The Quest for the Holy Grain
Best Beer Bars

 

What makes a great beer bar? It is not necessarily the number of taps, although it's
enjoyable to walk into an establishment and see a long array of these long-necked sentinels patiently waiting to serve you. It's more that beer must be a priority. The taps should be well cared for, and the beer should always be fresh. The proprietor should have a definite philosophy that the beer is important, and a plan about what drafts are being offered. It's nice to always see several local breweries represented. Some of the draft beers should change on a rotating basis. A good bottle selection is also a plus...one that takes the beer drinker along different paths; not simply a rehashing of the draft selections. Ask questions of the bartender...is he or she knowledgeable?
See what other customers are drinking. Their choices and attitudes will often reveal what type of place you're in. To summarize, consider:

  • Tap selection
  • Local beers
  • Bottles
  • Staff awareness
  • Beer freshness
  • Clientele
  • Overall philosophy

 

 

We are aware that there are more great beer bars than those listed here. It is the Questors' policy to visit each one before posting it on the site. If you know of others, please email at walter@beerquest1k.com

Download this Notesheet for evaluating a Beer Bar.

 

Click on the links below to view the Beer Bars visited by our Questors:

 

States and Cities
Foreign Lands

Alaska
California
Colorado

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Illinois
Louisiana

Maryland

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania

South Carolina
Texas

Utah

Virginia

Washington State

Washington, DC

West Virginia

Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

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