This Michigan City Was Named Best Beer City in America
When it comes to the best breweries, brewpubs, and beer festivals across the country there is only one city that is truly the best of the best. That city is of course right here in the great state of Michigan.
Grand Rapids, Michigan has been named "Beer City USA."...again.
Grand Rapids once again topped the list of a recent USA Today reader's poll.
According to Experience Grand Rapids, the city has been known as Beer City USA since 2012, when Grand Rapids tied Asheville, North Carolina in the online poll. The next year, Grand Rapids won the poll by a landslide – and it’s been the sole holder of the Beer City USA title ever since.
Winner of two past Best Beer Scene titles, Michigan’s second-largest city sports the state’s strongest beer scene, thanks largely to the presence of the world-renowned Founders Brewing Co. Not to be outdone, there are several other brewing operations around town, most notably the Belgian-inspired Brewery Vivant. The city’s official “Beer City Ale Trail” lists more than 80 breweries in the surrounding area, and the local calendar is constantly filled with beer festivals, events, and promotions. Throw in exceptional beer stores such as Siciliano’s Market, and it’s easy to see why Grand Rapids proudly stakes its claim as “Beer City USA.”
I don't get to Grand Rapids that often but when I do, I always find myself closing down a pub somewhere downtown. I always have an absolute riot in GR. It really is the best beer city in Michigan. Let me rephrase that, the beer city in America.
Here's the full ranking.
- Grand Rapids - Michigan
- Madison - Wisconsin
- Indianapolis - Indiana
- Milwaukee - Wisconsin
- Philadelphia - Pennsylvania
- Asheville - North Carolina
- Portland, Maine
- Portland, Oregon
- Seattle - Washington
- Denver - Colorado