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NERAX (NE Real Ale Exhibition) Tix on Sale

I have no affiliation here, just dig the beer. The event is at the Dilboy Post over in Davis Sq. I went last year, and it was a good time. This year's is April 30 - May 3; see http://www.nerax.org/ for details. If you're thinking of going, I'd definitely recommend advance tickets' otherwise, it can be a long wait at the door.

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  1. Didn't think event announcements were allowed...I have posted beer events in the past and they were deleted.

    But here is a tip in case this one stays up:

    Thurs. and Fri. are the prime time to go. Last year only US casks and a handful of easily obtainable UK casks were on during Wed. session. Good chance that alot of casks will run out by Sat.

    1. I went to the Saturday session and thought it was fantastic. Lots of fun and a great opportunity to try lots of both British and American cask-conditioned ales - still a great selection on the last day. Beers are all around 4.5% alcohol, so you are able to taste a lot with out getting sloppy.This was no lightweight "taste of" - not an (obvious) beer rep in the house - just real SERIOUS beer aficionados (wannabe, in my case.)

      I also highly recommend pre-purchasing tickets to future events - we sailed right through and did not have to wait to get in. And as the kegs run dry, the Grim Reaper appears to remove the name from the listing, to the loud, distraught moans of the crowd. A really fun event!

      My favorite british ales were Saltaire Brewery, Coffee Hazelnut Porter (much better than it sounds) and Oakham Brewery, Bishops Farewell.

      And I thought the People's Pint (IPA, I believe) from Greenfield, Ma was the best American.

      anyone else have a report?

      1. I realize this thread was started last year, but just to update for 2009--all the presale tix are already sold out, so if you don't have them yet you'll be waiting in line with me and the rest of the planning-challenged mopes.

        Does anyone want to corroborate or challenge the assertion that Wednesday night is less desirable, from a selection standpoint?

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        1. re: celeriac

          I've been to all 12 NERAX events and will take the challenge: Wed used to be mostly US casks but in the last several years there has been more UK presence on Wed. That said, it is a cask event so the beers tell you when they are ready to serve and there are no guarantees what will be in house and bright enough for service on opening day. They do a good job of updating the website these days with what is being served and what has kicked or never arrived. I'm looking forward to the wonderfully complex UK ciders!!

          1. re: PaulB

            How's Saturday do?
            I don't have a ticket but I am probably gonna be wandering around there between 11 and 12 so I can get in when it starts at 12. Still a decent amount of representation on Saturday?

            1. re: rknrll

              They are making a conscious effort to keep some UK stuff around for Saturday. Sat has an odd ticketing system which can effect the wait for those w/o advance tickets, suggest you check the website for details on that. Waited in line a long time Sat last year but selection was broad once I got in. Lines form early and its a small VFW hall where attendance is monitored by fire dept.

        2. Sounds like fun! What would the wait be like on Fri or Sat to get in?

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          1. re: Suze123

            I hav e advanced tix and can't wait for the event. The wait depends on a lot of factors including weather, time of day, etc. As Paul mentioned, capacity is tightly monitored so once they are full it's a few out and a few more in.

            On Saturday, there is typically an earlier and a later crowd...so mid-event may bring you the best opportunity as early comers drink their fill and go sleep or eat it off!

            1. re: merrvally

              I kick myself that I forgot to contact NERAX early enough to get advance tickets. When did they start selling them and when did they sell out?

              As I remember they are only available by mail, payable only by check. Is that correct?

              If someone has the bright idea in the winter of 2010 to post a reminder notice about their ticket schedule, that might help as well.

              1. re: VivreManger

                Agreed. I've been planning to go, and I had no idea I was blowing the advance tix already. Ah well. For what it's worth, I went to NERAX North in Haverhill last year and it's a whole different ballgame. Easy to get into, relaxed, etc. Not as much atmosphere, but recommended from a beer perspective.

                1. re: celeriac

                  I went to both last year and although I loved both, I have to admit I liked the laid-back vibe at NERAX North.

                  Incidentally, it might have already been mentioned, the event is earlier this year so it might have crept up you. It was at end of April in 2008.

                  1. re: merrvally

                    When was NERAX North in Haverhill held last year? When will it be held this year?

                2. re: VivreManger

                  Tickets are available at the door. Check the NERAX website for details.
                  NERAX North will probably be in November again, but a date hasn't been set.

                  1. re: Baiye

                    Last night we managed to get in around 9 without advance tickets.

                    There were about ten UK beers on.

                    I went immediately to the Hook Norton "Hooky Gold" which tasted somehow wrong -- duller and less fruity than I remember. But good. An overly sweet Ridgeway stout followed. Good York Brewery "Centurion's Ghost" but the winner for me was the Pork Slap bitter.

                    1. re: chickendhansak

                      i went to two sessions in Haverhill last year and found several beers to be 'off' tasting.

                      1. re: ScubaSteve

                        It's an obvious risk with beer travelling so far, but I assume we have experts at both ends doing their best. I'll be back again this week I hope, but certainly last night I was happier with the U.S. option.

                        1. re: chickendhansak

                          i'd of been more forgiving if the two most off beers weren't local.
                          one IPA had a distinct banana flavor.