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  • America's Best Beer Cities

    America's Best Beer Cities:

    Benjamin Franklin said it best: "Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." For sure, men love their alcohol: The average American guy drinks about 23 gallons of beer, 15 pints of wine and 10 pints of spirits every year. All in all, each year, about 200 million barrels (that's 6.2 billion gallons) of beer are produced.

    Beer is the world's most widely consumed alcoholic beverage, and is the third-most popular drink overall, after water and tea. It is thought by some to be the oldest fermented beverage.

    As of last year, there were more than 2,300 operating craft breweries (those making fewer than 6 million barrels a year) in the U.S., according to the American Brewers Association—the highest number since the late 19th century.

    According to the America’s Favourite Cities survey, Portland and San Diego placed among America’s top 10 microbrew destinations. Asheville, NC, and Vermont, among the top recommended by the people.

    Hotels in these cities are increasingly catering to beer lovers. In San Diego—where the local craft beer industry now contributes more to the economy than its famed Comic-Con convention—the Hotel Solamar has started craft beer happy hours. And in No. 1 beer city Portland, OR, the Hotel Jupiter offers a package that sets guests up with a loaner bike and a guide to nearby breweries and micropubs.