Next Year's OBF Cheat Sheet

Maybe it's just my OBF noobery that makes this seem so insightful, but I think I've discovered the secret to getting the most out of your wooden nickels at the Oregon Brewer's Festival. What I've found, is that filling your mug is crazy.

A full pour costs four tokens (which is four American dollars, for those keeping track). That full pour gets you a little over 12 ounces, depending on how foamy the pitcher wrangler makes it. Let's be generous and call it 13 ounces. At four dollars, that's 30 cents for every ounce.

A sample is ostensibly intended to be around three to four ounces. In practice, I never got one less than four. A lot of them were closer to five. So, even if we get four ounces everywhere, the price is 25 cents an ounce. Reality is closer to 22 cents an ounce. That's at least five cents less than a full pour gets you, which adds up pretty damn fast over the course of 25 tokens. Definitely leaves you enough to pick up a couple barf bags on the way home or leave a crappy tip for the cab driver that has to put up with your drunk insanity.

Of course, a day of samples isn't going to work with the throngs of wrecked bros on Friday night, Saturday or Sunday. So you'd best be heading out Thursday or opening Friday if you don't want to be perpetually in line.

Next year, count on seeing me there around then.

Beau Burke
September 17, 2007, 9:13 pm
By: Beau
Another guy I know from Seattle was telling me that, theoretically, you could give the pitcher jockey three tokens for a full pour and they usually wouldn't notice.
Unfortunately, by the time I was needing to conserve my tokens, I was too wrecked to come up with anything so devious.
September 30, 2007, 8:35 pm
By: Bad Ben
My son and I had so much fun on Thursday, it should be illegal.
In the old days (15 or so years ago), the servers would let you put your wooden nickels in the piggy bank yourself. You could cheat the system by either breaking them in half, or dropping something else in. Not that I would ever do that!
September 30, 2007, 8:35 pm
By: Chris
Thursday was PERFECT. We got there about 45 minutes after it opened and there was maybe 125-150 people there. Whatever beer you wanted you walked right up to it and had it within seconds. No lines for anything, including the bathrooms which was really nice after a while. You will definitely find me there on Thursday, July 24, 2008.
September 30, 2007, 8:35 pm
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