FOBAB (2019)

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

  1. randjuke

    randjuke Initiate (155) Feb 13, 2010 Iowa
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    There is no Saturday night VIP so if you are relatively near the front of the line Saturday night you're basically starting off even with everybody else.

    Friday night there is a VIP hour so there is a greater chance of being out of a beer by the time non-VIP's get in. Having said that I have seen occasional attempts made to keep some beer back for the non-VIP's, pouring very small pours, cutting off pours for a particular beer after a certain time in VIP, etc.
     
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  2. dukeandduke

    dukeandduke Meyvn (1,241) Feb 2, 2015 Illinois
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    I was the volunteer last year responsible for pouring Three Floyd’s Chemtrailmix, it was gone shortly after general admission folks made it in. It was one of the two or three whales pouring non stop the first hour, I helped out with other offerings after my keg was tapped, a few better than Chemtrailmix though they were not as hyped and this where available across all three days.

    There are so many offerings, I am not certain the VIP price difference to be worth it, especially since you will not know what specific pours are available until Friday afternoon at the earliest. I do agree it’s nice to have a partially crowded hall to scout out the layout, but most entrants spent the hour circling through the same three or four pours, spending a good deal of time waiting in line. The other factor is four hours for regular admission is more than enough time to responsibly sample the 300+ available offerings. There were many passed out or puking with two hours to go in the two sessions I attended.

    As always, controlling the FOMO nearly always works in the Beer Enthusiast’s favor.
     
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  3. randjuke

    randjuke Initiate (155) Feb 13, 2010 Iowa
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    It's funny, Chemtrailmix was one of the beers I remember getting a very small pour, I'm assuming so more people could try it. Might not have been you pouring though. It might even have been two years ago. I'm glad I tried it but I don't think I'd want to drink a lot of it at once.
     
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  4. dukeandduke

    dukeandduke Meyvn (1,241) Feb 2, 2015 Illinois
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    If it was last year Friday, it was me or my co-volunteers. We were told to provide smaller pours (1-1.5 ozs) based on the strong ABV and the desire to spread it broadly. We also ran into a very foamy pour before adjusting the keg a few times to pull more per draw.

    Beyond the "Whales", people can get as much as they prefer throughout the evening.
     
  5. whatruDOINdragic

    whatruDOINdragic Initiate (153) Aug 22, 2013 Illinois
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    Apart from the fest itself, has anyone seen any events announced? We're just over 3 weeks out but I haven't seen anything yet.
     
  6. ktr5010

    ktr5010 Devotee (406) Dec 12, 2014 Illinois
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    Was wondering the same thing. I haven't heard anything yet.
    Side note, your avatar makes me laugh pretty much every time I see it.
     
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  7. EastHastings

    EastHastings Initiate (30) Jan 30, 2019 Estonia
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    Are there any events that take place every year before/after FOBAB? Coming for FOBAB for the first time, very excited :slight_smile:
     
  8. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Crusader (711) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    A keg of Malort Dark Lord has been known to pop up from time to time around those dates....
     
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  9. Ferocious

    Ferocious Aspirant (258) Nov 17, 2012 Illinois
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    Events are starting to get announced. Beer Temple has a big BA beer event with several great breweries the Thursday before.

    Wouldn't shock me if Mikerphone does something as well
     
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  10. Bburns87

    Bburns87 Initiate (132) Jun 11, 2013 Illinois
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    Well last year henna was one of the first to kick and I got some. Waited in line for maybe 45-60 minutes before doors opened. So you don't really have to be VIP you just have to get in line early enough.
     
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  11. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,306) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    Mikerphone announced a week of events including MikerFoBAB on the 6th (MikerFoBAB details follow).
     
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  12. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (350) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Do I have it right that Weldwerks is at Mikerfobab but not Fobab?
     
  13. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Crusader (711) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    No, they are listed on the Fobab page as a participating brewery
     
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  14. dukeandduke

    dukeandduke Meyvn (1,241) Feb 2, 2015 Illinois
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    No, Weldwerks is listed on the FOBAB site. Toppling Goliath isn't, but they do not donate kegs to these types of events, which is why you'll see them at Mikerphone but not FOBAB.

    Barn Town, Cigar City and Windmill Brewing are the other three Mikerfobab participants not listed as participants on the FOBAB website.
     
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  15. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (350) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Missed them when I last looked. Thanks for the correction. That’s great news after their year off last year. Peach Climacteric and Medianoche Reserve were stellar beers in past Fobabs so I’m excited to see what they come with now
     
  16. KCUnited

    KCUnited Initiate (189) Nov 11, 2014 Illinois
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  17. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Crusader (711) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Does that mean they aren't eligible to be judged if they are releasing that info before hand?
     
  18. Chuckdiesel24

    Chuckdiesel24 Meyvn (1,164) Jul 6, 2016 Illinois
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    No it does not
     
  19. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Crusader (711) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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  20. KCUnited

    KCUnited Initiate (189) Nov 11, 2014 Illinois
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    Per The Beer Temple Beachwood Blendery takeover event:

    Beachwood - Bourbon Barrel Sadie (FoBAB Submission)

    Beachwood - Come in Grape, Your Time is Up -Zinfandel (FoBAB Submission) Lambic-inspired ale fermented and aged in oak barrels with Zinfandel grapes
     
  21. GuyFawkes

    GuyFawkes Poo-Bah (4,216) Apr 7, 2011 Illinois
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    So...is FoBAB happening this year?

    /s
     
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  22. SWChi

    SWChi Defender (619) Oct 25, 2012 Illinois
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    Just got my volunteer email confirmation for Saturday day, 1st time able to make it with the earlier date, can't wait
     
  23. Ferocious

    Ferocious Aspirant (258) Nov 17, 2012 Illinois
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    Breweries have always been able to promote their submissions before the event, but the event has a policy that they will not promote the submissions before judging has taken place.
     
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  24. Hop-Trollop

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

    Lucked into a brewer’s pass for Saturday.(whatever that means) Does all of the big hype stuff kick on Friday?
     
  25. dukeandduke

    dukeandduke Meyvn (1,241) Feb 2, 2015 Illinois
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    No, most have multiple pours over Friday night and Saturday, though some are not available for Saturday evening.

    PACE yourself and keep hydrated and you will enjoy FOBAB!
     
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  26. Jbrown72

    Jbrown72 Initiate (52) May 12, 2014 Illinois
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    I believe that the breweries need to provide a keg/ equal number of bottles for each session, but some kegs might kick in the imbibe vip hour for the Friday and Saturday afternoon sessions.
     
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  27. Buddhaa

    Buddhaa Initiate (53) Mar 10, 2013 Illinois
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    With the brewers pass you can go up to the brewers area where they have some food available, and you can skip the insane line the goose island has for their pours and go to the side where brewers can get pours
     
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  28. Jplachy

    Jplachy Disciple (367) Feb 12, 2012 Illinois
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    It's basically an all access pass. Just don't get so drunk you embarrass whatever breweries name is around your neck.
     
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  29. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Crusader (711) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Or if you do, put a "Phase Three" tag on there so people start going "Maybe Phase Three is made by people who are a bit too honest."
     
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  30. NNN

    NNN Initiate (106) Feb 9, 2017 Illinois
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    Any events today or tomorrow that y'all are excited about
     
  31. Jplachy

    Jplachy Disciple (367) Feb 12, 2012 Illinois
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    Going to bed at a decent hour.
     
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  32. Bbear

    Bbear Initiate (150) Oct 26, 2016 Illinois
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    That's cute, Jim.
     
  33. Jplachy

    Jplachy Disciple (367) Feb 12, 2012 Illinois
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    Thanks.
     
  34. HawksBeerFan

    HawksBeerFan Aspirant (265) Dec 24, 2011 Illinois
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  35. Hop-Trollop

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

    I’ll be on my best behavior.
     
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  36. nheinemans

    nheinemans Initiate (181) Nov 4, 2017 Netherlands
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    So any tips for first time Fobab visitor? I have vip tickets for Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Do I have to get in line early, do I need to pick up a wristband (or is the qr code on the ticket all I need to get in)? Do they have some kind of food, and water?
     
  37. Jplachy

    Jplachy Disciple (367) Feb 12, 2012 Illinois
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    Go fast, then slow, then fast again....sorry did you say FoBAB? Oh. Yeah. Anyways. Get in line as early as you want. There are 200+ beers on the floor. If you miss something oh well you're gonna try lots of amazing beer. They will wristband you before you get inside. They don't have food. For the love of god eat something before you arrive. There is plenty of water.
     
  38. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Crusader (711) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Keep drink tickets in your beer glass hand and the other hand free for doing this all night:

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  39. nheinemans

    nheinemans Initiate (181) Nov 4, 2017 Netherlands
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    Thanks! That's exactly the kind of advice I needed.
     
  40. dukeandduke

    dukeandduke Meyvn (1,241) Feb 2, 2015 Illinois
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    This Beachwood on draft is incredible. Amalgamator was billed as on par or better than PtE, I would like to drink both side by side but have to agree there are merits for either. Working on this Hops of Brixton which is also great, and will close out with Mocha Machine before scurrying away with fresh Amalgamator cans. I will most certainly hit this brewery next visit to SC. Plenty of cans available in the bottle shop (everything in stock on their Instagram except the retired beer).

    I shouldn’t even be drinking pre FOBAB but alas I am. It’s great to be alive!!!