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Title: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
Post by: hopfenundmalz on December 06, 2012, 09:10:35 PM
This was on the interwebs today and is popping up on other forums.

Gary, Crispy, or Fred might add to this later.

Sort of local to me.  About a 2 hour drive. :)


http://www.grbj.com/articles/75647-beer-association-taps-grand-rapids-for-national-convention
Title: Re: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
Post by: Jimmy K on December 06, 2012, 09:12:00 PM
Another east coast - ish. Cool!
Title: Re: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
Post by: theDarkSide on December 06, 2012, 09:18:31 PM
I saw this a couple months ago.  The venue actually had it listed on their events page.  I didn't want to be the one to let that cat out... ;D

Looking forward to this one too!
Title: Re: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
Post by: hopfenundmalz on December 06, 2012, 09:19:22 PM
Another east coast - ish. Cool!

Its all relative. Midwest.

It will take me about 9.5 hours to drive to Philadelphia. One can drive the same distance and time from San Diego to Deming, NM. I don't consider NM on the west coast.  ;)

There were a lot of rumors at the NHC, but this one was the credible one. Best worst kept secret ever.
Title: Re: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
Post by: Jimmy K on December 06, 2012, 09:20:21 PM
It's the lakes. Fools us all.
Title: Re: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
Post by: hopfenundmalz on December 06, 2012, 09:21:26 PM
It's the lakes. Fools us all.

We call it the North Coast or the Third Coast.
Title: Re: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
Post by: theDarkSide on December 06, 2012, 09:22:53 PM
Grand Rapids beat out several cities for the event, including Austin, Texas, which was knocked out by strict liquor-control laws that prevented further consideration.


Looks like the Texans have some work to do.
Title: Re: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
Post by: guido on December 06, 2012, 09:42:54 PM
Grand Rapids beat out several cities for the event, including Austin, Texas, which was knocked out by strict liquor-control laws that prevented further consideration.


Looks like the Texans have some work to do.

If they could get the laws fixed, Austin wouldn't be a bad place.  I heard the barbeque and music are good there.
Title: Re: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
Post by: dirk_mclargehuge on December 06, 2012, 10:17:50 PM
I saw this a couple months ago.  The venue actually had it listed on their events page.  I didn't want to be the one to let that cat out... ;D

Looking forward to this one too!

I saw that on the venue's website, too. And I too kept mum.

Damn Texas Laws.  I was looking forward to a "local" NHC.
Title: Re: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
Post by: hopfenundmalz on December 06, 2012, 10:22:14 PM
I saw this a couple months ago.  The venue actually had it listed on their events page.  I didn't want to be the one to let that cat out... ;D

Looking forward to this one too!

I saw that on the venue's website, too. And I too kept mum.

Damn Texas Laws.  I was looking forward to a "local" NHC.

Really like Austin. The music and BBQ are great there. Visit family there once a year, at least.
Title: Re: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
Post by: dannyjed on December 06, 2012, 11:02:38 PM
All I can say is YES!  I can't make Philly this year, but Grand Rapids is very close to me and I can't wait.
Title: Re: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
Post by: dbeechum on December 06, 2012, 11:18:14 PM
Damn Texas Laws.  I was looking forward to a "local" NHC.

So are we.. get on it Texans! :)
Title: Re: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
Post by: Robert on December 07, 2012, 01:36:13 AM
So TABC blocked a Texas NHC? Happy to see we're getting close, but sad at our backwards alcohol laws. If its ok to post, anyone in Texas that wants to support changing these laws should look into Open the Taps. They're getting some things done in Austin and also throw some good beer/membership parties.
Title: Re: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
Post by: bluesman on December 07, 2012, 03:52:15 AM
Looking forward to Grand Rapids. Should be a really great event there.

...and yes...Come on Texas!  :)
Title: Re: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
Post by: bboy9000 on December 07, 2012, 03:58:04 AM
Another east coast - ish. Cool!

In The Midwest we call ourselves "No Coast."
Title: Re: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
Post by: buttwidget on December 07, 2012, 06:10:50 AM
In SoCal we call it flyover country :-)

Jokes aside, this is a great place for it.  I have a number of friends and family in the area.  Can't wait.

~widget
Title: Re: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
Post by: theDarkSide on December 07, 2012, 01:48:18 PM
If they could get the laws fixed, Austin wouldn't be a bad place.  I heard the barbeque and music are good there.

Yeah, I hear they have both kinds...Country and Western  ;D

Title: Re: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
Post by: udubdawg on December 07, 2012, 02:36:36 PM
sweet, this will be an awesome location.  now if only KBS is the beer for the opening toast it'll be perfect.   ;D

as always, curious which other cities were in the running.  Also curious what the the specific problem Texas has is.  They seem to do a fine job with BlueBonnet.  I'm rooting for those guys whatever the issue is.

cheers--
--Michael
Title: Re: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
Post by: guido on December 07, 2012, 11:28:56 PM
We even know where it's at: De Vos Place Convention Center.  We know more about the 2014 NHC than we do the 2013 NHC.  Just sayin...
Title: Re: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
Post by: Jimmy K on December 08, 2012, 01:57:13 PM
We even know where it's at: De Vos Place Convention Center.  We know more about the 2014 NHC than we do the 2013 NHC.  Just sayin...

 >:(
Title: Re: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
Post by: AmandaK on January 18, 2013, 05:57:29 PM
I'm excited about this! I mean, it's still a 10 hour drive from KC, but it's doable! Seattle was half a country away and Philly is too. I'm liking this Midwest location!
Title: Re: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
Post by: guido on January 18, 2013, 06:06:15 PM
I'm excited about this! I mean, it's still a 10 hour drive from KC, but it's doable! Seattle was half a country away and Philly is too. I'm liking this Midwest location!

A midwest location is equally fair to both West and East coast dwellers.
Title: Re: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
Post by: brewmichigan on January 18, 2013, 06:13:25 PM
I'm gearing up for this one. Only a littler over an hour for me! I'll be there all week probably.
Title: Re: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
Post by: tschmidlin on January 23, 2013, 06:47:28 PM
I'm excited about this! I mean, it's still a 10 hour drive from KC, but it's doable! Seattle was half a country away and Philly is too. I'm liking this Midwest location!

A midwest location is equally fair to both West and East coast dwellers.
It is about 700 miles from Philly to GR, Kansas City is only 10% closer while Seattle and the other major west coast cities are 3 times further.  Miami (also on the East coast), is ~1400 miles from GR.  You could easily drive from many East coast cities in a single day.  But there comes a point at which you fly rather than drive - Philly is cheaper and easier for me to get to even though it is "East Coast" and GR is closer.

There are a lot of factors that come into play when conference sites are selected - geographical location is a minor consideration when compared to the host hotel, local committee, nearby amenities, ease of access, etc.  We could have a conference in the geographical center or population center of the US to make it "fair", but those places are hard to access for many of us and don't have the facilities to host us.
Title: Re: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
Post by: claponsie on January 28, 2013, 12:53:40 AM
Awesome!  I grew up in GR, and it's only about 30 minute drive from where I live now.  Yes!