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. 14 Portland, ME

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This New England city has been a beer-nerd magnet for years, thanks to local beermakers like Shipyard and Allagash, which were pioneers in the microbrew movement in the 1990s. To taste the newcomers, go to Rising Tide Brewing Company, which offers small-batch ales at its East Bayside taproom, or Urban Farm Fermentory, which uses local ingredients to stretch your perception of brews, from ciders to kombucha tea. The Maine locals ranked well in the survey for being both athletic and friendly, and you can keep up with them on a Bike and Brew cycling tour from SummerFeet, which stops at a variety of local breweries and distilleries.

America’s 20 Best Cities for Beer Lovers

No. 14 Portland, ME

This New England city has been a beer-nerd magnet for years, thanks to local beermakers like Shipyard and Allagash, which were pioneers in the microbrew movement in the 1990s. To taste the newcomers, go to Rising Tide Brewing Company, which offers small-batch ales at its East Bayside taproom, or Urban Farm Fermentory, which uses local ingredients to stretch your perception of brews, from ciders to kombucha tea. The Maine locals ranked well in the survey for being both athletic and friendly, and you can keep up with them on a Bike and Brew cycling tour from SummerFeet, which stops at a variety of local breweries and distilleries.

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