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Recently - and just in time for St. Patrick’s Day - Nerdwallet.com released a study on the cheapest cities for beer drinkers. Based on some fancy math that involves a six-pack of Heineken, median incomes, beer tax and beer demand, the site determined that Washington, DC, is the least expensive city for beer drinkers. (If you’re earning the median income, you could buy more than 30,000 Heinekens a year!) Of course, now you want to know the most expensive city for beer drinkers; according to Nerdwallet, that’s Chicago.
Now you know where your income is best spent on Heineken. Also good to know for St. Patrick’s Day are these outrageously good new breweries around the country, specializing in excellent beers, stouts and ales. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Dangerous Man - Minneapolis, Minnesota (@dangerousman7)
Set in an old bank in Northeast Minneapolis, Dangerous Man Brewing Co. has a taproom made partially from reclaimed wood and decorated with works by local artists. Highlights of Dangerous Man’s small-batch beers include Chocolate Milk Stout, Smoked Porter and Triple IPA (hops, hops, hops!). If you’re drinking at Dangerous Man, you can bring in food from nearby restaurants to complement your brew; if you’re on the move, you can buy the beers by the growler.
Tennessee Brew Works - Nashville, Tennessee (@TNBrewWorks)
At this two-story brewery and taproom, owners Christian Spears and Garr Schwartz serve seasonally changing beers that spotlight local produce. Their headliner brews include Basil Ryeman (a saison/farmhouse ale brewed with rye and basil) and Country Roots (a sweet potato stout, made by mashing the baked potatoes right into the grains). This being Nashville, they have live music every Thursday through Sunday.
Trillium Brewing Co. - Boston, Massachusetts (@Trilliumbrewing)
Located in Boston’s up-and-coming Fort Point hood, Trillium is one of only a handful of production breweries in the city (two of the others, whose names you might recognize, are Harpoon and Samuel Adams). Trillium offers four signature beers: Wakerobin, a farmhouse rye red ale; Pot&Kettle, an oatmeal stout; Fort Point Pale Ale; and the brewery’s signature Trillium, a barley and wheat farmhouse ale. There’s also a list of rotating seasonal beers, like their first bottled brew, the barrel-aged Pot&Kettle porter, offered with a two-bottle max limit.
Ecliptic Brewing - Portland, Oregon (@EclipticBrewing)
Named for the Earth’s orbit around the sun, Ecliptic was launched by one of Portland’s most well-known brewers, John Harris. All of the beers are named after stars, constellations or something astronomy-related, like the White Astroid Imperial Wit IPA and the Mintaka Stout. (Besides detailing the flavors, ABV and so on, the tasting notes explain astrological references—Mintaka is the right-most star in Orion’s belt, and is 90,000 times more luminous than the sun. Now you know.) Ecliptic also serves food, some of it made with their beer, like HefePils-spiked steamed mussels.
Wicked Weed - Asheville, North Carolina (@wickedweedbeer)
Asheville has been called the current craft beer capital of the country. One good reason to make that claim is the brewpub Wicked Weed. WW has a long list of beers on tap: their American and Belgian selections include Freak of Nature DIPA (double IPA), Gluten FREEk and What’s She’s Having (a rye pale ale for those who just can’t choose from the long menu).
The specialty, though, is wild beers, and selections from the Wicked Wood aged beers include Oblivion, which is described as “deliberately sour,” made with 88 pounds of blackberries and 20 pounds of dried dates and aged for eight months in Cabernet wine barrels.
Opening Soon: Moody Tongue - Chicago, Illinois (@MoodyTongue)
Brewmaster Jared Rouben is a former cook (he worked at Martini House in Napa and expedited at Per Se in New York); he describes his beer-making philosophy as “culinary brewing.” Rouben uses innovative techniques to make Moody Tongue’s beers with ingredients like chocolate, rhubarb and, more unconventionally, peas, dehydrated blueberries and tea. The taproom is set to open in May; meanwhile, Rouben, a former Goose Island brewer, is offering beer-making classes.
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Faction Brewing on Alameda Point in the San Francisco Bay area is new. Great beers, and an incredible view of Downtown San Francisco and the Bay Bridge.
I personally think StormBreaker Brewing up the street from Ecliptic does a better job.
Strohs. Nuf said.
Crafty Ales and Lagers in Phelps NY. Small town. Small brewery. Big Beer! Seriously.
I cry foul! With at least 10 microbreweries in a 50 mile radius, Jacksonville, FL is the hottest center of the craft beer world with INTUITION ALE WORKS leading the charge!
Ummm... Yeah, no. Although a burgeoning area with prospects of growth, not the epicenter.
San Diego County California is recognized the world over, by opinion and medals won, as THE craft brewing center of excellence in America. AleSmith, Alpine Beer, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, Green Flash Brewing, Lost Abbey , Port Brewing, Societe Brewing, Stone Brewing, just to name a few. Come on out and experience the enjoyment!
Odd Side Ales in Grand Haven, MI should be on this list!
Here's a shout-out for Brickside in Copper Harbor, MI. It's not the end of the earth, but when it's not snowing, you can see it from there.
THE KINGS OF BEER AND WEED!
PORTLAND BEST WEED AND BEER ON EARTH!
YOU CAN'T COME CLOSE TO THIS!
YOU GOTTA TRY TO BELIEVE!
Urban Chestnut in St. Louis. No doubt about it. Come visit and check it out.
yes. new spot just opened up in the Grove
How bout some love for Intracoastal Brewing Company in Melbourne, Fl. Best kept secret in the south east!
TRUNKS UP to Avondale Brewing in Birmingham AL! Grab a pizza at Post Office Pies next door and pair that with a Vanilla Porter. Be sure to say HEY to 'Dallas' tending bar. Man knows his brew and his tunes.
I'll stick with Three Heads Brewing
anybody who puts fruit in beers is nuts and is ruining the mice-brewery industry.. I won't try any of these beers for fear of running into this fruit concoction.. its scaring me away
You forgot to stomp your feet. We clearly heard the whine.
I'd be more afraid of the mice-breweries you mentioned; micro-breweries I may understand, but not a fan a mice in my breweries..
You put the mice in to eat the fruit. Problem solved.
Sun King – Indianapolis, IN = Best new brewery!
Sun King is not a new brewery by any means.
I did not realize Wicked Weed was "new" but they are excellent.
I'll stick to the Marijuana with a glass of Ice Tea.
Harvester Brewery in Portland, Oregon makes the best gluten free beer ANYwhere. And it's actually worth of being called great beer, in spite of that. Ecliptic Brewing - very good, but not spectacular.
Cool, I know the cheapest city for Heineken drinker. What about for beer drinkers?
No Revolver in Dallas? For shame.
Well, it's Texas so no one wants to go there.
I lived in Texas for over 21 years and if I didn't have to move to help take care of my special needs grand-daughter, I would have died there. Yes, it has it's problems and it's jerks; name me one place that doesn't, but I'd take it over any place else.
What about the Trappist brewery in Spencer, Mass? It's the first place in America where Trappist ales are actually brewed by monks
No way! You left off Prairie Artisan Ales from Tulsa, OK! The hottest microbrewery out there today.
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