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. 12 Philadelphia

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Philly ranked near the top with readers for its rich history—and why shouldn’t that include beer history? The city’s pre-prohibition beer industry included about 100 breweries, and had a more recent surge in the 1990s with Yards Brewing Co. The city’s newest beer stars include Crime and Punishment Brewing Company, a Russian-themed beermaker that has set up shop in the old BreweryTown neighborhood (try the House Arrest, a farmhouse-yeast-based ale). To tap into the Ben-Franklin zeitgeist, go to Do Good Brewing (Franklin’s pen name was Silence DoGood), where some proceeds from each beer go to a different charity. For reliable liquid refreshment after hitting the city’s more traditional historic sights, go to Independence Beer Garden, conveniently across the street from the Liberty Bell.

America’s 20 Best Cities for Beer Lovers

No. 12 Philadelphia

Philly ranked near the top with readers for its rich history—and why shouldn’t that include beer history? The city’s pre-prohibition beer industry included about 100 breweries, and had a more recent surge in the 1990s with Yards Brewing Co. The city’s newest beer stars include Crime and Punishment Brewing Company, a Russian-themed beermaker that has set up shop in the old BreweryTown neighborhood (try the House Arrest, a farmhouse-yeast-based ale). To tap into the Ben-Franklin zeitgeist, go to Do Good Brewing (Franklin’s pen name was Silence DoGood), where some proceeds from each beer go to a different charity. For reliable liquid refreshment after hitting the city’s more traditional historic sights, go to Independence Beer Garden, conveniently across the street from the Liberty Bell.

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