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Michigan city ranked among best 'hidden gems' for beer lovers

National Beer Day is April 7, 2017

In March 2015, an Idaho man was arrested after calling 911 a total of 12 times to complain about being overcharged for his beer. One time, he called to tell the dispatcher that she reminded him of his ex-wife.
In March 2015, an Idaho man was arrested after calling 911 a total of 12 times to complain about being overcharged for his beer. One time, he called to tell the dispatcher that she reminded him of his ex-wife. (iStock / Hofmeester)

DETROIT – National Beer Day is April 7 - and you may have a great hidden beer gem near your house.

Infogroup ranked the top 10 best hidden gems for beer lovers in the U.S. and a Michigan city made the list at No. 5.

To determine the top U.S. cities for beer, Infogroup used its verified business database of more than 15 million records to identify which metro areas, regardless of population, are home to the most beer retailers and breweries, including craft and microbreweries.

Once these factors were compiled, these cities were ranked by their concentration of beer-related businesses per 10,000 residents.

Using these indicators, Infogroup ranked the following as the top 10 beer cities:

1. Bend, OR
2. Boulder, CO
3. Asheville, NC
4. Fort Collins, CO
5. Niles-Benton Harbor, MI
6. Great Falls, MT
7. Burlington, VT
8. Corvallis, OR
9. Mansfield, OH
10. Mount Vernon, WA

With 1.54 beer-related businesses per capita, Bend, OR, proved the most favorable U.S. city for beer lovers to celebrate National Beer Day. Oregon and Colorado, which have developed reputations as craft beer meccas, both boast two cities on the list.

“Using data to determine the top cities for beer is helpful for both consumers and businesses,” said Matt Graves, chief data officer at Infogroup. “Beer lovers can look to this data for recommendations on where to celebrate National Beer Day or plan their next vacation destination.

Current and aspiring beer-related business owners, on the other hand, can gain stronger insight as to where the beer industry is thriving if they wish to open a new brewery. In these instances, knowing where both demand and supply are high is extremely beneficial.”


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