Voting for the annual BeerCity USA poll is over. From the start it was clear that communities from several areas of the United States intended to make a run for winning the honor of becoming 2012 BeerCity USA. Facebook, Twitter, other community networks and local media were active throughout the 13-day polling period. With 55,926 votes cast for 31 different American cities the results clearly indicated that both Asheville, North Carolina and Grand Rapids topped the poll with a statistical tie.
Both cities are being awarded BeerCity USA 2012. This is Grand Rapids first year of winning top honors. This is Asheville’s fourth year in a row receiving top honors (they shared 2009 honors in a tie with Portland, Oregon).
Based on the number of votes Grand Rapids and Asheville received and determining that a 3% or less difference between the number of votes the top vote getters received would be a statistical (estimated margin of anomalies) tie, Asheville and Grand Rapids will share BeerCity USA 2012 honors.
2012 BeerCity USA Vote Counts
1. Asheville, NC 17,849 statistical tie
1. Grand Rapids, MI 17,849 statistical tie
3. St. Louis, MO 3,451
4. Bend, OR 2,270
5. Portland, OR 2,014
6. San Diego, CA 1,304
7. Milwaukee, WI 955
8. Fort Collins, CO 840
9. Denver, CO 809
10. Cleveland, OH 671
11. Durango, CO 670
12. Raleigh, NC 669
13. Madison, WI 668
14. Philadelphia, PA 599
Scottsdale, AZ 596
16. Tampa, FL 581
17. Chicago, IL 563
18. Missoula, MT 402
The following cities each had less than 400 votes: Boulder, CO; Jacksonville, FL; Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN; Cincinnati, OH; San Francisco/Oakland - Bay Area, CA; Austin, TX; Seattle, WA; Charlotte, NC; Boston, MA; Portland, ME; Dallas-Ft.Worth, TX; Washington, DC; Albuquerque, NM
Votes were cast from 90 countries. It’s not surprising that the top two states from which votes were cast were Michigan with 10,560 and North Carolina with 8,164. New Jersey, Missouri, Oregon, California, South Carolina and Pennsylvania voters all cast more than 2,000 votes each.
Third place St. Louis hopped from fifth in the 2011 poll to third in 2012, perhaps not because the world’s largest brewing company originated in that city, but because of community enthusiasm for the 18 other small craft brewers that have sprouted up throughout the city.
Bend, Oregon a small community similar to Grand Rapids and Asheville, prevailed over Portland, Oregon’s other notable beer-centric city. Bend placed fourth in last year’s poll as well.
The 2012 BeerCity USA poll is over, but the fun is always happening with over 2,000 small and independent craft brewers brewing up a storm of brew for craft beer enthusiasts everywhere. Today is the first day of American Craft Beer Week (May 14-20). There are events celebrating American Craft Beer Week and craft brewing in every state this year. Take your thirst for celebrating to a brewery near you. Americans on average live within 10 miles of a brewery. Interested in declaring your beer independence? Read this and sign up.
Congratulations to Grand Rapids, Michigan and Asheville, North Carolina.