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Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Talk' started by Todd, Oct 10, 2018.
Traverse City MI, A great convention location.
Omaha! (would be in the center of it all)
Unfortunately not in the Midwest.
Kansas City or St. Louis
Indy or Chicago
akron Ohio. 100%.
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.
Add my vote for St. Lou !
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.
Chicago or Indianapolis.
Madison, WI -- easy to get around vs. Chicago/Milwaukee/St. Louis/all others
All good, but Cleveland has a better beer scene than the rest of Ohio, combined.
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.
MSP could be okay, again good airport and hotel. A lot of great breweries to explore there too.
Some may say it sounds crazy, but
Fort Wayne, IN.
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.
HAS to be Twin Cities. New breweries and cideries opening up weekly, and some of our established ones are gaining significant stram!
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?
Greater Cincinnati has over 50 presently active breweries, including some very, very good ones. http://www.cincyweekend.com/full-list-of-cincinnati-breweries/ It also has an international airport. The bus system isn't fantastic, but Uber drivers do a real good job here.
In order of preference
Grand Rapids not even a question.
St. Louis.....long legacy of beer making and a growing micro brew city situated in the center of the country.
Kansas City, Missouri - of course.....
Milwaukee.......Brew City of course!
St. Louis has long brewing history with an established micro brew scene, all centrally located and easy to get to in the US.
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.
Has anyone mentioned Chicago yet?
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.
Chicago seems to check off all the items on your wishlist.
Chicago is the correct answer here, IMHO.
Do not forget the Italian Beef.
This would be an excellent choice, too, IMHO.
Cleveland...theiving, established beer scene; very reasonably priced, excellent restaurants; underappreciated parks throughout the Land; and the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME!
Buffalo New York !!!! I know......just wishful thinking......
Milwaukee, Minneapolis or Grand Rapids
Detroit or Grand Rapids, you know Michiganders love beer!