FOBAB (2019)

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by NBHeart, Aug 16, 2019.

  1. randjuke

    randjuke Initiate (155) Feb 13, 2010 Iowa

    Pre-sale ends 11:55 CST tonight, just got an e-mail.
  2. macewank

    macewank Initiate (171) Aug 28, 2010 Illinois

  3. bgrzywa2

    bgrzywa2 Initiate (150) Nov 8, 2011 Illinois

    I actually emailed them, they asked for last name and got the email shortly after
  4. dukeandduke

    dukeandduke Meyvn (1,241) Feb 2, 2015 Illinois
    Society Trader

    No growler or pitchers at home? You’ll get a few ounces regardless of container, through bringing additional small snifter(s) is a good idea to allow multiple pours in between glass rensing.
  5. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (350) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois

    For new people, Manny’s Deli will be packed with Fobab people prior to the festival. It’s walking distance and a great option. Planning to eat at Fobab is a non starter so don’t even consider it. Deviated from Manny’s last year actually and went to Cruz Blanca for 11am tacos and a pint. Would do that again even though it’s a quick uber ride away.

    Do you have to line up to get in? Well there will be big lines for both Imbibe and the GA session. However, the value of lining up for Imbibe is negligible. You can show up at 11:45 and you’ll lose like 60 seconds compared to people standing in the cold at 10:30
  6. americanzero4128

    americanzero4128 Initiate (20) Jan 21, 2015 Illinois

    The last couple years I've done the Saturday evening session. Metra in for this suburb man, Manny's deli for a solid base, walk over and get in line 30-45 minutes early, and be in with a beer in hand 5 minutes after the doors open. Works great and I'm looking forward to doing it again this year.
  7. beelzebubbles

    beelzebubbles Initiate (41) Mar 1, 2006 Illinois

    During FOBaB I take a break for some food. Right around the corner from the UIC Forum is Jim's Original. A Polish sausage pairs well with barrel aged beer.
  8. Ohiovania

    Ohiovania Crusader (773) Aug 13, 2008 Ohio

    Has the volunteer email gone out yet?
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  9. Sparty93

    Sparty93 Initiate (54) Aug 29, 2013 Michigan

    Not yet. I was wondering about it too, so I emailed them yesterday. Supposed to be in the next couple of days.
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  10. bgrzywa2

    bgrzywa2 Initiate (150) Nov 8, 2011 Illinois

    Anyone see brewery list yet? Noticed it said late September. Not sure if I just can't find it or not up
  11. macewank

    macewank Initiate (171) Aug 28, 2010 Illinois

    It's not up yet. The signups went out a couple of weeks later than advertised as well, so I'd expect something in the next week or so?
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  12. Jplachy

    Jplachy Disciple (366) Feb 12, 2012 Illinois

    Can we change the name of this thread?
  13. JFresh21

    JFresh21 Disciple (318) Mar 6, 2012 Illinois

    Updated to: Fobab, it's happening.
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  14. macewank

    macewank Initiate (171) Aug 28, 2010 Illinois

    How can you know for sure?
  15. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Crusader (708) May 3, 2016 Illinois

    Updated to: FOBAB season is in the air
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  16. macewank

    macewank Initiate (171) Aug 28, 2010 Illinois

    Did you fart?
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  17. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Crusader (708) May 3, 2016 Illinois

    They put the "ass snift" in tasting "glass snifter"....
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  18. NBHeart

    NBHeart Initiate (54) Jul 27, 2015 Illinois

    Brewery list is up in the app
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  19. JFresh21

    JFresh21 Disciple (318) Mar 6, 2012 Illinois

  20. NBHeart

    NBHeart Initiate (54) Jul 27, 2015 Illinois

    ICBG (Illinois craft beer guild) app
  21. macewank

    macewank Initiate (171) Aug 28, 2010 Illinois

    get this out of the way now, though i'm sure it'll need to be repeated several times before the event:

    The beer list isn't going to be available until the Friday evening session starts. FoBAB is a competition for the attending breweries, and no announcement is made for the beers each one is bringing due to the risk of tainting the judges. It's supposed to be blind judging.

    Some breweries may announce it on their own, and there's nothing saying they can't do that, but don't expect it.
  22. ddskos

    ddskos Initiate (100) Apr 28, 2008 Illinois

    Emails for fobab volunteers just went out.
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  23. Hop-Trollop

    Hop-Trollop Initiate (90) Apr 27, 2012 Illinois

    Any good benefits to having VIP passes to this or is it still a shitshow?
  24. whatruDOINdragic

    whatruDOINdragic Initiate (153) Aug 22, 2013 Illinois

    If you want even a shot at the whalesiest whales VIP is likely a necessity but there are so many very good options I don’t find VIP worth it. Either way, yes, FOBAB is a shitshow.
  25. HawksBeerFan

    HawksBeerFan Aspirant (263) Dec 24, 2011 Illinois

    I've never found this to be true for the Saturday evening session. I get it's probably different for the sessions where they let people in early though.
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  26. Buddhaa

    Buddhaa Initiate (53) Mar 10, 2013 Illinois

    Its the only way to go, hit everything you want with no line in the first hour, then meander around hitting what you may have missed the rest of the time. I will never go regular again.
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  27. SudsSavant

    SudsSavant Aspirant (233) Jan 9, 2007 Minnesota

    I feel like you may need to qualify with this event. Are you talking about the crowds or just the lingering aroma in the fest?
  28. bigleague

    bigleague Aspirant (291) Jan 11, 2015 Michigan

    Highly recommend the VIP but pretty sure you need to have an active membership in Illinois Craft Brewers Guild by late summer in order to get a VIP ticket? Maybe there’s another VIP category available?
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  29. REVZEB

    REVZEB Poo-Bah (5,927) Mar 28, 2013 Illinois

    Beer list is up on the website!
  30. Ferocious

    Ferocious Aspirant (258) Nov 17, 2012 Illinois

    Correction: Brewery list.

    Beers don't become public knowledge until Session #1 starts
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  31. REVZEB

    REVZEB Poo-Bah (5,927) Mar 28, 2013 Illinois

    Sorry, yes meant brewery, stupid phone auto correct
  32. ktr5010

    ktr5010 Devotee (404) Dec 12, 2014 Illinois
    Society Trader

    For the lazy

    10 Barrel Brewing
    18th Street Brewery
    2 Towns Ciderhouse
    25 West Brewing
    2Toms Brewing Co.
    3 Floyds Brewing Co.
    4 Hands Brewing Company
    5 Rabbit Cerveceria
    Afterthought Brewing Company
    All Rise Brewing Co.
    Alpha Brewing Co.
    Alter Brewing Company
    Angry Orchard
    Arclight Brewing Company
    Area Two Experimental Brewing
    Argus Brewery
    Around the Bend
    Arrowhead Ales Brewing
    August Schell Brewing Company
    Avery Brewing Company
    Beachwood Brewing & Blendery
    Begyle Brewing
    Bhramari Brewing Company
    Black Horizon Brewing Company
    Blackberry Farm Brewery
    Blue Island Beer Co.
    Bold Dog Beer Company
    Bottle Logic Brewing
    Branch & Bone Artisan Ales
    Braxton Brewing Company
    Braxton Labs
    BrewDog Brewing Co.
    Brickway Brewery and Distillery
    Brooklyn Brewery
    BuckleDown Brewing
    Buffalo Creek Brewing
    Burnt City Brewing
    Call to Arms Brewing Company
    Central Waters Brewing Company
    Cerebral Brewing
    Church Street Brewing Company
    Collective Arts Brewing
    Columbus Brewing Co.
    Confluence Brewing Company
    Coppertail Brewing Company
    Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
    Cruz Blanca Brewery
    Crystal Lake Brewing
    DeHop's Brewing Co.
    Derive Brewing Company
    Deschutes Brewery
    DESTIHL Brewery
    DESTIHL Restaurant & Brew Works (Normal)
    DESTIHL Restaurant & Brew Works (Champaign)
    Dovetail Brewery
    DryHop Brewers
    Elder Pine Brewing and Blending
    Ellison Brewing Co.
    Elmhurst Brewing Company
    Empirical Brewery
    Epic Brewing
    ERIS Brewery and Ciderhouse
    Exit Strategy Brewing Company
    Farmhaus Cider Co.
    Fifty West Brewing Co.
    FiftyFifty Brewing
    Flossmoor Station Brewing Co.
    Forager Brewery
    Forbidden Root
    Forest City Brewery
    Four Fathers Brewing
    Four Peaks Brewing Company
    Free Will Brewing Co.
    Fremont Brewing
    Fretboard Brewing Co.
    Funk Factory Geuzeria
    Garagiste Meadery
    Goose Island Beer Co.
    Great Lakes Brewing Company
    Greenstar Brewing
    Griffin Claw Brewing Company
    Hacienda Beer Co.
    Hailstorm Brewing Co.
    Hairless Hare Brewery/ Dayton Beer Company
    Half Acre Beer Company - Balmoral
    Half Acre Beer Company - Lincoln
    Half Day Brewing
    Haymaker Meadery
    Haymarket Brewery & Taproom
    Haymarket Pub & Brewery
    Hidden Springs Ale Work
    Hop Butcher For The World
    Hopewell Brewing
    Hopvine Brewing Company
    Horse Thief Hollow Brewing
    Illuminated Brew Works
    Imperial Oak Brewing
    Indeed Brewing Company and Taproom
    Iowa Brewing Company
    Jefferson County Ciderworks
    JT Walker's Restaurant & Brewery
    Karetas Brewing
    Keg Grove Brewing Company
    Kinslahger Brewing Company
    Kros Strain Brewing
    Lagunitas Brewing Company
    Lake Effect Brewing Company
    Lakefront Brewery
    Lil Beaver Brewery
    Listermann Brewing Company
    Lo Rez Brewing
    Lost Forty Brewing
    Lunar Brewing Company
    Lupulin Brewing
    MadTree Brewing Company
    Maplewood Brewery & Distillery
    Mark Twain Brewing Company
    Marz Community Brewing
    Metal Monkey Brewing
    Metropolitan Brewing
    Middle Brow
    Mikerphone Brewing
    Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
    Misbeehavin' Meads
    Miskatonic Brewing Company
    MKE Brewing Co.
    MobCraft Beer
    Monday Night Brewing
    Moody Tongue Brewing Company
    MORE Brewing Company
    MyGrain Brewing Company
    New Belgium Brewing
    New Holland Brewing Co.
    New Image Brewing
    Noon Whistle Brewing
    O.H.S.O. Brewery - Gilbert
    Oak Park Brewing Company
    Odd Side Ales
    Off Color Brewing
    Off Color Brewing - Mousetrap
    Old Irving Brewing Co.
    On Tour Brewing Co.
    Only Child Brewing
    Open Outcry Brewing
    Orpheus Brewing
    Oswego Brewing Company
    Penrose Brewing Company
    Perrin Brewing Company
    Phase Three Brewing
    Pig Minds Brewing
    Pipeworks Brewing Co.
    Pollyanna Brewing Company
    Prairie Street Brewing Co.
    Pretentious Barrel House
    Pure Project
    Ravinia Brewing Company
    Revolution Brewing
    Revolution Brewing - Brewpub
    Rhinegeist Brewery
    Rock Bottom Brewery - Bolingbrook
    Rock Bottom Brewery - Chicago
    Rock Bottom Brewery - Orland Park
    Rock Bottom Brewery - Portland
    Rock Bottom Indianapolis
    Rockwell Beer Co.
    Rogue Ales & Spirits
    Rowley Farmhouse Ales
    Samuel Adams
    Saucy Brew Works
    Scallywag Brewing Co.
    Shoreline Brewery
    Short Fuse Brewing Company
    Short's Brewing Company
    Side Lot Brewery
    Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico)
    Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Mills River)
    Skeleton Key Brewery
    Sketchbook Brewing Co.
    Smylie Brothers Brewing Co.
    Solemn Oath Brewery
    Soundgrowler Brewing Co.
    Spiteful Brewing
    Starcut Ciders
    Sun King Brewing Company
    Sun King Small Batch Brewery
    Superstition Meadery
    Surly Brewing Co.
    Taft's Brewing Co.
    Tangled Roots Brewing Company
    Taxman Brewing Company
    Temperance Beer Company
    The Bruery
    The Butcher & The Brewer
    The Collective Brewing Project
    The Dayton Beer Company
    The Explorium Brewpub
    The Lost Abbey
    The Lucky Monk
    The Rare Barrel
    Tighthead Brewing Company
    Transient Artisan Ales
    Tribes Beer Company
    Twisted Hippo
    Two Brothers Brewing Company
    Two Doors Down Brewing
    Two Roads Brewing Co.
    Unpossible Mead
    Untitled Art
    Upland Brewing Co.
    Upstream Brewing Company
    Urban South Brewery
    Verboten Brewing and Barrel Project
    Virtue Cider
    Warped Wing Brewing Co.
    Watermark Brewing
    WeldWerks Brewing Co.
    Werk Force
    West Sixth Brewing
    Whiner Beer Co.
    White Oak Brewing
    Wild Mind Artisan Ales
    Wild Onion Brewery
    Will County Brewing Company
    Wolfden Brewing Company
    Wolf's Ridge Brewing
    Woodfour Brewing Co.
    Zaftig Brewing Co.
    Zaftig BrewPub Italian Village
  33. Vitacca

    Vitacca Crusader (738) Sep 15, 2010 Wisconsin
    Society Trader

    Please let Forager and Hidden Springs have a little corner all by themselves in the sour room. I want no part of that mess.
  34. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Crusader (708) May 3, 2016 Illinois

    8,000 breweries in the US and not a single good one can show up at Fobab? :wink:
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  35. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Crusader (708) May 3, 2016 Illinois

    Is this going to be in a bigger venue? That's a lot of breweries.
  36. Bbear

    Bbear Initiate (149) Oct 26, 2016 Illinois

    Wow that's a lot of lack-luster breweries. Hard pass for paying for this one.
  37. ktr5010

    ktr5010 Devotee (404) Dec 12, 2014 Illinois
    Society Trader

    I thought the same but it's still at UIC
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  38. randjuke

    randjuke Initiate (155) Feb 13, 2010 Iowa

    Having VIP passes means you don't have a shitshow for the first hour. Otherwise it's the usual shitshow.
  39. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (350) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois

    The best 60 minutes of my beer year.
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  40. ericmurray93

    ericmurray93 Initiate (81) Nov 29, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Is there a significant difference between how long things last on Friday night non VIP and Saturday night non VIP? We’ve always gone Saturday PM, but I think this year we have to go Friday PM. I’m worried about things kicking before we are even allowed in.