What makes a city the best for beer? This tool helps find the answer

Test out this interactive and see if you can get Minneapolis to a No. 1 ranking.

What makes a place the best beer city?

Russell Goldenberg of The Pudding (a website that publishes weekly visual essays) tried to figure it out, using data – and a sweet interactive.

He says Santa Rosa, California, is the mecca for craft beer, based on a "blend" of beer rankings and how many breweries there are. He used data from RateBeer.com, and only included breweries with three-plus beers that had at least 10 reviews, among other parameters.

Santa Rosa was No. 1 with an A-plus rating based on 12 breweries. Minneapolis came in at No. 6, with a B-plus rating based on 18 breweries.

But, the best beer city is pretty subjective. So, Goldenberg developed an interactive graphic that lets you play around with the data (it's pretty fun if you're a nerd like me). You can change how much quality and quantity influences a city's grade and ranking, as well as narrowing it down based on style of beer and how far the breweries are from the city.

Test it out here and see if you can get Minneapolis to that No. 1 spot.

Next Up

Lakeville South

May bomb threat at south metro school traced to Lakeville area kid

Months of investigation led to the digital footprint of the juvenile.

WIkimedia Commons - Frey April 20, 2021

Frey backs creation of Dept. of Public Safety, removal of police staffing minimums

He is in favor of removing police staffing minimums from the city charter – which this November's ballot question would also do.

Foreman tl - Flug-Presley tr - Sturm bl - Pettus br - Go Fund Me and Facebook

St. Paul PD takes over quadruple killing probe after it emerged they died in Minnesota

A "thorough investigation" reveled where the four Minnesotans were killed.

superior national forest

Highway 1 reopens as Greenwood Fire is 80% contained

The highway has been closed for about a month.

covid, vaccine

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, September 20

Data in Monday reports includes the past Friday, not the weekend. Weekend data is released on Tuesdays.


Driver killed in ATV rollover crash north of Alexandria

The crash occurred in Douglas County Sunday evening.


This new beer will help the bees

And it's brewing legend Todd Haug's final Minnesota beer.

This tool helps you share your Grain Belt with your valentine

Because pouring a beer into a single glass just doesn't say love.