What beer fests do you miss?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Todd, Nov 19, 2020.

  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,170) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Planning Extreme Beer Fest: Cyberspace has got me all nostalgic for beer fests. I've been to hundreds of them around the globe and hosted over 70 of our own over the years. Kerstbierfestival (Essen, Belgium), Nacht Van De Grote Dorst (Dilbeek, Belgium), Zythos Bierfestival (Leuven, Belgium), The Festival (Worcester, Mass.), NERAX (Boston, Mass.), Great American Beer Festival (Denver, Colo.), Oktoberfest (Munich, Germany), Pils & Love (Marina del Rey, Calif.), and so many others that I miss and have given me inspiration over the years. But I really miss our Extreme Beer Fest; the caliber of beer and people is epic.

    Here's a promo video shot at Extreme Beer Fest: Boston back in 2014...

    ...so many feels.

    What beer fests do you miss?

    (If you don't miss beer fests or don't like them, please back away form the thread and :poop: eleswhere.)
  2. Britt

    Britt Events Manager (1,530) Apr 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Aside from all of the BA fests (which are at the top of my most-missed fests list), I was really bummed to miss out on Cambridge Brewing Company's Great Pumpkin Fest for the first time in 9 years
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  3. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,170) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Best festival of pumpkin beers ever! I miss all of CBC's events; and living mere blocks away.
  4. pjeagles

    pjeagles Initiate (165) May 29, 2005 New Mexico

    I miss the obvious one, GABF. I had attended the past 12 years, but I still got excited when the bagpipers would march through the hall to signify the beginning of the fest. And then it was on! I always started out with a sensible plan to try beers but it always ended up in OH! This booth has THIS! And the next booth has THIS! and so on. Multiple sessions became a must (never Saturday night, though. I have standards). I was able to many of the beers I had only read about on BA and discovered some hidden gems.
    GABF became so much more than just the fest, with the East Meets West IPA event at Falling Rock one of the highlights, though I would wake up Thursday morning wondering how I was going to make it through three more days of beer. Falling Rock was the main game in town when I started going to GABF but place like Freshcraft and Euclid Hall started putting on big events. Then more and more choices like First Draft, Hops and Pie Finn's Manor, Star Bar...it became so you had to map out the highest priority events, as well as finding time to hit Mr. B's, Argonaut, Molly's, etc. for all the beer drops.
    I won't miss the $1,000+ bill for the hotel in Denver during GABF, but I'm hopeful to get back there next year.
  5. Insomniac

    Insomniac Aspirant (219) Nov 5, 2019 Canada (ON)

    I really miss Mondial de la Biere in Montreal. Been going for years and years and was sad this year was lost. Covers the Quebec scene very well, always has several high quality American brewers both established and new, gets in some lesser known quality brewers from more off the radar countries like Italy and Brazil and has a very congenial and relaxed vibe. A great festival in a great city.
  6. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,170) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    I attended Mondial de la Bière back in 2004. Awesome time. Hope to get back to Montreal one day...
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  7. Vitacca

    Vitacca Crusader (792) Sep 15, 2010 Wisconsin
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    Firestone Walker Invitational, Zwanze Day and Fobab are yearly events for me. Hopefully one or two make a comeback in 2021.
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  8. pants678

    pants678 Champion (855) Jan 26, 2009 California

    Copenhagen Beer Celebration
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    REVZEB Poo-Bah (8,113) Mar 28, 2013 Illinois

    Living in Chicagoland FOBAB has become an annual tradition that was sorely missed this year. Was hoping to finally get to Great Taste this year too, alas another year!
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  10. IKR

    IKR Crusader (756) May 25, 2010 California

    Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival and Real Ale Festival. The Strong Ale Festival was like Woodstock to Hippies, you weren't there if you can remember being there :grin:
  11. Jplachy

    Jplachy Devotee (426) Feb 12, 2012 Illinois

    Yeah this should have been my.....7th FoBAB? And I was supposed to head to Tulsa for the Hop Jam which I thought was a very well run event last year.
  12. Sabtos

    Sabtos Poo-Bah (8,376) Dec 15, 2015 Ohio
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    Dark Lord Day is the granddaddy of them all (at least regarding craft and release-centric stateside) and still can't be beat. Really bummed we weren't able to party out in Munster this year.

    Tampa Bay Beer Week is my second favorite due to its weeklong shenanigans. So many different releases and mini-festivals leading up to the always fun Hunahpu's Day.
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  13. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,170) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Attended some of the early ones. Damn good times.
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  14. snaotheus

    snaotheus Poo-Bah (4,266) Oct 6, 2008 Washington

    Fresh Hop Festival in Yakima
    Washington Brewer's Festival
    Washington Hop Mob's kickoff was a TIPA festival until the most recent year
    Hard Liver Fest (barleywine festival)
    Zwanze Day

    Now I am filled with sadness
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  15. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Poo-Bah (2,400) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    Another vote for Firestone Walker Invitational. Such a great event, with added bonuses that I get to see friends that live in the area and grab fresh Pivo.
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  16. eppCOS

    eppCOS Poo-Bah (1,546) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado

    Big North
    (Half Acre specific - tough patooties if you don't like it). :wink:
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  17. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 Poo-Bah (2,485) Aug 17, 2013 California
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    Personally, I miss the BXL Beer Fest in Brussels and Cantillon's Quintessence.
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  18. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,592) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Zwanze Day. :cry:
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  19. Dicers

    Dicers Poo-Bah (1,756) Sep 2, 2012 Colorado
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    Besides BA fests #NotAnAd.....

    WeldWerks Invitational
    Zwanze Day
    Denver Rare Beer Tasting
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  20. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (1,783) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    This. I missed it this year. My neighbor and I had our own, but it's just not the same.
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  21. mactrail

    mactrail Poo-Bah (10,127) Mar 24, 2009 Washington
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    GABF in the late 90s, when it was held in Currigan Hall and the real glass tasters crashed to the floor every so often. And it was largely brewpubs no one had ever heard of.
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  22. Jbrews

    Jbrews Aspirant (286) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    I think we worked EBF 2014 and really enjoyed it. Was that the juice machine and toppling Goliath year?
  23. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (11,278) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Monk's, a local taproom, holds two small beerfests on site, and I hope they'll resume by next fall. They usually have a few hundred attendees and manage to get 50 to 75 incredible selections, some of which are new releases or one-offs.
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  24. cryptichead

    cryptichead Poo-Bah (1,583) Jul 3, 2014 Illinois
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    Miss FOBAB - it was a highlight of the fall season
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  25. rodbeermunch

    rodbeermunch Poo-Bah (6,222) Sep 30, 2015 Nevada
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    Firestone Walker
    SFBW (DIPA Fest/Sour Sunday)
    Bistro Barrel Aged/Wood
    Eclipse Party (been to every single one)
    Bruery Anniversary

    And I dunno, basically every vacation I take is pretty much like a beer festival.
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  26. JHDStein

    JHDStein Initiate (81) Aug 16, 2013 Germany

    Borefts (De Molen) in Bodegraven, NL (September). Always well-run, with a great selection of eclectic breweries and a wonderful crowd. I go almost every year and it broke my heart to see it (understandably) cancelled this year.
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  27. onezendad

    onezendad Initiate (52) Apr 16, 2018 Canada (ON)

    Witchstock at Bellwoods
    Cask Days
    Sourpallouza (they did a virtual but it too pricey for me)

    Miss not having an EBF in Feb.
    Nucleate was in the plans for this year.
    GABF & Wakefest are on my ToDo list.
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  28. Newport_beerguy

    Newport_beerguy Zealot (595) Feb 24, 2011 Rhode Island

    Beervana Fest a few miles down the road from me which was scheduled for 4 weeks ago I believe, the best part was having my SIL as designated driver. The most laid back fest you can get with all the great beers the brewers bring annually.
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  29. Pinz412

    Pinz412 Disciple (336) Nov 20, 2019 Pennsylvania

    A lot of the larger beerfests that hit my area have fallen out of favor with me because it ends up being mostly beers that can be found on the shelves in the area. That said, I was very excited to go to Voodoo's Good Vibes fest this year before it had to be canceled. It always hosts a great assortment of breweries that mostly only distribute near their respective areas. It's a great fest to try new stuff, and some of the breweries break out some truly spectacular beers.

    Also, last year Hop Culture relocated their operations to Pittsburgh. They put on some really fantastic smaller fests that only consist of 10-15 breweries serving 3-4 beers each. When I look at the menus for those fests I typically want to try 90% of what's on tap.

    The current state of things is unfortunate for fest goers, but I do love the idea of virtual fests and I'm very excited the Extreme Beer Fest coming up early next year.
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  30. needMIbeer

    needMIbeer Meyvn (1,049) Feb 5, 2014 Virginia
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    I attended GABF for the first time last year and was looking forward to it again this year.

    Firestone Walker Invitational and FOBAB have always been bucket list festivals for me that I've yet to attend. Hoping these both become a thing again once it's safe and appropriate to do so.

    Definitely looking forward to Virtual EBF!
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  31. Travitten

    Travitten Disciple (388) Feb 8, 2014 Iowa

    MWBBF. Side Project and Perrenial showin up!
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  32. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (7,416) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    The Casper locals.
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  33. bret27

    bret27 Meyvn (1,304) Mar 10, 2009 California

    There was only about a year Around 2009 where I was really into beer and went to fests but they were all fun.
    *GABF (release of Black Tuesday) + A couple side events, one was called rare beer tasting in Denver.
    *Woodshop #2 In Anaheim?
    *Bistro ipa fest in Hayward, ca
    *Christmas in July at Lost Abbey (release of duck duck gooze)
    *an Oregon festival. Forget the name, but was on the waterfront section of Portland in summertime.

    would definitely like to get to the other fests some time, FW invitational, Hunaphu day, DLD, ba extreme. It’s hard that these are so popular it’s difficult to get tickets.
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  34. JBogan

    JBogan Champion (862) Jul 15, 2007 California

    Another vote for Borefts. Always a fantastic collection of incredible beers showcasing a wide variety of styles, a wonderful setting under the old windmill next to the canal, and really awesome people. Damn I miss that festival.
  35. Sheppard

    Sheppard Meyvn (1,328) Mar 16, 2013 Virginia

    Only for ones I've been to:
    All of CBC's fests
    All of Notch's fests
  36. ChangSing

    ChangSing Initiate (166) May 5, 2013 Illinois

    FOBAB for sure (I live outside Chicago). I also miss all of the local 'anniversary' parties for breweries- Solemn Oath, Penrose, Alter, Lagunitas Beer Circus etc all usually do something really fun.
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  37. LXIXME

    LXIXME Poo-Bah (4,027) Oct 3, 2007 New Mexico

    The list of what I miss is to long and painful to get into on this forum. But, I'll tell you one positive thing to come from it: I'm going to Extreme Beer Fest at the beginning of February. Thanks BA.
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  38. Rocktire

    Rocktire Aspirant (255) Jan 15, 2017 New York

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  39. socon67

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

    Blue Point's Cask Ale Festival. This was the first year since 2009 I didn't go to one.
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  40. johnInLA

    johnInLA Savant (927) Jun 12, 2005 California
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    But wait! Do you consider Woodshop a beer festival?

    Always thought of it as a very special bottle share.
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