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Discussion in 'Midwest' started by dougofthefuture, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. dougofthefuture

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    I know I didn't buy any tickets to Winterfest, so something needs to get figured out. No one has chimed in on ideas for a place though. I'm thinking we invite everyone, which my wife and baby might object to if it is at my house.

    I'd love to find a bar or hall to host, and I'd be glad to organize. If we want to do it on a Friday night, it might be tricky. From the "on tap" thread today, it sounds like a place like New Bohemia would host a tasting, but probably more likely a Monday or Tuesday evening. I'd love to have a good VFW or other random hall hookup. Anyone have ideas?
     
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    How many people were at Dougfest anyways?
     
  3. caskstrength

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    New Bohemia would be awesome.
     
  4. dc55110

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    There is a place on W 7th, above the Glockenspiel, called Sokol Hall. Things may have changed in the past decade, but we rented it for our wedding reception, it was 200 for the dining/bar area and you could bring your own alcohol. It may be worth looking into.
     
  5. cmannes

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    I did winterfest for the first time last year. Actually, I have a story, but I'll save that till the end. Anyway, it was spendy. So I've been holding out, with ambitions of pooling my beer-fest money for a GABF trip. That said, I'd love to do a few more smaller less official events. Would be a lot of fun.

    As for my Winterfest story. My wife works for the MN Historical Society. Winterfest is held at the History Center.

    So for last year, I picked up my then 4 month old son, brought him to the history center. He and my wife hung out in her office while I drank bunches of beer.

    At the end of the festival, we were all leaving, and I had to use the bathroom. So my wife with the stroller waited outside. While at the urinal a guy comes into the bathroom in shock. "Holy sh*t, there's a woman out there with a stroller and baby!" Much conversation continued about how "hard-core" she was. I just laughed to myself. :)
     
  6. hoeg0015

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    I went ahead and bought tickets to the beer dabbler winter carnival today as an alternative to winterfest. Optimistic this year will be a step up from years past. Hope to a see a few of you fools there. Also, if you haven't checked out the beer dabbler store in st. paul, you should. It's pretty cool
     
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    I am one of two people selling Winterfest tickets at face value, due to the fact the person that wanted them changed their mind.
     
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  9. laymansbeerfan

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    Can't PM you, but a buddy was looking for 2. If you could message me, I'd appreciate it.
     
  10. will1256

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    My plans changed for Winterfest weekend and it turns out I am free that night. If anyone has two extra tickets, I would be interested...
     
  11. Hopstout

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    I have 2 tickets to Winterfest.
    $65 and one bottle of rare or limited beer per ticket if you have interest.

     
  12. caskstrength

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    Damnit, I just drank my rare and limited beer. There's always next year.
     
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    Grab my ankles for Winterfest or DLD? I think there will be tickets for face the week of.
     
  14. Hopstout

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    Tickets are sold!
    Thank you all for your interest!
    I received $75 a ticket and a Dark Lord vertical 2009, 2010, and 2011.
    Thank you, Jonathan!

    Looks like there are some on craigslist and the cheapest are $100 a ticket. Some are listed at $150 a ticket.
    It's going to be a blast!
    Hope to see you all there!
     
  15. mothman

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    Is this guy for real?
     
  16. jatut

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    I hope so! It was worth laugh.
     
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    Seriously. Met him at Happy Gnome for the exchange last night.
     
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    That is one hell of a gouge job you pulled off! Congratulations???
     
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    Anyone else refreshing the page so much that your mouse is about to break? I want the brochure that they said would be posted yesterday :(
     
  21. Hopstout

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    Gouge?
    He offered a third bottle and insisted on paying face value.

    Supply and demand...and generosity.

    ...and THANX!
     
  22. maximum12

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    WTF?

    You're entitled to do whatever the hell you like with your tickets, naturally, but to come on here & brag about gouging the shit out of someone...well, that takes a massive misunderstanding of the fine beer community in the Twin Cities.

    Hope I don't see you. Wherever.
     
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  23. mothman

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    I am not going to winterfest because of this guy.
     
  24. pmccallum86

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    How can you be so obtuse?
     
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  25. Hopstout

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    OK.
    Sorry all for offending...just excited I guess.

    Peace and Cheers.
     
  26. maximum12

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    WHAT DID YOU CALL ME?

    Great line from a great movie.
     
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  27. deebo

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    For each his own but I must say this is the kind of guy that could sell a ketchup popsicle to a woman in white gloves.
     
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  28. laymansbeerfan

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    Wait, which guy?
     
  29. mothman

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    I will give you a hint, it's not Corey.
     
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    Just couldn't justify this one this year. Winterfest $75 for 3 hours of event or Firkin Fest $50 for 6 hours of event. I understand that the MN Craft Brewers Guild really bring the heat for this event but holy crap! I am waiting for the first single evening event thats 3 hours and costs $100 for a ticket or $150 for a VIP ticket. Prices seem to go up 20% every year. Well have fun all and I'll see you in a couple months at the Gnome for Firkin Fest.
     
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    I'm bummed I'm going to miss Firkin Fest this year. I'll be in San Francisco for the Game Developers Conference. So I am requiring with my friends out there they gather up some local Bay Area/California beers I can't get here and I'll bring out some tasties they can't get there (I'm thinking a nice Darkness vertical '10, '11, '12 and some homebrew with maybe some others should suffice). Its nice to see they're expanding Firkin Fest to 6 hours, but I hope that doesn't mean they're going to sell as many tickets as 2 years ago or it'll be a crap fest again of waiting in line for 30 min for a beer. I'll be at Winterfest for my second year in a row though and for the quality of beer and the environment I feel the price tag is worth it IMO. However I don't mind dropping $125+ on a ticket to Whiskey Fest which is only 4 hours and with scotch/whiskey you aren't going to try all that many unless you want to be dragged out of there while passed out.

    I do feel if they keep raising the price though depending what they have for the food this year, they may need to turn it into a real quality food/beer event with more/better food and not just fancy appetizerish like food.
     
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    The reason why the are charging such a premium for Winterfest tickets is because there is such a high demand and only 700 tickets, thats why they sell out too. I missed the window this year, as I have for the past few. Beer festivals are on the rise, I'm guessing tickets will keep going up. Not that it bothers me, I will still attend if I can get my hands on tickets, face value or scalped.
     
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    Steel Toe - Dawn Juan! Cant wait to hear how that one is!
     
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    Good thing they put Northbound on the first floor and North Gate on the third floor. That should alleviate some of the confusion.
     
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    Twisted Trace!!!!
     
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    Looks like a nice line up for Friday night.
     
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    OK so I've got an extra ticket, I don't want to make any $, just want $80 for it. That's $75 plus the fees.

    To make it interesting I have selected a number between 1-38 (the number of booths at Winterfest). PM me with ONE guess for your chance at the ticket. If you win there are two conditions:

    1.) Cash payment
    2.) Please use the ticket for yourself or a friend, no reselling/profiteering
     
  38. ottodyer

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    Don't you know how much Dark Lord you can land on top of face value!
     
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    North gate liquor store is gonna be there?
     
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