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Old 07-28-2008, 12:47 PM   #1
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Default Great Lakes Brewfest- anyone going?

A few friends and I just got tickets for the Great Lakes Brewfest. It's in Racine, WI on September 13th. Check out the website for more info (great lakes brew fest dot com). It looks to be very promising with many quality breweries present. The ticket sales are limited to 4,000.

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Old 07-28-2008, 11:35 PM   #2
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I plan on it. They have a home brew competition in conjunction with the beer fest. The Festival Park is by the lake and just beautiful.
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I think I might enter a few homebrews into the competition as well. I have an IPA that's bottled, then another wheat beer and pale ale I just brewed last weekend. This will be my first competition so I hope for some good feedback so I can improve on a few things.

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This looks interesting, thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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Old 08-25-2008, 03:01 PM   #5
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Anyone else heading to the brew fest?

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Old 08-25-2008, 03:18 PM   #6
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Its 20 minutes from the house... I'm there

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Old 09-04-2008, 12:27 AM   #7
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I sent in my Dusseldorf Altbier to get some feedback. I had a pale ale bottled that never knocked my socks off like I had hoped, so I didn't submit that one.

I need to be getting back to California pretty soon so I don't know if I am going to be in town for the actual brew fest, but if I make it I will definitely post it here.

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Old 09-04-2008, 12:12 PM   #8
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Im heading up there with the wife and a few friends. Im wondering why its only from 3pm to 7pm? I would think a brewfest would be until at least 10pm

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They like to get people out before dark. Otherwise it's a mess (plus the costs for lights).

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I went last year. Its a good time, but was crowded and they didn't have enough port-a-johns... long lines.

Also, if there are things you definitely want to try hit those early. Half the breweries were closing up their booths because they ran out of brew by 5-6 o'clock. Though some breweries were pouring full pints right up until closing.

Best stuff I had last year: Founders "All Night Long" Double IPA, an amazing pale ale from the Great Dane brew pub in Madison and a Munich Helles...of which I can't remember the brewer sadly.

I can't make it up there this year though. Have fun y'all and drink one or two for me.

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