New England's oldest and largest beer festival kicked off Friday night at the Burlington waterfront.
The Vermont Brewers Festival is two days long and entirely sold out. And now there's a bit of a ticket scandal brewing.
Tickets to the festival sold out in just 34 hours. Over the two days, more than 7,000 people will come to try out their favorite beers and new ones. It's considered the hottest ticket in town. A quick check online shows people scalping their tickets on sites like Craigslist for more than $80-- more than double the face value. And buyers need to beware of bogus tickets. Festival organizers and Burlington police say it's something they've heard about.
"As far as the selling of counterfeit tickets, it is something we have heard about in years past, although nothing's been reported to us at this point-- it's a concern for us," Burlington Deputy Police Chief Andi Higbee said. "It's a fraud. It's a crime to sell counterfeit tickets for sure."
"We have advanced scanning materials, so they don't come through our door. But again, you know there's always going to be a scam out there. We try to stay in front of it as much as we can, but we just can't get too concerned about it," said Laura Streets, a festival organizer.
Now, they stress these are isolated incidents. They say it's a part of the growing process of this festival.
Hot tickets for a hot event on an even hotter day. Organizers say while the taps on the beer will be flowing, so, too, will the 4,800-gallon water tank, making sure people stay hydrated and safe, testing more than 200 beers.