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America’s best beer towns

America’s best beer towns

If you’re looking to celebrate Oktoberfest this year, think small town America.

According to a new survey from Trulia, the top places to celebrate the beer festival are in smaller metro areas, with Traverse City, Michigan, ranking No. 1. The “Oktoberfest Index” is based on the number of breweries, bars and bottle shops per 10,000 people, and also factors in the share of residents of German ancestry.

“Breweries can function a little more profitably in places that aren’t as expensive when it comes to real estate,” said Ralph McLaughlin, housing economist at Trulia.

Craft brewing has become more popular in Traverse City, which is getting ready to celebrate beer week from Nov. 13-20.

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