7 Monks Taproom
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TRAVERSE CITY, MI

7 Monks Taproom

Apex beer bar
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PORTLAND, OR

Apex

Ashley's Ann Arbor
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ANN ARBOR, MI

Ashley's

The Avenue Pub
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NEW ORLEANS, LA

The Avenue Pub

Banger's Austin
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belmont station
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PORTLAND, OR

Belmont Station

brick store pub
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DECATUR, GA

Brick Store Pub

blind tiger
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burnhearts
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MILWAUKEE, WI

Burnhearts

churchkey
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WASHINGTON, DC

Churchkey

the crest columbus
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COLUMBUS, OH

The Crest

Ebenezer's Pub
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LOVELL, ME

Ebenezer's Pub

edmund's oast
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CHARLESTON, SC

Edmund's Oast

el bait shop
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DES MOINES, IA

El Bait Shop

The Farmhouse
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BURLINGTON, VT

The Farmhouse

hamilton's san diego
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SAN DIEGO, CA

Hamilton's Tavern

The Happy Gnome
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ST. PAUL, MN

The Happy Gnome

hay merchant
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HOUSTON, TX

The Hay Merchant

Holy Grale Kentucky
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LOUISVILLE, KY

Holy Grale

The J. Clyde
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BIRMINGHAM, AL

The J. Clyde

Local Option Chicago
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CHICAGO, IL

Local Option

Lord Hobo Boston
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BOSTON, MA

Lord Hobo

Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar
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max's taphouse
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BALTIMORE, MD

Max's Taphouse

Mayor of Old Town
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FORT COLLINS, CO

The Mayor of Old Town

Monk's Kettle
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Monk's Kettle

Mekong restaurant
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RICHMOND, VA

Mekong Restaurant

Mikkeller
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Mikkeller

Pine Box
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SEATTLE, WA

The Pine Box

Riverside Market
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FT. LAUDERDALE, FL

Riverside Market

The Thirsty Moose
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tiger tiger
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SAN DIEGO, CA

Tiger!Tiger!

Torst
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BROOKLYN, NY

Tørst

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1. Belmont Station 4500 SE Stark St., Portland, OR 97215 (Se Portland)

With 1,200 bottles crammed into a shop the size of your average convenience store, you can spend hours staring at beers from throughout the world. Even better: you can consume anything on site -- whether it’s a bottle of a rare lambic or a bomber of a seasonal from local brewers like Breakside and Hair of the Dog.

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2. APEX 1216 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202 (Clintondivision)

If you're into beer, you need to get to APEX ASAP. This SE Portland bar has 50+ beers for you to try, and we're willing to bet you haven't even heard of most of their offerings, like Racer 5 IPA, Omega Session, and, best of all, the 10.5% ABV Danish import Pride of Nekron. If you're not satisfied with beer alone, APEX has also got an outdoor cigar bar.

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3. Brick Store Pub 125 East Court Sq, Decatur, GA 30030 (Decatur)

Despite its laid back Southern vibe, the famed Brick Store in Decatur does not mess around when it comes to beer, housing not one but two completely separate beer bars. The historic building is centered around the main bar, a super chill, sunlit pub with soaring exposed brick, high-backed booths and a massive horseshoe bar lined with 29 gorgeous taps. Upstairs there’s the Belgian Bar, an intimate, eight-tap ode to the owners’ life-altering trip to the sudsy motherland. And don’t forget to peek into Brick Store’s ridiculous upstairs beer cellar, where the guys have been casually aging nearly 900 different vintages.

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4. ChurchKey 1337 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (Logan Circle)

With 55 draft lines and 500-plus bottles that all manage to deliver on quality, ChurchKey is a chic Logan Circle destination for DC's die-hard beer fans. In addition to the meticulously curated lineup of domestic brews and collabs one would expect from a top-flight beer bar, this stylish spot above sister restaurant Birch & Barley has its finger on the pulse of what’s happening craft-wise overseas, too, allowing you to one-up your friends by saying things like, “I’ve really been impressed by what’s happening in Estonia’s beer scene lately” with complete seriousness. The food menu is loaded with plenty of hearty bites like tater tots, burgers, and flatbreads to soak up all those suds.

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5. Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden 79 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden not only provides over a 100 beers on tap, but it's also home to one of the district's largest biergartens. Enjoy live music and all the sausage that you can eat.

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6. The Blind Tiger 281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Arguably the epitome of a New York City craft beer bar and a true pioneer in the NYC craft scene, Blind Tiger’s been doling out a fine selection of the top tier libations since it opened in 1995. It’s the go-to spot to meet folks from your favorite breweries who happen to be swinging through town, and the tap takeovers are legendary to say the least. Sip from 28 taps, two casks and a staggering list of microbrew bottles.

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7. Burnhearts 2599 S Logan Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207

Here you’ll find a thoughtful, just-right-sized tap list deep on Wisconsin and Michigan’s finest, plus a deep selection of rare bottles (ask about Carl’s Secret Stash). But somehow even more importantly, Burnhearts is impossibly welcoming, devoid of pretension, and the kind of bar where you can feel like you’ve been a lifelong regular in one afternoon, which will likely end up bleeding into the evening, whether you’re playing game after game of shuffleboard in back or chatting up the friendly staff up front. Come February, their (outdoor!) charity-minded Mitten Fest brings in people from all over to enjoy some rare beer, live music, and the fact that Wisconsinites refuse to let winter spoil a good time.

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8. Ebenezer's Pub 44 Allen Rd, Lovell, ME 04051

With more than more than 700 bottles available and a huge tap selection of Belgian rarities and favorites, Ebenezer’s has about 1.5 different beers stocked for each of its tiny hometown’s residents.

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9. Edmund's Oast 1081 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403 (Charleston)

This modern warehouse/barnhouse/beer hall hybrid tucked inconspicuously amongst North Charleston's office parks and empty lots serves New American fare, beer brewed on-site and craft cocktails. Cult-ish domestic crafts like Coast, Evil Twin, and Prairie Artisan Ales are posted next to hard-to-find imports (De Struise, Nøgne ø, J.W. Lees...), all available alongside house-made jerky, charcuterie, and other indulgent bar snacks. Snag a seat on the patio for a relaxed dinner and stay out late with a young-professional crowd.

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10. El Bait Shop 200 SW 2nd St, Des Moines, IA 50309

El Bait Shop in Des Moines has the largest selection of American craft brews in the country, with 150 bottles and 180 taps pouring selections from Portland, OR to Portland, ME and everywhere in between. It maintains a delightfully divey roadhouse vibe, with a back patio that has its own bar. Pair your draughts with enormous sandwiches and creative Mexican American eats.

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12. Hamilton's Tavern 1521 30th St, San Diego, CA 92102 (South Park)

Housed in the oldest beer- and wine- licensed location in San Diego, Hamilton’s Tavern is a traditional neighborhood drinkery in the heart of South Park. Named after Marine veteran Herman Hamilton who frequents the bar religiously, Hamilton’s is rooted in a commitment to unparalleled hospitality, making you feel more like a friend than a customer, whether you come in for a beer or a meal. In addition to potato concoctions like garlic truffle tots and Blair-style tots smothered in garlic, green onions, bacon, and Cheddar, snacks include Baja chili dogs, hush puppies, buffalo wings, and banh mi sandwiches. The California-centric beer program features Monkey Paw Brewing Co., Russian River Brewing Co., and other local craft breweries.

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13. The Hay Merchant / Underbelly 1100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

A joint venture, The Hay Merchant and Underbelly operate separately but are attached via a butchering room that’s fit to hold a whole hog, a cow, and other large, meat-bearing animals. Hay Merchant, a craft beer bar, boasts 75 draft beers that range in style from cask-conditioned American porters to sour and funky wild ales. Underbelly, the more upscale of the two, is a restaurant and wine bar serving up juicy burgers and meats, like roasted pig’s head and smoked brisket. No matter how adventurous your palate, consider pairing your dish with one of the aged barleywines on tap.

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14. Local Option 1102 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

The reverberating heavy metal and serious brew selection here will make you completely forget that just before you entered, you saw a nice-looking couple walking their French bulldog down a sleepy, tree-lined street in Lincoln Park. If you can’t find something you like on draft (highly unlikely), there’s also an impressive bottle selection (the rarer, large-format options included). Really, though, you’d be remiss not to sample at least one of the house-branded options they make at other Midwest breweries (the small dive's big personality doesn't leave enough room for fermentation tanks).

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15. Holy Grale 1034 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204 (Highlands)

This converted century-old church now works full-service as an artisanal pub specializing in beer and food pairings. The space is equal parts ingenious adaptation and gorgeous design and the menu is always changing, as are the beers. Be sure not to miss the choir loft and the beer garden, and if the Scotch quail eggs are on the menu, order them immediately.

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16. Lord Hobo 92 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Inman Square)

While hobos are generally seen as bindle-carrying and dirty, the Lord Hobo in Cambridge is living well at the top of the vagabond hierarchy, serving specialty cocktails, beer, and American comfort food in a rich mahogany space with large flat screens. The 40 taps offer everything from the best New England breweries have to offer to interesting Euro selections -- when was the last time you had a craft beer from Norway?

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17. The Mayor of Old Town 632 S Mason St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Named one of the nation's top 100 beer bars, the Mayor of Old Town has 100 beers on tap and a passionate staff that'll help you find your ideal brew.

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18. Mikkeller Bar 34 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (The Tenderloin)

MB is a Danish spot with 42 beers on tap (including four Mikkellers, unique to this location) and two cask-conditioned ales, served at three different temperatures, depending on the style of beer. Yeah, they take this stuff seriously... so seriously, in fact, that all of the beers on tap are managed by a system dubbed the Flux Capacitor, which controls the exact mix of nitrogen and carbon dioxide used for each tap (no lightning required). There’s also a “secret” downstairs cellar dedicated exclusively to sours. It gets better: Mikkeller Bar isn’t just about the beer. No, there’s also an awesome food menu that involves lots and lots of delicious meat.

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19. Monk’s Kettle 3141 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

At this gastropub in The Mission, beer is the total focus. Their specialty is Belgian beers, though the list has 200 rotating beers for every palate. Monk’s Kettle has coolers set at 45, 50, and 55 degrees to ensure your brew is served at the right temperature, and the entire keg system is cleaned every two weeks so the beer always tastes its best. Food includes everything from bar bites like chile- and honey-roasted hazelnuts, to more substantial fare like dry-aged beef loin with blue cheese potato gratin. Not sure what to order? The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and totally willing to help you figure it out. We’d also be remiss if we didn’t point out that the seasonally driven pub fare is quite tasty.

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20. Riverside Market 608 SW 12th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 (Fort Lauderdale)

This homey, family-owned Ft. Lauderdale joint was born out of an old convenience store, where 550+ beers fill fridges that used to hold year-old sandwiches. You can crack open any of them in the store or save ‘em for home while getting down on the 20+ expertly curated taps, which often get taken over by some of Florida’s finest. If you do pull from the fridge, you just bring your empties to the counter when you're done and pay on the honor system. Riverside has effectively taken over the neighborhood with Craft Beer Cartel across the street, which itself holds beers, a nanobrewery, and homebrew equipment.

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21. The Pine Box 1600 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

The Pine Box, simultaneously cool and a bit creepy given being located in an old mortuary, is more famous for its cocktails than the building's actual history. Here, they always serve a choice of at least two local ciders, along with cocktails, 30-plus taps of extremely well-curated West Coast-heavy brews, fancy brunch, and other delicious bites.

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22. Tiger!Tiger! 3025 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104 (North Park)

Tiger!Tiger! Tavern, Blind Lady Ale House’s sister venue, purveys draught beer and bar fare in North Park, dishing out clam chowder, curry fries, hamburgers, and other hearty soups, salads, sandwiches, and sides in a rustic yet industrial environment. Peel your eyes away from the gravity-defying, how-are-they-hanging-upside-down-I-don’t-get-it bicycles affixed to the ceiling, take a seat at a communal mahogany picnic table or barstool, and embark upon the journey of choosing a beer from Tiger!Tiger!’s varied beverage list. Take advantage of the Sunday brunch menu, which offers both sweet and savory dishes like house-made doughnuts and a fried chicken biscuit sandwich.

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23. Mekong 6004 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23230

When it comes to drinking food, pretzels and sausages get all the glory. Not at Mekong, a Richmond favorite that offers great Vietnamese comfort food in addition to over 50 taps of draft brew. Pouring out a huge variety of regional and national favorites, Mekong's also got 200 more bottles to pick up where the tap list leaves off, and everything pairs perfectly with pho.

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24. The Farmhouse Tap & Grill 160 Bank St, Burlington, VT 05401

There are only 24 taps here at this Burlington brewpub, but each one is carefully selected. Featuring great beers from Vermont (Lost Nation, Hill Farmstead, and Hermit Thrush), plus the likes of Cigar City and Green Flash repping the rest of the country, The Farmhouse's selection is definitely worth checking out. On top of that, tap takeovers let brewers rip, and home-brew competitions for those looking for undiscovered comforts.

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25. The Avenue Pub 1732 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Garden District)

Located in the Lower Garden District, this American craft beer pub is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The tap list is heavy on one-and-done offerings with enough rarities to keep the beer nerds at bay, while the bottle list is about as thick as a small-town phone book, offering up everything from Belgian farmhouses to all-American IPAs, all of which taste considerably better when paired with the famous bechamel and pork Dump Truck Fries.

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26. The J. Clyde 1312 Cobb Ln S, Birmingham, AL 35205

With its cut stone walls, sloping ceiling, and ye-olde vibe, The J. Clyde looks more like the Hobbit’s backlot than Birmingham, Alabama’s best gastropub, but rest assured, there’s nothing outdated about this tavern’s killer craft lineup. 70+ beers dominate a draught menu divided up unpretentiously by simple flavor profiles – "Crisp," Roast," and "Hops" to name a few. Also, Alabama-brewed pints are half off every Tuesday.

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27. Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar 960 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60608 (Bridgeport Sox)

Maria's is an awesome dive bar with eclectic selections and friendly staff.

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28. Tørst 615 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Started by a consortium of "hardcore beer and food" types (including a Momofuku research lab chef, a former beer sommelier from DBGB, and the guy behind Evil Twin Brewing), this temple to all things brew is dedicated to bringing you some of the tastiest and rarest suds. Torst is a Danish bar boasting over 20 carefully-selected beers, which are all kept fresh through a high-tech, temperature-regulating system.

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29. Ashley's Restaurant & Pub 338 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (Ann Arbor)

Few college bars boast the kind of beer cred this clubby Ann Arbor joint does, whose menu includes German and Belgian ales, Pacific Northwest representation, and, of course, hometown favorites like Founders and New Holland on its 70+ local and international taps. The appetizers and entree-size bites equally impress, with picks like bacon, cheddar, and chive fries, poutine, and a popular Build-Your-Own-Burger option.

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30. Max’s Taphouse 737 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231 (Baltimore)

Max’s has been a bastion of beer for 28 years, bringing pints upon pints to thirsty Baltimoreans. If 102 different drafts (including five cask beers) doesn’t impress you, surely the 2,000 bottles will. If it wasn’t so expansive -- there are three separate bars with cool names like "Mobtown Lounge" and "Notre Passion" -- it might remind you of DC’s beloved ChurchKey. Soak up all that beer with epic pub food creations, like their famed tater tot bowl. General Manager Casey Hard says Max’s is also known for being the king of beer debuts, as one typically takes place once a week, keeping the bar on the cutting edge of brews.

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31. 7 Monks Taproom 128 S Union St, Traverse City, MI 49684

Monk’s Kettle brings a little extra greatness to what’s already an idyllic Michigan town. Truth be told, Traverse City’s much more renowned for wine (and cherries) than its beer culture, but with 46 carefully curated taps on constant rotation, Monk's Kettle brings something different to the table. Both its taps and their its bottle selection lean heavily on mitten-based brews, though there’s also strong Belgian representation, as is obligatory whenever a bar has “monk” in the name. Talk up the bartender, because many of the taps will be draft-only Michigan releases that won’t be around long, then settle in for the long haul with one of their fantastic wood-fired pizzas to keep you company.

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32. The Crest Gastropub 2855 Indianola Ave, Columbus, OH 43202

The Crest has become the city’s best beer bar for many, many reasons, from its stellar patio and rooftop garden to a local-centric menu to their 60 taps-worth of beer.

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33. Thirsty Moose Tap House 21 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

The Thirsty Moose is a beer bar that emphasizes the “bar” part while taking the “beer” part extremely seriously. Serious enough, in fact, to have 116 taps with offerings ranging from Portland, ME’s Allagash to Belgium’s Petrus, with a handful of more familiar (re: mass-produced) selections thrown in so you can nerd out without having to explain to friends with simpler palates what an IBU is. And to further the whole non-snob thing, the most non-snobby of bar foods, the chicken wings, are cooked in a giant smoker, fried, or grilled to order, and then served next to whatever rare NH-made craft beer you fancy. Or, you know, a macrobrew. No judgements here.