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Best citys for beer.
« on: February 05, 2011, 01:20:26 PM »
What city have you been to that has great beer and brewerys?
What city has the most brewerys?
Please list favorite beer and description.

 




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Re: Best citys for beer.
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2011, 01:23:47 PM »
I'll go first.

I can honestly say that I live in a GREAT beer city! Grand Rapids Michigan is home to:
Founders (Reds Rye, Kentucky Breakfast stout, etc),
The Hideout brewery (which one an award for their Belgian tripple),
Grand Rapids Brewing co.,
Schmoz brewery,
BOB's house of brews,
Hopcat, which has an AMAZING selection of beer AND brews their own!
and just opening a few weeks ago, Brewery Vivant, which does Belgian style open fermentation. Haven't been there yet, but it was started by one of the original brewers from New Holland brewery.
All these breweries can be reached on foot or on a short bus ride!

If that isn't enough, Bells, Darkhorse, Arcadia, and New Holland are all just a short drive.

My favorite Grand Rapids beer is still  Founders Reds Rye. One of their original beers. Founders also makes a killer oatmeal stout, but you have to go to the brewery to get it!

I also really like Darkhorse Crooked Tree IPA, Hopcats Dortmunder lager, and when I can find it, Founders harvest ale.

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Re: Best citys for beer.
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2011, 01:31:45 PM »
Have to give mention to Bamberg in Germany. The place is amazing. If you've never been there, you need to treat yourself to one of the greatest beer cultures on earth! 11 outstanding brewerys, all within walking distance. I've been there 3 times and plan to go back as soon as I can.

My favorite beer from there is Keesman brewerys Herren pils. Best pils on Earth! Period! Second favorite is Spezial Rauchbier. It's not as strong as Schlenkerla and goes down much smoother.

In fact, I find it hard to find a bad beer in Bamberg!

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Re: Best citys for beer.
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2011, 01:57:35 PM »
What city have you been to that has great beer and brewerys?
What city has the most brewerys?
Please list favorite beer and description.

Portland OR is the answer to both.
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Re: Best citys for beer.
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2011, 02:38:06 PM »
What city have you been to that has great beer and brewerys?
What city has the most brewerys?
Please list favorite beer and description.

Portland OR is the answer to both.
Seattle and Denver are both great, Portland is great, Bamberg is awesome too.  Really, how are we supposed to pick a favorite?  Maybe we don't have to.
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Re: Best citys for beer.
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2011, 03:49:32 PM »
London. Fourteen breweries. Some awesome beer. (And incidentally where I grew up, which may influence things).
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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2011, 04:43:33 PM »
Munich has to be rated up there for beer experience.
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Re: Best citys for beer.
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2011, 05:00:56 PM »
Instead of a rambling life list of good drinking cities that everyone already knows, here are my up and coming beer towns in my state. Grand Rapids was covered above.  Kalmazoo has Bells and several smaller brewpubs, along with 3 new multitaps we sampled a few weeks back.  A little farther north of those are Traverse City and Bellaire, in a very pretty setting with about 5 breweries total(I had to include Bellaire because of Short's brewpub).  This is flyover country for most, but it is worth a stop.
 
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Re: Best citys for beer.
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2011, 05:03:55 PM »
Ft. Collins, Denver, Eugene, and San Diego. I get to all of these cities regularly and they all offer something unique!

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Re: Best citys for beer.
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2011, 12:59:05 AM »
Instead of a rambling life list of good drinking cities that everyone already knows, here are my up and coming beer towns in my state. Grand Rapids was covered above.  Kalmazoo has Bells and several smaller brewpubs, along with 3 new multitaps we sampled a few weeks back.  A little farther north of those are Traverse City and Bellaire, in a very pretty setting with about 5 breweries total(I had to include Bellaire because of Short's brewpub).  This is flyover country for most, but it is worth a stop.
 

Well in that case - Bristol and the surrounding area certainly seems to be going places.
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Re: Best citys for beer.
« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2011, 06:52:34 AM »
Instead of a rambling life list of good drinking cities that everyone already knows, 
I understand what you mean, but I'd still like to hear what peoples favorite beer and brewerys are. For instance, alot of people know how great Bamberg is, but there are 300 brewerys in the surrounding area that I've never been too. I'd love to hear about these.

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Re: Best citys for beer.
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2011, 10:01:59 PM »
What city have you been to that has great beer and brewerys?
What city has the most brewerys?
Please list favorite beer and description.

Portland OR is the answer to both.

I'm partial to the other Portland (Maine!)...2nd most restaurants per capita (last time I heard...) and a lot of them are brewpubs too!

Shipyard, Geary's, Gritty's, Casco Bay, Sebago...damn, I need a vacation sometime soon...
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« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2011, 12:53:24 AM »
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Re: Best citys for beer.
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2011, 01:51:28 AM »
Instead of a rambling life list of good drinking cities that everyone already knows, here are my up and coming beer towns in my state. Grand Rapids was covered above.  Kalmazoo has Bells and several smaller brewpubs, along with 3 new multitaps we sampled a few weeks back.  A little farther north of those are Traverse City and Bellaire, in a very pretty setting with about 5 breweries total(I had to include Bellaire because of Short's brewpub).  This is flyover country for most, but it is worth a stop.
 

Well in that case - Bristol and the surrounding area certainly seems to be going places.

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Re: Best citys for beer.
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2011, 07:31:25 PM »
If we are throwing out up and coming areas, why not Asheville, NC. Buncombe county has 230K people which equates to about 300 people per square mile. The NCABC currently lists 11 breweries in the that county (North Carolina has 100 counties doncha know) and another is now under construction. In the counties surrounding Buncombe are 5 additional breweries.

Asheville alone has 10 of the breweries and the population of Asheville is 69K.

If you haven't been to Ashvegas (FWIW - there is no gambling there), I'd suggest you go. There is a reason it has won or tied for Beer Town USA the last few years.
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