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LA Beer Festival 2011

They just announced tickets will go on sale for LA Beer Festival, starting Tues. Feb 1st.

With the horror stories of the Santa Anita Food Truck Festival, I'm not so sure about going to this beer fest. I realize cooking food and pouring beer are very different, but that doesn't mean the beer festival lines move any quicker, or they can't also oversell tickets.

Has anybody been to the LA Beer Festival? How are the lines? Is it well organized?

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  1. I've been to the LA Beer fest the past couple years, and have only good things to say about it. Organized well, with pretty good food options (food trucks). Lines are relatively short and quick moving, though some places will run out f their more popular beers. Even the line at the beginning (while waiting to get in), which looks awful, moves very fast once they open the gates.

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    1. re: mdpilam

      I agree with everything mdpilam said.

    2. hi, is there a link for the event? website or anything? thanks!

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      1. re: samtron608

        a quick googling found:

        http://www.labeerweek.com/

        hopefully it is the one RC is talking about.

        1. re: wilafur

          wilafur, labeerweek is a different festival then la beer fest.

          1. re: burntwater

            thanks for the correction.

            now if we could only have a la beer fest ala the sf beerfest held at fort mason......

            1. re: wilafur

              That's weird, a quick Google brought up this link, it was the second link in search results:

              http://www.drinkeatplay.com/labeerfest/

              1. re: reality check

                Yeah, the drink - eat - play one, is the one I was referring to. They haven't set a date for this year's as far as I know.

                The LA Craft Beer fest, which I think there was only one, had some excellent beers and food, but was in a dark nightclub - during the day, in the summer. Not a good idea.

                1. re: reality check

                  i saw that one too but bypassed it as the dates were from 2010.

                  1. re: wilafur

                    The site is now has the date as April 9, 2011.

                    The email received said tickets go on sale Feb 1st and listed the date as April 9, 2011.

        2. The breweries they list are mostly ones that I recognize and can find easily. Do they tend to bring beers to the festival that they don't distribute in Southern California? (Does New Belgium bring their beers that they normally only distribute at the brewery?)

          I'm not sure what "relatively short and quick moving" means, with regard to the lines. Are we talking 5 minutes, or 20 minutes? I'm not really interested in getting plastered, but I'd like to try a large variety.

          $40 buys me a fabulous evening at Lucky Baldwin's, so I'm reluctant to spend same for beer that I could get much cheaper at BevMo.

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          1. re: Bjartmarr

            I agree. The beers don't seem all that exciting. I much rather save my money for a festival at Lucky Baldwins of Blue Palms.

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            17 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

            Blue Palms
            6124 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

            1. re: Bjartmarr

              This fest is more for the general party beer drinker don't expect and any crazy seasonal or one offs from the breweries.

              LA Beer Week which is curated by Ryan from the Surly Goat/ Verdugo bar it's aimed at the hardcore beer enthusiast. LA Beer week is all craft/micro no BMC.

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              3408 Verdugo Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065

              Surly Goat
              7929 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046

              1. re: burntwater

                Thanks, burntwater. Guess I'll skip it.

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