Five Colorado cities are among the top 20 in the nation in breweries per capita, according to a study released this week by C+R Research.
The marketing firm ranked more than 500 cities across the United States by their number of breweries, and Boulder, Fort Collins, Loveland, Denver and Longmont all made the top 20.
Boulder came in at No. 4 with 14 breweries per 50,000 residents; Fort Collins was No. 11 with eight breweries per 50,000; Loveland is at No. 12 (seven per 50,000); and Denver and Longmont are Nos. 18 and 19, with six breweries per 50,000.
The city with the most breweries per capita was Portland, Maine, with 18 per 50,000 residents.
More surprising, perhaps, than Colorado’s representation — with more cities than any other state in the top 25 — are the “most popular” breweries in each place based on Google searches.
In Colorado’s five top brewing cities, the most-searched breweries are Sanitas Brewing (Boulder), New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins), Loveland Aleworks (Loveland), Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) and Wibby Brewing (Longmont).
C+R analyzed 92 Denver breweries — 33 in Boulder, 25 in Fort Collins, 12 in Longmont and 11 in Loveland — from a SteadyServ Technologies database to find the most popular searches.
For comparison, the Colorado-based Brewers Association tracks breweries in each city, and its numbers differ slightly.
But the results are still noteworthy. New Belgium is the fourth largest craft brewery in the country, according to the Brewers Association, and Breckenridge is no longer considered a craft brewer after its sale in 2015 to AB InBev.
As for the other three, Sanitas, Loveland and Wibby are all considered micro breweries by the B.A. So three breweries that make less than 15,000 barrels of beer a year are some of the most popular in the state.
Cheers to that.