Beer is one of America's favorite beverages. We love high-end craft beers, bottom-shelf cheap beers and everything in between. Each city has a favorite beer, a brewmaster that's a hometown hero and a bar they're trying to keep a secret so that it doesn't get too crowded.
So, naturally, cataloguer of all things manly and stylish, GQ Magazine has gone and let the secret out: here are GQ's five best beer cities in America.
- Los Angeles, The New Frontier of Beer: The magazine give special mention to two local breweries, Golden Road Brewing and Eagle Rock Brewery.
- Denver, Welcome to Brewtown, U.S.A.: A bit of a no-brainer. Everyone knows the Rockies are famous for both their monstrous brewing giants and small, powerful micro-brew producers, but did you know Denver is home to the Great American Beer Festival every October?
- Philadelphia, Home of the Perfect Pub Crawl: It seems natural that the home of the cheesesteak would also produce excellent things with which to wash those storied sandwiches down, but Philly is also where our founding fathers drank their beer, and GQ doesn't want us to forget that.
- Cleveland, The Old-School Beertown: Cleveland proves its beer-loving mettle by being home to Nano Brew Cleveland, where they will "pour you a bready amber ale while they tune your bike."
- San Francisco, Brews for Foodies: We see you creeping up on us in quality of food and drink, San Fran. Don't think New York isn't paying attention. In particular, GQ calls attention to Almanac and Pacific Brewing Labs, who are both focusing on beer brewed with unusual and seasonal ingredients like plums and hibiscus.
Go check out all the gems GQ dug up for you. Happy beering, America!
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#1: Pabst Blue Ribbon
<b>Comments:</b> "A little bland, but okay." "Sweet and foamy -- inoffensive." "A really light, easy-to-please flavor." "Musky and heavy." "Highly drinkable."
#2: Miller High Life
<b>Comments:</b> "Too bitter, but tolerable." "Standard." "Bready, nice balance. Could easily drink it all night." "Pretty solid beer." "Tastes like nothing, which isn't necessarily a bad thing."
#3: Milwaukee's Best Premium
<b>Comments:</b> "Smooth but cheap-tasting." "Plain flavored, nothing special." "Tastes like a frat house." "Tastes metallic, but I can take it." "Boring." "Skunky, not my favorite."
#4: Miller Genuine Draft
<b>Comments:</b> "Pleasant enough." "Skunky." "Kind of funky, more complex than the others." "Reminds me of college, in a bad way." "Bitter finish and great bubbles, but too hoppy."
<b>Comments:</b> "Nutty." "Bad aftertaste." "Very sweet and honey-like." "Weak!" "Kind of sweet and watered down." "Pleasantly grungy tasting."
<b>Comments:</b> "Tastes the way cheap beer smells." "Bitter and watery." "Neutral taste, slight sweetness, and foamy." "Tastes familiar, like college." "Nice ratio of sweet to bitter." "Eminently offensive." "Like carbonated water, in but in a good way."
<b>Comments:</b> "Soapy." "Not bad hoppiness." "Too sour, no depth of flavor." "It looks like it would taste good, but it doesn't, which is annoying." "No. This tastes like matzoh!"
#8: Natural Ice
<b>Comments:</b> "God is disappointed." "Neutral and decently smooth." "Kind of like soda. Really sparkly." "Apple-juicy, kind of flat and wan-tasting." "Disgusting." "Kind of fruity? In a good way. Very effervescent."
#9: Keystone Ice
<b>Comments:</b> "My pee tastes better than this." "Really bitter." "Pleasant bitterness at first, but bad aftertaste." "Malty, with caramel notes and a slightly sour finish." "Too watery." "A little bitter."
#10: Rolling Rock Extra Pale
<b>Comments:</b> "Tastes like raspberries." "Weirdly sweet, like drinking corn." "Savory and hoppy, but with a nasty metallic tang." "Tastes like flavored water." "Smells like bread. Do not like."