ISO: a Midwest city for the next BeerAdvocate fest

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

  1. c3p0

    c3p0 Initiate (157) Jul 6, 2018 Minnesota

    Minneapolis or Saint Paul, MN
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  2. Zenboy99

    Zenboy99 Aspirant (275) Mar 3, 2018 Wisconsin

    Madison Wisconsin
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  3. JohnnyChicago

    JohnnyChicago Champion (808) Sep 3, 2010 Illinois

    They should do that for beer reviews too!
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  4. ShaneP

    ShaneP Initiate (125) Jan 26, 2013 Indiana
    Brewery Trader

    Yes Upland Sour Fest happens but it has moved around over the years from March to June. In 2019 it is the 3rd week of March. It is a nice event but a few hundred attendees. Not like the local major events (multiple thousands) like a Guild event or similar. Presume a BA event in Indy would also be a different focus than sours. May is both Indy500 in Indy and now that 3F moved Dark Lord back a couple years ago that is also in May. March/April is pretty good for new major event in Indy.
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  5. BurtStL6

    BurtStL6 Initiate (148) Jun 30, 2015 Missouri

    Please come to KC!!!
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  6. islay

    islay Disciple (333) Jan 6, 2008 Minnesota

    I've been to almost every city in the Midwest with a population of over 200,000. Madison, Wisconsin is the most enjoyable of them to spend a weekend by far.
  7. ADG2995

    ADG2995 Aspirant (258) Jan 8, 2013 Missouri

    St. Louis hands down.
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  8. cheeseheadinMinneapolis

    cheeseheadinMinneapolis Zealot (524) Sep 20, 2017 Minnesota

    Madison > Minneapolis > Milwaukee > Chicago
    The rest of the cities mentioned I can't say much about since I haven't been there recently, 30 years ago doesn't count.
    Somewhere in Michigan maybe ok, is MI the Midwest? but it's been 20 to 30 years since I have been to some of those cities
  9. DocRoc

    DocRoc Initiate (115) Jul 15, 2016 Kentucky

    Canton, Ohio
  10. DocRoc

    DocRoc Initiate (115) Jul 15, 2016 Kentucky

    I would concur, but "The 'Ville" already has a spring Beer fest during Derby.
  11. DocRoc

    DocRoc Initiate (115) Jul 15, 2016 Kentucky

    I suggested Canton, Ohio that way you guys from Pittburgh can drive over
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  12. DocRoc

    DocRoc Initiate (115) Jul 15, 2016 Kentucky

    Canton, Ohio
    1) Good time of year to visit Pro Football Hall of Fame at the sametime
    2) Easy to drive to via I-71, I-77 even I-75 (e.g., Cincy, Columbus, and Cleveland OH, Buffalo NY, Pittsburg PA, Detriot MI, Indianapolis IN)
    3) Plenty of Hotels in town and adjacent cities (i.e., Arkon, Cleveland)
    4) Public Transportation (City Bus line)
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  13. Ffenski

    Ffenski Initiate (135) Apr 24, 2008 Ohio

    I think you should plan your next city based on multiple future Midwest fests. Meaning, the Midwest is huge, from the Cincy/Columbus area to Iowa, to Milwaukee/Minneapolis. Pick one area next year and then move to another part of the burgeoning Midwest craft scene!
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  14. DrippingI

    DrippingI Initiate (188) Apr 12, 2012 Indiana

    Indianapolis, Indiana

    The city's beer scene has been growing within the last few years and has excellent breweries operating around town. We're smack dab in the middle of many larger cities (Chicago, Saint Louis, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Louisville, Columbus, Cincinnati, Nashville, etc.), making it a lot easier for more people to travel here by car.

    Along with that, there are plenty of hotels downtown for people to stay in, event centers large enough to hold this fest in, and bars/breweries within walking distance or a very short uber ride to.
  15. VanBeer

    VanBeer Initiate (156) Apr 9, 2007 Indiana


    Indy is the place to be. The city is constantly receiving accolades for its hospitality. Check out this link.

    Transportation options are many, with hundreds of scooters, ubers, public transit, etc. Downtown Indy is quite walkable anyway so your feet are a great transport option.

    The food landscape is incredible. As far as attractions go the dining scene may be second only to the burgeoning beer arena. There are no less than 83 breweries/taprooms in the Indy metro area, including 44 within the I-465 loop alone. These range in size from well established regional 30,000 barrel Sunking to numerous neighborhood 5, 10, 20 barrel brewpubs; many of which of have been national and international award winners.

    As for competing fests... There are no large fests in Indy during the spring. If there are small fests then those would be a great backup plan for anybody not fortunate enough to get a ticket to the BA fest sessions. There are sooo many beer aficionados in the area that all fests are well attended.

    While there are numerous great options in the Midwest, Indy has organically grown its beer scene and would be tremendous host for a BA festival.

    Basic criteria:
    • Spring 2019.
    • One-day, two-sessions.
    • No more than 1,500 attendees per session.
    • The city should have a well-established or growing beer scene with ample accommodation and transportation options in the area.
    • Can't step on any toes, so don't suggest a city that already has a major fest during the spring.
  16. MNPikey

    MNPikey Devotee (450) Feb 27, 2011 Minnesota

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  17. MNPikey

    MNPikey Devotee (450) Feb 27, 2011 Minnesota

    By Beer Advocates own definition: Midwest = Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
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  18. rtrasr

    rtrasr Disciple (326) Feb 16, 2009 Arkansas

    Kansas City Missouri: Great brewing scene, not overly pretentious and just plain laid back. Great breweries of course include Boulevard but I really love KC Bier and their emphasis on traditional German styles.
  19. giffordw

    giffordw Initiate (91) Jul 3, 2008 Wisconsin

    Minneapolis MN
    Madison Wi already has many large fests.
  20. surfcaster

    surfcaster Zealot (567) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina

  21. mervmurry

    mervmurry Initiate (134) Aug 24, 2007 Kentucky

    Cincinnati! Great beer scene here, huge winter beer fest, ample accommodations and beautiful in the spring!
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  22. Vitacca

    Vitacca Zealot (510) Sep 15, 2010 Wisconsin

    Lake Geneva, WI so I can walk there. Plus there's one brewery and space for others to build if that counts for "up and coming."
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  23. Thorzdad

    Thorzdad Initiate (38) Jul 1, 2010 Indiana

    We'd love to have you here in Indy.
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  24. Floater57

    Floater57 Initiate (84) Apr 26, 2008 Indiana

    Indianapolis! We have about 4 dozen or more breweries in the Indy metro area, and we're set up for conventions. Come on out!
  25. meigs3

    meigs3 Initiate (178) Nov 21, 2009 Florida

    Why the Midwest? How about Birmingham, AL ot Tallahassee, FL?
  26. Jimmylikesbeer

    Jimmylikesbeer Initiate (158) Apr 27, 2017 Michigan

    Grand Rapids, MI
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  27. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (10,458) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
    Society Trader

    I second this. I may be biased due to living in the area, but Sioux Falls is at the junction of two interstates (like several other mentioned cities), but is incredibly heavy into craft beer; breweries, stores, fests, clubs, etc. Sioux Falls has convention facilities, transportation, and hotels to support it. Winter weather risk is no worse outlook than many of the other cities mentioned if you're talking March or early April, and no real risk after that.
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  28. mwilbur

    mwilbur Poo-Bah (1,797) Dec 2, 2007 Minnesota

    Minneapolis/St. Paul!! Craft runs deep here...and I hear people think we're nice. Surly, Fulton (War&Peace!), Dangerous Man, Summit (besides the Extra Pale Ale, check out their Unchained series), Bad Weather, Barrel Theory, Fair State, Indeed...and outside the Twin Cities are Schell's (check out their Noble Star collection), Bent Paddle (love the Cold Press), Brau Brothers (Moo Joos!), Olvalde (a true farmhouse brewery...the Auroch's Horn aged on rhubarb is phenomenal), Little Thistle (excellent session beers), etc.

    See you soon...
  29. MinerBob

    MinerBob Zealot (561) Dec 15, 2016 Oklahoma

    Has to be Tulsa.
  30. bluesmoke9

    bluesmoke9 Initiate (37) Mar 1, 2010 Nebraska

    Omaha is a great event city.
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  31. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Defender (626) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa

    I'll let this little video with Megan McKay (Owner of Peace Tree Brewing) talk about how great of a city Des Moines is, not only for the beer community, but just as an awesome all around city to live, work and visit. It's a world class city with a small town feel. Amazing food, culture, nightlife, art and brewing scene here in Des Moines. Make the Beer Advocate fest in Des Moines!

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  32. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,085) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Yeah, that's Raleigh, Durham, Cary and all kinds of connecting all of the sprawl. Chapel Hill still retains lots of its historical roots.
  33. Blackacolyte26

    Blackacolyte26 Initiate (48) Sep 6, 2017 Maryland

    I'm stationed in Maryland, but god damn it better be in my home state - Milwaukee is the city! Pizza shuttle, Saz's, Schwabenhorst, any kind of fatty food with beer you can imagine
  34. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Champion (867) May 3, 2016 Illinois

    WI needs to change their state motto to "Livin' large!" or at least "We are the Dairy State, what did you expect?"
  35. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (4,075) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
    Society Trader

    Agreed. Beer Advocate fests are about the only I'm interested in going to, but I am not going to fly out to Boston for a festival. Every city (aside from Ohio and Denver suggestions) is easily drive-able within 8 hours or less and makes it much more likely that I'll attend with friends. Ohio and Denver would add on another hour to three.

    I'd love to see a rotating Midwest beer festival over the coming years. Lots of open ground full of beer lovers.
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  36. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Champion (867) May 3, 2016 Illinois

    I think Beer Advocate should have a fest in Chicago to rival GABF in size.
  37. dnmyrick

    dnmyrick Initiate (132) Jan 18, 2013 Minnesota

    MINNEAPOLIS!!!!! :slight_smile:
  38. dnmyrick

    dnmyrick Initiate (132) Jan 18, 2013 Minnesota

    I'm not a Surly lover, but we have many, many good breweries in the North Central states of WI, MN, and Michigan!!
  39. mblack62

    mblack62 Initiate (82) Apr 20, 2018 New Jersey

  40. brother_rebus

    brother_rebus Savant (941) Jul 28, 2014 Maine

    when's decision day?
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