Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Organizer says 'long and cold line delays' kept some paying customers from attending inaugural event.
The organizer of Saturday's Big Brew Beer Festival at the National Guard Armory in Morristown has posted an apology for "long and cold line delays" that kept some paying customers from attending the inaugural event. Allison Kohler, the second generation owner of JMK Shows and Events, said Tuesday a "technological nightmare" involving malfunctioning ticket-scanning equipment caused major delays at the entrance on Saturday evening. There also was a shortage of restrooms and inadequate communication to those waiting outside, JMK wrote in a message posted on the event website. Kohler said people who did not use their tickets and who write to the organizers should be refunded by Friday. Some of the people who were waiting outside did not have …
Monday, February 18, 2013
Crowds wait to get into beer, food, music festival at National Guard Armory.
The National Guard Armory in Morristown was the site of The Big Brew Beer Festival Saturday evening. The sold-out event included beers from around the country, many from New Jersey, food and other vendors. Additionally, the band The Nerds performed as part of the event. As the event went on, many of the attendees, stuck outside waiting to check in, expressed concern over being able to get in at all. With tickets already purchased, many waited two hours to get into the event.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Inaugural Big Brew Beer Festival to feature more than 165 craft beers.
Allison Kohler is no fool. The second generation owner and proprietor of JMKShows and Events--which, among other events organizes the twice-annual National Guard Armory Antiques Show in Morris Township—sees the writing on the wall. Craft beer is where it's at. So, it only made sense to organize her first craft beer festival, The Big Brew Beer Festival, Feb. 16 at the Armory. The day's festivities begin with a special "VIP Hour" at 3:30 p.m. and opens to the general public at 4:30 p.m. At least 165 different craft beers will be available for tasting. These will range from the rising familiar (Allagash, Smuttynose and Yards), to the local (Cricket Hill of Fairfield, Flying Fish of Cherry Hill and River Horse of Lambertville) to those waiting…