Best beer drinker cities may be tied to gloomy weather

Denver boasts some phenomenal breweries and some epic beer snobs, so hopefully the Mile High City doesn't feel snubbed when they hear they are No. 5 in the list of the best cities for beer drinkers, according to a SmartAsset study. 9NEWS at 4 p.m. 12/28/1

KUSA - Denver boasts some phenomenal breweries and some epic beer snobs, so hopefully the Mile High City doesn't feel snubbed when they hear they are No. 5 in the list of the best cities for beer drinkers, according to a SmartAsset study.

SmartAsset determined the rankings by analyzing beer-industry data in the 296 largest cities in America. They considered five metrics, which included the total number of microbreweries and brewpubs, the number of microbreweries and brewpubs per 100,000 residents, the average Yelp score for breweries, the number of bars per 100,000 residents and the average price for a pint of domestic draught beer.

Portland, Maine came in first in SmartAsset's ranking system because it has 17 breweries for a city of just 66,000 residents.

Many of the cities considered in the top 10 also happened to be the ones with some of the gloomiest weather in the country.

The rankings go as follows:

  1. Portland, Maine
  2. Asheville, N.C.
  3. Portland, Oreg.
  4. Billings, Mont.
  5. Denver, Colo.
  6. Seattle, Wash.
  7. Wilmington, N.C.
  8. Missoula, Mont.
  9. Pittsburgh, Pa.
  10. Cincinnati, Ohio

The SmartAsset results admitted the Denver metro area has been dubbed the "Napa Valley of Beer," and mentioned the City of Denver itself is home to 58 craft brewpubs and breweries - which is the second most of any U.S. city. First place goes to Portland, Oreg.

In 2014 alone, 456 new microbreweries opened for business in the U.S.

Read more about their study here: http://bit.ly/1Oh3dFm. And check out the other great beer drinker cities here: http://imgur.com/ovPEAAK.

(© 2015 KUSA)


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