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Respect Beer Society Membership Drive & Gathering!

Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Talk' started by Todd, Apr 8, 2019.

  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,663) Aug 23, 1996 California


    Society members! We could be coming to you! On Friday, May 31, 2019 the US state with the highest number of Respect Beer Society members will play host to our first ever Society Gathering.

    Here's the current breakdown:


    I live in Los Angeles and @Jason lives in Boston. While hosting in our home states would definitely be fun (and easy for one of us), we challenge all of you to bring us elsewhere (no offense CA and MA).

    So sign up to become a Society member now and encourage your friends to do the same. Not only will you help support our ongoing efforts, but you'll get a bunch of awesome perks and a chance to bring the party to you.

    Cheers! :beers:

    (Big THANKS to @Cfahooligan for the awesome idea.)
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  2. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (1,677) Apr 16, 2015 New Hampshire
    Society Trader

    Cool. Although I doubt NH or VT will win. MA is pretty close!

    Looking at the breakdown it does look like NH and VT are doing pretty well (based on small population).

    NH tied with Indiana at 41 currently. 1.35 million population vs. 6.6 million. NH representing!
    #2 jhavs, Apr 8, 2019
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  3. Dragginballs76

    Dragginballs76 Poo-Bah (2,199) Nov 13, 2015 South Carolina
    Society Trader

    Same here @jhavs only 36 in SC. Boo!!!
  4. BayAreaJoe

    BayAreaJoe Crusader (731) Nov 23, 2017 California
    Society Trader

    Something special should be done for the Antarctica member.
  5. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Savant (931) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Send them an Eisbock.
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  6. LGHT

    LGHT Devotee (470) Sep 28, 2007 California
    Society Trader

    Cali has to be the place to host since most other events are already hosted on the east coast.
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  7. Kraz

    Kraz Initiate (194) Feb 12, 2018 Indiana
    Society Trader

    This might be a good opportunity to bring BA's first event to the midwest if you guys want to get away from the coasts.

    I recall a poll earlier about hosting some kind of event out this direction and there is decent representation between Illinois, Ohio, Mich, Minn, Wisconsin, Missouri and Indiana.
  8. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (3,196) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
    Society Trader

    Illinois is up there, but 66 more members is a big swing. Hopeful they can land the 'upset' to bring us an event to the Midwest.

    Neat idea. I've enjoyed my few BA meet-ups.
    #8 Harrison8, Apr 8, 2019
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  9. Rub_This_BBQ

    Rub_This_BBQ Zealot (573) Jul 8, 2013 Massachusetts
    Society Trader

    While I'm biased since I live MA. I think Mass should take since almost the same number of members but the California population is about 6x times bigger
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  10. Luka8876

    Luka8876 Initiate (120) Nov 28, 2018 California
    Society Trader

    Im in Nor cal and definitely dont mind driving to LA
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  11. hottenot

    hottenot Initiate (188) Aug 13, 2018 North Carolina

    Charlotte, NC would be a great place to visit! Music City Blvd is Rockin' The uptown amphitheater is State of the Art. Warm weather and Sunny skies!
    Oyster boys are swimming for me now
    Forest keys and whirlwind cold
    Green keys too and keys of gold
    And even locks that don't explode
    When the skies become a scroll
    #11 hottenot, Apr 8, 2019
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  12. ktr5010

    ktr5010 Disciple (334) Dec 12, 2014 Illinois
    Society Trader

    Any chance you could normalize the numbers based on population? That'd give smaller states a chance rather than just based on population which is going to skew towards states with the largest populations.
  13. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,663) Aug 23, 1996 California

    That's not a bad idea, but I'd have to gather all of that information, drop it into the database, maintain it, and adjust the scripts. Doable, but it would take some time.
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  14. StoutSnob40

    StoutSnob40 Poo-Bah (2,285) Jan 4, 2013 California
    Society Trader

    Northern San Diego.. There is an entire highway called the "Hops Highway" because there are about 30 breweries over a 10 mile span.
  15. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (2,692) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
    Society Trader

    Chicago is kinda of in the center ... and has multiple airports. Lets go IL.
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  16. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,735) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    @bbtkd hmmm... SD has less of a shot than, well anyone but ND.:slight_smile: Population of ND about 433.
  17. HopsAreDaMan

    HopsAreDaMan Defender (658) Jul 28, 2015 Missouri

    Three breweries per mile for 10 miles? That's my kind of road!
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  18. HopsAreDaMan

    HopsAreDaMan Defender (658) Jul 28, 2015 Missouri

    I would love for you guys to come to the Midwest. But I don't know that there is a reason to come that is better than the one you came up with by encouraging more members in our state to join. :slight_frown:
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  19. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Poo-Bah (1,559) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
    Society Trader

    I'm happy to personally account for 17% of the membership from Arkansas!
  20. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,318) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
    Society Trader

    Yeah, just Joe Runswithbeer and I
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  21. cmannes

    cmannes Defender (618) Mar 15, 2009 Minnesota

    MN, awesome beer scene, and "central" to everyone else. :slight_smile:
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  22. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,735) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    But some of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, the Black Hills are amazing. And more beer for you I guess, they probably drink Bud anyways.

    No has awesome beers too, but no where close to Cali or Mass, most guys I see at the bar are ok with Corona or Bud Light.
  23. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (4,441) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia

    I like the idea, but you still want to get a certain number of members there, so you probably want a balance. I mean, even if Alaska represents well %age wise... :wink:

    But along those lines, and halfway joking, can we combine DC into VA and/or MD when considering a mid-Atlantic spot?

    Is the idea to hit different places over time? (I realize this thread is primarily for the first event)
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  24. Giantspace

    Giantspace Defender (691) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    As long as it’s not the Electoral College.

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  25. VoxRationis

    VoxRationis Meyvn (1,431) Dec 11, 2016 New York
    Society Trader

    As a native New Yorker, I note our home state is a solid third, after CA and MA, but certainly could and should be doing better. I would like to encourage my fellow New Yorkers, if you want to see the Society Gathering in the Empire State and you have yet to join, it's time to step up.
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  26. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Disciple (343) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    If you do it in PA, I'll join this secret society.
  27. TheIPAHunter

    TheIPAHunter Poo-Bah (1,799) Aug 12, 2007 Pennsylvania
    Society Trader

    If you join now, your wish might come true.
  28. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,318) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
    Society Trader

    There is actually a decent craft market here in the Sioux Falls "metroplex", with seven going on eight breweries, six independent taproooms, and several good craft stores. And my house is about five miles from Iowa and Minnesota.
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  29. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,424) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
    Society Trader

    Lol. Me and 7 others from Wyoming. At least we're not in last place.
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  30. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,735) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    Love Wyoming, hunted deer there outside of Sundance. Hard to be last with ND in play. If it wasn’t for the AFB in Minot, the population would be half.
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  31. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (2,566) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio

    Just looked at the numbers. We are beating Michigan again.
  32. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,424) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
    Society Trader

    Thanks, it is a great state with, currently, 38 breweries/brewpubs. :slight_smile:
  33. MNAle

    MNAle Meyvn (1,398) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    Population numbers from here: http://worldpopulationreview.com/states/
    (no idea how accurate this is... just a site I found)

    Here is a spreadsheet re-ranking the Society members by state as #members per 500,000 population: (it's a jpg, since IDK how to post a spreadsheet so that it retains its format):

  34. StoutSnob40

    StoutSnob40 Poo-Bah (2,285) Jan 4, 2013 California
    Society Trader

    It's a good place to live, that's for sure.
  35. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Poo-Bah (1,559) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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  36. JamFuel

    JamFuel Poo-Bah (3,414) Mar 26, 2009 Sweden

    Yeeeaaaah, country outside the U. S is screwed... :grin: a BA event in London would be awesome, that could really draw folks from all over Europé.
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  37. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,360) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    Just curious and thinking of the thread on member "perks" - pretty obvious that the number of members can be tracked easily since we pay. Is there any idea what percentage of users are members/non-members? I seem to recall seeing "traffic" data somewhere in the past.
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  38. dkelber

    dkelber Disciple (393) May 15, 2005 Illinois

    There only problem with doing it this way is that you have small actual numbers of people that will make a much larger population go somewhere that is more expensive to get to (lower population states have fewer, more expensive flights and likely a need to rent a car to get to location). Major cities generally are cheaper for most people to get to and permit the use of taxis/Lyft or public transportation.

    Hence I'll join the party for Chicago, which is easy for everyone!
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  39. dkelber

    dkelber Disciple (393) May 15, 2005 Illinois

    Looking at the numbers, it mostly follows population. Though Mass and Illinois are pinching above their weight classes.
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  40. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,294) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    Electoral college?
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