one.
     
  20. jiggad369

    jiggad369 Initiate (132) Aug 11, 2011 New Jersey

    I feel guilty for myself and my GF for going both days.






    Not.
    SUCKAS
     
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  21. Pocket_Biggie

    Pocket_Biggie Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2015 Maine

    Wearing / carrying a jacket is common practice here in New England for eight to ten months out of the year. And if the weather is just right, bundling up won't stop the suffering - you gotta embrace it like a long lost friend!
     
  22. Canada_Dan

    Canada_Dan Savant (906) Jun 14, 2013 Colorado

    You could always buy one of these:

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  23. Saraxj1

    Saraxj1 Initiate (0) Feb 20, 2015 New Jersey

    will the food vendors let you use card or is cash only?
     
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  24. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,029) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society

    It'll depend on the vendor, but I'd bring cash just in case.
     
  25. RBCORCORAN

    RBCORCORAN Initiate (0) May 18, 2009 Massachusetts
    Deactivated

    Also they're talking some snow Friday night and Saturday morning . Warming to the 40's by afternoon but the waterfront will still be chilly. Get a large Dunkins to keep you warm while waiting to get in.
     
  26. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (553) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    Better yet, stop at Barrington Coffee on Congress St (block away from Trillium) and get a good coffee. :wink:
     
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  27. Dil_thebeerdrinking_do

    Dil_thebeerdrinking_do Disciple (311) Jan 21, 2014 Georgia
    Trader

    @Todd pretzel necklace on the floor cool? afterall its a beer fest.
     
  28. JamesFNomar

    JamesFNomar Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2006 Massachusetts

    Since many of us will be waiting in line for a while before the session is it possible to hand out the Fest Guides to people waiting in line? I know I would love to prepare my gameplan while waiting, while also discussing the available beers and fest with the people I'm waiting with.
     
  29. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,029) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society

    Are they cool? Far from it.
     
  30. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,029) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society

    That's the plan. Our line crew will walk the line and handout guides.
     
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  31. KNC

    KNC Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2015 Massachusetts

    Do you accept passports as a form of ID? Thanks!
     
  32. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,029) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society

    Yes, so long as it's valid.
     
  33. SoFla123

    SoFla123 Initiate (192) Jul 18, 2013 Florida

    Is there a general time when people begin lining up for entry? I don't necessarily need to be first but rather not be 2000th.
     
  34. K_Awesome_Mo

    K_Awesome_Mo Disciple (324) Nov 22, 2013 New Hampshire

    I'm really looking forward to this. Last year at the ACBF I brought an empty Nalgene in for water. Is that still kosher at the EBF?
     
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  35. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (553) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    Show up an hour early or right at the official start time and you'll have the same overall experience. The line moves quickly, everyone is in within 10 minutes or so. If you're with the first wave of 100 or so you'll get one quick pour while everyone is still coming in. By the time you get your second pour, the place is basically full. So, get there really early (1 hour plus) if you want 1-2 pours before it gets busy. But know that it's going to be cold and lightly snowing tonight and tomorrow morning.

    I go with a group of 6 and we're usually there around 20-30 mins beforehand (12:30 or so on Sat). I got there really early once when it was at the Cyclorama because Russian River was there and I wanted to try Pliny the Elder and Younger. After the first hour, there was no line at Russian River and they had plenty of beer for the day.
     
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  36. Smokee

    Smokee Initiate (168) Jul 23, 2009 Massachusetts

    I know this probably sounds like cheerleading, but having been to almost a dozen BA fests, I've always been very impressed at how well and how quickly the entrance process is dealt with. I'm solidly in the show up 15-20mins before the start camp. You'll get right in and there is always more great beer than you'll know what to do with throughout the event.
     
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  37. LeeRossman

    LeeRossman Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2014 Pennsylvania

    DD tickets sold at the door?
     
  38. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,029) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society

    Nope, as per the info page.
     
  39. Coorsy

    Coorsy Defender (657) Jul 11, 2014 Massachusetts
    Trader

    is there a printable version of the floor map? or is that the guide that is handed out at the door?

    thanks guys! cant wait for tomorroow :grinning:
     
  40. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,029) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society

    Reread the survival guide.
     
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