Vote for BeerCity USA 2010 – Why Seattle Belongs

May 18th, 2010 · 7 Comments · General Beer News, Washington Breweries

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.

Vote for BeerCity USA 2010

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…


7 Comments so far ↓

  • Pat

    has charlie always written for the spokane examiner? that’s the official poll? looks like portland is running away with it early – cant really argue with that.

    i think seattle could benefit from the family friendly nature of the portland scene (i.e. the “minors admitted until 9p.m.” signs you see everywhere). collins is the only openly kid friendly place up here i can think of – any of the beer fests…forget about it

  • Joseph Sunga

    microbrews thrive here in seattle. we got the best here!

  • Alan Moen

    Portland (Ore.) will probably win, since it has far more breweries than anywhere else. But as far as quality and diversity of beer goes, Seattle, with many more alehouses and great beer stores, has the edge. Portland folks really support their local beers, which is great for their own part of the craft beer industry, but they have nothing like Brouwer’s.

  • Pat

    Brouwer’s – No Kids, Beveridge Place – nope, Washington Brewers Fest – 21+ only, Fremont Oktoberfest – no kids (can bring dogs though), St Paddy’s Day post 10K beer garden – nope

    Lucky Lab – sure bring the kids, Hopworks – Bring em, Oregon Organic brew fest – of course, Oregon Brewers Fest – yep, even has a root beer garden

  • Alan Moen

    I’ve never really thought that beer was for kids, or those adults who still act like them. Or for dogs, either, although you’ll find canine customers in Beveridge Place and some other Seattle pubs. Goats, now, definitely!

  • Jeff Alworth

    I haven’t been to Chicago lately, but based on my recent travels, I’d put Portland and Seattle in a class of their own. Alan’s close to right about one area Seattle has the edge–it’s not alehouses exactly, but places with both good food and beer. We actually have a number of fantastic alehouses that serve amazing beer (Bailey’s, Green Dragon, etc), but we don’t do so hot on the food.

    In almost every way, Portland stands in Seattle’s shadow–sometimes unfairly. Where beer is concerned, Seattle has always played second fiddle. But compared to any other city in the US *besides* Portland, the Emerald City is light years ahead. And the differences between the two are mighty slim.

  • DonS

    The aftermath of this silly poll was that Asheville was declared the “winner.” Spare me. Charlie P has jumped the shark (again) with this one. BTW, Portland does have some good beer+food venues: Victory Bar for one, and Higgins is outstanding. I’m hoping to try Grüner soon. Beer selection and food at Clyde Common is good too. Seattle still doesn’t have a brewery hosting the cooperage and the sour delights that Portland does in Cascade, but otherwise, I loves me both my PNW cities a whole lot, yes I do.

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