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. 17 Albuquerque

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While its beer scene may not get the press that some of the higher-ranking cities do, Albuquerque has more than a dozen local breweries—like Marble Brewery (winner of Best Small Brewery at last year’s Great American Beer Festival), which offers a local-honey-infused Wildflower Wheat that's described as a “liquid sopapilla.”  Or, try Le Cumbre Brewing’s Project Dank, an “experimental” beer with an ever-changing recipe.  Albuquerque also ranked at No. 8 for its festivals, which is another great way to sample beer: this summer’s New Mexico State Fair will unveil an official State Fair Beer, with the help of the New Mexico Brewers Guild, and Labor Day weekend will bring the Great Southwest Beer Festival to nearby Bernalillo (replacing the traditional wine festival), with regional beers, home-brewing lessons and live music.

America’s 20 Best Cities for Beer Lovers

No. 17 Albuquerque

While its beer scene may not get the press that some of the higher-ranking cities do, Albuquerque has more than a dozen local breweries—like Marble Brewery (winner of Best Small Brewery at last year’s Great American Beer Festival), which offers a local-honey-infused Wildflower Wheat that's described as a “liquid sopapilla.”  Or, try Le Cumbre Brewing’s Project Dank, an “experimental” beer with an ever-changing recipe.  Albuquerque also ranked at No. 8 for its festivals, which is another great way to sample beer: this summer’s New Mexico State Fair will unveil an official State Fair Beer, with the help of the New Mexico Brewers Guild, and Labor Day weekend will bring the Great Southwest Beer Festival to nearby Bernalillo (replacing the traditional wine festival), with regional beers, home-brewing lessons and live music.

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