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Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Talk' started by Todd, Oct 10, 2018.
I'd go to whichever Midwest city took home the most GABF awards this year...I'm not adding them up, but I really hope the result is Chicago.
Hot and emerging scene
Welcoming and Inclusive
Modern Transportation System - light rail lines
Decent airport that is convenient to downtown
Accommodating of a large group
MILWAUKEE, WI at the brand new Fiserv Forum!
Ahhh, the eternal optimist! (I've been a Browns fan all my life, so I hope it happens.)
To answer the OP with a question (hidden nomination), what is the capacity of BrewDog's new DogHouse hotel in suburban Columbus?
Minneapolis/St. paul, for flights, transportation in the cities, easy to stay/cost for rooms.
Saint Louis. Seems to be the middle point of a lot of cities mentioned (KC, Milwaukee, Des Moines, Chicago, Indianapolis) plus it’s still close to draw folks from Nashville, Oklahoma, and north Texas. It has a decent convention area but most importantly it has some world class breweries (Side Project, Perennial) and a few others that I’m sure will surprise those that have not been able to try them (Narrow Guage, 2nd Shift, Civil Life, and more).
Detroit or Ann Arbor
How about Minneapolis's forgotten sister city, St. Paul?
Another vote for Indianapolis. Awesome convention space and accommodations to handle the associated crowds. This has only gotten better because they hosted the Super Bowl several years ago. Small enough city that visiting breweries all over town is feasible, and traffic isn't a major concern like it would be in a more populated city.
It's also far enough west to not be part of the Eastern US, but far enough east as to not be too far for east-coast people. Also, relatively far south, so it would be warmer in the spring than say, somewhere in Michigan, Wisconsin, or Minnesota. And if you're liberal enough with your definition of spring, you could hold it in late May to take advantage of the crowds who are already in-town for the Indy 500.
But seriously, Chicago, STL or KC would be the most ideal for a lot of people, and very accommodating cities for that many people with such good craft beer and food to support the beerfest of this stature.
@Todd are we talking the BA definition of Midwest which excludes the great lakes or the US Census definition?
San Francisco. It's only (x) miles away
Milwaukee. Make sure to schedule when the 2018 World Series Champions are in town.
Chicago or Minneapolis
But not Midwest. And we already do a fest in Los Angeles.
Agreed, Minneapolis’ beer scene is nuts, as is the scene in St Paul and throughout MN. The fest would draw in folks from the Dakotas and Iowa which probably won’t be selected, and it’s close enough to Chicago that it will draw in people from there too. Nice Int’l airport with a train from the airport to downtown. Boom Island Park in Northeast would be perfect since it’s close to the insane beer scene in Northeat Mpls
Use your best judgement.
Lol I’m rooting for the Browns this year! Even tho SKOL MN Vikings
Indianapolis is one of the largest convention cities in the country. We have the ability to travel from one end of the city to another without having to walk outside. So if the weather is bad, you won't have to worry much about low attendance. We are a few hours drive from all major cities in the mid-west and a few "southern" cities (Chicago, St. Louis, Cleveland, Detroit, Cincinnati, Louisville, Milwaukee, Nashville, Columbus) and Indy is the second largest city in the Mid west with 830,000 residents, not including those living in the surrounding area. Which, in 2010 was 2.08 Million people. Not to mention the fact that, although our beer scene may not be like Chicago or St. Louis, it has a strong up and coming brewery scene. From 2011-2016 we grew 176% in total number of breweries throughout the state.
I will only attend if you have it in Cincinnati.
full disclosure: my attendance will not be guaranteed
Cleveland would be awesome. Blossoming beer scene and small enough where crazy traffic wouldn't be an issue
I moved from Des Moines to KC in 2016. Des Moines easily has a better beer scene than KC. I'd definitely come home for this. (Or stay in KC if it did show up here, whichever.)
I'd also like to point out that Lake Michigan is a fresh water lake so we don't have the marine life that the East and West Coasts have, so if you decide on Chicago and need a theme for the beer event, a Whale Exhibition would be appreciated.
Detroit area. Regardless of the town, schedule when there aren’t other, significant events taking place to avoid booked/pricey hotels, etc.
Detroit. City could use a little boost, and DTW gets great airline service. My runner-up vote would go to the Twin Cities.
Chicago for its central location within the Midwest, plus all the great beer, solid public transit, and many venues available to host.
Chicago, or Chicago area!
Dayton, Ohio. 20 breweries and growing, nearly a million people in the metro area, walkable downtown.
Grand Rapids. The Brewers Guild festival is in late February. A couple months later would be perfect.
Denver, CO... we advocate for beer daily!
Well to be fair- I just became a Browns fan about a year ago so I don't have the history of pessimism that many of you life-long fans have.