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The VIP Beericana Experience

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014

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“What’s so special about these VIP tickets? Why are they $75 when General Admission is $45? Is it really worth it?”

If you’re asking me, I’ll tell you it is. For me. However, just because I think it’s worth the extra $30 doesn’t mean that you’ll agree. But, if you’ve not yet made up your mind, take a look at what we’re doing for the VIP tent and then decide if you think it’s worth the extra money or not.

-VIP admission begins at noon.

I went to Disney World one October, when I was in sixth grade, and I rode Space Mountain seven times in a row, without waiting in a line. It’s pretty much going to be like that. This means that an exclusive number of festival-goers will get in 90 minutes before general admission for no holds barred access to the event. Not only are they welcome in their VIP area, but they have the ability to go around to as many of the brewery tents as they want, without lines. They can use this time to chat with brewers and learn about their beers, and maybe even become fast friends (or not).

-Special bathrooms and beers!

Not only do they get in early, they will have their own 20′ x 40′ tent that only they’re allowed in, which will have special beers only for them. In addition to the VIP tent, they’ll have access to VIP-only bathrooms. Yes, there will be plenty of bathrooms throughout the festival that VIPs are allowed to use, as well. But there will also be extras, just for them! And, oh yeah, I said special beers. We’ve got some breweries from all over the state that will not be available in the general admission area, but they’re sending a special keg or two our way just for VIPs! Wanna know how that list is shaping up? OK…

-NoDa: What Gose Round, Gordgeous, Hop Drop n Roll

-BirdSong: Jalapeno Pale Ale

-Twin Leaf: TBA

-One World: TBA

-Burial: TBA

-Wicked Weed: Freak of Nature

-Raleigh: Special Cask

-BearWaters: TBA

-Aviator: Special Cask

Plus, we’ll have a few extra goodies to throw in there as well. We don’t want to give it all away just yet.

So, there you have it. You get in 90 minutes earlier than everyone else to roam the festival grounds. You’ll get access to special release kegs throughout the day in the VIP tent. And, you’ll have VIP bathroom access all day long.

If this sounds like it’s worth it to you, then you need to go VIP! We know you won’t regret it. However, if you don’t think the math works for you, you’re still going to have an awesome time with the General Admission ticket, with access to beers from nearly 50 breweries.

4 Comments

  1. Can’t agree. The
    $30 additional was simply not worth worth it. Everyone could get in @12PM. IMHO the few VIP beers simply did not justify the extra cost. Next time no VIP for me.

    • We’re sorry you didn’t enjoy the VIP time. The VIPs got in 90 minutes before everyone else (which is pretty standard for a VIP ticket), but the extra beers in the tent were something we wanted to do a little extra. We’re looking at a few other options for next year to work out any kinks. Again, we’re sorry you didn’t think the cost was justified. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to email adam@919beer.com.

  2. My prior submission failed, so sorry if this is a repeat.

    I greatly enjoyed the event. I have both commendations on this event and some recommendations for any future events.

    Commendations
    1) Great to have free water available! Too many of these type events leave out this amenity which leads to folks not keeping properly hydrated and having after effects from too much beer.

    2) Location of “facilities” along the line of trees ensured the porta-potties did not get overheated. Its really trying to go into a used stall and be assaulted by both heat and odor; the location used avoided or reduced both.

    3) Parking was well managed and did a good job (from my perspective) for managing drop-off and pick-up for those of us with arranged rides (thanks to our supportive wives).

    Recommendations
    The music portion of the event was not very prominent and could have been much improved. First of all, the listing in the program had no correlation to the order in which the groups played. Secondly, no one could hear the music unless you were on top of the stage.

    On this second point, there were two reasons the music could not be heard:
    1) The sound system did not have enough capacity for the venue. This include the number and location of speakers; more speakers with some along the periphery of the venue would definitely help. In addition, the sound board was next to the stage and not where the audience was located (sounds good from here).
    2) Location of food trucks. There were several food trucks running extremely loud generators which were located right next to the stage. One suggestion is to locate all the food trucks along the area designated as “Section A” and move those vendors to where you had food trucks (swap places). Another suggestion would be to bring in electrical hookups and avoid having to run generators at all. It would likely be best to do both swapping places and running electrical for the best result – more beer vendors closer to the music.

    Again, a Great Event which I hope you will repeat.

    • Thanks for your feedback. We’re working on the sound system and food trucks for next year. Next year, none of them will be running on generators, and the stage will be set up in front of the trucks. We feel this will make for a much better set up.

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