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Jax qualifies for BeerCity USA, but the battle is not over yet

beercityIt was an epic battle; one that, though there were no real opponents, it looked as though we were not going to survive. At one point it looked as though we had already lost, then a reinterpretation of the rules took place and we ended up with two extra hours that we did not know we had. In those two extra hours we staged one of the most remarkable rallies ever witnessed on this field. In the end, we came out the other side as victors.

I refer to, of course, the quest for getting Jacksonville on the ballot for BeerCity USA. At times it looked as though there was no way we would make it. Our goal was to obtain 400 nominations by the close of the poll. With an hour to go we were still short over 60 nominations. But, through persistence and the help of other Jacksonville beer-lovers, we managed to cross the magic number of 400 with 13 minutes of poll time to spare. In the end, Jacksonville received 411 nominations, second behind Richmond, Va. which received 517.

But, the quest for BeerCity USA does not end there. Next week, beginning on Monday, May 13, we will have to rally our forces again for the actual voting on which city will be bestowed with the prestigious title of BeerCity USA.  In the running with us is the perennial favorite Asheville, NC. This passionate beer city has managed to win – or tie – for first place all four of the years the poll has been in existence. Our sacred quest now is to unseat the reigning champions and claim the title for our own.

Are we up to it? You bet!

Rally your friends, have them friend Springfield Brew Crew on Facebook, SprBrewCrew on Twitter, or follow this blog for updates. Then get them to vote. The rules are the same as for the poll: one vote per IP address. The city with the most votes will be crowned BeerCIty USA at the close of the poll on Saturday. May 18.

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Beer, Beer News

 

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Second chance to get Jax on BeerCity USA ballot

beercityAccording to Charlie Papazian, the founder of the BeerCity USA contest the “…2013 “primary” poll is REOPENED due to possible poll related technical issues during the initial nomination period one week ago. Nominations for inclusion on the final BeerCity USA 2013 ballot are still being accepted through this nomination poll now through 3 p.m. Mountain Time, Saturday, May 4.”

The article, posted on Examiner.com yesterday goes on to say that several cities have already qualified. Unfortunately, Jacksonville is not among them. However, it is not too late. We can still get Jax on the ballot by voting through Saturday, May 4. The cites already nominated include:  Ann Arbor, MI; Asheville, NC; Bend, OR; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Denver, CO; Durango, CO; Fort Collins, CO; Grand Rapids, MI; Kalamazoo, MI; Madison, WI; Milwaukee, WI; Missoula, MT; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix-Tempe-Scottsdale, AZ; Portland, OR; Raleigh, NC; San Diego, CA; St. Louis, MO; Tampa, FL.

This is our chance to rally and show the country that we have a vital beer scene here in Jacksonville. The implications of winning this contest run the gamut from increased national awareness of the quality brews we have here in town to increased tourism. Beer vacations are quickly becoming a popular activity. We can ensure that Jacksonville gets on the beer travel map by winning or showing well in this contest.

To vote follow this link

, scroll down and click in the circle next to Jacksonville. Then scroll down and click submit. You may only vote once per IP address, so be sure to pass this link on to your friends on Facebook and Twitter. I will provide a running total of votes we have over the next few days on my Facebook (Springfield Brew Crew and Jax Beer Guy) and Twitter (sprbrewcrew and JaxBeerGuy) feeds.

Let’s do this!

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Beer

 

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Jacksonville BeerCity USA 2012? We have a chance!

Charlie Papazian, brewing icon and National Beer Examiner, is conducting his annual BeerCity USA contest. For the last three years Asheville, NC has taken the honors of this informal, popularity-based contest. And rightly so, Asheville is home to a growing number of fine breweries including Highland Brewing Company and soon Sierra Nevada’s and New Belgium’s east coast brewing facilities.

But, that does not mean that Jacksonville cannot get in on the voting. With five current, soon to be six, active breweries in the area, several brewpubs, and countless beer-centric restaurants and bars, we have just as much a fighting chance as anyone else. Beer it seems is becoming a big deal here in the river city and we need to make sure the rest of the nation is well aware of this fact.

There’s just one tiny hitch, the list on the voting website does not include Jacksonville. Never fear, though, there is a write-in blank at the bottom where you can proudly enter our fair city’s name and voice your desire for Jacksonville to be included on the final ballot.

To cast your vote simply click here, scroll to the bottom of the page and write in, “Jacksonville, FL.” Any city that obtains 100 write-in votes will be included on the final ballot, which will be open for voting May 1-13. You can only vote one time per IP address, so be sure to vote once from work, once from home, and once from your smart phone. And be sure to tell your beer drinking buddies to do the same. Voting closes for the final ballot at 11:50 PM on April 21 – that is this Friday — so do not delay!

Recently I have participated in several conversations, both private and public, about the upward spike in activity regarding craft beer in the Jacksonville area. It seems everyone is talking about it and, more often than not, everyone thinks this is a very good thing. Could Jacksonville be the next beer must-see destination? We are well on our way. Beer has become the next big thing and, if we play our cards right, Jacksonville is poised to be at the forefront of the next wave of cities that have embraced and capitalized on beermania.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2012 in Beer, Beer News

 

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