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Old 08-14-2013, 08:27 PM   #1
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Default Beer bar recommendations - by state

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A recent thread about best beer bars in your state - http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/sing...73/index4.html - got me thinking that we could use a single list of suggested establishments organized by state. Perhaps this already exists somewhere, if so, I will happily delete this post. When I have the time, I will also try to keep it updated as more suggestions are added (either here or the aforementioned thread). I hope this isn't obnoxious - I'm not trying to thread-jack the original...just trying to organize it.

As the list grows, additional grouping will probably be necessary...especially for the larger states.

Disclaimer: These recommendations all come from HBT community members. I, personally, cannot vouch for any except the small handful that I myself have visited. Also, obviously, this list is not exhaustive (yet).


  • Brat Haus, Scottsdale
  • 1702, Tucson

  • Flying Saucer, Little Rock

  • San Diego
    • Small Bar
    • Churchills
    • The Blind Lady Alehouse
    • Hamilton's Tavern
  • San Francisco
    • Toronado
    • Mikkeller
    • Magnolia
  • Drake’s, San Leandro
  • ØL, Walnut Creek
  • Beer Revolution, Oakland
  • Trappist, Oakland

  • Dogfish Head, Rehoboth
  • Two Stones Pub, Newark
  • Stewart's Brew Pub, Bear
  • Washington Street Ale House, Wilmington

District of Columbia
  • Bier Baron (Dupont Circle)
  • RFD (Chinatown)
  • Churchkey (Logan Circle)
  • Iron Horse (Chinatown)


  • New Albanian
  • The Heurot, Muncie


  • Lexington
    • Pazzo’s
    • The Beer Trappe
    • Lexington Beerworks
    • Country Boy Brewing
  • Holy Grale
  • Cumberland Brew
  • Against the Grain
  • Sergio's World of Beer

  • Max's, Baltimore

  • Ashley's, Ann Arbor - http://www.ashleys.com/
  • Hopcat, Grand Rapids
  • Graydon's Crossing, Grand Rapids
  • One Eyed Betty’s, Ferndale
  • Slow’s BBQ
  • Right Brain Brewery, Traverse City
  • 7 Monks, Traverse City


  • Kansas City
    • The Foundry
    • Antons Taphouse
    • Bier Station
    • Iron Horse Tavern
  • International Taphouse, St. Louis


  • Omaha
    • The Crescent Moon
    • Krug Park
    • The Lauter Tun
    • Beercade


New Hampshire
  • Strangebrew, Manchester

New Jersey
  • The Shepard and the Knucklehead, Haledon
  • Maloney's, Middleton
  • Morris Tap and Grill, Randolph
  • Mohawk house, Sparta
  • Maloney’s, Matawan
  • Cloverleaf Tavern, Caldwell
  • The Copper Mine Pub

New Mexico

New York
  • MacGregor’s, several locations - http://www.macgregorsgrillandtaproom.net/
    • At least a couple HBT members have stated that, while MacGregor’s has an extensive beer menu, they also have some issues (e.g. dirty tap lines, poor service)
  • Tap and Mallet, Rochester - http://www.tapandmallet.com/
  • The Blue Monk, Buffalo
  • Ellicottville Brewing Company
  • Black Sheep Ale House, Mineola
  • Effen Gruven, Bellmore
  • Tap and Barrel, Smithtown
  • Sapsuckers, Huntington
  • Tap Room, Patchouge
  • Tørst, Brooklyn
  • Eddie's Roadhouse, Warwick

North Carolina
North Dakota

  • McNellies Public House, Oklahoma City
  • TapWerks, Oklahoma City

  • Monk's, Philadelphia
  • Creekhouse, Pittsburgh (also see other locations - http://sharpedgebeer.com/)
  • Fatheads, Pittsburgh
  • The Crane Room, New Castle
  • The Holy Hound, York

Rhode Island
South Carolina
  • Charleston
    • Closed for Business
    • Mt Pleasant House of Brews
    • Beer Exchange
  • Greenville
    • Barleys Tap Room
    • Community Tap
    • Beer Exchange
  • World of Beer, Columbia
  • Flying Saucer, Columbia

South Dakota

  • Farmhouse Tap & Grill, Burlington
  • Prohibition Pig, Waterbury

  • Seattle
    • Brouwer’s Cafe
    • Bravehorse Tavern
    • Noble Fir
    • Naked City
  • Old Ivy Taproom, Vancouver, WA
  • Brickhouse, Vancouver, WA
  • Collective on Tap, Woodinville
  • McKay’s Taphouse, Bellingham

West Virginia
  • Apothecary Ale House, Morgantown

  • Milwaukee
    • Palm Tavern
    • Sugar Maple,
    • Café Hollander
    • Café Benelux
    • Café Centraal
    • Bayview
    • Romans
  • Bodega, LaCrossee
  • Malt House, Madison


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new jersey has a couple good spots
the shepard and the knucklehead- haledon NJ
Maloney's- Middleton NJ- insane draft selection. all pouring out of stainless steel lines
Morris Tap and Grill- Randolph NJ. good seasonal menus and rotations. good bottle selection. specials
Mohawk house- Sparta NJ. beautiful bar, impressive selection.

we may be lacking in brewries/brewpubs compared to other states, but we have a few great beer bars

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What are you looking for in a beer bar....wide selection or brewed on premise?
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If we're making a list, I think The Blind Lady Alehouse in San Diego merits a mention. My list could literally be 20 long for this town, but I'll leave it at those two.
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In WI - The Malt house in Madison has a good selection. Only visited once, enjoyed it.

In IL- The Firkin in Libertyville. 20-30 taps rotating. Variety of proper glassware. Mostly domestic craft beers, but they do carry some imported, and even have a Miller Lite handle for your friends that just can't handle better beer. Pretty good list of bottles. Some wines on tap, good selection of liquor too.
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KY - Holy Grale, Cumberland Brew, Against the grain

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New York: While Southern Tier Brewing gets a lot of press, the Ellicottville Brewing Company (EBC) is my favorite. They just expanded their brewing operation by 3X, so they'll be on the map sooner than latter. I recommend the Oatmeal Stout

Virginia: Either Devil's Backbone or Jefferson Street Brewery. Apocalypse Ale Works is delicious if you're a HopHead.

Delaware Without a doubt, Dogfish Head. Great beer, lots of varieties, and the brewery/restaurant is also very nice.
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I live outside of Phoenix AZ and even though we have a few World of Beer locations and a place called Yard house that all boast over 100 taps, my favorite craft beer spot is called Brat Haus in Scottsdale. 28 taps and over 30 bottles of import (Germany and Belgium primarily) and local to choose from plus rediculous hand made sausages and pretzels. Smaller, but done right.
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Definitely the Mayor of Old Town in Ft. Collins, CO
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Wisconsin - Sugar Maple in Milwaukee
I'd also add all the restaurants in the Lowlands group - awesome selections of European beers and they even have a house Belgian beer contract brewed in Belgium and shipped over. Their names are: Cafe Hollander (Downer Ave.), Cafe Hollander (Wauwatosa Village), Cafe Benelux, and Cafe Centraal. Cafe Centraal is next door to Sugar Maple, btw.

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