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Cost of moving: Beer capitals of America

These cities offer more than the average pint.

These cities offer more than the average pint.

Are you a fan of beer? Although the boozy beverage has been around for centuries - some experts even think beer may have been the reason man began cultivating crops between 10,000 and 15,000 years ago - U.S. beer making has recently experienced a renaissance, with regional brewers churning out barrels full of the good stuff. So if beer is your heart's fondest desire, find a good moving company to be your designated driver and get yourself to one of these brew-ful spots.

Seattle is home to dozens of tiny breweries, but two stand out from the crowd. The quirky Churchkey Can Company offers a pilsner style beer in a traditional flat-top beer can, which went out of style in the 60s with the invention of the pull-tab. The company says it's worth the effort to bring craftsmanship and tradition back to our modern-day lives.

Located in the Ballard district of Seattle, the Maritime Pacific Brewing Company hand-crafts specialty lagers and ales. Its most popular seasonal brew, the Jolly Roger Christmas Ale, features an aroma of toasted nut and pale malts with a creamy, mildly bitter body.

You may need a stiff drink after checking out home prices in Seattle, though. According to real estate analytics firm Trulia, the average list price for a home in the city is nearly $625,000. The average cost of living is also 50 percent higher than the rest of the nation, which could seriously cut into your beer money.

Clear across the country is Asheville, North Carolina, which has been voted BeerCity USA four years in a row in an internet poll sponsored by BeerExaminer.com. The city is so renowned for its breweries, Asheville's Mountain Xpress newspaper recently entertained the idea that the city should recuse itself from future BeerCity competitions because it has such an unfair advantage.

The city touts itself as the "Brewery Capital of the Southeast," with roughly 50 microbreweries located in the immediate area. Not only is Asheville home to these regional outlets, national beer makers have recently made the city their home. New Belgium, makers of Fat Tire amber ale, and Sierra Nevada, of pale ale fame, both dispense their suds from their North Carolina breweries.

You might find your moving budget goes a little farther in Asheville than Seattle - Trulia puts the median sales price for a home in the area at $191,000.