ISO: a Midwest city for the next BeerAdvocate fest

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

  1. jarytk

    jarytk Initiate (26) Sep 4, 2017 Missouri

    I may be a little biased but I would highly recommend St. Louis. A great craft beer town. Whether you want to have it indoors or outdoors, there are plenty of viable venues. St. Louis is centrally located. In larger metropolitan areas, the 1500 attendees would sell out quickly leaving many more unhappy they couldn't attend.
  2. J_rodriguez86

    J_rodriguez86 Initiate (90) Apr 20, 2016 Wisconsin

  3. knight442

    knight442 Initiate (31) Aug 26, 2015 California

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  4. floyd_pugman

    floyd_pugman Aspirant (218) Sep 14, 2015 California

  5. MStoecker

    MStoecker Initiate (37) Oct 19, 2014 Ohio

    Columbus, OH or Cincinnati, OH
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  6. Joshuamsulla

    Joshuamsulla Initiate (15) Aug 18, 2018 Minnesota

  7. cloudhouse

    cloudhouse Initiate (104) May 21, 2005 Ohio

    Indianapolis! It is literally convention city due to its central location in the US, close to a major airport, plenty of downtown accomodations, major convention center if you would choose to hold the event there. Indy beer scene is thriving with over 10 brew pubs or brewery taprooms in the downtown area, the Tomlinson Tap Room nestled in the City Market serving exclusively Indiana craft beer on tap, two companies doing the "Beer Bike" thing...etc. You name it, this city has it.
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  8. Rubezahl

    Rubezahl Aspirant (278) Apr 15, 2018 Pennsylvania

    Des Moines or Minneapolis
  9. Boldbrew

    Boldbrew Initiate (137) Jun 26, 2017 Minnesota

    Absolutely Minneapolis!
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  10. ChazBoner

    ChazBoner Initiate (117) Jun 29, 2014 Tennessee

    Come to Knoxville man.
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  11. NRajtarski

    NRajtarski Initiate (88) Jan 17, 2017 Minnesota

    St. Paul/Minneapolis the craft beer scene here is really starting to take off. I'm sure other places in the surrounding area would show up even if they aren't from "the Twin Cities".
  12. spelingchampeon

    spelingchampeon Meyvn (1,073) Feb 21, 2016 Delaware
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    I live nowhere near any of those cities.. but would suggest either Indianapolis or Dayton. My reasoning is, it shouldn't be 1 city of breweries. It should be a central city, where MORE breweries would consider it. Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Nashville, Louisville, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Chicago.
  13. Quackershnoc

    Quackershnoc Aspirant (227) Nov 7, 2012 Michigan

  14. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,510) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    No shit right, there's a guy here in Asheboro that is all Chicago food. Their roast beef is called the Big Ditka, and it's damn good, everything in his lunchenett comes from Chicago, even the bread. The Chicago dogs are killer good too. All that's left is an Old Style.
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  15. SagittariusA

    SagittariusA Initiate (180) Jan 23, 2017 Missouri

    By population density, St Louis seems to have a lot more votes than anyone else. Almost as many as Chicago and Chicago has about 8 million more people. For people that drive, Chicago sucks awfully. Besides LA and New York, I don't think the traffic could get any worse.
  16. ovaltine

    ovaltine Poo-Bah (3,232) Apr 6, 2010 Indiana
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    I still really like Old Style.

    A lot - a LOT lot.

    Especially on a hot summer day.
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  17. browner

    browner Initiate (172) Feb 10, 2007 Wisconsin

    Milwaukee, WI.
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  18. biermark

    biermark Initiate (77) Sep 9, 2008 South Carolina

  19. mkanne3616

    mkanne3616 Aspirant (272) Sep 7, 2015 Missouri

    Kansas City is without doubt the best beer town in the entire Midwest. Home of Boulevard Brewery and many outstanding other microbreweries. Easy to fly to and the best BBQ in the world, not just the USA. I will gladly help arrange the event with Boulevard and the city!
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  20. REVZEB

    REVZEB Poo-Bah (7,780) Mar 28, 2013 Illinois

    Chicago needs a major fest for the spring. Central location, transportation all a plus. Beer scene in city and chicagoland growing rapidly. Makes most sense given criteria.
    That all being said if going for smaller city with a lot to offer, and maybe I am biased having visited it lately, but St Louis is a lot of fun.
    Really excited about this, beeradvocate fest I went to in boston was awesome, and I love all the midwest cities, so you can't really go wrong!
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  21. Beaufordman

    Beaufordman Initiate (76) Oct 6, 2016 Wisconsin

    Milwaukee! It has an exploding craft beer scene with tons of new breweries popping up all over. Great young working adults who love to drink beer, great hotels, convention center area that isn't huge to get around. Would be the perfect city for a fest like this in order to keep it smaller.
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  22. Dvmel

    Dvmel Initiate (53) Apr 25, 2015 Ohio

    Columbus, OH. Best choice.
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  23. loudmouth

    loudmouth Initiate (106) May 24, 2010 Wisconsin

    Having been to most of these cities I’d say MSP is the best choice here. Madison would be fun but their airport isn’t big enough.
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  24. Ben-jammin

    Ben-jammin Initiate (16) Sep 6, 2018 Minnesota

    Minneapolis all the way. Our new nickname is land of 10,000 BEERS... do the math. If not Mpls (since we already have many festivals), I vote for Des Moines - my brother moved "south" (from MN) and when I visit they have an impressively emergent craft scene.
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  25. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,569) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Champaign-Urbana, IL.
  26. Jbuitron

    Jbuitron Initiate (70) Sep 11, 2015 Missouri

    I admit, I was a homer. Eliminating cities in my current home state (STL and KC) I’m intrigued with what people are saying about Milwaukee but Indy seems to be logical from a central to all stand point. My non-homervote is Indy.
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  27. pecansandy

    pecansandy Initiate (15) Jan 12, 2017 Illinois

    How about the Quad cities. Davenport, Rock island, Bettendorf, and moline. We are right off I 80. Right in the middle of Chicago, st Louis, and Des Moines.Great venues along the Mississippi river and the beer scene is exploding in this area. Absolutely great accommodations. Lots of great brewing history as well...Cheers everyone
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  28. Jkolls

    Jkolls Disciple (323) Dec 2, 2015 Ohio

    CLEVELAND ! We need it the most! @masthead @platform
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  29. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,081) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Better than normal.
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  30. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,569) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Or maybe Sioux Falls, SD. Beautiful city, great convention center, walkable downtown.
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  31. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (3,857) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    I know it seems bad to someone from St. Louis, but Chicago traffic isn’t actually horrible by comparison. The city doesn’t really score highly on many of the lists of worst US cities for traffic. admittedly it isn’t great, but it’s not too 5, which for its size isn’t bad.
  32. Shoney_35

    Shoney_35 Devotee (403) Sep 6, 2013 Ohio

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  33. Duekerc

    Duekerc Initiate (182) Dec 18, 2016 Missouri

    Saint Louis
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  34. NickSMpls

    NickSMpls Meyvn (1,306) Nov 11, 2012 Washington
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    Minneapolis / St. Paul. Give us another reason to come back and visit. It's next door to Wisconsin as well.
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  35. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,357) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois

    Chicagoland area certainly. Perhaps if not the city proper than somewhere like the Rosemont area (close to airport, plenty of hotels, blue line train goes to the city for side excursions) might work.
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  36. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,510) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Some beers just work great, it wasn't broken it doesn't need to be fixed. Some AALs are really perfect on a hot humid summer day, so super bitter IPA needed.
  37. E-Mills86

    E-Mills86 Initiate (16) Sep 7, 2014 Pennsylvania

    As someone else said, Pittsburgh may not technically be Midwest but we do have a great convention center and tons of hotels within walking distance. The beer scene here is phenomenal. The Pittsburgh Brewers Guild recently released the first edition of the Pittsburgh Brewery Guide which I’m told sold out within the first few days. The only downside is our airport isn’t the greatest and it’s a little bit of a drive from the city. I would however be more than willing to drive to Columbus or Cleveland.
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  38. bradster

    bradster Initiate (52) May 19, 2017 Tennessee

    Milwaukee. Nothing says beer like Milwaukee.
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  39. SagittariusA

    SagittariusA Initiate (180) Jan 23, 2017 Missouri

    I suppose I see an angle of what you are saying, I lived there for 5 years and travel there frequently. For people that live outside of Chicago, it blows.
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  40. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (3,857) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    I commuted from Northern Virginia to DC down I-66 for 3 years ... so coming to Chicago wasn't that bad. :stuck_out_tongue:
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