Well I haven't been everywhere but I did get the chance to visit Belgium earlier this year and it was a bit of an eye opener. It was an incredible experience and highly recommended but it made me realize just how good we have it here in Portland. I honestly did not expect that. Now don't get me wrong, the famous bars and breweries all pretty much lived up to the hype but none of these places are really in the same place. Belgium is a small country (aprox the size of OR or WA) and it seems like most towns have one or two great spots but mostly you have to drive all over the country to find the good stuff (again super fun and highly recommended). Portland in particular has a bunch of great spots all within a couple miles of each other and that is a very rare thing in the world. Belgium still has us beat on the lambic/wild front and I think we owe much of our own burgeoning beer culture to the great Belgian breweries but for as young as the overall American beer scene is I think we are doing pretty damn well for ourselves. Just think back 10 years, was there a "scene" anywhere in the states?