Tale of the tape: Boston vs. New York
Best beer town
Founder Jim Koch (left) has turned Samuel Adams into one of the most successful craft brewers in the nation, while Harpoon produces consistently good beer on South Boston's waterfront. New York City is home to some fantastic breweries, including Brooklyn Brewery and Sixpoint. Brooklyn's Local 1(right) is a spectacular example of a traditional Belgian beer that's made in America, and it's a good gateway into nontraditional beers for the Budweiser crowd. Both towns are busting with great beer bars, including the Publick House and Lord Hobo in Boston, and the Pony Bar in New York's Hell's Kitchen.