ISO: a Midwest city for the next BeerAdvocate fest

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

  1. Naugled

    Naugled Defender (656) Sep 25, 2007 New York

    Traverse City MI, A great convention location.
  2. Ramrod4135

    Ramrod4135 Initiate (15) Sep 14, 2018 Florida

    Omaha! (would be in the center of it all)
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  3. Dan_K

    Dan_K Zealot (519) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    Unfortunately not in the Midwest.
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  4. jaydoc

    jaydoc Poo-Bah (4,232) Nov 12, 2008 Kansas
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    Kansas City or St. Louis
  5. dcisco44

    dcisco44 Disciple (306) Sep 22, 2013 Massachusetts

    Indy or Chicago
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  6. MaryMessner

    MaryMessner Initiate (26) Apr 10, 2018 Ohio

    akron Ohio. 100%.
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  7. juicebox

    juicebox Devotee (474) Jul 11, 2012 Kentucky

    I am biased by proximity, but I would say Cincinnati. Outside of the great brewing history in the city, there are a ton of new breweries and restaurants pouring great beer.
    Cleveland is another fantastic Ohio beer city, admittedly better in overall quality with a great brewery scene.
    I would also say Grand Rapids for obvious reasons.
    And finally, Minneapolis- The midwest can drink, but nobody drinks harder than Minnesota, Wisconsin, & the Dakotas.
  8. jesus_man

    jesus_man Initiate (78) May 8, 2015 North Dakota

    Add my vote for St. Lou !
  9. deckape33

    deckape33 Initiate (29) Jul 13, 2018 Michigan

    Grand Rapids, unless Beer Month from February 15 - March 15 would disqualify it.

    GR has at least 40 craft brewers and I suspect it punches well above its weight based upon quality and quantity when compared to just about any city in the US. It's not just Founder's and Bell's in Michigan.

    Also, GR is far more reasonable as far as cost compared to the big convention cities of Chicago and Indy. Other than St. Louis, it is within 5 hours. It has a lot of accommodations, and a growing downtown. Other major brew scenes are in nearby Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. Plus GR is only two hours+ from Detroit, with its own monstrous craft beer community.

    Doesn't it make sense to hold a Midwest beer conference in the Midwest's best beer state? Runner-up would be Ohio. Indiana, Minnesota, get honorable mention.
  10. JohnnyHopps

    JohnnyHopps Poo-Bah (2,395) Jun 15, 2010 Indiana
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    Chicago or Indianapolis.
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  11. dbresson

    dbresson Initiate (106) Nov 25, 2007 Illinois

    Chicago please
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  12. HarpsichordMan

    HarpsichordMan Initiate (15) Jun 27, 2018 Wisconsin

    Madison, WI -- easy to get around vs. Chicago/Milwaukee/St. Louis/all others:stuck_out_tongue:
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  13. deckape33

    deckape33 Initiate (29) Jul 13, 2018 Michigan

    All good, but Cleveland has a better beer scene than the rest of Ohio, combined.
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  14. NickTheGreat

    NickTheGreat Crusader (769) Oct 28, 2010 Iowa
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    I like in Des Moines, so selfishly you should pick that. The airport and public transport don't compare to Minneapolis, KC, Milwaukee, or any of the others.

    Kansas City would be great. Put it in the P&L district, assuming its big enough. Lots of hotels, decent-sih airport. Good food, okay beer scene.

    Chicago, I can't think of one good reason to have it there. :wink::stuck_out_tongue:

    MSP could be okay, again good airport and hotel. A lot of great breweries to explore there too.
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  15. Dmleech

    Dmleech Initiate (24) Apr 27, 2018 Indiana

    Some may say it sounds crazy, but
    Fort Wayne, IN.
    SUPER cheap.
    Airport with national and international flights.
    Excellent downtown convention center able to accommodate the stated size.
    An unusually high number of true small town breweries for a city of 1/4 million. More than can safely be visited in a weekend.

    Because of our modest size our brewers have not yet been consumed by the larger beer companies or coalesced into manufactured beer. We are still a craft brew community full of innovators and award winners.
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  16. KevinMc

    KevinMc Initiate (121) Mar 19, 2013 Illinois

    HAS to be Twin Cities. New breweries and cideries opening up weekly, and some of our established ones are gaining significant stram!
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  17. deckape33

    deckape33 Initiate (29) Jul 13, 2018 Michigan

    Chicago has good food, but you are spot-on on the other points.

    Other than Goose Island and Three Floyds (yes it's in Indiana) what elsenis there in Chicago of particular note in its beer scene?
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  18. JohnsonFromWisconsin

    JohnsonFromWisconsin Initiate (44) Mar 26, 2016 Wisconsin

    Madison, Wisconsin
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  19. fplakecrest

    fplakecrest Initiate (50) Sep 7, 2015 South Carolina

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  20. mpruden

    mpruden Initiate (59) Nov 18, 2017 Ohio

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  21. Dicers

    Dicers Poo-Bah (1,742) Sep 2, 2012 Colorado
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    In order of preference

    St. Louis
    Minneapolis/St. Paul
    Des Moines
  22. oberon

    oberon Poo-Bah (7,723) Feb 12, 2002 North Carolina

    Grand Rapids not even a question.
  23. Brewno8it

    Brewno8it Initiate (145) Mar 5, 2008 Missouri

    St. Louis.....long legacy of beer making and a growing micro brew city situated in the center of the country.
  24. rbuchli

    rbuchli Disciple (362) Dec 5, 2009 Missouri

    Kansas City, Missouri - of course.....
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  25. Peabods

    Peabods Initiate (115) May 23, 2018 Wisconsin

    Milwaukee.......Brew City of course!
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  26. Jojogun

    Jojogun Initiate (39) Mar 9, 2015 Illinois

  27. Brewno8it

    Brewno8it Initiate (145) Mar 5, 2008 Missouri

    St. Louis has long brewing history with an established micro brew scene, all centrally located and easy to get to in the US.
  28. BillBabbitt

    BillBabbitt Zealot (528) Nov 21, 2012 Ohio

    Rickn. Columbus is a great beer town. Come on up here and I'll buy you a beer at one of our 40 great breweries.
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  29. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (3,829) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Has anyone mentioned Chicago yet?
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  30. linnaxis

    linnaxis Initiate (87) May 15, 2010 Illinois

    Columbus OH is an undiscovered gem for most folks. 30+ craft brewers in the greater Cbus area and a very hot beer, mead and distillery scene. Plenty of central City hotels and the only beer-centric hotel in the country by Brew Dog -- USA headquarteted in SW Columbus.
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  31. dldfan11

    dldfan11 Initiate (106) Sep 1, 2011 Illinois

    Chicago seems to check off all the items on your wishlist.
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  32. ovaltine

    ovaltine Poo-Bah (3,215) Apr 6, 2010 Indiana
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    Chicago is the correct answer here, IMHO.

    Do not forget the Italian Beef.
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  33. GlennFreeman

    GlennFreeman Initiate (36) Dec 2, 2017 Michigan

  34. ovaltine

    ovaltine Poo-Bah (3,215) Apr 6, 2010 Indiana
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    This would be an excellent choice, too, IMHO.
  35. shelbs1202

    shelbs1202 Disciple (307) Jan 1, 2015 Indiana

    Indianapolis, please!
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  36. gr8ful

    gr8ful Initiate (99) Aug 17, 2014 Texas

    Cleveland...theiving, established beer scene; very reasonably priced, excellent restaurants; underappreciated parks throughout the Land; and the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME!
  37. flaskman

    flaskman Aspirant (293) Aug 3, 2015 New York

    Buffalo New York !!!! I know......just wishful thinking......
  38. 1Nrwyscotch

    1Nrwyscotch Aspirant (276) Apr 8, 2012 Wisconsin

    Milwaukee, Minneapolis or Grand Rapids
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  39. CaRtIn

    CaRtIn Initiate (123) Dec 14, 2014 Michigan

    Detroit or Grand Rapids, you know Michiganders love beer!
  40. Toynk

    Toynk Aspirant (267) Jul 11, 2014 Illinois

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