Ohio is one of the best states for beer. MARK FISHER/STAFF

Two Ohio cities rank best for beer drinkers

Ohio is one of the best states in the country for beer lovers, according to a new study.

Both Cincinnati and Columbus ranked in the top 10 cities for beer drinkers, according to a new report from the website SmartAsset. Since 2000 the number of breweries in America has tripled, according to data from the Brewers Association, and Ohio is leading the way.

Dayton, which has a large brewery scene with more than 12 breweries, did not make the list.

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Cincinnati ranked fourth for beer drinkers, and Columbus came in sixth place. The report measured metrics like the number of microbreweries per city, the number of microbreweries per 100,000 residents, the number of bars, and the average Yelp score and price of local beers and breweries.

Montana, North Carolina and Ohio are the three states that appear twice in the top 10.

“Cincinnati has 24 bars per 100,000 residents and with the average pint costing $3, beer lovers of all types should find something suitable,” the report found.

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Columbus ranked 14th last year, but moved up to the top 10 for 2016. The city added four new microbreweries in the past year, bringing their total to 27. There are 29 bars per 100,000 residents in Columbus and the average pint costs $3.

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