America’s Best Beer Cities
Featured destinations: USA, San Diego
Published 18 July 2016
When visiting, make sure to try beers from Bridgeport Brewing, Hopworks Urban Brewery, and Hair of the Dog. It’s also worth sampling Deschutes Brewery and Rogue Brewery, both of which brew their beer in other parts of the state but have brewpubs in downtown Portland.Denver, ColoradoInternationally, Colorado may be associated with Coors Brewing Company, but that doesn’t mean the capital city of Colorado isn’t a great beer city.
Denver might not have as many breweries as Portland, but the ones that call the city home are quite good. Even better, Denver is home to the biggest American beer festival of them all: the Great American Beer Festival. Thousands flocks to the city each year to try over 2,000 different beers and many breweries compete to earn top honors in the festival’s beer contest.If you do visit the city, make sure to check out Great Divide Brewery and Wynkoop Brewery, the first craft brewery to open in the city in 1988.Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaNo city on this list has a longer beer history than Philadelphia. In fact, famous Americans such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin were known to make their own beers while living in America’s first capital city. You can try modern versions of their recipes at Yards Brewing Company. Also worthy of a visit are Flying Fish and Victory Brewing Company in nearby Downington.
Philadelphia is also home to not one, but two amazing beer festivals each year that host both regional and national brews. If that’s not enough, the city also has some of the best bars in the country, including McGillin’s Olde Ale House, which has been in operation since the mid-19th century, and Monk’s Cafe.Asheville, North CarolinaThere’s a good chance that your travel plans don’t include this small Appalachian city, but if you’re a beer lover, you might want to consider visiting.
Asheville is relatively new to the craft beer scene, but they have taken the region by storm, producing some amazing beers. And, with 14 breweries in the city and growing, Asheville has more breweries than any other city in America per capita.Local favorites include Highland Brewing Company, The Wedge, and Wicked Weed.San Diego, CaliforniaSan Diego might be more well-known for its surfing, but the city has a seriously great beer scene. With more than 30 breweries in the city and surrounding community, working your way through them all will take a while.
If you’re looking for somewhere to start, try Stone Brewing Company, which has been called the “All-Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by Beer Advocate Magazine.