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Discussion in 'US - West' started by AlexM, May 24, 2021.
Yeah. Standby...and keep an eye open for an update in the Society forum and via email.
@Todd any insight if Untappd will be releasing a taplist of beers being poured? Thanks!
Yes. The beer list will be posted once it's been finalized.
Any updates on this? Would be very interested!
Any options for designated driver tickets?
Not yet, but I’ll be working on it soon.
From the FAQ: “Designated Driver tickets will be available at the door the day of the festival. Advance sales of the Designated Driver ticket are not available. Designated Driver ticket holders are not permitted to consume alcohol.”
Stumbled upon the taplist ... since we are still 2ish weeks out, not sure if these selections will hold, but it's a nice starting point:
Heads up! We're giving away two (2) VIP tickets! Learn more: https://www.beeradvocate.com/commun...ckets-giveaway-ends-september-19-2021.661489/
I won't be getting into town until just before Session One on Friday, but I'd be down for meeting up in-between sessions on Saturday for a beer or two. No idea where I'll be hitting Friday or Saturday night yet.
I look forward to drinking a beer with you
SO excited for this!! Looking forward to many, many beers.
PSA for folks who wanted to take Amtrak (Pacific Surfliner) to the festival on Oct. 2 (I think this applies to Oct. 1 as well) ... no trains will be running due to track maintenance south of San Clemente ... buses are available, but no train, ARGH
Anyone who loves lager, go say hi to my friends at Art History Brewing. Highly recommend drinking all their lager.
A lot of criticism of this fest is popping up on social media. Any official response from BA or Next Glass?
So there are breweries pouring there that they feel have not addressed sexual abuse, harassment, et al.; properly and would like said breweries to be removed?
Yes, with the caveat that I’m trying to piece different narratives together from social media, my understanding is that people are especially frustrated and angry that breweries accused of sexual harassment and abuse are participating in the fest.
I may be getting this wrong, but it also appears that some of the festival’s anti-harassment policies or procedures were only announced in recent days.
Separately, I believe some people approached Untappd about putting links to breweries’ anti-harassment policies on the app, and that the company seemed disinterested in that undertaking.
Excited for today's event! See you all there. Is there a gathering that's going to happen before the event as previously mentioned?
Yes. I reached out to the team this morning for more info. Here's what they shared:
Right now we are focused on providing a safe environment for this event. Next Glass festivals are governed by a code of conduct that is designed to provide a safe environment for all participants. As part of that code, all participating breweries, vendors, sponsors, and attendees are required to abide by the code, which includes provisions for removal and other actions as deemed necessary by the security team.
We did have a code of conduct posted on our festival website which included anti-harassment language. A few months ago, on this forum, we committed to further strengthening our code and procedures, including a mechanism for reporting violations. Once we completed the vetting process we decided to work with #NotMe and updated our code to include this new process.
As part of this new process, we have posted throughout the venue instructions on how to report a complaint via #NotMe and have robust security procedures in place as we do at all of our events.
After sharing our code with stakeholders we received feedback and have made adjustments and will continue to evaluate.
I won't be getting to the fest until just before doors, but I'll be at all three sessions and hope to squeeze in some beers before and after the other sessions. I'll be sure to post updates with any firm plans here and on Discord.
Here's hoping that the breweries brought enough kegs / cans / bottles for each session so they don't run out in the first hour or so ... hate when that sh*t happens at festivals!
@Xul you going to this? Or you only stick to MT festivals?
I'm up in the Bay Area right now so not going to make it. Looking forward to hearing how it goes, hope everyone has fun!
just saw the Emeryville check in … CHEERS!
Just sat down at Neighborhood.
Glad I swung by Neighborhood...
...paired it with a Bling Pig (not pictured).
...ended with an Underberg.
And wound up running into @shighet14 too!
I’ve attended countless beer fests around the world since the 90s, and personally hosted over 75 beer festivals ranging from 1,200 to 15,000 attendees, but this past weekend I was at the Untappd Beer Festival in San Diego as more of an attendee and to show support for my coworkers.
Awesome time! Not only did things run smoothly, but I thoroughly enjoyed some damn good beers and discussions with great people at a picturesque venue with perfect weather and comfortable numbers. It was great to meetup with coworkers, brewers, a bunch of BAs, and friends that I haven't seen in two years too.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the support the fest! Stay tuned for more...
Internal communications from Untappd claiming that the criticism of this fest was unwarranted and in bad faith.
@Todd, is BA able to add a field to breweries’ pages linking to their Codes of Conduct?
We already provide a field to link to brewery websites. Technically, we could add another field, unfortunately, it’s not feasible to create and maintain one (with the same root domain) for tens of thousands of locations. For those breweries that create and post their code of conduct on their own website, it should be easily found by their staff, customers, and clients by following the website link.
To be clear, I wasn’t suggesting you guys to track down the Codes of Conduct — just to have a field where breweries and BA members can upload them, like a photo of the brewery and other important info.
I’ll admit I don’t understand the technical backend of something like that. If it’s too onerous, are their other ways can the site make it easy for beer advocates to learn which breweries have clear policies against sexual and racial harassment and which don’t?
BA conveniently aggregates a lot of content for users that they could otherwise find by going and looking it up themselves on a brewery’s website or via Google. IMO, this seems like important info to figure out how to better share with people.
I understood your request. It would be a community-sourced field, like everything else, but we'd still need to create, approve, and maintain/update the field as needed. And, speaking of approvals, who's going to decide if the code of conduct for a brewery is sufficient enough to be displayed on BA? Mods? Me? Someone else? What are the criteria that need to be met? If it's 3rd party criteria, what if we don't think it's sufficient enough? Do we need to create additional criteria? What's the disapproval process? What would a BA approval mean? What are the legal implications? What if a brewery doesn't want their code of conduct linked on BA? That's a new feature and rules for whoever is approving. More coding. I could go on...
It's really up to the brewery to create, maintain, and prominently display their own code of conduct on their own website, which people should be able to find via the website link that we already make available.
Thanks for the response. I totally agree it’s up to breweries themselves to post their own Codes of Conduct prominently themselves. But as a leader in beer geek community, BA can can help make certain behaviors a more standard part of industry culture and introduce some accountability. As a BA fan, I encourage you to think about how you can do that and communicate what you’re doing to your supporters. If helping to normalize and publicize Codes of Conduct isn’t your thing, maybe it’s something else.