Top beer cities in the USA, plus a fabulous opportunity to visit them



And three of the Top 10 are in Washington!

I normally don’t care too much for these kinds of “top beer city” lists, but there’s a cool twist to this one, a twist that offers beer lovers an awesome opportunity. Also, in addition to a ranking of the top 100 cities for beer lovers, this time they also provide a list of the worst.

Yes, Move.org compiled a list of The Best Cities for Beer Lovers, but that’s not the coolest part of the story. Move.org is also looking to “hire” a Chief Beer Baron to visit a top-ranked city and experience the local beer culture.

Yep, get paid to travel to one of the nation’s top beer destinations and drink beers there. Move.org will pay you to go beer traveling, covering your bar tabs, your travel, and expenses. Learn more about that below.


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The Best Beer Cities

As far as the rankings go, nobody should be surprised that Portland, Oregon ended up at the top of this list, which was compiled based on the number of breweries per capita. What’s kind of cool for beer lovers in the Evergreen State, three of the top ten “best beer cities” are in Washington: Spokane, Seattle, and Tacoma all ranked at the top of the list.

  1. Portland, OR:
    85 breweries, 12.94 breweries per 100,000 residents
  2. Denver, CO:
    91 breweries, 12.37 breweries per 100,000 residents
  3. Cincinnati, OH:
    34 breweries, 11.16 breweries per 100,000 residents
  4. Richmond, VA:
    25 breweries, 10.77 breweries per 100,000 residents
  5. Spokane, WA:
    23 breweries, 10.36 breweries per 100,000 residents
  6. Seattle, WA:
    75 breweries, 9.74 breweries per 100,000 residents
  7. Tacoma, WA:
    21 breweries, 9.55 breweries per 100,000 residents
  8. Saint Louis, MO:
    28 breweries, 9.41 breweries per 100,000 residents
  9. Minneapolis, MN:
    38 breweries, 8.77 breweries per 100,000 residents
  10. Pittsburgh, PA:
    26 breweries, 8.69 breweries per 100,000 residents

In compiling the list, Move.org looked at the 100 most populous cities in the USA, based on data from the Census Bureau, which explains why brewery-rich cities like Ashville, Bend, and Bellingham failed to make the list. As far as identifying the number of breweries in each city, Move.org relied on Open Brewery DB.

If you’d like to see how the 100 most populous cities in the USA rank in terms of breweries per capita, you can view the complete results, as well as some more info about the methodology, here.


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Become a Chief Beer Baron

It’s pretty simple really. If you’re over 21, you can apply to become a Chief Beer Baron here. If you are “hired,” you’ll get $2,000 towards your beer tabs, plus a $1,000 reimbursement for travel expenses. In the event that you decide to move to the destination you visit, they’ll add another $500 towards moving expenses.

You need to apply before September 10, 2021. They will announce the winner on September 15th. The Chief Beer Baron needs to complete their beer adventure within 90 days of being selected.

They’re looking for open-minded beer enthusiasts that are willing to compare their local, hometown beer scene to that of one of the cities on the list. You must be at least 21 years old and eligible to work in the United States. When the adventure is complete, you will fill out a questionnaire to review the city’s beer scene based on the beverages, food, and culture fit.

In a statement to the media, Move.org said, “In Move.org’s effort to help people find and move into their new homes, we know that grabbing a cold one can be a culture fit that some people seek in a new city. The Chief Beer Baron will assess if one of these cities lives up to the title of being a beer capital.”

Find complete details, including info about applying, here.



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