I had no idea how much craft beer there was in North Carolina until I moved here. If I didn’t like beer, it would be a very sad shame. I feel like there’s a new craft brewery popping up here every time I blink. This isn’t a bad thing…but it’s a lot to choose from.

The number of craft breweries in the U.S. nearly doubled between 2015 and 2020, reaching 8,764 as of last year. Some cities, however, are better than others when it comes to beer prices, variety, and availability. To find the best cities for beer drinkers nationwide, SmartAsset analyzed data for 366 U.S. cities on metrics like the number of breweries, the concentration of bars, and the price of a domestic pint.

Two North Carolina cities crack the top 35 cities for beer drinkers. ​​Asheville ranks as the fifth-best city and Wilmington ranks 32nd. Way to go North Carolina. The number one spot actually went to Pittsburgh, PA which I do agree has some awesome craft beer.

Both cities rank in the top half of the study for three of the five metrics SmartAsset has considered. This includes the total number of breweries, breweries per 100,000 residents, and bars per 100,000 residents. Additionally, Asheville stands out for its high average number of beers per brewery. The full report, including methodology and rankings, can be found here. Happy craft beer drinking and always be responsible!

 

Top 5 Beers in North Carolina Include Asheville Brewery

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