Nice forum you have here.
I used to subscribe to Beer Advocate Magazine (for several years--still have most of my back issues)
But my main reason for signing up, and then eventually joining the AHA (around July 1st) is so that I have an early chance at buying tickets to the GABF 2018. (site says you have to be an AHA or Brewers Assoc. by July 20th--the Brewers Assoc. looks like it's mainly for brewing companies).
Not sure how y'all feel about that (Me joining just to have an extra crack at getting GABF tix), but I am a craft brew lover. Some of my favorites include: Dogfish head (both the 6% and the 9%), Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Fuller ESB, sometimes Red Hook ESB, Samuel Adams, mostly anything with lots of citrusy hops.
I'm mainly looking for tips on how not to miss out on that special moment when ticketmaster (or ASX) begins early sales chances.
I saw that last year (2017) went on sale on Aug 1st (presale) and Aug 2nd for general public for the October event.
This year it says "Sales will begin in Mid-Summer"
I also know last year, tix for General Public sold out in 4 hours, the year prior, tix sold out in ONE HOUR.
This is why I feel it is a very good idea to support AHA with $43 for a pre-sale chance.
But here are my questions:
According to this link, it is $43, but I don't know if it is an old link or not:https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/membership/join-or-renew/
Also, does paying $43 allow me to have some presale code, or an email reminder sent to me for when they actually go on sale (I don't want to miss the presale!)
Can I buy 2 tickets with my one AHA membership?
Basically, I'm looking for Pro-tips.. we (my grown son) and I would like to attend the 4 hour block on Friday evening.
Also, last years said tix were through https://www.axs.com/
The reason I ask this question is because:https://www.ticketmaster.com/Great-American-Beer-Festival-tickets/artist/829674
Note: There are two Will Call booths side by side in this location: Ticketmaster Will Call and GABF Volunteer Will Call. Please know in advance where tickets have been left for you!
Also last year, they had a: Friday, 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
That's the same one we would like to attend this time (Friday the 21st)
Notice on this link it says:https://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/tickets/purchase-tickets/
2018 Sale Dates
Member Presale July 31, 10:00 am (MT) via AXS
General Public Sale August 1, 10:00 am (MT) via AXS
^Both say via AXS
I said a lot of words to simply get to this point:
Should I be standing at a Tickemaster (or AXS whatever that is) kiosk the morning of July 31st? Or should I be on the phone? Should I be online?
I don't want to miss out!
Help a newbie out please
Thanks everyone, I'm very confused.. and I'm not even drunk (I promise)