Can Grand Rapids Defend Its Title of ‘Beer City USA’?
We've been calling Grand Rapids "Beer City USA" for a loooooong time... more than a decade!
To back that up, we should probably keep scoring these national honors, right?
Grand Rapids is once again in the running for a national contest. This time it's USA TODAY asking, "What's the Best Beer City in America"?
Your vote can help keep Grand Rapids "Beer City USA"!
Grand Rapids in the Running for Best Beer City in America in USA Today Poll
We must defend our title! In 2021, and in previous years, Grand Rapids took the No. 1 spot in USA Today and 10Best's "Best Beer City in America" poll.
In 2022 GR is once again duking it out with other beer-centric cities. Grand Rapids is among 20 U.S. cities chosen by a panel of beer experts as having the best beer scenes in the nation, with
stellar selections of established and up-and-coming breweries, beer bars, brewpubs, beer festivals and even thriving homebrewing communities where novice brewers can get their foot in the door.
Well, that sure sounds like Grand Rapids to me! And now it's up to us to vote for the Top 10.
You can vote for Grand Rapids once per day until voting ends on Monday, Oct. 24 at noon. Winners will then be announced on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022.
Here's USA Today's praise for GR:
"Michigan’s second-largest city sports the state’s strongest beer scene, thanks largely to the presence of the world-renowned Founders Brewing Co.
Not to be outdone, there are several other brewing operations around town, most notably the Belgian-inspired Brewery Vivant.
The city’s official “Beer City Ale Trail” lists more than 80 breweries in the surrounding area, and the local calendar is constantly filled with beer festivals, events, and promotions. Throw in exceptional beer stores such as Siciliano’s Market, and it’s easy to see why Grand Rapids proudly stakes its claim as 'Beer City USA'."
So who are we up against this year?
Cities in the Running for Best Beer City in America 2022
Here are all the cities in the running for Best Beer City in America:
- Asheville, North Carolina
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Bend, Oregon
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Charlotte, North Carolina
- Chicago, Illinois
- Denver, Colorado
- Fort Collins, Colorado
- Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Indianapolis, Indiana
- Madison, Wisconsin
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- New York, New York
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Portland, Maine,
- Portland, Oregon
- San Diego, California
- San Francisco, California
- Seattle, Washington
- St. Louis, Missouri
Well, let's take all these other cities out! Especially after Grand Rapids was totally SNUBBED on another recent "best beer city list"...
You can vote for Grand Rapids here.