Houston Beer Fest

This is really easy: Houston Beer Festis a festival celebrating beer in Houston. That’s really all you need to know, isn’t it? Beer. Festival. Houston. That’s the whole concept in three words. Okay, if you must know more, some 80 types of beers will be on hand, from the oh-so-familiar Coors Light and Dos Equis to the harder to find Left Hand and Green Flash to the just awesome Ommegang and Lagunitas. There will also be bands including Windsor Drive, Skeleton Dick and Lotus Effect and Beer Pong and Flip Flip Flipadelphia tournaments (sorry, the tourneys are already closed to registration). 2 to 10 p.m. Herman Square Park/City Hall, 900 Smith. For information, visit www.houstonbeerfestival.com. $10 to $25.
Sat., June 11, 2-10 p.m., 2011

 
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Melis456
Melis456

I didnt have a ticket, but the general admission line was moving alot faster than the pre-paid and I felt that was completely unacceptable. Luckily we got in early and enjoyed tasting mostly all the breweries that were there. At about 5:30 the lines were ridiculous and food vendors with food were scarce. The worst unorganized fest ever in Houston.

Triple
Triple

The Houston Beer Fest was an embarrassment to the city and should be the end of a career for whoever planned it. Must have been 10X as many people who purchased tickets then could fit inside. Like many other people I sat on the comically long line and just left out of frustration.

I've seen college kids effectively organize and plan events of similar size, there is no excuse for something this amateurish - the experience for the ticketholders had to be literally the last thing anybody who planned this thought about. Bluh, don't come back to Houston.

Happier Desserts
Happier Desserts

CONTEST! We're giving away FREE BROWNIES to ease your pain from attending this 'festival' - just tell us on our FB page how much it sucked and you could win!

sarasparks
sarasparks

I was so excited about this event, and like many others, pre-purchased my tickets months ago. I was happy to see such a great turnout, but I cannot understand why the organizers did not anticipate the crowd issues considering how many people purchased tickets in advance of the festival. I presume the backed-up admissions lines were due to crowd control. Why didn't they expand their footprint so they could handle more people? How on earth did they manage to undershoot cups and food? What really irks me is that they were still pushing advance tickets hard earlier this week. Certainly they had some concept on June 8th that they had a larger crowd coming than they had space and resources. Why keep running discounted tickets in the Chronicle? I cannot express enough how disappointed I was in this event. Extremely poor planning on their part.

On the plus side, our quick abandonment of the long lines resulted in a fabulous dinner at Bombay Pizza! A must-visit, for those who have never been. The pizza is amazing!

Julianmustang
Julianmustang

Stood in line with pre-purchased groupon ticket for an hour and a half. Never even saw the entrance to the festival. I like many others got frustrated and left. My friends had different pre-purchased tickets and got in via the smaller short line by the library. From what I heard they were not giving out the shirts or mugs as advertised, it took up to 30 minutes in some beer lines to get a sample, they ran out of food, and were running out of sample cups and beer by 6:30. Totally unprepared for the festival. Glad the fire Marshall shit them down. Now the only thing is how do I get a refund for getting screwed? I hope you can never host another event in this town again.

Codei
Codei

too bad it ended up sucking.

 
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