USA Today held a reader’s poll for Best Beer Town and Asheville came in third behind winner Grand Rapids, MI and runner-up Tampa, FL. I was just in Grand Rapids and for sure it is a great beer town, but I still prefer Asheville. Tampa is a place I have not been in forever and a day, but it just doesn’t sound like a beer destination until you look at the list of breweries and brewpubs. I wonder if they have a surrounding beer community which rivals Asheville, but I seriously doubt it. Congrats to the winners, but to those USA Today readers who feel Tampa trumps Asheville, you need to get out more.

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