Determining America's best beers cities — and the top brews to consume in them — is a tall order, one that Livability.com takes on with its list of 99 Beers in 99 Cities, which taps one North Texas beer hub.
U.S. cities were ranked based on three must-have criteria: "They are good places to live, they are consumers of craft beer, and they are producers of the best beer around." While the attractiveness of each city was rated by Livability, the data on beer consumption was drawn from Esri, and the more subjective declaration of best beer came from the folks at RateBeer.com.
McKinney ranks No. 85 on the list of best beer cities. Livability notes McKinney's strong performing arts scene and revitalized Main Street district among the small town's perks — along with a growing microbrewery scene. The honor of best beer goes to Franconia Brewing Co.'s highly rated Franconia Wheat. The original German hefeweizen from North Texas' second oldest brewery is characterized with banana, orange, and clove aromas and flavors.
Also on the list is Austin, at No. 42. The best beer in the Capital City is Hops & Grain Brewing's The One They Call Zoe, a pale lager with citrus flavor.
Check out the rest of the national rankings at Livability.com.