The votes are in: Grand Rapids voted Beer City USA in a landslide
Garnering 27,000 of the approximately 50,000 online votes cast, Grand Rapids has been crowned Beer City USA for 2013, according to a post on AnnArbor.com's sister site, MLive. Ann Arbor claimed the 4th spot on the annual poll, behind Kalamazoo and Asheville, N.C.
Beer fans in Grand Rapids organized a strong push to win this designator this year, with a Facebook page, beer coasters, even a YouTube video with a Beer City theme song by the Jukejoint Handmedowns:
The big news in these poll results is the strong showing of Michigan cities this year. Michigan represents three of the top five vote-getters in this annual poll. While Grand Rapids tied with Asheville for first place last year, no other Michigan cities even cracked the top 20. And there were no Michigan cities listed in the annual poll prior to 2012.
The announcement came at the launch of American Craft Beer Week, which runs from today through Sunday. See David Bardallis' post for all of the local goings on, including an Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Progressive Craft Beer Tour and beer specials across town.
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