The Best Beer Bar in Every State
By Lee Breslouer and Meredith Heil
Dan Gentile/Thrillist (edited)
May 2, 2016 - These are heady times for the American beer drinker (get it?!). But seriously, the quality AND quantity of suds in this country have never been better. Case in point: every state in the union now boasts at least one (and in most cases, many, many more than one) bar worthy of the title "beer bar."
What does "beer bar" mean? If you said "a bar that serves beer" you'd be right, and yet also wrong. A true beer bar obsesses over beer and caters to those who do the same. It cares about stuff like clean lines and proper glassware. It generally has a bunch of interesting beers on tap, but doesn't cheapen quality in a chase for sheer quantity. So wherever you happen to be in this country, if you seek out one of these 50 fine establishments, you can rest easy knowing you'll be having a better time than anyone else in the state.
*Quick programming note: We love brewpubs. This is not an article about brewpubs. While a few of these establishments might dabble in making their own brew, their primary focus is giving you the opportunity to sample the best of what other breweries are doing. We also love it when places we love succeed, but have limited this list to spots that have one, maybe two, locations.
Hawaii’s great, but of all the oases contained on the islands, a craft beer oasis it is not (we love Kona and Maui, but we're not necessarily opposed to drinking anything fizzy when we're this relaxed). This is not beer-bar country (seriously, people consider the bars in Whole Foods beer bars). But that hasn't stopped REAL 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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