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Frederick, MD

Population: 67,421
Vladimir Ivanov

Known as the gateway to western Maryland, the second-largest incorporated city in the state (behind Baltimore) is Frederick, whose largest employer is the U.S. Army’s Fort Detrick instillation. In recent years, the microbrew industry has blossomed and is now represented by more than a half-dozen successful enterprises, including Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery along with Flying Dog Brewery. You'd be excused for buying the beers just for the labels. They're illustrated by Ralph Steadman, best known for his work with Hunter S. Thompson. But keep the bottles and enjoy the brews, the highest-rated of which is their Gonzo Imperial Porter.