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. 18 San Diego

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Even if this renowned beer city didn’t get as much love from readers this year, the locals aren’t the kind to take offense: they also made the top 20 for being polite. New breweries keep opening, joining established beermakers like Stone Brewing and Green Flash: Half Door Brewing, for instance, is a new Irish-style brewpub set in an early-20th-century home a block from Petco Park (try the Father Ted Belgian blonde). Not too far away, South Park Brewing Company lets you order either house beers (like a Scripps Pier Oyster Stout) or other local brews (like those from Ballast Point or Monkey Paw Brewing Co.), paired with local-fish tacos, oysters Rockefeller or ceviche. Like many spots around town, there’s a patio: after all, San Diego ranked at No. 1 for its lovely weather.

America’s 20 Best Cities for Beer Lovers

No. 18 San Diego

Even if this renowned beer city didn’t get as much love from readers this year, the locals aren’t the kind to take offense: they also made the top 20 for being polite. New breweries keep opening, joining established beermakers like Stone Brewing and Green Flash: Half Door Brewing, for instance, is a new Irish-style brewpub set in an early-20th-century home a block from Petco Park (try the Father Ted Belgian blonde). Not too far away, South Park Brewing Company lets you order either house beers (like a Scripps Pier Oyster Stout) or other local brews (like those from Ballast Point or Monkey Paw Brewing Co.), paired with local-fish tacos, oysters Rockefeller or ceviche. Like many spots around town, there’s a patio: after all, San Diego ranked at No. 1 for its lovely weather.

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