15 Best American Beer Towns

15 Best American Beer Towns

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Can’t swing the trip to Munich this year to attend Oktoberfest? Why not simply go to your local brewery and try something local. While America might not have the original Oktoberfest, the history of beer in the United States is a rich one.

15 Best American Beer Towns:

1. Portland, Oregon

Portland boasts more breweries (52) than any other city in the world.

Notable Brewer(ies): Hopworks Urban Brewery, Alameda Brewing Company, Cascade Brewing, Hair Of The Dog

2. San Francisco, California

The Bay Area is bursting with micro- and nano- breweries that have been experimenting with food-inspired brews like nowhere else.

Notable Brewer(ies): 21st Amendment Brewery, Speakeasy, Drake’s, Black Diamond

3. San Diego, California

Laid-back beach towns are a no-brainer when it comes to combining flip-flops with beer.

Notable Brewer(ies): Stone Brewing, Green Flash: Half Door Brewing, South Park Brewing Company, Monkey Paw Brewing Company

4. Denver, Colorado

Scores of thirsty outdoorsmen, laws that are beer-friendly, and some of the country’s purest water make this city a beer lover’s dream.

Notable Brewer(ies): Great Divide, Crooked Stave, Wynkoop, TRVE Brewing, Black Sky Brewery, Denver Beer Company

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5. Portland, Maine

This New England city has been a beer-nerd magnet for years.

Notable Brewer(ies): Shipyard, Allagash, Rising Tide Brewing Company

6. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Our Founding Fathers bickered over inalienable human rights and this town’s only become more beer-crazy ever since.

Notable Brewer(ies): Tröegs, Yuengling, Weyerbacher, Yards, Free Will Brewing, Philadelphia Brewing Company, Dock Street

7. Cleveland, Ohio

A hard-working frontier town built on booze. What’s not to like?

Notable Brewer(ies): Great Lakes Brewing Company, Market Garden, Indigo Imp, Fat Head’s

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8. Grand Rapids, Michigan

Their local community is fiercely loyal to their efforts and has played a large role in putting them on national radar.

Notable Brewer(ies): Founders, Brewery Vivant, Mitten, Harmony, Grand Rapids Brewing Company, HopCat

9. Burlington, VT

There’s one brewery for every 3,800 people.

Notable Brewer(ies): Alchemist, Switchback, Infinity, Vermont Pub & Brewery

10. New York, New York

New York is now home to 20 breweries, 15 of which opened in the last two years.

Notable Brewer(ies): Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint, Other Half, Finback, SingleCut, Bronx Brewery, Evil Twin

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11. Bend, Oregon

With its 25 breweries, Bend has the highest number of breweries per 10,000 households in the U.S.

Notable Brewer(ies): Deschutes, Ale Apothecary

12. Albuquerque, New Mexico

While it doesn’t get the national attention it deserves, there are more than a dozen local breweries in Albuquerque worth visiting.

Notable Brewer(ies): Marble Brewery, Le Cumbre Brewing

13. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The history of Milwaukee is basically a page in the history of American beer making.

Notable Brewer(ies): Lakefront, Water Street, Brenner, Milwaukee Brewing Company, Miller, Leinenkugel

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14. Boston, Massachusetts

The first brewery in Massachusetts emerged not long after the Pilgrims dropped anchor because beer was safer to drink than the water.

Best Brewer(ies): Samuel Adams, Wormtown Brewery, Slumbrew, Clown Shoes, Harpoon Brewery

15. Asheville, North Carolina

Offers visitors a dense, walkable collection of world-class breweries all located in the downtown area.

Notable Brewer(ies): Wedge Brewing Company, Oyster House Brewing Company, wicked Weed Brewing, Highland Brewing Company

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