The craft beer explosion has made great beer available almost everywhere in the USA. Some cities, however, may deserve special recognition today, National Beer Lover’s Day.
Chicago is the best destination for beer lovers, according to the vacation-rental website HomeToGo, which used its travel experts to compare cities based on cost of beer, number of breweries, brew pubs and beer bars, and prices of nearby vacation rentals.
“Chicago ranks first overall this year, largely due to the number of top-rated bars and its relatively affordable prices for pints,” says HomeToGo spokeswoman Caroline Burns.
Chicago has 106 top-rated bars, 50 breweries, a $5 average price for a domestic pint and an average accommodation price of $338, according to HomeToGo’s research.
Goose Island Brewing Company kicked off Chicago’s modern craft beer explosion when it opened its doors in 1988, and many popular breweries, including Two Brothers Artisan Brewing, Half Acre Beer Co. and Metropolitan Brewing, have since captured the taste buds of Windy City beer afficionados.
HomeToGo, which evaluated hundreds of cities, rates Portland, Oregon, as the nation’s #2 destination for beer lovers, followed by Milwaukee, Denver and Seattle. Portland is nicknamed “Beervana” and known for its “dynamic brewpubs and tasty beverages,” HomeToGo says.
The city has hosted “one of America’s largest annual craft beer festivals, the Oregon Brewers Festival, where thousands of beer and cider lovers sip on the delicious independent libations,” the vacation-rental website says. “Travelers can look forward to the city’s notorious IPAs, along with dark, rich beers like imperial porters and stouts.”
New York ranks No. 6 among best beer destinations, and rounding out the Top 10 are, respectively, Asheville, North Carolina; Austin, Texas; Tampa, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Myrtle Beach, HomeToGo says, is the most affordable destination for a pint of domestic beer — a $4.12 average price.
California produces more craft beer than any other state — an annual average of 3.5 million barrels — and Vermont beer drinkers of legal age consume more beer than beer drinkers in other states, according to research gathered by HomeToGo.