Best mid-sized towns in the PNW for brewpubs
Craft beer now represents over 25% of total beer sales in the United States. Unlike the big brewers, many craft brewers have opened brewpubs right where they make their beer, allowing patrons to see the beer being brewed as they enjoy their dinner and sometimes even talk to the brewmaster themselves. Some of the most popular restaurants in many cities brew their own beer on-site. The Pacific Northwest is well known for its love of all things regarding craft beer so we created our best mid-sized towns in the PNW for brewpubs for people who love their craft beer.
For those who are thinking about traveling or relocating, but want to make sure their future home has a robust craft beer scene, we have profiled every city in America with at least 5000 residents and researched how many brewpubs are in each. Not everyone wants to live in a large city so are going to limit our results to mid-sized cities (population between 10,000 and 74,999) in the Pacific Northwest, which includes Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
Our top picks that are based on brewpubs per capita are the following:
Woodinville, WA – Population 11,240. A real surprise on the list. Woodinville, WA, a city barely big enough to be considered a mid-sized city, tops our list. Located in the Northwest corner of the Seattle metropolitan area, Woodinville has 10 brewpubs. On a per capita basis, this is the brewpub capital of America.
Corvallis, OR – Population 55,780. In 2nd place is Corvallis, OR. Home of Oregon State University, Corvallis is nestled up against the coastal mountains about 80 miles south of Portland. With 8 brewpubs to choose from and over 100 beers, you won’t run out of new craft beers to try anytime soon.
Roseburg, OR – Population – 22,114. In solid third place is Roseburg, Oregon. Roseburg is in the Rogue River Valley, a pretty isolated valley in Southern Oregon. Roseburg is not close to any large population centers, it is closer to the redwood forests of California than it is to Portland. Which makes its 7 brewpubs so impressive. It’s hard to find a small isolated city with a better brewpub scene.
So while you love beer maybe choosing a place to visit or live based solely on how many local craft beers are on tap isn’t the only criterion you should use. That’s why we created the NextDiggs quiz so that you can decide what features are “the best” for you. We profiled every city in America with 5000 or more residents with 61 criteria. You can choose to answer all the questions, or only the ones pertaining to criteria that are important to you. So go ahead and take the quiz and find your own perfect place.
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