Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest

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  1. igor

    igor Initiate (169) Nov 7, 2009 Minnesota

  2. Cyclone8

    Cyclone8 Devotee (419) Oct 19, 2011 Minnesota
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    Seriously? $100? Does that come with a souvenir pony? I was excited about it until I saw the ticket price. It feels like prices for these events are getting out of control.
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  3. mjchapley

    mjchapley Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2012 Minnesota
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    I think it sounds like a pretty solid event. $100 is a bit spendy but food is also included. Plus the chance to try some beers you may never get the opportunity to try again is pretty cool. It will be nice to see the owners and head brewers at an event as well instead of just volunteers, who usually are good, but don't have the knowledge the brewers do.
  4. sean_mpls

    sean_mpls Initiate (175) Sep 11, 2012 Minnesota
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    A bit spendy? It's 25% more than a GABF session. GABF sessions are also 1.5 hours longer.

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  5. Steasy66

    Steasy66 Disciple (335) Feb 23, 2012 Minnesota
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    Twice the price of FOBAB and I'm guessing the lineup won't be half as good.
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  6. Stimulus199

    Stimulus199 Initiate (185) Dec 11, 2013 Minnesota
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    This price-point is insane. Especially so, given that 10 of the 30 breweries are from MN.

    $25 more than Casanova's Dark Beer Fest, which I already thought was overpriced.
  7. jesseparker1

    jesseparker1 Initiate (0) Sep 24, 2010 Minnesota
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    You all crack me up. If it is too expensive...DON"T GO! This is a one off event that is different than all the others. I am looking forward to it!
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  8. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (1,950) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    No doubt $100 a pop is a lot for many of us, but the beer-lovin' crowd has never been exclusive to young bearded dudes with truckloads of college loan debt. With the prices on rare and vintage wine skyrocketing, you can bet that some of those more well-heeled folks that would've been in that speculators' market ten years ago now number amongst our more "common", beer-y numbers. And such a ticket price will not deter some of these folks. :wink:

    Besides, the people bringing this event to the market have experience with many previous fests and are beer lovers themselves, so they deserve the benefit of the doubt -- it's not only about turning a buck.
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  9. MCImes

    MCImes Disciple (353) Dec 31, 2010 Connecticut

    Im not so offended by the $100 by itself, but only 1 of the 2 beers per brewery is rare? That makes it not worth it IMO. how many 'rare' or vintage beers does ABR have at it...? like 100? probably more in reality. I'd happily pay $100 for a selection of 60 different rare/vintage beers though. Im confident I could drink $100+ of beer in that case :slight_smile:

    ABR is my only beer fest really, because it ruins everything else. The only better beer fest I've been to was the BeerNetwork/Northern Brewer/National homebrew championships a couple years a go. They had 4 trailers with 8 kegs each, pour your own beer, plus a bunch of championship quality homebrew, plus, the beer chef (sean...forget his name) made extra tasty food! put ABR to shame, and that says A LOT in my book. I havent been to GABF though, and I hear its a whopping good time.
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  10. LightNFoamy

    LightNFoamy Initiate (123) Feb 9, 2013 Minnesota
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    I have been going to GABF for the last two years now, and last year my buddy and I shelled out the $100 to go to Pints for Prostates and it was easily the best fest I have ever been to. Great food, little to no lines and fabulous beer. That being said the lineup of brewers and their 1-2 selections was really deep.

    Looking at the list of who is coming to MN for this event might not command the same pricetag but I wouldnt write it off just because of sticker shock.
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  11. LightNFoamy

    LightNFoamy Initiate (123) Feb 9, 2013 Minnesota
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    oh... and its for charity, you heartless bastards
  12. AnalogErik

    AnalogErik Disciple (377) Jul 23, 2013 Minnesota
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    Lets not forget that there are NUMEROUS people on BA that love to argue $/ounce pricing discrepancies between completely different beers/breweries/styles, so are we really surprised people would complain about the price? :wink:
  13. JMN44

    JMN44 Aspirant (231) Sep 19, 2013 Minnesota
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    Have you been to Winterfest? I much prefer Winterfest over ABR even though I love ABR. Better venue, small crowd, great access to Brewers and a cool vibe. At Northern Lights will be 50-60 beers you probably have never had before and many beers that will only be available 1 time ever at this event. If you love whales, this event is for you.
  14. NeedBeerHere

    NeedBeerHere Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2013 Minnesota

    As a person with terminal cancer, I'd like to know a little bit more about what rare beers there will be. I'm certainly sympathetic but that's a lot of money for a really short time to taste the beers.
  15. XmnwildX12

    XmnwildX12 Meyvn (1,443) Nov 12, 2010 Minnesota
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    I have gone to GABF and Denver Rare the last two years as well. I wonder if they are going to give a shirt for this event?

    Lots of people complained about the price for that and we had GI Napa County, Crooked Stave Waelzblood, Prairie Bomb de Balcones, Utopias and etc. It really is my favorite thing to look forward to for GABF week. I might have to wait for a potential tap list to pull the trigger for this event, or wait for the half off deal when tickets don't sell. :wink:
  16. PieOhMy

    PieOhMy Devotee (419) Feb 23, 2013 Minnesota

    Hey, I like these events too but there's a problem. Most of these special releases, aged brews, and one-offs are very high ABV and IBU. You have 3 or 4 pours and your palate is getting fatigued, 3 or 4 more its wrecked, 3 or 4 more and you're getting intoxicated. There's no appreciating these after a certain number. Yeah, everyone says they can balance this out with food and water. That's bullshit.
  17. theCoder

    theCoder Disciple (393) Oct 24, 2011 Minnesota
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    ooooooooo boy a lot of monies. But part of it goes to charity so you could write off part of it... I guess I did drop $100 for the Eclipse Release party which was basically only uh 10 different beers offered, food, a glass but you did get a "for attendees only" bottle of Eclipse which averages $30-40 a bottle and dibs on buying cellered bottles and easily the best bottle share I've ever seen (there was a table full of different Cantillons people brought amongst some other bottles hand numbered to < 100 bottles...). It was a blast till Thor let loose all over the floor (not sure his real name, but he looked like thor so we called him that).
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  18. mjchapley

    mjchapley Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2012 Minnesota
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    Not sure if anyone has been following this on Facebook at all but they are posting some of the line up there and I have to say the $100 isn't looking to bad considering some of the offerings:

    Boulevards Foeder Projekt #1 sounds amazing! Same with Tallgrasses Area 51 "Pool Party"& I'm pretty pumped for there Kansas Gueuze Project. I've tried some small batch stuff they have done in the past with sours and they never disappoint.
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  19. MNMike

    MNMike Initiate (190) Dec 3, 2013 Minnesota
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    With 8 of the 28 brewery lists revealed - this is shaping up decently.

    Hopefully we'll get some off of this list too:

    Central Waters - Sixteen, Fifteen, Black Gold
    Dark Horse - Barrel Aged Plead the Fifth
    Deschutes - Black Butte XXI-XXIV, Dissident
    Green Flash - Silva Stout
    North Coast - Bourbon Barrel Old Stock, Bourbon Barrel Old Rasputin
    Oskar Blues - Ted FIDY Barrel Aged
    Odell - Woodcut Series
    Ommegang - Game of Thrones #3, 15th Anniversary
    Sam Adams - Utopias
    Sierra Nevada - Beer Camp, BA Narwhal, BA Bigfoot
    Stone - Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout
    Surly - Four, Five, 2011 Darkness
  20. cmannes

    cmannes Disciple (383) Mar 15, 2009 Minnesota
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    While I enjoyed Winterfest this year & last, and in the past I've enjoyed Firkin Fest, I honestly think if I could be offered awesome beers, and LESS people. I'd happily pay $100. Sometimes I like having elbow room when I drink.
  21. lit202

    lit202 Aspirant (241) Feb 8, 2011 Minnesota

    Not gonna lie, the list looks pretty darn attractive.
  22. will1256

    will1256 Disciple (373) Dec 4, 2010 Minnesota
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    If i'm understanding this post correctly, this is NOT a confirmed list of beers but speculation on what MAY be offered? Seems like this should be clarified as a post like this could be easily misconstrued.
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  23. Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky

    Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky Aspirant (280) Feb 13, 2013 Minnesota
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    Tickets go on sale in 1 hour
  24. Cyclone8

    Cyclone8 Devotee (419) Oct 19, 2011 Minnesota
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    Yeah, Dude, I totally agree with will1256 above. I glanced at this, thought, "Holy cow, that's a great list!" Then I read your intro more carefully. This kind of hopeful/wishful speculation is not helpful, somebody just giving it a perfunctory glance could be really misled.
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  25. MNMike

    MNMike Initiate (190) Dec 3, 2013 Minnesota
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    I apologize to everyone who doesn't know how to read
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  26. SipIt

    SipIt Aspirant (238) Jul 18, 2013 Minnesota
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    Sorry dude, I know you didn't have any ill intentions, but when I read Surly Four on a beer list I don't see much else.

    Anyhow, I'm giving this a whirl and got my ticket. I've spent $100 on a lot dumber things than this.
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  27. will1256

    will1256 Disciple (373) Dec 4, 2010 Minnesota
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    I'm assuming based on your post above that you are involved with the festival, and i'll further assume that the intent of the speculative beer list was to drum up some ticket sales. I would say as someone considering attending the festival, posting dickish comments toward potential customers may not be the best marketing strategy.

    That aside, my question is how speculative is this list? Given the uber-whale status that Surly Four has attained recently, suggesting that it *might* be there seems likely to result in some pissed off people if it turns out not to be true.

    I know, I know, it's just beer. I agree, but some people get pretty worked up about this stuff.
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  28. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Eh, you worded it confusingly. It sounded like you knew what you were talking about. I considered doing it but backed out when I realized it wasn't a legit list and others I know did too.
  29. Cyclone8

    Cyclone8 Devotee (419) Oct 19, 2011 Minnesota
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    I did not get the impression that the guy has any association with the tasting whatsoever.
    Just a guy who decided to post his wish list, which is very eye-catching. And consequently misleading.
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  30. XmnwildX12

    XmnwildX12 Meyvn (1,443) Nov 12, 2010 Minnesota
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    That list ended up on someones Facebook, good thing someone let them know it wasn't the actual list, haha.
  31. caskstrength

    caskstrength Aspirant (249) Nov 26, 2008 Minnesota

    The idea of creating a "rare" beer fest and marketing the "rare" beers you'll have there, some of which are brewed just for this "rare" event rubs me the wrong way.
    I'm sick of rarity being a flavor.
    #31 caskstrength, Feb 7, 2014
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  32. XmnwildX12

    XmnwildX12 Meyvn (1,443) Nov 12, 2010 Minnesota
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    And then they release it in their taproom the following week...
  33. will1256

    will1256 Disciple (373) Dec 4, 2010 Minnesota
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    I was basing that on the usage of "we" in the post, interpreting that as "we the festival organizers" but now rereading I see how it might have been "we, the attendees". Either way, misleading.
  34. lonewolfcry

    lonewolfcry Zealot (567) Dec 7, 2007 Minnesota
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    MNMike is right...people just can't read - or read what they want to.

    He was just stating he wished that some of those beers would make it to the festival...period
    It really wasn't misleading at all.
  35. psychotia

    psychotia Disciple (322) Jun 27, 2009 Minnesota

    They lost me at "rare" and made me laugh at "elite"
  36. BeerGoogler

    BeerGoogler Initiate (38) Jan 23, 2014 Minnesota

    Whew now that all the typical stuff is out of the way...who's going to this? I know I'm in because why not.
  37. SipIt

    SipIt Aspirant (238) Jul 18, 2013 Minnesota
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    While there's no Surly 4 on the lineup, I'm happy with these offerings...

    #1 - 2010 Darkness
    #2 - 2011 Darkness
    #3 - Syx - Rumor has it that it may be barrel aged but no final confirmation yet!
    #4 - Asator Viking IPA - It was made for a concert a few weeks back and really only available at the Taproom
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  38. XmnwildX12

    XmnwildX12 Meyvn (1,443) Nov 12, 2010 Minnesota
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    No Surly One? I'm out!
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  39. BeerGoogler

    BeerGoogler Initiate (38) Jan 23, 2014 Minnesota

    Well, I guess someone had to do this eventually. Here is the line-up – reported reported via their Facebook page – as of this morning (they keep releasing new ones periodically):

    Surly Brewing

    #1 - 2010 Darkness

    #2 - 2011 Darkness

    #3 - Syx – Rumored to be a barrel-aged version; although, that is unconfirmed

    #4 - Asator Viking IPA

    Stone Brewing (Steve Gonzalez – Research and Small Batch Manager and Treasurer at Master Brewers Association of Americas – is coming)

    #1 - Cali-Belgique Aged in Red Wine Barrels

    #2 - Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard

    Bemidji Brewing

    #1 - German Gosé: 3.4% ABV, 6 IBU -- Brewed with a heavy dollop of wheat as well as coriander and sea salt, expect this gosé to be dry and refreshing. An eclectic session beer just in time for spring!

    #2 - Sour Red: The newest blend out of the sour program up at BBC! This Flemish-style red ale has hints of caramel, stone fruits, and a bright, lactic acidity.

    #3 - Brett Saison: A Belgian Saison aged with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis. Dry, crisp, and slightly funky; This Farmhouse Ale gains an earthy, fresh-hay character from extended aging on wild yeast

    Grand Teton Brewing (Owners Steve and Ellen Furbacher are coming)

    #1 - Barrell Aged Grand Saison - This beer took Silver at the 2012 Festival of Barrel Aged Beers in Chicago

    #2 - Huckleberry Sour - Arguably the most sought after beer ever produced by GTBC, it is a Double White Ale aged with 65 lbs of local Huckleberries per barrel, Brettanomyces added, and aged for three years. "We have never entered it into a competition. But its badass" Says Chris Furbacher, son of owners Steve and Ellen

    #3 - 2012 Oud Bruin - Oud Bruin was first brewed in 2007 and quickly became a brewery legend. fermented with a Flemish blend of yeast and bacteria cultures, including lactobacillus, pediococcus, and brettanomyces. It took six months at cellar temperature for the culture to achieve the style’s characteristic quenching sourness.

    #4 - Barrel Aged Dopplebock

    North Coast Brewing

    #1 - 2011 Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin

    Sierra Nevada Brewing

    #1 - A special, Single Hop IPA

    #2 – Weizenbock


    #1 - A vintage Chocolate Indulgence

    #2 – Prereleasing the next Game of Thrones beer at the event

    Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub

    #1 - SPECIAL DOPPLEBOCK - A special treat made for this event specifically

    #2 - Snownami Double Chocolate Raspberry Stout – “This beer speaks for itself, I like to call this CERTIFIED DELICIOUS”

    Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

    #1 - Eye Wine- Its 10% Eye of the Storm Honey Ale well aged in a French Oak Red Wine barrel

    #2 - Double Barreled Jack Frost- This Imperial Stout was first aged in an American Whiskey barrel and then in a French Oak Red Wine Barrel

    #3 -The Phoenix- This beer symbolizes the rebirth of Town Hall Brewery after a lengthy remodel and expansion. This dark IPA accents caramel and chocolate malts and plenty of both American and English hops. SERVED ON NITROGEN

    Lakefront Brewery* (Co-founder Jim Klisch is coming)

    #1 - 25th Anniversary Imperial Stout Volume 1 - This has been tucked away for a couple years since its release and is sure to be aged to perfection

    #2 - Volume 1 Aged in Rum Barrels - If this doesn't make you have an accident in your pants then I don't know what will! An Imperial Stout that is a couple years old and spent time in Rum Barrels for even more sweetness is going to be DY-NO-MITE!

    #3 - Eastside Dark Lager Aged in Rum Barrels - The Roasted Malts, the clean lager yeast, and then sweeten that baby up with a rum barrel and you have this tasty treat

    #4 - CHAD Barleywine - A special line of beers that don't normally make it to MN, but to top it off this beer is RETIRED!!! We are super lucky to have this one.

    * An extra little teaser is that the barrel aged stuff is done in Great Lakes Distillery Roarin’ Dan Rum Barrels” – Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest, 2/5

    August Schell Brewing (Jace Marti – sixth generation family member and head brewer – is coming)

    #1 - CASK OF 1984 PILS - The classic recipe first used when the brewery first released Pils

    #2 - CASK OF BAVARIA MANDARINA PILS - This is a new hop varietal coming out of Germany and sure to impress

    #3 - CASK OF RYE PILS - Spicy and Sweet is the first thing that comes to mind, and I am sure this will stand out for sure

    Boulevard Brewing (Jeremy Danner – brewer – is coming)

    #1 - Foeder Projekt #1 - The beer that originally became FP #1 was originally brewed to be soured, aged, and used for blending. But the brewers found out that the beer was pretty good on its own. Aged 6 months in a Foeder, in that time it cultivated a healthy population of Lactic Acid and a bit of wild yeast. FUNK HEADS WILL LOVE THIS ONE!!!

    #2 - One year old Barrel Aged Imperial Stout - A great beer in its own right, this beer is one year old and flavors will be further developed and is sure to be tasting great!

    #3 - 2014 Rye-On-Rye - Aged in Templeton Rye Barrels is enough to get your mouth watering in its own right, but this Rye ale is fresh and ready to be drank!

    Lagunitas Brewing

    #1 – 2008 GnarleyWine

    #2 – 2011 GnarleyWine

    Tallgrass Brewing

    #1 - Area 51 "Pool Party" - 100% Brett Session IPA. 3.8%abv and 50 IBU. This is sure to get you Sour Heads excited for Summer!

    #2 - Kansas Gueuze Project - Which is a 100% secret that will be released at 8:15pm and it is another one of those sexy sour treats from Head Brewer Andrew Hood, who will be in the house that evening!

    #3 - CASK of BIG RICCS - Cask Conditioned Russian Imperial Chocolate Coffee Stout on Oak

    Fitger’s Brewhouse Brewery and Grille

    #1- Starfire Reserve Pale Ale - For the first time they made a double version of this standard! Organizer, Mark has been jumping up and down over this one!!!

    #2 - 1100 Wheatwine - Which is a wine strength Wheat Ale. aged 2 years to allow flavor development.

    #3 - Bourbon Barrel Aged Beaver Bay Brown Ale - Aged in a Woodford Reserve barrel it has very nice vanilla notes and some oak from barrel aging, great flavor and finish.

    We can add more as they announce, but I thought it'd be useful to see the complete list in one, easy-to-read, post.
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  40. jesseparker1

    jesseparker1 Initiate (0) Sep 24, 2010 Minnesota
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    I like the looks of this!!!
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