Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Suggestions/Tips for ACBF

Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Events' started by jecatudel, May 8, 2013.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. bramsdell

    Joined:
    May 27, 2011
    Posts:
    577
    Likes Received:
    859
    Location:
    North Carolina
    More like acceptance. If they're going to be worn, those who wear them should at least use those pockets.
     
  2. bramsdell

    Joined:
    May 27, 2011
    Posts:
    577
    Likes Received:
    859
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Don't forget the white visor. Preferably upside down, though backwards is also acceptable.
     
  3. sjverla

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2008
    Posts:
    1,280
    Likes Received:
    1,213
    Location:
    Massachusetts

    Man, I wish they poured samples in little boots!
     
  4. Janeinma

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    May 24, 2009
    Posts:
    528
    Likes Received:
    411
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    So bringing food in is allowed? the faq says no backpacks, are bags allowed if so what is allowed what are limits. I would like to bring in food that could help me not to drink on an empty stomach. My main aim here is to enjoy new beers but not overindulge.
     
  5. LostTraveler

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2011
    Posts:
    769
    Likes Received:
    396
    Location:
    Maine
    -Take a stroll around and not the vendors you want to see, sometimes they release special brews at various times throughout the eve/day that arent listed elsewhere.
    -hit the bathrooms atleast a 1/2 hr before the ending, there has been problems in the past where they want everyone out and close he BRs in the back early which causes a cluster in the front.
     
  6. jfarrlley

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2012
    Posts:
    68
    Likes Received:
    42
    Location:
    Connecticut
    I think the very limited exception are small amount of pretzels or crackers to help cleanse the palate. Something that could fit in a pocket or around your neck in necklace format.

    If you are looking to eat while sampling, they will have two concession stands open on either side of the event. Your basic over-priced convention options (think pizza, sandwiches, fries, etc). I think bringing in a backpack of food might undercut that operation...:)
     
  7. Janeinma

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    May 24, 2009
    Posts:
    528
    Likes Received:
    411
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    That was why I was surprised to hear people talk about bringing food in. I can see that enforced buying of over priced substandard bad availability food might be something the venue insisted on. Guess I will fall back on my original plan on carbo loading before and after. I love tasting these beers but sometimes the high alcohol %s can creep up on you so quickly.
     
  8. Mbarry7

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2012
    Posts:
    63
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    What are the rules for bringing in water bottles? Don't worry I won't wear them in necklace format.
     
  9. jstilwell

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2008
    Posts:
    177
    Likes Received:
    357
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    no water bottles allowed at EBF expect the same
     
  10. willbm3

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2010
    Posts:
    1,659
    Likes Received:
    2,150
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    I suspect they aren't allowed. Although you could probably bring in an empty bottle and fill it from one of the water jugs?
     
  11. Danger

    Joined:
    May 31, 2013
    Posts:
    15
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Does anyone know if the "No Backpack" rule is going to be actively enforced? I've been coming to BeerAdvocate fests for years and I've always worn a backback without any issue. It's especially useful for ACBF where they sell glasses, tshirts, etc.

    Anyway, I just found out about the rule last night and I'm heading to the fest after work today so I'm just wondering if I should worry about getting turned away at the door.
     
  12. BostonPhilly

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2012
    Posts:
    30
    Likes Received:
    23
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    I second that one...
     
    cappy201 likes this.
  13. ShogoKawada

    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Posts:
    1,700
    Likes Received:
    3,013
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    I would buy a tiny, $5 job lot backpack that you can toss aside if they give you any guff.
     
  14. trboyden

    Joined:
    May 31, 2013
    Posts:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Rhode Island
    No backpacks because of the recent bombings. All events in the Boston area have tighter security for the foreseeable future.
     
  15. Danger

    Joined:
    May 31, 2013
    Posts:
    15
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Massachusetts

    Yeah, I figured that was the reason.

    This is a good idea. Probably what I'll end up doing.
     
  16. Stoutish

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2013
    Posts:
    16
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    California
    Pretzel Necklaces make people look like morons? Good thing I wear my discreet pretzel underwear, that way NO ONE can judge me!
     
    ShogoKawada, willbm3 and cappy201 like this.
  17. cbeer88

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2007
    Posts:
    3,094
    Likes Received:
    3,650
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Pretzel necklaces look a little silly, but part of that is it comes from the same culture that wears big yellow "beer goggle" glasses and silly hats to these kinds of festivals.

    As for cargo shorts... it's going to be 90 degrees. Half the male attendees will be in cargo shorts...
     
    EdV21 likes this.
  18. jageraholic

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2009
    Posts:
    1,096
    Likes Received:
    938
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Don't eat off other people's pretzel necklaces.
     
  19. willbm3

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2010
    Posts:
    1,659
    Likes Received:
    2,150
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Good idea, but a little too abrasive on the undercarriage.
     
  20. bramsdell

    Joined:
    May 27, 2011
    Posts:
    577
    Likes Received:
    859
    Location:
    North Carolina

    I highly approve of shorts. It's the excessive and extremely large pockets with which I take issue. Cargo shorts just make a grown-ass man look like he's dressing like a teenager or he hasn't bought himself any new clothes since his mom bought him those shorts in high school. My two cents.
     
  21. mmcgrath

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2003
    Posts:
    272
    Likes Received:
    129
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    that must be the actual Mr. Brooks Brothers in your avatar..... do you think i can sample beer with my grill in place?
     
  22. ShogoKawada

    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Posts:
    1,700
    Likes Received:
    3,013
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    kudos to the guy last year who had actual slices of pizza on a string around his neck. That's usin' your noodle.
     
  23. bramsdell

    Joined:
    May 27, 2011
    Posts:
    577
    Likes Received:
    859
    Location:
    North Carolina

    With the plastic sample cup, it's not much of an issue. However, not advisable with real glassware.
     
  24. Tianna

    Joined:
    May 31, 2013
    Posts:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    If I want to taste more than one beer from a brewer, is it OK to stand there and taste them one after another, or am I expected to get one to taste and keep the line moving?
     
  25. sokol21

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2009
    Posts:
    28
    Likes Received:
    70
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Depends on the line behind you.
     
    LeeMarvin and BostonPhilly like this.
  26. neophilus

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2009
    Posts:
    147
    Likes Received:
    94
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    No its not okay to make the people in line behind you wait while you get a second sample before they get their first.

    Unless there is no one behind you of course.
     
  27. Auror

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2010
    Posts:
    1,306
    Likes Received:
    1,070
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    And there will almost never not be a line at the popular booths. So get a taste, and get back in line. Gives you time to enjoy the beer.
     
    TheSamKuehn and OddNotion like this.
  28. BumpkinBrewer

    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2010
    Posts:
    553
    Likes Received:
    400
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Get a sample, say thanks, then step aside.
     
  29. LeeMarvin

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2005
    Posts:
    148
    Likes Received:
    150
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    1. Take sample from pourer
    2. Say thanks
    3. Return to end of line
    4. Repeat Until thirst for brewer has been satiated or they run out of Double Sunshine
     
  30. cbeer88

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2007
    Posts:
    3,094
    Likes Received:
    3,650
    Location:
    Massachusetts

    I dunno. When something is as socially common as cargo shorts on grown men, I find it pretty hard to take offense to it. Besides, exactly what kind of shorts do you endorse that don't have a negative stereotype about them? You wear jean shorts, you're labeled a redneck. You wear non-cargo khaki shorts, you're labeled a yuppie. You wear gym shorts, you're labeled a slob. May as well go with cargo shorts and look like a teen given those options...
     
  31. sobeleg

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2011
    Posts:
    579
    Likes Received:
    1,814
    Location:
    New York
    I'd rather wear a pretzel necklace seven days a week than be caught dead wearing cargo shorts.


    That being said, it's a beer festival, and I really don't care what other's choose...
     
  32. neophilus

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2009
    Posts:
    147
    Likes Received:
    94
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Can't believe we're debating about shorts when the idea of a pretzel necklace is still on the table.
     
    cappy201, Auror and bramsdell like this.
  33. bramsdell

    Joined:
    May 27, 2011
    Posts:
    577
    Likes Received:
    859
    Location:
    North Carolina

    I wear khaki shorts. I never thought of shorts as being such a lose-lose-lose situation.


    This made me laugh. I like it.
     
  34. cbeer88

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2007
    Posts:
    3,094
    Likes Received:
    3,650
    Location:
    Massachusetts

    Yeah, so all the people who care about that kind of thing who are wearing cargo shorts are mentally mocking you at the same time as you are mocking them. Moral of the story - who cares. Wear what you're comfortable in and have a good time... it's a 90 degree beer festival.
     
  35. DStoked

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2011
    Posts:
    199
    Likes Received:
    299
    Location:
    Ohio
    How big are the samples? How long is the line (time)?
     
  36. bramsdell

    Joined:
    May 27, 2011
    Posts:
    577
    Likes Received:
    859
    Location:
    North Carolina

    People are so mean.
     
  37. greenmtn1111

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    May 15, 2009
    Posts:
    70
    Likes Received:
    172
    Location:
    Massachusetts

    2 oz on average. Some pours are slightly less if it's a popular beer with limited supply and/or it's a high abv one.

    Most lines are usually just long enough to finish your previous sample in a leisurely manner. Or if you want to do math.. 5,000 attendees minus 15% (750) people at restrooms/food/walking around = 4,250 in lines. 4,250 / 140 breweries = 30 people per line on average at its peak. However, it usually takes about 45 minutes for everyone to filter in so lines will be shorter then and also as people start to leave.
     
    mmcgrath likes this.
  38. Stoutish

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2013
    Posts:
    16
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    California
    gotta have a strong undercarriage. Just don't eat the soggy ones.
     
  39. cappy201

    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2012
    Posts:
    272
    Likes Received:
    356
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    some solid advice here!
     
    Stoutish likes this.
  40. rawlus

    Subscriber

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2010
    Posts:
    44
    Likes Received:
    18
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Was working the event yesterday, saw quite a few with mini-bagel necklaces. First time I'd seen that, talk about carb overload! I mean necklaces with a dozen bagels on them.. Lol. Too funny. Also saw a few people with giant doughy soft pretzels, like 6 of them, on a necklaces... Equally crazy. And then plenty with 2 feet of necklace completely packed with the little pretzels... Apparently the entire bag. So funny.

    Overall pretty good crowd though yesterday, didn't get too out of control and I didn't see anyone have to be carried out or escorted out so that's a good thing.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe