KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - The mayors of two local cities hung out Thursday afternoon at a festival and local brewery to celebrate their cities' accomplishments in a recent national poll.
Grand Rapids was voted No. 1 in Examiner.com's BeerCity USA poll with more than 50 percent of the total vote, and more than 11,000 votes ahead of second-place finisher Kalamazoo.
On Tuesday, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell invited Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell to toast the honors and recognize July as Michigan Craft Beer Month. Hopewell bought Heartwell a beer at Founders Brewing Co. and the two took a tour of the production facility.
On Thursday, Hopewell returned the favor and invited Heartwell to his city. The two mayors enjoyed a drink at the Taste of Kalamazoo. Heartwell then took a tour of Bell's Brewery.
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