America’s 20 Best Cities for Beer Lovers

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Jesse Van Hoy

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. 15 Seattle

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This part of the Pacific Northwest may be better known for its grape-based elixirs—Seattle ranked at No. 11 in the survey for wine—but Washington also boasts of being the second-largest hop-growing region in the world. A number of the new breweries have set up shop in Ballard—like Stoup Brewing, which was launched by two local scientists and whose taproom has food trucks parked outside (like BeezNeez Gourmet Sausages or Grilled Cheese Experience). Nearby, Peddler Brewing caters to the outdoorsy locals, pairing beers (like a Tangerine Hefeweizen) with bike workstations where you can fix a flat. And as a testament to the offbeat locals, Fremont Brewing—not too far from the Fremont neighborhood’s giant troll—does small-batch beers (like a Yeti-themed Bourbon Barrel Abominable) and throws in free pretzels. Roaming giants or not, Seattle ranked well with readers for feeling safe.

America’s 20 Best Cities for Beer Lovers

No. 15 Seattle

This part of the Pacific Northwest may be better known for its grape-based elixirs—Seattle ranked at No. 11 in the survey for wine—but Washington also boasts of being the second-largest hop-growing region in the world. A number of the new breweries have set up shop in Ballard—like Stoup Brewing, which was launched by two local scientists and whose taproom has food trucks parked outside (like BeezNeez Gourmet Sausages or Grilled Cheese Experience). Nearby, Peddler Brewing caters to the outdoorsy locals, pairing beers (like a Tangerine Hefeweizen) with bike workstations where you can fix a flat. And as a testament to the offbeat locals, Fremont Brewing—not too far from the Fremont neighborhood’s giant troll—does small-batch beers (like a Yeti-themed Bourbon Barrel Abominable) and throws in free pretzels. Roaming giants or not, Seattle ranked well with readers for feeling safe.

Jesse Van Hoy
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