Thursday, August 31, 2006

An Odd List to Be On

1. Milwaukee
2. Minneapolis-St. Paul
3. Columbus, Ohio
4. Boston
5. Austin, Texas
6. Chicago
7. Cleveland
8 Pittsburgh
9. Philadelphia
9. Providence, R.I. (tied) 

From looking at that top 10 list, what do you think is being ranked?  Education statistics?  Employment numbers?  Population rises or declines?  Cleanliness stats?  Top drinking cities?

Well, if you guessed the last one, you are correct.  According to Forbes, my current residence is smack dab in the middle of the #2 drinking environment in the United States!  I was quite surprised to see Minneapolis/St. Paul rank so high.  Milwaukee is a no brainer up there at #1... although I had thought maybe Madison would give it a run for its money, but the perrenial party town doesn't even crack the top 35, let alone the top 10.

I never thought of Minneapolis as a drinking centric city, but I guess it must be.  Walking around downtown, uptown, and the inner suburbs, I can start to see that we do actually have quite the night life, full of drinking establishments.  And with Grain Belt Premium being brewed here, how we've even got a little of that brewery atmosphere that Milwaukee has.  Ok, maybe we don't, but at least we have some quality, cheap, pale ale brewed here.

So next time you are out and about getting totally hammered down at Drink or Brother's or The Loon or wherever, remember that you are in the second drunkest town in the US.  And when you remember that, knock down a few more and let's see if we can't manage to dethrone Milwaukee!

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