Alright, so you know CellarFest 2 is happening tomorrow, Saturday, January 22nd. But as always, there are a number of questions we receive prior to the event from folks who either haven’t attended one of our festivals before or have attended but are a little hazy on some of the details. So, in the interest of clarity, and to help things run smoothly tomorrow for everyone, we’re going to cover all the bases by answering the most common questions we hear.
1. Is CellarFest sold out?
No. CellarFest is NOT sold out. Like all of our festivals, admission is sold at the door to the general public starting at 4 PM and running until midnight (although last call will be at 11:30, so you’ll want to get there well before then). Once you’ve paid, you can leave and return as you wish; for re-entry, just keep your souvenir glass as proof that you’ve paid.
Now, the CellarFest Pre-Sale IS sold out. In order to break up the enormous crowds, we instituted a Pre-Sale session that runs from 2-4 PM for less than 50 people. Those tickets went on sale in late December and sold out in early January. If you didn’t make it to the Pre-Sale, never fear; those folks will get first crack at the beers, but everything should still be pouring when the doors open at 4.
2. What time SHOULD I arrive?
If your first instinct is to line up well before we open so you don’t miss a single beer, keep in mind: most of the time, it takes at least three hours for the first beer to kick at these festivals. And given that the first couple hours will be a significantly smaller crowd than usual (due to the pre-sale limit), I’d wager a guess that no beer should kick before 6 o’clock.
If you’re willing to chance missing a beer or two, the best time to come is around 7 or 8 (and keep in mind that there will still be lots of great beer on tap all night); the initial insanity should have passed, there will be a place to sit, and the mood should be a little more relaxed.
3. How much is this going to cost me?
At minimum, $15. That gets you in the door, awards you a souvenir glass you can take home with you, and five tokens, each good for one beer taster (about 4 oz).
If that’s not enough for you, each following token is only $1 each. Most people usually spend between $15 and $20 at the fest and walk out feeling suitably lightheaded with the delicious flavors of great beer still on their taste buds.
4. Can I pay with my credit card?
No. CellarFest, like our other events, is CASH-ONLY. There are ATMs available two doors down in either direction from the bar (either Silver Dollar or Mary’s). There’s a bank ATM at the end of the block.
5. Which beer is the best?
You’ll have to tell us. All nineteen beers are tapping the morning of the event, and we’re not allowed to start drinking them until after the event is over. So we’re going to be completely clueless about the majority of the beers on tap.
6. Okay, then. Which beer will kick first?
Tough to say, although the best bets are the smaller kegs. Beer Valley, Block 15, Dogfish Head, Fish, He’Brew, Lompoc and North Coast would be the ones I’d wager on. I’d put money on the Block 15 going first.
7. Can I get the Block 15?
Sure, but it would be a huge help if you could order by number. As I just mentioned, these are nineteen unfamiliar taps to us, and it saves us a lot of time (and therefore everyone else too), if you can tell us the tap number rather than the beer name.
8. Where do I find water?
A water jug will be stationed near the front of the bar, next to the door. Disposable cups will be provided.
9. You guys got anything to eat?
No. But we recommend taking a break to hit up a local restaurant in the area or chowing down before you come. Usually Santeria, across the street, will deliver over, but on festival days, it’s often too crowded for them to get in; we’d suggest eating over there instead.
Alright, I think that about covers most of it. If you have any other questions, post them here and we’ll try to answer them before the end of the day.