ISO: a Midwest city for the next BeerAdvocate fest

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

  1. ksolekjr

    ksolekjr Initiate (150) Oct 23, 2014 Minnesota

    Minneapolis-St. Paul
     
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  2. rickn

    rickn Initiate (36) Mar 24, 2016 Florida

     
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  3. ewh2085

    ewh2085 Initiate (25) Aug 30, 2018 Arizona

    Kansas City
     
  4. TrailsandAles

    TrailsandAles Initiate (38) Sep 10, 2014 Minnesota

    Minneapolis

    We have an International Airport, lots of hotels, Light Rail public transit with 16 breweries right off the green line. Check out https://getknitevents.com/rails-ales/ for a list of the breweries they visit for their event. I am sure the number has grown since last time the event was held.
     
  5. jdoncbus

    jdoncbus Disciple (383) Jun 17, 2006 Ohio

    Columbus, OH - it's no brainer BA. Great beer scene, plenty of hotels, and big enough yet not too big. It's not as run down as Cincinnati and Cleveland and it's a very young city with plenty of transplants. Did I mention it's easy to get to?
     
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  6. BeerGuy8315

    BeerGuy8315 Disciple (325) Apr 29, 2016 Iowa
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    Minneapolis easily. Craft scene is booming there now! Des Moines would be fun too. Lots of up and comers there.
     
  7. Sirath21

    Sirath21 Initiate (62) Aug 17, 2013 Wisconsin

    Definitely Milwaukee. It is nicknamed Brew City after all, and our home baseball team are the Brewers. Great beer culture there.


    -Josh (Milwaukee born and raised, now living in Oregon)
     
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  8. rickn

    rickn Initiate (36) Mar 24, 2016 Florida

    Orlando. Ok I know mid- Florida. Still a great idea. I'm not going to Columbus Ohio or Pittsburgh for anything. sorry Ohioans and Pennsylvanians. No offense.
     
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  9. PackenGreen

    PackenGreen Initiate (145) Apr 10, 2013 Michigan

    Definitely Grand Rapids or Kalamazoo, MI. Some of the best beers come from these two small cities.
     
  10. raleighkeithdaniel

    raleighkeithdaniel Initiate (29) Jul 19, 2016 Arkansas

    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
     
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  11. scifan87

    scifan87 Initiate (94) Jan 12, 2016 Illinois
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  12. SourPrincess

    SourPrincess Initiate (27) May 15, 2014 New York

    Madison, WI!!! Great foodie city and up and coming beer scene. Will be there this weekend fo U Wisconsin parents weekend. Go Bucky!:slight_smile:
     
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  13. Dharmelink

    Dharmelink Devotee (410) Feb 28, 2017 Wisconsin
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    My order of preference...

    Chicago area
    Milwaukee (homer vote)
    Indy
    MN-St Paul
    Des Moines
     
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  14. Silver_Is_Money

    Silver_Is_Money Initiate (70) Jun 4, 2017 Ohio

    Cleveland, OH
     
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  15. IMFletcher

    IMFletcher Defender (695) May 2, 2014 Kentucky
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    Louisville also means lots of bourbon tours, so you should go with that.
     
  16. BWinning

    BWinning Initiate (33) Dec 28, 2017 Missouri

    St. Louis
     
  17. barthiolutheran

    barthiolutheran Initiate (39) Oct 8, 2018 Wisconsin

    I'd say Madison, though there's already Craft Beer Week April 26 to May 5. I don't see a "Madison On Tap" in their schedule for 2019, which was our early March fest this year. I want to say there's plenty of room for beer festivals up here, since we have plenty of local and regional brewers and no shortage of people who love good beer (and good food). You don't need to step on toes just because there's already one.

    And while MKE is closer to Chicago, Madison puts you a bit closer for the Twin Cities folk while still being Chicago-accessible.
     
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  18. scratch69

    scratch69 Defender (697) Jul 31, 2011 Missouri

    Kansas City
     
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  19. jaxxson15

    jaxxson15 Disciple (355) Mar 31, 2011 Ohio
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    Cleveland
     
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  20. beersampler6

    beersampler6 Poo-Bah (1,870) Apr 4, 2018 Michigan
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  21. ktr5010

    ktr5010 Aspirant (215) Dec 12, 2014 Illinois
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    Don't do Chicago. It definitely doesn't have a good beer scene, or food, or (somewhat) easy transportation, or accommodations.
     
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  22. KS_Augsburg

    KS_Augsburg Initiate (137) Jul 29, 2018 Illinois
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    It would be easy to say: Chicago. But then, Chicago already has so many other events. Maybe a different town would make for a more interesting event. Therefore, my vote goes to:

    Des Moines
     
  23. rkunken

    rkunken Initiate (48) Sep 25, 2016 Illinois

    Bloomington or Springfield Illinois are up and coming beer cities. A beer fest would be a great way to increase craft beer awareness. Both cities have a decent population with several acceptable locations to hold a beer fest. Both cities are close to half way between Chicago and St Louis and right on interstate 55.
     
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  24. TallTomD

    TallTomD Initiate (37) Aug 24, 2018 Ohio

    Cincinnati. No contest! We have outstanding local breweries. In the early 1900's there were more breweries here than any other city in America. Large German beer drinking population, largest Oktoberfest outside of Munich, friendly people, excellent facilities, good transportation, and many outstanding restaurants at reasonable prices.

    Cincinnati is where you need to do your fest. Only caveat is that we have many other beer drinking fests throughout the year!
     
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  25. BeerYouDo

    BeerYouDo Initiate (31) Aug 28, 2018 Illinois

    Chicago! The capital of the Midwest. Amazing beer scene.
     
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  26. Vitaly91

    Vitaly91 Initiate (170) Oct 21, 2003 Illinois

    Chicago or Milwaukee would be my vote. Both cities have great beer culture, good transportation, enthusiastic beer snobs and decent weather in Spring. Not to mention, there are plenty suitable venues to hold the fest.
     
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  27. jdoncbus

    jdoncbus Disciple (383) Jun 17, 2006 Ohio

    Columbus Brewing Company, Hoof Hearted, Jackie O's (I know it's in Athens), Wolf's Ridge, Seventh Son, Four String, Brew Dog HQ,(they even have a hotel) etc.....

    Columbus, OH is far more affordable (food and lodging) and centrally located compared to other Midwest towns.
     
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  28. SSGCujo

    SSGCujo Devotee (468) Jul 12, 2016 Wisconsin

    1. Milwaukee, 2. Chicago, 3. Minneapolis, 4. St.Louis, all these are great beer cities. All of them have long established Microbreweries and new ones popping up. The great thing about all of these cities' breweries are the different styles of beer that are brewed there.
     
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  29. SFellwock

    SFellwock Initiate (15) Jul 16, 2017 Iowa

    Des Moines, Iowa would be great. Iowa has a very active brewing and micro brew community.
     
  30. kentdecook

    kentdecook Initiate (16) Sep 4, 2017 Minnesota

    Minneapolis or St.Paul
     
  31. stchuckjimmy

    stchuckjimmy Initiate (38) Aug 5, 2014 Missouri

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  32. ComeongetHoppy

    ComeongetHoppy Aspirant (299) Jan 11, 2013 Washington
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    Spokane, Washington There are a large number of brewers here and the Avista Stadium was the last beer fest I attended, some 26 brewers, $20 tickets and not far from a local HOP farm...
     
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  33. BIABrewer

    BIABrewer Initiate (31) Nov 18, 2017 Indiana

    Indianapolis is wonderful city for conventions with numerous hotels, restaurants, breweries and sports venues within walking distance. The beer scene is growing. My alternate choice would be Grand Rapids MI because of the outstanding beer scene
     
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  34. BigC88

    BigC88 Initiate (73) Apr 21, 2014 District of Columbia

    I had great beer adventures last time I visited Columbus, OH. Hoof Hearted has a phenomenal brewpub there amongst some other great local breweries. Town has a great overall vibe. That said, Indy is pretty neat too.
     
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  35. DLDKAG

    DLDKAG Disciple (336) Sep 12, 2012 Michigan

    Grand Rapids would be my first vote. My second would be Traverse City, but that would be tough logistically. After that, I think Chicago sounds great. Great beer scenes throughout.
     
  36. Mxsluis

    Mxsluis Devotee (484) Jul 1, 2013 Michigan

    South
     
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  37. Mxsluis

    Mxsluis Devotee (484) Jul 1, 2013 Michigan

    South Bend. Centrally located between a lot very good breweries and craft beer enthusiasts.
     
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  38. Cmain

    Cmain Initiate (96) Mar 16, 2013 Massachusetts

    Cleveland or Pittsburgh.
     
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  39. jpweisel

    jpweisel Initiate (148) Jun 23, 2005 New Jersey

    Chicago
     
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  40. buckit

    buckit Disciple (326) Jan 22, 2006 Ohio
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    Columbus, Ohio
     
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