There’s a lot to consider when planning a vacation. The cost, climate, and sightseeing, are of course, major factors. But, what about the beers that are brewed in that city? Regardless if you want to party like a frat boy or sip on a craft beer during dinner, beer can say a lot about the city of it’s origin. Whether it’s a revolutionary technique used for brewing, unique flavors or just a local favorite, each city that brews their own beer puts their own stamp on beer. So, before you book anything, check out the 10 American cities that beer the best beer.
10. Cleveland, OH
You may be thinking that who in their right mind would want to go to Cleveland? But, seriously, the city is a pretty neat place to visit. After spending the day at the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, enjoy the old-school beertown that is Cleveland. Places like the Nano Brew Cleveland will “pour you a bready amber ale while they tune your bike,” then there’s also the Market Garden Brewery, Fat Heads, the Brew Kettle and, of course, Great Lakes Brewing Company. Even towns nearby, like Strongsville and Akron, are great places to check out if you’re a beer enthusiast.
9. St. Louis, MO
Despite the Gateway City being home to Budweiser, it still has over a dozen breweries and brewpubs. Places like Schlafly Tap Room and the International Tap House are home to a number of fresh draft beers that will put Bud completely out of your mind. But, the best time to check out the beer scene in St. Louis is during June. Every year the Brewers Heritage Festival is held in Forest Park, which brings together local craft breweries and the area’s most talented home-brewers.
8. Burlington, VT
New England is home to several great beer towns, but the current microbrewing industry has it’s roots in Burlington, Vermont. In 1988, The Vermont Pub and Brewery first opened, which pretty much started the microbrew craze across the U.S. Besides being home to one of the founding microbreweries in the country, Burlington is also home to the unique Magic Hat Brewery, where you can take a tour and sample beers like Circus Boy or #9. And, Burlington is home to Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, which may be a hangover cure for some of you out there.
7. San Francisco, CA
Since San Francisco is the foodie capital of the U.S., it only makes sense that they would create some delicious beer. For example, there’s the Almanac and Pacific Brewing Labs, who both use unusual and seasonal ingredients, like plums and hibiscus. There’s also 21st Amendment Brewery, who have won awards for their canned bar, and our course, the legendary microbrew champ Anchor Brewery is based in San Fran.
6. Boston, MA
Beantown can probably thank Cheers and Sam Adams for putting it on the map as one of America’s favorite beer cities. Besides checking out the Sam Adams Brewery, you could also head to Southie to visit Harpoon. There’s also the Cambridge Brewing Company and the Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project in Somerville. Or, you could walk into any number of Boston pubs, like Streetcar, The Publick House or Boston Beer Works to sample some of the local brews.