Welcome to Lager Fest in Cyberspace (2021)!

Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Fests' started by Todd, Jul 19, 2021.

  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,449) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Greetings!

    First, for those who don't know me, I'm Todd Alström, Founder of BeerAdvocate. I'm also hosting Lager Fest in Cyberspace (our third virtual beer fest) along with a special guest, participating brewer, and my good friend Edgar Preciado, @BEERTHUGLIFE.

    Second, thanks for your support and welcome to the fest forum! Here we'll post updates, discussion threads, recordings of both sessions, and other fest content. If you get lost, you can find this forum under "Lager Fest" main site navigation or on the main Forums page.

    Third, shoutout to the team at Half Time Beverage for partnering with us to ensure that everyone gets a box of lager in your hands before the fest!

    Stumbled upon this post?
    Half Time is accepting orders for CO, FL, and OH residents until July 22. Sales for all other qualified states end on July 30. Join us! And make sure to use code RESPECTBEER to save 10%!

    What's New?
    I've setup a #fests channel on Discord so we can chat in real time before and during the live streams. Learn more: https://www.beeradvocate.com/community/threads/whats-discord-and-why-should-i-join.660233/

    House Rules:
    • Synced attendees can reply to any threads in this forum that aren't locked, but can't start new threads. Everyone else is lurking.
    • Please stay on topic for the forum and thread.
    • Please be kind to each other.
    Helpful Links:
    Questions or Concerns with Your Order from Half Time?
    Email virtualevents@halftimebeverage.com or call (845) 462-7899 for assistance.

    Fest Gear:
    Save 10% on limited edition Lager Fest in Cyberspace gear (t-shirt, sticker, and Willi Becher glass) when using LAGER10 at checkout: https://gear.beeradvocate.com/discount/LAGER10

    What Happens Next?
    • Clear your schedule for August 20 and 21, 2021 (5-8 p.m. PDT both days) and join the discussions in this forum between now and then. Can't join us for the live streams? We'll be recording and posting them so you can view them at your leisure.
    • Rejoice when your box arrives, but don't drink the beers yet!
    • Start thinking about which pajamas you're going to wear during the fest.
    • And if you're new to BeerAdvocate, I encourage you to explore the site.
    More to follow, and thanks again for your support!
     
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  2. SiobhanTX

    SiobhanTX Disciple (322) Aug 16, 2013 Texas
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    Woot. Third online beerfest. This is getting to be a thing!
     
  3. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,449) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Thanks for joining us again! Lager Fest is going to fun. Especially with some real time chat in Discord this time.
     
  4. MokiAmalaki

    MokiAmalaki Initiate (12) Sep 7, 2020 California

    Looking forward to this one. I was hesitant about the lagers, but looking at the line up of the beers and specifically the styles... super excited now.
     
  5. SiC_MaGGoT

    SiC_MaGGoT Initiate (6) Nov 4, 2020 New York

    Can't Wait. Loving these festivals. Hope its as good as the first two.
     
  6. Saboli76

    Saboli76 Initiate (11) Dec 14, 2020 Massachusetts

    I don’t want the online fests to end! They have been an amazing way to sample beers and discover breweries I otherwise wouldn’t have discovered, all without having to travel or deal with my crowd anxiety and accommodating my disability.
     
  7. SHU06Les

    SHU06Les Initiate (34) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    Finally a festival I could look forward to!
     
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  8. beergoot

    beergoot Poo-Bah (7,176) Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
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    My first online BA beer fest, so this should prove interesting. I love lagers (pilsners and bocks especially), so I'm amped for this one.
     
  9. LeedsZimbabwe

    LeedsZimbabwe Initiate (141) Nov 23, 2014 New York
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    First time doing an online fest, and first time doing a BA fest! Can't wait to get the box!
     
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  10. squirrelmadness

    squirrelmadness Initiate (105) Feb 21, 2005 Massachusetts

    My first online BA fest. I can’t wait, the lineup of lagers looks great. I’ve been enjoying online tastings, so really excited for a full fest.
     
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  11. maltguy808

    maltguy808 Initiate (10) Apr 8, 2021 Washington

    This is my second virtual fest, keep’m coming. Looking forward to participating with my son-in-law, we had great fun with the IPA Fest. Thanks Todd and Half Time for putting this together.
    Cheers!
     
  12. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,449) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Love to hear this! We need more people to get excited about lagers.
     
  13. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,449) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Thanks for joining us, again! We'll do our best to deliver.
     
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  14. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,449) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    I wouldn't mind doing more these now and then, but the demand for virtual events is definitely waning right now.
     
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  15. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,449) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Lager is life.
     
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  16. cryptichead

    cryptichead Poo-Bah (1,666) Jul 3, 2014 Illinois
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    What's the break even number of participants to keep these virtual events going? 1,000? 1,500?
     
  17. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,449) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Depends on the fest, and I haven't seen final numbers on this one yet, but we're hoping to hit 1,500 for Lager Fest.
     
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  18. MadtownMaltman

    MadtownMaltman Initiate (52) Feb 28, 2015 Wisconsin

    High expectations for my first virtual Fest, what an amazing lineup. Can’t wait to see how this all works out. Thanks for organizing Todd!
     
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  19. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,449) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Stoked that we're your first time. Extreme and IPA were a lot of fun. Between the pre- and post-hangouts, and now Discord (real time chat), I'm positive that Lager Fest will be a lot of fun too.
     
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  20. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,449) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Thanks for joining us, again!
     
  21. cryptichead

    cryptichead Poo-Bah (1,666) Jul 3, 2014 Illinois
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    Here is hoping to more! This will be 2 out of 3 for me.
     
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  22. cmietlicki

    cmietlicki Initiate (49) Jul 28, 2013 Virginia

    Am i right that those who procrastinated and join up last minute are getting a 10% discount? Sorry if i misunderstood that but, if not, for those of us that signed up early (and have participated in the other beer fests) that doesn't feel right.
     
  23. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,449) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    As per the FAQ: "Like any retail or ticketed opportunity, prices are subject to change based on demand, promotions, and inventory surpluses."

    And from other fest thread and on Discord: "We planned Lager Fest during lockdown, but as things are shifting back to in-person activities people are quickly losing interest in virtual events. Bad timing, but we'll still have a great turnout! This is just a final push before sales end."

    Unusual circumstances.
     
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  24. Tuanb

    Tuanb Initiate (5) Jul 20, 2021

    First fest, first everything here! Can't wait, I love lagers and pils! They've gotten a bad rep with the explosion of craft beer IMO.
     
  25. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,449) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Welcome! Thanks for joining BeerAdvocate, and for signing up for Lager Fest in Cyberspace! And agreed. Generally speaking, craft beer has been lager's worst enemy.
     
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  26. beerking1

    beerking1 Disciple (352) Feb 24, 2004 Virginia

    My first online fest. Looking forward to some great lagers. We've got some awesome breweries to look forward to!
     
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  27. Mr_Straw_hat

    Mr_Straw_hat Initiate (11) Feb 16, 2020 Ohio
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    This is 3 for 3 for me wasn't going partake in this one but my taste for the style has grown and what better way to grow it some more then with a great sampling of of beers. Also didn't want to miss out of what could be the last BA online fest for a while.
     
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  28. cryptichead

    cryptichead Poo-Bah (1,666) Jul 3, 2014 Illinois
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    Just got an email from HalfTime that the box was shipped. It begins!
     
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  29. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (5,013) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Same!!

    @PapaGoose03 - you too?
     
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  30. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,143) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    Not yet.
     
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  31. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,143) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I spoke too soon. I have the email. I'll send you the tracking info in a PM after I get to my desktop
     
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  32. Rysk22

    Rysk22 Aspirant (247) Nov 12, 2014 Massachusetts
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    It's going to be real difficult to resist cracking into a few of these...
     
  33. MNPAbeerdude

    MNPAbeerdude Initiate (61) Dec 25, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I received said shipment this afternoon. Loved the assortment of beers and the poster of the event. A bit disappointed with the tasting cups, why even bother? Cheap plastic cups, seriously who will put this fine beer in those things? The price tag for the box and event should have supplied at least a cheap glass tasting cup.
     
  34. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (5,013) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Those are the Govino tasting glasses that BA uses for all of the Beer Advocate fests My wife has the wine glasses for use outside and we love them. They aren't cheap, and they're actually quite durable. Although don't put them in the dishwasher with heated dry as we learned over here ...
     
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  35. MNPAbeerdude

    MNPAbeerdude Initiate (61) Dec 25, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I dunno I could easily break it with my hand if I so chose to.

    Second question, do I understand it correctly to enjoy the virtual beer fest you need to join Discord before the day of?
     
  36. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (5,013) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    I mean ... you could probably do that with a glass one too ... but they're made for drinking, not crushing. :wink:
     
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  37. Jeffreysan

    Jeffreysan Savant (911) Apr 12, 2013 Virginia

    I a huge fan of lagers (gimme all the bocks, Doppelbocks, eisbock, Maibocks, Marzens, Festbiers, Kolsch’s, Pilsners, etc., I can get my hands on!) so I’m super excited for this BA Lagerfest! Oh, and this will my first virtual beer fest, hosted by BA, or otherwise. This is going to be FUN!!
     
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  38. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,449) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    From the fest page: “Two BeerAdvocate-branded Govino tasting cups (our standard fest cup to make you feel nostalgic for our in-person fests)”
    We clearly list what’s included in the package, and adding a cheap glass would’ve been a cheap gesture. But every time I sip a beer from a Govino cup it takes me back to our in-person fests (the point).
     
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  39. Cybermudgeon

    Cybermudgeon Initiate (60) Jul 31, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Just received my box today, & noticed that there were 2 Para Mi Gentes & no Landbier Dunkel. Was this a mistake, or did the Schilling brew not arrive in time?

    Cheers,
     
  40. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (5,013) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    No that’s a mistake. You should reach out to @HalfTime directly and they’ll help you out.