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Isthmus Beer N Cheese Fest- 2012

Postby jman111 » Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:26 pm

So, not that the event needs any add'l plugging here, I'm really looking forward to it again this year.

That said, I haven't seen any ads for packages by local hotels. Last year, The Sheraton had a sweet deal that included a room, tickets and transportation. Anything like that in the works this year?
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Re: Isthmus Beer N Cheese Fest- 2012

Postby jjoyce » Wed Dec 07, 2011 11:46 pm

We just added the link to the Sheraton deal on the IBCF page:

http://www.isthmus.com/beercheese
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Re: Isthmus Beer N Cheese Fest- 2012

Postby scratch » Thu Dec 08, 2011 9:34 am

But no ticket price info? The news was so hot that including terms of access wasn't important enough?

Well that tempers my limitless enthusiasm.
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Re: Isthmus Beer N Cheese Fest- 2012

Postby O.J. » Thu Dec 08, 2011 9:38 am

Scratch, click on the link that says:

BUY TICKETS!

Tickets are $40, I splurged for the $75 VIP passes.
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Re: Isthmus Beer N Cheese Fest- 2012

Postby jman111 » Thu Dec 08, 2011 10:34 am

OJ- No prices for Sheraton deal, not fest tix.

Jason- Are they still working out details?
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Re: Isthmus Beer N Cheese Fest- 2012

Postby Right Bower » Thu Dec 08, 2011 12:28 pm

Right below the BUY TICKETS button is info for Sheraton. I don't see pricing though.
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Re: Isthmus Beer N Cheese Fest- 2012

Postby O.J. » Tue Dec 27, 2011 2:20 pm

Ooooh, it looks like Nueske's will be attending this year. Giddyup.
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Re: Isthmus Beer N Cheese Fest- 2012

Postby O.J. » Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:00 pm

Jason, please tell me that both O'so and Central Waters, along with Carr Valley, will be attending this year.
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Re: Isthmus Beer N Cheese Fest- 2012

Postby Athena » Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:15 pm

Anyone know the details on the cab rides? The Eats writeup said there were free or discounted rides, but I don't see any specifics anywhere. I'd assume with Union Cab since they're one of the sponsors but I don't see anything else about it. I haven't done taken a cab in ages, so do I call ahead of time and how much ahead of time?
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Re: Isthmus Beer N Cheese Fest- 2012

Postby jman111 » Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:35 pm

When I cabbed it there 2 years ago from the square, we called Union about 1 hr in advance. Because the rides to the event were free, the cab took over 45 minutes to arrive (they were busy!) and was packed with others going to the fest. Let's just say we got quite "cozy" with these strangers, not wanting to wait for the next ride. After the event, cabs were waiting outside to provide our discounted ride home.

I would call well in advance (2 hrs?) to arrange for pick-up and timely arrival.
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Re: Isthmus Beer N Cheese Fest- 2012

Postby jjoyce » Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:50 am

Complete list of brewers here:

http://www.thedailypage.com/beercheese/

I'm updating later today. Also, there's double the space this year, so that should take care of a lot of the congestion issues from the past.
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Re: Isthmus Beer N Cheese Fest- 2012

Postby jjoyce » Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:12 pm

Union Cab deal: Free ride to the fest (as suggested elsewhere, call early), $5 off your ride home.
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Re: Isthmus Beer N Cheese Fest- 2012

Postby jjoyce » Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:56 pm

O'so is in, but not Central Waters.
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Re: Isthmus Beer N Cheese Fest- 2012

Postby jjoyce » Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:25 am

Just one more day to get tickets, and they're moving pretty quickly at this point.

Map and "menu" here:

http://www.thedailypage.com/daily/artic ... icle=35759
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Re: Isthmus Beer N Cheese Fest- 2012

Postby Athena » Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:52 am

Well, that sure was fun. Although the correct answer to my earlier question about cabs is to call 2 days in advance, not 2 hours. When I called they were booked from 12:45pm to 2:30pm. So I called Badger cab, got a 1pm appointment which showed up at 1:50pm. That got me there for the start of the first pairing session aka the free one. Unfortunately, both of the cherry beers had run out by 3pm when the pairing session ended so I didn't get to try those. There was still plenty of other beers to try and I only made it to about half the floor before deciding that I really shouldn't be drinking anymore. I don't know how the fest worked previously but I would not want it to be any smaller as there were still areas that were stuffed full of people in various lines.
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