In the end, there were lines. Lines that were probably longer than last year.
But the lines moved fairly quick, and as anyone there can tell you, standing in line is half the party.
And there was guest beer, with a lineup that looked like this:
Pizza Port Carlsbad's Poorman's Double IPA
Rock Bottom Chicago Bourbon Imperial Stout
Three Floyds/Dogfish Popskull
Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
Flossmoor Station White Lady Imperial Wit
2008 Brandy Barrel Aged Double Bastard
Pizza Port Carlsbad Trigger Hoppy
Dogfish Palo Santo
Three Floyds Oak Aged Behemoth
Flossmoor Station X-IPA
Pizza Port Solana Booya Stoez
J.W. Lee's Harvest Ale
Three Floyds Oak Aged Behemoth w/ Cherries
Victory Golden Monkey
Old Guardian Barleywine Aged in Red Whine Barrels
Pizza Port Faceplant
Gordon Biersch Bollingbrook
Three Floyds Oak Aged Dark Lord
Three Floyds Oak Aged Alpha Klaus
Stone Smoked Porter
Pizza Port Solana Parable Pale
Firestone Walker Abacus
Struise Black Albert
Pizza Port San Clemente Infamous Chocolate Imperial Stout
Stone Bourbon Barrel Arrogant Bastard
Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout
Stone Vertical Epic
Surly Teabagged Furious Cask
Founders Dry-hopped IPA Cask
(somebody's) 10th Anniversary
Stone Old Guardian Barleywine
As for bottles per ticket? The number was four. So if you bought your full allotment of tickets, you could have gone home with 8 bottles this year, which was actually 2 more than you were allowed last year.
In the end, there was very little drama to the day, other than some random rainshowers and the one arrest I witnessed. The crowd seemed controlled but lively, the rare beer flowed, and everyone seemed to go home happy.
Props to the folks at Three Floyds, who listened to last year's post-event (perhaps undeserved) complaints and put together an even better event this year. In addition, they raised a ton of money for a local animal shelter. Just another example of how craft beer can really benefit a community. Congrats to the staff at Floyds for their excellent work, and their deserved success.
My only complaint? I know you all saw our shirts... Say hello! We were giving away beer, for chrissakes. We'll see you next year. Don't be shy.
Lastly, here's a video of the photos I took - so if you couldn't be there, this may be the next best thing. And if you were there, let us know how it went on your end.