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Extreme Beer Fest®—BeerAdvocate's signature and widely popular beer festival that focuses on creative brewing—is going virtual. The 18th annual world-class celebration of brewers who push the boundaries of brewing and raise a fist at the norm will be held at thousands of homes on Feb. 5 and 6, 2021.

Presented by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and in partnership with Half Time Beverage, Extreme Beer Fest: Cyberspace attendees will receive a hand-curated box containing extreme beers, access to a guided tasting hosted by BeerAdvocate's Todd Alström and Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione, and a chance to learn about the beers from guest brewers during two live sessions online.

How It Works

"I really miss our beer fests and I know many others do too. Without being able to host in-person events for the foreseeable future, we've decided to bring Extreme Beer Fest to attendees."

—Todd Alström, Founder of BeerAdvocate
  • Buy the Extreme Beer Fest: Cyberspace Package below from Half Time
  • Rejoice when your box arrives, but don't drink the beers yet
  • Clear your schedule for Feb. 5 and 6, 2021 (5-8 p.m. PST both days); probably should've done that first
  • Sign up for your free BeerAdvocate account; if you haven't already; it's required
  • We'll send your fest access code and instructions via email before the event
  • Come back to this page on Feb. 5 and 6, log into your BeerAdvocate account, and join the fun
  • Wearing pajamas is highly encouraged

Still have questions? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of this page.

Extreme Beer Fest: Cyberspace Package

Extreme Beer Fest: Cyberspace is officially sold out! Thanks for your support!

Extreme Beer Fest: Cyberspace Package

Each package includes:

  • A hand-curated box of extreme beers from ten (10) breweries shipped to your door from Half Time; perfect for couples or for sharing with your pod
  • Two BeerAdvocate-branded Govino tasting cups; our standard fest cup to make you feel nostalgic for our in-person fests
  • Shipping and handling
  • Access to view both live tasting/hangout sessions
  • Access to a private discussion forum
  • A discount code for purchasing official Extreme Beer Fest: Cyberspace gear while supplies last
// SOLD OUT //

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Extreme beer is all about pushing the boundaries of brewing through creativity, innovation, and finesse. Attendees will get a rare chance to receive a hand-currated selection of extreme beers from ten (10) breweries and explore them with Todd, Sam, and guest brewers from the comfort of their homes. Many of the beers that we've curated are fest exclusives (brewed for the fest) or debuts (attendees will be some of the first to try them).

Participating brewers include:

BeerAdvocate x BeerThugLife x Crowns & Hops (Los Angeles, Calif.)
F2020X3; 16oz can; 10.5%; This Triple Dry-Hopped West Coast Triple Black IPA is an exclusive collaboration between BeerAdvocate, BeerThugLife, and Crowns & Hops; brewed at Indie Brewing Co. in Los Angeles, Calif. for Extreme Beer Fest: Cyberspace (2021).

Carton Brewing Co. (Atlantic Highlands, N.J.)
The World's Turned Upside Down; 12oz can; ABV% TBA; A grilled pineapple and maraschino cherry Barleywine. Brewed and canned for Extreme Beer Fest: Cyberspace (2021).

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Del.)
Olde School Barleywine; 12oz bottle; 15%; Fermented with dates and figs, this smooth Barleywine has a unique flavor and is a great candidate for aging. Exclusive for the fest, these bottles were pulled from Sam’s Stash and go as far back as 2007. Which vintage will you receive?

Bonus beer from Dogfish Head:

Hazy-O! IPA; 12oz can; 7.1%; Starts with literally truckloads of oats and wheat for a full body, then it’s liberally dry-hopped to deliver juicy tropical notes of citrus, mango and pineapple. This Hazy IPA uses four types of oats including oat milk to amplify the haze and mouthfeel for a beer that is incredibly juicy and hop-forward while being smooth and refreshing. Be one of the first in the nation to try this beer!

Great Notion Brewing (Portland, Ore.)
Double Maple Pusher; 16oz can; 11%; Imperial Stout brewed with a touch of boysenberry and a ridiculous amount of maple syrup.

Japas Cervejaria (São Paulo, Brazil)
Black Miso; 16oz can; 11.5%; Russian Imperial Stout with red miso.

Modist Brewing Co. (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Special Reserve Mallow; 16oz can; 7.2%; Imperial Lager with marshmallows, Madagascar vanilla bean, milk sugar, more marshmallows and aged in our oak foeder.

Mortalis Brewing Co. (Avon, N.Y.)
Special HYDRA; 16oz can; 7%; This fruited sour blends three fruits together to form just one of this monster’s many heads. Keep your eyes peeled for even more flavors striking your palate!

Other Half Brewing Co. (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Small lACEd in Space; 16oz can; 6.5%; Citra and Galaxy hops are smashed together for the ultimate combo.

Short's Brewing Co. (Bellaire, Mich.)
Super Delicious Stout: Extreme Beer Fest Edition; 12oz bottle; 7.5%; A super delicious Stout aged in Iron Fish Distillery maple bourbon barrels. Brewed and bottled for Extreme Beer Fest: Cyberspace (2021).

The Lost Abbey (San Marcos, Calif.)
Libri Divini; 375ml bottle; 6.5%; "Devine Reading" is a barrel-blended sour with lemon and vanilla; an ode to a lemon meringue pie.


Interested in sponsoring our fests? Drop us an email.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What's Extreme Beer Fest: Cyberspace?

Extreme Beer Fest: Cyberspace is the virtual editon of BeerAdvocate's signature, boundary-pusing beer fest wherein attendees will receive a hand-curated box of extreme beers to enjoy in the comfort of their homes during a guided tasting/hangout co-hosted by BeerAdvocate's Todd Alström and Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione plus guest brewers on Friday, Feb. 5 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 from 5-8 p.m. PST. The box will be divided between the two sessions; five beers on Friday and the rest on Saturday.

Why is this more expensive than an in-person beer fest?

Shipping and handling thousands of boxes of extreme beer isn't cheap. In fact, it costs more than any venue that we've ever hosted an in-person beer fest at. We also buy all of the beer; and typically kegs for in-person fests.

Will there be a view-only package?

No, this event is exclusive for those who purchase the Extreme Beer Fest: Cyberspace Package.

How many beers come in the box?

You'll receive a case with one beer from each of our ten (10) participating breweries ranging in package format and volume size. Each box is built to provide sampling for at least two people. Sharing is caring!

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Who are the guest brewers?

We'll be posting this soon, but we'll have guests from partnership breweries joining us during both sessions.

If I live near a Half Time Location, can I pick up my box in person?

Yes! If you'd like to pick up your box in person, you'll still need to purchase it online. Once your order has been placed, please email [email protected] to coordinate your pickup and receive a refund for your shipping costs ($24.99). In your email, be sure to indicate whether you will pick up at the Poughkeepsie or Mamaroneck store. Please note that you MUST email Half Time prior to January 8th and you MUST pick up your box between January 25th and February 5th. You'll not receive a refund for unclaimed boxes.

Why is the box only available in certain states and zip codes?

Shipping beer in America is whack! Each state has their own laws for shipping beer in and out and as these laws change Half Time Beverage will be able to ship to more states. For the most recent shipping info: https://halftimebeverage.com/maximize-your-shipping

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When will my box ship?

All packages should arrive no later than Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. Arrival time varies depending on the state of residence. You will receive an email with a link to track your order once the package has been shipped.

What if I'm not home when my box gets delivered?

An adult age 21+ must be at the physical address provided when purchasing to receive and sign for the package. Most carriers attempt delivery 3 times. To contact your carrier, their information is listed on your tracking link provided by Half Time Beverage. If your local carrier has informed you that your crate has been 'Returned to Sender’ or ‘RTS', it is very likely that it actually hasn't been sent back to Half Time, but stored in at the local carrier's main shipping hub. Please contact [email protected] or call Half Time at 845-462-7899 to help contact your carrier for re-delivery attempts.

What if my box of beers shows up damaged?

Please contact [email protected] or call at 845-462-7899 for assistance.

Can I get a refund?

No, refunds will not be issued, but packages can be given to a friend or family member. All sales are final. All breweries advertised have confirmed providing beer for Extreme Beer Fest: Cyberspace; however, breweries and beers are subject to change without notice. There will be no refunds or exchanges resulting from the failure of any brewery to appear at the festival.

How do I access the virtual tasting/hangout and private forum?

Instructions will be sent via email (the one you used to purchase your package) to all attendees before the fest and posted in the private forum.

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Where's my fest code?

As of Monday, Jan. 11, instructions and fest codes have been sent via email (the one you used to purchase your package) to everyone. If you ordered more than one package, you would've received an email and unique code for each package. In most cases, your frest code will be the same as your Half Time order number.

Click here sync your BeerAdvocate account (required to view fest content).

What if I didn't get my fest code? What if my fest code doesn't work?

Please contact [email protected] with your order information.

When will I receive the discount code for purchasing gear?

The discount code will be sent via email (the one you used to purchase your package) to all attendees before the end of the year and posted in the private forum.

My question wasn't answered here.

Get in touch with us at [email protected].

Extreme Beer Fest: Cyberspace art by Michael Hacker.