Grand Rapids Is Number One Again! We’re Beer City, USA!
Yes, it happened again, Grand Rapids has reclaimed the crown! USA Today was again looking for the best beer scene in the USA, and 20-cities popped up as some of the best. A panel of beer experts were did the final judging, and the number one city according to USA Today is right here is West Michigan, Grand Rapids!
It's not just the city proper, because within a 30 minute drive you’ll find so many breweries with very tasty beer. They’re not all competing against each other, either, but have really formed a brewing community to support one another.
WZZM13 reported that according to a 2019 Economic Impact Report of Beer Tourism in Kent County commissioned by Experience Grand Rapids, there were around 40 breweries in Grand Rapids with over 80 in the Greater West Michigan area while generating over $38 million in the county at that time.
So, Grand Rapids gets to celebrate 10 years as Beer City, USA, and has received so many other accolades as well, such as USA Today’s America’s Best Beer Town in 2014, Best Beer Scene in 2017 and Best Beer City in 2021 and now, 2022.
USA Today said that we’re led, of course, by the world-renowned Founders Brewing Co.
But, also by the Belgian-inspired Brewery Vivant.
And they said also by beer stores like Siciliano’s Market on Lake Michigan Drive.
So, what other cities are on the list?
Madison, Wisconsin and Indianapolis, Indiana in the second and third. The rest of the top 20 are:
Asheville, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
New York, New York
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California
St. Louis, Missouri
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