The votes are counted and the results are in: Asheville has tied with Grand Rapids, Mich. for the title of BeerCity, USA 2012. Each City garnered 32 percent of the total votes. Here’s the official word from Charlie Papazian of Beer Examiner:
“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).”
So cheers, Asheville! We’re still on top, albeit sharing the perch. A toast to the half-victory will take place on Tuesday, May 15, at 5:30 p.m. at Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria.