Best Small Town Beer Scene (2022)


These 10 American towns have some of the best beer scenes in the nation.

  • Avondale Estates

    Avondale Estates

    The charming town of Avondale Estates, just east of Decatur, has a small downtown area packed with unique food and beverage offerings. For beer lovers, there’s Wild Heaven Beer, The Lost Druid Brewery, My Parents' Basement and Little Cottage Brewery.
    Photo courtesy of Dot Paul

  • Traverse City

    Traverse City

    Traverse City has become a hotbed of craft beer action in the already beer-centric state of Michigan. The town features a sizable collection of breweries, taprooms and brewpubs, including Jolly Pumpkin, Brewery Terra Firma, Earthen Ales and Right Brain Brewery.
    Photo courtesy of Tony Demin

  • Hood River

    Hood River

    Local libations are almost always close at hand in Hood River, whether you’re touring the facilities at Full Sail Brew Pub, sampling from the 32 taps at 64 oz. Taphouse or sipping Belgian-inspired brews at pFriem Family Brewers. Other options in town and nearby include Double Mountain Brewery, Ferment Brewing Company and Solera Brewery.
    Photo courtesy of Visit Hood River

  • Rehoboth


    Enjoying a cold beer in Rehoboth, Delaware might mean stopping by Thompson Island Brewing, Iron Hill Brewery, Revelation Brewing Company or the Rehoboth Ale House Downtown. Loves Liquors carries a wide selection of beers from Delaware and international breweries for those who’d prefer to grab some beer to go.
    Photo courtesy of iStock photo

  • Boone

    North Carolina

    Boone is known as a base for adventure in North Carolina. After a day out hiking, paddling, skiing or biking, thirsty adventurers have plenty of places to grab a pint. Options include Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Beech Mountain Brewing Company, Blowing Rock Brewery and Ale House, Booneshine Brewing Company, Kettell Beerworks and Lost Province Brewing Company.
    Photo courtesy of Boone Watauga County Tourism

  • Taos

    New Mexico

    The mountain town of Taos in Northern New Mexico has several places for a fresh-brewed beer. Drive north of Taos to see the relatively new brewing facilities of Taos Mesa Brewing. The Burger Stand at Taos Ale House serves up top-rated food and experimental beers. Other options include Blue Heron Brewing Company and Comanche Creek Brewing Company.
    Photo courtesy of Taos Mesa Brewing Taproom

  • Decorah


    Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. has made a David out of the little town of Decorah, Iowa after earning a reputation as one of the best breweries in the world. Beer aficionados drive hundreds of miles to snag bottles from this brewery – one release weekend brought some 4,000 beer lovers to town (more than half the town’s population).
    Photo courtesy of Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

  • Bar Harbor

    Bar Harbor

    There’s a lot to love about the beer scene in Bar Harbor. The town hosts an annual Winter Beer Fest each January (in non-pandemic times at least). During the rest of the year, visitors can get their brew fix at Atlantic Brewing Company, Bar Harbor Beer Works or Fogtown Brewing Company. Even the local steakhouse, Jack Russell’s, brews their own beer.
    Photo courtesy of Atlantic Brewing, Bar Harbor

  • Fredericksburg


    Located in the heart of Texas Hill Country and one of the South's top wine regions, Fredericksburg enjoys a stellar beer scene for a town of its size as well. This should come as no surprise given the town’s German roots. The two heavy hitters in town are Altstadt Brewery, a Bavarian-inspired brewery that uses only hops, barley, yeast and spring water in their beers, and Fredericksburg Brewing Company, the oldest brewpub in the state of Texas. The Fredericksburg Brew Exchange is the go-to for bottles, cans and growler fills.
    Photo courtesy of Chris Zebo / Travel Texas

  • Breckenridge


    Breckenridge, established during the Colorado gold rush of the 1800s, is home to Colorado's largest historic district and an equally historic après-ski scene. Beer lovers can grab a pint (or a flight) from Breckenridge Brewery or Broken Compass, soak up the mountain views from the upstairs patio at Kenosha, sip through some 64 pour-your-own taps at Breckenridge Pour House or sample from the diverse taps at Après Handcrafted Libations. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
    Photo courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office/ Liam Doram

  1. Avondale Estates - Georgia
  2. Traverse City - Michigan
  3. Hood River - Oregon
  4. Rehoboth - Delaware
  5. Boone - North Carolina
  6. Taos - New Mexico
  7. Decorah - Iowa
  8. Bar Harbor - Maine
  9. Fredericksburg - Texas
  10. Breckenridge - Colorado

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