"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.