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

And it's not Minneapolis or St. Paul.

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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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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