Story by Dillon Davis
Asheville Citizen Times
USA TODAY NETWORK
ASHEVILLE — For the second year in a row, Asheville is able to raise a glass to being the top U.S. city for beer drinkers.
Financial advice website SmartAsset said this month Asheville finished in the top two cities for the third year in a row, calling it "a beer lover's paradise." It takes home the top spot ahead of other sudsy cities, including Portland, Maine; Duluth, Minnesota; and Cincinnati.
"The biggest draw to Asheville is the city’s plentiful breweries," SmartAsset said in the post. It also notes that given Asheville's population compared to other larger cities on the list, it has the most breweries per person.
Data from SmartAsset shows Asheville has 25 microbreweries, giving the city 28.1 breweries per 100,000 residents — about 11,000 more residents than was measured in the most recent U.S. Census data for the city.
The site also takes into account bars per 100,000 residents, average Yelp scores of local breweries and the average cost of a pint of beer to develop a composite score. Data was studied from 300 cities and collected via the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 1-Year American Community Survey and several other beer-centric data outlets.
Other cities rounding out the top 10 include Austin, Texas; Missoula, Montana; Portland, Oregon; Denver; Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Seattle. The only other North Carolina city to crack the top 25 is Wilmington, which checks in at No. 19, just above New Orleans.
Asheville has been a popular target in recent years for lists by national and regional. media outlets, ranging from travel and tourism to restaurants and other hospitality items.
Earlier this month, Forbes placed Asheville on its list of the 15 Coolest Places to Go in 2018. It was the only U.S. city to land on the list.