Here at Milwaukee Record, we employ a sentient machine known as the Great Job, Milwaukee Bot to keep track of the city’s many appearances on dopey online lists, or any time a national publication deigns to acknowledges our pathetic Midwest existence. Recently, the infernal machine brought us news that Rolling Stone liked Summerfest, The New York Times thought Milwaukee was a “cursed sports city,” and somebody claimed we were the 12th best city for music fans. Today, the bot reports that real estate listings site Redfin has deemed Milwaukee the 3rd best city for beer lovers. No shit!

How did Redfin come to this shocking conclusion? The usual: The site ranked cities on things like the number of breweries per 100,000 adults, the number of active brewery permits, state beer taxes, median home sale prices, and a city’s walkability score (get it?). Here’s the Redfin skinny of the Brew City:

Breweries per 100,000 Adults 21+ in the State: 4
Active Brewery Permits: 177
State Beer Tax: $.06 per gallon
Walk Score: 61
Median Home Sale Price: $190,000

“Milwaukee is known as the home of Miller, Blatz and Pabst, but our beer scene has grown into so much more thanks to breweries like Lakefront and Company Brewing. Summerfest is a great time of year to experience the summer fun Wisconsin has to offer while enjoying live music during the two week festival. Miller Park is also a pretty quintessential beer drinking experience for fans of tailgating and baseball.” – Ashley Lamb, Milwaukee Redfin real estate agent

Topping Milwaukee were Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (number 1) and Buffalo, New York (number 2). Madison, Wisconsin also made the cut at number 11. Great (and obvious) job, Milwaukee! [h/t Milwaukee Business Journal]

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