Extreme Beer Fest: Boston (2020)

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,147) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Morning! The fest is an invitational with a very limited number of booths and we currently have a waitlist.
     
  2. Footbridgedan

    Footbridgedan Initiate (15) Jul 22, 2019 Maine

    Thank you very much for the quick reply.
    Would you mind elborting on the criteria to be invited. We have had a few recommendations that we should enter in this comparison and are excited to be part of it even if it is in the future. Thank you again.
     
  3. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,147) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society

    It's a combination of things, like: scores/discussions on the site, recommendations from other brewers, existing relationships, previous attendance, and more.
     
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  4. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,147) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Only tickets for Session #1 remain, but not for long.
     
  5. Footbridgedan

    Footbridgedan Initiate (15) Jul 22, 2019 Maine

    Thank you. I appreciate the information.
     
  6. rdacey

    rdacey Initiate (94) Feb 13, 2011 Connecticut

    Any chance we see Horus returning again this year?
     
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  7. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,147) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    The fest currently has a waitlist for brewers.
     
  8. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,147) Aug 23, 1996 California
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  9. Joenap419

    Joenap419 Initiate (154) Dec 11, 2015 Rhode Island
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    Are we thinking there may be 30 or so breweries or is the 27 closer to the final number?
     
  10. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,147) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    As per the fest page, we're aiming for over 30 brewers.
     
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  11. Joenap419

    Joenap419 Initiate (154) Dec 11, 2015 Rhode Island
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    Sweet. Thanks for the reply
     
  12. seijia

    seijia Initiate (32) Apr 30, 2015

    I couldn’t notice...last year I could buy the ticket around November...
     
  13. gclaw4444

    gclaw4444 Initiate (88) Jul 30, 2015 Massachusetts
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  14. Justin42

    Justin42 Aspirant (237) Apr 3, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Any chance additional tickets will be released?
     
  15. seijia

    seijia Initiate (32) Apr 30, 2015

    Ok, thanks. but I bought a ticket to Boston :slight_smile: . I will see around my favorite breweries.
     
  16. Precisiondigital

    Precisiondigital Initiate (148) Dec 27, 2018 Maryland

    Whoa this is so cool. I'm definitely going to have to attend!!!
     
  17. Sumnerj

    Sumnerj Aspirant (287) Nov 14, 2015 Connecticut
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    Anyone familiar with the area around Cyclorama? Im looking for a good restaurant/bar within walking distance to grab a meal beforehand and/or possibly extend the party afterwards. Thanks!
     
  18. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (561) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    The Cyclorama is in the South End of Boston. It's pretty restaurant heavy in that area, and also close to the Back Bay. Picco is like right next door and has great pizza and a pretty solid taplist usually. Five Horses is probably the closest "beer bar', but there are a lot of restaurants nearby. Just hop on Yelp and look in those neighborhoods, you'll find something that fits you.
     
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  19. Sumnerj

    Sumnerj Aspirant (287) Nov 14, 2015 Connecticut
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    Looks like the list is down to 26 breweries for EBF. Pretty sure it was at 27 the other day. Anyone know who dropped off?
     
  20. scxcrunner

    scxcrunner Zealot (575) Aug 24, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Foolproof I think?
     
  21. JakerLou

    JakerLou Meyvn (1,140) Jan 6, 2013 New Hampshire
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  22. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (561) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    Which is addition by subtraction.
     
  23. jebiker852

    jebiker852 Initiate (70) Jan 16, 2015 Massachusetts
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    This format sucks TBH this was a yearly tradition for me and a group of friends, was nearly impossible to buy tickets.
     
  24. dental

    dental Devotee (428) Apr 2, 2014 Massachusetts
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    not cool counting jacks abby and springdale as 2 seperate breweries lol
     
  25. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,147) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Sounds like you were able to tickets, so that's a positive and we look forward to seeing you there. The next Extreme Beer Fest will be able to accommodate more brewers and attendees.
     
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  26. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,147) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Technically they are, but as with previous fests they'll share a single booth.
     
  27. JakerLou

    JakerLou Meyvn (1,140) Jan 6, 2013 New Hampshire
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    Any chance you can spill the beans on where the next Fest will be? :-).
     
  28. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,147) Aug 23, 1996 California
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  29. onezendad

    onezendad Initiate (49) Apr 16, 2018 Canada

    Rather than fly in the day of, like I did last year, I am driving in from Canada and it a bit of a road trip and leaving a day early so I can 1. Stop at Hudson Valley and 2. Not be tired as hell when I get to my hotel.

    As I was making my colour-coded spreadsheet for my trip (don't you judge me) I took an updated look at the list of breweries and low and behold some are starting to list their actual brews for the festival and I just noticed now.

    One month. Anyone else getting excited?
     
  30. hops_for_thought

    hops_for_thought Devotee (467) Jun 14, 2013 New York
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    Definitely!

    HVB in Beacon, have you been before? If not I recommend Draught Industries (great tap list) and Meyer’s for a burger. There was an awesome sandwich shop called Stock Up but appears it closed - the replacement spot Beacon Daily has solid reviews

    If you have any time/interest in some art while you’re there, Dia:Beacon is pretty cool
     
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  31. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (561) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    I can’t believe Artisanal made the cut for this. Blech.
     
  32. onezendad

    onezendad Initiate (49) Apr 16, 2018 Canada

    Have not been but looking forward to it. Thanks for the suggestions. I will check them out.

    Driving down from Toronto and staying in Fishkill because everything in Beacon was a bit out of my preferred price range. Then a stop in CT and hopefully in RI on Friday so I can keep crossing States off my Brewery To Do List, before heading into Boston.

    Looks like my CT stop will be 5 Churches based on location and opening time, but undecided on RI.

    And before anyone gets concerned Im stopping at Treehouse & Trillium on the way home so I dont have to haul a bunch of cans up and down from my hotel room :slight_smile:
     
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  33. mbizup

    mbizup Initiate (45) Jun 26, 2015 New Jersey

    I just want to confirm that there will definitely be no coat check this year. I've gone to the past few EBF's at the convention center and it's been available (although at times not 100% confirmed until close to the event). So just wanted to confirm that there definitely will not be on this year, as might have to wear some Under Armour for the walk from the hotel and waiting to get in.
     
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  34. undercurrent1981

    undercurrent1981 Aspirant (278) Sep 11, 2014 Virginia

    Flying in from VA with my gf. Super stoked for the fest and to be back at Cyclorama. We are going to 2 sessions and can't wait. Less than a month away now! :slight_smile:
     
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  35. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,147) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    We currently have no plans, or space, to offer a coat check at this venue.
     
  36. Lupin

    Lupin Aspirant (298) Jun 4, 2006 Connecticut
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    Any pre-fest events announced this year? I generally take the train up Thursday, but searching FB events turns up nothing outside of the fest.
     
  37. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,147) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    We're definitely hosting the official pre-party with Sam and the Dogfish Head crew on the Thursday. I'll post an update as soon as the final details are squared away.
     
  38. Lupin

    Lupin Aspirant (298) Jun 4, 2006 Connecticut
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    Sweet. I'll see y'all there.

    Also looking forward to my newish EBF-mates seeing the Cyclorama for the first time. Went through my emails and apparently this will be my 12th session and 7th at the cyclorama:

    Belgian beer fest 2006, 2007
    American beer fest night of lagers 2007
    EBF night of the barrels 2008
    EBF 2008, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
     
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  39. EXCELentTaste

    EXCELentTaste Initiate (27) Mar 11, 2019 California
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    In response to the mixed feelings expressed by gclaw, I took a look at the ratings for each of the currently announced beers and breweries for this year's fest. Here are the top line takeaways:
    • 93 fewer breweries will attend the event (2020 Brewery Count: 32 | 2019 Brewery Count: 125)
    • Brewers will pour 346 fewer beers (2020 Beer Count: 123 | 2019 Beer Count: 469)
    • The average beer score increased by 0.1 points (2020 Avg. Beer Rating: 4.0 | 2019 Avg. Beer Rating: 3.9)
    • Fewer "whales" will be available, although the percentage of whales to average beers has gone up (2020 4.0+ Beers: 51 | 2019 4.0+ Beers: 180)
    • The average attending brewery rating increased by 0.1 points (2020 Avg. Brewery Rating: 3.9 | 2019 Avg. Brewery Rating: 3.8)

    You can see all of the data here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet...OKdTzYKNnXxmkrXzTYhSdUBY3j8wYIuYvW5Fy/pubhtml

    Note: that spreadsheet uses Untappd data, which may be blasphemous for an event run by BeerAdvocate.
     
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  40. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (561) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    Great work here. Can you run geographic info? Like, is the reach of this event smaller than last year? Kinda feels that way, more New England heavy as a %.
     
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