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Firestone Walker Invitational. Too early for excitement?

Discussion in 'Pacific' started by pumptrick, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. pumptrick

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    Am I the only one that can't contain himself? Got five buddies going, scrambling for another ticket. Got multiple rooms at the Adelaide and hoarding bottles for what sounds like a possible bottle share. Last year was the best festival ever for me. Just want to start banging the drum.

    Cheers
    Pat
     
  2. stupac2

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    Funny, my group just started discussing details via BM a few minutes ago. COINCIDENCE? Yeah I guess so.
     
  3. Rau71

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    The correct answer is no. Been waiting for this since last year.
     
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  4. Earlycsquid

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    I'm still looking for a ticket for myself. :(

    I figure the closer we get to the event. Offering face value of the ticket + a vintage black tuesday if anyone knows someone with an extra ticket.
     
  5. sandiego67

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    Let me know about the bottle share, I have some decent stuff. I am not going to be at the Adelaide but rather at the Motel 6 down the street.
     
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    if the trophy-wench was FWI.

    .. but seriously I am pretty psyched. I bought tickets on a whim hearing about the event and am pumped I didn't wait on it to see if people would want to go with. The way I explained it to my brother was "From what I read about last year, this event became a pissing contest between the best breweries in the country"
     
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  7. drgarage

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    I've been excited for awhile. I wouldn't make any bottle share on Friday night (I'll probably be crashing in San Luis that night), but could be up for a little sharing post-festival. I'm at the Best Western.
     
  8. Rau71

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    I'm a local and I would be down for a bottle share. Just need to make sure I have something worth sharing in June.
     
  9. imyourhero21

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    Too bad the barrelworks doesnt fill up growlers or you would be sitting on a goldmine of beers to share.
     
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    I have mentally prepped myself but my taste buds are still in the "oh shit we really ready for this" stage.
     
  11. 4kbrianb

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    the motel 6 right off the freeway? Let it be known, that is an interesting party in itself.... but there is a BBQ place within walking distance
     
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    ISO: 2 tickets. Even if it's last minute and someone can't make it for whatever reason
     
  13. yoitsarch

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    Are the tickets connected with your name and must match ID?
     
  14. grrrah

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    Bought a ticket on a whim because it wasn't sold out after 12 hours. Stoked to go now!
     
  15. Vanlingleipa

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    Last year they accepted hard tickets or printed tickets were not associated with names.
     
  16. Commanche

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    Interesting in a good or bad way? I just made a reservation there.
     
  17. 4kbrianb

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    interesting in the sense that it is a place to sleep. I've stayed there, you won't get murdered. It does its job. a bed is a bed, right? Plus I am assuming a strong majority of you will be slightly/heavily intoxicated. It is clean enough and easy to get to most places, so no worries for you guys.
     
  18. jtmartino

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    Yeah, until you find bedbugs. Then you GTFO and sleep in your car.
     
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    I live in Paso and there is a brand new hotel called the oaks, I dont know what the rates are but I know it looks a lot nicer than the motel 6 right down the street and the bedbugs are fairly new....lol.
     
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  20. Rau71

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    Its about a 2 hour drive for me, LA folks on the way up would have a better shot.
     
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    I actually think I may have slept in my car for part of one of the nights I was there. Alcohol induced, not due to bedbugs haha
     
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    Is that a Red you're shooting with in your avatar?
     
  23. 4kbrianb

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    yes sir
     
  24. UCLABrewN84

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    I am very excited after missing last year and hearing how great the event was.
     
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  25. AptosBeerDrinker

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    Right on. I'd ask more questions but I don't want to completely derail the thread.

    I'm really looking forward to this festival. I don't go to many beer festivals these days but I heard so many good things last year I had to jump on it. I hope all the breweries bring their A game.
     
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  26. sandiego67

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    $302 including all taxes for Saturday Night
     
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    Same. I felt like everyone I knew in LA went and all I heard was "best beer event ever". I made sure I'm not missing out this year.
     
  28. hophead247

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    Damn. I got mine for $180 a night from Fri-Sun. Prices obviously went WAY up.
     
  29. 4kbrianb

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    you can BM me if you want to buddy, no worries!
     
  30. sandiego67

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    They will have to battle my own bedbugs.
     
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    I'm staying out on the coast in Cambria and getting drop off by my wife the morning of. Last year I got there an hour early and was near the front of the crowd. This year I think I'll show up closer to the start time.
     
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    I'm going to try and land a pair of tickets a few weeks before the event.
     
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    Does anyone have any info on the block rates at some of the hotels FW lists on their website?
     
  34. pumptrick

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    Adelaide was just over 100 per night if memory serves correctly
     
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    I can't wait. Really glad I bought tickets THEN decided to plan our yearly vacation around it.

    Looking forward to any bottleshares that will be happening (if y'all will have me). Can also bring some stuff down for IP trades or whatever.

    Cheers fellas and I'm looking forward to meeting a bunch of ya.

    Best Western here.
     
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    Is there a sign up sheet for the bottle shares or do people just show up with random bottles?

    Also, for those of you who did do shares after the event, how late did you guys start them? I'd imagine most people would be hammered by the end of the event and the prospect of drinking even more beer in the evening might be a little intimidating for lightweights (like me). Still, though, a share sounds fun even if it's just for a few pours.
     
  37. sandiego67

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    When I called Aidelaide a few months ago, they had a 2 night requirement.
     
  38. sandiego67

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    I plan on filling a cooler with trades/bottleshares. I anticipate spontaneous transactions.

    We could probably start an IP ISO a few days before the event. If someone is looking for a particular beer someone might be able to hook them up.
     
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  39. StarRaptor

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    Last year they wouldn't even let me in with a water bottle
     
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    I meant before and after. I can understand that they don't want outside beer coming into the festival.
     
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