IN 2016, most bars have good beer, and a lot of bars have a lot of good beer; but it’s few that can tell you why. In creating this annual list, we looked for bars with purpose, ones that have a reason for serving what they do, and with a well-trained staff that can tell you all about what you’re enjoying in your glass. These top 100 beer bars come in all shapes and sizes: They’re lightless holes in the wall and sleek architectural alehouses; they’re nooks perfect for a first date and raucous bars where you’d watch the big game with your buddies. But the one thing they share: a commitment to making sure whatever’s in your glass is fresh, delicious and of-the-moment. Visit any of them and you’ll surely drink something memorable, but more than that, you’ll never forget where you drank it.
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Above: Tiger!Tiger!, photo by Jeff Motch
WestSee the best beer bars in the Western region here.
Above: Barrel Republic, photo by Paul Body
MidwestSee the best beer bars in the Midwest region here.
Above: The Koelschip, photo by Michael Kiser, Good Beer Hunting
SouthSee the best beer bars in the Southern region here.
Above: The Hay Merchant, photo by Julie Soefer
NortheastSee the best beer bars in the Northeast region here.
Above: Covenhoven, photo by Erik Carter