America’s 20 Best Cities for Beer Lovers

Whether you like your brews hoppy, dark, or fruity—or just something that tastes good with bratwurst—Travel + Leisure readers voted on the best cities for savoring a great local beer.

No. 11 Memphis

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Given the well-ranked bars, live music and rich barbecue, Memphis would be seriously remiss if it didn’t provide a thriving beer scene. If you’re in town following Elvis’ ghost or just listening to the blues, stop for an ESB (Extra Special Bitter) at High Cotton Brewing, which is just a short walk from Sun Studios.  Two other good stops on any Memphis beer tour are the Broad Avenue Arts District’s Wiseacre Brewing (known for its Gotta Get Up to Get Down Coffee Milk Stout), and Memphis Made Brewing, in the Cooper-Young neighborhood, whose Lucid Kolsch is described as “a lawnmower beer with flavor.” To get your Memphis barbecue fix with something stronger than iced tea, go to one of Central BBQ’s locations, which offer good local beer lists along with sausage-and-cheese plates and barbecue nachos.

America’s 20 Best Cities for Beer Lovers

No. 11 Memphis

Given the well-ranked bars, live music and rich barbecue, Memphis would be seriously remiss if it didn’t provide a thriving beer scene. If you’re in town following Elvis’ ghost or just listening to the blues, stop for an ESB (Extra Special Bitter) at High Cotton Brewing, which is just a short walk from Sun Studios.  Two other good stops on any Memphis beer tour are the Broad Avenue Arts District’s Wiseacre Brewing (known for its Gotta Get Up to Get Down Coffee Milk Stout), and Memphis Made Brewing, in the Cooper-Young neighborhood, whose Lucid Kolsch is described as “a lawnmower beer with flavor.” To get your Memphis barbecue fix with something stronger than iced tea, go to one of Central BBQ’s locations, which offer good local beer lists along with sausage-and-cheese plates and barbecue nachos.

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