May 7, 2012

Get your vote on: BeerCity USA 2012

The taps at organic Pisgah Brewing, a stone's throw
from Asheville, NC.
In case you haven't already done so, go ahead and get your vote in for the BeerCity USA 2012 poll.  Any beer fan can vote, with a limit of one vote per computer.

Asheville, NC, is the reigning champion and, at the time of writing, has a narrow lead over Grand Rapids, MI.

The fact that this past week's Craft Brewer's Conference and World Beer Cup were held in San Diego, CA, should be considered, though one might also want to check out Food Republic's Craft Beer Power Rankings, which include representation from ten breweries in six different states.

I just made it harder to choose, didn't I?

Boston, MA, is home to the American Craft Beer Festival.
Take some guidance from Charlie Papazian, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and the American Homebrewers Association (who, incidentally, lives in Colorado, a craft beer haven with four cities in the poll):

"I’ve mentioned this several times in the past, BeerCity USA is about community pride. It’s not just about beer....  [It's] about showcasing what is really driving the American craft beer phenomenon we are all enjoying.  It’s about the view on main street, grass roots, community support; it’s not about mainstream data, averages and statistics."

With three, big-time craft breweries from the West setting up shop in the Asheville area, it's hard for me to see how anyone else can take the title.  But that's the beauty of the poll.  If another city can drum up enough grassroots support, things could change.

Represent your city and cast your vote today.  Polling closes May 13th at midnight.

The keg room channels beer throughout the Haymarket Pub in Chicago, IL.

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