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Hot tables: the best seats in beer right now

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Irene's | Photo by Lost in Austin

Irene’s | Photo by Lost in Austin

Wayfinder Beer
While tasty guest beers and inventive collabs have kept the taps full at this Portland, Oregon, brewpub since it opened last October, the brewhouse sat sadly idle. Now, head brewer Kevin Davey is churning out superb lagers to help wash down chef Rodney Muirhead’s sriracha mayo-slathered duck confit banh mi sandwich and other goodies.

Rackhouse Pub
Rackhouse Pub and C Squared Ciders have been roommates in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood since 2015; with Bierstadt Lagerhaus now producing traditional German lagers inside the same building, the restaurant has even more worthy liquid companions for its huge hand-twisted pretzels, giant rib racks and platters of Jaeger Schnitzel.

Nine Mile Station | Photo by Amy Sinclair

Nine Mile Station | Photo by Amy Sinclair

Nine Mile Station
This months-old Atlanta spot really is an elevated beer hall, located on the top floor of Ponce City Market, offering indoor-outdoor views of the city’s skyline. Use online reservation system Tock to score a table, where you can snack on sharable plates and sandwiches washed down with a dozen draft beers, both local and European.

From the folks behind Easy Tiger beer garden, this Austin newbie has become a fast favorite. Whether that’s due to its easygoing, something-for-everyone food menu (featuring everything from a tuna melt to pigs in a blanket to farro and mushroom salad), its $6 local drafts or its oft-Instagrammed neon sign is anyone’s guess.


Kate Bernot is DRAFT’s beer editor. Reach her at kate.bernot[at]draftmag.com.


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In my ongoing quest to visit breweries all across this great land, I have now surpassed the 400 mark, and they’ve been spread across 37 states and 175+ cities. To celebrate this landmark, I’ve put together a ‘Special Edition’ of Brewery Travels: A rundown of my favorites in each of the states visited so far.

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Why a Miller Lite Was the Best Beer I’ve Ever Had

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One Comment

  • Pete Valleau says:

    You missed Beerfish in San Diego. Great selection of curated beers that changes regularly, super cool vibe, excellent seafood and amazing patio. BTW, it’s 75 degrees and sunny in San Diego today.

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