The competition was fierce in this year's Beer City USA poll, as a new rivalry emerged between defending champion, Asheville, and newcomer, Grand Rapids, MI. The two cities played a game of tug-of-war throughout the 13-day voting period with each city never gaining more than a two percentage lead. In the end, the two cities tied for top position.
This isn't the first time a tie has occurred in this popular online poll, hosted by Examiner.com. Asheville tied with Portland, OR, the first year and then went on to win by a landslide in 2010 and 2011. The Beer City victories have certainly garnered Asheville's amazing craft brew scene some national attention, attracting big name brewers like Sierra Nevada, New Belgium and Oskar Blues, all of whom are opening up an east coast operation in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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