15 October 2010

No, THIS is the last Real Ale Fest Update!

 From SPBW president Rick Bloemke:

We hope you're as excited as we are for this Saturday's 7th Annual Chesapeake Real Ale Fest at Pratt Street Ale House! We just wanted to reach out to those attending with updates regarding parking and ticketing.

First, the Baltimore Running Festival is happening on Saturday so there will be some road closures and parking will be at a minimum downtown. We Strongly encourage you to TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. Light Rail, Convention Center stop lets you off right across the street from Pratt Street Ale House. For the Baltimore Metro running east/west, get off at the Charles Center stop and walk 1 block west on Baltimore Street and 2 blocks south on Hopkins Place. There are several bus routes nearby including the downtown Charm City Circulator. Please visit the Baltimore Beer Week Travel page for
transportation links, and hotel specials:


Note that buses may be on diverted routes due to the marathon.

Second, please bring your PRINTED TICKETS. There will be 2 lines forming out front - those With tickets and those Without. I don't think we need to say which one will flow faster! VIP ticket holders - remember you start drinking 1 hour early - at Noon, Regular ticket holders - 1:00 pm. Both groups may begin queueing 30 minutes prior to their entry time. Please have your Photo ID ready for inspection.

Finally, we want to encourage you to have fun but please be responsible. There will be over 40 casks from several breweries, including a few international beers! Ask your server for small samples so you can try all of them and still keep your sea legs! Drink water to stay hydrated, there will be some delicious PSA food specials to soak up the alcohol and port-o-pots (new this year!) to reduce the restroom lines! Note that designated drivers may attend the festival for just $10 paid at the door.

Oh yeah - don't forget to bring some extra cash too for Festival t-shirts and SPBW swag! Check out the t-shirt design and get other festival details at http://www.facebook.com/l/9923cPiww23OvZzMu9jll7Z-mAA;www.spbw.org/realale
Left out of the above:  BRING GROWLERS and/or cash to buy/fill them at the PSAH.  There is LIKELY to be cask ale left over, and buying leftover real ale reduces waste and fills your beer fridge admirably.  The procedure is that towards the end of the fest, you pay the bartenders $5 (or whatever they're charging this year) for a growler fill-up, and you present the slip to the cask attendant for your fill-up.

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