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Published on May 27th, 2016 | by Daniel Nikulin


Top 5 Craft Beer Cities in North America

So much beer – so little time… That’s why we’ve compiled our favourite craft beer cities across North America, from sea to shining sea. Patio season is here, folks. Bottoms up! 


1. Portland

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The hipster-heavy jewel of the Pacific Northwest has long been known for their infatuation with ultra-hoppy IPAs but beer makers here have evolved to brew just about anything nowadays and are pairing it with trendy farm-to-table dishes wherever possible. With over 65 craft beer institutions, it’s hard to pick a favourite, but if we had to, The Bridgetown Beerhouse is a must. If you want to experience a handful of breweries in a short amount of time, consider a Pedal Bike Brewery tour.


2. Denver

mcmenamins brewery oregonIt’s hop harvest time and the folks down in Colorado are gearing up for a boon. With beers like the Mexican Chocolate Stout, Farmhouse Red Ale, Graham Cracker Porter and the Mile HiPA, adventurous brewers are taking tasty chances while the world pulls up a stool. Our fave? Strange Brewing Company, for their Gluten-Free Lemon Pale (and for their obvious shout-out to Bob & Doug McKenzie, eh).


3. San Diego

With a bevy of options, San Diego’s best beer changes as often as its surf reports. At over 75 brewers strong, it seems like a new one pops up monthly. With Belgian style ales, silky curried stouts and their signature fresh IPAs, you’ll never be short on what to pair your fish tacos with. Our pick: Karl Strauss – the original.


4. New York City

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For a city used to starting trends, New York has jumped all over this one. Sure there’s Jimmy’s No.43, that crafted beer before there was a term for it, but most of what you’ll find in NYC are great beer bars that offer amazing options from labels nation and world-wide. Check out: Rattle ‘N’ Hum and their 40 taps.  



5. Montreal

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Famous for its gastronomy, it comes as no surprise that Montreal can pour you a good one. Bathe in a virtual beer bonanza ranging from buxom Raspberry Blondes to sassy Scotch and Cream Ales. Pair them with duck wings, Quebec cheese platters or pulled pork poutine and you’re laughing. Head to: Le Saint Bock, for their 850 varieties (for real).

Honourable mentions: Burlington (Vermont), San Francisco, Vancouver and Toronto.


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About the Author

Daniel Nikulin

turned his love of travel into a living and has worked for Flight Centre in various capacities since the late 90’s. Currently an in-house copywriter, Daniel uses his industry experience to bridge the gap between travel professional and professional traveller. When he’s not abroad with a pen in hand, he spends his time with his band and cat, Leroy.

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