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2013-12-25 07:22:09 AM  
I don't think I've ever heard of any of these.  They may be at the top of the list, but unless they went to every "beer bar" in America in 2013, they really can't have a best-of list.

/ Sorry, subby.
// However it was good that it wasn't a slide show.
 
2013-12-25 07:24:31 AM  
blah blah blah list is shiate blah blah the best beer bar is someplace you've never heard of in a small market town blah blah blah
 
2013-12-25 07:28:52 AM  
At least it was not a slide show. But the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth Texas has over 200 beer labels and the servers wear school girl outfits.  So yea there is that. I have not found a cool place to drink beer in Pittsburgh. Suggestions, I live 15 miles north of downtown Pittsburgh.

Thanks and Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Just be Merry and Happy Dammit.
Christmas morning in and my Mom keeps her house at a warm 58 degrees. WTF?
 
2013-12-25 07:32:08 AM  
More from Austin, TX:

http://www.draughthouse.com/

http://www.beerknurd.com/stores/austin/

As for the ones listed on the story, I have never heard of them.
 
2013-12-25 07:35:56 AM  

Jeep2011: At least it was not a slide show. But the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth Texas has over 200 beer labels and the servers wear school girl outfits.  So yea there is that. I have not found a cool place to drink beer in Pittsburgh. Suggestions, I live 15 miles north of downtown Pittsburgh.

Thanks and Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Just be Merry and Happy Dammit.
Christmas morning in and my Mom keeps her house at a warm 58 degrees. WTF?


hehe, I just listed flying saucer in Austin.  As for the "toasty" 58, just do what I do and get up in the middle of the night and turn the farking thermostat up...


/Have Meppy Chauhaerryanza....:)
 
2013-12-25 07:36:55 AM  
Been to the thirsty monk and the drunken monk. I want to check it the barcade in Brooklyn. Been on a real Joust kick lately. http://www.barcadebrooklyn.com/
 
2013-12-25 07:38:43 AM  

eas81: More from Austin, TX:

http://www.draughthouse.com/

http://www.beerknurd.com/stores/austin/

As for the ones listed on the story, I have never heard of them.


http://www.dogandduckpub.com/

http://www.opaldivines.com/

http://www.bigdaddysaustin.com/
 
2013-12-25 07:40:17 AM  

eas81: Jeep2011: At least it was not a slide show. But the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth Texas has over 200 beer labels and the servers wear school girl outfits.  So yea there is that. I have not found a cool place to drink beer in Pittsburgh. Suggestions, I live 15 miles north of downtown Pittsburgh.

Thanks and Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Just be Merry and Happy Dammit.
Christmas morning in and my Mom keeps her house at a warm 58 degrees. WTF?

hehe, I just listed flying saucer in Austin.  As for the "toasty" 58, just do what I do and get up in the middle of the night and turn the farking thermostat up...


/Have Meppy Chauhaerryanza....:)

Oh I have done that only for my Mom to wake up after about five minutes, turn the temperature down, and gives me two more blankets.   I am sitting at her kitchen table drinking hot coffee. I never thought I would be going back to Pittsburgh to warm up...mom lives in the south.

 
2013-12-25 07:41:44 AM  
Ok one last one...not really a beer pub it is a brewery so theres that:

http://realalebrewing.com/home
 
2013-12-25 07:44:01 AM  

Jeep2011: At least it was not a slide show. But the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth Texas has over 200 beer labels and the servers wear school girl outfits.  So yea there is that. I have not found a cool place to drink beer in Pittsburgh. Suggestions, I live 15 miles north of downtown Pittsburgh.

Thanks and Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Just be Merry and Happy Dammit.
Christmas morning in and my Mom keeps her house at a warm 58 degrees. WTF?


What?

Fatheads
Houghs
Church brewery just to name a few in Pitt

Oh...beer hive in Salt Lake City is awesome
 
2013-12-25 07:46:16 AM  
Oh snap. Just found out there is one in PHL whee I happen to be visiting the in laws. I know where I'm going this week! http://barcadephiladelphia.com
 
2013-12-25 07:46:44 AM  

Jeep2011: eas81: Jeep2011: At least it was not a slide show. But the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth Texas has over 200 beer labels and the servers wear school girl outfits.  So yea there is that. I have not found a cool place to drink beer in Pittsburgh. Suggestions, I live 15 miles north of downtown Pittsburgh.

Thanks and Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Just be Merry and Happy Dammit.
Christmas morning in and my Mom keeps her house at a warm 58 degrees. WTF?

hehe, I just listed flying saucer in Austin.  As for the "toasty" 58, just do what I do and get up in the middle of the night and turn the farking thermostat up...


/Have Meppy Chauhaerryanza....:)

Oh I have done that only for my Mom to wake up after about five minutes, turn the temperature down, and gives me two more blankets.   I am sitting at her kitchen table drinking hot coffee. I never thought I would be going back to Pittsburgh to warm up...mom lives in the south.


As a kid I would take my pillow and blanket and sleep under the thermostat as it was right by the water heater/central heating unit...
 
2013-12-25 07:56:10 AM  
Any time I wind up in Pittsburgh for more than 4 hours I will make the trek over to the Church Brewery.
 
2013-12-25 08:08:45 AM  
The forty best beer biggest hipster bars in America

/ftfy
//
and fark the map room
 
2013-12-25 08:24:49 AM  
Boston farker checking in.  First: Merry Christmas to those who celebrate, and a happy Wednesday to others.

These lists frustrate me. Sure, they mention some beer bars that are very good, but what they fail to mention can fill volumes. And while I understand it's all opinion-based, it's easy to see these writers simply have a limited knowledge. The list should be called "Bars I went to in different states that I liked, or that friends from other areas of the country have mentioned to me before."

The prime example: NO MENTION of "Ebenezer's Pub" in Maine. This bar has been on several trade lists as the best beer bar in the USA. And while that, too, is argumentative, there are some good reasons for it. There is a major Belgian brewery that make a special beer solely for them. As a devout beer nerd who has traveled to Belgium, anytime I look at their tap list chances are I have never seen 50% of them anywhere else in the states. And their Chimay Burger is just a damn thing of beauty. Yes, their beers skew a little heavy (almost entirely) toward Belgian styles, but for a bar located off the second hole of a municipal golf course in backwoods Maine it makes them like the baseball field in "Field of Dreams."

Closer to home for me:

Massachusetts:
The Publick House
Deep Ellum
Lord Hobo
Mead Hall

There you have a few bars that I'd rate higher than Bukowski on pretty much any day of the week, twice on Friday nights in the summer.
 
2013-12-25 08:38:36 AM  

WinoRhino: Boston farker checking in.  First: Merry Christmas to those who celebrate, and a happy Wednesday to others.

These lists frustrate me. Sure, they mention some beer bars that are very good, but what they fail to mention can fill volumes. And while I understand it's all opinion-based, it's easy to see these writers simply have a limited knowledge. The list should be called "Bars I went to in different states that I liked, or that friends from other areas of the country have mentioned to me before."

The prime example: NO MENTION of "Ebenezer's Pub" in Maine. This bar has been on several trade lists as the best beer bar in the USA. And while that, too, is argumentative, there are some good reasons for it. There is a major Belgian brewery that make a special beer solely for them. As a devout beer nerd who has traveled to Belgium, anytime I look at their tap list chances are I have never seen 50% of them anywhere else in the states. And their Chimay Burger is just a damn thing of beauty. Yes, their beers skew a little heavy (almost entirely) toward Belgian styles, but for a bar located off the second hole of a municipal golf course in backwoods Maine it makes them like the baseball field in "Field of Dreams."

Closer to home for me:

Massachusetts:
The Publick House
Deep Ellum
Lord Hobo
Mead Hall

There you have a few bars that I'd rate higher than Bukowski on pretty much any day of the week, twice on Friday nights in the summer.


Those Belgiun beers are just a thing if beauty aren't they.

/

Aces & Ales - Las Vegas
 
2013-12-25 08:39:20 AM  
As a Richmonder, I can attest to the complete and total awesomeness of Mekong. The owner is a great guy and travels the world looking for new amazing beers to offer. His taste is pretty flawless. And the food kicks ass.
 
2013-12-25 08:45:19 AM  
Pfft , drinking beer in a bar is for plebes. Real hipsters fill their growlers and head back home to drink alone in the dark.
 
2013-12-25 08:47:43 AM  
Not one bar in Missouri?  F this list.
 
2013-12-25 09:01:53 AM  
Pub Dog in Baltimore.

That is all.
 
2013-12-25 09:04:59 AM  
Trappeze deserves to be on this list for sure.

Highly  recommended if you are in Athens.
 
2013-12-25 09:06:01 AM  

mandoskippy: Jeep2011: At least it was not a slide show. But the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth Texas has over 200 beer labels and the servers wear school girl outfits.  So yea there is that. I have not found a cool place to drink beer in Pittsburgh. Suggestions, I live 15 miles north of downtown Pittsburgh.

Thanks and Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Just be Merry and Happy Dammit.
Christmas morning in and my Mom keeps her house at a warm 58 degrees. WTF?

What?

Fatheads
Houghs
Church brewery just to name a few in Pitt

Oh...beer hive in Salt Lake City is awesome


I was expecting to see Fatheads on this list. I haven't been to Pittsburgh but the one outside of Cleveland is amazing.
 
2013-12-25 09:11:57 AM  
Nothing but pretentious entitled yuppies looking for some meaning in their lives through alcohol, THERE IS NO MEANING THROUGH ALCOHOL!!!  There is only meaning in being alcohol.
 
2013-12-25 09:13:18 AM  
List fails without...Oh. Really? McNellie's is on there?Nevermind.
 
2013-12-25 09:17:53 AM  
If anyone is ever in STL, come check out the International Tap House.  They've got 3 or 4 of them now, but I occasionally play music at the Soulard and Chesterfield locations.  Here's a pic of one of their coolers.
activerain.com
I'm pretty sure this is from the Chesterfield location and there's 3 coolers like this and almost every row is a different beer.  I've tried so many beers I've never heard of there and since I'm playing there it's free.

Here's a pic of the taps, not positive which location.
1.bp.blogspot.com
Everyone have a Merry Christmas and may your local bar carry good beer.
 
2013-12-25 09:21:21 AM  
How can D.C. not include the Brickskeller (now called the Bier Baron)? It once held the Guiness World Record for the most varieties of beer served (1,032). Though it's down to "only" 600 now, that's more than the ones they list. Good pub food too.

It's been a Washington institution for over 50 years. I remember drinking EKU 28 (28% alcohol), Spaten Club Weisse with a side of raspberry syrup, and the Orbit and Go Naked: 4 oz beer with grenadine, sour mix, and 1-1/2 oz of 190 proof grain alcohol. (At least, that's what they told me I drank the next morning.)

Ah, to be young & foolish when the drinking age was 18 and only loosely enforced.


/get off my barley field!
 
2013-12-25 09:22:54 AM  
This list fails without The Birch in Norfolk, VA.
 
2013-12-25 09:28:24 AM  
Like can't take this list seriously without inclusion of iTap and The Bridge (both of St. Louis). Good to see Mekong, though.
 
2013-12-25 09:32:10 AM  
And no Max's in Baltimore? Or beer Mecca, better known as Ebenezer's? This list is laughable.
 
2013-12-25 09:35:19 AM  
ooooh....San Diego County, You've been burned
 
2013-12-25 09:47:44 AM  
At least the got the right ones in GA.

And if you are just interested in variety, most of Taco Macs have 300+ on draft and bottle.
 
2013-12-25 09:49:33 AM  
Is this the thread where everyone biatches that their favorite bar isn't on the list, therefore the list is crap?

I was pleasantly surprised to see my favorite bar, the Thirsty Monk, made it.  So this list is OK with me.
 
2013-12-25 09:53:40 AM  

gerbilpox: How can D.C. not include the Brickskeller (now called the Bier Baron)? It once held the Guiness World Record for the most varieties of beer served (1,032). Though it's down to "only" 600 now, that's more than the ones they list. Good pub food too.

It's been a Washington institution for over 50 years. I remember drinking EKU 28 (28% alcohol), Spaten Club Weisse with a side of raspberry syrup, and the Orbit and Go Naked: 4 oz beer with grenadine, sour mix, and 1-1/2 oz of 190 proof grain alcohol. (At least, that's what they told me I drank the next morning.)

Ah, to be young & foolish when the drinking age was 18 and only loosely enforced.


/get off my barley field!


This was by far my favorite bar for 2 years in dc while i was down there. I likened it to being in beer grad school i learned so much.
 
2013-12-25 10:09:50 AM  
I like Smoky Mountain Brewery.  Great beer, great food and on weekend night, great live music (Pigeon Forge location)

thegreatsmokeymountainsparkway.com
 
2013-12-25 10:34:58 AM  
Hey, I've actually been to two of these -- Hopleaf in Chicago and Republic in Minneapolis.

And if you're thinking this must be a list of hipster bars, you can rest easy knowing -- yes, yes they are.
 
2013-12-25 10:36:07 AM  

ackb4r: Is this the thread where everyone biatches that their favorite bar isn't on the list, therefore the list is crap?

I was pleasantly surprised to see my favorite bar, the Thirsty Monk, made it.  So this list is OK with me.


Don't think anyone is saying the list is crap so much as just adding to the list.
 
2013-12-25 10:39:34 AM  
The one in Ludington, Mi has reaaly cool mugs.
 
2013-12-25 10:43:02 AM  
Probably my favorite in St Paul is Ward 6 http://www.ward6stpaul.com
 Not the largest selection, but all local/regional.

Pretty decent food. If you hate your heart, try the Fatty Melt, a burger in between two grilled cheese sandwiches. With bacon
 
kth
2013-12-25 10:54:17 AM  

gerbilpox: How can D.C. not include the Brickskeller (now called the Bier Baron)? It once held the Guiness World Record for the most varieties of beer served (1,032). Though it's down to "only" 600 now, that's more than the ones they list. Good pub food too.

It's been a Washington institution for over 50 years. I remember drinking EKU 28 (28% alcohol), Spaten Club Weisse with a side of raspberry syrup, and the Orbit and Go Naked: 4 oz beer with grenadine, sour mix, and 1-1/2 oz of 190 proof grain alcohol. (At least, that's what they told me I drank the next morning.)

Ah, to be young & foolish when the drinking age was 18 and only loosely enforced.


/get off my barley field!


I went there with my Dad 20 years ago when I was an intern in DC.  It was glorious. Too bad I was too young (21) to fully appreciate good beer.
 
2013-12-25 10:54:18 AM  

WinoRhino: Boston farker checking in.  First: Merry Christmas to those who celebrate, and a happy Wednesday to others.

These lists frustrate me. Sure, they mention some beer bars that are very good, but what they fail to mention can fill volumes. And while I understand it's all opinion-based, it's easy to see these writers simply have a limited knowledge. The list should be called "Bars I went to in different states that I liked, or that friends from other areas of the country have mentioned to me before."

The prime example: NO MENTION of "Ebenezer's Pub" in Maine. This bar has been on several trade lists as the best beer bar in the USA. And while that, too, is argumentative, there are some good reasons for it. There is a major Belgian brewery that make a special beer solely for them. As a devout beer nerd who has traveled to Belgium, anytime I look at their tap list chances are I have never seen 50% of them anywhere else in the states. And their Chimay Burger is just a damn thing of beauty. Yes, their beers skew a little heavy (almost entirely) toward Belgian styles, but for a bar located off the second hole of a municipal golf course in backwoods Maine it makes them like the baseball field in "Field of Dreams."

Closer to home for me:

Massachusetts:
The Publick House
Deep Ellum
Lord Hobo
Mead Hall

There you have a few bars that I'd rate higher than Bukowski on pretty much any day of the week, twice on Friday nights in the summer.


So much this.  Bukowski's is way overrated, IMO.  I also second Ebenezer's Pub.
 
2013-12-25 10:55:42 AM  
Burp Castle... horrible name for a bar.  I like the Heidelberg in Manhattan, but they just have regular lagers and pilseners on tap, without the preponderance of hops that everybody likes.  Also, very large blond women in dirndls.
 
2013-12-25 10:56:18 AM  

punishmentforshoplifting: As a Richmonder, I can attest to the complete and total awesomeness of Mekong. The owner is a great guy and travels the world looking for new amazing beers to offer. His taste is pretty flawless. And the food kicks ass.


If you're traveling west from there, you won't be disappointed if you drop by Beer Run in Charlottesville
 
2013-12-25 11:12:46 AM  
World of Beer in Tampa is pretty cool if you're in the Tampa area.

I've been to Mekong in Richmond and Churchkey in DC and they both kick ass.

As a native Bostonian, I'd need a few hours to talk about all the awesome beer bars in Boston that aren't on the list, but I'm pretty sure that's dickish so I won't do it.
 
2013-12-25 12:17:34 PM  
Dogfish Head out of Delaware and Heady Topper from Vermont didn't even make the list. Heady Topper is one of the highest scoring beers in America.
 
2013-12-25 12:24:36 PM  
"Names of bars that I found in a AAA booklet"
 
2013-12-25 12:32:40 PM  

gerbilpox: How can D.C. not include the Brickskeller (now called the Bier Baron)? It once held the Guiness World Record for the most varieties of beer served (1,032). Though it's down to "only" 600 now, that's more than the ones they list. Good pub food too.

It's been a Washington institution for over 50 years. I remember drinking EKU 28 (28% alcohol), Spaten Club Weisse with a side of raspberry syrup, and the Orbit and Go Naked: 4 oz beer with grenadine, sour mix, and 1-1/2 oz of 190 proof grain alcohol. (At least, that's what they told me I drank the next morning.)

Ah, to be young & foolish when the drinking age was 18 and only loosely enforced.


/get off my barley field!


Becase the Church key was the real heir apparent after the place changed hands and names. basicly, the Brickskeller is not on the list because it no longer exists.. ;)

I can't say Ive been to the new place since it changed hands.

Merridian Pint is very nice and sells the beer I help make down here in Richmond.

and It was good to see Mekong on the list.. #1 according to craftbeer,com.  It's also less than a mile from my house. A great beer list, great food, Ahn is very knowledgable and has a constant rotation of wierdness going on. I can't recomend the place higher,
 
2013-12-25 12:38:46 PM  
Pliny the Elder is amazing, but the Toronado is a kids' bar. More specifically, a scooter kids' bar. If you love Quadrophenia a little too much and just can't be bothered to head to any of the grown up bars (i.e., bars with actual brown alcohols professional mixed into ambrosia-like cocktails, and no malt liquors or Pabst anywhere in sight) not but a few blocks away, then the Toronado is for you.

Monk's Kettle has an impressive list of beers. The night of the week and time of the day determine whether your experience will be annoying or pleasant. It's become a bit of a "bro" bar during the happy hour. The food is super good, too.

Same ish at The Trappist in Oakland. Time of day and day of week determine whether you are a happy drunk or an angry drunk when you leave.

/end Bay Area alcohol snob rant
 
2013-12-25 12:49:23 PM  
If you want an English type pub how can you go wrong with a place that was started by a British guy who looks like Gandolf and had an ironic name (Don Younger)?
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"One of the best bars in America"  ~ Esquire Magazine
#7 of the 125 places to have a drink in the world before you die  ~ All About Beer Magazine
Secret Life of...Pub Grub (featured)  ~ Food Network
Food Paradise - Sausage Paradise (featured)  ~ Travel Channel

The only think I have ever drank here is water (everything else gives me migraines) but they let in kids for family dinning and the food is really good.
 
2013-12-25 01:00:27 PM  
I'm so glad to see Monk's Cafe (Philly) on the list. That place is a gem, and a great place to try fantastic beers; especially in PA where distributors don't want to pick up pricey imports that need to be sold by the case.
 
2013-12-25 01:56:15 PM  
Nothing from Wisconsin? Somebody needs to get out more.  Dexter's Pub in Madison- I grew up a half block from this place when it was a neighborhood corner grocery.  Continually rotating AWESOME tap list, updated daily, and using a proper glass for each variety. And they make a great Cuban sandwich and IMHO, have the best fish fry around.  The Malt House in Madison- similar to Dexter's without TVs, with a bar and back bar that date to the civil war. Also great selection of scotch and Irish whiskeys.  Both of these are within walking distance of home.  Maybe not when it's -20 on the thermometer but still...
 
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