On Tap

The Best Beer Bar in Every State

Updated On 04/06/2017 at 02:01PM EST Updated On 04/06/2017 at 02:01PM EST
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El Bait Shop
Max's Taphouse
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1. 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Clyde looks more like the Hobbit’s backlot than Birmingham, Alabama’s best gastropub, but rest assured, there’s nothing outdated about this tavern’s killer craft lineup. 70+ beers dominate a draught menu divided up unpretentiously by simple flavor profiles – "Crisp," Roast," and "Hops"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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2. Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse 610 W 6th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

Humpy’s in Anchorage, Alaska is the place to get the likes of Midnight Sun, Glacier and Anchorage without going in and out of the cold, plus dozens more classics and rarities from the states and beyond.. It’s also the only place where you can get Humpy’s Brewing Company exclusives, which are actually made for Humpy’s by the likes of King Street and Denali. It’s a little confusing. But the confusion is delicious, and this place is a classic, so who cares? It’s warm, and there’s beer and live music.

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3. Taste of Tops 403 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

There are two reasons why Taste of Tops is unlike any beer bar in the country: Four of their employees are Certified Cicerones and have an encyclopedic knowledge of beer, and it's connected to a liquor store. Their 24 rotating taps are great, but the real added value is being able to walk into the adjoining liquor store, grab any of their hundreds of bottled beers (including ones from their cellar vintage bottle list) and drink it on the premises in the bar. The place even provides growler fills.

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4. Foster's Pint & Plate 72758, 2001 S Bellview Rd #2, Rogers, AR 72758

Foster's in Rogers, Arkansas is an industrial-style gastropub that brews five of its own beers (including the popular amber ale Red) to go along with 77 others on tap, many of which hail from the great state of Arkansas, including selections from Core, Fossil Cove, Bike Rack, and New Province. Drink 100 different beers on tap, and Foster's will reward you with a special growler you can't buy anywhere (though you can only fill it up with Foster's beer because of some pesky laws). The best night to try and get started on the 100 beer journey is Tuesday, when pints go half-off from 6pm-close. Sip 'em by the fire pit on the outdoor patio for super chill vibes.

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5. 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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6. Falling Rock Taphouse 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

The phrase "less is more" sometimes can apply to beer bars with a small, curated list of rare, specifically chosen beers, but in the case of Mile High's Falling Rock, more is more. It's not only one of Denver's more important bars, it's easily one of the country's, with 30%+ of the 90 taps featuring CO beers, along with 100+ bottles from around the world. The brick walls are lined with beer bottles and vintage signs, and there's ample couch seating and booth space in addition to pool tables and dart boards.

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7. Eli Cannon's 695 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457

This jam-packed Middletown institution has been unapologetically spreading the craft gospel since 1994, blowing local minds with 37 absurdly fresh, constantly rotating taps, pub grub, a massive backyard patio/fake beach (seriously, with real sand), and a bizarre pawn-shop-meets-hoarder-house aesthetic that somehow really works. At Eli Cannon’s, most pints run $6-$8, and there’s a full calendar of specialty events, tastings, and beer dinners to keep folks coming back for more (as if that whole adult sand box thing wasn’t incentive enough).

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8. Pickled Pig Pub 18756 Coastal Hwy, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Rehoboth is comprised primarily of outlet malls and Dogfish Head-related businesses, and the Pickled Pig is next door to a slew of discounted clothing shops and a few minutes from the original Dogfish. That's some prime Rehoboth right there. So it shouldn't be a surprise that Dogfish always has a place on its 14 rotating weekly taps, including basically every seasonal and limited release (not to mention 30-50 rotating bottles). The Pub shows love to other DE-based brewers, throwing 5-6 pairing dinners with local breweries in the beach offseason, including Milford's Mispillion River Brewing. They also offer an extensive selection of cheese boars with suggested drink pairings, available regularly.

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9. 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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10. 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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11. REAL a gastropub 1020 Auahi St, Honolulu, HI 96814 (Kakaako)

Hawaii is not beer bar country (seriously, people consider the bars in Whole Foods beer bars). But that hasn’t stopped Real in Honolulu from digging in and doing it right. With 200+ bottles and a steady rotation of great beers heavy on the finest from Cali, Oregon, and Belgium, Real would be a contender even if it wasn’t in paradise. That’ll happen when you stock your staff with cicerones, then put them in one of the greatest places on earth with a stockpile of world-class beer.

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12. Bittercreek Ale House 246 N 8th St, Boise, ID 83702

Bittercreek Alehouse in Boise, Idaho isn’t a bar with a bazillion taps or much of a gimmick. It's just an expertly curated beer bar with offerings from coast to coast, with a tap list that updates daily. Hell, there’s even something for the gluten-free drinker. There's also a menu full of options with locally sourced ingredients, from burgers and sandwiches to poutine.

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13. 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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14. The Heorot Pub 219 S Walnut St, Muncie, IN 47305

The Heorot in Muncie, taking its name from the mead hall described in Beowulf, has prices on beer and pizza that’ll make people visiting from more populous parts of the country flip out. It has a tap selection that trumps any other bar in Indiana and an encyclopedic reserve of bottles that manages to be even more impressive. Can't decide what to order? All draughts are available in 4oz tasters ranging from $1-4. Live music makes the beer taste even better.

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15. 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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16. The Anchor 1109 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67211

This Old Town Wichita favorite does a little bit of everything, mixing in some coffee shop elements by day and running a full-on butcher shop next door. But first and foremost they do beer, and they do it really well (58 meticulously selected taps well, to be exact). You’ll find a solid representation of Kansas’ finest along with plenty from elsewhere. You’ll also find frequent special events and tap takeovers. You’lll also find a damn fine steakburger -- did we mention there’s a butcher shop next door?

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17. Sergio's World Beers 1605 Story Ave, Louisville, KY 40206

When you get to Sergio's in Louisville, you might not be entirely sure you've gotten to Sergio's, with its unassuming sign-less exterior and windows covered with flags from around the world. Once you get inside you might not be entirely sure what's going on, either: the furniture's mismatched, and there are coolers everywhere. But once you start taking in all the tap handles, glassware, and bottle upon bottle (as in roughly 1,200 of them) of amazing beer, you'll feel like you've stepped into the secret basement hideaway of the world's biggest beer geek -- which is kind of true. Brazilian-born owner Sergio Ribenboim has been traveling the globe for decades making connections with brewers and amassing an unparalleled collection. Bring cash. Ask about what's on tap. Prepare to stay a while.

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18. 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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19. Novare Res Bier Cafe 4 Canal Plaza, Portland, ME 04101

Inside this cavernous, back alley beer mecca in Portland, map-clutching pilgrims rub elbows with local fisherman and be-flanneled artists sniffing out the latest addition to the uber-impressive collection of 25 taps, two casks, and over 300 bottles while eclectic snacks provide support for those long bouts of dedicated imbibing. That, or you and the other beer lovers who are in the know have found one of Maine's best beer bars. Spend a few hours at one of Novare Res’ long communal tables and you’re guaranteed to reemerge with a whole new appreciation for the good drink.

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20. 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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21. 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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22. The Happy Gnome 498 Selby Ave, St. Paul, MN 55102 (Downtown St Paul)

Despite the diminutive name, you’ll want to arrive at this St. Paul bar with a giant-sized appetite, because not only is the 70-strong draft list deep on Midwest favorites and reliably on-point, but the juicy burgers are also a must-try. Better yet -- have that burger and beer on the patio when the Minnesota weather permits, because let’s be honest, there’s no better state to be in between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

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23. Mahogany Bar 3810 Hardy St, Hattiesburg, MS 39402

For a state that only legalized the sale of beer above 5% in 2012 -- you read that right, two-thousand and twelve A.D. -- it's got a helluva beer bar in Hattiesburg. Forty-five rotating taps are there to quench MS beer lovers' thirst, and about half of those brews are either one-offs or sold in super limited quantities before it's swapped out with something else equally delicious. Southern Prohibition, Lazy Magnolia, and Slowboat are almost always on tap, all of which should pair nicely with its housemade andouille sausage and hand-cut fries. And despite its location far from Belgium, an enviable selection of bombers full of sours, krieks, and Belgian strongs is available. Damn, Mississippi! Way to catch up.

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24. Bier Station 120 E Gregory Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64114

This hybrid bottle shop and beer bar in Kansas City might feel a little clean and modern for those who like their beer bars dark and divey, what with its digital menu and is that … natural light? But once you peruse said glowing menu, start tackling the pleasantly diverse tap list (with 4oz taster pours available on every beer), you’ll find yourself settling in for the long haul, particularly if it’s a nice day and you’ve snagged yourself a spot on the patio upstairs. Also, it’s always a plus when you happen upon a new beer you like and have the opportunity to immediately purchase more of it to take home with you right there on the spot.

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25. Montana Ale Works 611 E Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715

This converted former railroad freighthouse is home to Montana Ale Works, a powerhouse of a beer bar that boasts 40 taps, all pouring from the centerpiece wraparound bar. And with Big Sky country offerings like Bozeman Brewery, Madison River, Draught Works, Red Lodge, Cabinet Mountain, Bayern, and Lone Peak, it's no wonder that Montana Ale Works is the best in the state.

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26. Krug Park 6205 Maple St, Omaha, NE 68104

Name of a beloved, long gone Omaha amusement park, Krug Park’s new iteration in the Benson neighborhood continues to dish out the amusement, although this time it comes almost exclusively in lager and ale form. Their 50 taps are divvied into American craft (the bulk of the action), Belgian (the next bulkiest), and German (a respectable handful of bulk). Vintage digs and drink specials celebrate Benson's historical past.

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27. Aces & Ales 3740 S Nellis Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89121

Aces & Ales is the rare beer bar that's also a serious beer collector, hoarding beauties like a 2006 Stone's Vertical Epic Ale and Firestone Walker's Parabola. And both of its Vegas locations are beer snob approved, partly because there aren't that many beer bars open 24/7. By supplying about 200 bottles of craft beer (along with an additional 50 beers on tap, rotated weekly), it's the perfect bar for the novice drinker or the beer connoisseur. Bonus: a killer grilled cheese and mac and cheese menu to pair with a cold one.

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28. 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.

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29. Cloverleaf Tavern 395 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell, NJ 07006 (New Jersey)

Family-owned since 1933, this Jersey mainstay is known for its love of craft beers: 15-20 new beers are rotated onto tap lines a week, and if you're not sure which one to order, every single server is a Certified Beer Server and has gone through beer training. The bar also offers a unique MBA program (Master of Beer Appreciation) which encourages guests to order specific beers to help further theirs palates, and then rewards anyone who drinks 15 "credits" with a $15 gift card!

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30. B2B2 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110 Suite F, Albuquerque, NM

B2B2 Tap Room in Albuquerque offers 60 taps of solely NM beer, including 48 craft brews made in-state and 12 house beers, like a coconut porter made with organic 'nuts, and an oak aged IPA. B2B2's secret sauce is in the fact that it pours beers that not many beer bars can -- a NM law states that breweries can serve beer from other local breweries that currently don't have distribution, like Turtle Mountain. Beer bars that don't brew their own are out of luck. It's a convenient way to try the next best thing in New Mexico brewing.

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31. 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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32. Thirsty Monk Pub & Brewery 2 Town Square Blvd, Asheville, NC 28803

This Asheville brewery pays homage to Belgian and Trappist ales with its own, Southern-inflected takes on the Flemish classics. Offering 16 Belgian and Belgian-style beers, you can try them all inside their street level bar. Also on tap are 20 drafts and 50+ bottles featuring some of the best of western NC's beer scene (Hi-Wire, Green Man, Pisgah) and national favorites (Evil Twin, Founders, Prairie).

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33. Wurst Bier Hall and Drekker Brewing Company 630 1st Ave N Ste 6, Fargo, ND 58102

Not only is Fargo the TV show having a moment right now, but so is Fargo, North Dakota's craft brewery, Drekker Brewing Company. This pint-sized brewery and its one site bar, Wurst Bier Hall, is cooking up beer with major flavor: rye saisons, American pale ales, lagers, and Imperial stouts, to name a few. The space hosts tours (for free!) and tastings, and you should definitely stop into their lively taproom, where you can sample all the goods, hang out with locals, and order in from your favorite nearby restaurants.

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34. The Tremont Tap House 2572 Scranton Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113

The Tap House is an oasis for craft-beer junkies with its 20+ taps, paired up with one of the best brunches in the city (we can forgive it for calling itself a "gastropub," because its food really is that good). The outdoor patio is a key destination for drinkers in need of some Vitamin D, while the friendly and knowledgeable bartenders will guide you through the extensive menu of drafts which include Ohio favorites and rare brews.

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35. TapWerks Ale House & Café 121 E Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73104

This OKC brewpub is the real deal. Each of this historic, brick-and-wood-laden, old-world-style pub’s two floors boasts 106 taps (212 in total), plus 100+ cellar-aged bottles sourced from all over the world. Californian stouts, Flemish Blondes, sours, quadruples, pales? Yup. Rarities from big dogs like Founders and Sierra Nevada, and appearances by smaller locals like Prairie? Of course.

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36. Horse Brass Pub 4534 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215 (Belmont)

The City of Roses has over 75 breweries that aren't Breakside, and almost every one of them is represented at no-nonsense Brit pub Horse Brass. This place has been serving up craft beer since 1976 (before it was cool) and has never not been a great place to knock back a few. It’s the best British pub outside of Britain, right down to the halibut fish & chips.

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37. Monk's Cafe 264 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (Rittenhouse)

Monk's Cafe is more of a dank beer pub than any kind of cafe, but it's become a Philadelphia institution thanks to its staggering bottled beer list (there are more than 300 local and global brews to choose from). Yes, the place is dark. Yes, it's cramped. But the draft selection of Belgian suds makes Monk's a national leader in the category: owner Tom Peters was actually knighted in Belgium to honor his dedication. Drinkers can pick up a "beer bible" from the bar, which could pass for a novela under the dim electric candles scattered throughout. Pub fare flows from the kitchen, and while the burger won't disappoint and you can order grilled salmon if that's your thing, the true must-eat dish is the pot of mussels, flavored with sour beer-sautéed jalapeños, peppers, and onions.

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38. Julians 318 Broadway, Providence, RI 02909

Although Julians looks like a run of the mill Providence diner -- with its classic striped awning and brick walls -- it's actually home carefully selected selection of 20 taps lit in neon that offer up everything from Belgium’s Draak to a 2011 Sierra Bigfoot, and bottles ranging from Dogfish 2010 World Wide to Orkney’s 2012 Dark Island Reserve to Brooklyn’s Black Ops. Trippy portraits, a wall of Pez dispensers, and several Star Wars actions figures gives Julians the perfect atmosphere.

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39. Craft Conundrum 630 Skylark Dr, Charleston, SC 29407

On the outside, Craft Conundrum in Charleston looks like it could house anything from a dentist’s office to a Hallmark, but instead hosts 150 or so taps available in pints or growlers to go. The whole thing’s curated by folks who used to select the beer for a Piggly Wiggly, which would be hilarious if it didn’t make us start wondering whether Piggly Wiggly might actually be a stellar bottle shop, what with CC offering everything from Michigan’s Jolly Pumpkin to Lexington’s Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Maine’s Tiny Something Beautiful, and even hard-to-find Belgian imports. Oh, and considering the place is in a strip mall near a grocery store (that was also once a Piggly Wiggly), there’s ample room for food carts to park outside.

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40. Independent Ale House 625 Saint Joseph St, Rapid City, SD 57701

From the outside, Independent Ale House might look like an old-timey brick saloon on the old-timey drag of Rapid… mainly because you’re in Rapid, and most places look like/are that. But that wild-west aesthetic is augmented by a new-timey attitude toward beer, with a constantly rotating 40-deep tap selection that’s got a surprisingly versatile and thoughtful array of big hitters, with recent offerings including Deschute’s elusive Abyss right alongside local favorite Crow Peak, served up with one of the best pizzas in the Black Hills. For South Dakotans, it’s worth a pilgrimage just to get in on the action. Luckily, the keg volume is available online, so you can check before you make the two-hour trek from the nearest town.

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41. Hops & Crafts 319 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Hops & Crafts is a welcoming beer bar and growler-filling station with 34 taps devoted heavily to Tennessee brews and other regional favorites from neighboring states. On the off chance the beer alone isn't a hearty enough serving of Southern pride, a helping of Daddy Bob’s Pimento Cheese or whole wheat pizza made from scratch with locally-sourced products should do the trick. The flights are massive and the pooch-friendly patio is sunny when the weather is warm.

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42. Craft Pride 61 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Craft Pride on Rainey St is a beer bar with 52 drafts on tap, all from the Lone Star state. Featuring options like Hay Merchant in Houston, Craft & Growler in Dallas, and Bangers, brewed right there in Craft Pride’s backyard, Craft Pride's certainly Texas proud. They offer to-go cases of bottles and bombers, all curated by an OG Black Star brewer.

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43. Beer Bar 161 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Salt Lake City's Beer Bar is an aptly named lively craft brew spot. A sibling to SLC craft cocktail godfather Bar X, Beer Bar picks up where Bar X left off re: beer-- there's a large emphasis on local, Utah breweries on tap. Kimchi bratwurst and thick cut, twice-cooked Belgian fries pair well with Beer Bar's hoppy selections; munch on 'em while knocking back a few at the bar's communal tables.

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44. 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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45. 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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46. 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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47. 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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48. Apothecary Ale House & Café 227 Chestnut St, Morgantown, WV 26505

We’re not going to say that Apothecary’s the only beer bar in West Virginia, but it’s very much the better of the two beer bars in West Virginia. We kid, we kid. But in a state that’s not exactly a craft-beer haven, having one decent tap’s reason to celebrate. Apothecary has a dozen such reasons to celebrate, ranging from barrel-aged goodness from Bridge Brew Works to Chimay and Sierra, plus 150 bottles that each offer up a counterargument to people who insist it’s nothing but moonshine in WV.

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49. 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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50. Sidewinders 945 W Broadway, Jackson, WY 83001

Fifteen minutes from the Jackson Hole ski area, a new Grand Adventure Park is opening in June, which will feature a ropes course and mountain biking. But why exert yourself physically when it's so much easier to sit on a bar stool and drink beers at Sidewinder's, which carries organic brews from nearby Snake River Brewing, plus other WY brews from Roadhouse and Wind River.