Voting for the annual BeerCity USA poll is over and tallied. Grand Rapids, Michigan has claimed sole designation as BeerCity USA 2013. Grand Rapids took a grand and rapid (pun intended) early lead. Kalamazoo, Michigan and Asheville, North Carolina made significant gains in the early stages of the 5 day voting period. Asheville pushed in a final two day assault but their rally was not enough to pass second place Kalamazoo.
There were exactly 50,000 votes cast for 23 qualifying American cities.
This is Grand Rapids second consecutive year of winning the top honor. For more insight see May 9 Detroit Free Press story: Craft-brewing boom changes Grand Rapids' culture, economy.
2013 BeerCity USA Vote Counts
2013 votes (2012 votes)
- Grand Rapids, MI 27,005 (2012:17,849 tie for 1st)
- Kalamazoo, MI 11,150 (2012: none)
- Asheville, NC 10,075 (2012:17,849 tie for 1st)
- Ann Arbor, MI 847 (2012:581)
- Tampa, FL 846 (2012: none)
- Richmond, VA 614 (2012: none)
- Jacksonville, FL 472 (2012: 379)
- Portland, OR 372 (2012: 2,014)
- Phoenix-Tempe-Scottsdale, AZ 351 (2012: 596)
- Denver, CO 328 (2012: 809)
The following cities each had less than 300 votes: Bend, OR, Chicago, IL, Cleveland, OH, Durango, CO, Fort Collins, CO, Madison, WI, Milwaukee, WI, Missoula, MT, Philadelphia, PA, Raleigh, NC, San Diego, CA, St. Louis, MO
Votes were cast from 92 countries. It’s not surprising that the top state from which votes were cast was Michigan with 29,172
The top 8 states from which over 1,000 votes were cast were:
- Michigan 29,172
- North Carolina 4,281
- Florida 2,595
- South Carolina 2,414
- California 1,698
- Ohio 1,263
- Illinois 1,157
- Virginia 1,157
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The BeerCity USA poll is over but the celebration of American craft beer from American craft brewers is just beginning. May 13 – 19 is American Craft Beer Week. All the more reason to toast every craft beer town in America this and every week.
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