Asheville, North Carolina
It's the South's most dynamic beer mecca, now home to 30-plus breweries, both homegrown (Burial Beer Co., Wicked Weed) and transplanted (New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada). There are great bars here, such as the Thirsty Monk, which has three locations, and world-class bottle shops like Tasty Beverage. And there's even Beer City Bicycles, a full-service bike shop that serves draft ESB and Sierra Nevada, so you can crush a pint while your derailleur is tuned. To see just how beer-soaked Asheville has become, check out the crowd at Wedge or Green Man. "The beer community here is like a family," says Sierra Nevada's Brian Grossman. "It's not unusual to step into a tasting room and find the bar deep with brewers from other breweries, all sharing stories over pints."