Palmer Place (Palmer's, to locals) has been a beer bar since the days when a good beer selection meant having a bunch of imports. As the beer scene's evolved, so have they, with 39 taps and 300-plus bottles now just as stacked with fine American crafts as they are with German and Belgian brews. The real star of the show here, though, is the three-tiered back patio that operates at a constant buzz when the weather cooperates.
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