BILLINGS - Billings made No. 10 on an annual ranking of America's top beer cities by Livability.com.
According to a press release from Livability.com, "Billings offers innovative and award-winning breweries, residents who consume beer at higher rates than the average American, sophisticated beer tastes and a high-quality of life for beer lovers."
Bend, Ore., ranked No. 1 in Best Beer City 2014.
The editors of Livability.com, which is a division of Journal Communications, Inc., looked at both sides of the beer equation: production and consumption.
For the production side, they took into account the number of award-winning breweries and beers the town has crafted in recent years, according to the Great American Beer Festival. On the consumption side, they used data from Esri to find cities where people were drinking more craft and high-end beers than average, and less macro-brews than average.
Editors considered the number of liquor stores per capita. They also weighed in the city’s reputation as a beer town, its overall livability, and a shot of the editor’s own experiences with the towns and their brews.
"Billings residents drink beer more frequently than the average American and prefer craft brews over imported or mass-produced domestic beer. Downtown Billings offers six breweries, including Montana Brewing Co., which has picked up six medals at the Great American Beer Festival since 2008. Other breweries including Montana Brewing Co. and Uberbrew produce a strong lineup of beers," according to Livability.com.
The 10 Best Beer Cities 2014 are:
1. Bend, OR
2. Denver, CO
3. San Diego, CA
4. Albuquerque, NM
5. Tampa, FL
6. Grand Rapids, MI
7. St. Louis, MO
8. Bellingham, WA
9. Hershey, PA
10. Billings, MT