GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Grand Rapids has won the 2013 title of BeerCity USA, according to Experience Grand Rapids .
The poll winner, which was supposed to be announced at 2 p.m. Monday, was confirmed by Experience Grand Rapids on Monday morning.
The Examiner.com poll showed that of the 50,000 votes that were cast, more than half went to Grand Rapids, with 27,005 votes.
Kalamazoo took the second spot with 11,150 votes, and Asheville, N.C., took third place with 10,075 votes.
Rounding out the rest of the Top 10, in order of most votes, were Tampa, Fla., Richmond, Va., Jacksonville, Fla., Portland, Ore., Phoenix-Tempe-Scottsdale, Ariz. and Denver, Colo.
More votes were cast from Michigan than any other state in the country, with 29,172 votes.
According to the Michigan Brewers Guild, Michigan ranks fifth in the nation for the number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs in the state.
Following the announcement, Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell released a statement about his taking second place to Grand Rapids.
"I've already spoken to Mayor Heartwell, and I will be going up to Grand Rapids to buy him a beer in celebration of the win," Hopewell said. "We are discussing how we can continue the larger story about West Michigan as an amazing craft beer region."
As part of the celebration in Grand Rapids, some local bars and breweries are offering up specials on social media to celebrate the win, including pints of Michigan beer for just $1.50 on the night of May 20 at HopCat, Stella's Lounge and the Grand Rapids Brewing Company in downtown Grand Rapids.
We get a brief break from the "lake-effect machine" Friday.
A few flurries occurred Thursday night. Lows held in the teens and the wind relaxed to the 5 to 10 mph range, with 20s at the Lake Michigan.
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