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. 1 Portland

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With the most local breweries of any city in the world—more than 80, at last count—Portland wins the survey again this year, for both quantity and its richly beer-infused culture. Longtime favorite beermaker McMenamins, for instance, makes beer, operates hotels (like The Kennedy School), and even roasts coffee beans—another category Portland won this year. The latest additions to the city’s beerscape include a new Commons Brewery tasting room (in the Portland Central Eastside Industrial District) and Culmination Brewing, on the East Side, which does Old-World-style beers that emphasize malt and yeast more than hops. To get a thorough feel for the Oregon beer scene, go to the just-opened beer bar Loyal Legion (named for an old loggers’ union), which boasts having the largest selection of Oregon beers on tap anywhere. Making it easy to enjoy beer responsibly, Portland also ranked at No. 1 for being pedestrian-friendly.

America’s 20 Best Cities for Beer Lovers

No. 1 Portland

With the most local breweries of any city in the world—more than 80, at last count—Portland wins the survey again this year, for both quantity and its richly beer-infused culture. Longtime favorite beermaker McMenamins, for instance, makes beer, operates hotels (like The Kennedy School), and even roasts coffee beans—another category Portland won this year. The latest additions to the city’s beerscape include a new Commons Brewery tasting room (in the Portland Central Eastside Industrial District) and Culmination Brewing, on the East Side, which does Old-World-style beers that emphasize malt and yeast more than hops. To get a thorough feel for the Oregon beer scene, go to the just-opened beer bar Loyal Legion (named for an old loggers’ union), which boasts having the largest selection of Oregon beers on tap anywhere. Making it easy to enjoy beer responsibly, Portland also ranked at No. 1 for being pedestrian-friendly.

© Brian Jannsen / Alamy
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