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Voting closes Monday morning at 1:59 a.m. (Mountain time Sunday 11:59 p.m.)
Tension between the competing cities has increased, as evidenced by the blog post on the Portland Mercury news website by Patrick Alan Coleman saying, “We’ve got more “beer city” in the backwash at the bottom of our pint glasses than can be found in all of their pubs and breweries.”
In last year’s BeerCity poll, Asheville and Portland shared the title “Beer City USA,” after tying for the honors.
Xpress covered last year’s outcome this way:
Asheville and Portland, Oregon, will share honors as Beer City USA, according to beer guru Charlie Papazian.
After thousands of votes were cast in the online poll, the two cities scored about 6,000 votes each, according to Papazian, who posted the online poll at www.examiner.com.
Papazian, who founded the Association of Brewers and American Homebrewers Association, wrote that more than 16,000 people from 46 countries cast ballots between March 18 and May 7 for their favorite Beer City USA in the first such online poll. In a seesaw polling battle, the voting was close right up to the end. Papazian said the poll, while not scientific, was “indicative of the efforts put forth by various communities.”
“One thing that a poll like this indicates is the degree of beer culture and networks that exist in various areas of the country. It helps to bring to the forefront that beer culture, beer community and beer enthusiasm are relevant forces in the quest for access to better beer. … I saw an effective mobilization of beer communities in several areas of America,” Papazian wrote.