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Old 08-28-2011, 04:23 PM   #11
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It was awesome, they need to add a home brew competition for next year.

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Old 08-28-2011, 07:38 PM   #12
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agreed

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Old 08-28-2011, 08:30 PM   #13
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I had a great time.

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Old 08-29-2011, 08:00 PM   #14
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Thanks for coming out! I poured practically non-stop in the Homebrew Pavillion from 3:30pm until the 7:30pm cut-off! A competition might be a good idea in the future. As it is, I was amazed at how much work went in to pulling this Fest off - by a lot of people far more involved than me.

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Old 08-30-2011, 04:51 PM   #15
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Tips for next year:

- Commemorative glass glasses (see Great Lakes Beer Fest for example)
- do away with the drink tickets. Most people are not going to sample more than 25 with or without the tickets. Selling them for $0.50 each additional was just a waste of time.

Other than that, it was a great event. Thanks to those who organized and volunteered.

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Old 08-30-2011, 05:01 PM   #16
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Unfortunately, Plainfield village mandated both of these issues, and a bunch more things... my personal feeling is you would still see tickets again next year. But I would hope with the stunning success of the event, Plainfield will loosen up on a couple of their mandates. One can hope.

But totally agree - what I great fest, esp. for a first time, grassroots (no paid planner) brew fest, it was amazing!

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Old 08-30-2011, 10:41 PM   #17
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Unfortunately, Plainfield village mandated both of these issues, and a bunch more things... my personal feeling is you would still see tickets again next year. But I would hope with the stunning success of the event, Plainfield will loosen up on a couple of their mandates. One can hope.

But totally agree - what I great fest, esp. for a first time, grassroots (no paid planner) brew fest, it was amazing!
Sort of expected that to have been the case, but I would hope the success would help sell those issues to be lifted for next year. Could probably show the entry ticket sales vs extra tickets and they would realize very few extra tickets were actually sold/used. The coordination and overhead of it all was just useless overhead. Even if the event were an hour or 2 shorter it would have been fine.

Great event, though.
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Sort of expected that to have been the case, but I would hope the success would help sell those issues to be lifted for next year. Could probably show the entry ticket sales vs extra tickets and they would realize very few extra tickets were actually sold/used. The coordination and overhead of it all was just useless overhead. Even if the event were an hour or 2 shorter it would have been fine.

Great event, though.
Under State law and local ordinance you may not sell tickets to an event for the consumption of "unlimited drinks". This is why we must provide tickets for individual samples, otherwise it is considered "unlimited".
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:01 AM   #19
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How do all you can drink bar specials fit in then? I've been to probably a hundred of those!(not arguing, just curious)

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Old 09-28-2011, 01:43 AM   #20
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I know this is over and done with but I was at the Wheaton ale fest and they had no tickets and it was unlimited. I skipped the Plainfield fest because of the tickets. Hopefully it will change next year. Not sure about the state laws or anything like that but the cities pretty close to each other.

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