Move aside, Portland. There’s a new beer capital in the state: Bend.
“On a per-capita basis Bend has one of the nation’s highest concentrations of breweries. The more than 25 breweries located in and around Bend give residents easy access to high-quality, locally made beer,” says Livability, the Tennessee-based lifestyle website.
Last year, Portland topped the nation’s cities for suds, heading up Travel and Leisure’s list of America’s beer cities.
In 2014, it wasn’t just Portland that was pushed out of the running. Bend secured the No. 1 spot ahead of beer towns like Denver and St. Louis, based on Livability’s ranking. It’s worth noting that Livability says they focused on smaller and mid-sized cities when compiling the list.
The website was particularly impressed by the Bend breweries’ “focus on creating intense and unusual flavors,” like 10 Barrel Brewing Co.’s Cucumber Crush and Deschutes Brewery’s Fresh Squeezed IPA.
(h/t Bend Bulletin)