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Santa Rosa Named The ‘Microbrew Capital Of America’

According to research from The Pudding, a city in the North Bay has earned the title of ‘Microbrew Capital Of The United States’.

Taking data from and combining census and map information – when it comes to quality (beer ratings) and quantity (breweries in proximity), Santa Rosa tops the list.

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Santa Rosa is home to popular breweries like Russian River Brewing Co., Bear Republic Brewing Co., Shady Oak Barrel House and more.

A microbrewery is defined by Brewing Association as a brewery with “less than 15,000 barrels of beer per year with 75 percent or more of its beer sold off-site.”

The study also notes we’re not at the peak of “beer hype” yet, so expect more microbreweries to keep popping up as long as we keep flocking to them.

As for other Bay Area cities on the list, San Francisco came in at #18 and San Jose came in at #221.

For all the graphics and stats, head here.

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