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These bars were so nice, they built them thrice (or 14 times… you get the picture).


Three locales offer at least 50 taps, 100 bottles and a little something extra: The Newport, Ky., spot hosts a water taxi to Reds and Bengals games, the Indianapolis locale puts on poker nights three times each week, and the Nashville site stages a blues jam every Thursday. beersellar.net


The downtown Richmond spot is still the magnet, but all four Virginia locations boast a minimum of 46 taps and two casks. capitalalehouse.com


The Manhattan and Brooklyn branches of this hipster pub cull 250-plus Belgian, casked and otherwise interesting craft brews; the New Orleans hub has a smaller but still worthy draft list, plus an always stellar live music calendar. dbabars.com


The beer bar chain by which all others are measured, Flying Saucer boasts 14 locations nationwide with 240-plus beers at each. Regulars can join the UFO Club and earn prizes for pints sipped. beerknurd.com


The eldest Ginger Man is a Houston icon that’s wooed beer lovers for 25 years. Steve Schiff and Christy Zirnheld spread the chain through Texas with four more locations, while three New England locales (under different ownership) are all craft-happy and worth a stop. gingermanpub.com


Perfect pints of craft seasonals are just as common as buckets of Dos Equis longnecks at all seven locations of this Texas chain; try Woodrow’s famous Michelada on a sweltering summer night. littlewoodrows.com


Fifty-plus bars range from a converted chapel to a golf course pub, but they all offer awesome taps, famed house beers and an artsy, eclectic vibe expressed in colorful murals and one-of-a-kind décor. mcmenamins.com


Known as much for their Buffalo wings as they are their beer selections, 26 Taco Macs in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee educate the masses with the chain’s Brewniversity; become “chancellor” when you put back 1,000 different beers. tacomac.com


Fourteen beer-nerdy-but-friendly Ohio locations offer 200-plus pours at each. We love the annual World Tour, which challenges drinkers to travel 100 different beers from a set list throughout the calendar year. winkinglizard.com


With nine Florida locations and more on the way, World of Beer is indeed a small planet of its own. Beer-smart staffs guide guests through hundreds of brews at each outpost, while live music plays most nights of the week. wobusa.com



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