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Wisconsin city makes list of U.S. places with most craft breweries per capita

Tuesday, June 11, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Dathan Kazsuk, Triangle Business Journal
From millennials to Gen Xers, turn a corner anywhere in just about any city and you're bound to find a craft beer drinker. From light crisp lagers to those opaque hazy IPAs that have become a formidable beast in the craft beer world, people like their beer.

In late May, Chicago-based C+R Research put out a list of which U.S. cities have the most craft breweries. The firm analyzed data from more than 500 cities to find out which ones have the most breweries per 50,000 people.

With a population of around 70,000, Portland, Maine, ranks first with a total of 18 craft breweries per the 50,000 threshold.

Wisconsin's capital also made its mark on the craft brewing scene, with Madison making the top 25.

To see how those cities ranked, click through the accompanying slideshow.

For Milwaukee beer drinkers, Capital Brewery, Ale Asylum and Karben4 Brewing are familiar names from Madison, but that falls far short of comprising an extensive list of craft breweries in Mad Town and the surrounding area. The recent Madison Craft Beer Week held April 26 to May 5 featured nearly seven dozen locations to enjoy craft brews.

In determining the most popular breweries, C+R analyzed Google search volume of those breweries within each city to determine the most popular brewery there.

An interesting note is that large metros such as Chicago, Los Angeles and New York don’t appear on the list. The only cities with a population of 250,000 or more to be included on the list are Denver, Cincinnati and Portland, Oregon.

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