Okay, that’s better – Top 30 places to open a new brewery


Last week we posted a story about a recent study that aimed to determine the best places in the U.S. to open a new brewery. Spoiler alert! There were some flaws with their methodology, flaws that some of you were quick to recognize. I don’t know if anyone else noticed, but I contacted the organization that conducted the study and told them about the issues. I wondered how things would shake out if the corrections were made.

The original list of 25 included just one Washington city, Seattle, which ranked 25th. After the corrections, Washington has seven cities in the top 30. Somerville, MA is still at the top of the list and Colorado still has the most cities on the list.

The study examined two aspects of opening a new brewery: business environment and business cost. Of course, there are multiple considerations within each of those broader topics. I should point out that there are a lot of things that this study did not consider. Price and availability of real estate, for example. Construction hassles, with codes and local municipalities, for another.

You can see the original post here, which talks a bit about the miscalculation we discovered.

You can learn more about the report and the methodology here.

Here is the list as corrected:

  1. Somerville, MA
  2. Madison, WI
  3. Seattle, WA
  4. Denver, CO
  5. Longmont, CO
  6. Loveland, CO
  7. Portland, OR
  8. Royal Oak, MI
  9. La Crosse, WI
  10. Fort Collins, CO
  11. Missoula, MT
  12. Bellingham, WA
  13. Bostan, MA
  14. Fredrick, MD
  15. Vancouver, WA
  16. Scottsdale, AZ
  17. Bellevue, WA
  18. Boulder, CO
  19. Colorado Springs, CO
  20. Eugene, OR
  21. Tacoma, WA
  22. Bend, OR
  23. Milwaukee, WI
  24. Portland, ME
  25. Spokane, WA
  26. Worcester, MA
  27. Yakima, WA
  28. Ann Arbor, MI
  29. Medford, OR
  30. Aurora, CO