Cities score well on national breweries-per-capita list


C+R Research named Brewery Vivant the most popular brewery in Grand Rapids by search volume. Photo by Michael Buck

Michigan’s beer scene is among the biggest in the country according to an online research firm.

C+R Research, based in Chicago, Illinois, recently compiled a list of the top brewery meccas in the U.S., and it’s no surprise several Michigan cities made the list.

Grand Rapids pulled in at No. 13, boasting seven breweries per 50,000 people. Brewery Vivant in Eastown was named the most popular brewery in Grand Rapids based on search volume.

Kalamazoo came in at No. 5 with 10 breweries per 50,000 people, and Bell’s Brewery was designated the most popular in the city.

Royal Oak in the Greater Detroit Area also made the list at No. 15, with seven breweries per 50,000. Royal Oak Brewery was the most popular in the city.

Top 10 Beer Cities

  1. Portland, Maine
  2. Asheville, North Carolina
  3. Bend, Oregon
  4. Boulder, Colorado
  5. Kalamazoo
  6. Vista, California
  7. Greenville, South Carolina
  8. Portland, Oregon
  9. Pensacola, Florida
  10. Missoula, Montana


C+R Research analyzed the number of breweries in more than 500 cities across the U.S. and ranked each city by the number of breweries per capita.

Using SteadyServ Technologies’ BreweryDB database, C+R compiled a list of every brewery in these cities and analyzed Google search volume of those breweries within each city to determine the most popular brewery.

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