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Title: 2014 GABF
Post by: chumley on July 14, 2014, 07:31:02 PM
http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/tickets/purchase-tickets/ (http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/tickets/purchase-tickets/)


From the link:  "American Homebrewers Association and Brewers Association members will receive a personal offer code to purchase tickets for this session."

Anybody know more about this?  I assume we will be getting an email with this code.  Any idea when that email will go out?  I get so much crap in my email, I don't want to miss it.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: theDarkSide on July 14, 2014, 08:26:38 PM
That picture alone on the web page makes me not want to go to this :D

According to the page, people have until July 20th to purchase a membership to get in on the members only tickets.  I'm guessing they'll send the email to every member after that.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: smkranz on July 15, 2014, 02:52:10 AM
http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/tickets/purchase-tickets/ (http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/tickets/purchase-tickets/)


From the link:  "American Homebrewers Association and Brewers Association members will receive a personal offer code to purchase tickets for this session."

Anybody know more about this?  I assume we will be getting an email with this code.  Any idea when that email will go out?  I get so much crap in my email, I don't want to miss it.

The code will only allow you to buy during the members-only pre-sale, if you can get through.  And hope that Ticketmaster doesn't botch it up with capacity issues.  In the past, the email with your member code arrived a week or so before the sale opens.  But if you really want to go at face value ticket prices, you'll need to be at your computer, with a good internet connection, at 10 a.m. mountain time.  Get yourself set up with a Ticketmaster account in advance.  Then at 10:00, be logged into your account, and start trying.  Click, and repeat.  After about 15-20 minutes it'll be all over.

Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: chumley on July 15, 2014, 03:33:59 AM
Thanks.  I haven't tried to buy tickets for several years to the GABF.  In those days, it was, "Oh yeah, those GABF tickets went on sale last week.  Guess I will log into the BA website and buy a couple", and all you needed was your membership number.  Sounds more like going to see the Rolling Stones now.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: gmwren on July 15, 2014, 01:35:43 PM
That picture alone on the web page makes me not want to go to this :D

The entrance is always mobbed. The scary part is the line that will wrap around the convention center. It goes very fast for how many people attend and it always amazes me how much we disperse inside. Rumor has it 2015 will feature an expansion and nearly double the attendance. That will get interesting without multiple entrance points. Hopefully the ticket purchase issues will be solved this year or next year could get quite ugly.

There are so many beers, pick a region and sample a particular style.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: theDarkSide on July 15, 2014, 01:53:33 PM
I hope the breweries entering the competition this year have better luck.  There were a lot last year around me that tried to get in but due to traffic issues got shut out.

Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: hopfenundmalz on July 15, 2014, 01:56:04 PM
I hope the breweries entering the competition this year have better luck.  There were a lot last year around me that tried to get in but due to traffic issues got shut out.

I read somewhere that there are changing the entry procedure this year so that the server does not crash.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: reverseapachemaster on July 15, 2014, 03:12:13 PM
I'm going to give it a go at getting tickets this year. Last year I watched the ticket sales but didn't buy any. I was surprised by how fast the tickets vanished.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: rjharper on July 15, 2014, 05:10:34 PM
I've gone for the last 5 years. It's always been fun, but the last couple of years have definitely shifted away from special release beer tasting to standard offering beer drinking. It's time to find a new event and let someone else go instead. When I attend again in the future, it will be as a brewer :)
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: duncan on July 15, 2014, 07:03:41 PM
http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/tickets/purchase-tickets/ (http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/tickets/purchase-tickets/)


From the link:  "American Homebrewers Association and Brewers Association members will receive a personal offer code to purchase tickets for this session."

Anybody know more about this?  I assume we will be getting an email with this code.  Any idea when that email will go out?  I get so much crap in my email, I don't want to miss it.

Keep an eye out for an email on July 23.

Cheers,
Duncan
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: chumley on July 15, 2014, 09:13:04 PM
Great!  Thanks.

I have an account set up on Ticketmaster and a reminder set up in MS Outlook, so I guess I am as prepared as I am going to get.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: tfrommer on July 16, 2014, 12:17:22 AM
Meeting a buddy of mine in Denver for GABF. I'm an AHA member, he is not. If I win the Ticketmaster lottery for the members session can he come with me? Are member IDs checked or anything?
Title: Re: 2014 GABF: Purchasing Tickets Tips
Post by: HenryFriedman on July 17, 2014, 03:59:37 AM
Purchasing GABF Tickets
The Brewers Association just announced that GABF tickets go on sale to AHA members July 29th at 10:00 AM Mountain Time.  Tickets are expected to sell out within a few minutes so you need to be prepared if you want to get in.  Here’s some tips I put together based on my experience last year.  I have no idea what additional steps or requirements will be implemented this year, but the tips below worked well for me last year.
1.   Figure out the correct start time for your time zone.
2.   Setup an account with Ticketmaster in advance.  That way you won’t have to spend time entering your name, address, credit card information, etc.
3.   Log onto two computers so you can process more than one transaction at a time.  If you have a helper (preferred) arrange in advance who is going to purchase which sessions.  Go for the ones you want most first because the other events may be sold out by the time you finish your first transaction.  There’s a limit of two tickets per session per membership number.
4.   Have the Ticketmaster page up and ready to go.  You will have to hit the refresh button as soon as the sale begins before the purchase options will be available.
5.   Last year they had one of those images where you need to decipher the numbers and letters and type them in manually.  I assume they will do this again to prevent automation.  Be prepared and do it carefully.  If you enter it incorrectly it will bump you out and you will have to start over.
6.   Have your AHA membership number in front of you so you are ready to enter it.  Better yet, copy the number from Word or another program in advance so it is in your clipboard and paste (Control + V) when your cursor is in the membership number field.  This technique only saves a few seconds, but every second counts.  I heard they may email members a special code this year, but haven’t seen it yet.
7.   Be prepared to answer other questions, such as do you want the tickets mailed to you or do you want to pick them up, etc.
8.   Make sure the transaction is complete and your order has been accepted before starting over to order tickets for a different day or time.  You cannot order more than one session at a time.  There probably won’t be enough time to go through all four transactions one after the other, which is why I’m recommending you log in to Ticketmaster on more than one computer so that you can process more than one transaction simultaneously.  I got three of the four sessions before the Ticketmaster indicated that they were sold out.  It was a matter of just a few minutes. 
Good luck
Title: Re: 2014 GABF: Purchasing Tickets Tips
Post by: hopfenundmalz on July 17, 2014, 08:17:33 AM
Purchasing GABF Tickets
The Brewers Association just announced that GABF tickets go on sale to AHA members July 29th at 10:00 AM Mountain Time.  Tickets are expected to sell out within a few minutes so you need to be prepared if you want to get in.  Here’s some tips I put together based on my experience last year.  I have no idea what additional steps or requirements will be implemented this year, but the tips below worked well for me last year.
1.   Figure out the correct start time for your time zone.
2.   Setup an account with Ticketmaster in advance.  That way you won’t have to spend time entering your name, address, credit card information, etc.
3.   Log onto two computers so you can process more than one transaction at a time.  If you have a helper (preferred) arrange in advance who is going to purchase which sessions.  Go for the ones you want most first because the other events may be sold out by the time you finish your first transaction.  There’s a limit of two tickets per session per membership number.
4.   Have the Ticketmaster page up and ready to go.  You will have to hit the refresh button as soon as the sale begins before the purchase options will be available.
5.   Last year they had one of those images where you need to decipher the numbers and letters and type them in manually.  I assume they will do this again to prevent automation.  Be prepared and do it carefully.  If you enter it incorrectly it will bump you out and you will have to start over.
6.   Have your AHA membership number in front of you so you are ready to enter it.  Better yet, copy the number from Word or another program in advance so it is in your clipboard and paste (Control + V) when your cursor is in the membership number field.  This technique only saves a few seconds, but every second counts.  I heard they may email members a special code this year, but haven’t seen it yet.
7.   Be prepared to answer other questions, such as do you want the tickets mailed to you or do you want to pick them up, etc.
8.   Make sure the transaction is complete and your order has been accepted before starting over to order tickets for a different day or time.  You cannot order more than one session at a time.  There probably won’t be enough time to go through all four transactions one after the other, which is why I’m recommending you log in to Ticketmaster on more than one computer so that you can process more than one transaction simultaneously.  I got three of the four sessions before the Ticketmaster indicated that they were sold out.  It was a matter of just a few minutes. 
Good luck
Thank you for the detailed instructions, and welcome to the AHA forum.

I will have to think over going this year. The procedure you describe brings back memories of NHC sign up in previous years which was not a fun experience.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: redharry on July 21, 2014, 05:04:41 PM
Well I just hope I can get a couple of tickets.  I am coming over from the U.K. for a few weeks in the Denver area and this would be a great start to the trip.  The Great British Beer Festival  http://gbbf.org.uk/   is a lot more relaxed in getting tickets, you can usually turn up on the day and get in - well worth a visit if any of you are over here in August.  Thanks for the tips on securing tickets.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: rcfalk22 on July 23, 2014, 08:17:03 PM
Hi,

I've been an AHA member since ~January and didn't receive the code e-mail for the members only purchase period. How can I get ahold of the message enabling me to get tickets?
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: 69franx on July 23, 2014, 08:39:59 PM
Mine just came in at 1:40 Eastern time, have you gotten it yet?
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: theDarkSide on July 23, 2014, 08:46:10 PM
Hi,

I've been an AHA member since ~January and didn't receive the code e-mail for the members only purchase period. How can I get ahold of the message enabling me to get tickets?

I got mine a 1:52 EDT.  You may want to do the normal stuff like check your junk email, etc.  I'd say if you don't hear by tomorrow, send the AHA a message (Duncan perhaps?).
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: rcfalk22 on July 23, 2014, 08:50:55 PM
As of 4:50 PM EST, still nothing (checked Spam and such). I shot off an email to the info@brewersassociation.org address, but I'll try Duncan if I haven't seen anything tomorrow. Thanks for the reference.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: Gardengirl59 on July 24, 2014, 08:46:36 PM
I was not aware the tickets sell so quickly.  I bought my plane tickets and reserved the room already.  I sure hope I get tickets.  I want to go to two of the sessions.  Hubby will not be happy if we are going to Denver and I did not get tickets to the festival.  Thanks to those who have given tips on purchasing tickets.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: Jimmy K on July 25, 2014, 01:37:28 AM
I was not aware the tickets sell so quickly.  I bought my plane tickets and reserved the room already.  I sure hope I get tickets.  I want to go to two of the sessions.  Hubby will not be happy if we are going to Denver and I did not get tickets to the festival.  Thanks to those who have given tips on purchasing tickets.
If you're an aha member you might be able to buy aha only tickets from someone here. Always seem to be a few who can't go. Put a want post in the classified board.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: reverseapachemaster on July 25, 2014, 02:00:25 PM
Code came yesterday in my email.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: jrsyboy on July 28, 2014, 07:35:05 PM
As of 4:50 PM EST, still nothing (checked Spam and such). I shot off an email to the info@brewersassociation.org address, but I'll try Duncan if I haven't seen anything tomorrow. Thanks for the reference.
I'm still waiting for one, too.  Of course I think there was a link we were supposed to receive via email last year, too, and mine arrived about two hours after ticket sales opened.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: Stevie on July 28, 2014, 09:24:24 PM
I got my code and link last week, right around the same time as the darkside. Is it ok to share those with somebody via PM as I have zero intent on going?
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: wwrgsww on July 29, 2014, 01:05:27 AM
Never got my code...  Gotta call tomorrow!

And I registered in March. 
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: udubdawg on July 29, 2014, 01:56:21 PM
I got my code and link last week, right around the same time as the darkside. Is it ok to share those with somebody via PM as I have zero intent on going?

it's your personal code so I would say no.

however, you could buy (or, at least attempt to do so...) for a friend and demand a pint + ticket price in return. I've sold extra tickets at cost to fellow beer geeks before.  I just make sure they are not dicks/Ducks.
 
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: jrsyboy on July 29, 2014, 02:28:17 PM
Never got my code...  Gotta call tomorrow!

And I registered in March.
I've been a member for more than 10 years and still have not received the email with my code.  I did send an email asking for it and it came only then.  According to the comments on this page, there are a lot of people who are not getting their code:  http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/news/attention-members-use-11-digit-offer-code-access-gabf-member-pre-sale/

It should be no secret by now that it is your first and last initials in caps followed with no spaces by your membership number.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: reverseapachemaster on July 29, 2014, 04:23:34 PM
Picked up two tix to the member's only session. I plan on spending other time at the special events around town.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: snowtiger87 on July 29, 2014, 04:28:01 PM
The AHA e-mailed me my code twice - once last week and again this morning. I was able to purchase 2 tickets to the members only session, which is better than I was able to do last year, so I am satisfied.  :) The site was too busy for me to print my tickets but I will try that again later.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: tallelf on July 29, 2014, 04:31:02 PM
I couldn't get any Members only session but at least got 2 for evening Sat.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: rajbaj on July 29, 2014, 04:33:40 PM
Been waiting for 30 mins for the Members only sale...
..."searching for tickets"....
...."less than 1 min left" for the last 5 mins....
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: rjharper on July 29, 2014, 04:36:52 PM
And there's already $350 tickets on Stubhub. I shouldn't be surprised.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: redharry on July 29, 2014, 04:40:45 PM
A very happy Brit has got 2 tickets for the Thursday, should be a good start to my holiday in Colorado. ;D
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: tallelf on July 29, 2014, 04:42:37 PM
And there's already $350 tickets on Stubhub. I shouldn't be surprised.

It shouldn't be legal for Ticketmaster to have their own scalping company!
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: graberc on July 29, 2014, 05:12:36 PM
I have one comped ticket (because of volunteering) but I tried 3 times and everytime it wouldn't process my ticket. Kept saying something wasn't right about my submission, and then eventually the thing would time out.


So I don't have a ticket for my wife, and I'm pretty depressed.  I did everything right. . and was shot down by some glitch in ticket master. I don't know. .I re-typed the visa card i used different cards. . .have no idea what went wrong

pretty depressing since I've worked so hard to make sure i got a ticket for the event
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: bac0n on July 29, 2014, 05:43:16 PM
I pulled the trigger right at the starting bell and was immediately placed in a queue. 40 minutes later, i was informed that no tickets matched my search criteria. A little frustrated? Yes. End of the world? No. Perhaps I'll have better luck at the General Public sale tomorrow.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: theDarkSide on July 29, 2014, 06:00:23 PM
I wonder if the future for this festival will include a lottery system, similar to what was done with NHC, or 2 member-only sessions. 

Festivals are getting so crazy these days.  The VT Brewers Festival sold out in less than 20 minutes this year.  Then the b****ing ensued, with a bunch of people saying locals should have had first shot at them.  When people think they're entitled to a beer festival, it's time to stay home.

Have fun, for those who got tickets!

P.S. I just re-read my post and in no way referring to volunteers...those people deserve the beer to be served to them!
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: sledutah on July 29, 2014, 06:16:49 PM
Once again I get screwed out of tickets. At 10am I started searching for Sat afternoon (member) tickets, got the screen "searching for tickets" wait time is 15 minutes. So I open another window and search for Thursday night tickets. Get the same "searching for tickets", wait time is 6 minutes. It counted down and I bought 2 tickets. The Sat session finally started counting down. But stuck at <1 minute. For grins, I still have that window open. It's now been 2 hours 15 minutes and still searching.

I'll probably just sell my Thursday tickets and not go this year.

Ticketmaster sucks, trying to get ticket from them have been problematic every year they've used them.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: eabearce on July 29, 2014, 06:47:03 PM
 >:( Stupid Ticketmaster! I also had issues with securing tickets for Saturday at 12:00 PM and I was only able to get the 5:30 session for my wife and I. The problem that I am personally having is that I am attending this with a group and we all are flying out to Denver earlier that week. I would LOVE it if someone would be willing to trade 5:30 PM tickets for the 12:00 PM event. This is our first time attending this and it would be nice to sample with the people that I am going out there with. I will have two tickets available when Ticketmaster sends them to me in the mail.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: chumley on July 29, 2014, 08:02:43 PM
I lucked out and got my primary goal, four tickets for Saturday evening.  I then went for another session, and got shot down.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: Stevie on July 29, 2014, 08:26:00 PM
And there's already $350 tickets on Stubhub. I shouldn't be surprised.

It shouldn't be legal for Ticketmaster to have their own scalping company!


Yep
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: maltosemember on July 30, 2014, 03:39:59 AM
I am flying from Los Angeles.  $300 airfare...another $300 in hotel expense...while I have tix for Saturday, it is so outrageous that more than 1,000 tickets are onsale---at twice face value---on StubHub less than 12 hours after the members pre-sale.

How can this be allowed?  How many people do this annually, screwing decent AHA members out of the chance to go?  I don't live in Colorado.  I am not wealthy.  I haven't been to Denver in nearly a decade.  This is a $1,000 weekend, bucket list deal for me.

ID should be required at the door to match a ticket.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: chumley on July 30, 2014, 03:58:41 AM
Obviously people are joining the AHA and paying the  $40 or so membership fee, and then turning it right around to scalp tickets. 

Yes, I agree that it is outrageous......but having been an AHA member for over 20 years, I do like to be able to buy tickets for my friends, even when I cannot go.  So I don't see an easy solution.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: Stevie on July 30, 2014, 04:04:17 AM
It sucks, but it is the way it is. Checking id's at the door will lead to folks complaining about how long it took to get in.

Plus this isn't a members only event. Be grateful for the opportunity to purchase in a members only pre-sale.

Look at the Super Bowl. A vast majority of those tickets are not available to the general public at all.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: klickitat jim on July 30, 2014, 04:30:03 AM
I have no interest in going to GABF so whoever is the last one to get a ticket, you're welcome
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: redharry on July 30, 2014, 09:21:27 AM
I live in the UK and joined AHA partly (I also support the aims of AHA and enjoy reading your mag) to give me a better chance of getting a ticket for the beer fest when I come over to Colorado for a 2 week holiday - I was lucky and got the 2 tickets required for the Thursday night.  From an outsider looking in I am amazed at the ticketing issue.  Firstly amazed at the huge demand and immediate sell out, secondly by the blatant immediate resale of tickets at a huge profit.  It is clear that for many this is purely a money making exercise and I am surprised that it is allowed in such a blatant way.
In the UK resale of tickets at a profit is common but for certain events like the London Olympics as well as soccer and other sporting events is illegal.  The Olympics in particular was very strictly and successfully controlled with ID checks and any abuse resulted in ticket cancellation.  I am not sure how draconian you want measures to be but clearly this issue is causing friction.
Perhaps the issue needs to be looked at in a different way.  Is the venue big enough ?  Should there be more sessions over more days, should the sessions be all day with people able to pay on the door as other people leave after an afternoon visit.  I know its difficult with the reliance on volunteers etc but it does seem to need looking at.
With the Great British Beer Fest in London we open from Tues to Sat - open all day 12 - 10.30.  Tickets are available online from a couple of months ahead but are always available on the door as well provided you don't mind a good old fashioned British queue !  It never sells out ahead of the start.  If you buy online and are a CAMRA member (somewhat similar to AHA) you get a price discount.  Most people either go for a lunchtime and afternoon session or an evening session so you get quite a turnaround of people.  I think total attendance over the 5 days is about 60,000.  An army of volunteers organise and run the event.
I don't know what the answer is but I must admit I do hate the immediate resale and blatant profiteering that goes on - I suppose one answer is to refuse to buy tickets from these people and leave them with unsold tickets.
Anyway I am really looking forward to the event and sampling some of your great beers.  I regularly visit the USA and always research local breweries before the trip.  First of all though I need to get through the British Beer Fest in a couple of weeks !!!  Cheers. ;D 
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: theDarkSide on July 30, 2014, 11:44:13 AM
I have no interest in going to GABF so whoever is the last one to get a ticket, you're welcome

Same here...

Coming soon...2 GABF's (West & East)? 

The problem with turning around and selling the tickets at a huge markup is that you always get suckers who will pay that price.  Do you think ID checks at the door would work or would it take hours to get everyone in?
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: HoosierBrew on July 30, 2014, 11:46:25 AM
I have no interest in going to GABF so whoever is the last one to get a ticket, you're welcome

+1.  Plenty of drunken festivals closer to home, if I were inclined.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: maltosemember on July 30, 2014, 01:45:05 PM
Re other festivals, while the craft and micro beer environment in Los Angeles is improving, it is still a disaster.

There are very, very few beer events in Los Angeles...and nothing that compares in any fashion to the scope or opportunity of the GABF.  (For that matter, there are TWO craft breweries in the entire San Fernando Valley.  If this were Denver or Portland, there would be 30). For many beer enthusiasts, GABF is THE festival for Angelenos. 

I would be happy to wait in line for an extra period to match my ID to the name on my ticket.   This is especially true for the members only Saturday session....maybe the AHA could try an ID match for at least that session.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: reverseapachemaster on July 30, 2014, 03:09:14 PM
I am flying from Los Angeles.  $300 airfare...another $300 in hotel expense...while I have tix for Saturday, it is so outrageous that more than 1,000 tickets are onsale---at twice face value---on StubHub less than 12 hours after the members pre-sale.

Before I could even finish my transaction on ticketmaster I looked at stubhub and there were already tickets for sale at $300. I think that was like fifteen minutes into the sale.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: JSCoupal on July 30, 2014, 05:41:23 PM
I've attended GABF twice before, and each time, I've noticed that the price of tickets on the secondary market goes way down as the event nears--last year, a friend managed to pick up Friday tickets for LESS than face value earlier the same week.  I know that a lot of people are upset that tickets sold out so quickly, but, for now, they should simply chill and wait for the scalpers to lower their prices.
Title: Re: 2014 GABF
Post by: theDarkSide on July 30, 2014, 08:03:28 PM
I've attended GABF twice before, and each time, I've noticed that the price of tickets on the secondary market goes way down as the event nears--last year, a friend managed to pick up Friday tickets for LESS than face value earlier the same week.  I know that a lot of people are upset that tickets sold out so quickly, but, for now, they should simply chill and wait for the scalpers to lower their prices.

Good point...the supply on Stubhub definitely jumped shortly after 12 noon EDT today.