If you thought Chicago, Amsterdam, or London were great beer cities, prepare to be impressed: Boston is even better. Traveling and drinking TV host Zane Lamprey (Three Sheets, Drinking Made Easy, and Have Fork, Will Travel) has named the top 25 beer cities in the world, and Boston landed at a respectable ninth place, only beat out by cities like Denver, Prague, Dublin, and Munich, the ultimate winner (no real surprise there).
Lamprey praises Boston's history as a beer city; apparently the pilgrims were originally heading for Virginia but stopped early in Massachusetts - as soon as their beer ran out. He also notes that Boston has the highest beer consumption rate per capita in the United States; a statistic of which we can be proud, right? Boston.com discussed the list and allowed readers to vote on whether the ranking was too low, too high, or just right. About a fifth of responders have little faith in Boston's beer prowess and thought the ranking was too high. Meanwhile, the Boston beer scene has been racking up some other accolades, such as a "Best Brewpub in America" award for Cambridge Brewing Co. and the inclusion of Bukowski Tavern and other Boston staples on Draft Magazine's "America's 100 Best Beer Bars" 2012 list.