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Title: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: mi6op on November 15, 2013, 01:34:31 PM
Hey everyone, I don't think the place in Grand Rapids has a hotel attached like in Phila. Where is the best spot to get a hotel at for the conference?

Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: theDarkSide on November 15, 2013, 01:44:21 PM
I have no inside information but it looks like there is a sky walk that attaches to the convention center where the Amway Grand Plaza hotel is.

Again, I have no idea who the host hotel is.
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: AmandaK on November 15, 2013, 02:04:40 PM
I hope I can find something close for less than $195/night - especially if I'm going to be there from Wednesday - Saturday!  :o
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: hopfenundmalz on November 15, 2013, 02:35:05 PM
Wait for conference rates when the website goes live, and with the size of the conference there will be more than one hotel.

I think the Amway Grand is connected to the convention center. A little work with Mr. Google found this.
grsymphony.org/experience/it-s-down town/hotels
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: guido on November 18, 2013, 11:53:19 AM
Actually, I think three hotels are connected to the convention center.  Can't wait for more info to be posted.
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: punatic on November 18, 2013, 12:58:28 PM
Where's NHC '15 going to be held?

I'm going to the ADI conference in Seattle in April, so Grand Rapids is not going to happen for me.
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: AmandaK on November 18, 2013, 01:15:31 PM
Where's NHC '15 going to be held?

Typically, it is announced at the previous year's NHC. Information was leaked early this past year, which is unusual from what I can gather.

We will likely find out in June where the 2015 conference is.
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: punatic on November 18, 2013, 01:38:04 PM
Usually the AHA recon scouts are out a couple of years in advance.  Someone around here knows.  Care to chime in, Someone?
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: dbarber on November 18, 2013, 01:48:42 PM
I am sure that someone knows and Gary has already been out to visit the hotel.  But, the folks who put together the proposal for 2015 and the GC are supposed to be tight-lipped about the location.
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: theDarkSide on November 18, 2013, 01:54:38 PM
The location will get leaked sometime after the first of the year.  It will all be rumor but it will pop up.  Maybe one of the sponsoring clubs will put it on their web/facebook page and once it's on the internets, someone will find it.

I'm hoping for Manchester, NH (it was here once before) ;)
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: hopfenundmalz on November 18, 2013, 01:55:55 PM
Where's NHC '15 going to be held?

Typically, it is announced at the previous year's NHC. Information was leaked early this past year, which is unusual from what I can gather.

We will likely find out in June where the 2015 conference is.

The host city is kept quiet until all of the contracts are signed and it is a go. Once contracts are in hand, they can announce it. As the conference grows, it becomes a bigger financial positive for the host city, so there may be more competition from cities, convention centers, and hotels to have it. That may cause the people involved to be more tight lipped.

As far as the GR NHC, it was more of an announcement than a leak. Note that Austin is mentioned in the link, and they dropped out due to local liquor laws. As I have spent some time there, hope they have some new legislation that changes/changed those laws so that the NHC goes there some day.

http://www.grbj.com/articles/75647-beer-association-taps-grand-rapids-for-national-convention

Edit - note the mention of a 7 city rotation for the NHC. The size of the conference will limit it to big convention cities.
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: udubdawg on November 18, 2013, 02:01:24 PM
The host city is kept quiet until all of the contracts are signed and it is a go. Once contracts are in hand, they can announce it. As the conference grows, it becomes a bigger financial positive for the host city, so there may be more competition from cities, convention centers, and hotels to have it. That may cause the people involved to be more tight lipped.

As far as the GR NHC, it was more of an announcement than a leak. Note that Austin is mentioned in the link, and they dropped out due to local liquor laws. As I have spent some time there, hope they have some new legislation that changes/changed those laws so that the NHC goes there some day.

http://www.grbj.com/articles/75647-beer-association-taps-grand-rapids-for-national-convention

Edit - note the mention of a 7 city rotation for the NHC. The size of the conference will limit it to big convention cities.

since we've got nothing else to do, shall we speculate that those 7 cities are?   :D
obvious one:  Denver
what else you guys got?
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: theDarkSide on November 18, 2013, 02:13:39 PM
Denver
San Diego
San Francisco/Oakland
Philly
Orlando
Grand Rapids
Austin (assuming laws are changed)

3 west-ish coast, 2 east coast and 2 middle coasts

I'm curious if places like NYC, Chicago, LA, etc would be too cost prohibited. 
All I hope is that the don't make it a permanent place like Las Vegas...I have no desire to go there.

I know the size is going to limit where it can be but I hope it isn't just a few cities rotated.  I never go anywhere and this is my opportunity to see new places.  Last June was the first time I had been to Philly and I use to work in NYC and lived in Westchester county.  I still haven't made it to California.
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: hopfenundmalz on November 18, 2013, 02:18:38 PM
The host city is kept quiet until all of the contracts are signed and it is a go. Once contracts are in hand, they can announce it. As the conference grows, it becomes a bigger financial positive for the host city, so there may be more competition from cities, convention centers, and hotels to have it. That may cause the people involved to be more tight lipped.

As far as the GR NHC, it was more of an announcement than a leak. Note that Austin is mentioned in the link, and they dropped out due to local liquor laws. As I have spent some time there, hope they have some new legislation that changes/changed those laws so that the NHC goes there some day.

http://www.grbj.com/articles/75647-beer-association-taps-grand-rapids-for-national-convention

Edit - note the mention of a 7 city rotation for the NHC. The size of the conference will limit it to big convention cities.

since we've got nothing else to do, shall we speculate that those 7 cities are?   :D
obvious one:  Denver
what else you guys got?

San Diego would be a bet with good odds. NHC was there 2011, and the Town and Country has hosted the CBC several times, and has the ability to handle large crowds, and has experience with the BA/AHA.

Cost will be an issue in the future.
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: jeffy on November 18, 2013, 02:30:02 PM
Don't forget Portland, Oregon.
I doubt it will ever come back to Orlando, but it has been in Baltimore twice.
Atlanta, perhaps? 
Kansas City, Cincinnati, Minneapolis?
I'll go wherever it's held.
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: hopfenundmalz on November 18, 2013, 02:36:44 PM
Don't forget Portland, Oregon.
I doubt it will ever come back to Orlando, but it has been in Baltimore twice.
Atlanta, perhaps? 
Kansas City, Cincinnati, Minneapolis?
I'll go wherever it's held.

See you there!  ;)
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: Pinski on November 18, 2013, 03:46:58 PM
Don't forget Portland, Oregon.
Yes! Please come to Portland, that would be great!
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: realbeerguy on November 18, 2013, 04:26:10 PM
Now that the laws have been changed in GA, Atlanta may be a possibility.  The prior laws made it prohibited.
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: klickitat jim on November 18, 2013, 04:34:53 PM
Munich?
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: AmandaK on November 18, 2013, 04:54:19 PM
Don't forget Portland, Oregon.
I doubt it will ever come back to Orlando, but it has been in Baltimore twice.
Atlanta, perhaps? 
Kansas City, Cincinnati, Minneapolis?
I'll go wherever it's held.

Kansas City, Missouri has some wicked awesome liquor laws as does St. Louis, MO. Missouri itself just passed the 'you can pour homebrew at festivals anytime, no one will bother you' law, we have no open container laws either so legally we can wander around the streets (of cities/towns who haven't passed their own open container laws) with beers in our hands. We can also have road soadies in the car as long as the driver isn't drinking at all.

Kansas is a whole 'nother animal. I'm currently illegally serving homebrew to my fiance because he isn't yet part of my "immediate family".  :o

Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: garc_mall on November 18, 2013, 05:08:13 PM
Where's NHC '15 going to be held?

I'm going to the ADI conference in Seattle in April, so Grand Rapids is not going to happen for me.

If you are going to be in Seattle in April, there is a bunch of us who will be up here, maybe we can get together and share some beers. Maybe we can even get Denny to drive up.
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: denny on November 18, 2013, 05:22:03 PM
Where's NHC '15 going to be held?

I'm going to the ADI conference in Seattle in April, so Grand Rapids is not going to happen for me.

If you are going to be in Seattle in April, there is a bunch of us who will be up here, maybe we can get together and share some beers. Maybe we can even get Denny to drive up.

Keep me informed.  It would make a good excuse to visit my brother up there.
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: bluesman on November 18, 2013, 05:44:44 PM
Don't forget Portland, Oregon.
Yes! Please come to Portland, that would be great!

Portland would be awesome. :)
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: morticaixavier on November 18, 2013, 05:49:12 PM
Don't forget Portland, Oregon.
Yes! Please come to Portland, that would be great!

Portland would be awesome. :)

+1 I could get a slice of rocco's vegan pesto pizza.
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: thatgeekguy on November 18, 2013, 05:58:22 PM
Austin would be great, laid back vibe and great craft beer scene. Houston would be good as well, urban and multi-cultural with a huge convention center right downtown. Both within driving distance as well  ;)
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: udubdawg on November 18, 2013, 05:59:48 PM
Don't forget Portland, Oregon.
Yes! Please come to Portland, that would be great!

Portland would be awesome. :)

*quick check of past conferences* ...not since 1998!  They're due!

I like this a lot.  I hope it happens!
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: punatic on November 18, 2013, 06:07:56 PM
Where's NHC '15 going to be held?

I'm going to the ADI conference in Seattle in April, so Grand Rapids is not going to happen for me.

If you are going to be in Seattle in April, there is a bunch of us who will be up here, maybe we can get together and share some beers. Maybe we can even get Denny to drive up.

The D in ADI does not stand for beer, but yes a get together sounds like a fine idea!

BTW, NHC-wise, Honolulu has a very nice convention center with plenty of hotels nearby.
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: tschmidlin on November 18, 2013, 07:45:06 PM
Where's NHC '15 going to be held?

I'm going to the ADI conference in Seattle in April, so Grand Rapids is not going to happen for me.

If you are going to be in Seattle in April, there is a bunch of us who will be up here, maybe we can get together and share some beers. Maybe we can even get Denny to drive up.

Keep me informed.  It would make a good excuse to visit my brother up there.
I'd be up for that.

There are so many places it would be awesome to have the conference.  I'd like to see one in basically any place I have never been to.  Too bad I don't get to pick. :)  I'm in no matter where it goes though.
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: redbeerman on November 20, 2013, 08:44:53 PM
Don't forget Portland, Oregon.
Yes! Please come to Portland, that would be great!

Portland would be awesome. :)

+1 I could get a slice of rocco's vegan pesto pizza.

Didn't know they had pizza west of Philly. ;)
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: morticaixavier on November 21, 2013, 03:12:22 AM
Don't forget Portland, Oregon.
Yes! Please come to Portland, that would be great!

Portland would be awesome. :)

+1 I could get a slice of rocco's vegan pesto pizza.

Didn't know they had pizza west of Philly. ;)

to be fair it is VEGAN PESTO pizza  ;D
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: punatic on January 08, 2014, 06:27:40 PM
Where's NHC '15 going to be held?

I'm going to the ADI conference in Seattle in April, so Grand Rapids is not going to happen for me.

If you are going to be in Seattle in April, there is a bunch of us who will be up here, maybe we can get together and share some beers. Maybe we can even get Denny to drive up.

Keep me informed.  It would make a good excuse to visit my brother up there.
I'd be up for that.

It's happening.  I'll be in Seattle for the  ADI conference (http://distilling.com/events/2014-spirits-conference-vendor-expo/) 3/28 through 4/4.  Anybody up for a beer or two?
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: bonjour on January 08, 2014, 11:33:05 PM
Where's NHC '15 going to be held?

Typically, it is announced at the previous year's NHC. Information was leaked early this past year, which is unusual from what I can gather.

We will likely find out in June where the 2015 conference is.

The host city is kept quiet until all of the contracts are signed and it is a go. Once contracts are in hand, they can announce it. As the conference grows, it becomes a bigger financial positive for the host city, so there may be more competition from cities, convention centers, and hotels to have it. That may cause the people involved to be more tight lipped.

As far as the GR NHC, it was more of an announcement than a leak. Note that Austin is mentioned in the link, and they dropped out due to local liquor laws. As I have spent some time there, hope they have some new legislation that changes/changed those laws so that the NHC goes there some day.

http://www.grbj.com/articles/75647-beer-association-taps-grand-rapids-for-national-convention

Edit - note the mention of a 7 city rotation for the NHC. The size of the conference will limit it to big convention cities.
Nice description of the process.  Because of the conference size planning has to start earlier to get the space reserved.

We have all the downtown hotels reserved (with great rates by the way) and some outlier hotels as well.  As it says on the website bus transportation (maybe van) will be provided from the outlier hotels.

The downtown hotels are all walkable to DeVos
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: garc_mall on January 08, 2014, 11:42:00 PM
Where's NHC '15 going to be held?

I'm going to the ADI conference in Seattle in April, so Grand Rapids is not going to happen for me.

If you are going to be in Seattle in April, there is a bunch of us who will be up here, maybe we can get together and share some beers. Maybe we can even get Denny to drive up.

Keep me informed.  It would make a good excuse to visit my brother up there.
I'd be up for that.

It's happening.  I'll be in Seattle for the  ADI conference (http://distilling.com/events/2014-spirits-conference-vendor-expo/) 3/28 through 4/4.  Anybody up for a beer or two?

I am up for it.
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: jshufelt on January 30, 2014, 01:48:29 AM
Where's NHC '15 going to be held?

Typically, it is announced at the previous year's NHC. Information was leaked early this past year, which is unusual from what I can gather.

We will likely find out in June where the 2015 conference is.

Actually, Gary announced it at the last AHA Rally.
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: theDarkSide on January 30, 2014, 02:44:10 AM
San Diego
Title: Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
Post by: mr_bob on March 09, 2014, 02:48:47 PM
http://www.midnighthomebrewers.org/announcements/2015nationalhbconferencesandiego