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jkane
05-20-2011, 10:19 PM
I am working on getting the meads and ciders in place again this year. Not the biggest part of the Festival, but we will have a decent selection to choose from. If you can make it, let me know.

Beer Barons' World of Beer Festival

A beer festival by beer nuts for beer nuts. Sample Craftbrews, Old
World Beers, Rare and Limited Beers. Presentations on beer, brewing,
and cooking with beer by professionals in the industry and members of
the Beer Barons of Milwaukee Homebrew club. Music by The Squeezettes!

Saturday, June 4, 2011
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Schwabenhof Pavilion (Indoor/Outdoor Facility)
W14750 Silver Spring Drive
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

$40 advance purchase includes a commemorative glass
$60 VIP with access to additional limited beers and tasting boot
Free admission for designated drivers.

Shuttle buses from around Milwaukee county.

www.wobfest.com
festival@wobfest.com
http://www.facebook.com/#!/WorldOfBeerFestival

Brad Dahlhofer
05-21-2011, 01:43 AM
This is an awesome event. If you're in the area, I highly recommend it.

akueck
05-21-2011, 11:34 AM
Sounds awesome. I forwarded the info to my dad, maybe he can send me pictures.

You guys need to do one of these in late August, I'll actually be in SE WI. :p

TheAlchemist
05-21-2011, 12:30 PM
Sounds awesome. I forwarded the info to my dad, maybe he can send me pictures.

You guys need to do one of these in late August, I'll actually be in SE WI. :p

He's in ET w/ grandmum?

akueck
05-21-2011, 10:13 PM
He's in ET w/ grandmum?

Nope, Oconomowoc. Close enough for a short drive to the beer though. :)

Brad Dahlhofer
05-22-2011, 12:28 AM
Sounds awesome. I forwarded the info to my dad, maybe he can send me pictures.

You guys need to do one of these in late August, I'll actually be in SE WI. :p

If you can get to WI by the 2nd weekend, the Great Taste of the Midwest will be going on in Madison, WI. Definitely the best beer festival I've ever attended.

akueck
05-22-2011, 11:18 AM
13th? Hmm, it's a possibility. We'll have to see how much fun we have on the western side of the continental divide. Once we pass over that, it should only be a few days to get to WI.

triarchy
05-22-2011, 04:01 PM
Wow, Im glad you posted this up J. As usual, I had no idea about it but I just got my VIP ticket. My wife (non drinker) and I are really looking forward to this. And by "my wife and I" Im pretty sure I mean just me :p

So, I have a couple different meads and a sparkling cider that I would love to get some feedback on. Is there any provision for bringing some and sharing it? Kind of like an unoffical tasting?

Im really excited about trying B Nektar and AeppelTreow as well as a bunch of the beers. Cant wait!!

veritas
05-22-2011, 09:18 PM
I will do my best to make this event sounds great!

Brad Dahlhofer
05-23-2011, 09:23 AM
Wow, Im glad you posted this up J. As usual, I had no idea about it but I just got my VIP ticket. My wife (non drinker) and I are really looking forward to this. And by "my wife and I" Im pretty sure I mean just me :p

So, I have a couple different meads and a sparkling cider that I would love to get some feedback on. Is there any provision for bringing some and sharing it? Kind of like an unoffical tasting?

Im really excited about trying B Nektar and AeppelTreow as well as a bunch of the beers. Cant wait!!

I'm pretty sure bringing in outside alcohol (home made or not) is frowned upon. But I don't think they'll be doing a full pat-down at the gate. The only real problem besides that is that we'll be working our asses off at the table and might not be able to give your meads the real attention they deserve. But if you wanted to leave them with us, we could drink them back at the hotel. ;)

triarchy
05-23-2011, 10:40 AM
I'm pretty sure bringing in outside alcohol (home made or not) is frowned upon. But I don't think they'll be doing a full pat-down at the gate.

Im not really looking to do a re-enactment of my younger days where I viewed sneaking alcohol into events as a personal challenge :D Ill avoid the pat down roulette and just be content to enjoy all the beer & mead there.

TheAlchemist
05-23-2011, 12:37 PM
What about a post-event GotMead gathering?

jkane
05-23-2011, 12:56 PM
13th? Hmm, it's a possibility. We'll have to see how much fun we have on the western side of the continental divide. Once we pass over that, it should only be a few days to get to WI.

Great Taste IS the beer fest not to be missed. Proof of that is it sells out every year. I think this is the 20th or some round number like that.

The downside is that it is sold out. You might want to start asking around for tickets now. Last year there were scalpers selling them online at crazy prices. :-( There are usually a few people selling one or two at the bus drop off area. No guarantees on that.

I will be on the Beer Barons bus. We have all of our tickets accounted for. Sorry!

jkane
05-23-2011, 01:12 PM
Wow, Im glad you posted this up J. As usual, I had no idea about it but I just got my VIP ticket. My wife (non drinker) and I are really looking forward to this. And by "my wife and I" Im pretty sure I mean just me :p

So, I have a couple different meads and a sparkling cider that I would love to get some feedback on. Is there any provision for bringing some and sharing it? Kind of like an unoffical tasting?

Im really excited about trying B Nektar and AeppelTreow as well as a bunch of the beers. Cant wait!!

Hmmmm... How do I put this without getting political? :-o

In previous years we had our home made stuff available for the public. We are homebrewers, and love to show off home made beer and mead!

This year ... well ... there are some things happening in Wisconsin like happened in Oregon a couple years ago. There is some dissagreement about serving home made beer, wine, mead, and cider anywhere except the home it was made in.

I don't want to debate the issue here and now. So please don't turn this into a political thread. :-( There will be a time for that later this year as we organize to clarify the laws.

So, there may or may not be homebrewed beer and mead. I'll leave it at that for now.

If you bring something to share, we will gladly share with you. :-) Tell the people at the gate Jeff said you can bring your mead in. Then come to the volunteer coordinator booth, normally at the back bar under the pavilion, and share away. :-P

Or ... check out the beer barons club. We meet this Wednesday at Clifford's in Hales Corners. Bring your stuff and there are a lot of people willing to give you feedback. Who knows, I may find time to grab a keg of my absinthe mead, or siphon a Growler or the cherry to bring along.

jkane
05-23-2011, 01:18 PM
What about a post-event GotMead gathering?

I'd love to! But, as you might imagine, although the event is over at 5 for the public, for the rest of us, we have a couple hours of cleanup. That is followed by dinner for the crew.

After about 7 or 8 pm there is time to relax and drink. :-)

TheAlchemist
05-23-2011, 10:13 PM
I'd love to! But, as you might imagine, although the event is over at 5 for the public, for the rest of us, we have a couple hours of cleanup. That is followed by dinner for the crew.

After about 7 or 8 pm there is time to relax and drink. :-)

What about a Sunday Brunch & Brew?

triarchy
05-25-2011, 10:32 AM
If you bring something to share, we will gladly share with you. :-) Tell the people at the gate Jeff said you can bring your mead in. Then come to the volunteer coordinator booth, normally at the back bar under the pavilion, and share away. :-P

Or ... check out the beer barons club. We meet this Wednesday at Clifford's in Hales Corners. Bring your stuff and there are a lot of people willing to give you feedback. Who knows, I may find time to grab a keg of my absinthe mead, or siphon a Growler or the cherry to bring along.

Great, Ive got a raspberry mel, orange/ginger, and a highly carbonated cider that I feel only slightly nervous about sharing in order to get some unbiased feedback. Id bring my blackberry mel, but it is noticeably hot tasting and Id be a bit embarrassed to have anybody other than friends and family try that yet.

I wont be able to make the beer club at Cliffords unfortunately. Too bad, because the Absinthe mead sounds really interesting.

Mike

jkane
05-25-2011, 01:33 PM
What about a Sunday Brunch & Brew?

Like the day after Sunday? I happen to have that day open.

Do you mean drink brew, or make?

Where?

I only know of a couple places with mead available. Both are B Nektar. Neither are food though. And, it's in Cedarburg, which is usually not close for most people.

veritas
05-25-2011, 11:47 PM
I unfortunately am on shift the 4th and unable to attend. If you guys get together as a group on one of the following days and are open to more people I would be interested.

TheAlchemist
05-26-2011, 10:32 AM
Just for clarity, I think the event you're talking about is Great Taste of the Midwest on Saturday Aug 13 in Madison, n'est pas?

http://www.mhtg.org/great-taste-of-the-midwest

I understand this is a sold-out event. I also understand that some people gather on the Friday prior to the event for tastings.

Maybe we could gather Sunday the 14th in the (late) morning after the event for a brunch and mazers' tasting (where we could bring our own brews for critique).

I'm not from MadCity and know nothing of the area, so would be looking to the locals for suggestions that might work. It would need to be a place where we'd be allowed to drink our own brews, though... Maybe in the park, or arboretum?

I don't know how many gotmeaders (Jeff, Mike, Brad, veritas, Aaron, myself, spouses, others?)are close enough to the area to make it a "go," but it's food for thought...

I'd love to try the Absinthe...

jkane
05-26-2011, 01:51 PM
Oh, post Great Taste, not World of Beer. Not from Madison either. We go on a bus, so not there the day before or after. Not sure about carry ins there.

Had the absinthe mead on tap last night. As usual, people love it or hate it. Some day I might enter it in a contest to see if the judges can come to concensus about it. :-P

I might bring it to world of beer. I don't want people to take samples and pour them out though!

Loadnabox
05-27-2011, 07:30 PM
Oh, post Great Taste, not World of Beer. Not from Madison either. We go on a bus, so not there the day before or after. Not sure about carry ins there.

Had the absinthe mead on tap last night. As usual, people love it or hate it. Some day I might enter it in a contest to see if the judges can come to concensus about it. :-P

I might bring it to world of beer. I don't want people to take samples and pour them out though!

"The Moth" podcast had a story from a lady who held absinthe parties that grew until tons of people she didn't know were coming.

She stopped holding them when some random girl said "Ugh! what's this crap? Do they have any Bud Light around?"

triarchy
06-07-2011, 10:36 AM
I wanted to take a little time and thank Jeff and the Beer Barons for puting on a great event. Everybody working the event was extremely friendly and that made for a wonderful environment to just enjoy the day. My wife and I had a very good time. Despite my best intentions and efforts, I did get a wee bit drunk. Luckily my lovely wife was my designated driver and took good care of me :D

While there were lots of great beers, which I enjoyed very much (I did win a taste of the Sam Adams Utopias as well), the stand out of the event for me was B Nektar's Backwoods Cyser. It really blew me away and showed me how far I have to go (and where I might be able to get to).

Im looking forward to next year already!

jkane
06-10-2011, 09:47 AM
Thanks for making it and the good review. :) I think this fest went reasonably well. I too drank a bit more than I should have. :p

Thanks for bringing the meads too. I will PM you with what I remember about them. Many brain cells were sacrificed that day though.

Hope to see some of you at Great Taste of the Midwest! :cool: We should start a new thread for making plans to gather at some point during the event ... like maybe near White Winter or B Nektar's table.

TheAlchemist
06-10-2011, 10:30 AM
Hope to see some of you at Great Taste of the Midwest! :cool: We should start a new thread for making plans to gather at some point during the event ... like maybe near White Winter or B Nektar's table.

Whitewater?

jkane
06-10-2011, 02:15 PM
White Winter is a meadery that will have a table at GTM. My favorite meadery. :)

Whitewater is a long way to walk, especially for those of us riding a bus. ;)