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Title: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: bperetto on May 08, 2011, 05:57:03 PM
http://www.examiner.com/beer-in-national/beercity-usa-2011-video

I'm sure this will cause some controversy, but I've been to Asheville, Portland, Denver, Boulder, San Diego, Philly, etc.. and Asheville SUCKS for beer compared to them! (and I'm an east coaster). Don't let them win beer city of the year again! (they're currently in the lead)

This year, let's all vote for San Diego. Lost Abbey, Aleworks, Stone, Ballast point, etc... it's their turn to be recognized!
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: tschmidlin on May 08, 2011, 08:43:25 PM
There's no controversy, it's an online poll.  They are meaningless.
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: majorvices on May 08, 2011, 11:06:12 PM
Cool! I just voted for Asheville. Thanks for the heads up! ;D
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: Hokerer on May 08, 2011, 11:31:26 PM
Cool! I just voted for Asheville. Thanks for the heads up! ;D

As did I
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: rabid_dingo on May 08, 2011, 11:52:03 PM
...online poll.  ...

It's on the internet, it MUST be true!

Wait, I get a lot of help with brewing from the internet.... :-[
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: MDixon on May 08, 2011, 11:59:53 PM
I've not yet been to Portland and will hit San Diego next month, but my vote is Asheville and the OP must not have spent much time there or decided to eat at Denny's ;)

Denny's the restaurant that is...
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: nateo on May 09, 2011, 01:31:11 AM
I don't really know what criteria we're supposed to be using, but I think it's weird Denver and Boulder are two separate contestants. Despite their differences, they're basically in the same metro-area.
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: bluesman on May 09, 2011, 02:20:27 AM
It's just a matter of opinion. How accurate? Well...probably not very.  ;)

In any event...I voted anyway.  :)
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: MDixon on May 09, 2011, 12:21:29 PM
Asheville, 3 years in a row...
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Post by: zacharyhasty on May 09, 2011, 03:04:14 PM
Its got to be Phillidelphia.  Im from Delaware and have sampled from alot of the brewerys around here>> ;D
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: denny on May 09, 2011, 04:27:03 PM
Cool! I just voted for Asheville. Thanks for the heads up! ;D

Just curious, since I've never heard of Asheville as a beer center....why did you vote for them?
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: MDixon on May 09, 2011, 04:42:54 PM
If you haven't been, you just wouldn't know. I'm pretty sure I posted this somewhere else once before, but Asheville is a town of 83K in 41 sq miles in a county with 225K in 655 sq miles. They have (at last count) 10 breweries in the city limits and another just outside the limits. Within the counties surrounding Asheville are another 6 and I believe Asheville proper has two more breweries/brewpubs in the works. If you cannot find a craft beer in Asheville you are eating at a chain and a crappy one at that since most of them have caught the craft beer bug. Most of the breweries, brewpubs and tap houses are within walking distance in the downtown area. It's a heck of a place...
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: majorvices on May 09, 2011, 04:46:20 PM
Cool! I just voted for Asheville. Thanks for the heads up! ;D

Just curious, since I've never heard of Asheville as a beer center....why did you vote for them?

Asheville is a great beer town. But I didn't really vote at all. Just pulling chains for grins. My own, mostly. :P
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: denny on May 09, 2011, 04:49:08 PM
Asheville does sound like great beer city, and with rules as loosely defined as these I can see how it would get votes.  I still don't think it would really hold a candle to Portland, but until I visit Asheville that's just my opinion.  Of course, some would say "It's not a popularity contest, it's beer!"...;)
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: MDixon on May 09, 2011, 05:12:14 PM
I hear great things about Portland and hope to get there in the next few years, however one friend said if you want a hoppy beer you can get one anywhere in the area, but if you want something else you are SOL ;)

Lemme know if you ever decide to head to Asheville and if it's a couple of years down the road by then I'll probably have a place for you to stay just down the road.
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: denny on May 09, 2011, 05:22:03 PM
I hear great things about Portland and hope to get there in the next few years, however one friend said if you want a hoppy beer you can get one anywhere in the area, but if you want something else you are SOL ;)

There are lots of great hoppy beers here, but the variety and innovation of others shouldn't get overlooked.  For instance, there's a little known brewery named Heater Allen, making nothing but lagers, all of them outstanding.  Not to mention Hair of the Dog, making basically unqualifiable styles all of which are incredible.

Lemme know if you ever decide to head to Asheville and if it's a couple of years down the road by then I'll probably have a place for you to stay just down the road.

I'd love to take you up on that as long as I don't have to get a haircut!  ;)
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: MDixon on May 09, 2011, 05:35:39 PM
You'd fit right in...Asheville's got about 100 motto's. One is "Something for everyone", another is "Where Weird is Normal". I think the official one is "any way you like it"...http://www.exploreasheville.com/index.aspx
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: Hokerer on May 09, 2011, 05:37:27 PM
I'd love to take you up on that as long as I don't have to get a haircut!  ;)

You could get away with just trimming the front/sides and leave the rest.  Then your new mullet would blend right in :)
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: majorvices on May 09, 2011, 05:42:26 PM
Denny, Asheville is a great town and it's kinda like the Portland of the East in some ways. Lots of laid back people, very much an art town. Great hiking and beautiful backdrop for beer and food. One of my favorite places to go on the east coast.
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: denny on May 09, 2011, 05:45:07 PM
Sounds cool!  Hopefully I can get there one of these days and you and Mike can show me around.  Then I can repay the favor when you guys come to OR!
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: narcout on May 09, 2011, 06:06:23 PM
Asheville is, indeed, a fantastic beer town.  I go every summer to visit two of my friends from high school who live there - I'll be heading up labor day weekend.

Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: denny on May 09, 2011, 06:13:26 PM
I don't think there's any doubt that Ashville is a great beer town.  The question is, is it the "best"?  I think that's where I might differ.
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: majorvices on May 09, 2011, 06:42:05 PM
Maybe if everyone inn Portland would put down the dewbage and log on to vote they'd win every once in a while. :P
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: MDixon on May 09, 2011, 07:26:30 PM
What is amazing to me about Asheville is every time a brewery opens they seem to meet with success. You'd think they would eventually surpass demand, but that isn't the case. It's a thirsty place...
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: tschmidlin on May 09, 2011, 07:29:42 PM
I hear great things about Portland and hope to get there in the next few years, however one friend said if you want a hoppy beer you can get one anywhere in the area, but if you want something else you are SOL ;)

There are lots of great hoppy beers here, but the variety and innovation of others shouldn't get overlooked.  For instance, there's a little known brewery named Heater Allen, making nothing but lagers, all of them outstanding.  Not to mention Hair of the Dog, making basically unqualifiable styles all of which are incredible.
You left out the sour beers coming out of Cascade. ;)  Really amazing stuff.

I haven't been to Asheville or San Diego, so I can't include them in my list.  But Portland is better than Seattle is better than Denver in my opinion.  I know some Portland people who would put Seattle first, so I think it is pretty close.
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: denny on May 09, 2011, 07:45:46 PM
You left out the sour beers coming out of Cascade. ;)  Really amazing stuff.

Tried anything from Gilgamesh in Salem?  VERY different, unusual beers, all of them sour.
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: MDixon on May 09, 2011, 07:56:14 PM
Sour in a good way or in a Cisco (Nantucket) way?
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: denny on May 09, 2011, 07:58:23 PM
Sour in a good way or in a Cisco (Nantucket) way?

In a VERY good way!
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: jeffy on May 09, 2011, 08:10:39 PM
I didn't vote this time. 
I was tempted to go with Philly, one of my favorite pub cities, but Tom said it was meaningless.
One day maybe I'll get to spend some time in Asheville to check it out.  It sounds really great. 
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Post by: gordonstrong on May 09, 2011, 08:19:53 PM
VERY different, unusual beers, all of them sour.

I've been to places like that.  They should clean their lines more often.
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: denny on May 09, 2011, 08:38:03 PM
VERY different, unusual beers, all of them sour.

I've been to places like that.  They should clean their lines more often.

Just to clear, it's a brewery, not a pub.  And they do intend for the beers to be like that...you joker!  :)
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: tschmidlin on May 09, 2011, 09:50:00 PM
I'll have to check out Gilgamesh next time I'm down in Portland, which will either be in 2 weeks or 2 months.  Thanks for the tip D.
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: bluesman on May 10, 2011, 02:15:04 AM
Ashville is about 580 mi Southwest and Portland is about 2900 mi west of my house. I have them on my list of beertowns to hit. I think I'll be traveling south later this year to visit my daughter in Florida and Ashville is in the crosshairs. I've heard so much about this fine beer town.
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: MDixon on May 10, 2011, 10:33:08 AM
Don't be the guy who only has two hours to spend, at a min 2 days...

Lemme know when you're heading that way and I can give you some ideas depending upon what (besides beer) you might like to see or do...
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: majorvices on May 10, 2011, 11:47:47 AM
Ashville is about 580 mi Southwest and Portland is about 2900 mi west of my house. I have them on my list of beertowns to hit. I think I'll be traveling south later this year to visit my daughter in Florida and Ashville is in the crosshairs. I've heard so much about this fine beer town.

Asheville on the way down and Huntsville on the way up?  ;)
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: bluesman on May 12, 2011, 08:10:30 PM
Ashville is about 580 mi Southwest and Portland is about 2900 mi west of my house. I have them on my list of beertowns to hit. I think I'll be traveling south later this year to visit my daughter in Florida and Ashville is in the crosshairs. I've heard so much about this fine beer town.

Asheville on the way down and Huntsville on the way up?  ;)

That's a potential plan.  :)
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: tumarkin on May 12, 2011, 10:34:38 PM
If you're coming down (or going back) on I-75, you'll pass right through Gainesville. If you have time, pm me and maybe we can arrange to get together, maybe at Swamp Head Brewery.
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: MDixon on May 26, 2011, 10:31:53 AM
Just thought of another reason why Asheville took the title.

Let's pick another city, oh I don't know, maybe San Diego. Now let's arrive on a Monday and decide to tool around hitting the tasting rooms of the various breweries for a few days before a conference. What's that you say? Tasting rooms are not open till later in the week?

In Asheville most of the tasting rooms are open daily...heck, even in the Raleigh area most are now open daily... ;)
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: bluesman on May 26, 2011, 02:05:06 PM
If you're coming down (or going back) on I-75, you'll pass right through Gainesville. If you have time, pm me and maybe we can arrange to get together, maybe at Swamp Head Brewery.

Never had any of their beer. Cool name though. I'll keep this in mind Mark. Thanks!  :)
Title: Re: Vote! Only hours left!
Post by: tumarkin on May 26, 2011, 02:10:49 PM
If you're coming down (or going back) on I-75, you'll pass right through Gainesville. If you have time, pm me and maybe we can arrange to get together, maybe at Swamp Head Brewery.

Never had any of their beer. Cool name though. I'll keep this in mind Mark. Thanks!  :)
cool name (swamp theme carried throughout beer names, artwork, tasting room) and great beer. their tasting room is open Wed-Fri afternoons till early evening. Actually, may be open on Saturdays now, not sure. They're located just off I-75 & the Archer Rd exit.
http://www.swamphead.com/joomla/index.php