Saturday, February 2, 2013

Finally, A Best Beer City List To Believe

I have shaken my head in disgust or disbelief at more than one "best beer city" list.  This article from Seattle's Seattle PI (not sure if I'm writing this correctly) is the most realistic, beer-centric list I've read.  And, it's not because San Diego is ranked first, it's because the article's author, Steve Body, obviously knows beer and what makes a great beer city, and did the research to prove it.  He eviscerated weak articles to make his his point:
I read a total of 23 lists, including one in which the author names a tiny, ramshackle brewpub in rural Montana in his top five and left off Portland and San Diego altogether.
 His list of top-ten best beer cities:

1.  San Diego
2.  Portland
3.  Seattle
4.  Denver-Boulder, CO
5.  Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, MI
6.  San Francisco
7.  Longmont-Ft. Collins-Lovelace, CO
8.  Bend, OR
9.  Boston
10.  Chicago

Most beer geeks have already had compiled a similar list for future beer travels, regardless of what other articles may have proclaimed.  Read the article and decide for yourself.  Mr. Body gives an Honorable Mention to the State of Vermont and Asheville, NC, but I'd add New York City, too, as you can get good beer in a variety of places.


The Hop Daddy said...

I believe I would swap the Denver-Boulder entry with Longmont-Ft. Collins-Loveland. Denver's beer scene is growing, but the stretch from Ft. Collins to Longmont is much more beercentric in my opinion.

Beer Rover said...

Thanks, i just don't know the distinction, so I'll take your word for it. My perception of Colorado is that it was good in the 80s and early 90s, but that it hasn't seen the growth like San Diego or kept up like Portland. I'm sure my perception is wrong.

The Hop Daddy said...

Yes and no. Colorado has seen a boom in craft beer over the past few years, like a lot of places around the country. However, the growth there is not nearly at the pace set here in San Diego.