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Winterfest Tickets on Sale TODAY at Noon

Don’t forget! If you want Winterfest tickets, you’ve gotta’ get them at NOON today.

Tickets go on sale Monday, December 15th promptly at 12pm (noon). We only have one price level and we are only selling 700 tickets (limit of 6 per purchaser). This has been a sell out event for the last couple of years so purchase early!  Thank you for your support and please plan ahead for transportation.


  1. Peter says:

    Are tickets will call or will they be mailed out?


  2. Duke says:

    I think you can specify when you order if you want your tickets mailed or picked up at will call.

  3. Nate says:

    Done, and done. 🙂

  4. Duke says:

    Yeah…Im going to winterfest!

  5. eek! says:


  6. Idris_Arslanian says:

    Sold out already~! Got mine, though.

  7. Michael says:

    Got to the point of submitting my order and got bumped off the server. Couldn’t get back on. Seems to be sold out already!

  8. Dan says:

    Missed it… the site crashed on me. Let the hunt for scalped tickets begin…

  9. Cory C says:

    I’ll be one of the first to rage…I DIDN’T GET A TICKET! I was on at 12:00 noon exactly. Refreshed the page and got a “internal server error.” Called customer service (while continuing to “refresh” the page…with repeated errors), was placed on hold, and 6 minutes later I was told they were sold out.

    I got through on the website at 12:14 pm and the message was the same. Sold out.

    REALLY disappointed.

  10. Lars says:

    I think I got’em. I got a confirmation number for my order (good!), but I didn’t get a confirmation email (ok?), and now when I log in to the ticket site and look at my order history…it doesn’t show anything anymore (bad). Keeping my fingers crossed….

  11. Andy s says:

    I think peopel are going to these event more to just get loaded and not taste some good beers…its to bad.

  12. Justin says:

    Same thing here Cory C.
    Sooooooo frustrating!

  13. ryan says:

    Yup. I had a friend at work that was on shortly before noon, got logged in with tickets in his cart and then couldn’t go any further without getting server errors. This seems to happen every year… I imagine they don’t usually get this kind of traffic for most events at

  14. Trav says:

    This same problem happens every year. They certainly need to find a better ticketing system that can actually handle this amount of traffic. No tix for me once again.

  15. Bock Boy says:

    I’ve been to this event before, I don’t think there are too many people there just to get drunk. There might be a few there for that reason, but by and large, I think the crowd is pretty much appreciative and knowlegable of the beer. You might see a bit more of that at ABR, but at Winterfest I think it’s less so. If I wanted to get loaded, I could certainly find ways to do it for less than $45.

  16. Ben says:

    Andy> I don’t agree that most people are going just to get drunk. Most years we see lots of comments from people saying that it a beer fest isn’t worth $45 and many don’t attend because of the price. For that price anyone looking to get drunk can do so for much less even if they wanna do it with craft beer. The price has always been something that has kept the drunk college kids out of this fest.

    For those that call for a different ticket site every year, what would you suggest instead? The best part about is that they don’t charge you a $5 service fee, plus a $2 event fee, plus $2 shipping fee per ticket like Ticket Master does. Suggestions on another site that won’t charge the customer any processing fee and can keep up with the demand put on the site?

  17. al says:

    Andy, I don’t know if you’ve ever been there, Winterfest, but, it’s a beer geek night, not a drunk fest. Been there a few times…never seen it…maybe it happened, but …well, these things do tend to happen.

  18. Trav says:

    Ill pay the extra fees if there’s a chance of the site functioning properly. Raising the price would(in theroy) lower demand as well.

  19. Jen says:

    Andy – Uptown Tix does charge a fee, it’s just smaller than other sites. I paid a $9 handling fee yesterday for my two tickets.

  20. Jen says:

    Oops, that was meant for Ben. Sorry guys.

  21. Ben says:

    Jen> Did you request faster shipping or something? I’ve never paid a service fee when buying ABR and Winterfest tickets from them in the past. Always just the price of the ticket and nothing else mailed to my house.

  22. Greg says:

    Ben>There was a $4.50 per ticket service fee when I checked out. No special shipping or handling…

  23. Trav says:

    There was the same fee for ABR this year as well

  24. Duke says:

    Yep, most defenetly a fee. Was the same for ABR as well. That being said, how would another ticket seller do it better? There were only 700 tickets for sale for what seems to be a really popular event. If 2000? people try to get 700 tickets at the same time, someone is going to lose out. I had no problem getting a ticket, but I had an account already set up with uptown tix. Maybe another seller would do it better, I dont know?

  25. Marc says:

    No tickets for me this year (got on at 12:05) due to server issues at uptown tix. Plus their phone lines said “all circuits busy”. This blows. When I finally got through to another numbers of one of their other ticket places, they kindly told me it was all sold out. this was around 12:20.

    Maybe they should go back to having tickets at the brewpub that are part of the guild like years ago. I never had a problem with a swamped web site or busy phone lines.

    my 0.02

  26. Jason says:

    Considering the number of people who want tickets for Winterfest each year, maybe a lottery system would work better. Luck of the draw, and no fighting with a ticket selling company.

  27. Ben says:

    People will complain no matter how tickets are sold. Online the people that don’t get them will still complain, even if the website isn’t having issues. At a brewpub the people that can’t get off work or drive there to get tickets at that time will complain. Lottery the people that don’t win them or win enough for themselves and their friends will complain. There’s no way to win when they don’t have enough tickets to meet demand.

  28. Trav says:

    Nobody said that if they do a different system for the tickets that nonone would complain. Its human nature to complain. We’re talking about getting a system were technical gliches dont screw you out of tickets.

  29. Ben says:

    Just think of the technical glitches of the website’s way of saying “Sorry, sold out”.

  30. Jason says:

    That would make sense, if the errors were not there almost immediately. Why the overwhelming defence of UptownTix?

  31. Peter says:

    Someone is trying to sell their “extra” six tickets on craigslist for $125 a piece. Not cool.

  32. Ben says:

    Only in defense of the low fees they charge (and no fee when they used CommunityTix, run by the same people). If another site that can handle the hundreds of people on at the same time can be found then go for it. I would think one of the only sites up to the challenge is Ticket Master.

    Peter> Yeah there were a couple looking for $125-$150 a ticket on there the other day. Pretty nuts. Too bad we did away with the scalping laws a couple years ago. What was the benefit to getting rid of them anyways? I suppose the state gets more tax money from the reseller companies.

  33. Kris says:

    I believe the Beer Gods/Karma will deal those people that sell their tickets above face value.

  34. Ben says:

    Those people don’t care. What kinda beer karma can be dealt to someone that drinks Busch Light? Not sure I believe in beer karma. What kinda bad karma event did all craft brew drinkers participate in that we’re all now being punished by things like hop shortages, huge increases in raw material costs and more driving micro brew prices through the roof? MBC drinkers must have done something very good that they aren’t seeing such large price increases in their beverages of choice.

    I wonder if people get that desperate and pay those insane prices. Suppose they eventually drop the price to just a bit over retail and someone pays it there-by making it seem worth wild to continue doing for the seller.

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