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Six best chain beer bars 2016

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Flying Saucer, courtesy of Flying Saucer

Bangers & Lace
Now with three locations across Chicago and Evanston, Illinois, this sausage-and-beer-bar feels different in each iteration; rarely do beers repeat. Rotation is frequent, bringing in the new and unfamiliar, plus standbys worth revisiting.

Each of this Midwest chain’s 10 locations has ingrained itself into the local fabric of its city, mostly through excellent buyers who find the best of what’s brewing in town. The Crack Fries probably have something to do with its charm, too.

World of Beer
With nearly 80 locations, WOB is like the Starbucks of good beer: ubiquitous and reliable. Plus, the chain’s loyalty program lets you rack up points and prizes no matter where you go.

The nearly 30-year-old San Francisco location of this varied group was a beer geek bastion long before such things were fashionable; spots in San Diego and Seattle present beer lists and legendary events that live up to its celebrated name.

Ginger Man
What started in 1985 in Houston has expanded to seven Texas locations, all of which have a laid-back neighborhood vibe and top-notch beer lists. East Coasters shouldn’t feel left out: There are two more Ginger Man outposts in Connecticut and one in New York City.

Flying Saucer
There are a lot of stellar beer bars in the south, but from North Carolina to Texas, Flying Saucer has set the standard since 1995. There are now 16 locations and one big reason to keep coming back: Drinkers can swipe their U.F.O. club cards to track what they’ve tried, and if they get to 200 beers their names go on the wall’s Ring of Honor.



Brewery Travels: My Favorite Brewery/Beer from Each State

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

I’ve worked in craft beer for nearly five years now. I’ve had the fortune to try some truly amazing brews: Pliny the Elder, Heady Topper, Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition Stout. Supplication? I’ve got one in my mini-fridge. The reason I’m telling you this is because I want to frame my statements here properly. I’ve had good beer, trust me. The best beer I’ve ever had, though, was a Miller Lite.

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