Great Beer Expo- Secaucus, NJ: February 2nd, 2019

PRE GAME FOR THE BIG GAME
GREAT BEER EXPO: NEW JERSEY – FEBRUARY 2, 2019

SESSION 1: 12:30pm-4:00pm | SESSION 2: 5:30pm-9:00pm

The biggest names in brewing are getting ready for New Jersey’s biggest pre-game tailgate party. Selected as one of the “TOP TEN NJ EXPOS” by BestOfNJ.com, the 9th annual Great Beer Expo is a pay-one-price beer tasting extravaganza showcasing more than 70 breweries—local hometown Jersey favorites, award-winning American craft breweries, and international trend-setters—offering tastings of more than 150 beers in all.


Ticketing

Session 1: 
Time: 12:30pm – 4:00pm 
In Advance Price: $46 each + tax/fees 
Day of Price: $60 (if tickets remain)

Session 2: 
Time: 5:30pm – 9:00pm 
In Advance Price: $46 each + tax/fees 
Day of Price: $60 (if tickets remain)

Designated Driver: $10 +tax/fee 

A DD ticket holder will get a bottle of water. Designated drivers do NOT receive a tasting glass and are NOT permitted to sample any beer. Any designated driver seen drinking will be removed from the festival immediately. Designated drivers must be 21+ and present valid photo ID for entry.


Everyone who purchases a ticket will get in. No tickets will be sold once the event sells out. We have limited the number of attendees to insure that everyone that purchases a ticket will be able to sample the beers they want and move around with ease.

There will be plenty of water and food available for purchase, special demonstrations and entertaining programs. If you really love great beer, this is the festival for you. We will keep updating the list of expected beers on our site, so check back often.    
 
All Attendees must show valid photo I.D at the door to be admitted. You must be 21 or older to attend this event. No Exceptions! No children, toddlers, infants, strollers, or pets are permitted. All ticket purchases are final sale, no refunds or exchanges.
 
Proper identification is the responsibility of the attendee. Failure to present proper, valid photo identification (driver’s license or passport) will result in denial of entry with no refund offered.

For customer service help with your on-line ticket purchasing, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/support/contact-us

Smile for the camera! 
Look for our event photographer at the event and strike a pose. Check back here, at this website, and on the event’s Facebook page after the event to see if you are included in the event photo album. Some photos of attendees may be used for promotional purposes; as a ticketholder of the event, you grant us permission to do so and for your likeness to be used.


Charity

www.kidsneedmore.org

In 1990, a group of concerned parents created a camping experience for their children diagnosed with cancer and their siblings called Camp Adventure. Camp Adventure now serves the East Cost and tri-state area remaining one of the only camps of its kind to serve child cancer patients and their siblings.

In 2013, a dedicated group of Camp Adventure volunteers began KiDS NEED MoRE (Motivational Recovery Environments, Inc.) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, to parent the camp and ensure its longevity.

KiDS NEED MoRE believes that people and families coping with life-threatening illness and trauma deserve to do more than just survive and need opportunities to enjoy normal day-to-day activities. For 24 years, through the historic Camp Adventure program, volunteers have provided fun activities that foster peer relationships, independence and respite. The mantra is… fun heals!

KiDS NEED MoRE programs and activities are designed to reunite siblings and allow parents time for respite. The organization continues to host camping programs and retreats like Camp Adventure but also hosts community events and activities including Sweet 16s, plus mentoring and college preparation through More U.

Click here for a downloadable brochure. More information can also be found on their website at KidsNeedMore.org.


FAQ

WHEN IS THE EVENT?

February 2, 2019

WHAT TIME IS THE EVENT?

Session 1: 12:30pm – 4:00pm

Session 2: 5:30pm – 9:00pm

HOW DO I BUY TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT?

Click here to purchase tickets.

HOW CAN I REACH TICKETFLY CUSTOMER SERVICE?

If you purchased your tickets on the event website and are in need of customer service regarding your ticket purchase, please visit eventbrite.com/support/contact-us for assistance.

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT TO GET INTO THE SHOW?

No one under the age of 21 will be allowed entrance in the festival! This includes designated drivers who must also be at least 21 years of age. NO children, toddlers, infants, strollers, or pets are permitted. No one will be admitted without a valid photo ID (no exceptions). Proper identification is the responsibility of the attendee. Failure to present proper, valid photo identification (driver’s license or passport) will result in denial of entry with no refund offered.

WHERE IS THE MEADOWLANDS EXPO CENTER LOCATED?

355 Plaza Dr. Secaucus, NJ 07054. Click here for directions

HOW FAR IS THE MEADOWLANDS EXPO CENTER FROM NYC?

Only five miles! Just jump on the #320 bus from the NYC Port Authority.

IS THE EVENT INDOORS OR OUTDOORS?

The event is indoors in the exposition hall.

WHAT DOES ADMISSION INCLUDE?

Admission includes a souvenir five oz. tasting cup with a two ounce pour line. You are welcome to sample any beer that the brewers have.

WILL FOOD BE AVAILABLE?

There will be food available for sale at the expo. Food does not come with the price of admission.

HOW DOES THE DESIGNATED DRIVER TICKET WORK?

A designated driver ticket is available for $10. Designated drivers do NOT receive a tasting glass. They are able to enjoy all the activities of the expo except they are not allowed to drink any beer. Any designated driver who is seen drinking will be escorted out immediately.

IF I BUY ONE TICKET, CAN I GO TO BOTH SESSIONS?

A ticket can only be used for the session you selected when you purchased your ticket.

I HAVE A TICKET FOR SESSION 1, CAN I USE IT TO GO TO SESSION 2 INSTEAD?

No, you are only permitted to use the ticket for the session you purchased. The scanners are programmed with the ticket number and will reject your ticket.

WILL THERE BE A COAT CHECK?

Yes, a small fee will be charged by the event charity who will be running this area.

IS THERE A FEE TO PAY FOR PARKING?

Parking is free!

ARE CHILDREN OR PETS PERMITTED TO ATTEND?

For your own safety, NO children, toddlers, infants, strollers or pets, other than service dogs, are permitted. If turned away, the admission ticket for the caregiver will not be refunded.

IS SMOKING PERMITTED AT THE VENUE?

Smoking will not be permitted inside the venue. There is a designated smoking area outside the venue.

IS THE EVENT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?

Yes

IS THERE AN ATM ON SITE?

Yes

ARE PHOTOS TAKEN AT THIS EVENT?

Yes, look out for our event photographer at the event and strike a pose. Check back here, at the event website, and/or on the event’s Facebook page for photos after the event to see if you are included in the event photo album. Some photos of attendees may be used for promotional purposes; as a ticketholder of the event, you grant us permission to do so and for your likeness to be used.

WHAT ITEMS ARE PROHIBITED?

Starfish Junction Productions is dedicated to the safety and security of ALL attendees, exhibitors, staffers, and guests. Please use common sense and remember that what seems harmless to you may appear like a threat to someone else. All attendees must adhere to show rules, are subject to search upon entering the event, and are prohibited from bringing in the following items: 

  • outside alcohol, glass bottles, cans, outside food/beverages, metal water bottles 
  • weapons (i.e. knives, pepper spray, stun-guns, any concealed weapons, firearms, etc.), illegal drugs, chemicals, fireworks, smoke bombs 
  • unapproved pamphlets, handouts, advertisements, etc. 
  • Smoking (including the use of e-cigarettes or vape pens) is prohibited in the venue/under tents. Smoking is only permitted in designated smoking areas.
  • Infants/Children/Strollers…No one under 21 will be admitted. Valid photo ID is required for entry.
  • No pets are permitted at the event (unless they are service dogs with accredited tags/paperwork)

Event management reserves the right to handle each occurrence on a case by case basis. Depending on the item, the guest may either be asked to remove the item from the facility or dispose of the item, or may be ejected from the facility


Directions

Address:

Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadow, 355 Plaza Dr., Secaucus, NJ 07094

Getting to the Expo:

By Car

1. FROM NORTH (RTS. 80 & 95 & GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE): 
Take NJ Turnpike South, when it divides use the Eastern Spur towards the Lincoln Tunnel. Take Exit 17; stay right towards Secaucus immediately after paying toll. Go straight through traffic light and over bridge. You are now on Harmon Meadow Blvd. Go to second light and turn right onto Plaza Drive. Exposition Center is on your left.

2. FROM THE SOUTH (NEWARK AIRPORT): 
Take NJ Turnpike North. When it divides us the Eastern Spur towards the Lincoln Tunnel. Take Exit 16E, after the tollbooths, follow signs to Secaucus. At traffic light go straight across and over bridge. You are now on Harmon Meadow Blvd. Go to second traffic light and turn right onto Plaza Drive. Exposition Center is on your left.

3. FROM LINCOLN TUNNEL: 
Stay on main road (I-495) to RT. 3 WEST. Do NOT take the Turnpike. Keep right on Route 3 to first Service Road exit for Harmon Meadow Blvd. At first traffic light turn left onto Harmon Meadow Blvd. At next traffic light make a right onto Plaza Drive. Exposition Center is on your left.

4. FROM WEST (RT.3 EAST): 
Stay on Route 3 East (passing Giants Stadium and Meadowlands Parkway). Take Service Road for Secaucus/NJ Turnpike. Pass Turnpike entrance, go under overpass and make a quick right for Harmon Meadow Blvd. (large blue sign for the Plaza at Harmon Meadow, listing the Expo Center). You will be on Harmon Meadow Blvd. Go to second light, turn right onto Plaza Drive. Exposition Center is on your left.

5. FROM JERSEY CITY (RTS. 1 & 9): 
Take it North. Go left on Paterson Plank Road & Harmon Meadow Blvd. Exit. Turn right on Harmon Meadow Blvd. NOT Harmon Meadow Plaza! Go to second light, turn right onto Plaza Drive. Exposition Center is on your left.

6. FROM GARDEN STATE PARKWAY: 
NORTH: Take Exit 153 to Route 3 East. Follow as above #4. SOUTH: Take Exit 153A to Rout 3 East. Follow as above #4.

Public Transportation

The Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadow has regular bus service via NJ Transit. For tickets, fare information and schedules, visit www.NJTransit.com

Be sure to take the bus to Harmon Meadow at Mill Creek stop.

• #320 from NYC Port Authority

• #85 from Hoboken/Jersey City/Union City


At The Expo

Wear Your Favorite Team Jersey

Whether your favorite team is playing in the big game on Sunday or not, get ready to show your team pride by wearing your favorite team jersey to the Beer Expo. As you string your pretzel necklaces for the Beer Expo, get out your jersey and be sure to catch the eye of the event photographer on event day! We’ll be taking a team photo during the event!

Drum & Bugle Corps Parade

The six-time DCA World Champion Bushwackers Drum & Bugle Corps is a non-profit performing arts organization based in Princeton NJ. Get ready to be amazed as the drum corps parades into the Expo center to entertain the festival attendees. Get your cameras ready!

Throw the Hatchet and Hit the Bull’s-Eye!

Experience the thrill of launching an axe at a wooden target and hitting the bull’s-eye! Totally unique and utterly exhilarating, the trained professionals from Throw House will coach you on how to safely handle and throw a hatchet with accuracy, while giving you tips on how to capture the coveted bull’s-eye!

QB BLITZ

Do you have what it takes? Go head-to-head against your friend(s) with the giant QB BLITZ football toss game. At the Great Beer Expo, everyone can play quarterback in this fun football challenge.

Beer Seminars

Beer Seminars will appeal to beer lovers at every level and will be led by well-known industry pros and pioneers. So whether it’s a history lesson, a tutored tasting, or a food/beer pairing, each seminar is sure to be educational and entertaining.

Get to the seminar lounge early, seating is limited! Check back often for updates and schedule announcements.

DJ Meatball

Straight outta Manahawkin, DJ Meatball is the resident DJ for B98.5, The Ketch, and The Marlin. He’s played along such artists as Flo Rida, Chainsmokers, JoJo, AJR, and MAX…And now he will be entertaining all the beer lovers at the Expo. Get ready to have some fun with DJ Meatball in the house.

Photobooth

Pom-poms, foam fingers, and megaphones….just some of the football themed props you’ll pose with in the event photo booth. Grab your favorite team jersey and your friends and head into the booth for a laugh-out-loud photo session. Send photos right to your email! Free and fun for all attendees! Say CHEESE!

Play Backyard Games

Who doesn’t love giant jenga and playing cornhole? Challenge your friends to a game and see who has the mad balance skills to excel and jenga or the precision to score some points at the most popular backyard game of them all, cornhole.

Silent Auction

Bid on music and sports memorabilia, extraordinary travel experiences, and more. From Patrick Stewart to Danica Patrick… You’re invited to bid on several great collectibles (great for gift giving) and travel experiences (how about a California winery tour?).

Pick Up Some Event Merch

If you love beer (or know someone who does), you’ll want the check out the offerings at the official event merch tent. There you’ll be able to pick up an official event tee or sweatshirt for yourself. There’s a great assortment of items for men and women!


Hotel

Within walking distance of the Expo Center:

Embassy Suites Secaucus – Meadowlands
455 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, New Jersey, 07094
TEL: 1-201-864-7300
Click here to visit the website


GREAT BEER EXPO DO’S & DON’TS

DO: Get your tickets in advance to guarantee admission. 

No one likes to pay the higher price when they wait to buy their tickets on event day.  AND, if the event is sold out, you won’t be able to buy tickets at all.  Plan accordingly.

DON’T: Wait until the last day.

Prices are $10 higher if you procrastinate.

DO: Have a hearty lunch/dinner.

In the ninety minutes leading up to the festival’s first pour have a meal with a rich mixture of carb-, cheese-, and grease-laden food.  These will form a strong barrier between the high gravity beers you are about to ingest and your bloodstream.

DON’T: Drink before the festival.

It may seem like a good idea at the time, but having an early beer or two will negatively impact your festival experience.  If you arrive intoxicated, you don’t get in.  Plus, there will be some awesome beers at the Expo, you’ll want to enjoy them.

DO: Plan your transportation in advance.

Maybe you have a friend who will be the designated driver that night? Or you can get dropped off by a friend or family member? Or hire a taxi, Uber, Lyft. Whichever you choose, be prepared, there is no excuse to drink and drive.

DON’T: Forget to hydrate.

This should be a no-brainer! Water, water, and more water. Make sure you hydrate before and during the show.

DO: Stop by the official event merchandise tent.

Check out a possible souvenir to take home. Whether it is an “official” event t-shirt or a sweatshirt with a snarky beer saying on it. Shop early for the best selection and size availability.

DON’T: Forget to bring your photo ID.

All attendees (even designated drivers who must also be 21+) are required to show valid photo ID for entry.

DO: Download your ticket to your phone/print it out.

Sometimes the venue’s internet is spotty or non-existent. If you have a hard copy of your ticket or a copy downloaded onto your phone, entering the event will be a speedy and pleasant experience.

DON’T: Forget to eat at the event.

Even if you had a big breakfast, you’ll want to take a break, even for just a few moments, to grab a hotdog, pretzel, slice of pizza, something to keep your belly full and your wits about you.

DO: Download the event map.

So you can find your favorite breweries, locate restrooms, find smoking areas, and identify entrance/exits.

DON’T: Forget to wear your pretzel necklaces!

Oh so fashionable and satisfying, it wouldn’t be a beer fest if at least 50% of the attendees weren’t wearing pretzels on a string!

DO: Be social with us! 

Post picts and make posts using the event hashtag #GREATBEEREXPO. We’re on Instagram (@greatbeerexpo) and Facebook (@NJBeerEvents)

DON’T: Forget to take the online survey.

You will receive an email a day or two after the event. It is an anonymous and important way for you to share information with the event producers about your experience.

DO: Wear your team jersey

As you string your pretzel necklaces for the Beer Expo, get out your jersey and be sure to catch the eye of the event photographer on event day! We’ll be taking a team photo during the event!


Festival Rules

– 21+ Only. Must show valid photo I.D. for admission. Proper identification is the responsibility of the attendee. Failure to present proper, valid photo identification (driver’s license or passport) will result in denial of entry with no refund offered.

– Don’t drink and drive! Take mass transit or designate a driver. You can also make a reservation with Late Night Chauffeurs by clicking here

– Promotional photos and video will be taken at the event and you grant permission for your likeness to be used.

– Drink responsibly, Know your limits!

– This is a sampling event, 2oz. pours only!

– All attendees must be properly attired.

– We reserve the right to check all bags

– No pets or children allowed.

– No outside glassware or food permitted.

– You get one souvenir glass for this event. Replacements $5.00 ea.

– We reserve the right, at our discretion, to remove any individual(s) from the festival for behaving inappropriately. You will be escorted out by security and not allowed back in!

– All exits are final. No alcohol permitted outside the event.

Thank you for your cooperation.


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