Portland tops list of best beer cities

Thrillist ranks Portland ahead of San Diego, Denver and Seattle.

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For beer-lovers, Portland has it all, a new ranking contends.

Thrillist ranked Portland ahead of San Diego, Denver and Seattle in its list of the 16 best beer cities in America.

More than 70 breweries call the city-proper home (not including the sprawling suburbs), which places Portland as the city with the biggest volume of beer out there. Widmer Brothers — who were on the cutting edge of craft beer when “craft beer” wasn’t even a phrase — got their start here, laying the groundwork for some of the best brewers in the country to do their thing. And now, Portland’s ground zero for some of the best brewing in the country, from Breakside — purveyors of this year’s GABF-winning IPA — to the barrel-aged innovation of Cascade and Upright, the legendary Hair of the Dog, the weirdos at Gigantic, and newer guys like the great Ecliptic and Ex Novo, which is the city’s first nonprofit brewery.

And lest you think it’s all craft and snobbery, the city’s also credited with revitalizing Pabst for the younger crowd. Depending on your opinion of skinny jeans, you might have Portland to thank for keeping you hydrated and out of poverty. So while the city has its fair share of beer snobs (“supporters of native Oregon beer,” they call themselves), there’s really something for everybody in the City of Roses. 

Thrillist’s methodology included “influence, breweries, history, culture, and “maybe — just maybe — some personal bias.”

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