A bearded man laughs while drinking at the bar with friends at BlueJacket Brewery.

#56. Washington

As capital of the U.S., Washington, D.C., welcomes about 18 million visitors a year who contribute $5 billion to the local economy. Georgetown University and George Washington University give D.C. a college feel, and the microbrew industry continues to grow. Brewpubs have names like 3 Stars Brewing Co., DC Brau and Bluejacket that offers brands like our pick, Forbidden Planet, and Murmur.

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