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America’s 100 best beer bars, 2015

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ON our annual hunt for the country’s top beer bars, it became clear that craft beer is everywhere, from gas stations to grocery stores. Best of all, we saw hundreds of beer bars with inspiring selections, well-versed bartenders and perfectly poured pints all across the country. We can’t imagine we’ll will ever go back to the days when “selection” meant light lagers and light lagers from Europe, but some things have stayed the same: Namely, the bars that championed craft beer (before we even called it that) are still leading the way. Hamilton’s, Falling Rock, Map Room—they’re still on this list. While a handful of phenomenal new bars cracked the top 100 this year, overwhelmingly, those who’ve been there all along are still the places every beer lover should visit. Below, our nation’s 100 finest:

MORE: The best beer bar chains, and FAQs about this list


1216 SE Division St., Portland, Ore.; apexbar.com

Bailey’s TapRoom
213 SW Broadway, Portland, Ore.; baileystaproom.com

Bazi Bierbrasserie
1522 SE 32nd Ave., Portland, Ore.; bazipdx.com

Beer Bar
Before Beer Bar, there was The BAR-X, its cool, older sister speakeasy known for classic cocktails with a twist. But before BAR-X, there was Beer Bar. The minds behind both spots—including Ty Burrell of “Modern Family” fame—knew they wanted to do something with beer even before BAR-X opened four years ago; last spring, they kicked in the space next door, launched 31 taps and created another buzzed-about spot for Salt Lake’s energetic (and often undersold) nightlife. With concrete floors, exposed-beam ceilings and beer-garden communal tables, it’s got all the contemporary trappings we’ve come to love in craft-forward spots. But what we really love is Beer Bar’s commitment to brew: They’ve brought new beer to Utah with their own truck, and a huge walk-in cooler ensures once it’s there, it has a proper home. Always served in proper glassware, tap pours are by and large local: State law dictates spouts can only have beer that’s 4% ABV or less, which once upon a time might’ve been a drawback, but today simply means a killer session selection, including the perfectly constructed house helles.

Beer Bar
161 E. 200 S., Salt Lake City, facebook.com/beerbarslc

Beer Revolution
464 3rd St., Oakland, Calif.; beer-revolution.com

Belmont Station
4500 SE Stark St., Portland, Ore.; belmont-station.com

Beveridge Place Pub
6413 California Ave. SW, Seattle; beveridgeplacepub.com

Blind Lady Ale House
3416 Adams Ave., San Diego; blindlady.blogspot.com

Craft and Growler
3601 Parry Ave., Dallas; craftandgrowler.com

Craft Pride
61 Rainey St., Austin, Texas; craftprideaustin.com

Draught House Pub & Brewery
4112 Medical Parkway, Austin, Texas; draughthouse.com

Encinitas Ale House
1044 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, Calif.; encinitasalehouse.com

Falling Rock Tap House
1919 Blake St., Denver; fallingrocktaphouse.com

Hamilton’s Tavern
1521 30th St., San Diego; hamiltonstavern.com

The Hay Merchant
1100 Westheimer Rd., Houston; haymerchant.com

Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom
3090 SE Division St., Portland, Ore.; imperialbottleshop.com

The Mayor of Old Town
632 S. Mason St., Fort Collins, Colo.; themayorofoldtown.com

Mikkeller Bar
If world-famous brewer Mikkel Borg Bjergso is Willy Wonka, this cool brick bar in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood is his Chocolate Factory. Sleek taps identified only by numbers appear sterile, but what pours is one of the most colorful, prolific beer collections on Earth. The 42 always-changing selections offer a glimpse into Bjergso’s beautifully complicated beer mind, a combination of boundless brewing creativity blended with rigid serving standards. The menu’s organized by serving temperature: You’ll find cask ales and stouts under the 55-degree category, sessionables like kölsches and pilsners on the 40-degree list, and farmhouse ales, IPAs and the Mikkeller Tenderloin beers brewed just for the bar under the 45-degree heading. You’ll also find a slew of Mikkeller specialties like Spontanredgrape (a grape lambic), but unlike Wonka, Bjergso knows he’s not the only brewer capable of greatness—so he hosts the fruit of other beer genius, like Vermont’s Hill Farmstead and Oklahoma’s Prairie Artisan Ales, too.

Mikkeller Bar
34 Mason St., San Francisco; mikkellerbar.com

O’Brien’s American Pub
4646 Convoy St., San Diego; obrienspub.net

Petrol Station
985 Wakefield Dr., Houston; facebook.com/petrolstation

Pine Box
1600 Melrose Ave., Seattle; pineboxbar.com

Saraveza Bottle Shop & Pasty Tavern
1004 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, Ore.; saraveza.com

The Sixgill
3417 Evanston Ave. N., Seattle; thesixgill.com

2429 N. Fitzhugh, Dallas; 214.823.7800

Stumbling Monk
1635 E. Olive Way, Seattle; 206.860.0916

The Surly Goat
7929 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, Calif.; surlygoat.com

Tap and Handle
307 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, Colo.; tapandhandle.com

Tiger! Tiger!
3025 El Cajon Blvd., North Park, Calif.; tigertigertavern.blogspot.com

Tony’s Darts Away
1710 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, Calif.; tonysda.com

The Trappist
460 8th St., Oakland, Calif.; thetrappist.com


7 Monks Taproom 
128 S. Union St., Traverse City, Mich.; 7monkstap.com

Bangers & Lace
1670 W. Division St., Chicago; bangersandlacechicago.com

Bier Station
120 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.; bierstation.com

1004 Locust St., St. Louis; thebridgestl.com

Clubhouse BFD
2265 Crooks Rd., Rochester Hills, Mich.; chbfd.com

Crescent Moon
3578 Farnam St., Omaha, Neb.; beercornerusa.com

El Bait Shop
200 SW 2nd St., Des Moines, Iowa; elbaitshop.com

515 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, Ill.; firkinoflibertyville.com

1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago; fountainheadchicago.com

The Happy Gnome
498 Selby Ave., St. Paul, Minn.; thehappygnome.com

Halfcut (the word) is 1920s slang for one’s state of mind after a few beers; HalfCut (the place) is a new beer parlor where you can achieve it. Nestled in Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, this bar boasts a giant “ghost sign”-style mural that pays homage to the Queen City’s storied German beer heritage. Across the room, a picture of a mountain climber, the mounted head of a billy goat and a grade-school map adorn the exposed brick wall, encouraging patrons to channel their inner explorer and try something new and daring, like Liefmans Goudenband sour or Rogue XS Old Crustacean barleywine. Customers form a deli-style queue to the counter to order; they can select from 16 taps, half of which highlight Midwest breweries such as Cincinnati’s MadTree and Rhinegeist, while others feature more distant delights. Try the carefully curated flavors of the Flight of the Night, or ask an expert “beerista” for recommendations; if you can’t stay, grab a jug through the walk-up Growler Window.

1128 Walnut St., Cincinnati; halfcut.com

219 S. Walnut St., Muncie, Ind.; facebook.com/heorot-pub-and-draught-house

5148 N. Clark St., Chicago; hopleaf.com

Krug Park
6205 Maple St., Omaha, Neb.; krugpark.com

Local Option
1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago; localoptionbier.com

Map Room
1949 N. Hoyne Ave., Chicago; maproom.com

Mitten Bar
109 W. Ludington Ave., Ludington, Mich.; facebook.com/mittenbar

Palm Tavern
2989 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee; 414.744.0393

221 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; republicmn.com

Romans’ Pub
3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee; romanspub.com

Sugar Maple
441 E. Lincoln Ave., Milwaukee; mysugarmaple.com


Avenue Pub
1732 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans; theavenuepub.com

Beer Run
156 Carlton Rd. Suite 203, Charlottesville, Va.; beerrun.com

The Beer Trappe
811 E. Euclid Ave., Lexington, Ky.; thebeertrappe.com

The Birch
1231 W. Olney Rd., Norfolk, Va.; thebirchbar.com

Brick Store Pub
125 E. Court Square, Decatur, Ga.; brickstorepub.com

Busy Bee Cafe
225 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh, N.C.; busybeeraleigh.com

Closed for Business
453 King St., Charleston, S.C.; closed4business.com

Craft Brewed
2502 Franklin Pike, Nashville; craftbrewednashville.com

Craft Conundrum
630 Skylark Dr., Charleston, S.C.; facebook.com/craftconundrum

Growlers Pourhouse
3120 N. Davidson St., Charlotte, N.C.; growlerspourhouse.com

Holy Grale
1034 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, Ky.; holygralelouisville.com

Hops + Crafts
319 12th Ave. S., Nashville, Tenn.; hopscrafts.com

Laser Wolf
Inside this squat building painted a few shades beiger than primer is a slapdash collage of stickers, irreverent art, combat-boot-wearing patrons and some of the rarest beers on tap in South Florida. (What you won’t find: TVs.) The bar’s motto is “No jerks. Yes beers,” and it’s with that spirit Laser Wolf caters to an un-jerky brand of beer drinkers with an affinity for cult movies and barrel-aged everything. Laser Wolf seems to have first dibs on special releases, especially from Cigar City Brewing: Owner Chris Bellus (or his brother Jordan) also seems to have an affinity for Evil Twin Brewing and cider; for a while, this was the only place around pouring Zombie Killer. While that’s music to the beer lover’s ears, there’s also real music for your ears, too: Chris recently launched a record label (expect speed metal and booty bass), and beertender Bleubird is a local underground-hip-hop celebrity.

Laser Wolf
901 Progresso Drive #101, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; laserwolf.com

Mahogany Bar
3810 Hardy St., Hattiesburg, Miss.; mahoganybar.net

Mr. Beery’s
2645 Mall Dr., Sarasota, Fla.; mrbeeryssrq.com

The Nook
3305 Bob Wallace Ave. SW, Huntsville, Ala.; thenooktavern.com

Oak Barrel Tavern
825 Savannah Hwy., Charleston, S.C.; 843.789.3686

The Porter Beer Bar
1156 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta; theporterbeerbar.com

The Raleigh Times Bar
14 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, N.C.; raleightimesbar.com

Redlight Redlight
2810 Corrine Dr., Orlando, Fla.; redlightredlightbeerparlour.com

Sergio’s World Beers
1605 Story Ave., Louisville, Ky.; sergiosworldbeers.com

Tapwerks Ale House
121 E. Sheridan Ave., Oklahoma City; tapwerks.com


Armsby Abbey
144 N. Main St., Worcester, Mass.; armsbyabbey.com

Beer Street
413 Graham Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.; beerstreetnyc.com

191 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.; bierkraft.com

Blind Tiger
281 Bleecker St., New York City; blindtigeralehouse.com

The Brewer’s Art
1106 N. Charles St., Baltimore; thebrewersart.com

Brouwerij Lane
78 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.; brouwerijlane.com

1337 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.; churchkeydc.com

Deep Ellum
477 Cambridge St., Allston, Mass.; deepellum-boston.com

Ebenezer’s Pub
44 Allen Rd., Lovell, Maine; ebenezerspub.net

Eulogy Belgian Tavern
136 Chestnut St., Philadelphia; eulogybar.com

The Grey Lodge Public House
6235 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia; greylodge.com

The Jeffrey
311 E. 60th St., New York City; jeffreynyc.com

Lord Hobo
92 Hampshire St., Cambridge, Mass.; lordhobo.com

Max’s Taphouse
737 S. Broadway, Baltimore; maxs.com

Memphis Taproom
2331 E. Cumberland St., Philadelphia; memphistaproom.com

Monk’s Café
264 S. 16th St., Philadelphia; monkscafe.com

Novare Res Bier Café
4 Canal Plaza, Portland, Maine; novareresbiercafe.com

A must-visit in Manhattan’s West Village, Proletariat’s a slip of a place, intimately narrow and moody with photo-filled walls and a dozen barstools. Snag one to taste—as promised by the sign in front—new, unusual and rare beer. Originally (and quite accidentally) a speakeasy, Proletariat used to be tucked between a storefront that sold cinnamon buns and its kitchen, but the bar eventually pushed out to the window, where today it pours fun oddities from well-curated spouts, courtesy of general manager Cory Bonfiglio. Though the selection changes every New York minute, he vows there will always be something hoppy (though probably not a straightforward IPA), something boozy and most certainly a selection of funky and sour brews. Not sure what to get? The bartenders genuinely know their stuff, and, better yet, genuinely care that you get what you want.

102 St. Mark’s Place, New York City; proletariatny.com

The Publick House
1648 Beacon St., Brookline, Mass.; thepublickhousebeerbar.com

Rattle N Hum
14 E. 33rd St., New York City; rattlenhumbarnyc.com

Spuyten Duyvil
359 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.; spuytenduyvilnyc.com

216 S. 11th St., Philadelphia; strangelovesbeerbar.com

Teresa’s Next Door
124 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, Pa.; teresas-cafe.com

Three Penny Taproom
108 Main St., Montpelier, Vt.; threepennytaproom.com

Top Hops Beer Shop
94 Orchard St., New York City; tophops.com

615 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.; torstnyc.com

Tria Taproom
2005 Walnut St., Philadelphia; triacafe.com/taproom



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  • Kit Ehrhardt says:

    Hey just wanted to throw this out there but for the Midwest best beer bars, you should look into Burnhearts in Milwaukee. It has all the connections as palm tavern and sugar maple. Just thought I would throw my two cents in.


  • C. Hall says:

    Where is Mekong? I’ve lost all confidence in the validity of this entire list if Mekong isn’t listed. Good job guys.

  • Susan says:

    The map has the wrong “Busy Bee” marked. This article references a Busy Bee in Raleigh, but the map shows a Busy Bee in Atlanta which is a soul food kitchen and will probably look at you funny if you go in asking for craft beer. :)

  • Kristen Hug says:

    Angel’s Trumpet Ale House is just. Phoenix, AZ within the arts district known as Roro (roosevelt row) has an ever revolving tap, almost never having the same beer twice. Also has 5 different wines on tap in addition to 31 beer taps, 2 of which are nitro taps! This should definitely be on any beer aficionados list if visiting Phoenix, AZ! Prost!

    • Silverslane says:

      Thanks for info about Angel’s. Hey, what about Arizona Wilderness, Fate, O.H.S.O., Four Peaks, & San Tan Brewery?

  • You forgot Ohio... says:

    Seriously? Only ONE bar from Ohio made it on this list? An average bar in Cinci made it, but you completely overlook Columbus’ unbelievable beer scene and ignore Cleveland’s contributions to the craft beer world? Pathetic list.

    • Joe says:

      Agree totally. Can’t believe this made the list. Embarrassing. The Comet in Northside blows this away – one of gems of the Mid West. It’s an actual bar, not some hipster “I just discovered craft beer!” place.

    • Sally says:

      Where is Fat Heads? Ohio has so much to offer…totally misrepresented!

      • Laurie Mann says:

        And nothing from Pittsburgh? Fat Heads STARTED in Pittsburgh! No Sharp Edge or Bocktown? And no Sunset Grille in Boston, which I think is the best beer bar in America? The only selection I agree with is Armsby Abbey in Worcester – small but spectacular!

        • Bryan Balvaneda says:

          I was disappointed in not seeing it too! Maybe it’s because it’s more of a restaurant? Either way, it’d be a shame for people who are looking for an awesome place in Boston to pass over Sunset.

      • Hop Head says:

        Remember, this is a beer bar list, not a brewery list. With that being said, I imagine there are dozens of better beer bars in Ohio than Halfcut.

    • Strom says:

      Oops, auto correct must have replaced outstanding with the word average.

      Also came here to say I agree, one from Ohio is simply not enough.

      • Ryan says:

        Then please share. I live in Ohio, and nothing here deserves to make the list. I’ve been to the ones that have been listed in the past: McNulty’s, Le Cave du Vin, Tremont Taphouse, etc. They’re fine, but they are just not of the same caliber as places like Sergio’s, Trapeze, or the Holy Grale. Ohio needs to get with it and up its game!

    • t says:

      Hahaha, Ohio the great craft beer Mecca eh? Gimme a break, I’ve lost all faith in the validity of your comment for typing that nonsense

    • Martin says:

      Seriously. …..no great lakes or thirsty dog!@$$///^^

    • I agree! says:

      Columbus is slowly becoming the Portland of the Midwest. It’s almost like they conveniently overlooked much of Ohio…

    • Hang on Sloopy says:

      Very disappointed in the lack of Ohio representation. Maybe the list compilers were from Oregon… (6 bars in Portland, really?)

  • Sean says:

    Just a heads up, Proletariat is in the East Village.

  • Sean M says:

    I lived in Albuquerque for a while last year. They have a place called Billy’s long bar that has a rotating tap that rivals damn near every bar I have seen on this list. The city is also bursting with very impressive microbreweries, including Marble brewery which won the award for Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company of the Year. I definitely recommend checking out Albuquerque for some an impressive beer selection.

  • B. Trosko says:

    The format of this list leaves much to be desired. This isn’t a list of the 100 best beer bars in the country, it’s a list of a good beer bar in 100 different towns (mostly). I mean, the Nook is a great beer bar for *Alabama*, and is has a good beer list *for Alabama*, but by no means does a place with drop-tile ceilings and white fluorescent lights count among the top 100 beer bars in the entire country. Why the insistence on spreading the kudos around in such a geographically-egalitarian fashion instead of just calling them like they are and picking the top 100 bars, period?

    • Aaron S. says:

      Unfortunately it wasn’t 100 different towns! I noticed Portland, Oregon had at least 4 beer bars listed. As for Salt Lake, I appreciate that they listed the Beer Bar and the selection is awesome, but the description is more like a high school cafeteria with their bench style tables in half the room and cafeteria style lines to the bar, I will give kudos for the selection of brats and sausages at the Beer Bar. If you ever do make it to Salt Lake, I would highly suggest hitting the Beerhive Pub with an awesome selection of beer as well as a nice ice rail to keep your beer cold. Staff that is very knowledgeable and plenty of parking at the bar.

    • Z Jordan says:

      Well B. Trosko, unlike some other states, AL has had significant issue getting a lot of high end beers until recent laws have been passed. Some are still not available. The Nook Tavern has had to spend it’s money on overpriced import and fighting regulations. Now that these issues are in the past, Heavy remodeling over the last year has begun to bring the Nook to elite level status when it comes to bars. So before you blast a bar, try getting getting facts. And for your *for Alabama* comments, those are completely juvenile and flat out rude.

  • Nora says:

    Just FYI, North Park (where Tiger! Tiger! Is located) is a neighborhood within the city of San Diego, not a seperate municipality. I live just up the street. Great list!

  • Chris says:

    A list without Toronado is no list at all…

  • Adam S says:

    WTF? Nothing from Arizona! Bad list. In your own magazine Papago was named as the craftiest bar in America last year. 1702, Tap and Bottle, Hops on Birch, The Raven, Taste of Tops all could have easily made the list. Some of the places you listed can’t hold a candle to these places.

  • Matthew Ward says:

    No mention of N.W.I.P.A. in Portland Oregon? For shame, one of the best new beer bars in Portland in quite some time.

    • Veener says:

      That’s my neighborhood spot, and yes it is lovely! – Excellent food as well, best oysters in Portland according to WWeek

    • beerisgood says:

      Been there many times and disagree. In terms of newer beer bars in Portland, Imperial, Tin Bucket and Beer are all better. NWIPA is a great spot, the other 3 have better selections, staff and ambiance. And their oysters are Shigoku oysters, which you can find in many places in Portland.

    • jake says:

      They are still small fry’s and only 6 taps with one being a cider…..

  • David says:

    Atlas Tap House Myrtle Beach SC needs to be added to you list. 25 craft beers on tap and 75 bottles or cans.

  • Mark says:

    Just curious what the methodology or criteria was for picking the top 100?

  • js4rester says:

    Nothing from Pittsburgh?

  • interesting says:

    interesting that the beer trappe is on the list, but their BIG BROTHER pazzo’s is not…. not only do they have over 5 times as many draughts, the trappe wouldn’t even be if not for pazzo’s…i feel like both should be on there…. just saying….

  • Patty says:

    I was hoping to see Asbury Provisions (Denver, CO) on the list. They recently opened so maybe they didn’t make it. That place is the awesome!

  • Mark Smeby says:

    You need to get out of the big cities and check out small town Iowa. Worthbrew in Northwood Iowa great place and a great Brewer.

  • Jason says:

    Isn’t Proletariat in the East Village not the West Village?

  • Resin8or says:

    what about Pony Bar in NYC, Gingerman in Austin, or one of the Flying Saucers?

  • Kristin says:

    Smugglers brew pub telluride Colorado should have made this list!

  • nick says:

    No Library or Father’s Office in LA? I’m sorry..??!!

  • Jeremy says:


  • Raphael says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong but Beirkraft isn’t a bar. It’s a beer store with an amazing selection of beers.

  • great list next year please check us out Growler and Gill we are 30 miles outside NYC and we were recently voted one of the 5 best in the. North east by craft beer.com

  • M says:

    Backcountry Pizza in Boulder, CO is twice as good as Falling Rock.

    Imperial Bottle Shop in Portland is a fun spot, but not a top 100 beer bar. It is a solid neighborhood spot but not a beer destination.

  • Mauro says:

    seriously? George Keeley is not listed? What the heck

  • Rich says:

    Check out Radicle Effect Brewerks in Rock Island, IL

  • Lara says:

    San Antonio Texas has much to offer! It’s not all Austin and Houston.

  • Ryan says:

    If your “most favorite’est bar” didn’t make this list you should be jumping for joy. Great beer bars are subjectively awesome in each beholders eyes.

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  • John Skopis says:

    I’m also surprised toronado isn’t on the list.

  • justin says:

    Obviously you haven’t been to Ebenezers in a while.

  • Michael says:

    The bars on here seem really good and I’d love to definitely visit some (i.e. Mikeller). I’m just going to leave this link here though. With over 500 different beers, a constantly rotating stock, and amazing tappers Sir James Pub is one that is one that flys right under the radar located in Port Washington WI (North Milwaukee). I apologize if your finger gets tired from scrolling :)

  • Bob says:

    Since Vermont has now become the Craft Beer mecca, it is my opinion that The Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT is the BEST beer bar in the country!! The beer list is second to none and the food is AMAZING!!!

    • Bev says:

      Seriously. Leaving any of the three main beer bars in Waterbury off this listened me think you guys either didn’t do your research or just have no idea what you’re talking about. Looks like you did a Yelp search for “craft beer” and made a list off that. Plenty of these places are or were “pretty good”, but many don’t have great beer lists anymore and aren’t really worth seeking out.

    • Mike says:

      I agree. I live in NY and WAAAAY too many of these are from NY. As someone who appreciates Vermont beer (especially Hill Farmstead) this list shows a lack of research and knowledge. I’ve been to many of the NY places. Rattle N Hum? Really? Come on guys.

  • Kelly says:

    Seriously, how do you leave Mekong in Richmond, VA off this list…voted best in the country years in a row now…

  • Jay says:

    Mekong in Richmond, VA is a serious omission.

  • Cory Puuri says:

    Top Anything lists are always a challenge… especially in areas of passion, like beer. So, I’m sure there will be hundreds of comments like “What about _____?” This post will be no exception. I was a bit surprised to see that of the four Seattle establishments on the list, Brouwer’s Cafe was not one of them. That place has one of the best beer selections I’ve seen in some time. I’m not from the Seattle area, but I do get around, and it is always a place I recommend to friends who are visiting Seattle.

    • Cory Puuri says:

      I should also add a compliment. Sugar Maple in Milwaukee is a fantastic beer bar! Great choice! Fair warning, the music in that place (hard rock & metal) may not appeal to everyone… but this list isn’t about music, food, ambiance, etc.

    • Agreed that Brouwer’s Cafe is a serious omission from this list! I can’t take this anything on this list seriously with out it on here.
      Also, I would argue that Beveridge Place Pub is another omission. BPP, typically only features beers from the PNW, but occasionally has handles from elsewhere. Regardless, as far as atmosphere and selection go on any random day, BPP has to be one of the best in country in my opinion.

    • Edit: I somehow missed Beveridge Place Pub, when I first read the list. Please excuse my overlook. Go Beveridge and Brouwer’s!

    • Scott Jordan says:

      True, except that Mekong has won Best Beer Bar in America THREE YEARS IN A ROW at the Great American Beer Festival. It is listed one some of the top travel sites as a must-see for beer enthusiasts. It is not some little whole in the wall.

  • Josh says:

    No mention of the Toronado in San Francisco? LOL, what a joke.

    • I agree. I would definitely pick Toronado instead of Mikkeller Bar.

    • Dom says:

      This list is disqualified as credible. No toronado SF and the philly selections exclude monks and standard tap the OG beer bars of their respective cities. Who is this writer?

    • Dave Jensen says:

      Toronado is rightfully not on this list. It *used to be* one of the best in SF and the country but no longer. Half the beer selection is the same every time I go there, which are usually stretches of 6 months or more. The place smells like vomit, human feces, or sweat. The bartenders are surly and not helpful (this is important for *new* craft beer drinkers). It is *not* a great experience especially when there are so many other pleasant places to go in SF. Monks Kettle, Beer Hall, City Beer Store, or even the brand new Liquid Gold provide a much better craft beer drinking experience.

      • Bob says:

        Toronado San Diego and Churchill’s San Marcos should be on the list over O’briens which I suspect was added because they are probably the oldest craft bar in town and the owner has great brewer credentials. Their servers are curt and the draft selection limited. They do have great burgers and a substantial bottle list though.

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    • Liz says:

      I urge you to check out Twenty Tap in Indianapolis–though it now has 38 taps, plus the occasional firkin or two. And Ale Emporium in Indianapolis. Both are much better than our local HopCat. Great call on Heorot in Muncie (of all places).

      • Derek says:

        The Heorot is awesome. Best beer bar in Muncie by a mile. I am on my way to trying every beer they have there. The only problem is trying to decide what delicious beer you want to try!

        • marc says:

          The Herot ….are you kidding. The place smells like ass and could use sprayed down with a fire hose. The Fickle Peach up the street is a better establishment and their selection is just as good.

      • JB says:

        What’s the criteria? Charlotte is overflowing with craft beer. Hell, Queen City Q has 40+ taps and over probably 50 some bottles dedicated to it. Asheville is beer city usa! No Thirsty Monk?

      • Sean Molin says:

        Twenty Tap is great, but I mean Indianapolis was 100% ignored here.

        The Pint Room (130+ taps)
        Carmel Tap House

        The Sinking Ship would be up for contention if they had more than 8 taps, because other than that they act like one… and a good one at that. Ale Emporium would also be up for debate if they were more of a beer bar instead of a restaurant with a great selection of beer. Of course in that category you have Shallo’s, and a ton of others.

        We’ve also got the Yard House coming soon, so hopefully that will be good enough for consideration next year.

  • m. blume says:

    nothing in Asheville North Carolina? That’s ridiculous. Likewise ridiculous is the absence of La Trappe in San Francisco

  • aaron says:

    Fyi deep ellum does not have good beer selection. If you want a bar with ridiculous selection, then Sunset Bar and Grille from Allston should have made the list

  • Emily says:

    Can’t leave Quarry House Tavern (http://quarryhousetavern.com/) in Silver Spring, MD off the list! Best beer list in the DC metro area, plus it has the atmosphere of an old school speakeasy.

    • Dave says:

      I used to work right across the street from that establishment and frequented it often. I can definitely say it’s decent place worth visiting especially for the area it’s located BUT living in Seattle now, I could show you 50+ bars in the Seattle City limits that are infinitely better, ditto for Portland, OR too. The place I though was really excellent in that immediate Silver Spring, MD area was the Royal Mile Pub rods up the road in Wheaton, MD.

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  • Jimmy says:

    Some other beer bar should have made the list instead of some of the ones on here. I’m outraged

  • Jason Green says:

    The fact the not ONE bar from Asheville, NC (beer city freakin usa) made this list is atrocious.

    • Maxwell says:

      Sorry, how is anywhere in NC beer city?

      • Maxwell says:

        I understand sheer numbers of breweries. But it’s not anything anyone outside of the local area recognizes. That also doesn’t account for having a “best bar”

      • brad says:

        Jason is absolutely right. There is a reason that Sierra Nevada and New Belgium
        have or are in the process of, opening their East Coast breweries in Asheville.
        It’s hard to believe that Thirsty Monk was not recognized, but then you have
        to make the trip there to actually know what to comment on. Currently
        about 22-23 craft breweries in town or close by….for a town of about
        75-80,000 makes it…..more breweries per capita than any city in the U.S.
        Hence, winning Beer City USA numerous times.

  • Kathryn says:

    Consider Community Tap in Greenville, South Carolina for next year’s list. Great atmosphere, great beer.


  • Luke says:

    Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT is a GLARING omission. It’s the only place in the country you can get the Holy Trinity of Vermont beers… Hill Farmstead, Lawson’s Finest, and the Alchemist, all on tap.

    • Dan says:

      Not only the “Holy Trinity of Vermont beers”, but their own brews are outstanding and worthy of being in what I would then call the “Fab Four of VT beers”.

      • Dan says:

        … But perhaps that’s exactly why they’re not on here. It did say “No brewpubs” at the top. Seems that is an unnecessary qualifier – probably left a lot of good places out of the running.

  • Robert Hotzler says:

    You guys really missed the boat on a hidden jem in Florida, Vine & Barley Palm City http://www.vineandbarleypalmcity.com. I live in Portland, OR now, and have been to several of the bars listed for Portland. I can honestly say Vine and Barley Palm City is better than most, and not a one blows it out of the water. Great service, family owned, 20 rotating taps, an attention to quality and excellence (like holding a barrel aged Old Rasputin for a year) and events at least once a month. Out of the way but awesome and not to be missed

  • dan says:

    Check out Brick Oven Pizzeria and Pub in Crested Butte, CO. Amazing drafts, food and outdoor seating at 9000′ in the Rocky Mountains. http://www.brickovencb.com

  • Mac merritt says:

    No hopcat this year?

  • janet b says:

    a little disappointed that Ale Asylum in Madison, WI wasn’t mentioned. Have any of you actually been there? You should.

  • Dougie Fresh says:

    I am very impressed you were able to come up with the top 100 beer bars of 2015 in only seven days. That’s some hardcore traveling and drinking. How is 2016 looking?

  • T. D. Center says:

    I have traveled for my job, a lot, all over the US, and have been to many Beer specific specialty dining establishments and just plain bars alike. By far the best selection of draft, bottle and food for me is the bier stein in Eugene Or. Thanks for this list, Draft.

  • Jason says:

    next time you are in Fort Collins you need the check out The Forge Publik House, not as many raps as The Mayor but cooler place, not as loud, great beer. I also find it hard to believe Tap n Handle made this list.

  • Bryce says:

    Thanks very much for the beer lovers’ itenirary. However, shame on you for the Midatlantic blindspot: no Dogfish Head?! (an obligatory pilmagrage), no T.MAC ( with 100+ taps?!), No Churchkey? Nothing in Asheville? No Mystery or Wooden Nickel in Hillsborough, NC. Don’t get me started on the plethora of breweries(Legend, Raleigh, Trophy, Big Boss, Bull City, Front Street, New South, Mother Earth, Boylan Bridge, Carolina, Fullsteam, Top of The Hill, Lonerider, Aviator, et many al!) My myopic and most pleasantly satiated perspective–you all come on down! Raleigh makes a great home base for a most aewsome pub crawl.

    • Kevin Dobo says:

      Thanks for completely ignoring Asheville. Whether Thirsty Monk is worthy of the list anymore or not is up for debate. Whether any other place should be on here – also up for debate. What’s not up for debate is I’m happy that me and the other locals will have just a little bit more elbow room since ya snubbed us. Cheers and go visit them other places! :-)

  • Flatland says:

    Liquidbread, Hays KS

  • Maxwell says:

    Been to a few of these places in my work travels. A couple notable places I could add are RFD in DC, as well as Maria’s in Chicago. Both have knowledgable staff as well as amazing craft beer selection. Maria’s has their own partner brewery MARZ which has some of be finest craft beers I had in ’14. Love to hear any other people suggestions that didn’t make it on the list. I’m constantly traveling for work and yearning for more great beer bars.

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  • stan says:

    The Nook, are you serious? LOL!!! The owner is the biggest ass you’ll find anywhere. The manager even goes to another bar to drink after work.

  • Corey says:

    Don’t forget Growler & Gill and the Ambulance Brewhouse, both in Nanuet, NY ~ 30 min. drive from NYC!

  • Bobby Jablonski says:

    The Beer Bars in Milwaukee are definitely not the best. It seems like whoever tried it out stayed within the 1/4mile radius and didn’t expand beyond that. There are far better bars in Milwaukee for the title than the ones chosen

  • Louis says:

    I recommend Maloney’s on Main in Matawan,NJ. 100+ on tap and one of the most beautiful tap systems I’ve seen.

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  • Jerad says:

    If your in the San Francisco Bay Area, then City Beer Store takes the cake. No bells or whistles, they just tend to get the best/rarest beer in the area, and have an amazing vintage cooler full of amazing aged beer.

    • Dave Jensen says:

      Agreed, City Beer Store belong on this list of Beer Rev is on this list. Not only did City Beer basically invent the tap-room/bottle-shop, they’ve even re-modeled since they first opened making it even better. Only downside is that it can be a bit pricey.

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  • Jamie Marshall says:

    People’s Brewery. Lafayette , Indiana. Good beers. Very small but friendly staff. Haven’t heard of them??? You will.

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  • Nick says:

    OK, why does Torst make it in over the owner’s other location The Cannibal?

  • George Pfeiffer says:

    Asheville? The place that has more micro-breweries per capita, has been voted Beer City USA 4 out of the past 6 years AND was selected by both New Belgium Brewery AS well as Sierra Nevada to be the city to house their new and only east coast breweries . . . Ummmm, what am I missing?

  • Jimmy Stanley says:

    Missing Rustico Restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia! This is where James Beard Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional of 2012 Greg Engert first joined the Neighborhood Restaurant Group and honed his beer menu presentation before opening Church Key in Washington, DC. Over 300 bottled beers and 30 beers on tap, Rustico has raised the standard for craft beer service in the U.S. since it opened in 2006.

  • Chip says:

    Wait…..no 3 Floyds? This list has lost all credibility.

  • Julie says:

    Colorado is woefully underrepresented on this list. Falling Rock? Are you kidding? Have you even been here? Between Boulder, Fort Collins and Denver, there are two dozen places that are better than Falling Rock. I don’t even drink beer and I know this list is clueless.

    • Bill says:

      Falling rock consistently has the best tap selection and best rare beers on tap in the Denver area, and they have for years and years. The only other bar in Denver that I would say gets comparable rarities is Freshcraft. There are plenty of other great bars and restaurants with good tap lists, but none as dedicated as Falling Rock. Show some respect for a Denver beer landmark.

  • Doug Mitchell says:

    Listicles are annoying. There is great locally owned and brewed beer around the US and that is the point. I’m happy to have my money go to local brewers.

  • Drew says:

    Portland deserves the praise, but leaving Hopcat off any “best beer bars”listicle fringes on heresy…GR is Beer City USA for a reason!

  • Sandy says:

    If you find yourself passing through Eugene on your way to Portland The Bier Stein off of Willamette St. Is a great place to start before hitting some other great tap houses and breweries.

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  • Keith Ward says:

    If you even tried to get out of Cincinnati or the major cotiesnin Ohio you would have discovered Jackie O’s in Athens Ohio. With a Brewpub and a taproom available that should have been the first stop in Ohio. Try harder next time.

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  • Tedd Adams says:

    I can see how McNellie’s Public House could fly under your rader, given that it’s in Oklahoma, not exactly a hotbed of beer culture, but you really need to visit and consider it for your next list. It’s a huge 2-story pub built in a refurbished warehouse in downtown Tulsa, and it carries over 200 beers, with about 75 of those on tap.

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  • Christian C. says:

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  • Jim says:

    I don’t care whatsoever about which bars are on the list, but do you really not have the budget to write capsule descriptions of each bar? Isn’t that what contributors are for?

  • Lee says:

    Worth mentioning for the Mid West is Howells & Hood in Chicago – the most beers on draft anyone in the city. 114 craft beers pouring from a monstrous 360 taps.

  • ChrisKR says:

    Bierkraft (Brooklyn) is closed. Try The Owl Farm

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  • Living in Atlanta provides me with quite a few beer bars. I love this city!

  • cat house says:

    Thanks for this. You always have some great posts.

    I shared this on Facebook and my followers loved it. Keep the the good work!

  • Any of yall been to all of these??

  • very informative.i love to go to bar’s on long weekends.

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