From my perspective the 2012 Utah Beer Festival was surprising success. More breweries pouring led to shorter lines and a much happier crowd.
The Gallivan Center is a slightly smaller area than Washington Square,the previous festival location, but the separation of the brewers and the clear entry and exit points made for easy flow in and out of the beer tents.
I made it a point to check the wait in some of the longer lines and my longest wait was only 12 minutes. That may be unacceptable to some but was not that big a deal to me or those who were with me.
I think the date and time also had a hand in this years success. A six hour festival on a Sunday afternoon may not be the ideal time for many that may need to be "fresh" come Monday morning.
It looks like the crew at City Weekly has learned from their growing pains and are on the path to managing a great festival that may be capable of supporting the entire community.
Did you have a different experience?