Official FOBAB Countdown Thread

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by Tnudish, Oct 17, 2012.

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  1. jegross2

    jegross2 Meyvn (1,210) Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    You mean when I was sweating like a pig after running the gauntlet on all the stouts over the first hour before needing to sit down for 15 mins before seeking fresh air? 215-245 was a rough 30 min patch for me
     
  2. RC0032

    RC0032 Initiate (65) Mar 10, 2009 Illinois
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    valid I was referencing their sours which have won the past few years.

    dosvidanyawas very tasty!
     
  3. sarcastro

    sarcastro Disciple (331) Sep 20, 2006 Michigan
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    I miss the old venue. I was at the second session. Basically all the reasons that I liked this festival above others, beyond the beer, went away with the new venue. It was overly crowded. I couldn't do anything without bumping into someone. This also made it pretty hot. The line to get in was very slow. I think the coat check was the bottleneck. It was in the same line as the ticket takers and only one person was working it. By the time I got in, many beers were already gone, or didn't even make it to the second session at all. The guys at the bottles table said they only had 2 bottles of Rasp Wild One for the second session.

    Apparently I am the only one who thought this, so maybe it is just me. New venues for festivals are generally painful the first year, hopefully they learn.
     
  4. Mjmoser

    Mjmoser Initiate (0) May 6, 2012 Illinois

    Anyone know specific beers that were present in the afternoon session and didn't make it to the evening one? I haven't heard of any....
     
  5. FlssmrBrewAlum

    FlssmrBrewAlum Aspirant (204) Feb 25, 2009 Illinois
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    I was roaming around post Afternoon Session between VIP and watching them set-up/clean-up for 2nd Session. Can confirm everything was there for Evening.
     
  6. ravot

    ravot Devotee (422) Mar 20, 2012 Illinois
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    it was 55 degrees, these folks should have brought long sleeves. ;)
    but yeah, that was definitely a bottle neck. i guess it got colder in the evening but the line was smooth. the coat check should have been after receiving your glass. hopefully they read these comments and use up the feedback. the beginning of the first session was a PITA but maybe a half hour later to an hour it was crowded but it felt like it simmer down once people knew where things were. people get going back to their standing areas. i'm not a fan of crowds but this one didn't throw me off.
    this was my first fobab and i enjoyed the venue. the old venue, how many times was it before it got moved?

    i was at the first session and about an hour and a half left, there must have been about 7 bottles of Wild One on the ice Bin and there was no line for that. it was also one of my favorites. a lot of tart and i like me some tart.
     
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  7. burica2020

    burica2020 Aspirant (201) Nov 17, 2009 Illinois

    are we all pretending the that hot corner by the sours wasn't known as the BO & fart corner? Jesus I sniffed the nose of track #9 and I think someone farted into my glass.
     
  8. Lansman

    Lansman Aspirant (236) Mar 19, 2011 Missouri
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    Agree with most of the comments thus far. We were at the first session and arrived 30 minutes before 12 PM, got into the venue at about 12:25, thus missing out on the promised 'ONE HOUR EARLY' entry to FoBAB benefit, even though we were maybe 40th in line. Last year's entry was much smoother. It wasn't the coat check holding things up when we went through the line, it was the 'hand ticket to person A, then wait until person B is available to look up your name on list of IMBIBE members' that really created the bottleneck.

    Biggest Success - Goose Island (by far) - wow, really brought the house- the tasting paddle was phenomenal with Apple Brandy BCBS and Napa County BCBS being the clear standouts. (The renaming of XOCOLATL to Mayan Gold initially threw us off, big thanks to goes out to Jared for putting us back on track)
    Biggest Disappointment - Destihl sours
    Biggest Surprise - Cigar City(!) making an appearance (no Hunahpu, but hey, maybe next year)

    Overall, a nice venue, though to repeat what everyone else has said, it might be better next year to change the layout such that the long area of the hall is used for the high demand offerings for easier access - the 8000-10000 numbered beers all being at the one small end by the VIP area created quite the crowd, and significantly increased the temperature of the place on that end.

    Looking forward to attending this great event next year. Cheers to Pete and his team for another outstanding event overall.
     
  9. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Anyone find it ironic that the sinks and bathroom set up (plumbing) was head and shoulders above the facilities at the previous location, also known as the Plumbers Hall? Hmmm.
     
  10. FlssmrBrewAlum

    FlssmrBrewAlum Aspirant (204) Feb 25, 2009 Illinois
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    Just a clarification:

    Napa County wasn't at the Fest. A Pinot Noir barrel version was.

    Napa = Brett Brux and Merlot
     
  11. Lansman

    Lansman Aspirant (236) Mar 19, 2011 Missouri
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    Laffler confirmed at the event that the barrels used were Merlot barrels, hence my thinking it was Napa County Stout. My apologies if it was slightly different - it certainly tasted very similar to what I previously had a lot of back in March, to the best of my recollection.
     
  12. FlssmrBrewAlum

    FlssmrBrewAlum Aspirant (204) Feb 25, 2009 Illinois
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    Great to know about the Merlot.

    But yeah, the other one was wild as wild can be.
     
  13. Mjmoser

    Mjmoser Initiate (0) May 6, 2012 Illinois

    Anyone have any insight into what wine barrels the BCS was aged in? Would love to know and when I asked Laffler on Sat he simple said he didn't know (although more like didn't care at the time). This beer was prolly my highlight of the night, and was even better when sipped in a full glass.
     
  14. RC0032

    RC0032 Initiate (65) Mar 10, 2009 Illinois
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    +1 on not liking the venue. It was very nice just poor location; good F'ing luck finding a cab or easy public transportation & poor layout.
     
  15. Mjmoser

    Mjmoser Initiate (0) May 6, 2012 Illinois

    Thanks, glad to hear the late session didn't miss out on anything...
     
  16. mdomask

    mdomask Aspirant (268) May 27, 2012 Illinois
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    Summary of FoBAB for me:
    Event was great. Amazing beer selection.

    If it's at the same venue next year, I'm taking the stairs. Stupid hour in a broken elevator.
     
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  17. Lansman

    Lansman Aspirant (236) Mar 19, 2011 Missouri
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    Make sure you let us know if the guild follows up on anything for you guys and gals trapped in the elevator! That must have been extremely frustrating being so close to the action to be stopped like that for such a long period of time.
     
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  18. stephenieman

    stephenieman Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2011 Illinois

    CTA Red Line to 35th St. bus is really that difficult?
     
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  19. immobilisme

    immobilisme Aspirant (231) Nov 8, 2005 Illinois

    Well, I will say that my pessimism earlier in this thread was proven to be pretty silly. I expected more breweries to drop out with the additional beer requirements.

    I wonder if the wild beer category (#9) was the casualty of this or if breweries just chose to bring other stuff. Only 9 entries this year as opposed to 18 in 2011. It seemed like there were less overtly weird beers this year, but I could just be projecting.

    I thought the fickle Lost Abbey would bring less, but they brought the house. It was great to see Cigar City in attendance. No Upland was a bit of a surprise.

    Overall, I thought the quality of the beers I had was very, very high. I also liked how the beer was transferred to pitchers before being poured... this led to fewer tap problems and pourers screwing around with the jockey boxes in my experience.

    I also did not wait in line for anything besides the Bourbon County barrel extravaganza, which was an improvement from the past two years. (I didn't want Cherry Rye or King Henry, so that may be part of it)

    Just an awesome time seeing friends and drinking great beer.
     
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  20. otrejo

    otrejo Aspirant (212) Mar 8, 2011 Illinois
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    Boston Beer Co. wasn't there this year. I guess they didn't want to bring 10 gallons of Utopias.
     
  21. thewimperoo

    thewimperoo Zealot (528) Oct 1, 2006 Illinois

    Surly, Founders (although I guess Bolt Cutter was available for VIP), Upland, FiftyFifty and Half Acre were the main ones I remember from past years not being there this year. But there were definitely a good number of new breweries this year that made up for it.
     
  22. FlssmrBrewAlum

    FlssmrBrewAlum Aspirant (204) Feb 25, 2009 Illinois
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    Yeah, I was suprised to run into a Bolt Cutter keg in the VIP area during the off hour..
     
  23. Tnudish

    Tnudish Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2012 Wisconsin

    Ya, I was referring to Tartare. I cant really offer much more than I didnt really like the Bubba, it was talked up to me prior to heading in (and subsequently the first beer I grabbed) and I drank about half of the glass and then dumped the rest. I thought Tartare had a much cleaner, brighter tartness to it. Sorry we didnt end up meeting up this weekend by the way, lets make a point of opening some bottles together at 4 Elf.

    What this guy said. All the Destihl stuff was almost abrasively sour, muted fruit, and way to acedic. They actually almost kinda reminded me of Old Growth in a way.
     
  24. Mjmoser

    Mjmoser Initiate (0) May 6, 2012 Illinois

    I thought Half Acre had commented that they were coming? I guess in all the beer greatness I didn't even think about them. Also surprised CW didn't bring 1414, especially after the Gold at GABF...
     
  25. JmH

    JmH Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2012 Illinois

    I talked to that dude Brian from Goose Island (not sure if you were still at the table with us at the time) and albeit hammered, he said that they were simply "red wine barrels". Wasn't able to give any further detail than that.
     
  26. burica2020

    burica2020 Aspirant (201) Nov 17, 2009 Illinois

    Did I miss local option and spiteful, thought both were going to have something but that damn program didn't equate to reading after 5 pours?
     
  27. Bay01

    Bay01 Aspirant (278) Nov 19, 2008 Illinois

    Yes, LO brought Kentucky Common and I did see one Spiteful beer but don't recall the name.
     
  28. Tnudish

    Tnudish Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2012 Wisconsin

    I was told they were cabernet barrels, I dont know what kind of cabernet they held though
     
  29. stevegoz

    stevegoz Aspirant (236) May 5, 2008 Illinois
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    Re: the venue -- as I wandered around Union Station trying to find a bathroom without a line after coming in via train (the station was mobbed due to the Festival of Lights on Michigan Avenue), I couldn't help but to think that the Great Hall at Union Station would've made a nice FOBAB site for those who didn't want to drive to a heavy-beer fest....
     
  30. thewimperoo

    thewimperoo Zealot (528) Oct 1, 2006 Illinois

    I was told Cabernet barrels as well.
     
  31. danimalarkey

    danimalarkey Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2008 Illinois

    And I think Le Petite Mort was there -- listed under Central Waters, though.
     
  32. Bay01

    Bay01 Aspirant (278) Nov 19, 2008 Illinois

    Yup, just remembered I had that one also.
     
  33. otrejo

    otrejo Aspirant (212) Mar 8, 2011 Illinois
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    Spiteful brought GFY Stout
     
  34. sarcastro

    sarcastro Disciple (331) Sep 20, 2006 Michigan
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    That may be true, but it felt that way no matter where I was. Again maybe it is just me. Maybe it just isn't as open as the old place.
     
  35. sarcastro

    sarcastro Disciple (331) Sep 20, 2006 Michigan
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    At least the previous 3 years were at that venue.
     
  36. RC0032

    RC0032 Initiate (65) Mar 10, 2009 Illinois
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    For the most part yes.
     
  37. FlssmrBrewAlum

    FlssmrBrewAlum Aspirant (204) Feb 25, 2009 Illinois
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    2008-2011 saw the Plumbers Union Hall as FoBAB's home.

    My first was 2008, so I never saw 2007 and before.. all at Goose Wrigleyville.
     
  38. beerepiphany

    beerepiphany Initiate (50) Oct 19, 2010 Illinois

    My first time a FOBAB.

    Standouts: Stone Suitable for Cave Aging, Jester King Commercial Suicide, Cuvee de Bubba, Yelps Pig Slop "Boar" and Pig Slop "Sow", All of the Lost Abbey Track (#8, #9, & #10), New Belgium Dunkel Apple, Avery Odic Equum and Oud Floris.

    Very upset that I didnt get to try BSC Cherry Rye or Blueberry Flanders. Also, how in the F- did I miss the "one beer, four barrels" thing?! It was hot, but I was comfortable in a T-shirt. All the volunteers were helpful and the venue was gorgeous, but cramped. The corners got very packed. I'll definitely be "refreshing" come ticket time next year.
     
  39. stephenieman

    stephenieman Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2011 Illinois

    Sorry to hear that. The 2012 CBS Brewpub Shoot-out was at the Zhou B. Arts Center which is all of three blocks away from where you were and I had zero trouble getting to and fro.
     
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  40. 0zzzie19

    0zzzie19 Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2008 Illinois

    I am a sweaty sweaty man and was wearing a heavy Hawks hoodie and had no problem with the heat whatsoever (afternoon session). BA Abraxas was in a class of its own. Unfortunately/fortunately, I made the early decision to drink it in case it kicked because it was my #1 target. After that, nothing really compared and my taste buds were blown. My buddy had just spoken to Tomme Arthur and he recommended Track 8 so I had that next. From the description it sounded similar to BA Abraxas. I'm sure in the real world, Track 8 is mind blowing, but in the FoBAB world, it couldn't hold a candle to BA Abraxas. .357 brett was also one of my first tastes and it was really unique and stood out.
     
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