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Denver's Tap Fourteen rooftop bar

Denver’s Tap Fourteen rooftop bar

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

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




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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