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Kalamazoo thirsty to win ‘Beer City USA 2013’

Posted on May 6th, 2013

Community support, votes needed May 6-10: Visit VoteKalamazoo.com

Kalamazoo, Mich. – Thanks to more than 2,000 people’s overflowing love for Kalamazoo’s craft beer scene, Kalamazoo is now in the running to be crowned the next “Beer City USA.”

Kalamazoo swept the April 2013 nomination poll for the title of Beer City USA, garnering 2,008 (61 percent) of the nomination votes. However, the journey isn’t over yet.

Now, the community’s support in needed to help pull off the win.

From 2 p.m. Monday, May 6 through 1:59 a.m. Saturday, May 11, Kalamazoo will face off against nearly two-dozen other beer-haven contenders in an online poll on the National Beer Examiner’s website. To vote, visit www.VoteKalamazoo.com.

Many local businesses and individuals have banded together to ask Kalamazoo residents and fans to rally and vote in the spirit of community pride.

“While we need the support of the whole community for this title, this contest isn’t just about winning Beer City USA,” Discover Kalamazoo president and CEO Greg Ayers said. “This is about harnessing the passion and pride that our residents have for our community.

“This is about uplifting our friends and neighbors, sharing our local history and coming together to tell the world about our love for Kalamazoo and its rapidly expanding craft beer scene,” he continued.

The community is invited to a voting kick-off celebration from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 6 at Bell’s Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo. Organizers are asking attendees to bring their friends, smart phones, tablets and laptops to cast their ballots for Kalamazoo as Beer City USA.

If you would like to show your pride for Kalamazoo on your Facebook, visit https://www.discoverkalamazoo.com/BeerCity/ for “Vote Kalamazoo for Beer City USA” digital graphics, including a Facebook cover photo, profile picture and poster.

Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/Beer4Kzoo; Twitter handle: @Beer4Kzoo; Hashtag: #Beer4Kzoo; Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/discoverkzoo/beer4kzoo/

In order to be placed in the running for “Beer City USA 2013,” cities needed at least 400 nomination votes. Cities that received more than 400 votes in the 2012 poll automatically are in the running for this year’s Beer City USA title and were not on the nomination ballot.

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