Ya, not something I do anymore. The earliest I've gotten in a line for beer was Kuhnhenn's Winter Solstice several years ago. There at 5. Sales and pours started at 9. Great time.
I've done the Hoof Hearted thing a few times. Its a blast. In the middle of the countryside. We have tickets and an allotted amount but we still show up a couple hours early to bottle share.