Grand Rapids' craft beer makers are showing that beer ain't just for lunch, dinner, grilling out, parties and tailgating. (Photo: Bernt Rostad)

Grand Rapids wins another title in the name of craft beer!

Already the reigning Beer City USA, Grand Rapids has now claimed the title  “Best Beer Town in the USA” in USA Today's and 10Best's annual poll.

The honor was just bestowed at noon. Tampa; Asheville, N.C.; Bend, Ore.; and Fort Collins, Colo., were also in the top five.

Twenty nominees were selected by readers of USA Today and 10Best. Then, it was put to an online vote. The voting closed at noon Monday and the results were posted today.

Here's the full list of competitors taken down by Grand Rapids:

  • Asheville, N.C.
  • Austin, Texas
  • Baltimore
  • Bend, Ore.
  • Boston
  • Boulder, Colo.
  • Burlington, Vt.
  • Chicago
  • Denver
  • Fort Collins, Colo.
  • New York
  • Philadelphia
  • Portland, Maine
  • Portland, Ore.
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Tampa
  • Washington, D.C.

The award puts the spotlight on our fair city:

Grand Rapids - a riverfront city just east of Lake Michigan - has at least a dozen breweries and its convention and visitor bureau does a bang-up job of enticing beer drinkers, brewers and connoisseurs to visit.   We lift our glass in congratulations to Grand Rapids.


We lift our glasses back! Cheers to GR, Best Beer Town in the USA!