US - Great Lakes Great Taste of the Midwest

Discussion in 'Beer Travel, Events and Releases' started by Dunt, Aug 3, 2015.

  1. Gonzoillini


    Apr 12, 2013
    A few thoughts on this years Great Taste of the Midwest in no particular order.

    The early admission for brewers is absurd and literally let me try almost everything I wanted (that was tapped at the beginning of the day) before 1pm.

    Off Color brought it strong as always and the Blackout Juice they had for folks to pour from before the general admission was nuts (think it was something to the effect of Fierce, Grapefruit, Tequilla, Bitters). Margarita beer in the morning was fantastic. Double Two Hearted from Bells was everything I was hoping for as well and wasn't as sweet as I was expecting.

    New Glarus Champ du Blancs was possibly my favorite beer of the day with the Barrel Aged Third Coast Old Ale coming in a close 2nd. The Leinenkugels 2012 Big Eddy with Cocoa, Cinnamon, Chilie was the most surprisingly good beer I had.

    White Winter Meadery is the best secret of the festival and I probably had about 5 Meadjitos throughout the day with no line even though they had some great vintage pours from 2005, 2009 and 2010.

    Blind Pig Brewery is doing some really tasty stuff in Champaign IL and I'm hoping for continued success for their stuff as it's always tasty.
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  2. Tooch4321


    Feb 11, 2014
    Chicago, IL
    Speaking of R&D Champ du Blancs, anyone in Chicago willing to swap a bottle for last year's R&D BBBBBBBBBBBBB?
  3. furley


    Dec 6, 2014
    this has been bugging me for the last 10 days.. anyone know the guy wandering around the fest grounds that was sporting the Wisco hat with what looked like a wooden badge in the shape of the state?
  4. ChaQuiseman


    Jun 3, 2014
    Bumpin this thang with a few questions:

    Rather than doing the mail order thing this year, I'm contemplating making the drive to Madison to buy tickets on the 7th. Does anyone have recommendations as to which of the various ticket sale locations would be my best bet? Are these ticket sales typically a shitshow (i.e. should I be getting there super early)?

    Really, I'm just using this as an excuse to eat at Salvatore's Tomato Pies again.
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  5. lurchingbeast


    Apr 11, 2013
    Ridiculously early is my plan.
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  6. Gonzoillini


    Apr 12, 2013
    Last time I went up for tickets (two years ago?) a number of folks (lurchingbeast rmalinowski4 fear025 trickytunadicky Alum) all went to Vintage Brewing Company as they allow folks to camp outside and drink inside until they close and outside until the next morning when they line folks up (and they had a decent breakfast for folks to enjoy). You had to be there by 4amish to guarantee tickets as I recall, but my memory is hazy at best.

    I made my peace that I wouldn't be doing the overnight line thing anymore, and if I couldn't secure tickets through a friendly brewery I would bite the bullet and pay secondary market pricing as it is my favorite beer fest of the year.
  7. Alum


    May 18, 2014
    I actually like going to Steve's Junction Road.

    I think we just generally see you guys after since we eat at Vintage before we head back.

    Not sure if I'm going up this year. Hell, not sure I'm even fest bound. They got a pretty neat Tiki Conference in San Diego that weekend I've been intrigued by.
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  8. sjstraub


    Aug 10, 2014
    I was at Vintage around 3 am last year. Was just beyond the half way point I believe. Fills up fast in the 4 to 5 am hour.

    The previous 3 years I've done the wine and hop shop on Monroe St. I want to say about 415 was the cutoff there 2 years ago, but from what I heard it was much later last year.

    I also think I heard that Capitol Brewery didn't even sell out until later in the afternoon. Maybe someone here can confirm that.
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  9. trickytunadicky


    Jan 30, 2014
    They usually take head counts and move tickets around, but maybe they stopped doing that.
  10. rmalinowski4


    Apr 11, 2013
    SW Suburban Chicago
    If I member correctly, there was a lot of rain last year. I member hearing that the Capitol lot was flooded and everyone that was planning to go there overnight bailed for other locations.
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  11. Dbijnagte


    Oct 19, 2013
    Minneapolis, MN
    Booked my non refundable hotel room. Now to find tickets...
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