Over the past year I have definitely come to the conclusion that these “best of” polls are pointless and impossible to quantify. Yet, I still find myself having to vote for Seattle in Charlie Papazian’s new poll to crown “BeerCity USA 2010″. Whatever that means about me, so be it.
If you are like me and care about things like this for some warped reason, then head on over to the poll and vote. Asheville, North Carolina and Portland, Oregon tied for the win in last year’s poll, and they have a strong lead this year as well. I’ll of course urge you to vote for Seattle, but you should obviously vote for whichever city you think is truly “BeerCity USA”. As Charlie says about the poll:
BeerCity USA 2010 is a chance for local beer communities to express their enthusiasm and support for their local breweries and local better beer bars, restaurants, stores and distributors. Let’s have some fun.
Here is just a short bit on why I think Seattle should get your vote for BeerCityUSA:
Seattle’s mix of outstanding local breweries and world-class beer bars put it in the conversation not even taking anything else into consideration. About 20 breweries/brewpubs are located within the city limits, and if you extend the count to the Puget Sound area (as most large cities would do), then we’re talking probably twice that. Brouwer’s Cafe, Uber Tavern, Collins Pub, Stumbling Monk, Naked City Taphouse, Beveridge Place Pub, and The Dray are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to great beer bars in this city. As far as beer awareness and overall preference in Seattle, there are more tap handles for Mac & Jack’s African Amber than for any other beer. Most bars don’t even bother to carry a tap for any “BMC” beers. Even most high-end restaurants in Seattle have figured out that people want good, local craft beer. Beer festivals? Yeah, we’ve got tons of them. Bottle shops? I can think of at least five in Seattle that pretty much sell nothing but great beer; not to mention our grocery stores even have outstanding selections. Seattle has a great set of distributors bringing us more outstanding beer every year. The majority of our breweries/brewpubs don’t distribute very far, which means we keep most of their great beers to ourselves and then turn around and get some of the best beer that breweries in states such as California, Oregon, and the rest of the country have to offer.
If that’s not enough to sway you, just look around at what is going on during Seattle Beer Week and maybe that will inspire you…