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Bottoms Up: Five Ohio cities rank among top 50 cities for beer drinkers

Bottoms Up: Five Ohio cities rank among top 50 cities for beer drinkers

Sarah Sole

Cheers, Columbus. Whether it’s a stout, IPA, lager, or sour, beer is something close to our hearts here in the 614. 

But how do we stack up against other beer-loving cities across the country? 

In a SmartAsset study on the best cities for beer drinkers, Columbus came in at No. 27 out of 50, with 25 breweries—that’s 2.8 breweries per 100,000 residents. 


We have nearly as many breweries as the top city for beer drinkers—just a short drive over in Cincinnati. Good old Cincy has 31 breweries, making that an impressive 10.2 of them per 100,000 residents. 

To come up with their results, SmartAsset compared 384 cities by total number of breweries, breweries per 100,000 residents, average number of beers per brewery, bars per 100,000 residents, and the average price of a pint. 

Our city comes in pretty reasonably there, by the way, at $4 per pint on average. San Francisco, not so much. Residents there pay $7 per pint, on average. No, thanks, we’ll pass. They can keep their gold bridge, we’ll keep our $3 savings per pint. 

While Cincy took top place this year, the data showed that much of Ohio has a penchant for a good brew. 

Cleveland took 10th place, while Akron and Dayton came in at No. 37 and No. 50, respectively. 

We think this calls for a toast. It shouldn’t be hard to find something to put in your glass.

What’s your favorite Columbus brewery? Tell us in the comments below. 


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