We’re No. 1! Grand Rapids Once AGAIN Named Best Beer City in America
Once again, Grand Rapids has defended its title of "Beer City USA"!
For the third year in a row, GR has taken the No. 1 spot in USA Today and 10Best's "Best Beer City in America" poll.
To nab the top spot, Grand Rapids had to duke it out with 19 other beer-centric cities chosen by a panel of experts. The 20 cities were chosen for their: "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."
It was then put up to a public vote to determine the top ten beer cities in the U.S. - and Grand Rapids was once again victorious!
Here is the full ranking:
- Grand Rapids - Michigan
- Philadelphia - Pennsylvania
- Indianapolis - Indiana
- San Diego - California
- Asheville - North Carolina
- Milwaukee - Wisconsin
- Tampa- Florida
- Chicago - Illinois
- Atlanta - Georgia
- Minneapolis - Minnesota
Here's USA Today's praise for Grand Rapids,
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."
Specific Grand Rapids breweries also took home honors in USA Today and 10Best beer-related polls:
- Grand Rapids' City Built Brewing Company ranked No. 3 "Best Beer Label"
- Grand Rapids' City Built Brewing Company ranked No. 9 "Best Brewpub"
- Grand Rapids' HopCat ranked No. 8 "Best Beer Bar"