screw it. I know there are serious beerdrinkers here, I'll give them away to whomever wants them. Hate that they would go to waste. You just need to pick them up downtown today or near NW Hills tomorrow.
I'll trade you a 10% off Best Buy coupon for them.
$2 for 2 oz tastings seems kind of high.
no offense, but the list of breweries and beer choices kinda suck (compared to the north texas beer fest, texas beer fest, and big texas beer fest.. all of which are coming up in the next 2 months)
what a joke.
curious to hear firsthand reports.
I'm here in VIP. It's a $#@!show and not in a good way. This will be a one and done.
this event has been getting killed on twitter
Bcap, who is the event organizer/producer?
Who pays good money to go all the way out to the $#@!ty Expo Center to drink $#@! rated beer?
according to the austin beer guide guys, its the same organizers that produced the piece of $#@! houston beer fest last summer that was an epic failure.
may be shagsters need to get down and dirty and organise a beer fest and show them how its done?
Man, I feel really bad for the organizer bc he was obviously entirely over his head. I never met him, but I talked to him over the phone when he gifted my a free VIP and a +1. EXTREMELY nice guy, I even brought him a Rye on Rye to give to him, but I never ended meeting up with him.
really just disorganized -- and the lines to park, enter the festival, and get 97% of the beer were outrageous. Strangely, the Great Divide line was only 1-2 ppl deep, i think bc they didn't have a sign, and I loaded up on Hercules. Also I enjoyed talking to the SABC people and they were excited to talk to an actual fan who went to their grand opening, and also my wife who <3 <3 <3 Saisons. They almost seemed relieved. The crowd was definitely not beer nerds. The line for Zeigenbock, Shock Top, and BL products were probably the most insane. Just so $#@!ing sad.
Also, for some reason, they booked some $#@! ass music and it was seriously like an assault on my emotions.
So, like I said super nice dude and I hope he got rich because he's basically done in Austin.
oh $#@!, i also forgot to mention that the website said 3 sample (red) tix got you a full pint of beer, but they switched it up somehow and you had to buy different yellow beer tickets to get a full pint at $7 each (actually, it was just a 12oz plastic cup pour). That pissed a lot of people off that were assured at least 2 full beers for their $35 ticket.
It was actually so far worse than I'm describing, but I really don't have the energy to explain all the epic $#@!ups and I'm about to finally get drunk on Black Thunder at home.
The VIP was so terrible it was comical, and hosted by some 80 year old $#@! who kept asking for tips before she would do something egregious like pour you a beer (which didn't even show up in the VIP pop-up "tent" until an hour and a half after the event started, and then after the keg blew, never showed up again while i was still there.) I guess I got what i paid for, but if i'd dropped $400 for me and my wife, I would have burnt the whole place down.
The music just topped the whole $#@!ing thing off. A few DJ's playing terrible music to empty stages (slabs of concrete). Jesus, I didn't stay long enough to see any bands play but I'm sure it wasn't much better.
I heard it sucked balls. Expensive, tiny samples, long lines, and nobody there knew anything about their beers.
$#@!ing awful...its like if you took an aborted fetus, stuffed it back inside Chris Plonsky's vag, then flushed it out again.
I mean, i knew that this thing was going to be $#@!ty given the emphasis on everything BUT the beer in the lead-up to the festival ...
But what I found the most telling was that ABW, Hops n Grain, Thirsty Planet, et al, stayed away. From a beer fest. In their OWN city.
I talked to Jake at Thirsty Planet the night before the festival, and he basically indicated that they just wanted to stay away.
Circle, Adelberts, Jester King, and South Austin were the prominent locals out there and they really represented the city well, even if this dude that lives in Houston and raped the good name of Austin to make some cash, didn't.
That sounds like a $#@!show.
Worst event I've ever attended and it's not even close. Complete and total $#@!ing disaster. The people that organized it need to issue a formal $#@!ing apology for putting together such a $#@!ing miserable event.
I wonder if you payed with a CC if you could dispute the charge. I would give it a try.
I'm glad no one took the passes off my hands. I would have felt guilty. I ended up just eating them--sounds like it was a good decision.
ABF explanation/apology: https://www.facebook.com/theaustinbeerfest
As someone who is married to an event planner, I don't envy reading negative feedback after the amount of work that it takes to put together a successful event. I've never heard of the company responsible for putting on this festival, but the side of me that wants to believe that they really did want to pull of a great event feels for them. There are literally thousands of folks who hate this guy right now and completely unwilling to hear an explanation.
Hate to hear that this was such a nightmare. I opted to spend a couple hours at Hopfields instead. First time to try the Deep Ellum IPA, which I thought was outstanding.
1) what a complete cluster$#@! that explaination described
2) how can you, as the event coordinator, be so in the dark about so many things going wrong with your plans?
I remember thinking this thing was gonna be questionable at best and a bunch of posters tripped over one another to tell me how I was pissing on it just to piss on it. I don't know much but I know logistics and I know beer. This event seemed to grasp neither.
He needs to out the vendor that allegedly F'ed him over.
That "explanation" really shows how their plans were flawed from the initial design. Sometimes this is due to incompetence, but judging by the prices this looks more like a scam.
this contract. Having been to a number of Saxet Gun Shows out there, I'm not sure I would trust them with anything more complicated than a hotdog, and I'd cast a pretty weathered eye over that hotdog first.
If any of what they said in the apology is true, I'm willing to slot this under Hanlon's Razor ("Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.") But this just goes to show how bad things can get when you're out of your depth, and how valuable it is to be able to recognize early when a work-around simply won't work.
Last edited by BattleHall; 04-03-2012 at 02:46 AM.
Google gave me a complete refund without asking...less pissed now.
Houston-based Brent Villareal with Llama Productions LLC was one of the organizers involved in the Houston Beer Fest, and was also responsible for the Austin Beer Fest. Initially, the Austin Beer Fest organizers sought to distance themselves from the Houston Beer Festival fiasco, but Eater Aaustin called them out on this and got Villareal to admit his involvement with both. His partner in the Houston Beer Fest, Timothy Hudson, was not involved in the Austin festival, however
monsters of beer is put on by people who are actually very visible in the houston craft beer scene and 100% of the profits go straight to a legitimate charity. i think they also limited the number of tickets to only a few hundred.
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