What are your top 5 beer cities?

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  1. paulish

    paulish Pooh-Bah (2,878) Feb 2, 2014 New York
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  2. Domingo

    Domingo Grand Pooh-Bah (3,896) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    Slipped my mind at the time, but Dusseldorf and Cologne deserve a shoutout, too. The only reason they probably did slip my mind is because you pretty much have to love alt or Kolsch. It's not like San Diego where you probably should like IPA's, but there are plenty of alternatives if they aren't your jam.
  3. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Maven (1,347) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    I was formulating a response but maybe I'll just copy/ paste yours. (and I'd be ok with it.) nicely done!
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  4. Pmicdee

    Pmicdee Pooh-Bah (2,183) Aug 10, 2013 Canada (ON)

    In Ontario, Canada

    1) Kitchener
    2) Kingston
    3) London
    4) Ottawa
    5) Windsor
  5. TheIPAHunter

    TheIPAHunter Grand Pooh-Bah (5,160) Aug 12, 2007 California
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    Stowe, VT
    Brooklyn, NY
    San-Dog, CA
    Portland, OR
    Richmond, VA
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  6. plaid75

    plaid75 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,366) Jan 13, 2005 New York
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    That I've been to:

    1. Burlington
    2. Portland, OR
    3. NYC
    4. Asheville
    5. Chicago
    6. Long Island, NY
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  7. jdhops

    jdhops Zealot (642) Dec 30, 2011 Tennessee

    1. Burlington/Waterbury/Stowe/Northeast Kingdom VT
    2. Portland OR
    3. Portland ME
    4. Asheville NC
    5. Seattle WA
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  8. Mgh2001

    Mgh2001 Crusader (432) Dec 3, 2021

    Charlton MA
    Greensboro Bend VT
    Stowe VT
    Hudson NY
    Salem, MA

    (Relax, it’s a joke)
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  9. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,281) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I had Boson/Cambridge on my list at #5 from many visits to the area, but then I remembered that my visit to Denver was a bit more awesome.
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  10. BruChef

    BruChef Pundit (871) Nov 8, 2009 New York

    Rochester (Homer city)
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  11. skivtjerry

    skivtjerry Pooh-Bah (1,779) Mar 10, 2006 Vermont

    I will limit it to places I've been in North America. My time in Europe and Asia was far too short for real appreciation. No particular order.

    Waterbury, VT - I live across the river; what can I say?
    Portland, ME
    Portland, OR
    Denver/Ft. Collins
    Vancouver, BC
    Burlington, VT

    And most unlikely, Laramie, WY, because some Europeans on the track team introduced me to good beer when I was in college.
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  12. Giantspace

    Giantspace Pooh-Bah (2,757) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Philly, and surrounding area

    No order. I have had great beer times in all these places. Philly I guess is number 1 since I am pretty much there.

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  13. CraftFan5

    CraftFan5 Pooh-Bah (2,130) May 14, 2013 New Jersey
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    Places I've been?

    1. Portland, OR
    2. Denver
    3. New York
    4. Philadelphia
    5. Seattle
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  14. russpowell

    russpowell Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,236) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    In the US:

    Asheville, Boston, Denver, San Francisco & San Diego. HMs: Milwaukee, Ft. Collins

    Abroad, Edinburgh, London, Munich, Brugges & Bamberg

    Places I'd like to go ( USA ): Chicago, Philly, Portland, OR, Portland Maine, & Seattle
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  15. russpowell

    russpowell Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,236) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    almost put Milwaukee in there
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  16. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,210) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    It isn't already a city? It (sorta) has a MLB team.
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  17. William_Navidson

    William_Navidson Maven (1,311) May 1, 2015 Pennsylvania

    A little confused by all the Edinburgh picks — lovely city but I was pretty underwhelmed in terms of the beers and bars there, so I must have been doing something wrong.
  18. John_M

    John_M Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,253) Oct 25, 2003 Washington
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    Portland Oregon.
    San Diego

    Honorable mention:. Waterbury/Stowe Vermont.
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  19. russpowell

    russpowell Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,236) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    It was jumping in the early 90s.
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  20. russpowell

    russpowell Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,236) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Some other HMs in Europe. Nurenberg, Dusseldorf, Ghent, Cambridge, Regensburg, Brighton, Amsterdam
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  21. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Grand High Pooh-Bah (8,021) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    Only counting the cities I've visited / drank in and in no particular order:

    Munich, Germany
    San Diego, CA
    Portland, ME
    Philadelphia, PA
    Boston, MA ("region")
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  22. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Pundit (985) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    Out of curiosity, why Phoenix?
    I was born and raised there, I just don’t hear it mentioned often on this site
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  23. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Pundit (985) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    I’m admittedly and regrettably not super well travelled, but:

    San Diego
    New York
    San Francisco
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  24. Jesseix

    Jesseix Devotee (392) Mar 18, 2022 California

    Oh it is, I was just saying that in response to the other post mentioning Orange County in the top 5 (which Anaheim is a part of).
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  25. JokersAce

    JokersAce Crusader (457) Apr 16, 2022

    No order. Specifically with regards to cities:

    Portland, Oregon- For having some of the greatest most innovative breweries. My favorite probably being Cascade, Great Notion, Hair of the Dog and more. Either way there are a ton that are excellent and hardly distribute out of the state. In addition, the city has great beer availability with lots of excellent breweries selling beer in the city such as Russian River and lots of other Oregon brewers outside the city like Pfreim and Deschutes.

    San Diego - Personal bias as it's my hometown but with a great scene. Stone, Ballast Point, Green Flash, tons of smaller breweries and it's Mikkeller's US headquarters which is a huge plus. Good beer distribution availability as well including from other California brewers and Oregon brewers and more.

    Philadelphia - Great scene and great distribution. The brewery culture in Philly has definitely cemented itself in the city's culture these last few years. Traditionally this was Yuengling territory and it still is, though they are nearly two hours away in Pottsville but it's still the place to order a Yuengling lager. Yard's is based here and Victory now has a taproom on site. You got tons of other breweries opening up and getting more reknown such as Human Robot, Love City, Crime and Punishment, 2nd District, and frankly more than can be named. It's a very cool scene and then you have some specialist brewers like Fermentery Form doing some very unique almost haute things in the scene. It's obligatory to mention Monk's Cafe which did a lot to bring the Belgian style to prominence in the states and who also does some beers in conjunction with other brewers both foreign and domestic and has a great collection ranging from domestic Russian River stuff from the west coast to rare Belgians.

    New York City - This one is up and coming and hugely underrated. While there isn't really any large brewer in the city it certainly has a great scene that is reflective of how large the city is itself. Some of the bigger brewers include Brooklyn Brewing, Sixpoint, and then Evil Twin which is a microbrewery but with national distribution and some of the most innovative and unique beers of all time. Then you have the excellent stuff at smaller scale. Other Half, Grimm's, Bronx Brewing, Three's, Transmitter, Ebbs, Talea, KCBC, Coney Island, and a bunch more to mention. They mostly do not distribute outside of the city but a lot of the beers from these guys are insanely good. Then the city has great beer distribution with many unexpected beers across the country being available if you find the right spot. There's plentiful craft beer stores but sometimes even hidden cafes sell the rarest beers most unexpected beers out of their mini fridge. Then you got a tremendous amount of dives and pubs that offer plentiful craft offerings such as Torst, As Is, Arts and Crafts, and a whole lot more.

    Minneapolis - The midwest has a great beer scene and I'd have to pick this city to be the most representative of it as a whole. It's the entire region condensed: Huge beer culture in the area and tons of great breweries that are too much to name. So you have a well developed beer culture with many brewers and then top it off with a great brewery like Surly that make some of the best beers listed on this site.

    Honorable Mention:
    Colorado, Florida, and North Carolina - Great beer states but couldn't pin it on just one any city.
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  26. carolinabeerguy

    carolinabeerguy Pooh-Bah (1,919) Oct 10, 2005 North Carolina
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    Cities I’ve visited for beer purposes:

    1. Asheville
    2. Tampa/St. Pete
    3. Richmond
    4. PhIladelphia
    5. Charlotte
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  27. lateralusbeer

    lateralusbeer Savant (1,036) Feb 7, 2010 North Carolina

    Charlotte NC (has passed Asheville IMO)
    San Diego
    Portland, OR
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  28. Brook82

    Brook82 Zealot (583) Oct 21, 2018 Ohio

    Grand Rapids, Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, Cincinnati
  29. bubseymour

    bubseymour Grand Pooh-Bah (4,584) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Best beer places I've visited (many are not major cities however):
    1) Vermont (like others, you can't pin it to a specific town or city) - just the qualtiy of beer everywhere you go around the state, the tranquility and scenic beauty
    2) Asheville, NC - probably the best single town/city destination on my list
    3) Finger Lake region, NY - too many breweries to shake a stick at, and the area is beautiful
    4) SF Bay area (including Oakland, Santa Rosa etc)
    5) Colorado (Denver, Boulder, Breckenridge and Estes Park) are places I've been here - Most anywhere I stopped in my travels for 1 week there was a local outstanding beer scene

    Honorable mentions - Cleveland OH, White Mountains region of NH, Richmond VA, San Diego, Salisbury UK

    Where I really want to / plan to travel to? In US I still really want to visit Bend OR, and states of Michigan, Wisconsin and pretty much anywhere in Europe
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  30. LeRose

    LeRose Grand Pooh-Bah (3,427) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Can't we call New England a city for the sake of argument?
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  31. Coronaeus

    Coronaeus Grand Pooh-Bah (3,458) Apr 21, 2014 Canada (ON)
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    I have a sense of why Chambly might be on the list, but i was surprised to see this.
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  32. bubseymour

    bubseymour Grand Pooh-Bah (4,584) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    San Antone
    Baton Rouge
    Oklahoma City
    San Francisco too!
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  33. Mista_Carta

    Mista_Carta Zealot (604) Aug 11, 2015 California


    San Diego
    Portland, OR
    SF Bay Area (including wine country and down to Santa Cruz)
    New York

    Honorable mention to Philly and Los Angeles.
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  34. nomadicbeer

    nomadicbeer Zealot (637) Sep 26, 2016 Missouri

    • Austin
    • Brussels
    • Richmond
    • St. Louis
    • Tampa/St. Pete
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  35. jonphisher

    jonphisher Grand Pooh-Bah (3,094) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    I can't say I get around much but of all the places I've been Seattle has been my favorite beer city, and place maybe in general.

    I couldn't believe how many breweries were in Ballard, the neighborhood we were in. We also went during early fresh hop season so that was a huge treat.

    I'm guessing most of the PNW cities are similar, thought I haven't been; lots of well established breweries and a true fresh hop season. Does any other part of the country have both of those things...?

    I'd recommend going to anyone during this time of year, heck if we didn't have kids and a life back here I may have stayed :grin:
  36. skiking70

    skiking70 Pundit (801) Sep 23, 2014 Maryland

    In no particular order
    1.Asheville (so many breweries)
    2. D.C. (The Other Half, Aslin and a bunch of others)
    3. Pittsburgh (a lot going on there)
    4.Portland ME
    5.LA/Orange county
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  37. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    I have never read/heard this before. Why do you think that Charlotte has "passed" Asheville? What would be your evaluation criteria here?

  38. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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  39. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,210) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Anyplace that makes the best Tripel on the planet has to be on the list!
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  40. lateralusbeer

    lateralusbeer Savant (1,036) Feb 7, 2010 North Carolina

    Asheville has a ton of breweries and history, but honestly when I go I have little to no trouble narrowing the ones I feel are must hits - Eurisko, Zillacoah, Hi Wire and a couple others. Many IMO are perfectly fine but don't demand a visit. Whereas in Charlotte I feel there is a wide range of excellent breweries doing unique things, and very few that I never feel compelled to stop in to. I think Asheville is the easy choice for these lists based on it's established name but I also think that time has passed. Years ago we'd visit several times a year for beercation weekends; now there has to be something special going on. Just no reason to leave the scene we have here.
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