Saturday's Giants Brewfest was only a success if you consider that the event sold out. But packed N-Judah cars more than three hours before game time was an early indicator that there would be more fest-goers than “collector's edition” sampling glasses provided to the first 1,700 to enter the gates through AT&T Park's Lot D. There were reports that between 2,300 and 2,600 tickets were sold.
With so many beer festivals in and around the city (including three this Saturday ― click back soon for a preview), it was tough to justify the Brewfest's one long line to get in, followed by nine beer lines that were, it stands to reason, one-ninth as long. At first, attendees groaned about being poured only seven three-ounce samples from the one or two beers each member of the SF Brewers Guild had on tap, but we didn't see anybody complete their sample card. Everyone seemed to opt for buying proper pints at Public House or elsewhere before the game.
If the Guild plans to partner with the Giants again next year, here are some recommendations for the organizers: