Asheville’s Inaugural BeerCity Festival: As it happened, in words and images (UPDATED)

UPDATED with videos and more photos.

The taps were flowing this afternoon at Asheville’s BeerCity festival, which took place at the new Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park from noon to 6 p.m. The sold-out event was attended by a crowd of about 2,800 happy imbibers.

Here’s the news as it came out of the park, via Twitter and other means, thanks to an assortment of selfless journalists, citizen reporters and, of course, happy drinkers.

Oh, Portland, losing the BeerCity poll doesn’t require losing your magnanimity

We won. After a hard-fought tie in last year’s annual BeerCity USA poll, there was little doubt about Asheville’s victory this time. At the poll’s close, Asheville had 39.9 percent of the vote, compared to 34.1 percent for rival Portland, Ore. However, that hasn’t reduced the ire of some Portlanders against our fair city.

Local pub to mark “Beer City USA” win

Reagan Kornegay, bartender at Barley’s Taproom, hoists a frosty pint of French Broad Rye Hopper. Barley’s will hold a special 5:30 pm toast tonight marking Asheville’s win of the highly-coveted “Beer City USA” crown for the second year in a row and they’ll offer $3 pints of all its local brews in celebration of the win. Photo taken and beer consumed by Michael Muller poll: Asheville, NC continues its reign as top BeerCity USA 2010-attachment0 poll: Asheville, NC continues its reign as top BeerCity USA 2010

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.