The Next BeerAdvocate Fest?

Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Talk' started by Todd, Dec 4, 2020.

  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,219) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    The next BeerAdvocate fest after Extreme Beer Fest: Cyberspace (Feb. 5 and 6, 2021) will no doubt be held virtually again. Between us, I'm already mapping out the next two or three and would love to get your input.

    What beer fest theme would you like to see for the next BeerAdvocate fest in cyberspace? IPA? Belgian? German? Funk? Beer Meets Wood? Lagers? Other? You can check out our past beer fests for inspiration here:

    Looking forward to your replies...

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  2. TheIPAHunter

    TheIPAHunter Poo-Bah (2,880) Aug 12, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    IPA, please. I love you, and cheers!
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  3. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (4,255) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    I would love to see either a Belgian or German/lager theme for one of these virtual fests
  4. Kraz

    Kraz Initiate (110) Feb 12, 2018 Indiana

    I love going to FOBAB every year and I deeply missed it.

    That said. I vote for a Barrel Aged fest
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  5. thebeers

    thebeers Poo-Bah (3,308) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Seems tight to pull off, but a BiL Fest while there’s still some chill in the air would be amazing. (Looking forward to those two barleywines in the Extreme box. :yum:)

    A Bock Fest would be cool and different for spring, too. Otherwise, I’d be most excited by a German or Lager fest. And speaking of... Oktoberfest is right around the corner.
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  6. crazyforporter

    crazyforporter Initiate (22) Jan 7, 2019

    I’d like to see a beerfest with nothing but super extreme crushable lambics!
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  7. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Poo-Bah (2,030) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    Any virtual fest that ships to Arkansas.
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  8. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,830) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Starkbierzeit timed with Munich? Just a thought.
  9. CTHomer

    CTHomer Poo-Bah (3,244) May 23, 2014 Connecticut
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    German would be nice.

    Also, maybe one (or more) that feature small regional breweries that many BAs would never be able to access otherwise. You could feature a part of the country, a style, etc. Could be fun.
  10. jcoleMA66

    jcoleMA66 Devotee (448) May 16, 2015 Massachusetts

    I'd love to see something based on the Beer Meets Wood concept since it can include the wide variety of beer styles that can be barrel aged using all different types of barrels. I regret that I've missed the previous barrel aged fests!
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  11. SiC_MaGGoT

    SiC_MaGGoT Initiate (6) Nov 4, 2020 New York

    1) Barrel Aged Beers. Any type of barrel whether it be bourbon or rum or whatever.

    2) Wide variety of styles from very small breweries from around the country
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  12. chinchill

    chinchill Poo-Bah (9,853) Feb 29, 2008 South Carolina

    One with South Carolina eligibility.
    Theme? Dark ales / Belgian / young breweries.
  13. Kraz

    Kraz Initiate (110) Feb 12, 2018 Indiana

  14. Uptownal

    Uptownal Initiate (49) Nov 2, 2012 New York

    Belgian Belgian Belgian!!!! Went to Belgian event in Boston several years ago and loved the it. Would like to see you do it virtual.
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  15. Insomniac

    Insomniac Aspirant (242) Nov 5, 2019 Canada (ON)

    Well, I just found out that there will be some international availability for the Feb. event, so I have contacted Tim at Half Time for further details and hopefully I can make this work! I’m excited!

    As for future events, Funk would be of great interest to me, as would the previously mentioned up and coming breweries idea.
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  16. socon67

    socon67 Poo-Bah (2,332) Jun 18, 2010 New York

    Barrel Aging is all the rage. That would be #1 on my list.
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  17. Scottsbeer

    Scottsbeer Champion (852) Nov 3, 2017 Florida

    How about a beer fest in person? I am not buying into the "new normal". However if that is what needs to be for the next fest how about finding some lambics (I hear Cantillon needs to find a way to sell there stuff in the US).
  18. jbertsch

    jbertsch Poo-Bah (1,520) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts
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    I'd like a theme of "underappreciated styles". That way we get away from the usual ipa and imperial stouts. The theme could be up to the brewer's opinion of what style(s) is underappreciated and the beer they bring to the table highlights their voice.
  19. Sumnerj

    Sumnerj Disciple (306) Nov 14, 2015 Connecticut
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    Barrel aged beers!
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  20. crazyforporter

    crazyforporter Initiate (22) Jan 7, 2019

    Extreme crushable lambics!
  21. Jack_14

    Jack_14 Initiate (139) Nov 2, 2019 Italy

    Spontaneous fermentations.
    Passed or not in barrel.
    I think that every part of the world has its own specialties that can ferment spontaneously, giving life to a product that is always unique and different.
    Talking about this issue would be very interesting.
    I said mine, I greet you all.
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  22. IKR

    IKR Crusader (765) May 25, 2010 California

    Funk or Beer Meets Wood! Or preferably both.
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  23. DollarBila

    DollarBila Disciple (369) Jan 19, 2008 Michigan

    Belgian, German, or Best of Mainland Europe.
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  24. gueuzegeek

    gueuzegeek Aspirant (292) Aug 11, 2003 New Jersey

    Pale ales/IPAs/Pilsners. Please nothing with lactose or vanilla!! Nothing super boozy style either! You already have the extreme beer fest for those. I just want real honest beers!
  25. imagingh

    imagingh Devotee (444) May 12, 2011 New Hampshire
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    A couple of my favorite fests were Funk Boston and the BA Belgian Beer Fest in Portland, ME. But virtual fest are a great opportunity to do a closer focus. Could be a small range of styles like bochs, farmhouse ales, smoked beers or lambics. Another option is to focus on different regions and offer some of the best beers of a country or an area of the US. But I think an IPA fest, especially one focussing on the what New England has to offer and how those beers compare to other areas of the country/world. I think this would deliver the most appeal.
  26. Pinz412

    Pinz412 Devotee (467) Nov 20, 2019 Pennsylvania
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    Agree with all of this. Beer Meets Wood is my number one vote, with Funk coming in second.
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  27. JohnFu

    JohnFu Initiate (5) Nov 29, 2020 Illinois

    I would love to see some kind of historical beer fest, although might be tough to find samples. Otherwise a German beer fest would be great.
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  28. MadtownMaltman

    MadtownMaltman Initiate (42) Feb 28, 2015 Wisconsin

    I'd love to see German, thanks Todd!
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  29. Rainintheface

    Rainintheface Champion (819) Apr 30, 2007 Massachusetts

    Damn. 13 years since German Beerfest at cyclorama. Great location but my living room will suffice for another.
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  30. ovaltine

    ovaltine Poo-Bah (3,392) Apr 6, 2010 Indiana
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    Agree wholeheartedly, especially if bocks are an emphasis if German/lager is the path chosen (full credit to @thebeers for the bock idea).
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  31. thebeers

    thebeers Poo-Bah (3,308) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Credit for a BA Bock fest idea should go to @LeperJim. He should be hired for the art, too!
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  32. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Poo-Bah (9,439) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    I would really be down for a LagerFest - showcasing all different types of lagers (dark to light) and highlighting lagers from different countries.
  33. bonsainut

    bonsainut Initiate (33) Oct 23, 2014 California

    I am a German lager fan. Tough to get many of the good German beers here in the US... but maybe this will open some doors?!
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  34. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,893) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    Another vote for German beers. I have not participated in prior online tastings, nor have I bought a ticket to the upcoming virtual festival, but German beers would get me to buy a ticket (assuming a vendor that ships to Michigan).
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  35. CooperHawk85

    CooperHawk85 Initiate (6) Mar 14, 2020 Nebraska

    Fruit/Field (To usher in the spring season)
    Gose (Pairs well with a heart shaped box of chocolates)
    Rye/Irish Red (For Valentines Day month!)
    or do a Date Night Beer Fest (pick beers inspired by rom-coms, rom-dramas, or chic movies/shows)
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  36. sulldaddy

    sulldaddy Poo-Bah (3,829) Apr 6, 2003 Connecticut
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    Regional Fests where only beers from breweries that do NOT distribute outside of the "fest" region. Would really help out some small breweries with exposure and some revenue that they normally wouldnt see. Maybe also negotiate discounts on swag from participating breweries and push links to their online shops.

    Regions could be groups of 6 to 8 states. you get a box of beers from that region etc.
    This would be like olde school locals for locals trading.

    Id be up for doing several of these I believe.
  37. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,983) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    Belgian or Beer meets Wood.
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  38. WormGod

    WormGod Aspirant (207) Jun 30, 2016 New York

    Spring is home to starkbierzeit and ZBF, but both of those are looking unlikely, so something themed around either of those would be nice.
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  39. Ernest7

    Ernest7 Initiate (17) Apr 24, 2019 Belgium

    Since I am a Belgian, I will not be able to participate.
    My dada: Belgian vintage beer.
  40. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (4,236) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    I gotta go along with the beer-and-wood theme or something involving German beers.
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