What's the best beer event you've attended?

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  1. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Indiana

    I always get ramped up for the Spring Beer events in my area. DLD, Mayfest....

    As hard as I try not to compare each one to the "One that Blew my mind", I can't seem to avoid it!

    For me it was the Three Floyds 15yr Anniversary party.

    Why? Well, limited group of around 3000.
    The release of Baller Stout was available on draft on many taps, so we actually got to sample a couple pints. Much different that DLD. Where the DLD is inside only (good luck with that) and the guest taps are the same as I had the night before the party.

    But the best of the best was that the other breweries that attended brought the goods.
    Pizza Port
    De Struise
    And I think a couple other stations that we sampled.

    So I was able to try many beers that I could never get my hands on or even heard of (pizza port). Furious, Darkness, Pour mans IPA, Beer Geek brunch, Black Albert............etc......And since then, I now look forward to every bottle I get from these brewers.

    I will not miss any Anniversary Party that FFF has, just hope it lives up!
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  2. jpaulsen

    jpaulsen Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2010 California

    Stone Brewery's annual celebrations are great! Incredibly large selection of beers, great food, cigars, music and always nice weather in San Marcos, CA!
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  3. woosterbill

    woosterbill Poo-Bah (2,997) Apr 6, 2009 Kentucky

    Zwanze Day is probably the best organized public event I've attended (both years at Spuyten Duyvil were amazing), although I'd take any old day at Drie Fonteinen over it 10 times out of 10.
  4. TheJollyHop

    TheJollyHop Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 California

    Oakquinox and Sour Fest are consistently awesome events.
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  5. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2010 California

    GrumpyOldTroll's any given day event


    Stone Sour Fest in years past has been awesome
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  6. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2009 California

    Bluesapalooza in Mammoth, CA
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  7. Buck86

    Buck86 Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2011 Washington

    I just bought tickets to the Firestone Invitational on a whim, and turns out it sold out this year in like 16 hours as opposed to 2ish months last year (haven't actually gone yet). From what I hear this event turned out to be a pissing contest for the best breweries in the country and attendees got to try the best of the best. I heard they had enough Vanilla Bourbon Darklord to last a good part of the day so that is saying something. I hope it goes as well this time around.

    As for my all time favorite I am partial because it also falls usually within a day or two for my birthday but PizzaPort Carlsbad puts on a fundraiser for the Keep-a-Breast foundation termed "Brewbies" where all the $ go to the breast cancer group. Again many brought their A-game and we were drinking amazing beers for what equaited to like $2 a pint. For those of you around in Southern California I strongly recommend checking it out because it is next weekend and helps out a great cause... boobs. Not many tickets left for the Sat session but Friday is still wide open. Oh there was also Younger available last year shhh
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  8. CharlatanSin

    CharlatanSin Initiate (0) May 28, 2009 Connecticut

    Get Real NY, a group of NYC beer people, had a couple of great cask festivals two or three years ago. I remember they had a barrel aged Marshall Zhukov back when CCB was the hype train target du jour. Cask list of probably 70 or 80 overall, and just generally a nice, chill atmosphere.
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  9. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Autumn Brew Review in Minneapolis, MN.

    I hear great things about Winterfest here in MN as well.
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  10. jasonmason

    jasonmason Initiate (188) Oct 6, 2004 California

    The first Stone Oakquinox was awesome, very well organized and excellent beer selection.

    I remember leaving thinking "Now why can't everything else be run this well?"
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  11. Timmush

    Timmush Aspirant (257) Jan 5, 2008 New Jersey

    Extreme Beerfest is always great
    and beertastings with the NJ group.
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  12. WifeofKegatron

    WifeofKegatron Initiate (0) Jan 29, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Love Extreme Beer Fest but it is more difficult to get tickets every year. I'd rank #1-Great Taste of the Midwest #2 EBF #3 Vermont Brewer's Fest
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  13. Dennoman

    Dennoman Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2011 Belgium

    Borefts is still the best beer festival in Europe, so that gets my vote.

    Value for money-wise, it would definitely be Cantillon Quintessence. I was very generously hooked up with a reservation and you got to taste at least 50-60 beers by various breweries with accompanying finger food for a measly €18. Can't beat that price. If only it wasn't so damn crowded. Agoraphobes and/or claustrophobes would probably have a total shitfit.
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  14. czfreeman

    czfreeman Initiate (0) May 22, 2007 California

    Brewvival in Charleston, SC
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  15. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

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  16. sandiego67

    sandiego67 Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2008 California

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  17. digita7693

    digita7693 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2010 Germany

    I pretty much agree with this. I really like Alvinne Craft Beer fest too and Cantillon open brewing day.

    I will also add Block 15 beer releases (went to Super Nebual release yesterday), best run beer release ever! Awesome people there too.
  18. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (3,401) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana

    Maybe the tastings the night before DLD
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  19. SaCkErZ9

    SaCkErZ9 Poo-Bah (2,593) Feb 27, 2005 South Carolina
    Society Trader

    I went to a beer festival in Estes Park, CO one time....
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  20. searsclone

    searsclone Initiate (0) Sep 7, 2006 Arizona

    I have to give an honorable mention to the Oregon Brewers Festival. But, locally, it was the first year of the AmeriCAN Canned beer fest in Chandler AZ. The VIP tent had all of the beers that were available, a few that weren't in the gen. admission line up, good food, and some of the brewers were hanging around too. They brought in a few brews (Narragansett, Sun King, Six Point) that aren't normally available here too.
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  21. nogophers

    nogophers Initiate (0) Jun 28, 2011 Minnesota

    ABR is great. Tickets are limited and there is an impressive list of brewers. The new summer festival in Duluth (All Pints North) was fantastic from a setting standpoint (on grass overlooking the harbor to Lake Superior) and had a good band line up. Plenty of space. Brewer participation was small with under 40, but I suspect that will grow in years to come.
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  22. mlaroche

    mlaroche Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2005 California

    The first Bruery Reserve Society Initiation. (Have been to other years' initiations... not as intimate)
    2010 Extreme Beer Festival - Night of the Barrels. (Haven't been to other EBFs)
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  23. ckeegan04

    ckeegan04 Meyvn (1,414) Feb 21, 2008 Texas

    Blake Layne's (steamhead) day after Christmas beer tastings in Bowling Green, KY. Went a couple of times and the quality of beer was insane. Multiple bottles of things like DDG, IP, old Beatification, Dark Lord, Darkness, BCBS, KtG, Cantillon out the ass....it was always a good time. The quality of the BA's in BG, Nashville and the surrounding areas was (and I am guessing still is) off the charts. Miss getting to have tastings with that group.
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  24. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Poo-Bah (1,824) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    National Homebrewers Conference.
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  25. scruggin

    scruggin Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2008 Minnesota

    I haven't attended too many beer events, but Great Taste of the Midwest completely blew me away.
  26. Ohsaycanyoubeer

    Ohsaycanyoubeer Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2012 Colorado

    Hunahpu's Day 2011
    Pints for Prostates Denver Rare Beer Tasting
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  27. t8000shx

    t8000shx Initiate (180) Mar 2, 2004 New York

    Sour & Bitter wins it for me, admittedly in no small part because it occurred during my first trip to Copenhagen. Turns out that's an incredible city, and made everything we did there seem even better.

    After that, Hill Farmstead Harvest, followed closely by Hill Farmstead Anniversary.... followed closely by the now-defunct Hill Farmstead Winter Festival.

    Not at all meant to be "cute". Between Hill Farmstead's excellent beers and an always amazing list of guest taps (nevermind the stunning surroundings and the joys of camping), it's very difficult to top their events.
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  28. MarkJBurch

    MarkJBurch Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania

    3HB's annual Homegrown Festival. Local bands, breweries and vendors come together once a year for a huge party that showcases everything great up in Rochester, NY.
  29. KevSal

    KevSal Meyvn (1,075) Oct 17, 2010 California

    fiftyfifty eclipse release hands down.

    along with unlimited a ounts of eclipse theres a pretty killer bottle share as well
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  30. gpawned

    gpawned Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2012 Illinois

    ^^^ This ^^^ Great event. Darkness Day was amazing this year too and I always love me a Jackie O's bottle release.
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  31. JBogan

    JBogan Champion (852) Jul 15, 2007 California

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  32. digita7693

    digita7693 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2010 Germany

    Shame on me for forgetting Brews for New Avenues! The 2013 version is going to be even better!
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  33. mondegreen

    mondegreen Devotee (442) Nov 4, 2009 Georgia


    Moderate crowds and all the BA Zhukov you cared to drink. I'm afraid those days are over.
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  34. travMI13

    travMI13 Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2012 Michigan

    Easy: Founders Black Party 2010.

    The taplist? 2010 KBS, 2009 KBS, KBS on nitro, CBS, BB Imperial Stout, plus a bunch of others that I can't even remember. Easily the best brewery taplist I have ever seen.

    Runner up would be the 2012 KBS release. Best bottle share of my life, and I met a ton of awesome people.
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  35. mightyatom

    mightyatom Initiate (0) Jul 6, 2009 Rhode Island

    I have to give it to the festival in worcester last summer. Not only were there too many one-off's, rare's to try, but meeting the brewers themselves was the icing. Had 15 minute conversation with urbain about earth monk while he poured me near a full bottle of '06...
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  36. Vonstein15

    Vonstein15 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 Ohio

    Beerfest at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield,Oh gets my vote every time.Not once in 4 yrs has there been a incident at this event.Solid 400 beers and appox 75 vendors.Cheers
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  37. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Indiana

    I think I may roll to the Great Taste of the midwest then!
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  38. DogfishTail

    DogfishTail Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2011 Rhode Island

    Same here. First time volunteering at a festival and I had a great time. Not often is that much talent in the same building.
  39. toofdoc

    toofdoc Initiate (0) Jun 28, 2011 New Mexico

    Funky Buddha south Florida beer week 2013, best tap list ever...
  40. podunkparte

    podunkparte Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2009 Washington

    Brouwers Sour fest takes it for me. Deviation, fou foune, Bottleworks XII, vintage Lou pepe kriek and about 30 other beers on tap is amazing.
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