Where should BeerAdvocate host a fest?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Todd, Jul 25, 2014.

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  1. MrWilliams

    MrWilliams Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2013 Arizona

    My heart tells me in Phoenix. But that's because I'm a bastard and want it super close. My head tells me Southern CA. A lot of noticeable breweries in CA and its within easier distance of some of the west coast and mid west breweries ( looking at you Colorado).
  2. MaxKalata

    MaxKalata Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2014 New York

  3. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (7,387) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    Chicago as a front runner it seems probably makes a lot of sense. It's a great city, relatively cheap to fly to as well.

    Of course I would prefer it closer :wink: and I am sure the time they offer the fest I'll be out travelling somewhere anyway and miss it :confused:
  4. Boverhof3

    Boverhof3 Aspirant (270) Dec 25, 2006 Michigan

    We have something called the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.
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  5. Boverhof3

    Boverhof3 Aspirant (270) Dec 25, 2006 Michigan

    What happens when that becomes 5 Californias?
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  6. SalukiAlum

    SalukiAlum Disciple (355) Dec 19, 2010 Colorado

    Oh, I've been to Grand Rapids and really enjoyed it. Didn't know it was important enough to have an 'international' airport. It also didn't seem like there was very much near there. But there is Grand Valley State!!
  7. BeerIslander

    BeerIslander Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2014 Washington

    Seattle! Because just look at the picture!

  8. fuzzbalz

    fuzzbalz Disciple (333) Apr 13, 2002 Georgia

    + Stone Mountain, now that would be EPIC!
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  9. 64vdub

    64vdub Aspirant (283) Feb 20, 2014 California

    Cali !!!! That would be hella cool awesome brah :slight_smile: C'mon brothers, you know you want to come out west!
  10. skunkpuddle

    skunkpuddle Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2011 California

    Wyoming is always a good spot.
  11. CaliSooner

    CaliSooner Initiate (0) Sep 18, 2013 California

    Vegas, Chicago or Austin.

    Grand Rapids you are WAY OFF here!! Who has ever been ISO: a trip to Grand Rapids, MI?
  12. BigCheese

    BigCheese Defender (673) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    I live in boston and I vote chicago. Its huge, easy to get too (cheaper/direct flights), in the middle of the country so its "fair" for everyone. They also have pizza and cool skyscrapers.
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  13. LagersAndAles

    LagersAndAles Initiate (103) Nov 23, 2013 Connecticut

    Las Vegas or New Orleans. If you're looking for a great convention/destination/party towns, you cannot do better.
  14. Zaphog

    Zaphog Poo-Bah (2,668) Sep 23, 2011 Michigan
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    Obviously you don't frequent the Great Lakes Forum very often. There are constantly threads asking for info/tips about trips to Grand Rapids.
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  15. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (2,457) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    I think the choices of Chicago and Denver have obvious merit. Cool cities, major transportation hubs, great beer scenes within and close by. Plus they both have that "middle of the country" thang going on.

    San Diego is another obvious choice for beer scene, and of course desirable weather year round.
    Love the idea of Charlotte and Asheville. So much good things happening in both areas, and awesome scenery/culture.

    Austin is an awesome city (despite being in Texas). Fantastic music scene, great food and drink. Also centrally located.
  16. HRamz3

    HRamz3 Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2010 Pitcairn

  17. Nanners

    Nanners Initiate (0) Aug 15, 2013 Ohio

    CHI CA GO... Best beer town. Easy to get to, nearly everything is available. Fun town. Plenty of capacity for staying.

    Now, if you want to get fun... The south east area is coming on big time with abundance of quality brews. The tampa area might be worth a look!
  18. needMIbeer

    needMIbeer Crusader (764) Feb 5, 2014 Virginia

    Washington D.C.

    1. plenty of convention space
    2. an abundance of hotel options
    3. three airports (two of which are connected to public transportation)
  19. tbaker397

    tbaker397 Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2013 West Virginia

    Couldnt agree more! Great place as in scenery and the actual state but sometimes the populace makes you wonder.
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  20. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (6,817) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania

    yeah, but a total clusterfuck if there is any bad weather.
  21. jkblodge

    jkblodge Initiate (108) Jun 27, 2005 Maryland

    DC because of the super loose beer laws
  22. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (7,387) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

  23. GWJames

    GWJames Initiate (80) Sep 22, 2010 Kansas

    I think Kansas City would be an excellent choice, home of Boulevard Brewing. Several large metropolitan areas within a three hour drive, including St. Louis, Omaha, Wichita, and Des Moines. Easy access from anywhere and right in the middle of the country.
  24. ChuckHardslab

    ChuckHardslab Disciple (344) Jan 25, 2012 Texas

    Austin - we are a pretty fest-friendly town.
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  25. Fly_Moe

    Fly_Moe Initiate (105) May 22, 2012 Florida

    Orlando, Florida.

    Tons of convention space. Plenty of nice hotels and restaurants. We have the theme parks (Universal, Disney, Sea World, GatorLand, Wet N Wild, etc...). Plus, the beach is an hour or two away. And we have nice warm weather, especially in the winter time compared to everyone else. What's not to love?
  26. Admbmb92

    Admbmb92 Initiate (0) Oct 6, 2013 Oregon

    Portland, OR aka Beervana
  27. Atthedrivein

    Atthedrivein Initiate (0) Apr 7, 2012 New Jersey

    My living room!
    Honestly, Bethlehem Pennsylvania, always a great place for festivals.
  28. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Meyvn (1,482) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Do it like the mexican cartels, someplace like Ohio or Chicago.
  29. ChuckHardslab

    ChuckHardslab Disciple (344) Jan 25, 2012 Texas

    Hey, I've been to Seattle and loved it, but the colors in your picture look a wee bit oversaturated. Camera set to Vivid mode?
  30. jb123

    jb123 Aspirant (251) Dec 3, 2012 Michigan

    Beer city USA....grand rapids could go toe to toe with anywhere basically in the US. Vegas? Austin....that's funny. Chicago I guess I could agree with. Harder to navigate than Grand Rapids.
  31. Brewno8it

    Brewno8it Initiate (145) Mar 5, 2008 Missouri

    St. Louis. Centrally located, easy access, long beer tradition, and low costs. Host it in the 1904 World's Fair Forest Park.
  32. cfh64

    cfh64 Champion (815) Aug 16, 2005 Texas
    Society Trader

    Selfish reasons I would say Austin. Realistically I would have to say Chicago makes the most sense for all the reasons already stated.
  33. mtc23

    mtc23 Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2012 Ohio

    Columbus. 50 percent of the population of the US lives within 500 miles of Columbus.
  34. Shmuffalo

    Shmuffalo Initiate (185) Feb 26, 2012 Pennsylvania

    My vote it for Pittsburgh, but a place like Chicago is relatively inexpensive travel for both the east and west coast.
  35. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (6,817) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania

    That is probably true for any Mid-Atlantic city along the I-95 corridor
  36. readyski

    readyski Aspirant (272) Jun 4, 2005 California

    Would be interesting to see the location numbers when expressed by craft beer drinking (i.e. sales) population :rolling_eyes:
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  37. CaliSooner

    CaliSooner Initiate (0) Sep 18, 2013 California

    Vegas and Austin are fun....not funny. Trying to throw an event in the Moose Lodge of Grand Rapids... now that's funny.
  38. jb123

    jb123 Aspirant (251) Dec 3, 2012 Michigan

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.
  39. CaliSooner

    CaliSooner Initiate (0) Sep 18, 2013 California

    Since we are googling proverbs:

    Give a man a fish and he will eat for a....no that's not it.
    What's good for the goose is...damn not it either
    People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.....OK that's pretty good.
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  40. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,058) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Please not Houston or Las Vegas.
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