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America’s Best Beer Cities. Wait, Really?

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Travel and Leisure just published their list of the Top 20 beer destination cities. The list hasn’t proven to be popular among those who have read it.  I’m not sure how a pretty park correlates to a good beer destination, but hey- I’ll run with it.  Heres Travel and Leasuire’s Top 20:

  1. Portland, OR
  2. Denver, CO
  3. Seattle, WA
  4. Providence, RI
  5. Portland, ME
  6. Savannah, GA
  7. Boston, MA
  8. Austin, TX
  9. San Francisco, CA
  10. Nashville, TN
  11. Kansas City, MO
  12. Minneapolis/St. Paul
  13. Charleston, SC
  14. Chicago, IL
  15. Anchorage, AK
  16. New Orleans, LA
  17. Philadelphia, PA
  18. San Diego, CA
  19. Phoenix/Scarsdale, AZ
  20. Houston, TX

Stone Brewing is none to thrilled about 18th.   What would you change about this list?  Check out the full story on T+L’s site. <Travel+Leisure>

7 thoughts on “America’s Best Beer Cities. Wait, Really?

  1. I guess I should forgo my trip to Asheville to go to rather one of the South’s ‘real’ beer destinations like New Orleans, Savannah or Charleston, right Travel + Leisure?  Whoever came up with this list doesn’t know much about beer.

  2. I find it hard to put Philly and San diego close to the bottom.  That’s where Nashville goes. 

    • Agreed Reid, my wife is a Philly gal and I never knew what a great beer culture they had up there.  Despite their fanatics I had nothing but a great time and a trip to Monk’s should be on anybody’s beer bucket list

  3. I live in Savannah and constantly complain about the lack of good beer… Weak package stores, nothing that caters to the craft beer drinker with any enthusiasm, and a mediocre beer bar that thinks way too highly of themselves because they are the only place in town where you can get something decent on tap…. Savannah, really now?? A proud home of Bud Light and PBR… Never have I seen such a waste of what COULD BE a perfect town to drink a GREAT beer anywhere you want in the downtown district. Shame, shame, shame on you Travel & Leisure.

  4. wow.  this is awful.  Savannah at 6?  Seriously?  If one big bar and one brewery gets you on this list Atlanta should be on this list, with multiple Taco Mac’s and Sweetwater Brewing.  

    • And note, no, I do not think Atlanta is a beer town.  Cities like Philly, New York, Boston, anywhere in the upper midwest deserve that distinction.

  5. I guess the bigger question is – what are the metrics for deciding who goes where? # of breweries? Bars? Mass tran? 

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