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Extreme Beer Fest: Sometimes Bigger Is Better

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  1. MattVC

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    This list looks great! Looking forward to this.
     
  2. somenerd

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    This is a pretty exciting announcement. Definitely pumped about all the new changes! More space + more brewers = more awesome. And as much as I don't like having to wait another month, I will enjoy (hopefully) not having to choose between wearing/carrying around a super-heavy winter coat during the fest and freezing on my walk back home.
    Maybe now I can get a small group together for one (or more) of the sessions. March can't come quickly enough...
     
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    Pretty pumped to see some of the more rare Michigan beers coming out to Mass for the fest. Kuhnhenn, Right Brain, Short's, Dark Horse and obviously Founders.

    Can't wait !
     
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    I would think the responsibility should ly with the breweries, if they were smart they would do timed tappings, but they could/should be unannounced to avoid a clusterfuck.
     
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    Is that the Prism Beer from eastern PA? If so, they make an interesting Strawberry Jalapeno beer, and possibly the best coffee beer I've ever tried.
     
  6. Todd

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    What is so smart about timed tappings? What is relly wrong with first come, first served?
     
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    my only .02:

    don't make us walk around the entire venue like for ACBF, it's gonna be collllld!

    /can't wait, fest sounds great.
     
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    For the more rare beers or the ones that brewers otherwise would have tapped at a certain time: What if the brewers just divided the amount of any particular beer they brought into 1/3 allotted for each session? If the allotment for a session kicks, then no more of that beer will be served during said session. This at least ensures that there's not a one-sesh run on a high-demand brew.
     
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  10. ShogoKawada

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    I got like 4 pours of it, there was no line. Younger lasted pretty long- longer than expected.
     
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    Bring a coat! Entry will be similar to the most ACBF, as it's a much more time efficient routing than using the escalators.
     
  12. aea1156

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    Having never been to Boston, would everyone recommend staying at Seaport Boston Hotel & Seaport World Trade Center?

    Other options within walking distance?
     
  13. Auror

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    You had me at Funky Buddha...
     
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  14. ShogoKawada

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    Coat check?
     
  15. Todd

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    No, unless we can find a legit charity to rent the equipment, set it up, man it, break it down and assume all liability.
     
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    I know this has been said in the past but I am foggy. Can I bring a small backpack to put my coat and stuff in, assuming it's not like an expedition-rated mt. everest size pack?
     
  17. EnronCFO

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    Even if it was, it would probably still look small on you. :)
     
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    Yeah, much like Heady Topper last year. By the end of the fest, I had tried everything I wanted and just drank Pliny until they kicked us out.
     
  19. Todd

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    It'll depend on the venue's security policy at the time. We'll update the FAQs as we get closes to the fest.
     
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    Sometime I wonder why you fix what aint broke.
    I think everyone agreed this was the best event on the planet.

    NOTB and the EBF the next day. Bummer.
     
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    Where's Tuckerman's Brewery!
     
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    Hotel booked - Residence Inn which is a 5 minute walk to the venue. This is my favorite event of the year. Looking forward to it.
     
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    I kind of agree. I'm sure the new space, more food, etc., will be great, and the date changes don't bother me one bit after last year, but my concerns would be what multiple people have stated regarding the actual beer quality being served itself. Maybe PTY made it a whole fest 4-5 years ago (which is pretty cool), but over the course of the last few years I think we've seen some incredible beers in low quanities, and a tendency for there to be a few long lines for them.

    A lot of the highly sought after beers tend to kick quickly due to a limited amount making it to the fests. As an example at the 2012 NotB/EBF weekend Funky Buddha brought some amazing beers both days, but if you did not get in line for them immediately, you probably missed out. Someone like the Bruery sent Black Tuesday and Oude Tart with Cherries bottles years ago when they were highly sought after, but they would only last 10-20 minutes. I hope the new size doesn't discourage some breweries from bringing low quantities of great/rarer beers, as this weekend has always routinely had one of the best beer lists of any fest out there. I also realize this only applies to a small percentage of the beer that is poured at the fests, but I would argue it is an important small percentage as having these beers have helped the reputation grow.

    As an out of towner, I am also bummed they are not doing NotB the same weekend on Friday night. It was fun coming up to Boston for two great beerfests in a 30 hour period that had very distinct but great tap lists. Harder to justify a trip up for 1 night personally as I liked making a weekend out of it.

    These things wouldn't keep me from attending (though a wedding might), and I hope it is as good as ever.

    Quick question; are you planning on doing the same for BBF/NotF, or will it depend on how this goes?
     
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    I mean, for everyone who's bummed out at the format changes- why not go both Friday and Saturday? Hit your must-haves early, and visit your favorites a 2nd time on saturday. Just a thought.

    Sounds like there's going to be a shit ton of beer at this fest.
     
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    My wallet says no for both unfortunately. Is Saturday afternoon more crowded than Friday night in your experience?
     
  26. mdfb79

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    Very true. Basically looks like it is about double the amount of beers as last year's EBF so if you looked at it that way, you could potentially split it up as two fests.
     
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    for those who have gone to both nights in the same year---do the breweries typically tap the same beers both days/nights? OR do they wait for sat night to tap their rarer brews?
     
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    well, they've never really done it like this before. This is a huge influx of tickets available.

    The venue is huge- the space'll be there. I wouldn't worry- the lines at BA fests are generally quick, and if you're avoiding the 'Dogfish Head' or 'Founders' lines you can get in and out quick. There's always booths with zero lines.

    I wouldn't worry about which day would be more crowded- I've been to 10+ BA fests and never felt like I didn't get enough awesome beer. The return on the dollar is pretty high on these fests.
     
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    • All 3 sessions will have the same line-up of beers (more or less) and brewers.
    • Brewers are encouraged to ration limited beers across sessions.
    • All beers will be subject to availability and change.
     
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    I realize there are more tickets available this year, but can anybody comment on how quickly the fest sold out last year (I assume it sold out)? Is this a buy your tickets as soon as they go on sale sort of event, or do they last a while?
     
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    Buy your tickets as soon as they go on sale, that's my advice.
     
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    Last year tickets sold out in about 2 mins, but we're selling a considerable amount more this time around so it's hard for us to gauge.

    My advice: Don't wait. Buy them immediately.
     
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    Cool, now i just need to snag some!
     
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    Hey bros......I've heard Mike Saboe makes some "extreme beers" (subtle hint);)

    Clark
     
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    It is not that it was broke or not broken but the format has run its course logistically ... I can't stress this enough:

    "... we'll be announcing exciting plans for Night of the Barrels' future soon."
     
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    I just emailed someone over there ... hoping to hear back. ;)
     
  37. papat444

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    Thanks for including Dunham! Not the first time you have a Canadian brewery is it?

    You have to contact Bellwoods, they are doing some awesome things and deserve more recognition.

    Also, if you're a volunteer for the brewery, how does that work in regards to being able to sample some brews from other vendors?
     
  38. Todd

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    We've moved away from having volunteers help pour beer for brewers.

    Volunteers are allowed to sample in moderation, but those who over-indulge will get the boot.
     
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    Ok but i was thinking of volunteering directly with the brewery but still answers my question ;)
     
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    I'm on Eventbrite and don't see the event- am I missing something?
     
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