First world business problem that's really not that much of a problem. 1. I think this stems from the days when big beer flooded the bars with shit and never asked for it back. 2. If you're a rep and you see they are decorating with your shit, ask for it back. 3. Even though it's not on an active tap, it's still acting as marketing and awareness for the brand.
Part of the problem is that if you want one of these high-demand beers, you have to buy it when it is released, or you risk not being able to get it. I did buy Pumking as soon as it hit stores. I am not going to open it for a while yet, but if I waited, I might not have gotten it.
Thank you for the article and helping to explain and differentiate the festivals. If you have any future questions about the 2014 Charlotte Oktoberfest please direct your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. I have a few thoughts below I would like to add.
1 - The Charlotte Oktoberfest is an event that is 100 percent planned and coordinated by a volunteer management board and festival volunteers to support craft beer and raise monies for charity.
2 - RE: Charlotte Beerfest charities' donation
"... with proceeds benefitting Grin Kids Children’s Charity and USO."
- this is a for profit festival so only a portion of the Beerfest proceeds go to charity. Both charities are well deserving of this assistance.
3 - Charlotte Oktoberfest's charities' donation
- a significant portion of our festival's net income will be given to local charities. $75,000 last year was split with $25K going to each Project Halo, Classroom Central, and Second Harvest Foodbank of the Carolinas.
4 - RE: "Contrarily, beer offerings at Oktoberfest do not discriminate between ticket holders."
- This year's Premium ticket holders will have access to specialty beers before the general public. There very well could be several specialty beers which only the premium ticket holders have access to at this year's festival.
I believe that management of both festivals believe that both sides could have handled things a little better instead of the initial bickering. In the future we plan to coordinate so that there is more time between our events.
Your last line makes no sense. The two events have different names, are on different dates, at different venues, and the article mentions that both benefit charities.
I have no dog in this hunt as I've not yet looked at my calendar or at the participant lists closely enough to determine if I'll go to either or both Fests.
Mr. Wells fails to mention that SN is receiving about $5 million in kickbacks from the State and County, money paid in part by the craft breweries who MADE Asheville into Beer City USA.
New Belgium is getting about THIRTEEN MILLION DOLLARS.
My beer money - at least that part that isn't spent on Charlotte-area breweries - will go to Oskar Blues (opened near Asheville with NO taxpayer subsidies) and Lagunitas (opened in Chicago and REFUSED subsidies).
To me, SN and NB are the epitome of "skunky beer".
Troegs, Lagunitas, Great Lakes, Brooklyn, New Belgium, and Southern Tier will all be at Charlotte Oktoberfest.
To be even more fair, a brewery called NoDa will not be at Beerfest. So there's that... (They brew that little IPA you may have heard of...it won Gold at the World Beer Cup as the best IPA in the world).
I don't think that at the end of the day, there will be in comparison at the craft beer selection between the two events. Charlotte Oktoberfest is the premier craft beer event in the South East, and it is just completely unfortunate that the beerfest folks are infringing on the branding, timing, location, and more of the non-profit Charlotte Oktoberfest to sell tickets to a for-profit event.
Not to mention they harvested all of the trees cut down on the property in the construction of the bar and brewery, and they left approximately 85% (163 acres) of the land undeveloped.
Well said! We were in attendance on Sunday. The facity is breathtaking, the Sierra employees were friendly and courteous, and well... the local beers were DELICIOUS!!!
Ken Grossman (beer royalty) and his children were so kind to take pictures with anyone and everyone who requested one! We are extremely proud and so fortunate to have SNB in WNC!
-Bentley and Paige Walton
New Belgium, Brooklyn, and Southern Tier have been there in years past. No reason to think they won't be there again this year.
Lagunitas is the platinum sponsor for Oktoberfest. Can confirm that Troegs will be at Oktoberfest.
Which one will have the most Oktoberfest/Märzen style beers?
Beer trivia: Märzen beers were traditionally brewed in March (hence the name) and fermented slowly over summer, a process which imparted their distinctive color and flavor.
Advances in brewing technology mean that Märzen style beer can be produced more quickly today, but authentic Bavarian Märzen-Oktoberfest beers must (a) be brewed in Munich (by Spaten, Löwenbräu, Augustiner-Bräu, Hofbräu-München, Paulaner or Hacker-Pschorr); and (b) be aged in lagering tanks for 12-16 weeks.
To be fair, there are going to be some excellent breweries at Beerfest that aren't listed as attending Oktoberfest:
I can't figure that out either. What hidden costs?
What "hidden costs" is Uber known for exactly?
If you use cake flour instead of regular all-purpose flour your dough won't be tough at all. It is the gluten that makes the cookies tough.
I appreciate the tremendous work you are doing to uncover what the greed and profit driven food industry is putting in our "food". However, I cringe every time you push "vote/eat with your dollars" because it is highly classist and disparaging to the millions of people in this country who economically are disenfranchised. Having less money should not mean you have less of a voice.
Thanks for this. Brad from Coldwater Creek mentioned these during the Know Your Farms tour a couple weekends ago, but they didn't have any garlic scape pesto left to taste. I've been looking for it ever since; I wanna try some!
Thanks for sharing this superb recipe Mango Salsa. http://tinyurl.com/lmjldg2
she has no science background and yet people listen to her. Great job, 'merica!
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