ISO: a Midwest city for the next BeerAdvocate fest

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

  1. darklord2011

    darklord2011 Initiate (152) Nov 18, 2011 Indiana

  2. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Champion (866) May 3, 2016 Illinois

    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.
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  3. c-rum

    c-rum Devotee (465) Apr 13, 2013 Missouri

  4. Dan_K

    Dan_K Zealot (519) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    • Hot and emerging scene
    • Good breweries
    • Welcoming and Inclusive
    • Modern Transportation System - light rail lines
    • Decent airport that is convenient to downtown
    • Accommodating of a large group
  5. MilwaukeeBeerMaker

    MilwaukeeBeerMaker Devotee (467) Jun 30, 2014 Wisconsin

    MILWAUKEE, WI at the brand new Fiserv Forum!
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  6. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,827) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    Ahhh, the eternal optimist! :wink: (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?
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  7. brewnic

    brewnic Aspirant (268) Oct 7, 2010 Minnesota

    Minneapolis/St. paul, for flights, transportation in the cities, easy to stay/cost for rooms.
  8. NNN

    NNN Initiate (113) Feb 9, 2017 Illinois

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  9. Jbuitron

    Jbuitron Initiate (70) Sep 11, 2015 Missouri

    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).
  10. Tripel_Threat

    Tripel_Threat Poo-Bah (2,899) Jun 29, 2014 Michigan
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    Detroit or Ann Arbor
  11. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 Disciple (318) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

  12. toolbrew

    toolbrew Defender (634) Feb 26, 2008 Indiana

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  13. DVMin98

    DVMin98 Poo-Bah (3,406) Nov 1, 2010 North Carolina
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    Charlotte :stuck_out_tongue:
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  14. HawkEye19

    HawkEye19 Initiate (126) Jun 15, 2006 Minnesota

    How about Minneapolis's forgotten sister city, St. Paul?
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  15. Italy61587

    Italy61587 Initiate (106) Apr 4, 2015 Alabama

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  16. Ten_SeventySix_Brewhouse

    Ten_SeventySix_Brewhouse Initiate (161) Jul 20, 2016 Indiana

    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.
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  17. chitownfanatic21

    chitownfanatic21 Aspirant (251) Sep 25, 2016 Nebraska

    Omaha, NE?

    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.
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  18. moshea

    moshea Devotee (464) Jul 16, 2007 Michigan

    @Todd are we talking the BA definition of Midwest which excludes the great lakes or the US Census definition?
  19. Ale_Jedi

    Ale_Jedi Initiate (52) Oct 13, 2015 California

    San Francisco. It's only (x) miles away
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  20. pweis909

    pweis909 Poo-Bah (1,913) Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin

    Milwaukee. Make sure to schedule when the 2018 World Series Champions are in town.
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  21. osseo222000

    osseo222000 Initiate (173) Jan 26, 2016 Illinois

    Chicago or Minneapolis
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  22. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,145) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society

    But not Midwest. And we already do a fest in Los Angeles.
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  23. TheMiddleTeton

    TheMiddleTeton Initiate (49) Aug 10, 2017 Illinois

    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
  24. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,145) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society

    Use your best judgement.
  25. TheMiddleTeton

    TheMiddleTeton Initiate (49) Aug 10, 2017 Illinois

    Lol I’m rooting for the Browns this year! Even tho SKOL MN Vikings

    TMTBOOM Initiate (79) Jun 5, 2017 Indiana

    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.
  27. meanmutt

    meanmutt Savant (956) Feb 6, 2012 Ohio

    I will only attend if you have it in Cincinnati.

    full disclosure: my attendance will not be guaranteed :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
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  28. Fox82791

    Fox82791 Devotee (469) Jun 20, 2014 New York

    Cleveland would be awesome. Blossoming beer scene and small enough where crazy traffic wouldn't be an issue
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  29. TylerJ

    TylerJ Disciple (340) Apr 10, 2016 Iowa

    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.)
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  30. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Champion (866) May 3, 2016 Illinois

    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.
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  31. Ks-Life

    Ks-Life Initiate (23) Oct 10, 2018 Ohio

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  32. FlandersNed

    FlandersNed Disciple (341) Feb 8, 2009 Indiana

    Detroit area. Regardless of the town, schedule when there aren’t other, significant events taking place to avoid booked/pricey hotels, etc.
  33. cryptichead

    cryptichead Poo-Bah (1,582) Jul 3, 2014 Illinois
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    Chicago, please
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  34. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (7,662) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Detroit. City could use a little boost, and DTW gets great airline service. My runner-up vote would go to the Twin Cities.

    THANAT0PSIS Crusader (793) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin

    Chicago for its central location within the Midwest, plus all the great beer, solid public transit, and many venues available to host.
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  36. RS0924

    RS0924 Initiate (80) Mar 30, 2015 Illinois

    Chicago, or Chicago area!
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  37. DavidNilsen

    DavidNilsen Aspirant (290) Feb 13, 2015 Ohio

    Dayton, Ohio. 20 breweries and growing, nearly a million people in the metro area, walkable downtown.
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  38. DownriverCraft

    DownriverCraft Initiate (36) Nov 19, 2016 Michigan

    Grand Rapids. The Brewers Guild festival is in late February. A couple months later would be perfect.
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  39. sphiss

    sphiss Initiate (104) Feb 17, 2003 Tennessee

    Denver, CO... we advocate for beer daily!
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  40. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Devotee (496) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    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.
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