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Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Talk' started by Todd, Oct 10, 2018.
St. Louis!!! Great beer history.
Lansing, MI has new breweries popping up all the time. It’s located centrally in Michigan, between Grand Rapids and Detroit, and there are ample indoor/outdoor venues to accommodate that size crowd.
Three logistical suggestions...
Cincinnati - Already does an amazing job with Oktoberfest, great brewery scene.
Ann Arbor/Detroit - Easy to get to, incredible breweries abound, good lodging.
Fort Wayne - Emerging brewing scene, central location and easy from all directions.
Milwaukee is out. The beer market is too mature to be up and coming. I hear they have 30,000 people a night turning out for their brewers. And apparently their brewers have beat Colorado's head to head repeatedly in the past week.
Minneapolis is out. This is a spring festival and Minnesota only has two seasons, none of which are spring.
St. Louis is out. The biggest producer of American beer was/is based here. How can this be considered an up coming market?
St. Louis city for sure. (sorry county folk)
90% of what people will want to visit is at most a 15 minute drive, usually much less. (shuttle to Narrow Gauge!!!)
No L like Chicago but plenty of Uber and Lyft drivers.
Parking is a breeze compared to other, bigger cities. (looking at you Chicago!)
Plenty of hotels.
Hard to beat Side Project, Perennial, 2nd Shift & 4 Hands as anchors of an event like this. Something for everyone.
St. Louis is just a very easy city to get around.
Des Moines is actually a great option in the Midwest. Great beer scene and very accessible. Can't speak to their public transportation though.
Kansas City is also known for its kindness and hospitality though.
To double down on Kansas City, we have a street car that is free for all riders. The street car rides through the heart of downtown and connects Union Station (south of downtown) with River Market (north of downtown). It would allow riders to access a beer fest along its route from three different areas of town, with a few possible venues along the stretch (Union Station and Bartle Hall stand out).
The street car also passes 18th Street, which is well known for its collection of breweries. River Market area has its own breweries as well. Sadly, not really any good BBQ aside from Jack Stack along the street car route, so that would most likely require a drive.
St. Louis does have more notable breweries (seriously, I'm jealous), but many of them are far apart and require a Uber/Lyft ride, a designated driver, or trading off on bus routes to access (thinking of Perennial, Side Project, and Narrow Gauge). 2nd Shift is worth visiting too, but is a little further out of the way. Their America's Convention Center is pretty central to downtown and fun areas, but I can't speak to any public transit that reaches it aside from buses.
Forgot to mention that St. Louis is a hub for Southwest Airlines. Direct flights to most all of the country. Including Boston
My vote would be for Columbus, OH: it has a great beer scene and is home to the only Brew Dog in the USA (with a hotel).
Chicago please! Center of region, tons of accommodations, booming beer scene
Hmmm...I'd like to see it in a not-so-obvious city. Des Moines is interesting. It does have an international airport.
Lincoln, NE maybe.
Personally, I'd love to see it in Lawrence, KS. You can use KU football stadium. Nothing else going on there.
Without knowing this locale's recent history re. beer fests, I am voting for Grand Rapids, MI. Recently (Sept.) visited there; was not disappointed at all.
Absolutely St. Louis! Easy to get to from many Midwest cities and TONS of amazing breweries and passionate drinkers.
Honestly, StL is a great location, biases aside.
Central location + Southwest hub for out-of-towners, multiple old and new breweries in a beer scene that’s been growing since the early 90s, ample lodging and numerous free attractions, a city center that’s relatively easy to get around (the traffic is never as bad as comparable cities), and could honestly use some attention after losing the Rams and the convention business that came with them.
We have a bus system, but with the downtown area is very walkable and we have a skywalk system which is handy inclement weather.
For everyone saying St. Louis is a Southwest hub, thats true, but Chicago has Midway which is Southwest's largest hub.
What are you on about here? Usually I'd say what you are smoking but usually people ask that about Colorado.
EDIT: I guess he's making a reference to the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team vs. the Colorado Rockies... sigh...
They should throw out anyone's vote who is stumping for whatever city/state they currently live in.
So 95% of the votes here?
Marshall,Michigan. Home to the Dark Horse Brewing, and now Grand River Brewing. Midway between Chicago & Detroit at intersection of Interstates 69 & 94. Captures two famous beer cities, all of Michigan, close to Bell's Brewing, New Holland Brewing, and Founders. What a GREAT combo. No doubt the best.
The birthplace of the John Bellairs and the REAL House with a Clock in its Walls!
Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee in that order
Indianapolis, a great beer city with lots of venues withing walking distance.
It's gotta be Chicago or Milwaukee
The @Pittsburgh_official_scene is blowing up with #paste and #haze now. v ripe for a’swooping.
Not sure if the market is right in Celeve. Columbus could be cool.
The correct answer: Chicago.
If you've ever driven through the entire Midwest, you'll realize the Windy City is an oasis of civilization. I absolutely love eating and drinking there. Probably my favorite larger city in the United States to visit.
Runner(s) up: St Louis, Kansas City, Indianapolis (probably in that order).
If you hold it in May the weather in Minneapolis is fine. Huge convention center, hotels galore and a solid public transportation system. You could even do it at the State Fairgrounds. Most importantly the beer scene here is intense. At least 50 breweries of all sizes in the Twin Cities metro and over a hundred statewide. You can't go wrong with this location!
St. Louis for many logical reasons:
1) St. Louis has more than 20 breweries not including Anheuser-Busch which is worth visiting even if you don't drink their beer.
2) St. Louis' Lambert airport is a major Midwest hub for many airlines, and there are cheap flights to and from it to most other cities.
3) Hotels are much less expensive here than Chicago, Kansas City, Indianapolis, and most other major Midwestern cities.
4) Lots of good venues for hosting the event, many with free parking.
5) Many cool places to visit if you bring the family, like the great St. Louis Zoo, the Art or History museums, Forest Park, Botanical Gardens, the Arch, and most of them have Free admission.
6) The local beer community is very friendly, and supportive, and would help make the arrangements.
7) The weather in St. Louis in the Spring, is generally milder than most of the other major Midwestern cities, since it's a little further south.
I was in Chapel Hill a few years ago, I was unaware their metro area held over 2 million folks. Note to self....
Because I live here and think it's a great city with a very great (and growing) beer scene, I'd vote for Des Moines, IA.
I could be wrong, but I have to imagine venues are going to be exponentially more expensive in Chicago than a lot of the other options