America’s 20 Best Cities for Beer Lovers

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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. 9 Denver

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Even at No. 9, many beer geeks would say the Mile High City was underrated this year—not just because it’s the host of September’s Great American Beer Festival, but perhaps because this city takes its local beer so seriously that it once promoted a microbrewer (John Hickenlooper, founder of Wynkoop Brewing Co.) to Mayor and then Governor. Wynkoop is still a must-stop, as is the Great Divide Brewing Co., where you can take tours and try one of the Yeti Imperial Stouts (like the Chocolate Oak-Aged Yeti or the Oatmeal Yeti). To get a sense of Denver’s rich live music scene—with a soft spot for heavy metal—go to TRVES Brewing Co., where the ambience features a fair amount of loud music and pentagrams, paired with “dark” beers like Black Cascade and Hellion. Metalheads aside, Denver also made the top 20 for peace and quiet.

America’s 20 Best Cities for Beer Lovers

No. 9 Denver

Even at No. 9, many beer geeks would say the Mile High City was underrated this year—not just because it’s the host of September’s Great American Beer Festival, but perhaps because this city takes its local beer so seriously that it once promoted a microbrewer (John Hickenlooper, founder of Wynkoop Brewing Co.) to Mayor and then Governor. Wynkoop is still a must-stop, as is the Great Divide Brewing Co., where you can take tours and try one of the Yeti Imperial Stouts (like the Chocolate Oak-Aged Yeti or the Oatmeal Yeti). To get a sense of Denver’s rich live music scene—with a soft spot for heavy metal—go to TRVES Brewing Co., where the ambience features a fair amount of loud music and pentagrams, paired with “dark” beers like Black Cascade and Hellion. Metalheads aside, Denver also made the top 20 for peace and quiet.

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