So maybe Benjamin Franklin didn't say "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy", but we still think it's a good quote. And maybe it's why people are so much happier in Missoula than in the rest of the country. Well, most of the country at least.

The website did its annual study of beer drinkers in the United States. According to their study, they compiled specific data. They compared over 350 cities. Judging each city based on:

  1. Number of Breweries
  2. Breweries per 100,000 residents
  3. Average Number of Beers per Brewery
  4. Bars per 100,000 residents
  5. Average Price of a Pint of Beer

Some of what they discovered was that it is "best to belly up to the bar in mid-sized cities." The bigger the city, the lower the quality of the beer. They say to stick to towns that have less than 400,000 people. Also, the Top 10 cities in the study have double digits when it comes to how many breweries there are per 100,000 people.

According to their study, Cincinnati claims the #1 spot. But, good ol' Missoula Montana makes the top 10 list at #9. Why?

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Missoula only has nine total breweries, ranking 86th out of 384 for this metric. The relatively small population of 75,500, though, means that has nearly 12 breweries per 100,000 residents, which puts the college town at 13th for that metric. The low cost of cold one here may be the best thing Missoula has to offer to beer drinkers. The average price of a pint is just $3.50, which is the 35th-best price on this list.

We are ready to give all of you beer lovers an Easter gift you will never forget. We have brought back our annual Blaze Easter Keg Hunt for 2024. This is your opportunity to WIN FREE BEER FOR A YEAR from Bayern Brewing.

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