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Best Micro City

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by GRbruR, Jan 25, 2013.

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  1. GRbruR

    GRbruR Jan 5, 2008 Utah

    We all know there is a list for everything these days. "Top Ten Cities for Single Women", or "Best Cars for a Kid With ADHD". I am curious to poll fellow BA members on which city (or cities) you think best showcase a variety of brewing talent and options. Now I know there are going to be a lot of "homers" chiming in, but stay as objective as possible. Also, if you haven't been there, don't assume, therefore don't tout it.

    Big cities like Portland, Chicago, and Denver get a lot of love based on sheer volume of breweries there. Smaller hubs like Asheville, Grand Rapids, and Austin can hold their own with many of the big boys. Thoughts?
  2. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Sep 4, 2010 California
    Beer Trader

    I think this thread has come up a few times although I can't find it.

    The answer is San Diego though.
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  3. GRbruR

    GRbruR Jan 5, 2008 Utah

    Erik, I think you are right, and I couldn't find it either. I am looking for a couple of cities to hit on an upcoming road trip, so this list is actually a bit self-indulgent :)
  4. mrcraft

    mrcraft Dec 15, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    IMO, San Diego and its vicinity is probably the best brewing city.

    Now if you asked which state then my answer would not be California though...
  5. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Sep 4, 2010 California
    Beer Trader

    It's all good and I think SD is drivable from SLC for sure :)
  6. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Burlington-Stowe, VT
  7. Providence

    Providence Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    The answer is not Providence, RI. So go ahead and cross that one off of your list.
  8. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Mar 23, 2008 California

    San Diego certainly has some of the best beer in the country, but it is far from the best city to drink beer in.
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  9. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Jul 7, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    i have to agree SD not to mention I try go there every month
    just went this month and two days there hit
    Alpine, Alesmith, Ballast point, Hess, Society, Green Flash, and Pizza Port
  10. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Ha, but it should be. Exactly the type of city that should be a craft beer mecca.
  11. Andygirl

    Andygirl Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    I'll go with Grand Rapids.
  12. GRbruR

    GRbruR Jan 5, 2008 Utah

    What is Orkut?
  13. Providence

    Providence Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Ain't that the truth. It's a damn shame that the Providence beer seen is as pathetic as it is.
  14. LeRose

    LeRose Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    Well, it is sort of "micro" in a sense...
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  15. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

    San Diego.
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  16. Derek333

    Derek333 Oct 7, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    Grand Rapids.
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  17. beerranger

    beerranger Jan 10, 2013 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Portland, Maine!
  18. GRbruR

    GRbruR Jan 5, 2008 Utah

    I grew up in the Grand Rapids area and just moved from there - I miss that scene, man. Having 20+ microbreweries within a 45-minute drive from anywhere is pretty rad considering its a city of about 200,000. Now I am in the mountain west, I have done Denver, Fort Collins, L.A., Austin, and Phoenix (bad). I will be back in LA in a few weeks, and might rent a car and head down to SD. Geeked. Haven't done the beer scene there.
  19. beertunes

    beertunes Sep 24, 2007 Washington
    Beer Trader

    Bend. Not only is it a small city (thusly "micro"), but with more breweries than most folks have fingers, you will not go thirsty.
  20. GRbruR

    GRbruR Jan 5, 2008 Utah

    I like the idea of drivng from SLC to Missoula, then over to Bend and up to Portland, then home. Three great stops, me thinks.
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  21. bryanole27

    bryanole27 Jun 24, 2011 North Carolina

    I thought it was a tie between Grand Rapids, MI and Asheville, NC?
  22. FEUO

    FEUO Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    I'd say San Diego has an incredible beer scene with amazing breweries.
    However, pound for pound GRAND RAPIDS is ze winna!
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  23. iKasey

    iKasey Sep 2, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Being from SLC myself and my parents living in NoCal, I always wanted to do the San Diego up through San Fran area but never got the chance. I say do it!
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  24. GRbruR

    GRbruR Jan 5, 2008 Utah

    Bryan27, you're right, both of those places tied for first for Beer City USA, but I think that each launched its own social media campaign, so many of those votes came from people who aren't necessarily craftheads, they just wanted to see their city on the top of another list. Nothing against either, as noted above, I love the GR brewing scene, and Asheville's, although not as varied as GR's, is better than most large city's beer scenes.
  25. bryanole27

    bryanole27 Jun 24, 2011 North Carolina

    I've been to Grand Rapids and was very impressed! I now live in Charlotte and will heading to Asheville soon to check it out. Can't wait to compare the two!
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  26. Chewbacca

    Chewbacca Jan 22, 2013 Antarctica

    Kachirho on Kashyyyk is poppin'
  27. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    I wouldnt sleep on Durham. Go on a Saturday, then you can hit Triangle Brewing (Belgians), Fullsteam (off the wall local), and Bull City Burger and Brewery (English and sessions). If you move down 40 toward Raleigh, you have Roth and Natty Greene's (meh), LoneRider, and Big Boss (highlight of the Raleigh breweries).
  28. Dtapeski

    Dtapeski Oct 26, 2012 Colorado

    I know you said city and you were already there, but in a 2 hour range, IMO nothing can beat Denver/ Boulder/Ft.Collins/Colorado Springs. I am a Homer.
  29. GRbruR

    GRbruR Jan 5, 2008 Utah

    I liked Durham alot, not so much for the beer quality and variety, but the beer culture - lots of good people and so nice, super easy to talk to and well-educated in all things brewing. I went to Triangle (pretty solid) and Bull City (not solid), but again, the after-work scene in Durham kicks ass.
  30. GRbruR

    GRbruR Jan 5, 2008 Utah

    Not a bad place to be a homer, man!
  31. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    yea Bull City has so many beers, I think its hard for them to focus in on certain beers. The Cognac aged barleywine was insanely good, and english bitters and pales are in a league of their own. no one else makes them. Kind of the same reason I keep telling the guys at Triangle to age some Lambic, and in 3 years blend vintages into a Gueuze. No one in NC makes one.
  32. frankthetank86

    frankthetank86 Dec 24, 2012 New York

    you need to hit up stone if you haven't. growler fills, great food, and a amazing draft selection!
  33. Smurf2055

    Smurf2055 Nov 12, 2011 Washington

    Bend, Oregon
  34. LambicKing

    LambicKing Apr 13, 2011 Germany

  35. dunix

    dunix Jan 26, 2011 Vermont

    Waterbury, VT
    Portland, ME
    Fredrick, MD
  36. GRbruR

    GRbruR Jan 5, 2008 Utah

    Does Waterbury have anything else besides The Alchemist?
  37. dunix

    dunix Jan 26, 2011 Vermont

    No, but it is close enough to some other world class breweries, and it is the best spot to partake in Alchemist, HF, and Lawson's
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  38. JayS2629

    JayS2629 Oct 23, 2010 Alabama

    Best one I've been to is Asheville, NC and Fort Collins, CO.
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  39. leedorham

    leedorham Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    I consider Fremont and Ballard to be their own communities. Both hold their own with any other burg in the US.

    Hood River, OR is a really neat place too.
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  40. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Besides three awesome beer bars serving Hill Farmstead, Lawson's, and many other great beers? No, not really.
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