What is the Best Beer Bar in America?

Ranking the nation’s top craft beer watering holes.

falling-rock-bartop-600x302_01What makes a truly great beer bar? Is it a deep list, cool decor, great food? What about a knowledgeable, unpretentious staff, nice glassware, and good music?

Amid America’s craft beer revolution, the art of the beer bar has risen to new heights. Every day it seems there are more and more high-tech draft systems, organized tastings, and epic parties to be found. That’s all fine and good, but we’d argue there’s something more—an ‘X’ factor of sorts—that separates the merely awesome taprooms of the land from those you’d like to live inside, forever. Call it a “vibe”. A great beer bar needs to be fun, not just larded with precious beers held at the perfect cellar temperature. Amiright?

This week the Brewers Association released the results of a nationwide poll on the nation’s top beer bars.

What do you think of their list, reprinted below? What beer bars would you add and why? Tell us below.

And keep drinking the good stuff. We’ll be glad to help, too.

Mountain West
Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe | Denver, CO
Falling Rock Tap House | Denver, CO
Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids | Longmont, CO
The Attic | Phoenix, AZ
The Mayor of Old Town | Fort Collins, CO

Bulls Head Public House | Lititz, PA
Cloverleaf Tavern | Caldwell, NJ
Growler & Gill Craft Beer Shoppe | Nanuet, NY
The Farmhouse Tap & Grill | Burlington, VT
The Ruck | Troy, NY

North Central
Ashley’s | Ann Arbor, MI
HopCat | Grand Rapids, MI
Lizardville Beer Store & Whiskey Bar | Bedford Heights, OH
The Bavarian Lodge | Lisle, IL
The Cellar Peanut Pub | Oskaloosa, IA

38 Degrees Ale House & Bar | Alhambra, CA
APEX Bar | Portland, OR
Bier Stein Bottle Shop & Pub | Eugene, OR
Prospectors Pizzeria & Alehouse | Denali National Park, AK
The Pine Box | Seattle, WA

Blue 5 Restaurant | Roanoke, VA
Mekong Restaurant | Richmond, VA
The Birch Bar | Norfolk, VA
The Porter Beer Bar | Atlanta, GA
The Thirsty Monk | Asheville, NC

2014 Great American Beer Bars (Overall)
(receiving the most votes out of each respective region and listed in alphabetical order)
Bier Stein Bottle Shop & Pub | Eugene, OR
Cloverleaf Tavern | Caldwell, NJ
Falling Rock Tap House | Denver, CO
HopCat | Grand Rapids | MI
Mekong Restaurant | Richmond, VA

Photo Credit: Falling Rock Tap House

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