Mrs. Mikey and myself absolutely love going to the Great American Beer Festival, we have been faithful attendees since 1998. Normally we'd fly in on the first day, grab a beer and lunch then go purchase all of our tickets at the box office.
Well that was a different world. Now if you haven't purchased your tix at least a month in advance you'll be scrambling to scalp. Now it seems that a month in advance may way be too late. The festival that starts on Sept. 24th, 2009 is seeing unprecedented early ticket sales.
As of last Thursday
Thursday - 29% sold
Friday - 36% sold
Saturday (Members-Only Session) - 56% sold
Saturday - 23% sold
This is nuts! I always advocate that if you love beer you should go, so this is an very early reminder to get your shit together and to get it in your head that tix will be gone sooner than normal.
Also, Congrats go out to Salt Lake's Michael Johnson, a member of Zion Zymurgist Homebrew OPerative Society (ZZHOPS) who recieved a silver medal for his Weizenbock homebrew, at the 2009 National Homebrew Competition in Oakland last week.
1,310 home brewers entered 5,166 beers in what is now the largest beer competition in the world. no small feat. Congratulations again Mike!