Goose Island 312 Urban Block Party - September 21'st

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by nickMB, Jul 22, 2013.

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  1. nickMB

    nickMB Disciple (310) Nov 17, 2009 Illinois

    I'm sure a bunch of you know but for those that don't, Goose is throwing another Block Party this year on September 21'st and it looks like tickets are again only available through raffle, sweepstakes, etc. I actually just got an email saying I won so I suppose they are picking a bunch everyday. It is chicago, so enter early and enter often.
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  2. DLDlulz

    DLDlulz Aspirant (213) Feb 15, 2012 Illinois
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    Pear BCS here I come!!
  3. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Anyway to get involved in the raffle/etc without being on Facebook?
  4. mdomask

    mdomask Aspirant (273) May 27, 2012 Illinois
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    Last year, they did ticket giveaways at various tap takeover events. The band also ran a contest to give away tix. There were also some Twitter-related things (like, follow us on Twitter and come find us at some random location around Chicago that we just took a picture of).

    Edit: The tap takeovers also tended to feature BCBS, the current Fulton & Wood, or both.
  5. Chiefilliniwek

    Chiefilliniwek Initiate (83) Mar 4, 2013 Illinois
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    BUSY, BUSY beer weekend, Sept 21st is one day after Festiv-ale, and the same day as the Logan Square Beer Fest and the city made beer festival in Andersonville
  6. foobula

    foobula Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

  7. nickMB

    nickMB Disciple (310) Nov 17, 2009 Illinois

    Everyone of their contests requires you to like download, give access too or like some new thing, all of which I'm sure is data mining but at the end of the day, last years block party had like 5 or six different BCS variants.
  8. foobula

    foobula Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    My approach is if GI wants me at their party they'll make it easier. It was cool to see them & Virtue take over Pitchfork, and I'm expecting they bring the goods to GTMW like last year. Also looking forward to FoBAB and Belgian Fest. With those plus continued BCS tappings around town there's no shortage of opportunities to drink tasty GI beer. I don't need to enter some goofy drawing. And I do hope they're prepping to release a new BCS variant later this year and just don't want to announce it yet in case there are problems.
  9. Grohnke

    Grohnke Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2009 Illinois

    also, the raffle entry thing doesn't work on the ipad, which essentially prevents me from entering. life is hard
  10. RobotScott

    RobotScott Initiate (156) May 21, 2013 Illinois
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    I just randomly got tickets to this in the mail. Anyone else win?
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  11. jplopez21

    jplopez21 Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2012 Illinois
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    I just won tix as well, but I think I entered 5 different times.
  12. bgrzywa2

    bgrzywa2 Initiate (87) Nov 8, 2011 Illinois
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    Tickets showed up at my house today too
  13. dmsulli

    dmsulli Initiate (151) Jan 30, 2012 Colorado
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    Everyone I know who won, including me, had their "winner" confirmation email in their Spam filters. I'd imagine a lot more of you who entered are going to wind up with tickets in the mail.
  14. jdhende

    jdhende Aspirant (299) Sep 27, 2010 Illinois
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    Also won tickets to the block party. Goose also gave me tickets to pitchfork too. I could get used to these contests.
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  15. nickMB

    nickMB Disciple (310) Nov 17, 2009 Illinois

  16. danimalarkey

    danimalarkey Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2008 Illinois

    Dang! At that price... no, probably not.

    FWIW, there was the following exchange via Twitter last week. I remain skeptical.

  17. PlayaPlaya

    PlayaPlaya Aspirant (202) Sep 19, 2012 Illinois

    When/where was this contest??

    And now 2 for 1???

    My butt hurts, I paid the full $25 for one ticket.. : (
    O well, could be worse.

    Are they trying to make this a repeat shit show of the first block party this summer??? I would think they would not want to sell out, because when they did for he 25th anni block party everything got out of hand. EDIT: Actually the 25th anni block party did not sell out, but it was still wayyy out of hand

    I guess they think they are prepared enough to handle whatever crowd comes their way this time???
    Because for the 25th party, I think if the attendance was cut in half, it still would have been a shit show.

    Within the first 5 minutes of that party, I was talking to 3 GI employees who all agreed there was ZERO organization and that it was just complete chaos.

    I hope it's different this time, though I am not getting my hopes up.

    I love GI, but they seem to be really crappy at organizing events.
  18. Lansman

    Lansman Aspirant (239) Mar 19, 2011 Missouri
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    Pass out tickets in line for the first X number of people to get a pour of their choice. (Choose from Rare, Bramble, etc.) Only those individuals with a ticket are guaranteed a pour, and can get the pour at any time during the event up until a designated time. If there is any left over after that time (at Goose's choosing), it goes first come, first served until tapped. This requires people to collaborate together to get a taste of what they want, but that might fix the overcrowding problem and the unorganized nature of the last block party. Just a thought.
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  19. PlayaPlaya

    PlayaPlaya Aspirant (202) Sep 19, 2012 Illinois

    Why does it even have to be such a fiasco where we have to come up with some new scientific way of running a "festival" ??

    I do not understand why they go from such extremes. How many tickets were sold for the Black Friday tasting at GI Clybourn last winter? A couple hundred, at max, I believe. And it sold out right away. And most importantly it was a professional type event where people were civil and did not have to go running to the barrel aged booth the second the doors open and elbowing everybody to try to get some beer.

    2000 tickets were sold/available for the block party at the beginning of this summer... Given that the limit on the tickets for THIS event is 10; its safe to say that no less than 2000 tickets are being sold for this event.
    I realize events like Belgium Fest might be somewhere in between, but why can't you have a super solid event (I heard this years belgium fest was weak) that is more than 200 people, but less than 2,000 ???

    I would be fine if I did not land a ticket for such an event, because perhaps next time I could. As opposed to having tickets available to every event because it's completely oversold and saturated with people.

    Sell 500 tickets. Have the event in a large enough space, spread each of the rare, barrel, popular beers out as far as possible. One at each corner, then the rest spread out in between. Give out punch cards when people walk in; with 2 or maybe 3 punches per rare beer and another 20 punches for the rest of the beers from other breweries, etc. ...That way, nobody or any one group is hoarding around any one beer. If for some reason they have the new unheard of diamond and 24ct gold BCBS available, each person will only be allowed 2 pours. That way people are not constantly cycling the line.
  20. JRBecks

    JRBecks Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2012 Illinois

    I just won tickets as well, am I allowed to show up late to the party or do I have to be there at a certain time to get in?
  21. TravisMBinns

    TravisMBinns Initiate (179) Apr 30, 2011 Illinois
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    This is not going to be like the Anniversary party, if it's anything like last year's Block Party. Last year there was plenty of space and opportunity to taste all of the different BCS offerings. Seriously, are we going to compare everything Goose Island does to one bad event? Are you all the same people that get upset when Dark Lord Day sells out in 10seconds and then suggests that they should sell more tickets so more people can go and still have it be a disaster every year? (Note, I thought this years' was run pretty well).
    Look, the Anniversary party was too crowded and not very well organized. Everyone understands that.
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  22. nickMB

    nickMB Disciple (310) Nov 17, 2009 Illinois

    ya, people are forgetting last years 312 block party was filled with half st vincent/music fans. Also the crowd was 1/2 that of the block party. Assuming there will be lots of low (whose a pretty big indie for the past 20 years that consistently play near or sell out shows the metro), toyko police club (everybody remembers nature of the experiment) & disappears (huge local band that at one time featured steve shelley of sonic youth) fans, this should be relatively laid back and not jam packed with truck chasin hoardin chicagoans. But who knows, they might have more people then last year and all you fringe BA folks will be pounding on the fences and crowding tables for a sip of flat, past its prime Rare.
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  23. mykey120

    mykey120 Initiate (187) Aug 13, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Even if rare is flat and past its prime, it is still mighty tasty! lol Something as simple as spreading out the more sought after beers would make a huge difference IMO compared to the anniversary party, they said they addressed issues and I hope they did. Also, having to pay for pours instead of having a punch card will cut attendance I bet
  24. sbxx

    sbxx Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2011 Illinois

    Now I might actually go. $25 each simply wasn't worth it.
  25. foobula

    foobula Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    If anyone wants to go in on the BOGO, shoot me a BM. And by BM I mean Beer Mail, not the other BM.
  26. Vav

    Vav Aspirant (288) Jul 27, 2008 Illinois

    Aw shit :slight_frown:
  27. tinypyramids

    tinypyramids Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2012 Illinois

    the thing is though that last year, no one had any idea that the taplist would be as ridiculously good as it was. now you start promoting an event where you prominently feature rare, and you're going to draw a lot more beer hoarding types.

    personally, between belgian fest on sunday and local option and zwanze day this weekend, i don't know if i'll have the liver power for another event this month.
  28. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (845) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
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    I randomly got tickets today too, and don't even remember signing up for anything.
  29. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (845) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
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    Also how does this work, do you pay cash for everything?
  30. foobula

    foobula Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    I guess it isn't even called beer mail anymore, I'm behind the times! (link)
  31. nickMB

    nickMB Disciple (310) Nov 17, 2009 Illinois

    Last year you bought tokens which then bought beer (cue david cross joke about the token impresario meeting with goose island trying to get rid of all these tokens) . A token was like 5 bucks I think, and you got a decent size pour of rare stuff into plasticy wine glasses, whereas standards were a nice full pint for the token.
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  32. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (845) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
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    Ok thanks, trying to figger out how much money I'll be spending. Sounds like at least $35...
  33. nickMB

    nickMB Disciple (310) Nov 17, 2009 Illinois

    That's exactly what I spent last year, but I also have friends that work at the radio station sponsoring that gave me a ton of free tokens (last year also had a sizable VIP area in the barrel house) so I probably would've spent like 60 bucks. But more was on tap last year, I think they were just clearing out all sorts of sixlet experiments that were laying around the fulton brewhouse; sour pere jaques, brett 312, coffee & raspberry BCS, ghost pepper BCS, the infamous PEAR BCS (j/k) etc etc.
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  34. kodt

    kodt Zealot (505) Mar 6, 2013 Illinois

    Wait, so you have to pay for your pours on top of the ticket fee? Not like the anniversary party where you got a punch card?
  35. nickMB

    nickMB Disciple (310) Nov 17, 2009 Illinois

    I haven't the faintest idea, but that's how it worked last year. I doubt for what is now a 12.50 ticket your getting ten pours but I have no idea. My assumption is that the ticket is for access & music, because no where does it say the ticket includes drinks.

    Unless of course you were being funny and I'm beating a dead horse because sarcasm doesn't translate via typed word.
  36. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Meyvn (1,248) Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
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    $25 for admission and music! Who does GI think they are, FFF?
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  37. kodt

    kodt Zealot (505) Mar 6, 2013 Illinois

    No, not kidding. I went to the anniversary party and it included something like 15 pours, which you could not even possibly drink. Those tickets were $25.
  38. DLDlulz

    DLDlulz Aspirant (213) Feb 15, 2012 Illinois
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    This is a Music Fest that just so happens to have great beers available for sale. If it's anything like last year, spending $30 to get some great beers plus see some bands is more than fair. Haven't you people been to a concert lately? $25 is pretty fair. $12.50 is a downright steal
  39. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (845) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
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    Well that's fine for a concert for a band I actually like... :wink::sunglasses:
  40. incubuscience

    incubuscience Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2012 Illinois

    At $12.50 a ticket, it's almost like THEY'RE paying ME to go listen to two cool bands. And drink their fancy beer. Twist my arm, why don't ya?!
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