Introducing VIP Badges (BeerAdvocate Fests)

Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Talk' started by Todd, Aug 23, 2018.

  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,621) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff

    Starting with our IPA Fest this December 15 in Boston, we're excited to launch a new, very limited, VIP experience at our fests. And here's the base information (subject to change):

    VIP Badge
    Be the beer fest rockstar that you were always meant to be.
    • Skip the entrance line and check into the fest up to 30 minutes before doors.
    • Access to the VIP lounge.
    • Access to VIP only bathroom facilities.
    • Swag bag filled with goodies.
    VIP Lounge
    A place to chill out for Industry and VIP badge holders only.
    • Timed tappings of VIP exclusive beers poured by special guests. *
    • Access to curated beers reserved for the lounge. *
    • Free packaged snacks. *
    • Free, private coat rack (based on the weather; use at your own risk).
    * While supplies last.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    When do VIP badges go on sale?

    Extreme Beer Fest: Boston (2019)
    • Initial release (sold out) was on Friday, August 31 at 12PM EDT.
    • A limited number will be released for sale on Thursday, December 20 at 12PM EST.
    • $50 + fees.
    How many VIP badges will be available?
    How do I buy them?
    What If I already bought tickets?


    Extreme Beer Fest = 200 per session, and limited to 4 badges, per session, per order.

    If you already purchased tickets and want to upgrade to a VIP badge:
    1. Buy the VIP Badge (Upgrade) for the session that you already have tickets for.
    2. Bring both tickets to the fest.
    If you haven't purchased tickets yet:
    1. Buy a session ticket AND VIP Badge (Upgrade) for the same session.
    2. Bring both tickets to the fest.
    Note: A VIP Badge (Upgrade) doesn't include access to the fest. You must have a ticket for the corresponding session, too. And if the sessions for your ticket and upgrade don't match the upgrade won't be honored.

    When do I get my VIP badge?

    They'll be issued upon checking in with a valid ticket and ID.

    When will you announce the beers in the VIP lounge?

    Closer to the fests. More to follow...

    That's it in a nutshell, for now.

    Cheers!
     
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  2. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (1,576) Apr 16, 2015 New Hampshire
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    Just got mine! Can't wait. I was very excited about the fest in general, but this adds a layer.
     
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  3. johnInLA

    johnInLA Crusader (782) Jun 12, 2005 California
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    Oh I hope this happens for the BA Extreme Beer Fest in LA

    Placing my virtual lawn chair at the front of the line :slight_smile:
     
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  4. warrendietrich2001

    warrendietrich2001 Defender (612) Feb 13, 2013 Nevada
    Trader

    Really excited to see this offered. So excited that I bought an additional session so I can spend one session in the lounge and the other session drinking beers. Nothing is better at a beer festival than exclusive bathrooms!!! Thanks BA for keeping the ticket count down low and making it somewhat exclusive rather than releasing a thousand tickets and only perk is a early entrance.
     
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  5. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (2,953) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
    Premium Trader

    Honestly, this makes me a little more likely to make a trip out of one of these beer festivals. Otherwise, there really aren't any festivals I fancy traveling over 4 hours by car or paying for any flight to visit.
     
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  6. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (1,576) Apr 16, 2015 New Hampshire
    Premium Trader

    Which session VIP?
     
  7. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,621) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff

    Update: Thanks to everyone who took the leap of faith. Everyone who decided to upgrade their previous order (and put in a request as instructed) has been taken care of. We truly appreciate the support, and we're looking forward to making your beer fest experience with us even more awesome.

    We've got a handful of VIP badges for IPA Fest Session #2 left. Don't miss out!
     
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  8. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,621) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff

    The goal is to offer VIP for all of our fests going forward.
     
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  9. warrendietrich2001

    warrendietrich2001 Defender (612) Feb 13, 2013 Nevada
    Trader

    Jon, I had purchased the morning session VIP tickets but seeing that you purchased session #2 tickets I decided to purchase session 2 as well. It's all about the bathroom! So I now have VIP for both sessions.
     
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  10. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,621) Aug 23, 1996 California
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  11. cbourassa

    cbourassa Initiate (91) Sep 15, 2006 Massachusetts

    Todd, my friend and I each bought tickets separately to EBF, but he would like to buy us both VIP tickets. Will we still be able to get the refund? We would buy both VIP tickets under one email even though the two EBF tickets were purchased under two emails (one of which will be used to purchase the VIO ticket)?

    Thanks.
     
  12. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,621) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff

    Update: It just got easier. No refunds will be required.

    If you already bought tickets, just buy the upgrade for the corresponding session.

    If you haven't bought tickets, you'll need to buy a ticket AND and upgrade ticket for the same session.

    See the original post for more.
     
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  13. PS2PhreeK

    PS2PhreeK Initiate (26) Nov 17, 2015 Massachusetts

    Hey I bought 6 tickets to EBF, which was the limit I believe. If we all wanted VIP. Could I do that or would I not be able to
     
  14. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,621) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff

    Have a friend buy the other two.
     
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  15. Drel

    Drel Aspirant (225) Nov 14, 2014 Massachusetts
    Trader

    Session 2 sold out already?
     
  16. bresnab

    bresnab Initiate (120) May 16, 2011 Massachusetts

    I checked at 12:00 sharp and there were no Session 2 tickets available
     
  17. bresnab

    bresnab Initiate (120) May 16, 2011 Massachusetts

    They are now showing and I was able to grab 1

    COOL
     
  18. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,621) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff

    Session #2 always moves quick, but if people don't buy within 8 mins they get released. "Unavailable" indicates this vs. "Sold Out."
     
  19. Drel

    Drel Aspirant (225) Nov 14, 2014 Massachusetts
    Trader

    Well there’s the sold out tag. I guess 12:01 wasn’t early enough haha
     
  20. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,621) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff

    You would've had to sit there and hit refresh every few seconds (which many were doing) to catch the tickets being released.
     
  21. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,621) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff

    Update: Just wanted to thank everyone again for taking the leap of faith. All 100 IPA Fest and 300 Extreme Beer Fest VIP Badge upgrades have been sold.

    We appreciate your support, and we're looking forward to creating a kickass experience for everyone.

    Cheers!
     
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  22. MarcSteinhagen

    MarcSteinhagen Initiate (53) Feb 6, 2013 Massachusetts

    Question here, I never received any email about the VIP badges going on sale for EBF and when I had looked on the site it said no information on the date, just, "COMING SOON" did I miss an email or are you guys going to release any more? that's the only way I was looking to get into EBS this year.
     
  23. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (1,576) Apr 16, 2015 New Hampshire
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    I got a bunch of notifications. Do you receive other email notifications from BA?
     
  24. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,621) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff

    We sent multiple emails out to all past attendees and recently active users, made numerous posts on social media, and did some site alerts for active users, too.
     
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  25. MarcSteinhagen

    MarcSteinhagen Initiate (53) Feb 6, 2013 Massachusetts

    I didn't get one email, see any posts. That's too bad. I generally liked the EBF, since it was held at the Cyclorama, but these days it's a bit crazy. VIP would have made it worth going to again.
     
  26. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,621) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff

    Were you not active for a while? We only send emails to the most recently active users. And we didn't go too far back with Eventbrite emails either. Otherwise I'd check your spam folders.
     
  27. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,621) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff

    Thanks again to everyone who purchased VIP for IPA Fest. Overall, it seemed like a big hit and we've already pulled together feedback that we'll be applying to Extreme Beer Fest to make VIP even better.

    Also, a limited number of VIP upgrades for Extreme Beer Fest will be released for sale on Thursday, December 20 at 12PM EST.
     
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  28. ChrisV784

    ChrisV784 Initiate (53) Jun 1, 2016 Massachusetts

    Will the upgrades be posted to the ticket page? Trying to go for 4 so I gotta be quick. Haha. Thanks!
     
  29. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,621) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff

    Yes. They'll show up as a separate ticket type with a reminder that you need a general ticket for the same session, too.
     
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  30. Piels25

    Piels25 Initiate (180) Dec 17, 2013 Massachusetts
    Trader

    Any feedback from VIP ticket holders? Was it worth the extra cost? General feedback?
     
  31. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,621) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff

    We asked for feedback at and after the fest. So far, so good. That said, we did identify several things that we can improve upon and plan on applying what we learned to Extreme Beer Fest to make VIP even better.
     
  32. ChrisV784

    ChrisV784 Initiate (53) Jun 1, 2016 Massachusetts

    Got my tickets for session 2 today. So excited to skip that cold line this year!
     
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  33. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (1,576) Apr 16, 2015 New Hampshire
    Premium Trader

    I was VIP for the second session. It was great. I will get VIP for all the fests if I can. Getting in early without line is awesome. Perks and place to chill in VIP area, interesting beers, separate bathroom. Was definitely worth it for me.
     
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  34. Piels25

    Piels25 Initiate (180) Dec 17, 2013 Massachusetts
    Trader

    Thanks for the feedback, glad it was worth it! Unfortunately for me the EBF session 2 VIP tix sold out 5 minutes after my post. :confused:
     
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  35. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (1,576) Apr 16, 2015 New Hampshire
    Premium Trader

    That's too bad. Fest will still be great though!
     
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  36. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,163) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
    Staff

    Still a handful of VIP Badges left for Sessions #1 & #3 ...
     
  37. ride287

    ride287 Initiate (40) Feb 12, 2015 New Jersey

    Hey guys - this will be our 4th EBF. We have 6 of us who go. We bought early bird tix, but now I am thinking about upgrading. I do not see an upgrade option for Session 1 in boston. Have they sold out? Thanks.
     
  38. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,621) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff

    They have. Both rounds of VIP upgrades are now sold out.