Duluth is the 3rd best city in the U.S. for beer drinkers, analysis finds

And it's not Minneapolis or St. Paul.
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Minnesota has no shortage of craft beer options, with more than 100 local breweries around the state.

But one city is apparently particularly great if you're a big beer drinker.

SmartAsset released its annual analysis of "The Best Cities for Beer Drinkers" this week, and ranked Duluth at No. 3 overall.

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It's behind only Asheville, North Carolina, and Portland, Maine. And it's the only Minnesota city to crack the top 25.

How they came up with the rankings

SmartAsset, a real estate site, looked at 300 large cities to come up with its list, and graded on five metrics:

  • Total number of microbreweries and brewpubs
  • Number per 100,000 residents
  • Average Yelp score of breweries
  • Number of bars per 100,000 residents
  • And average price for a pint of domestic draught beer

Duluth did well because there's a high concentration of breweries, and it's pretty affordable.

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"Duluth has 31 bars per 100,000 residents and 10.4 breweries per 100,000 residents. That means plenty of options for where to get a brew," SmartAsset wrote.

And the average pint of draft beer in the city is just $2, the site found.

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