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The Award for Worst Beer Names at 2013 Extreme Beer Fest Goes to…

Short's Brewing Co. booth at 2013 Extreme Beer Fest EBF

Short’s Brewing Co. booth at EBF 2013

Short’s Brewing Co. of Bellaire, Michigan! Congrats Shorts on having the strangest and most unappealing names for beers at this year’s Extreme Beer Fest (EBF) in Boston!

Craft brewers are typically laidback, quirky types. The names they give their beers are frequently creative, unique, amusing and sometimes even offensive.  Many of the names are designed to reflect qualities of the beers and help make drinkers remember them. Others are just fucking odd.

I attended the 2013 EBF last weekend, and I had almost as much fun reading all the beer names as I did drinking the brews. (Check out some scenes from this year’s EBF here.) Some of my favorite names: Evil Twin’s Justin Blåbær, a Berliner Wiessebier with blueberries (blåbær is the Danish word for blueberry); The Alchemist’s fantastic Heady Topper double IPA (love me some Heady); Allagash’s De Molen Smoke & Beards tripel; The Bruery’s Sour in the Rye sour ale; and Firestone Walker’s FW Barrelworks Wild Weisse Berliner Weissbier.

But one particular brewery’s names caught my eye at EBF—for all the wrong reasons. Short’s Brewing offered more different beers than any other brewery at EBF, and about half of them sported names that immediately turned me off. In fact, I didn’t try a single one of Short’s beers.

There was Sweet Taters, an American Brown Ale; Stray Cat Street Fighting for the Devil, an old ale; Bloody Beer, a fruit/vegetable beer; Short’s Keylime Pie and, quite possibly the worst name for a beer I have ever heard: Ben’s Asthma, a Russian imperial stout.

Before you drop a comment to let me know what an asshole I am for putting Short’s on the spot, I want to clarify two things: 1) I am well aware that I am an asshole; and 2) this post is really meant in jest. I have nothing against Short’s or its beers. I just don’t like the names. I didn’t skip Short’s beers because I don’t like their names. I skipped them because I’ve already tried most of them. Okay, I haven’t tried Ben’s Asthma, but I honestly have no desire to drink a beer named after a breathing condition.

Ribbing aside, Short’s makes some quality brew. I’m particularly fond of its Huma Lupa Licious IPA, and it’s unique The Soft Parade strong ale with a shitload of berries is also worth a try if that’s your thing.


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Scenes from Extreme Beer Fest (EBF) 2013 in Boston

I just walked through the doors of Boston’s Cyclorama, the location of the 2013 Extreme Beer Fest (EBF), presented by Beer Advocate and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. EBF was supposed to be held in Boston a month ago, but a major snow storm hit the Northeast and crippled the city for days, leading to the cancellation and eventual rescheduling of the festival. Mother Nature can’t keep us beer nerds down, and we’re here today to try as many wacky, wild and challenging new beers as we can in three and a half hours. I don’t think I’ll have too much more time to write, but I thought I’d share some scenes from this year’s EBF. I’ll be updating this post throughout the event with images so check back often if you want to see what I see.


Craft beer enthusiasts mill about before the EBF evening session


The EBF line rapidly forming 45 minutes before doors open


The Dogfish stand at EBF


Allagash stand at EBF. Fantastic sour called FV13.


Crazy busy show floor at EBF


Firestone Walker booth at EBF. Wild Weisse Berliner Weisse made it worth the wait in the long ass line


John Kimmich from The Alchemist, brewer of the illustrious Heady Topper


The Bruery folks. Love that Sour in the Rye


Samuel Adams dudes talking beer


Captain Lawrence Brewing served a nice chocolate stout


Nothing like a piping hot, sugar-coated waffle to top off a successful beer fest


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Beer Advocate 2013 Extreme Beer Fest (EBF) Rescheduled for March 15/16

Beer Advocate Extreme Beer Fest Ticket

Last weekend, Beer Advocate’s Extreme Beer Fest in Boston was cancelled due to the massive winter storm Nemo. Boston was an absolute mess, with all public transportation shut down and an active driving ban punishable by a big fine and even jail time. It was necessary to postpone the event. But the organizers just sent out a message with the new dates for the 2013 Extreme Beer Fest.

Here’s the message Beer Advocate sent out to folks with EBF tickets:

Extreme Beer Fest: Rescheduled Dates

New Dates: March 15 & 16, 2013 in Boston, MA

Unfortunately, Extreme Beer Fest (February 8 & 9, 2013) was postponed due to severe weather conditions that forced the city of Boston to close all transportation. As EBF (and the storm) landed on a weekend, our efforts to reschedule had to wait; however, first thing Monday, we began coordinating with the venue to secure new dates and are pleased to announce that Extreme Beer Fest #10 will occur on March 15 & 16, 2013 at The Cyclorama in Boston, MA.

Options and information for existing ticket holders are also included below.

New Dates/Times

Night of the Barrels @ Extreme Beer Fest

Friday, March 15, 6pm-9:30pm

Extreme Beer Fest

Saturday, March 16, 1pm-4:30pm (Day Session)

Saturday, March 16, 6pm-9:30pm (Night Session)

Held at The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts.

Previous Tickets

Existing, non-refunded tickets are valid and will be scannable. Optional: Those who purchased tickets via Eventbrite may also re-download their tickets with the new dates; see http://help.eventbrite.com.

Tickets that have been refunded will not be valid and will be refused at the door.


We’ll be waiving our “no refund” policy and will honor refunds to all Eventbrite ticket buyers who file their requests by February 19, 12am EST. Please see the instructions below.

Refund Instructions

If you’d like a refund, please email ebfrefunds@eventbrite.com withonly the order ID number in the subject line. You can find your order ID number on your confirmation email from Eventbrite.


As a reminder, refund requests will be accepted up until February 19, 12am EST, based strictly on the instructions given above. Any refund requests beyond this will be dealt with on a case by case basis, but we cannot issue refunds outside of the instructions prior to the deadline or guarantee refunds past the given deadline.

Secondhand Purchased Tickets

If you purchased your tickets from a non-authorized reseller or individual, you’ll need to contact the original re-seller to confirm that each of your tickets is still valid.

All Eventbrite ticket buyers will be alerted of the new dates and options via email.

We can’t even to begin to put into words the collective disappointment shared amongst the BeerAdvocate team, attendees, brewers, vendors, volunteers and everyone else involved, but please know that we’re truly saddened by the inconveniences that this situation has caused, and we appreciate your patience and continued support.

Please see the Extreme Beer Fest website and this forum for future updates.



Jason & Todd
Founders, BeerAdvocate

I’m real psyched to see the event reschedule so quickly, but I still feel for all the brewers and beer enthusiasts who came to Boston only to have their EBF plans fucked up by mother nature. I’ll definitely be attending one of the Saturday sessions next month.


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