Earlier this week I received an invitation to join in on the brainstorming session for getting the message out not only about this coming weeks voting, but also in helping raise awareness of the huge brewing community we have in Kalamazoo. (needless to say a highlight of my week)
What follows here is the press release from Discover Kalamazoo.
Kalamazoo thirsty to win ‘Beer City USA 2013’
Community support, votes needed May 6-10: Visit VoteKalamazoo.com
Kalamazoo, Mich. – Thanks to more than 2,000 people’s overflowing love for Kalamazoo’s craft beer scene, Kalamazoo is now in the running to be crowned the next “Beer City USA.”
Kalamazoo swept the April 2013 nomination poll for the title of Beer City USA, garnering 2,008 (61 percent) of the nomination votes. However, the journey isn’t over yet.
Now, the community’s support is needed to help pull off the win.
From 2 p.m. May 6 through 11:59 p.m. May 10, Kalamazoo will face off against nearly two-dozen other beer-haven contenders in an online poll on the National Beer Examiner’s website. To vote, visit http://www.VoteKalamazoo.com.
Many local businesses and individuals have banded together to ask Kalamazoo residents and fans to rally and vote in the spirit of community pride.
“While we need the support of the whole community for this title, this contest isn’t just about winning Beer City USA,” Discover Kalamazoo president and CEO Greg Ayers said. “This is about harnessing the passion and pride that our residents have for our community.
“This is about uplifting our friends and neighbors, sharing our local history and coming together to tell the world about our love for Kalamazoo and its rapidly expanding craft beer scene,” he continued.
The community is invited to a voting kick-off celebration from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 6 at Bell’s Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo. Organizers are asking attendees to bring their friends, smart phones, tablets and laptops to cast their ballots for Kalamazoo as Beer City USA.
If you would like to show your pride for Kalamazoo on your Facebook, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for “Vote Kalamazoo for Beer City USA” digital graphics, including a Facebook cover photo, profile picture and poster.
Time for a pint…