Ten Best Beer Cities In America for 2014
Bend, Ore. ranked No. 1 among country’s 10 best beer cities in new list by the lifestyle website Livability, followed by Denver, which finished second, and San Diego, which came in third.
Congratulations — if you live in one of the America’s top beer cities!
The list-centric website listed Crux Fermentation Project, Boneyard, Deschutes, and Bend Brewing as the city’s best breweries.
“Bend offers innovative and award-winning breweries, residents who consume beer at higher rates than the average American, sophisticated beer tastes and a high-quality of life for beer lovers,” according to Livability’s rankings.
To be honest, this isn’t a scientific poll. To establish this top 10, Livability considered beer consumption, beer preference, award-winning breweries and breweries per capita.
You probably already knew that, but here’s the 10 Best Beer Cities in America for 2014:
1. Bend, OR
Best Breweries: Bend Brewing, Deschutes, Crux Fermentation Project, Boneyard
Best Beers: Hop in The Dark at Deschutes, Cucumber Crush at 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Salmonberry Sour at Bend Brewing Co.
2. Denver, CO
Best Breweries: Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver Beer Co., Renegade Brewing Co. and Crooked Stave
Best Beers: Titan IPA from Great Divide, Move Back from SandLot, Keller Pils from Prost
3. San Diego, CA
Best Breweries: Lost Abbey, AleSmith, Pizza Port, Green Flash Brewing Company
Best Beers: Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone, AleSmith IPA from AleSmith, Swamis IPA from Pizza Port
4. Albuquerque, NM
Best Breweries: La Cumbre Brewing Co., Canteen Brewhouse, Chama River Brewing Co.
Best Beers: Imperial Red at Marble Brewery, Dougie Style Amber Ale at Canteen Brewhouse, Acequia IPA at Bosque Brewing Co.
5. Tampa, FL
Best Breweries: Cigar City Brewing, Tampa Bay Brewing Co., Six Ten Brewing
Best Beers: Reef Donkey APA at Cigar City, Old Elephant Foot IPA at Tampa Bay Brewing, Double IPA at Florida Avenue Brewing Co.
6. Grand Rapids, MI
Best Breweries: Founders Brewing Co., Brewery Vivant, Harmony Brewing Co.
Best Beers: Porter at Founders, Fiddlestix IPA at Harmony, Undertaker at Brewery Vivant
7. St. Louis, MO
Best Breweries: Civil Life Brewing Co., 4 Hands Brewing Co., Schlafly Taproom
Best Beers: Rye Pale Ale at The Civil Life Brewing Co., Heart of Gold at Perennial Artisan Ales, Dry Hopped APA at Schlafly
8. Bellingham, WA
Best Breweries: Boundary Bay Brewery, Chuckanut Brewery, Kulshan Brewing
Best Beers: Chuckanut Dunkel at Chuckanut, Shoe Toss Rye IPA at Wander Brewing, Amarillo Single Hop Pale Ale at Boundary
9. Hershey, PA
Best Breweries: Troegs Brewery, The Brewery at Hershey, Appalachian Brewing Co.
Best Beers: Troegenator at Troegs, Sunshine Pils at Troegs, Pond Jumper at The Brewery at Hershey
10. Billings, MT
Best Breweries: Montana Brewing Co., Uberbrew, Carter’s Brewing
Best Beers: Whitetail Wheat at Montana Brewing Co., Dieselpunk Stout at Uberbrew, Blackened CDA at Carter’s Brewing
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