On Saturday, April 4th, 2009, the Superior Jaycees will be hosting the 12th annual Gitchee Gumee Brewfest. Now now, keep down the yelling. I know this isn’t a MN craft beer event in the strictest sense. But c’mon. It’s a stone’s throw from Duluth. Plus many MN breweries attend the event. In 2008 Schell’s, Flat Earth, Gluek, Lake Superior, Mantorville/St. Croix, Rock Bottom, Summit, and Surly…at least according to the site. My actually memory of the 2008 event is, understandably, a bit fuzzy. I seem to recall that not all of these folks were actually there. Whatever. It’s a beer event. What more do you need to know? Tickets can be purchased from several outlets in the Duluth/Superior area, otherwise you need to mail in your request. My wife, I and our friends have not had a problem getting tickets in the past.
Tickets are not hard to come by until the last 10 days or so of availablity. Usually sell about 1200 tickets. I used to go there when I lived in Duluth. 30 bucks all you can drink for 4 hours(including a drinking glass afterwards) or i think 80 for VIP to get in before everybody else and sample for 30 min prior to everyone else. Although that was about 2 years ago so pricing may have changed. I had a great time there everytime I went.
How much are tickets? I’m not seeing anything online…
$30 in the past for tickets. VIP is NOT worth it at all. $75 and all you get is a room away from everyone else with a couple beers (most breweries don’t bring kegs just for the VIPs). I’ve always mailed in for tickets and never had a problem getting them. As said in previous posts, this one is turning into a college drunk fest with kids throwing up in garbage cans less then 30 minutes into the fest and lots of “give me whatever”. I’ll give it a couple more years but some breweries have already pulled out (like Fitger’s).
My girlfriends and I (6 of us) made the trip to Brewfest last year from the cities and we had a great time! Tickets were $40. We stayed at the Holiday Inn in DT Duluth which has a shuttle service for free (no drinking and driving here.) Hotels are reasonably priced for this time of year and if you’re in the military or carry AAA, you’ll get a hefty discount. I didn’t notice any drunken college kids throwing up, just people enjoying the beer and having a great time with friends. We loved the variety of beer samples! The room can get cowded, but they do have some tables if you’re lucky to find a seat, otherwise you can climb into the bleachers for a break from the insanity. Bottom line – all ages can enjoy Brewfest! Why not start a tradition with your friends and Do Duluth.
Sorry, I left out some details. For ticket info and much more go to ggbrewfest.com Tickets are $40 again this year. This is 2nd Annual Brewfest for my friends and I and we can’t wait! Good Times!
Does anyone know the places up there where we can get the tickets?? We didn’t mail in, we are going to drive up to Duluth this weekend….
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