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  1. aesop
    November 9, 2011 @ 12:47 am

    Squeaky wheel get the lubrication its crying out for. You sure are the squeakiest.


  2. Mark
    November 8, 2011 @ 6:22 am

    We showed up a little late and sat in the back room with the employees. It was an incredible evening – plenty of food, more than enough beer and great conversation. Thanks to the LA staff for making this a top notch event.


  3. Mike-G
    November 7, 2011 @ 11:28 pm

    I heard others said the service was a little lacking too (when I got up and mingled for a bit) but I had no complaints! My wife and I had a great time and everything came out perfectly. Guess YMMV. I liked the new format. There was a lot of people working that night, hats off to them!


  4. Ryan
    November 7, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

    I don’t know where you were sitting, bug we had pretty much nothing but complaints at my table.

    The veritas 010 that was supposed to pair with the salad came 20 min after our salad was served.
    The lead waitress stood behind us and specifically said if we finish our veritas, to get ask for and get more bottles of it. Another server confirmed by asking, “More Veritas,” and she said, “yes.” Of course, that didn’t happen.
    our porchetta came out cold, with barely any mash, and no carrots or squash blossoms as mentioned on the menu,
    some of my friends couldn’t touch the gift of the magi beer as all they got was nail polish.

    Basically, a team of volunteers and a brewery that doesn’t have a conventional kitchen really shouldn’t be trying to put on 6you course meals. That, and to learn veritas 010 was bottled earlier that week, and not given time to carbonate, and that is what was being opened and served to us was kind of upsetting as a customer that paid $75 for a ticket and has been coming to the event for 3 years in a row.


  5. Franny Fullpint
    November 7, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

    Hi Andrew, I appreciate your feedback. I understand that the obstacles presented with this particular event may have frustrated many people, and I implore you to give your feedback to the folks at Lost Abbey so that they can make improvements next year. From what I was told, the server crash/online ticketing problem sold a few more tickets than the event had space for and trying to accommodate the extra people proved to be problematic. Overall however, the views expressed on this site are of our experience/opinions only and experiences vary. Many of the servers at the event were volunteers and the folks we interacted with were very apologetic and tried to make people happy with extra bottles. Add in the fact that a $30 bottle of a limited beer is included in the ticket price, we felt that this event (despite its pitfalls), was still worthwhile. From one beer fan to another, I’m sorry you did not enjoy your time there and hope you get the answers you are looking for.


  6. Andrew
    November 7, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

    “Unfortunately, due to the fact that there were more guests than expected, our tables weren’t able to try the dessert course which was Gina’s caramel-nutty ice cream…”

    Why would saying this lead to the conclusion two sentences later that this is a can’t miss event?

    I was also at a table where we were told we would have to share a few bowls of ice cream amongst 20 or so people. This is on top of piss poor service all night long and numerous problems with the food and/or beer at every course. To me, that is unacceptable for an event that people paid $80 a head for.

    I found this to be quite possibly the most poorly run beer event I have ever been to, especially when accounting for value/price. There have been other events that had their problems (ie. Bruery Reserve Society Initiation 2011), but at least in that case *some* steps were taken to rectify the issues during the actual event.

    Of course, I have attempted to contact the powers that be at Lost Abbey via email, but I really do not expect a response.


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