San Diego, CA
"My favorite beer city (besides Fort Collins), would have to be San Diego. They have a wide selection of breweries out there that can fit almost any mood you are in. With all the fantastic breweries out there, it's hard to narrow it down to [my] favorite spots. If I'm in the mood for a West Coast-style beer and something more bitter, Stone is my go-to (especially with their amazing beer garden). Looking for a spot with more diversity and easy-to-drink beers, Modern Times is always on top of that list. If I am looking to catch up with family or friends and am looking for a smaller, little more quiet spot, both Iron Fist and Second Chance seem to be where I am attracted to." -- Tony Rau, Odell Brewing Co. (Fort Collins, CO)
"Bend is my Beervana. Not only is it my hometown (and Bend natives are disturbingly proud and loyal), but it's one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Whether you've just finished a day at Mount Bachelor, a day on the Deschutes River, or a day hiking around the Cascade Lakes wilderness, there's a delicious brew waiting for you at Crux Fermentation Project or Boneyard Brewing. There are about a million other breweries, too." -- Riley Finnigan, Avery Brewing Co. (Boulder, CO)
"I have to go with Portland, ME. Delicious Allagash beers is justification enough. But add in Maine Beer Co., Oxbow, Novare Res Bier Cafe, The Great Lost Bear -- I could go on and on -- and you certainly have a frontrunner for best American beer city." -- Bill Covaleski, Victory Brewing Co. (Downingtown, PA)
"Sure, San Diego has beaches and great beer, but to me Portland, ME is Beervana. The beauty of this peaceful, oceanside Northeast city is contrasted by a vibrant and amazing beer community. You've got one of the most reputable and storied breweries in the world with Allagash Brewing Co. that brews phenomenal beers across a diverse range of styles, from clean and approachable to funky and wild. Then, right across the street, you've got a few startups rocking their own thing, my favorite being Bissell Brothers Brewing Co. These guys are loud and bright, and they brew and can some of the best IPAs in the Northeast, including The Substance, their flagship IPA, and Swish, a dreamy double IPA.
"In addition to the breweries in town, you've got great bars Downtown that bolster an exciting nightlife. My favorite is The Thirsty Pig where they always have an ME-focused beer list and great sausages. Also, check out MAPS, a hip basement bar that's smartly decorated with, well, maps. It's a great spot to grab a glass of The Substance and enjoy Beervana." -- Mike V. Sardina, Societe Brewing Company (San Diego, CA)