Frequently Asked Questions

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Before the Beer Fest

Why should I go to this festival?

Your ticket purchase directly benefits local breweries by funding the nonprofit Brewers of Indiana Guild, founded in 2000 by Indiana's longest-running breweries and dedicated to supporting Hoosier brewers through legislative, marketing, and educational efforts.

Ticket proceeds are reinvested in projects like the Drink Indiana Beer app, DrinkIN magazine, and the Indiana Craft Brewers Conference. Plus, it's costly to pay breweries for their beer and to put on a fun and safe beer festival featuring 100+ breweries and hundreds of beers.

$3 of every ticket sold benefits our charity partner, Lotus Education & Arts Foundation, which received more than $8,000 from 2016 ticket sales.

For more about the importance of choosing locally organized beer festivals, check out our series, "Why does 'local' matter when it comes to craft beer and beer fests?"

 

How can I get a ticket?

Tickets are available online at bloomingtonbeerfest.com/tickets. See the #BtownBfest hashtag on Twitter and Instagram, and follow your favorite Indiana breweries on Facebook for chances to win tickets.

 

Are there any special events leading up to the festival?

Local breweries often hold special events the week before Brewers of Indiana Guild festivals. Download the Drink Indiana Beer app and visit drinkIN.beer for a list of happenings. If your brewery is hosting an event, let us know.

 

Where does the festival take place?

Historic Woolery Mill in Bloomington, Indiana

 

Do I have to be 21 to attend?

All attendees must be 21+ with valid ID at all Brewers of Indiana Guild events

No infants, children, or anyone else under 21 years of age are permitted.

 

Do I need to print my ticket, or can I show it on my phone?

Because technology-related issues such as glare on phones and internet connectivity can dramatically slow down entrance for all attendees, all tickets need to be printed for the event. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Rest assured that we're focused on getting everyone in to enjoy our festivals as quickly as possible and have found that scanning from phones significantly delays this. However, we're always looking at ways to improve the festival experience, including using technology to scan phones without having to increase ticket prices or delay entry.

 

I bought tickets but now I can't go/I'd like to upgrade or downgrade my tickets. Can I get a refund/tickets to another event/will you help me sell them?

All ticket sales are final, and unfortunately we can't assist in reselling tickets.

If you haven't received your receipt with a link to print your tickets, please check your spam folder before contact Etix Customer Support.

For other ticketing questions not listed on this FAQ, please contact Etix Customer Support.

 

Can DDs enter with their Early Bird party? Can they drink alcohol?

DDs may enter with the rest of their party.

To ensure everyone's safety, DDs are not permitted to drink alcohol. Those who do will be asked to leave the premises.

Designated drivers will get free coffee and water.

How can I get in faster? Can I get my wristband before the event?

Early Bird tickets allow you to enter at 1 p.m., one full hour before General Admission ticket holders. 

In order to expedite entry, all attendees should have their valid 21+ ID and printed ticket ready.

New this year: Gate Entry instructions

EARLY BIRD Ticket Holders may use the following gate lanes at these times. Festival entry begins at 1 p.m.

  • Lane 1: 12:00 p.m. (noon) - 2:00 p.m.
  • Lanes 2 - 4: 12:00 p.m. (noon) - 1:00 p.m.

GENERAL ADMISSION Ticket Holders may use the following lanes at these times. Festival entry begins at 2 p.m.

  • Lane 1: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Lanes 2-4: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Due to the smaller size of this event, re-wristbanding will not be available.

 

What can I bring into the festival?

What you CAN bring:

  • Your ID (REQUIRED even for designated drivers. All attendees must be 21+.)
  • Your printed ticket
  • Cash for food and vendors
  • Sealed water
  • Pretzel/bagel/jerky/snack necklaces
  • Empty CamelBaks (water fountains and stations are available for filling)
  • Blankets
  • Camping chairs
  • Service animals
  • Small bags (subject to search)
  • Your sweet self

What you CAN'T bring:

  • Pets
  • Babies/children (this event is strictly 21+, even for designated drivers)
  • Weapons of any kind, including but not limited to firearms and knives
  • Selfie sticks
  • Open bottles
  • Alcohol
  • Coolers
  • Filled CamelBaks
  • Glassware
  • Drugs or paraphernalia

 

I lost my print-at-home ticket/my printer broke/I'm not sure if the online sale went through, and any other ticket questions:

All questions about online ticket purchases must go directly to Etix Customer Support.

 

How can I volunteer?

Visit the Volunteer page, and subscribe to IN Brew News to be notified about future opportunities to help.

Where should Uber/Lyft/the taxi/my friend drop me off at the event?

Your ride may drop you off at the Mill entrance.

 

Do I have to purchase samples of beer?

Nope! All General Admission and Early Bird ticket holders receive a commemorative tasting glass (see below) good for as many 3 oz. pours as you can responsibly drink.

Brewers of Indiana Guild festivals are opportunities to sample local beer and meet local brewers. It is not a race to drink as much as you can.

Anyone who appears to be intoxicated will be denied additional samples and may be deemed to be in violation of local public intoxication statutes.

 

Will drinking water be available at the festival?

Bottled water will be available for purchase. 

You may bring in sealed, clear bottles of water, but no filled CamelBaks (empty are fine) or other unsealed containers. See the full list of permitted/prohibited items above.

Designated drivers will get free coffee and water. DDs are not permitted to drink alcohol.

 

Where can I find a beer list?

Download the Drink Indiana Beer app to see the entire list of breweries and beer the week leading up to the event, and check out #BtownBfest on social media to see what your favorite breweries are bringing.

 

Will gluten free beers be available?

Refer to the Drink Indiana Beer app the week before the event for a list of alcoholic beverages.  

 

Traveling from State Road 37? 


The I-69 Development Partners Team has announced a lane closure on eastbound Tapp Road, east of State Road 37 that might slow your trip to the festival.

The right lane will be closed from the intersection with SR 37 to east of Deborah Drive to accommodate construction activities associated with the new interchange ramp.

The lane closure is anticipated to be implemented on or after March 29 and will remain in effect for approximately 6 weeks, weather permitting.

More info is available here.

 

At the Beer Fest

Where can I park?

As always, we encourage you to cycle, walk, carpool, or take Lyift, Uber, or a taxi.

Parking will be available with the help of Community Kitchen for a suggested donation of $5 per car. Last year, Bloomington Craft Beer Festival attendees donated $3,000 towards their mission.

Bicycle parking will also be available courtesy of Salt Creek Cycles, who will have a secure bike parking corral.

Check out the group bicycle ride to the fest.

 

Can I park overnight?

Yes, but wherever you park, neither Woolery Mill nor Brewers of Indiana Guild can be held responsible for your vehicle.

 

Do I have to wait in line to enter?

If you arrive before your designated entry time (1 p.m. Early Bird, 2 p.m. General Admission), you will be asked to wait to enter. Once your entry time rolls around, though, you'll get in fairly quickly.

 

 

Can I buy tickets at the gate?

Tickets will be available at the gate unless sold out in advance, GA for $45 cash or credit; DD for $15 until GA are sold out. Please note that the event has sold out for several years.

 

Where is the first aid station?

Refer to the red cross on the map. If you or a member of your party have an emergency, please seek out the nearest police or security officer, volunteer captain, or staff person for immediate help.

 

Where can I smoke?

Smoking is prohibited in the festival building. Refer to the designated smoking area on the map

 

Who can I ask if I have a question about the event?

If you have questions about the locations of breweries, first aid, or anything else, the Volunteer Captains in brightly colored shirts will be able to guide you.

 

Can I leave the event and re-enter?

No; tickets will be scanned upon initial entry and can't be scanned again.

 

Where is the media or volunteer entrance?

Media and volunteers may enter at the main gates.

If you're a member of the media and would like to cover the event, email us so you can be placed on our media list before the event. Media access requires credentials and a valid media ticket.

 

How do I get tickets that I won?

If you won tickets on social media from Brewers of Indiana Guild, email us for details on claiming them. If you won tickets from another organization, contact them for details on claiming.

 

What do I do if I lost my ticket?

If you're at the event and lose your ticket, please go to the gates for assistance. Before the event, any questions about tickets must go directly to Etix Customer Support

 

I'm a designated driver. Can I come in at 1 p.m. with my friends who have Early Bird early admission tickets?

Yes.

 

As a designated driver, can I consume alcohol at the festival?

No. For safety and liability reasons, designated driver ticket holders caught consuming alcohol will be asked to leave the event.

Designated drivers will get free coffee and water.

 

Will there be souvenirs?

Yes. Visit the official Drink Indiana Beer merchandise booth for tees, scarves, and more, all benefiting the mission of Brewers of Indiana Guild to support the Hoosier brewing community.

IN Beer Brigade memberships will also be available. Purchases directly benefit Brewers of Indiana Guild.

Guest vendors will also have plenty of beer-related goodies, so bring your piggy bank.

 

Can I buy pints of beer?

No. Beer will only be dispensed into the tasting cup you receive at the door. Breweries will not dispense beer into anything other than the official taster.

 

What will I drink out of?

Early Bird and GA ticket holders will receive a commemorative sample glass good for 3 oz. pours of beer, wine, mead, cider, and hard soda.

Anyone caught intentionally breaking glassware will immediately be escorted from the event.

If you don't want your glassware at the end of the festival, please deposit it at a recycling station upon leaving.

 

Will I get a map/program at the event?

A limited number of printed event maps will be available, and you can see a digital version here. We encourage you to download the Drink Indiana Beer app to easily access the map and list of breweries/beers. 

 

After the Beer Fest

When does the event end?

The event ends at 6 p.m.

 

How can I get home safely?

As always, we encourage you to drink responsibly and drive only when sober.

DD ticketholders receive complimentary coffee and water. DDs may not consume alcohol.

Fourwinds will provide a shuttle for those staying at their resort. If you're staying at another area hotel check with them to see if they have a shuttle option.

Volunteers will direct designated drivers not attending the event to pickup locations.

 

Where should Uber/the taxi/my friend pick me up at the event?

Volunteers will direct designated drivers not attending the event to pickup locations.

 

I didn't get a chance to buy gear/you were out of my size. How can I get it?

Visit the Shop at www.drinkIN.beer.

 

Are there any hotel deals nearby?

Please check with nearby hotels for room availability.

 

I lost something. Where is Lost & Found?

If you lost an item at the festival, visit Lost & Found at the coat check area, or contact us after the festival.

General

What does this beer festival support?

Your ticket price directly supports the Brewers of Indiana Guild, the nonprofit trade association that represents Indiana's craft breweries. It also makes this entire day possible for you to enjoy, and a portion of proceeds goes to our charity partner, Lotus Education & Arts Foundation, whom we raised more than $8,000 in 2016 thanks to our participating breweries, sponsors, and beer lovers like you.

  • Unlike many for-profit festivals, breweries are given stipends for attending Guild fests, helping to offset their staffing, travel, and production expenses.

  • Brewers of Indiana Guild is supported almost entirely by festival proceeds.

  • The Guild donates $3 from every ticket sold to charity partners like Joy's House, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Lotus Education & Arts Foundation.

  • Brewers of Indiana Guild lobbies for brewery-friendly laws (such as Sunday growler sales) in the legislature, promotes the craft beer industry to the public and business communities, and serves our member brewers by facilitating communication and continuing education programs like the Indiana Craft Brewers Conference

  • Festivals are expensive to produce, and only a fraction of gross ticket sales are profit.

  • Brewers of Indiana Guild produces the DrinkIN magazine, the Drink Indiana Beer app, annual events, and a variety of other initiatives geared toward connecting craft beer consumers with producers and affiliated businesses who make Indiana beer possible.

 

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