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Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Talk' started by Todd, Oct 10, 2018.
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.
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?
Minneapolis easily. Craft scene is booming there now! Des Moines would be fun too. Lots of up and comers there.
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)
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.
Definitely Grand Rapids or Kalamazoo, MI. Some of the best beers come from these two small cities.
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
St Lou FTW
Madison, WI!!! Great foodie city and up and coming beer scene. Will be there this weekend fo U Wisconsin parents weekend. Go Bucky!
My order of preference...
Milwaukee (homer vote)
Louisville also means lots of bourbon tours, so you should go with that.
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.
Don't do Chicago. It definitely doesn't have a good beer scene, or food, or (somewhat) easy transportation, or accommodations.
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:
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.
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!
Chicago! The capital of the Midwest. Amazing beer scene.
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.
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.
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.
Des Moines, Iowa would be great. Iowa has a very active brewing and micro brew community.
Minneapolis or St.Paul
Of course it should be St Louis. Since the sale of Anheuser Busch to the Belgians, the St Louis beer scene has exploded.
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...
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
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.
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.
South Bend. Centrally located between a lot very good breweries and craft beer enthusiasts.
Cleveland or Pittsburgh.