Monkish Brewing Co.

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  1. clayfu

    clayfu Initiate (186) Apr 27, 2010 California

    1:30 check in supposedly. Still haven’t moved at 1:50. Wonder if anyone will even get checked in at 2.
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  2. clayfu

    clayfu Initiate (186) Apr 27, 2010 California

    Westly out. If you were one of the first 50 in you got westly 3-4 times before it was all out at 2:20
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  3. annakarina

    annakarina Initiate (191) Jul 29, 2016 California

    Sounds like it's a riveting success.
  4. clayfu

    clayfu Initiate (186) Apr 27, 2010 California

    Lines aren’t too bad. Easily can try everything but westly. Cycle/ jesterking/veil/ side project had a long line but everything else was fine.
  5. clayfu

    clayfu Initiate (186) Apr 27, 2010 California

    4 pack of “surprise party” as an exit gift. Really good beer. One of the better ipas poured
  6. OTB

    OTB Zealot (505) Sep 2, 2011 California

    ISO !!!!! FT !!!!!!! LOL............Hope you guys had fun out there today !

  7. Fippy_Darkpaw

    Fippy_Darkpaw Aspirant (222) Sep 14, 2010 California

    Just returned from the anniversary party and had a pretty good time! The most frustrating part was waiting 40ish minutes to get into the venue after the go live time.

    Once inside the lines were manageable and the beers were pretty damn good. My favorites:

    Anchorage: A Deal with the Devil: My GF picked this one up and I was hesitant because I'm usually not a barleywine fan but damnnnnnn this was good! Stupidly drinkable and so tasty.

    Cycle: Festival/Only:
    Great cherry/BA stout blend. Reminded me of JtR but with cherries. Really good!

    Other Half: DDH Double Mosaic Dream: This was the best IPA of the day for me. Such a great representation of the mosaic hop profile. Loved it!

    Tired Hands: Coffee Vanilla only Void: Awesome coffee/vanilla balance. I had 3 pours, great beer!

    Monkish: LAX 2 JFK & Smarter than Spock: Both were great but really most all Monkish beers were awesome. I hung out in the right side of the tasting room (close to the restrooms) and was able to get pours as quickly as I could drink them.

    Tons of other awesome beers on tap but those are the ones that stick out. Also got a 4 pack on the way out, teku, pin, glasses, and some free food. Totally worth the price point imo :slight_smile:
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  8. TheAngryBurrito

    TheAngryBurrito Initiate (160) Jan 6, 2013 California

    I complained about the taplist before hand, but it was a good festival. Both cycle beers were great as was deal with the devil. Sorry I feel bad for the folks who didn’t get Westly, but Family Whistle was better imo. Getting the 4 pack was a nice surprise.
  9. TheBrewsky

    TheBrewsky Meyvn (1,322) Apr 23, 2017 California

    I am planning on visiting monkish on a Friday a couple weeks from now. Any suggestions for when to get there, or what to expect? Myself and people who will accompany me have never been, so any helpful tips are appreciated. I understand going on a Friday will mean More people, but we are thinking of being there for opening time. Cheers!
  10. AyeDogg

    AyeDogg Initiate (192) Oct 29, 2015 California

    If it's on a can release you're fvcked.
  11. Rbarnes4381

    Rbarnes4381 Initiate (162) Oct 29, 2013 California

    If there isn’t a can release it will be fine. Maybe 5-10 people there at opening. It is only crazy on can release days.
  12. SirElton

    SirElton Initiate (180) Feb 24, 2011 California

    Have to say this was one of the more disappointing party/events that I have been to. I had some very high quality beers, met some friendly people, but I expected better from the event overall. Some feedback if anyone from Monkish is reading:

    - if you’re going to charge $95 a ticket, you should be able to hire enough staff to check people in efficiently. Arrived at 1:45pm and didn’t get into the event until 2:45pm, effectively reducing the amount of time in the event by 18%. That sucked. I would have gotten there earlier if not expressly told through communications to not line up early since they had an early check-in system.

    - by the time I got into the event, many beers were already gone (Westly, Extra Vanilla Milkshake) which I understand, but I think the theme of the day was that there was way too little beer for the amount of people there. I could be wrong, but it seemed by about 4pm at least 2/3 of the beers (maybe 80% if the guest taps) were completely tapped.

    - the grouping of beers, particularly having one line for all the Monkish offerings, lead to long lines and inefficiency. While there were empty stations everywhere, the whole party at the end was being funneled into the tasting room. It took 15-20 to get a pour, which is frankly unacceptable for the price paid.

    - Please attend the Bruery Anniversary party in May to see how these events can be run correctly. They rent out a venue, have a tap truck, more space for more stations, and have food included in the ticket cost. They spend more money to ensure a more pleasant event, and are able to handle more breweries and more people with meal tickets for everyone at a much cheaper cost than this event.

    - another frustrating thing was that there were beers that only were getting tapped after another tapped out. When these beers didn’t tap out, we then didn’t get access to beers we were excited for. Considering how many completely tapped out stations there were pretty early on in the festival, some of these kegs should have been moved.

    - You need more restrooms. Two trips at different times in the party took a combined 30min or wait time. Yikes.

    - my girlfriend was allowed into the tap room for one final pour at 5:45pm. I was cut out, which was disappointing again considering I’d been in line for 20min, and standing next to her, but I understand the need to not violate your license. What I didn’t understand is how my gf was waiting for her pour and got to the front to be told they had to stop (was not near 6pm yet) after she witnessed another person get a pour at the same time. When she questioned why the other person got a pour, the reply was “well, that person is my friend”. That left a bad taste in our mouths as we were leaving.

    - gifting the four pack was a nice touch at the end, and in essence lowered the ticket price by $24 or so. That said, this is easily the priciest ticket, especially by volume I consumed. The last hour and a half was pretty much a sobering stand in the rain waiting for a single pour every 15min or so.

    I leave this feedback not to trash Monkish and the people who worked hard yesterday. I’m sure the elements caused problems and for the most part people drank beer and were happy. I hope this gets passed on and read and that at anniversary party 7 we can all have a little better experience.
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  13. TheBrewsky

    TheBrewsky Meyvn (1,322) Apr 23, 2017 California

    Ok that makes sense. I’ll keep a close eye on their Instagram to make sure it isn’t a can release day. Thanks for the response.
  14. SoCalBeerIdiot

    SoCalBeerIdiot Defender (680) Mar 10, 2013 California

    I saw the email said "no reason to line up before 1pm" but I laughed it off and showed up around 12:45pm. Line was maybe 40-50 deep by then. Guy behind me was annoyed that people kept showing up and joining their friends who were already in line, but I explained to him that this was due to the policy of +1s having to enter at the same time as their ticket buyer. That didn't bother me, though. I get it.

    Got in very shortly after 2pm. Got Westly. Got SPON. Got virtually ever beer I wanted to get. New beers kept appearing left and right even up until the end.

    Expected it to be A LOT more crowded. Turns out there is plenty of space with zero cars in that lot. Lots of familiar, friendly faces everywhere.

    Bathroom lines got long for a while but that's usually the case everywhere.

    It rained, but that didn't dampen my experience one bit. Great event. Great time.
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  15. PG2G

    PG2G Zealot (547) Dec 26, 2011 California

    As soon as I saw that the SARA stuff was bottle pours I knew that people were going to get shut out. If they had an early check in at 1:30 a line of 100+ would have just formed at SARA, which would have been awful. Though the slow check in process meant people early in the line were able to keep looping and drink 4+ pours of it. That was my only real complaint, but like anything, you come out of it with lessons learned and try and improve them the next go around.

    Overall I had a great time and would definitely attend again. The cans at the end were a nice surprise as well.
  16. ZombieGoose

    ZombieGoose Initiate (43) Jun 27, 2015 Ohio

    Anyone have any clue if the Pug pins and/or stickers from today will go up online anywhere? I want a few of those very badly!
  17. Izzy_Izumi

    Izzy_Izumi Initiate (132) Aug 3, 2017 California

    About the only thing I *didn't* like was restroom lines. None of the lines were terrible (though I didn't get any Westy) because we were all there to just enjoy the drinks. Talked to a bunch of people, made some fun line friends, etc.

    Could it have been run better? Probably. But, I ain't complaining too much.

    Oh, one other thing to complain about. I was frozen. But, I was dumb trying to be "super-light" with just a T-shirt and a waterproof jacket. Shoulda packed some insulation, but didn't think temps would just nosedive.

    My favorite of the day? PROBABLY "Festival Only" from Cycle. Or Holy Mountain's "Three Fates". Jackie-O's had some really good shit too.

    Loved the crowd following Henry when they started popping Cantillon Kriek. Loved seeing Otis and Bean. Also loved the delicious Mas Juteux. Too bad it was too cold for the slushies (for myself), they were tasty too.
  18. dcgunman

    dcgunman Savant (926) Jul 1, 2009 California

    Where’s @HopHead89 review of Monk’s big bash? I was looking forward to his review.
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  19. Dka67

    Dka67 Aspirant (292) Nov 27, 2014 California

    I think it might be a bit biased.
  20. BeersandBread

    BeersandBread Aspirant (202) Jan 20, 2016 California

    I heard his parents took away all internet privileges until he cleans his room.
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  21. pro100

    pro100 Initiate (107) Oct 12, 2014 California

    In other words they need to get their sh*t together
  22. HopHead89

    HopHead89 Initiate (161) Oct 20, 2016 California

    Couldn't see myself spending 100$...
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  23. j47paco

    j47paco Initiate (128) Dec 19, 2010 California

    Impressive show of restraint considering your prior posts.
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  24. IQBlue

    IQBlue Initiate (133) Oct 2, 2014 California

    For as much as people bitched and moaned about the price and how much of a shitshow it would be, it sounded like and looked like, for the most part, a pretty nice event? Outside of Westly running out and getting in, everything I've read sounds like it was pretty fun.
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  25. AyeDogg

    AyeDogg Initiate (192) Oct 29, 2015 California

    They're all in denial lol.
    Only upside is selling their 4-pack for $100 to cover their admission cost.
  26. annakarina

    annakarina Initiate (191) Jul 29, 2016 California

    Wait, were the 4-packs free or an extra $20?
  27. Frosty11161

    Frosty11161 Aspirant (239) May 2, 2016 California

    I think he's talking about the estimated value of the cans.
  28. Fippy_Darkpaw

    Fippy_Darkpaw Aspirant (222) Sep 14, 2010 California

    The festival was a great time! Sure there were a few logistical issues that pop up at every festival but overall the general consensus from my gathering was fantastic beer and a really enjoyable festival overall. I didn't get a chance to try Westly but that's alright, waaay too many stellar beers to worry about one.

    It's cool to hate on Monkish because of the secondary market the beer brings in ($$) and the haze bros/lines. I don't care for either but they don't impact me personally or my ability to have a good time at a great brewery. Some folks just like to bitch and moan :slight_smile:

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  29. Izzy_Izumi

    Izzy_Izumi Initiate (132) Aug 3, 2017 California

    I'm not in denial at all. I had a fantastic time.
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  30. dcgunman

    dcgunman Savant (926) Jul 1, 2009 California

    One hundread dollars can buy a lot of beer instead of a taste here and there at some anniversary party.
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  31. sittinggc

    sittinggc Aspirant (240) Mar 2, 2015 California

    I'd gladly pay $100 bucks again for an event with no-line pours of Double Oaked A Deal With The Devil, pours of exclusive out of state beers (ie Cycle Festival Only), bottle pours of awesome fruited sours (ie de Garde, Jester King, vintage Monkish, SARA), pours of out of state beers which I may have otherwise spent money trading for (Side Project, Holy Mountain, Other Half, Trillium etc), and anniversary teku + surprise 4 pack of hops.

    Its funny how most of the people hating on the event didn't attend.
  32. Redondo_Terp

    Redondo_Terp Initiate (24) Jan 19, 2018 California

    Extreme Beer Fest was $65 pp. I don't remember taking home any giveaways, though tbf I don't remember much beyond the second hour of that event. Valuing the take home beer at $20 and teku at $10 gives you a price of $70 for the Monkish event, which I neither attended nor even attempted to buy a ticket. I don't recall much griping about the price of EBF because the price was fair.
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  33. jnance88

    jnance88 Initiate (136) Jun 10, 2014 California

    It's funny how people who attended the event think that the people that didn't attend the event are "hating" on said event.
    I didn't attend. From everything I've seen and heard, it was a good time. I'm glad people had a good time.
    Not wanting to spend $100 on a beer event and voicing that, is not exactly hating.
    I guess threads need all kinds right?
    People that live that craft beer life and those who don't live the craft beer life as hard.
  34. taylordane

    taylordane Initiate (137) Dec 28, 2015 California

    Criticizing the price of events (or beer, glassware, etc.) equals hate speech.
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  35. jnance88

    jnance88 Initiate (136) Jun 10, 2014 California

    I'm sorry. I literally LOL'ed here at work at "hate speech". I have people peeking over their cubes at me. Thanks.

    Alright folks. No more criticizing on an internet message board.
    **bows out**
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  36. Saxmusik45

    Saxmusik45 Initiate (199) Nov 18, 2011 California

    I suppose the only griping regarding EBF would be that tickets ultimately went up on Goldstar for under $40/ticket.
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  37. dcgunman

    dcgunman Savant (926) Jul 1, 2009 California

    Not hating on the Monks event either. First, I’m out of the country so I wouldn’t of been able to attend. Second, I don’t do festivals or anniversary events. Just not my thing. I will do an occasional bottle/can release if it’s something I like and want. I will travel out of state or international to check out a brewery/brewery’s I like or that looks interesting. That’s one of the reasons why I’m in Japan right now. Third, I’m not into trying out all these special hard to get bottles/cans of different BA beers that you can’t get in CA. I like good hoppy beers and some stouts & porters. And we in CA have more than plenty these days to keep me and myself hoppy for a long time. I use to trade for east coast hoppy beers. It’s been over 2 years since the last time I did a trade. I go straight to the source these days. And I always bring bottles/cans back with me. I also will bring our great CA hoppy beers with me to give or share with the places I visit. That’s what Im doing on this trip. And I’m probably bringing back more bottles than I should be. The wife thinks I am.
    I don’t hate Monks or their beers. I’m sure their beers are good. Again, I was all into this Monks hype when they first did the can releases for the first 6 months. I think there are other local brewery’s putting out much better quality hoppy beers than Monks. And OffSh!te is not one of them. Yes I gave OffSh!te 6-8 months with their sh!te online can releases. That was a mistake. But I know better now. Live and learn. Or is it learn and live?
  38. asong_net

    asong_net Initiate (102) Jan 26, 2016 California

    Amazed there’s no lines and so many cases leftover...
  39. Dka67

    Dka67 Aspirant (292) Nov 27, 2014 California

    Nothing left in the wallets after that $100 ticket.
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  40. jnance88

    jnance88 Initiate (136) Jun 10, 2014 California

    Dude. That's hate speech. Not cool.
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