GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The battle has begun to become Beer City USA 2013, and three Michigan cities are among the national candidates.
Grand Rapids made the list because it is the current title-holder.
Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor secured enough votes (61% and 22% respectively) in the first round of voting to appear on the ballot. Kalamazoo was a surprise to many because it was a write-in candidate.
The final round of voting opened on Monday and will remain open until 1:59 a.m. May 11.
The winner of Beer City USA 2013 will be announced on at 2 p.m. May 13.
Beer has become a very large industry in Michigan. In 2012, according to the Beer Institute (pdf), the beer industry poured more than $2 billion into the Michigan economy.
According to the Michigan Brewers Guild, Michigan ranks fifth in the nation for the number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs in the state.
To cast your vote for Beer City USA 2013, click here.
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