5 Reasons I love Brewfest (and some tips)

brewfest_wreath This picture is a wreath that’s currently on the front gates of Stormwind. You have to love a wreath made up of pretzels, pinecones and frothing (bubbling?) beer steins.

In game festivals are often based on real life holidays but I think that using Oktoberfest as the basis for some WoW-style entertainment was absolutely inspired. It’s good fun, no religious symbolism, and the (beer related) achievements pretty much write themselves. And yes, people really do wear those costumes. Only thing is, it isn’t October yet.

Birdfall has a comprehensive description of Brewfest with notes on all the achievements, pets, and quests. She also links to maps showing routes around the cities for the barking quest (to non-WoW players, yes I know how dumb that sounds ;) ).

I love Brewfest because:

  1. Trolls in Lederhosen. Vol’jin looks particularly cool when he comes out to tap the keg.
  2. You can blame your typos on the beer.
  3. Oompah music.
  4. Trade chat is always more amusing when characters are drunk in game. (The game slurs your speech automatically.)
  5. Boss fight IN THE PUB. I love that they smartly put the holiday boss in the single most appropriate place in the entire game, the only instance which has its own pub. (One could wish that it was a little easier to get from Ogrimmar to BRD though.)

Some tips for Brewfest

  1. While doing the ram riding quests, you get your ram to move faster by using the reins. Your ram gets exhausted more quickly the faster it is moving. You will see icons on the top right of your screen (that’s with no buff display addons) showing: what pace your ram is travelling at – green is trot, yellow is canter, pink is gallop, how exhausted your ram is (if exhaustion reaches 100 it switches to a slow walk), and how much time you have left on the quest timer.
  2. To make the timer in the barking quest, don’t go slower than a trot or faster than a canter and keep an eye on your exhaustion.
  3. The key to doing the barking quest in Ogrimmar is to use the back route between the Valley of Wisdom and the Valley of Spirit. And after you’ve passed the Spirit banners, turn round and jump off the ledge to get back to the entrance. If you’re not sure, try to follow someone else who knows the route.
  4. Alliance has easy mode, as usual. Just ride round Ironforge in a circle.
  5. In BRD, you can get a fast teleport to the pub by taking a swift right from the instance entrance, killing the adds, and using the items next to them (bales of hay?)
  6. Coren Direbrew spawns lots of adds. None of us know what they actually do, we were all too drunk to pay attention. But be prepared to use whatever AE tanking abilities you have.
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9 thoughts on “5 Reasons I love Brewfest (and some tips)

  1. Brewfest is one of the more enjoyable holidays. As for getting to BRD, if you get Direbrew’s Remote you can easilly portal anyone there. Much fun was had half a year later in Naxxramas, poping up this mole machine and having half our raid portalled to the far end of the world :)

  2. You can ride back on your normal mount from the barking quest. Just dismount the ram as soon as the quest is completed.

    > Only thing is, it isn’t October yet.

    But it’s the correct date for Oktoberfest, check your link. This one isn’t Blizzards fault. :-)

  3. Hear hear! But no I agree, Alliance has it easier than Horde. I remember the first time the Brewfest came and I did it on my horde character. Cursed the entire run through Orgrimmar since it’s a #%()# place to begin with, and doing it on a timed run is just a huge pain in the ass.

    And yes, I did MC/BWL back in the days on horde, and I even binded my HS in Badlands, that’s how #%)/#¤ annoying the flight there is ;)

    As for the boss… welfare epics is welfare. Using both stamina trinkets on my tank.

  4. Trolls in Lederhosen are about as savage and cool as real Bavarians, indeed. :)
    I second the notion, except that hoping for the brewfest mount to drop day by day in the Blackrock was quite frustrating. I blame achievement systems and my completionist attitude.

    Yeah, Oktoberfest is in September. It is a German trick to drink a few weeks longer. ;)

  5. Oh Spinks, you make me cry. How could you not mention that Coren drops two awesome tanking trinkets that summon dwarf priests who give you as much beer as you can grab in 10 seconds.

  6. The music is one of my biggest reasons for hating this event. I try to leave the Brewfest area, and the music! The cackling laughter! It won’t stop! It keeps going for five minutes while I’m wandering around in some dark and spooky place, or until I finally get sick of it and toggle the music off and back on again to force it to reset to what it should be.

  7. Personally I miss the quests you had to do while drunk. Two years ago was the last time they were in, I think.

    Zapping the pink Eleks, and earning a Wolpertinger pet (instead of just buying it) were a lot of fun to me.

    They were probably seen as encouraging drinking and got cut out.

    I do make it a point to get the hat for my characters, I really like those.

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