Manny's Pale Ale, Georgetown Brewing — Photo courtesy of Kendall Jones
1. Manny’s Pale Ale, Georgetown Brewing
Popular in Seattle
If you wake up in a bar and don’t remember what city you’re in but you see a Manny’s tap handle, you’re in Seattle. Slightly sweet with a sparkling hop finish, this local-only brew is on tap at more bars and restaurants around Seattle than any other beer, including those big, well-advertised national brands.
Sculpin IPA, Ballast Point Brewing — Photo courtesy of Kendall Jones
2. Sculpin IPA, Ballast Point Brewing
Popular in San Diego
The sculpin is an ugly and awkward fish, but the namesake IPA is tropical, elegant, and adored by local beer aficionados. When trolling for beer in this hop-happy town, you’ll hook several species of IPA, but you’ll regale your friends with stories about the Sculpin.
Golden Monkey, Victory Brewing — Photo courtesy of Melissa Twist
3. Golden Monkey Belgian-Style Tripel, Victory Brewing
Popular in Philadelphia
It disguises its strength (9.5 percent ABV) like a brick-fisted prize fighter waiting for the right moment to knock you out. This robust, fruity ale enjoyed its “Yo Adrian” moment in October 2014 when it won a coveted Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival. Today it is Victory Brewing’s top-selling beer in Philly.
Harpoon IPA, Harpoon Brewing — Photo courtesy of Kendall Jones
4. Harpoon IPA, Harpoon Brewing
Popular in Boston
National beer fans typically associate the city’s namesake lager, Sam Adams, with Boston, but beer-lovers in Titletown know that Harpoon IPA is the beer most commonly ordered around Boston Common. Unlike Red Sox tickets, this beer is exceedingly easy to get your hands on and its crisp, clean flavor never disappoints.
Pisgah Pale Ale, Pisgah Brewing — Photo courtesy of Pisgah Brewing
5. Pisgah Pale Ale, Pisgah Brewing Company
Popular in Asheville, N.C.
Asheville is a small city with a big reputation for its eclectic, Tardis-like beer scene (bigger on the inside than it appears from the outside). There are plenty of other beers that speak to the city’s “Don’t call me small!” attitude, but Pisgah Pale Ale is the one you’ll hear most of the local beer geeks calling out.
Pecan Porter, (512) Brewing — Photo courtesy of (512) Brewing
6. Pecan Porter, (512) Brewing
Popular in Austin
This beer proves the adage that everything is bigger in Texas. Nearly opaque, robust, earthy, and omnipresent on the local beer scene, Pecan Porter is produced by a brewery named after Austin’s area code, is only offered on draft, and is rarely distributed beyond the local area code.
Two Hearted Ale, Bell's Brewing — Photo courtesy of Bell's Brewing
7. Two Hearted Ale, Bell’s Brewery
Popular in Grand Rapids, Mich.
In the nation’s best beer town, they drink the second-best beer. Readers of USA TODAY and 10Best (that’s you) named Grand Rapids the top beer town in America, and readers of America’s geekiest beer magazine (Zymurgy) named Bell’s Two Hearted Ale the second-best beer in America. No wonder it outsells all other local brews.
Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, Half Acre Brewing — Photo courtesy of Kendall Jones
8. Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, Half Acre Brewing
Popular in Chicago
Named after a very large Vietnam-era bomb, Daisy Cutter explodes on your tongue, sending floral and citrus shockwaves across your palate. Perhaps the name dandelion would be more appropriate considering how this beer has overtaken the city’s beer landscape in recent years.
RPM IPA, Boneyard Brewing — Photo courtesy of Beer Blotter
9. RPM IPA, Boneyard Beer
Popular in Portland, Ore.
The irony is so fat it threatens to pop the snaps on your flannel shirt; Portland, Oregon has more breweries than any other city on earth (over 60), but the Rose City’s top draft beer comes from Bend, Oregon, which is three hours away. Beer-savvy hipsters reject the notion that any single beer is the city’s favorite, but the local beer distributors’ numbers don’t lie.
RailYard Ale, Wynkoop Brewing — Photo courtesy of Wynkoop Brewing
10. RailYard Ale, Wynkoop Brewing
Popular in Denver
While it may not be the city’s most ballyhooed beer, the flagship beer from Wynkoop Brewing holds the highest office and has the governor’s seal of approval. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper opened the brewery in 1988, is one of the founding fathers of Denver’s renowned beer scene, and last summer hoisted a pint of his RailYard with President Obama.