Best Places to Live

2011 10 Best 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

    Chattanooga, TN has a number of attractions that make it a great place to live or visit. There's a multilevel aquarium, Lookout Mountain, several nearby caves and some pretty cool breweries. If you're a beer lover, here's what you need to know about the Choo-Choo city.

    The Terminal Brewhouse has six stable brews that go great with their pizzas, burgers and sandwiches. It's located in a building that dates back to 1909 and served as a hotel for railway passengers. A building next door was used as a speakeasy and casino during prohibition. Terminal Brewhouse makes efforts to conserve water, paper and energy with eco-friendly brewing options. They've even got a green roof that is covered in plants.

    Moccasin Bend Brewing Co. is located at the foot of Lookout Mountain, in Chattanooga's historic area, in a historic building that once served as a packaging factory for K-rations during World War II. The brewery has a tasting room where beers can be sampled, but for bottles you'll have to visit the nearby Greenlife Grocery.

    With two locations in the city -- one near the Tennessee Aquarium and one close to Hamilton Place Mall -- Big River Grill & Brewing Works offers tasty beer that's always fresh. They provide six signature brews that range from light to dark including the Iron Horse Stout and a house IPA.

    For more cool info, check out how Chattanooga made our Top 10 Downtowns list.