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#21 Sparky

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 09:34 PM

Here are a couple of pairs at the low low price of $140 and $150 a pair depending on the day.

http://victoria.en.c...1864514599.html

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 09:41 PM

Here are a couple of pairs at the low low price of $140 and $150 a pair depending on the day.

http://victoria.en.c...1864514599.html


They should post pictures of the tickets with their listing ;)
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Posted 26 July 2010 - 09:43 PM

^ Great, I could then just print it off.

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 10:02 PM

^ Great, I could then just print it off.


At least you'd have proof that it is a real ticket... maybe :P

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 03:55 PM

So $44 plus the $1.25 cost of your 4 oz. taster. Four beers makes it close to fifty bucks.

I'm thinking return ferry fare to Vancouver is $28, a Translink day pass is $9. Four 6 oz. tasters at the Granville Island Brewery for $5.75 plus taxes. If you can get a ride to Swartz Bay you'd actually come out ahead. But then you wouldn't get the wonderful ambience of walking around Royal Athletic Park all day.
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Posted 02 August 2011 - 12:18 PM

It's that time again. All the Saturday tickets sold out first day.

They still have Friday's left.

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Posted 03 August 2011 - 07:35 PM

I used to go when it was more about the beer, not the drunk idiots trying to drink as fast as they can (which the number has gone up too far in recent years).



The Friday night is the best for the "all about the beer crowd" mind you people watching on a sunny Saturday can be interesting too! We found that a lot of the breweries run out by mid day Saturday so if you are looking to try a few of the Cask or unique offerings Fri is the nite.
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Posted 09 September 2011 - 09:13 AM

I go every year, I know the organizer personally and there is no way anyone else could start another beer fest in this city and do as good of a job. his whole year is planning this. this is his full time job.
the beer that is at the fest is top notch and people come from all over canada and the us for this peticular festival.
friday nights are the best, there will be many casks tonight.
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Posted 09 September 2011 - 11:19 AM

They should be trying out a multiple venue situation so that they could increase the participation. Perhaps RAP/SOFMC/Centennial Square. Even just a satellite at Centennial could increase the ticket sales. I don't have time to try and get tickets the first 20 minutes something goes on sale.

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#30 Holden West

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 11:37 AM

I think there's a market for another beerfest, say in the Spring. A scaled-back version featuring local brewers mostly. I haven't gone to the big one in years. Like G-Man, I can't be bothered to work so hard finding tickets.
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Posted 09 September 2011 - 11:39 AM

They should be trying out a multiple venue situation so that they could increase the participation. Perhaps RAP/SOFMC/Centennial Square. Even just a satellite at Centennial could increase the ticket sales. I don't have time to try and get tickets the first 20 minutes something goes on sale.


That's a good idea.

Anyway, they sure have the weather for it this year.
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Posted 09 September 2011 - 07:39 PM

I was quite surprised at the price of the festival, and on top of that price that you had to buy each tasting of beer. Seemed pricey. Are the line ups usually large for each booth?

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 02:17 PM

I went again on the Friday night, beer was great and a very mellow fun crowd. My only complaint was the line up to get in. We arrived @ 4:00 and had about a 1/2 hour wait to get in and I heard it was as high as 1 hour wait in line to get through security? Luckily my tix were given to me but if I had to wait in that line after spending 35 to 40 dollars I would be a bit upset. I would hope next year they have an alternate entrance at least for the first 2 hours of the festival to speed up entry? That said I will be back next year loved all the great casks this year!

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 07:43 PM

Sounds like they could double the price if it sells out and lines up so bad.
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Posted 12 September 2011 - 08:51 PM

I was quite surprised at the price of the festival, and on top of that price that you had to buy each tasting of beer. Seemed pricey.

Liquor Board won't allow including drink prices with admission. This is a very expensive proposition to put on and the threat of closure is never far away (each year the conditions seem to get more onerous). One reason the lines were so long the first day was the necessity to ID EVERYONE in line regardless of age. The delays were surprising to all and were for the most part addressed for Saturday's opening. I drank on the Friday and certainly noticed it busier than I can remember (and I've gone every year since 94)

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 04:36 AM

I was quite surprised at the price of the festival, and on top of that price that you had to buy each tasting of beer. Seemed pricey. Are the line ups usually large for each booth?


It isn't cheap. A pint at the festival will set you back between $6.25 and $12.50 depending on the beer (1 or 2 tokens) plus your $40 admission. It is definitely an environment thing and there seemed to be lots of people willing to fork over $$$.

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 06:02 AM

I guess it is not meant to be a "cheap" beer event, it is a chance for beer lovers to try out new and interesting wares of craft brewers. The price may be an attempt to keep out some of the riff raff. Doesn't work I seem to go back every year :)

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 04:30 PM

what was everybody's favourite beer of the festival?

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 10:09 AM

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the GCBF, tickets go on sale July 21st, I'll be there. I can't remember what the prices were last year but it looks a little bit more this year? $33.60 for Friday and $39.20 for Saturday (hst included :) )

http://www.gcbf.com/

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 11:09 AM

This year there will be likely be a lot fewer American breweries due to the BCLB (incompetent, malicious idiots that they are).
It was really nice to have the small US brewers who do not import into Canada, that will not happen this year from what I heard. So basically it will be all beer that is already available here.

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