The laughable spectacle of Charlie Papazian's online poll to determine Beer City, USA has ended in only the second-worst outcome for Portland. The most terrible thing that could have happened would have been for Portland to edge Asheville, NC by a few votes, so that it would have been us wearing the propeller beanie and not them. (Photo credit: rbatina.) In a contest to see who has the most insecure beer fans, it's better that we should come in second place than to suffer the humiliation of actually winning the prize.
Please, please, please, I beg of you Portland beer people: don't take the bait next year. If this poll was moored in reality, you would have seen more people voting for one of the larger population centers with a decent beer scene. Instead, it was just a wankfest between 7400 people in North Carolina and 6600 from hereabouts. Check out how much interest this thing attracted in other beery places:
- Chicago (metro: 9.6 million): 190 votes
- Boston (metro: 4.6 million): 114 votes
- San Francisco (metro: 4.3 million): 171 votes
- Seattle (metro: 3.4 million): 362 votes
- San Diego (metro: 3.1 million): 884 votes