Thursday, 4 October 2012

12 Bars for Beer Lovers

Stocked with the latest brews and staffed by encyclopedic hop-heads, these malted meccas are worth the pilgrimage
ChurchKey/Birch and Barley
Washington DC

A better selection of traditional (and not so) cask-conditioned ales than you'll ever find across the pond.

Warren, MI

Genre-busting strong beers like raspberry eisbocks from a hardware store-turned-madcap brewpub.

Cerveceria de MateVeza
San Francisco, CA

House-made, mate-infused brews and a tightly-curated tap list of rare local delicacies. Plus—since you'll be up late—empanadas.
Flying Saucer
Fort Worth, TX

The burgeoning Texan beer scene's newest beers (try Rahr's Bucking Bock) in this cow town's oldest building.
Bailey's Taproom
Portland, OR

A tap list linked to digital sensors in each keg makes sure you never get the foamy dregs of the Northwest's best hop-bombs.
Novare Res
Portland, ME

Obscure sour beers, local Maine micros, and obscure Maine sours in a back-alley bierhall.
Cambridge Brewing Co.
Cambridge, MA

Ancient Viking-style concoctions flavored with heather and bog myrtle, hand-picked from local bogs.
Spuytin Duyvil
Brooklyn, New York

From ultra-rare sour imports to the latest one-off from the mad scientists at Sixpoint, a few exits away, this cramped Brooklyn bar has the best selection of hard-to-get craft beer around.

Beer Belly

Making K-town an unexpected mecca for thirsty Angelinos, Beer Belly pairs spicy bites (don't miss fifty-cent hot wings happy hour) with sessionable SoCal brews, and a well-stocked fridge of special bottles.
Old Fashioned
Madison, WI

Belly up for a pint of 50+ local brews, from the requisite Schlitz to Furthermore's cracked-pepper-dusted Knotstock—a perfect pair for the house-made beer-battered cheese curds.
Durham, NC

North Carolina is blowing up as America's newest beer capital, and there's no better place to drink local than at FullSteam, where the beer is made with southern-grown fare like sweet potatoes, basil, and even corn grits.
Mountain Sun
Boulder, CO

While the rest of Colorado's beer culture is barrel-crazed or hops mad, the kind folks here push mellower brews like ambers, browns, and the country's best rye to refresh after a day in the mountains.

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