The way blogs work, the most recent article goes on top, so you might see this first, but perhaps you should read “On beer festival season” first.
If that didn’t scare you a little when thinking about beer festivals, this will. Donovan Hall of Spirit World describes his effort to get into the Long Island Beer Festival:
When we get to the Huntington Hilton, we can hear the roar of conversation. The convivial banter of hundreds of people in an outdoor space drinking beer. Through the windows I can see wall to wall people inside, jam packed like commuters on a bus at rush hour. My wife and I head toward the door and a bald guy in a blue sport coat steps up making a sawing motion with his hands like some quarter back had just made an incomplete pass. “If you’re going to the beer festival, there’s no more tickets,” he says.
“But I have tickets,” I say. And I hold up my two tickets to prove it.
“Doesn’t matter,” he says. “They aren’t letting anybody else in. There’s too many people inside already.”
“But I paid $90 for these tickets,” I say.
“Too bad,” he says. “Nobody else can go in.”
Hall didn’t get in. He didn’t get a refund. That doesn’t mean he won’t, but don’t you think these promoters would have realized more than 1,000 people were likely to show up?