07 Aug The Best Cities for BEER in America
The first Friday of every August marks International Beer Day. You’ve probably had a long week, so here’s a perfect excuse to hit up Happy Hour after work tonight. International Beer Day’s founders proclaimed the three official reasons to imbibe on this holiday:
1.To gather with friends and enjoy the taste of beer.
2.To celebrate those responsible for brewing and serving beer.
3.To unite the world under the banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations together on a single day.
4. It’s the weekend! YOLO!
Needless to say, if you’re a beer fan doing business travel in any of these places, prepare to enjoy your stay. These places are famous for beer and attracting the people who love it. Drink up!
-Boston, MA–This city consumes more beer per capita than any other US city. A few of their most famous breweries? Harpoon, Trillium, Notch, Pretty Things, Mystic, Idle Hands, Night Shift and the Cambridge Brewing Co, and of course—Samuel Adams.
-San Diego, CA–This SoCal city boasts a variety of famous pale ales and IPAs. According to Kris Cramer, cofounder of Karl Strauss Brewing Company, “If we could get [our] beer into people’s mouths, we could create converts.” See for yourself next time you’re traveling to San Diego.
-Seattle, WA–¾ of our nation’s hops were born in Yakima Valley, so naturally, ‘beer’ is in everyone’s vocabulary in this NW brew hub. Rainier Beer worked with the local hop crop, and opened a brewery in 1884 that grew to become the 6th largest brewery in the world.
-Portland, OR–While we’re on this side of the US, we can’t miss Portland, sometimes known as “Beervana.” Portland houses more breweries (60 and counting!) than any other city in the entire world. For a quick idea of just how big Portland is in the beer landscape: Portland creates 39.3% of the craft beer sold in the US.
-Denver, CO–Another one of the most beer-loaded cities in the US, Denver hosts the Great American Beer Festival every fall. They certainly have more than just Coors: “LOTS of the country’s biggest and best breweries are located in or around the city,” says beer journalist Tara Nurin.
-Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN–The Twin Cities capitalize on pub crawls, limousine tasting tours, and summer festivals. Surly Brewery started it all with their distinctive beer names (try Cynic, Furious, Over Rated) and unique packaging ( because they sell their micro-brews in cans).
-Chicago, IL–GQ Magazine recently called The Windy City the “Greatest Drinking City in America.” In addition, Chicago is home to the “World’s Best Bartender,” Charles Joly, who is now bottling/selling world-famous cocktails in select stores in Chicago.
We just couldn’t leave these out.
-Portland, ME-Didn’t we just mention Portland? Yes, but the other one. The biggest craft beer draw continues to be Allagash, on the northeastern outskirts of the city.
-Asheville, NC–This southern city is quickly gaining notoriety for its food and drink scene, and breweries are no exception. Asheville now boasts 21 craft breweries and has earned the distinction of “Beer City USA” from Examiner for 4 years in a row. If you’re in the SE, don’t miss it.
-Bend, OR–Nearby Portland gets all the attention, but Bend certainly has a charm of its own. There’s even a brewery trail, and you can get additional prizes for taking this trail in November–something to keep in mind this fall.