As millions of Americans prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July, Redfin and the Beer Institute teamed up to research which cities have the attributes beer lovers need to thrive.

Rust Belt Cities topped the list: Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Milwaukee are the top three, powered by their relative affordability, low tax on beer, and variety of breweries.

“Pittsburgh has always been what I’d call ‘a beer and a shot town,’ with our blue collar roots. Back in the day, all the steel workers would meet at the bar for an Iron City beer and a shot of whiskey. Today, those roots are alive and well. You’ll still find Iron City in most bars, but we’re also seeing a boom in craft brewing. There are lots of microbreweries, particularly in the Southside.” – Keith Jimenez, Pittsburgh Redfin real estate agent.

Here’s how the cities were ranked:

· The number of breweries in their state per 100,000 adults aged 21+
· The number of active brewery permits in each state
· State beer taxes (lower ranked better)
· The median home sale price
· The city’s Walk Score (don’t drink and drive!)

And Pittsburgh earned a first place score with these results:

-Breweries per 100,000 Adults 21+ in the State: 3
-Active Brewery Permits: 256
-State Beer Tax: $.08 per gallon
-Walk Score: 61
-Median Home Sale Price: $150,200

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