Cincinnati is for (beer) lovers

Woman pours pint of beer in the pub

Ol ‘Cincy, you did it again. For the second year in a row, Cincinnati has topped SmartAsset’s list of the best US cities for beer drinkers. Share the news, Food & Wine stated that SmartAsset’s criteria include the total number of breweries, the number of breweries per 100,000 residents, the average number of beers available in each brewery, the number of bars per 100,000 residents, and the average cost of half a liter of home brew.

What makes Cincinnati such a frothy travel destination? According to SmartAsset, there are 31 breweries in the city with an average of 112 different beers available. Plus, a Cincinnati pint costs only about four dollars on average. The beer-friendly title is just the latest development that confirms our theory: good stuff comes from Cincinnati. (Take a look at Graeters Eis, for example, or this beautiful subway map that connects the city’s taco bells.)

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Asheville, North Carolina ranks second on the SmartAsset list, jumping two full places from last year. The remaining top 10 are, in order: St. Louis; Portland, Oregon; Pittsburgh; Denver; Bend, Oregon; Madison, Wisconsin; Missoula, Montana; and Cleveland. (Quick note: The top 10 are actually unchanged from 2019, but the top three cities on the list have switched places.) If my calculations are correct, small towns have some of the best beers in the country. The question is, which of these yeasty gems will I visit first in a post-COVID world?

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