America’s Best Beer Cities

BREWERYTOUR21, CUE, PORTER, 8. - Russ Klisch, President of Lakefront Brewery, raises a toast at the last stop on the tour. One of the most popular brewery tours in the country according to Trip Advisor is the Lakefront Brewery, a popular regional size brewery on Commerce Street. September 7, 2012. GARY PORTER/GPORTER@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM

It’s hard to name something more American than cracking open a nice cold beer after a long hard day at work. If you are every fortunate enough to tour our great country, one of the cool ways to compare each city is by the taste of their local brewed beer. Instead of comparing the Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers, wouldn’t it be more fun to compare the best beer Denver and Milwaukee have to offer? Here are a few of the best cities the stars and stripes have to offer.

San Francisco

The beautiful city of San Fransisco has hundreds of dive bars to chose where you can find many local west coast beers. They have food-focused beers, as well as seasonal beers including plums, blood oranges, and fennel. One suggested brewery to check out is Pacific Brewery Labs.


This hard-working, meat and potato type city is the perfect city to have a nice, cold beer in. The beer in this city is one of the best in the country, with the local Market Garden’s brown ale coming in as one of the best in the country. A recommended bar is the Nano Brew Cleveland. If you ever have Cavaliers tickets to go see LeBron play, be sure to drink a nice cold one while you are in town.


Known as Brewtown, USA, Denver’s beer is seen as one of the more pure beers since the water coming off the rockies is so fresh. Denver has been home to the Great American Beer Festival since 1984, a gathering where hundreds of craft brewers come and celebrate. You of course have the Coors Brewery in town, as well as the Renegade Brewery Company.


If you were to study the history of American brewery, all roads lead to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Miller and Leinenkugel set up shop in Milwaukee, with a hefty number of brands under their umbrella. Breweries and bars are in the root of the city, as the city was home to over two dozen breweries back in the 1850s.