The time is now to vote for Jacksonville as the next BeerCity USA. Earlier today the poll opened at the Examiner website and will close 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time, Sunday, May 13. The poll results will be announced shortly after that. Voting rules state that you can vote only once per IP address. So, if you vote on your office computer, you will not be able to vote again from another computer in the office. You can, however, vote again from your smart phone via your cellular connection and every time you log into a new Wi-Fi hotspot, from your home computer, and tell all your friends to do the same.
In the past few years Jacksonville has become a true beer powerhouse with multiple breweries (five to be exact with the newest addition of Pinglehead a few weeks ago), restaurants that have seen the craft beer light and added it to their offerings, bars that have substituted nationally-branded tap handles for smaller, tastier craft brews, and a plethora of beer-centric activities such as pub crawls, beer festivals, and beer dinners. Gone are the days of Florida and Jacksonville being called a beer wasteland. We are truly now becoming a destination to those who know and love great beer.
Granted, the voting for BeerCity USA is not so much a reflection of a city’s beer presence as it is a popularity contest of that city’s beer lovers. The more rabid a city’s fans are about their local beers, the better that city will do in the poll. And Jacksonville has some passionate beer fans, each pulling for their own personal favorite brewery. Now is the time for all of the city’s beer fans, whether you drink Bold City’s Duke’s, Intuition’s I-10, Green Room’s Pablo Pale, Pinglehead’s Red, or Mile Markers Key West Kölsch-style Ale, cast your vote for Jacksonville as BeerCity USA 2012.