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List pegs NC as a top beer-lovers’ state

A beer sampler at Highland Brewing Company, in Asheville.
A beer sampler at Highland Brewing Company, in Asheville. newsobserver.com

How about this a day-before-New-Year’s-Eve factoid?

According to a post on SmartAsset.com, North Carolina holds two of the 10 best cities in America for beer drinkers: Asheville (No. 2) and Wilmington (No. 7).

List rankings are based on “the number of microbreweries and brewpubs, the average Yelp rating of breweries, the number of bars and the average price of a pint.”

Of Asheville, the post says, “The city is home to 19 microbreweries and brewpubs, making it one of just two U.S. cities that have fewer than 100,000 residents but more than 10 breweries. (Top-ranked Portland, Maine is the other.)”

And of Port City: “Wilmington recently welcomed its newest microbrewery to town, with Waterline Brewing Company joining established breweries like Flytrap Brewery and Front Street Brewery. Together, those beer makers rate as some of the best in the U.S. (according to Yelp users). The average Yelp score for Wilmington breweries is 4.44 stars, one the highest scores of the 296 cities that SmartAsset researched.”

Here’s the full top 10:

1. Portland, Maine

2. Asheville

3. Portland, Ore.

4. Billings, Mont.

5. Denver, Colo.

6. Seattle

7. Wilmington

8. Missoula, Mont.

9. Pittsburgh

10. Cincinnati

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