Beer has been around and beloved for thousands of years. In recent years, Micro-Breweries in the US have exploded back onto the scene in full force with a popularity that this world-wide tradition hasn’t seen in here since before prohibition. Let’s raise our glasses, Deco & Bloom style, with Ideal Cities for Micro-Brew Enthusiasts.
Albuquerque: This little New Mexico city may come as a surprise to some since it rarely gets the press that some of it’s major contenders get, but with 12 Microbreweries operating in the city, and a variety of unique flavors and types of beer, Albuquerque’s budding beer scene is definitely on the rise. Watch for a lot more mentions of this spectacular spirit hot spot to be popping up a lot more often in the coming years, and if you happen to be in the area, be sure to give the local breweries a try.
Chicago: Perhaps best known for their deep dish pizzas, Chicago is one one of those cities that always seems to come up when discussion turns to food and drinks, and they have a long standing history of micro-brewers, a tradition that has carried over to the 21st century with ease. With dozens of micro-breweries, and hundreds of tiny home brewers, there is so much to choose from in Chicago that finding a favorite could be a tough job.
Boston: As one of America’s oldest cities, Boston has brewing history a mile long. Boston has always been a pretty traditional stop for touring beer enthusiasts and is home to Samuel Adams, one of the biggest beer brands in the US. With a ton of Micro-breweries operating in the area, many companies in the area have begun operating brewery tours for multiple breweries, and a quite war is waging among the restaurants in the city to see who can put the most beers on tap. If you are in the greater Boston area, be sure to give the Sunset Grill & Tap a try for the 380 different micro-breweries they keep stocked.
San Diego: This California city is a one of the biggest craft beer cities in the state (and that’s saying something for a state that has an abundance of micro-breweries). The micro-brewing traditions of San Diego stretch back into the early 90’s putting them on the forefront of the craft revival of the west coast, and one sip of their beer will give you a great understanding of why. Many of the older micro-brewers in the city have gone on to be available across the US, adding somewhat to the cities legacy as a haven for folks looking to try produce unusual beer types, and the fact that many of the restaurants in the city have a huge variety of the local flavors on tap means that anyone looking try something new won’t have to go far.
Seattle: Between Washington and Oregon, the whole American North-West seems to have jumped onto the Micro-Brewery train with such great enthusiasm that it has swiftly become one of the biggest things that they are known for. With one of the largest hop growing regions in the world close by, there is no wonder that Seattle has become one of the seats of craft beer in Washington, and with it’s reputation for being an open, friendly place with great food and wine as well as beer, it’s easy to see why people are getting so excited about this city.
Portland (Maine): Perhaps not the Portland you were expecting to see on this list, Portland, Maine, is on the opposite side of the US, but are nearly as well known in craft beer circles as their Pacific counterpart. One of the earliest cities to get into the Micro-Brewery trend, this town was well known in the beer scene even back into the 90’s, with their unique micro-breweries, and reliance on local ingredients. If you plan to swing by for a pint, make sure to stay for a bit; nearly every brewery in the area has their own taproom, and their own unique take on this tasty libation.
Denver: The mile high city is another up-and-comer on our list. Denver has a large number of breweries, both micro and macro, and beer tours are a popular city past time. This city is one place that takes it’s brewing seriously, and with such great beers it’s easy to see that it’s working for them. The city is also a massive part of the live music scene with many breweries offering live music venue in their tap rooms. This city is a must see for beer and music fans alike.
Houston: Home to Texas’s oldest craft brewery, Houston is without a doubt the king of micro-breweries in the great state of Texas. There is definitely a lot of traditional American style beers to be tried in the Houston area, but there are also a large number of breweries who are starting to take on international influences when it comes to their drinks, and with so many different spots to choose from in the area there is liquor here for everyone. Also well known for their wine scene, no matter what your drink of choice is, Houston is a perfect destination for enthusiasts of all different types of intoxicants.
Kansas City: With it’s strong position on the beautiful Missouri river, and it’s position as one of the most affordable cities in the US, we would be remiss for not including Kansas City in our list of the beer capitals of America. Filled with fascinating history, there are few places that are better suited for a taste of beer for those interested in alcohol’s history within the US. This city has enough breweries to keep any beer fan happy for a life time, and with it’s low cost of living it’s a great place to visit or live in.
Portland (Oregon): There was not way that the city of Portland wasn’t going to make an appearance on this list. One of the best known cities in America when it comes to micro-breweries, it seems that just about everyone has a strong opinion on this thriving city in the North-West. Love them or hate them, with more than 80 breweries in the area, there is zero doubt that Portland has brewing as a part of their local culture, and there is certainly a strong argument to be made that they helped to bring Micro-Brewing back into the main stream culture through out the country in the last few years. No trip to Portland is complete without sampling as many of the cities famous brews as possible. Which city do you feel is best for micro-brewery enthusiasts? Let us know in the comments below for a chance to win our monthly drawing.