Capture4Once again the Great American Beer Festival sold all 70,000 tickets to the three-day event in a matter of minutes during yesterday’s Members Only sales and today’s General Public sale. Many of the tickets were snatched up by opportunists who are now trying to resell the tickets at 45-110% more than the original price. Once again, many hard-working, craft beer loving people who wanted to go to the festival will not be going because of this.

There are some solutions to this situation. First and foremost is becoming an American Homebrewers Association member and buying the tickets during the Members Only sale.

However the culpability in the quest for fair play now falls to the consumer. Do not be intimidated by the ticket sharks. Do not pay more than face value. This is called aiding and abetting the bad guys. Wait them out. You do not need the ticket until the day of the event anyway. The scalpers can’t sit on thousands of unsold tickets. At some point they will drop the prices. If you don’t score the tickets, there are more than a gillion beer-related things to do in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins during that week.

Hoppy Trails Beer News will be there, reporting live and direct from the convention center floor. Come back and visit here often for stories about local brewers as they prepare for this prestigious event.

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Bremerton Summer Brewfest 2014


Q.  What do you get when you gather up 30 breweries, more than 100 very different beers and put them in the downtown area of the home to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in 100 degree heat? Besides cooked festival goers.

The Bremerton Summer Brewfest

To say the West Sound brewers are creative would rank as one of the world’s greatest understatements. It should be no surprise, since they are the ones largely responsible for the success of the Strange Brewfest in January each year.

It’s an easy 60 minute ferry ride from Seattle to Bremerton, made especially enjoyable by the great weather all day long. The festival was just a few blocks from the ferry terminal, the beautiful harbor and nearby shipyards.

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Crooks Nab 10 Truckloads of Beer

Ten Truckloads of Beer Nabbed as Germans Celebrate World Cup

prositAs Germany reveled in World Cup fever, a crew of cunning thieves celebrated their own conquest: Stealing 10 truckloads of beer worth an estimated $3 million, police said. The burglars made off with approximately 300,000 liters of brew between Thursday evening and Monday afternoon after breaking into a storage facility in the Rhineland. “Has anyone noticed a large amount of beer?” police in the western city of Krefeld said in a statement. “Who can give any hints to a possible storage area?”

The crooks first tried to enter via garden door leading to the back of the building but ultimately broke through a main entrance which led them through office space into the unguarded warehouse. They loaded several pallets of beer onto flatbed trucks and returned several times within short intervals to take as large a stash as possible. The missing beer was not discovered until Monday afternoon, police said. Vehicles believed to be loaded with the booze were last seen driving down the freeway towards Duisburg.

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Airways Brewing Opens the Patio

The beer garden at the Airways Beer & Bistro is open, just in time for Kent Cornucopia Days this weekend! It’s the first step towards converting their tavern to a family-friendly restaurant. This Friday through Sunday, they’ll have the grill outside while they cook up cheddar BBQ burgers, and brats topped with mustard, roasted pepper and onion marmalade, and bacon candy.     Continue reading