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Firestone Walker Invitational. Too early for excitement?

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

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  1. pumptrick

    pumptrick Oct 26, 2010 California
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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

    stupac2 Feb 22, 2011 California
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    Funny, my group just started discussing details via BM a few minutes ago. COINCIDENCE? Yeah I guess so.
     
  3. Rau71

    Rau71 Dec 12, 2011 California
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    The correct answer is no. Been waiting for this since last year.
     
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  4. Earlycsquid

    Earlycsquid Jan 7, 2013 California
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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

    sandiego67 Feb 25, 2008 California

    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.
     
  6. Buck86

    Buck86 Aug 8, 2011 California
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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

    drgarage Aug 19, 2008 California

    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

    Rau71 Dec 12, 2011 California
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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

    imyourhero21 Oct 9, 2011 California
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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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  10. APreacher

    APreacher Jun 6, 2012 California
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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

    4kbrianb Jan 2, 2013 California

    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
     
  12. luisc123

    luisc123 Oct 20, 2011 California

    ISO: 2 tickets. Even if it's last minute and someone can't make it for whatever reason
     
  13. yoitsarch

    yoitsarch Nov 13, 2012 California
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    Are the tickets connected with your name and must match ID?
     
  14. grrrah

    grrrah Sep 21, 2009 California
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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

    Vanlingleipa May 19, 2011 California
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    Last year they accepted hard tickets or printed tickets were not associated with names.
     
  16. Commanche

    Commanche May 8, 2008 California
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    Interesting in a good or bad way? I just made a reservation there.
     
  17. 4kbrianb

    4kbrianb Jan 2, 2013 California

    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

    jtmartino Dec 11, 2010 California
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    Yeah, until you find bedbugs. Then you GTFO and sleep in your car.
     
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  19. 1424IpA

    1424IpA Nov 2, 2012 California
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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

    Rau71 Dec 12, 2011 California
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    Its about a 2 hour drive for me, LA folks on the way up would have a better shot.
     
  21. 4kbrianb

    4kbrianb Jan 2, 2013 California

    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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  22. AptosBeerDrinker

    AptosBeerDrinker Aug 9, 2011 California

    Is that a Red you're shooting with in your avatar?
     
  23. 4kbrianb

    4kbrianb Jan 2, 2013 California

    yes sir
     
  24. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Mar 18, 2010 California

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

    AptosBeerDrinker Aug 9, 2011 California

    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

    sandiego67 Feb 25, 2008 California

    $302 including all taxes for Saturday Night
     
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  27. teamizm

    teamizm Feb 4, 2005 California

    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

    hophead247 Jan 27, 2008 California
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    Damn. I got mine for $180 a night from Fri-Sun. Prices obviously went WAY up.
     
  29. 4kbrianb

    4kbrianb Jan 2, 2013 California

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

    sandiego67 Feb 25, 2008 California

    They will have to battle my own bedbugs.
     
  31. StarRaptor

    StarRaptor Jun 8, 2010 California

    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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  32. grandmachine

    grandmachine Mar 11, 2010 California
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    I'm going to try and land a pair of tickets a few weeks before the event.
     
  33. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Mar 18, 2010 California

    Does anyone have any info on the block rates at some of the hotels FW lists on their website?
     
  34. pumptrick

    pumptrick Oct 26, 2010 California
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    Adelaide was just over 100 per night if memory serves correctly
     
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  35. OakedCanuck

    OakedCanuck Jun 23, 2009 Washington

    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.
     
  36. grilledsquid

    grilledsquid Jul 10, 2009 California
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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

    sandiego67 Feb 25, 2008 California

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

    sandiego67 Feb 25, 2008 California


    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

    StarRaptor Jun 8, 2010 California

    Last year they wouldn't even let me in with a water bottle
     
  40. sandiego67

    sandiego67 Feb 25, 2008 California

    I meant before and after. I can understand that they don't want outside beer coming into the festival.
     
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