Where’s the best place in the United States to drink beer this week?
I’d vote for Baltimore, always an good choice but with Baltimore Beer Week in full swing a rather obvious one.
For some reason Baltimore as well as Washington, D.C. seems to have been neglected of late. I went looking through a variety of “best beer city lists” and no Baltimore. Asheville, N.C., makes two, but the closest Baltimore came was when Michael Jackson picked a top seven in 2000 and called Baltimore a “contender.”
He also made a point worth remembering the next time a little “best beer city” silliness breaks out. He wrote, “A great beer city needs to be big enough to create a market but sufficiently small to have a genuine local pride in its beers.”
With that in mind here are a few compilations of top-rated and “under-rated” cities.
Stephen Beaumont’s Unsung Destinations
From the Oct./Nov issue of Ale Street News
1. Western Michigan
AABM Under the Radar
(Mark Lisheron story in All About Beer magazine – alphabetical order)
Men’s Journal’s Top U.S. Cities
1. San Diego
2. New York
3. Portland, Oregon
Examiner National Poll
Tie – Portland, Oregon
Tie – Asheville, N.C.
4. San Diego
5. St. Louis
6. San Francisco/Bay area
9. Portland, Maine
11. Fort Collins, Colorado
Ben McFarland’s World Best
From World’s Best Beers: One Thousand Craft Brews from Cask to Glass review coming soon
8. San Francisco
Michael Jackson’s Magnificent Seven
(from 2000, listed west to east)