Three brand-new beer bars celebrate good-old (and new) American craft
In October, the brains behind Houston cocktail spot Anvil Bar & Refuge debuted their beer baby, a Montrose-area bar that balances its casual Texas vibe with super-serious beer. A “tap wall” pours from five casks and 75 kegs; co-owner and beer sage Kevin Floyd is also amassing a healthy cellar of aged brews and a fleet of 15 firkins he sends to breweries across the country to score limited releases and one-offs. In line with the state’s craft beer explosion, the handles focus on local pours from Ranger Creek, Jester King and Karbach.
SAND CITY, CALIF.
This industrial, graffiti-clad lounge (opened in June) fills a thirsty void in Monterey’s beer scene with bottle-crammed coolers and 13 truly thoughtful taps. The spouts are a bouquet of regional beauties from San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing, Redding’s High Water Brewing and Santa Cruz Ale Works peppered with I-can’t-believe-this-is-in-Monterey gems like Ninkasi Spring Reign. There’s no kitchen, but you can order in—or take your beer (or cider, or craft soda) to go.
FT. COLLINS, COLO.
The bar gets its moniker from owner Kevin Bolin’s nickname during his days in property management—he spent so much time in downtown Ft. Collins, friends called him “the mayor.” He’s since retired from real estate and opened this beer mecca in July, recruiting bar manager Michelle Peth to curate the 100 taps. A few handles will pour global brews, but about 30 will be dedicated to northern Colorado beers like New Belgium Lost Leaf and Odell Myrcenary (Bolin’s favorites), while the rest are all-American crafts. Geek alert: Every time a keg’s swapped out, the beer list updates automatically on the bar’s Facebook page, Twitter feed and three giant HD projection screens above the 30-foot bar.