Examiner.com poll: Asheville, NC continues its reign as top BeerCity USA 2010

Examiner.com poll: Asheville, NC continues its reign as top BeerCity USA 2010-attachment0

It’s official: “Asheville, North Carolina is BeerCity USA 2010.  While Portland, Oregon organized a healthy challenge against the western North Carolina city of Asheville, in the end the relentless craft beer enthusiasm for Asheville won out,” writes Charlie Papazian, who started the BeerCity USA poll last year and ran it again this year. His comments appeared this afternoon here.

In all, Asheville garnered 7,389 votes, compared with second-place winner Portland’s 6,565 votes.

Papazian closes with, “Congratulations to the beer enthusiast network and beer passion expressed in the BeerCity USA Poll 2010 by Asheville, North Carolina.”

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About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism.

One thought on “Examiner.com poll: Asheville, NC continues its reign as top BeerCity USA 2010

  1. Lamont Cranston

    Congratulations to all the great Micro Breweries in Asheville, and the surrounding mountain communities! All of you make great, and diverse beverage products that make us consumers here in the WNC area proud (and satiated, too)

    Now we need to find a way to grow hops in a major fashion locally and become a source for you folks, the rest of the country, and someday, part of the world market: The agricultural talent, and resourcefulness is already here.

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