Boston Ranked Fourth Among Seven Best Beer Cities

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The Harpoon Brewery in Boston.
John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe

Boston is the fourth best beer city in America, says, which ranked us No. 4 in its “7 Best Cities for Beer”.

Wondering which cities beat us? In third place was Denver, Colorado, in second was San Diego, California, and first place went to Portland, Oregon.

“Boston knows its brews,” writes Kristina Fazzalaro of, who claimed she did a lot of “boozy research” around the country to name the top seven. She calls Boston “America’s original beer town.” As you may have guessed, Sam Adams had a lot to do with the ranking.

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But so did Harpoon Brewery and tiny Trillium Brewery, which Fazzalaro calls two of her favorites.

A pint of Sam Adams Boston Lager. The popularity of the craft brew has helped make Sams Adams�s founder, Jim Koch, a billionaire. Illustrates KOCH (category f) by Brendan Coffey (c) 2013, Bloomberg News. Moved: Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013 (MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg News photo by Scott Eisen).
A pint of Sam Adams Boston Lager.
Scott Eisen/ Bloomberg News

Wondering where to go for a great brew in Boston? Take a cue from Gary Dzen,’s beer guru, who listed his 10 favorite beer bars in the Boston Globe piece “The 10 best beer bars in Boston”.

His favorites are: The Publick House, Lord Hobo, Cambridge Brewing Co., Sunset Grill & Tap, Deep Ellum, Meadhall, The Lower Depths Tap Room, Bukowski Tavern, Local 149, and Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale.

What’s your favorite beer bar in Boston? What do you think of Boston’s No. 4 ranking?