CNN just released an article citing the top eight best cities for getting a beer in the United States. I am proud to announce that Philadelphia, Pennsylvania made the cut and came in at an impressive six. The article looked at four elements while weighing judgments. They are the history of the town with regards to beer history as well as general history, quality and quantity of breweries, bars, and beer related events.
Personally I find this to be a fine criteria for considering the best beer town in America because drinking is more than just an abundance of good beer it is also a cornucopia amazing places to imbibe those drinks while perhaps even learning a thing or two about the history of the city, beer, country, or all the above.
The article lists the cities as:
- Portland, Oregon
- San Francisco, California
- San Diego, California
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Denver, Colorado
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Bend, Oregon
- Ashville, North Carolina
CNN voted for Philadelphia based on its grand history (rated a 9/10), fantastic bars (rated an 8/10), good events (rated 7/10), and okay breweries (rated 6/10). While I mostly agree with these rating I would argue that the breweries are rated a little low. Perhaps it is personal bias but Yard and Victory are comfortably sat among the higher caliber of breweries. I feel that six of ten is doing a disservice to even the least fantastic of breweries in the Philadelphia area.
In the end though their recommendations are solid. Grabbing a pint at Eulogy Belgian Tavern or Monk’s Cafe is just short of having entered beer heaven. And the Philly Beer Week is certainly a craft beer event that should not be missed.
I’m glad to see that three east coast cities made the cut and will have to celebrate in Philadelphia as soon as possible.
Do you agree with this list? Fearful of some biased judging? A travesty of epic proportion that your hometown wasn’t included? Let us know what you think in the comments!