You always have to take beer rankings done by financial or real estate sites for what they are…clickbait to drive you to their business.
But that doesn’t mean they aren’t fun diversions…
Clever Real Estate is the latest to come up with a Best Beer City ranking based on the following…
- Number of breweries in each city
- Density of breweries per 100 square mile
- Total number of beers per brewery
- Amount of beer styles per brewery
The weirdest aspect of the methodology that went into this ranking was factoring in the number of beers and beer styles into the mix…but it is what it is.
Collectively, the 50 metro areas the company examined offer a total of approximately 70,067 unique beers. The average American brewery offers 19 different brews, but the metro areas in its top 15 all offered more variety, with an average of 28 types of beer per brewery.
Among the 50 metro areas ranked, six are located in California. These California-based metros collectively boast 423 breweries, or 13% of the total number of breweries on their list.
San Francisco took top spot, with the study noting, “With an average of six breweries per 100 square miles, the San Francisco metro area has double the density of breweries of the #2 metro area on our list.”
- San Francisco, California
- Indianapolis, Indiana
- Chicago, Illinois
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Los Angeles, California
- Portland, Oregon
- Denver, Colorado
- Tampa, Florida
- Cleveland, Ohio
- San Diego, California
As for the ten worst beer cities, per the research, are as follows…
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- Riverside, California
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Memphis, Tennessee
- Birmingham, Alabama
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Orlando, Florida
- Miami, Florida
- Virginia Beach, Virginia
- San Antonio, Texas
“Altogether, these 10 metro areas offer a total of 195 breweries — which is fewer than the top two cities on our list combined,” the study notes.
Nine of those metro areas have more than 100 breweries: Portland; Chicago; Los Angeles; Denver; San Francisco; Philadelphia; New York; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.; and Indianapolis.