5 great under-the-radar beer cities

Of course Chicago, but… Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Chicago may be the de facto capital of the Midwest, but for much of the last 150 years Milwaukee reigned as the beer capital of the United States. The city was once home to four major breweries—Blatz, Schlitz, Pabst, and Miller—but its brewing tradition faded significantly in the 20th century after three of the four closed down.

Recent years have seen a brewing renaissance led by craft breweries like Lakefront Brewery and Milwaukee Ale House, and today there are more than a dozen breweries and brewpubs in the area breathing new life into the city’s proud brewing history. Pabst even announced it will return to its former complex to open a microbrewery and taproom focused on pre-Prohibition beers.

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