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This Wisconsin city is among the top 10 for beer drinkers—It's not what you think

Friday, December 29, 2017   (0 Comments)

David Schuyler



As one might expect, a Wisconsin city ranks among the top 10 in the U.S. for beer drinkers, but it's not likely the one you'd expect.

That city is Green Bay, not Milwaukee or Madison, according to SmartAsset. Titletown ranked ninth on the list, which is the third annual list released by the finance website.

For the second year, Asheville, N.C., earns the title as the No. 1 city in the U.S. for beer drinkers. With 25 microbreweries, 28.1 breweries per 100,000 residents and 23.4 bars per 100,000 residents, Asheville scores high points for its beer offerings and venues. In addition, the average Yelp score for breweries in Asheville is 4.29.

This is the first time Green Bay — or any other Wisconsin city, for that matter — made the top 10. SmartAsset counted only seven breweries in Green Bay, but that amounts to about 6.6 breweries per 100,000 residents, a score comparable to that of Austin or Cincinnati.

Green Bay also scores highly because of the large number of bars in the area. The city has over 47 bars per 100,000 residents, fifth-most overall, according to the website.

Here are the top 10 cities:

  1. Asheville
  2. Portland, Maine
  3. Duluth, Minn.
  4. Cincinnati
  5. Austin, Texas
  6. Missoula, Mont.
  7. Portland, Ore.
  8. Denver
  9. Green Bay
  10. Seattle
SmartAsset gathered data on the 300 largest cities in the U.S., judging them by five major factors:

  • The average Yelp score of breweries
  • The average price of a pint of beer
  • Number of microbreweries and brewpubs per 100,000 residents
  • Number of bars per 100,000 residents.
  • The overall takeaway in the report is the lack of regional dominance. Big craft beer cities have an even spread across regions of the U.S.

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