10 Best Beer Cities

If you're a beer lover then chances are you already know about the big brewing cities. But here's a look at beer cities you might have missed. Find out who made it on our list of the Best Unexpected Beer Cities.

Most beer lovers already know about the big beer cities. The keg has been tapped on places like Portland OR, Asheville NC, Fort Collins CO, NYC, and Chicago. What we've been brewing is a list of places beer nuts might miss. These are cities where great beer is being made and more importantly it's being enjoyed, even celebrated. We looked for top notch breweries. We wanted places that brew good beer, but also have personality, 'cause there's nothing worse than drinking with a stuffy bunch of folks. So in less time than it takes to pour a pint of Guiness you can check out our list of the Best Unexpected Beer Cities. 

Make sure you check out Top 99 Best Beers in 99 Best Beer Cities.

Ranking Criteria

Excluded known beer cities • Number of breweries • Well defined city identity

10. Chattanooga, TN Population 174,483
9. Louisville, KY Population 608,732
8. Charlottesville, VA Population 45,084
7. Boise, ID Population 214,196
6. Lincoln, NE Population 269,726
5. Missoula, MT Population 69,190
4. Kalamazoo, MI Population 75,499
3. Akron, OH Population 198,329
2. Burlington, VT Population 42,570
1. Albuquerque, NM Population 556,092