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Travel + Leisure: America’s Best Cities for Hipsters

According to one Urban Dictionary definition, hipsters are “a subculture of men and women typically in their 20’s and 30’s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter.” According to another, “hipsters are too cool for Urban Dictionary. You probably don’t know what they use because it’s underground.” It’s definitely a word that’s taken on a variety of meanings, especially in the past couple of years.

Travel + Leisure magazine recently took a stab at their own definition of “hipster” and pulled together a list of America’s Best Cities for Hipsters. Seattle rang in #1 with a call out to Churchkey Can Co as a reason for the honor:

“There’s a quirky new microbrew in Seattle: Churchkey Can Company produces a pilsner in a flat-top can, which requires an old-fashioned “church-key” opener to drink it. A beer blog promptly declared it the “most hipster beer in the world”—which may or may not be a compliment.

It’s no wonder that pilsner originated in Seattle, where a local taste for the retro, artsy, and wee-bit ironic boosted it to the top of America’s best cities for hipsters, according to Travel + Leisure readers who voted in the annual America’s Favorite Cities survey. They ranked 35 metropolitan areas on culturally relevant features like live musiccoffee bars, and independent boutiques. To zero in on the biggest hipster crowds, we also factored in the results for the best microbrews and the most offbeat and tech-savvy locals…”

T+L noted that Northwesterners “prove that a key to hipsterness is being ahead of the curve.” Seattleites recently came our on top in a survey for our smarts, our tech savvy, and our high-octane coffee. I think our abundance of local craft beer that’s as unique as it is tasty definitely plays a factor on how cool this city is, whether you’re a “hipster” or not.

Two of my other favorite cities – Portland and San Francisco – were next on the list. Read the full article here.

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