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Shedding a rep of grit and crime, Baltimore’s quality breweries, high-end beer bars, and fresh seafood cuisine have transformed Charm City into a major destination on America’s beer map.

With a booming slate of microbreweries, a diverse restaurant scene and its own distinctive brand of Hoosier hospitality, Naptown is anything but sleepy. Indianapolis proves its mettle this month by playing host to Super Bowl XLVI.

Though sandwiched between the beer meccas of Denver and Fort Collins, this happy-go-lucky Colorado college town is hardly the forgotten middle child.

Once a footnote to San Francisco, Oakland has emerged as California’s new epicenter of artisan cool packed with ultrahip restaurants and a burgeoning craft brew scene.

Seaside stays, cool brews and sights for both the artsy and the outdoorsy abound in “the other” Portland.

Thanks to a vibrant cross-section of cultures and an increasingly cosmopolitan flair, Tampa Bay has emerged as the next great locus for the inquisitive imbiber.

Burlington’s not big, but it’s definitely beer-soaked. A college town with granola sensibility, here all kinds of craft—beer, cheese and more—flourish on the banks of Lake Champlain.

This Colorado college town with a big-city beer rep revels in its outdoorsy, free-spirited vibe.

Crowned Beer City USA 2010, Asheville is a Bohemian-meets-genteel Southern suds mecca with new brews at every turn.

The Big Apple’s beeriest borough overflows with sudsy bars and eateries.