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Pubs we love: All-local beer bars

From the draft list to the dinner menu, the local option rules at these bars.
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Denver's Tap Fourteen rooftop bar

Denver’s Tap Fourteen rooftop bar

Denver // TAP FOURTEEN
Colorado’s epic 53 fourteeners (14,000-foot mountains) inspired the moniker of this LoDo openair rooftop bar just steps from Coors Field. While the original plan was to rotate 53 Colorado-brewed beers, the wealth of local suds led the owners to flow an impressive70 handles. Snap up the latest version of Yeti imperial stout from Denver craft brewing titan Great Divide. From Tivoli Helles Lager Beer Cheese Soup to brownie trifle enriched with Boulder Shake chocolate porter, Colorado brews play a big role in Tap Fourteen’s kitchen. 1920 Blake St., tapfourteen.com

Louisville, Kentucky // CRESCENT HILL CRAFT HOUSE
Amid unfussy exposed brick and polished concrete floors, the Bluegrass State’s beer bounty shines. We mean that literally: A projector beams the 40-strong rotating draft list—strictly Kentucky suds, save the occasional offering from across the river in Indiana—onto a wall beside the bar. Regulars clamor for the latest finds from Lexington’s Country Boy Brewing. High-quality ingredients from nearby producers like Marksbury Farm elevate dishes both homegrown (bologna sandwiches) and global (pork rillettes). 2636 Frankfort Ave., crafthousebrews.com

Kirkland, Washington // FLATSTICK PUB
As if the mix of Washington’s finest beers and ciders—24 of ’em—and indoor mini golf wasn’t enough of a draw, this high-spirited spot also hosts events like a putt putt tournament that pits the region’s brewers against each other. Stuck across the water in Seattle? Check out the satellite location in Pioneer Square, slated to open in May. Look for limited releases and seasonals from Seattle favorite Fremont Brewing. Seattle-based 314 Pie provides savory eats like the Steak, Cheese and Mushroom pie, made with local ingredients and Pacific Northwest beef. 15 Lake St., flatstickpub.com

Pittsburgh // INDEPENDENT BREWING CO.
With 14 brews (plus mead and cider) sourced exclusively from western Pennsylvania, this vinyl loving Squirrel Hill spot—named for a pre-Prohibition Pittsburgh brewers’ alliance—epitomizes the spirit of the local beer bar. Bonus: Take-home Crowlers let you relive tonight tomorrow. Co-owner Pete Kurzweg suggests Brew Gentlemen Beer Co.’s dank, juicy pale ales. Ingredients from area suppliers like Churchview Farm and Allegro Hearth Bakery lend a western-PA accent to Mediterranean-leaning fare from chef Monique Ruvolo. 1704 Shady Ave., independentpgh.com

 

 


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