ISO: a Midwest city for the next BeerAdvocate fest

Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Talk' started by Todd, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,148) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    We want to host a fest in the Midwest and we're looking for your suggestions.

    Basic criteria:
    • Spring 2019.
    • One-day, two-sessions.
    • No more than 1,500 attendees per session.
    • The city should have a well-established or growing beer scene with ample accommodation and transportation options in the area.
    • Can't step on any toes, so don't suggest a city that already has a major fest during the spring.

    So what Midwest city should we take the next BeerAdvocate fest to?
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  2. mikesweeney

    mikesweeney Initiate (105) Aug 9, 2005 Missouri

  3. jackndan

    jackndan Meyvn (1,121) Feb 25, 2002 Illinois

    we'd love to have you in Chicago
  4. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (3,065) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    I think I recall reading that Columbus is within an 8 hour drive and an hour flight to over 40% of the U.S. population. There is a Beerfest, but it is held in Feb and sometime in Summer. There’s an outdoor festival in May I believe.
  5. TargaFlorio

    TargaFlorio Crusader (751) Jul 3, 2012 Indiana

    Indianapolis is a great convention city. Huge downtown convention center with tons of hotels, restaurants, and bars all within walking distance. I believe all the bigger beer festivals are either winter or late summer/fall.
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  6. HaizmansBrain

    HaizmansBrain Initiate (86) Apr 18, 2008 Massachusetts

    Kansas City. Nothing goes better with beer than BBQ!
  7. FlintB

    FlintB Aspirant (201) May 27, 2017 Michigan

    Grand Rapids MI

    (but Chicago for ease of transportation)
  8. boogerisu

    boogerisu Devotee (488) Aug 19, 2014 Iowa

    Des Moines, IA home of El Bait Shop, (262 beers on tap)
  9. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,554) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Chicago. Not sure how you can beat the location, beer, flights, hotels, easy transportation around town. Pizza and Italian roast pork sandwiches , seals it there.
  10. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,430) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    All of the above. If I attend I'll be driving so air travel is not a sticking point though I think my fellow attendees might prefer a place with an active local beer scene.
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  11. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,694) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    My vote would be for some city in Ohio. Columbus has already been mentioned and that would be a nice choice. Perhaps Cincinnati would be an even better choice. And then Cleveland is a possibility as well.

    Perhaps contact all three and see which is the best deal/value for having a beer festival? Do Chambers of Commerce or Tourism Boards compete for these sorts of events?


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  12. mwilliams_39

    mwilliams_39 Initiate (144) May 1, 2015 Missouri

  13. kfeavel

    kfeavel Initiate (47) May 31, 2017 Wisconsin

  14. WIBeerSnob

    WIBeerSnob Initiate (148) Jan 31, 2017 Wisconsin

    Milwaukee. End of discussion.
  15. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (1,960) Apr 16, 2015 New Hampshire
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    St. Louis would provide me with my long awaited excuse to go to Side Project, but Chicago would be tough to match. Just so much going on there and ease of travel to (and while in) make it a difficult city to beat. Not sure if they have conflicting fests already though.
    I know the conventions I have attended in Chicago have been great!
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  16. jed_productions

    jed_productions Initiate (195) Jul 2, 2013 Illinois

  17. LongTaco15

    LongTaco15 Aspirant (248) Feb 4, 2016 Illinois

    Chicago or Milwaukee!!!
  18. bgrzywa2

    bgrzywa2 Initiate (152) Nov 8, 2011 Illinois


    ECOBOOSTINST Aspirant (276) Jul 7, 2016 Iowa

  20. mplsbeerbud

    mplsbeerbud Initiate (122) Dec 19, 2015 Minnesota

    Minneapolis! Huge craft scene here
  21. Ericstl6

    Ericstl6 Initiate (111) May 26, 2008 Missouri

    Definitely St Louis.
  22. nomadicbeer

    nomadicbeer Aspirant (239) Sep 26, 2016 Tennessee

  23. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (6,408) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Minneapolis- Great airport many direct flight loads of lodging exceptional breweries.
  24. Sturgeon83

    Sturgeon83 Disciple (314) Mar 11, 2015 Kentucky

  25. not2quick

    not2quick Zealot (548) Dec 1, 2015 Missouri
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    Another vote for st. Louis. We have a couple decent breweries :slight_smile:
  26. mjytown08

    mjytown08 Initiate (103) May 15, 2015 California

    Minneapolis would be a great choice. Surly put the city on the beer map and has long been established as a top-notch brewery on the craft beer scene. After Surly laid the ground work, the city is now bursting at the seams with new breweries, most of which are churning out great releases. MSP loves its beer and would be a great host city for the event!
  27. cbcrunch

    cbcrunch Poo-Bah (1,965) Jan 21, 2012 Wyoming

    Pine Haven, Wyoming would work good for me.
    Of course everyone else would be fucked. :astonished:

    Chicago would be great!
  28. eppCOS

    eppCOS Poo-Bah (1,511) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado

    CHICAGO, of course.
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  29. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Devotee (496) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    Cleveland would be perfect with the city still amped from their Super Bowl victory.
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  30. Pitchers

    Pitchers Initiate (63) Feb 2, 2015 Missouri

  31. 26reddevil83

    26reddevil83 Initiate (88) Jan 4, 2016 Missouri

  32. JFresh21

    JFresh21 Disciple (331) Mar 6, 2012 Illinois

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  33. wildcatdotdotdot

    wildcatdotdotdot Initiate (105) Jul 22, 2014 Ohio

  34. Sporeg

    Sporeg Initiate (156) Apr 26, 2015 Ohio

  35. VoxRationis

    VoxRationis Poo-Bah (2,464) Dec 11, 2016 New York
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    While strictly speaking not quite in the Midwest, would you consider Pittsburg, PA. Great city with excellent access from Mid-Atlantic states, as well. Alternatively, I think one of the Ohio cities would be a similar choice.
  36. DraughtJunkie82

    DraughtJunkie82 Aspirant (255) Jan 6, 2016 Missouri

    Definitely St. Louis!
  37. swenny916

    swenny916 Defender (621) Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    St. Louis or Kansas City.
  38. moshea

    moshea Devotee (464) Jul 16, 2007 Michigan

    . We know the brothers are old punk rockers. You need to hold it in Detroit Rock City.
  39. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (4,075) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Kansas City good BBQ.

    St. Louis for other great breweries.
  40. SagittariusA

    SagittariusA Initiate (180) Jan 23, 2017 Missouri

    St Louis, with no doubt