FoBAB 2021

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  1. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Whoa. How did I miss the to-go portion. Do you have to attend in order to purchase a to-go 6 pack or can anyone order online?

    That's pretty much on point, but needs the addition of:
    -It's a great way to get way more fucked up than you planned on.
    -If you are a BCBS fan, it's also the showcase for the new GI stuff well ahead of Black Friday.
     
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  2. kodt

    kodt Mar 6, 2013 Illinois
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    You can order online starting tomorrow. Pickup is at the venue, but you don't need to attend the in person festival to pickup.
     
  3. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Harder question: So what stouts don't I buy this season to fit this unplanned expense in my budget?
     
  4. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    I get that they want to make the take home Fobab as realistic as the in-person one by giving you the mixed 6 packs of beer to sample, but is it necessary for all the volunteers to fart in the beer tote prior to pick-up?
     
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  5. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Apr 8, 2017 Ohio
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    I was curious, so I read what was on the FOBAB page about the 6-packs to go. $60 is a lot (for me) to spend on luck. Also, I dunno, maybe it's the cynic in me, but it feels surprising to me to think that every beer that is entered has to be submitted with 12 12-oz bottles. So if GI brings DBTBBCBS, 12 lucky people get one?

    Someone tell me I'm crazy.

    There's at least 150 breweries, and if each bring only 3 beers (some bring more, right?), then you're talking at least 450 beers, which equates to...900 6-packs, minimum. Doesn't that seem like a lot for them to sell? Am I underestimating beer nerdery?
     
  6. sahd-1

    sahd-1 Jul 2, 2013 Illinois
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    They sold out of them last year, but granted, that was the only way to consume FoBAB. Of the 12 beers I got last year, I was only disappointed with about 2.
     
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  7. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Apr 8, 2017 Ohio
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    Was it worth $60 for a 6-pack? How many of those ended up being BA stouts?

    I'm not much of a sour guy, but my sister is. Perhaps this could be a reason to purchase one of these that would also provide cost sharing.
     
  8. sahd-1

    sahd-1 Jul 2, 2013 Illinois
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    I bought 2 last year. This is what I wound up with:
    FOBAB 2020

    Horus-Pallas’s Pere (stout)


    Cerebral-Vanilla Here be Monsters (stout)


    Little Beaver-Adventures Ahead (stout)


    Taxman-Maple Vanilla Stout


    BBGB-Bourbon barrel Quad


    Wolf’s Ridge-cognac Barrel Dire Wolf (stout)


    Hopewell-Four


    Wiseman-A Wonderful Trip (rasp Brett PA)


    Nebraska-Sallyweiss (Chardonnay hefe)


    Holzlager-Coffe Kolsch


    Avery-Pomona


    Half Acre-Cliffs

    The quad and the coffee kolsch were the only stinkers.
     
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  9. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Apr 8, 2017 Ohio
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    I see what you’re doing here. Trying to convince me. It might work.
     
  10. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    I thought they came in the formats donated last year if I remember reading the reviews here correctly. BCBS came in the standard 16.9oz bottles and I think some people said they got the 750ml of FFF's offering. I doubt anyone would complain if they got more than 12ozs so it is easier to just say you are getting 6 12oz beers? I can't verify this info.
     
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  11. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Apr 8, 2017 Ohio
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    If that's the case, that makes it an even better value. I'm just a very risk-averse person, so the idea of going into it blind makes it a non-shoe in for me.
     
  12. randjuke

    randjuke Feb 13, 2010 Iowa
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    I think about a third of mine were BA stouts or porters Was it worth it, I would say no since it's basically a crap shoot. I regarded it as a donation to the cause last year so I don't regret it, but my gosh in Chicago there are so many excellent beers you can just go and buy.
     
  13. kodt

    kodt Mar 6, 2013 Illinois
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    Yes, but only beers entered for competition are included. Goose Island pours a bunch of stuff at their booth at FoBAB that they don't enter into competition, so those would not be included.

    That said, people last year got 750ml bottles of 3 Floyds Chemtrailmix, Phase 3 Eunoia, and Phase 3 Minutiae, all beers that sell for ~$300 on secondary. So yeah, 12 lucky people will get some really rare stuff.

    Me on the other hand, I got 3 Chicago shelf beers, and 3 out of market beers that are things you can pickup direct from the brewery if you visit. So that was a bit disappointing, but the bottles were worth the $60.

    Can't say I am not tempted for the chance to get something special though.
     
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  14. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Apr 8, 2017 Ohio
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    Really appreciate the honest feedback from everyone. Hope it helps others as much as it helps me.
     
  15. sahd-1

    sahd-1 Jul 2, 2013 Illinois
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    I’m going to the event and seriously considering getting a to-go pack too.
     
  16. ajcuster89

    ajcuster89 Apr 14, 2014 Vermont
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    Tickets still available for both sessions as of yesterday. Maybe looking at a very not-crowded fest?

    Also, where's everyone heading before/after the fest? My group is looking to hit Maplewood, Hopewell, and Rev on Saturday evening.
     
  17. Jplachy

    Jplachy Feb 12, 2012 Illinois
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    That sounds awful.
     
  18. monstershu

    monstershu Jun 10, 2020 Illinois
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    Honestly, pre- or post- FOBAB drinking sounds like a recipe for disaster. You’re going to get plenty of beer to drink there. Find places to get carbs and water. Not even joking.
     
  19. sahd-1

    sahd-1 Jul 2, 2013 Illinois
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    Friends, don’t let friends post-game at FoBAB.
     
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  20. kodt

    kodt Mar 6, 2013 Illinois
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    It is theoretically possible to drink more after FoBAB, but it has yet to be done.
     
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  21. VinHalen54

    VinHalen54 Jun 4, 2014 Illinois

    To add to the posts above from @Jplachy @kodt @sahd-1 @monstershu ...
    I have been to FoBAB many times, and seen folks pre-game on the train or at a local bar and it's all an incredible WASTE of $$ and time. (that is, it all comes back up later and you feel like shit).The best pre-game is having a meal at Manny's with some pastrami and a potato pancake!
    I have also seen folks do a post-game, but it has never ended well.
    The best post-game is to drink water and chill with friends. (friends that will help watch over everyone).
    However, it is possible to leave the afternoon session on Saturday at 5pm, take a nice long drinking break (and maybe a nap), and maybe make some stops later with someone else driving.
    Good luck and have fun!
     
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  22. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    I don't think my group has ever collectively finished a glass of beer between us the times we have post gamed at a bar or brewery after a beer fest.
     
  23. sahd-1

    sahd-1 Jul 2, 2013 Illinois
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    Better advice has never been offered. Unfortunately the new venue isn’t as close to Manny’s as the Forum was.
     
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  24. ktr5010

    ktr5010 Dec 12, 2014 Illinois
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    In 2018 went to Kuma's Corner in the West Loop after with a couple others to get a burger. Well they had two bottles of Vanilla Rye for $50 each. Drank one between us but couldn't get to the second so I asked if I could put my name on it for later. Went back about a month later and asked if they still had it and sure enough they did. That was a much more enjoyable bottle then.
     
  25. Zoomslowik

    Zoomslowik Mar 17, 2016 Illinois
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    Those servers are better people than me. I definitely would have killed the bottle and said we couldn't find it.
     
  26. DeadWax

    DeadWax Dec 29, 2016 Illinois

    My group and I eventually found that a mid-game was the best way to go to have the best experience all the way through. We had the Imbibe VIP power hour at noon, hit all the ones we thought might be gone later, then around 1:45 we would take a walk to Jim’s Original, eat, and walk back to then just graze for anything that sounded good from 2:30-close. The cool walk and the food made the second half of the event (and the post event) much more enjoyable.

    Pre-game drinking ruins the experience imo- it’s already a special enough event on its own and you are just blowing out your palate and reducing the amount you can try at Fobab. Post-game drinking is just an exercise in masochism.
     
  27. REVZEB

    REVZEB Mar 28, 2013 Illinois
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    My go pre-fobab tradition is 2 packed sandwiches on the train in and WATER, it's a marathon and you want to leave plenty of room for ba goodness.
     
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  28. randjuke

    randjuke Feb 13, 2010 Iowa
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    I would normally pick up a couple of hot dogs from Jim's and eat them while waiting in line. Not sure what I'm going to do this year, there doesn't seem to be much around.
     
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  29. MaizeandBrew_ChicagoTrue

    MaizeandBrew_ChicagoTrue Mar 26, 2015 Illinois
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    I bought 2 tickets (Saturday afternoon session), but got sick and don't want to risk exposing others... anyone have any discount buyers?

    I'll sell them for 30% off ($60 each).
     
  30. pudgym29

    pudgym29 Mar 14, 2009 Illinois

    Maybe, just maybe, things are slowly restarting.
    That is: Would it be FoBAB if the weather Friday night did not involve standing outside in freezing cold and precipitation for 30+ minutes prior to opening? :grimacing::rolling_eyes::frowning2::beer::whale2:
     
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  31. Spurts_of_Funkiness

    Spurts_of_Funkiness Jul 25, 2019 Illinois

    Will the UIC Pavilion no backpack rule be enforced for this event?
     
  32. Jplachy

    Jplachy Feb 12, 2012 Illinois
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    https://www.fobab.com/faq
     
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  33. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Can't you just bring a purse like a normal person?
     
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  34. Jplachy

    Jplachy Feb 12, 2012 Illinois
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  35. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Apr 8, 2017 Ohio
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  36. Spurts_of_Funkiness

    Spurts_of_Funkiness Jul 25, 2019 Illinois

    I will bring my purse pants. Cargo pants.
     
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  37. DLDlulz

    DLDlulz Feb 15, 2012 Illinois
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    Maybe the only one submitting for judging? And will still have all variants to try?
     
  38. tiffman

    tiffman Dec 3, 2014 Illinois

    I see both Fourteen and Double Barrel. And yeah, those'll be the ones entered in the competition.
     
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  39. randjuke

    randjuke Feb 13, 2010 Iowa
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    No coat check this year, you're supposed to leave coats in a seat unattended. Looks like people will need heavy coats tomorrow and Saturday , too.
     
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  40. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    So they’ll check your vaccine status, but not your coat?
     
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