CraftBeer.com Readers Choose Best Beer Bars in America
An impressive craft beer menu, a stellar atmosphere, and servers who know their stuff are all the makings of a great beer bar. With more than 8,000 small and independent breweries in the United States, great beer bars play an important role in the growth of local breweries.
Each year, we ask CraftBeer.com readers to tell us about their favorite local beer bars. Our editors tally the nominations on a state-by-state basis–as well as Washington, DC and Puerto Rico–to create the annual Great American Beer Bars list. We hope beer lovers use our list as a guide to explore new bars that support craft breweries.
Below is the list of winning craft beer bars. Use the green buttons above to browse for bars in a specific state or Great American Beer Bar winners from previous years.
Whether you’re an avid lover of arcade games or prefer to kick back and watch the sunset, Loosa Brews has it all — with 63 beers on tap to boot. “In addition to continuing to strive to get the best craft beers in our doors, we’ve really tried to continue enriching the experience of our customers by pairing the excitement of pinball with craft beer, and by adding the relaxing atmosphere of the beach to our sunset patio,” says co-owner Chad Smith.
2019's winner: Loosa Brews
Prospectors Historic Pizzeria & Alehouse
McKinley Park, Alaska
For the quintessential Alaska experience, look no further than Prospectors Historic Pizzeria & Alehouse. Enjoy one of 49 Alaskan and specialty craft beers along with a hand tossed, wood stone-fired pizza surrounded by an extensive collection of historical photographs, maps and furs. The Alaskan atmosphere even extends to the food menu with specialty pizza toppings like elk, salmon, reindeer and Alaskan king crab. Prospectors is only open four months of the year, yet they’ve managed to make our list several times — that’s quite the feat!
2019's winner: Prospectors Historic Pizzeria & Alehouse
Arizona Beer House
Family-owned Arizona Beer House is go-to craft beer bar for a wide selection of local beer and a true sense of community. Eleven of their 34 rotating taps are dedicated to Tucson and Southern Arizona beers, and with 750 more bottles and cans to choose from, the staff encourages you to step outside your comfort zone. The converted warehouse setting welcomes families and even dogs for a warm atmosphere.
2019's winner: Tap & Bottle
Little Rock, Arkansas
Fassler Hall is a German-inspired beer hall with an expansive dog-friendly biergarten that’s open seven days a week. Large communal seating makes it the perfect gathering space for groups large and small, including kids (until 8 p.m.). With 18 beers on tap and over 50 more by bottle or can, there’s something for everyone in your crew to enjoy.
2019's winner: Little Rock Flying Saucer
Santa Clara, California
One step into Taplands and you’ll know it was founded by craft beer lovers. With a vision to be the center of craft beer discovery in Silicon Valley, this California beer bar aims to be the neighborhood spot where beer aficionados and newbies alike can feel right at home. Inspired by the Disneyland map (think Frontierland and Futureland), Taplands offers 25 continuously rotating handles, including one or two of their own beers produced by the onsite nanobrewery.
2019's winner: CraZy Harry’s Bar
Romero’s K9 Club & Tap House
With a private off-leash dog park and more than 70 offerings between the taps and the cooler, Romero’s is best summed up as a mile high oasis for beer enthusiasts and canines alike. The carefully curated draft list brings together some of the finest beer there is to sip on, sourced as nearby as a few blocks down South Public Road and as far away as the map will stretch. They play host to an eclectic range of events, from tap takeovers to doggie pool parties and live music. With an affinity for philanthropy and a certification as a gold level sustainable business, this forward-thinking band of party animals has exemplified a new way to think about breaking free for a sip or two.
2019's winner: Freshcraft
Willimantic Brewing Company
The Willimantic Brewing Company, known to locals as Willibrew, is located in a 1909 U.S. Post Office. The brewery has also featured local beers since opening its doors in 1997. With 40 taps and canned and bottled beer to boot, this brewery offers an extensive menu for all beer lovers. These folks are committed to their community, offering fundraising brews and events like the Thread City Hop Fest, which raises money for a variety of local organizations and initiatives.
2019's winner: Willimantic Brewing Company
An ambitious undertaking by any measure, ChurchKey was designed and developed to celebrate the full spectrum of beer styles, artisans, traditions, regions and flavor possibilities with an unrivaled combination of small-batch brands, three climate-controlled cellars, a deep selection of traditional glassware and a rare level of knowledge. Overseen by beer director/partner Greg Engert’s omnipresent and uncompromising eye, ChurchKey is an essential DC destination for beer lovers of every stripe.
2019's winner: ChurchKey
Rehoboth Ale House
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Just steps from the Atlantic Ocean and the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk, Rehoboth Ale House aims to support local Delaware beers and music from the Eastern Shore. This beer bar has 20 taps, an extensive bottle and can list (including a vintage selection) and plenty of seats for socializing. Often one of the first establishments for new beer releases in the state, they host creative beer dinners to celebrate craft beer with delicious food. The extensive rotating list of rare and limited beers keeps patrons coming back to see what’s new. Rehoboth’s passionate employees are always willing to drop knowledge about each beer and direct anybody to the beer they’ll enjoy.
2019's winner: Henlopen City Oyster House
Oil Well Craft Beer
Ave Maria, Florida
Oil Well Craft Beer has made a few changes since winning 2019’s Great American Beer Bar for the state of Florida. The small taproom has doubled in size and transitioned to a 3-barrel brewery and hopes to make some to the best liquid in Southwest Florida. Although at least 10 of Oil Well’s 20 tap lines will showcase beers crafted in-house, they will continue to provide a unique and ever changing lineup of guest taps, along with a large can and bottle selection.
2019's winner: Oil Well Craft Beer
Brick Store Pub
Waving the craft beer flag for now over two decades, Brick Store Pub, in Atlanta’s Decatur suburb, prides itself on being a true, salt-of-the-earth hub for the residents and beer seekers alike. Beer fans can expect an environment conducive to conversation, where pints are served properly and in the appropriate glassware, service is friendly and knowledgeable, and the food is made from scratch every day.
2019's winner: Brick Store Pub
Grace in Growlers
Grace in Growlers is a craft beer tasting room with a purpose. Their profits go to supporting community service initiatives, including a laundry service for the homeless and an organization that rescues kids from poverty through sponsorship. Fifteen self-pour taps constantly rotate a selection of beers, cider and kombucha while two old-school brazilian “geladeiras” (wooden ice boxes) house over 100 types of bottles and cans.
2019's winner: Square Barrels
PreFunk Beer Bar Nampa
Our readers’ Idaho selection is in close proximity to the Pacific Northwest’s best breweries, helping Prefunk Beer Bar bring in beer variants and infusions that are not easy to find. “We pride ourselves on having the best selection of fresh and barrel-aged beer in Idaho,” owner Justin Flynn tells us. In addition to the wide variety from throughout the Pacific Northwest, the bar likes to keep it local, catering to the town with 40 beers on tap. This spot’s always open to four-legged friends, and zero TVs makes PreFunk the perfect place to hang out and enjoy face-to-face interaction.
2019's winner: Bittercreek Alehouse
The Brass Tap
Orland Park, Illinois
This family-run neighborhood bar keeps up with craft beer trends, supporting the amazing Chicago breweries. Its regulars, better known as their “Brew Crew,” have become part of the family. Whether you’re a regular or a newbie, their newly updated rewards program comes with tons of perks and freebies for beer lovers.
2019's winner: The Brass Tap – Orland Park
Hop Station Craft Bar
Hop Station is a small family-owned and operated bar in historic downtown Mishawaka, right outside of South Bend. It has a warm and unique atmosphere that celebrates art, showcasing eclectic artwork from local artists and boasting a huge hand-painted wall mural. With brewery tap takeovers, arcade games, live music, and popular themed trivia nights, it’s a community hotspot. The Indiana craft beer bar currently has 32 rotating taps of exclusive and harder to find beers, as well as over 100 different bottles and cans from all over.
2019's winner: Deer Park Irish Pub
Cellar Peanut Pub
The Cellar Peanut Pub is located in the heart of downtown Pella, Iowa, a quaint city full of Dutch charm. As its name implies, this is a beer bar where you’re encouraged to eat their free peanuts and throw the shells on the ground. With over 80 beers on tap and a huge rotating tap list featuring pours from local Iowa breweries, there’s always something new to try. But if you ask the folks at the Cellar Peanut Pub what makes this Iowa craft beer bar so special, they’ll say it’s the beer-loving patrons and pub tenders.
2019's winner: The Keg Stand
The Anchor is a woman-owned, craft beer-centric neighborhood bar that has evolved with Wichita’s burgeoning downtown district. The Anchor’s brick building and tin ceiling remind customers of Wichita’s past, lending a nostalgic ambiance. Their 59 craft beers on tap are always changing. The menu is full of delicious fare and they even own a butcher shop right next door.
2019's winner: The Anchor
Housed inside an old Unitarian church built in 1905, Holy Grale, nowadays, is all about worshipping one thing: beer. Holy Grale has a rotating beer collection that celebrates its favorite beers from all over the world. When you visit, order a beer from a local favorite, Monnik Beer Company, or if you’re lucky, you’ll be around for traditional Kolsch service, a rarity in the U.S.
2019's winner: Holy Grale
The Avenue Pub
New Orleans, Louisiana
Founded in 1987, this “old school pub” offers visitors an extensive selection of European specialties and American craft beer, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With a particular love for Belgian lambics and local craft beer, The Avenue Pub has 45 rotating taps and more than 200 bottles and cans for beer lovers to choose from.
2019's winner: Avenue Pub
Craft Brew Underground
With the motto “Here For The Beer,” Craft Brew Underground has brought central Maine its most diverse beer selection, with a menu that generally hovers around 200-plus craft beers. The staff knows the product, enjoys what they do, and loves the challenge of introducing people to craft beer for the first time. Fun and unique events, comedy, snacks, board games, all the beer you could want – and Maine’s only Prince-themed restroom – are some of the many reasons CBU has established such a loyal following in the two years they’ve been open.
2019's winner: Craft Brew Underground
Brew Belly is unapologetic when it comes to their “All Maryland” craft beer list. They curate 24 brewery-to-bar taps from within the borders of the great Free State, taking pride in their direct relationships with local brewers. Brew Belly wears three hats very well: It’s a taproom, a bottle shop with over 500 beers and an award-winning restaurant. Maryland pride is alive and kicking and Brew Belly certainly does its part to embrace this sentiment with its offerings, whether you prefer an imperial maple stout from the Eastern Shore, a passionfruit gose from Baltimore or a Nordic-style hazy IPA from the ‘burbs.
2019's winner: Max’s Taphouse
Moe’s Tavern has 17 rotating taps dedicated to delicious craft beers. The New York Times described this Massachusetts bar as having “quietly built a near-cultish following among both craft beer and American whiskey lovers across the Northeast.” It’s a place where locals and tourists mingle; all are welcome at Moe’s.
2019's winner: Armsby Abbey
Brown Iron Brewhouse
Styled after a modern twist on the large and open German beer halls, Brown Iron Brewhouse specializes in draft beer from U.S. craft breweries. You can ﬁnd a large selection of Michigan beers, including some that you may not ﬁnd anywhere else. Their 70 taps rotate daily. Each week, the brewhouse hosts a special tap showcase, beer education or beer and food pairings. Not sure where to start? Brew Iron’s staff is trained to help guide you through the extensive beer menu and can help pair (gluten-free) food with your choice as well.
2019's winner: Brown Iron Brewhouse
Republic curates 84 taps of craft products including beer, cider and cocktails with a focus on local companies. With 160 seats inside with a private dining space and another 200 seats outside with a shade-covered patio, you can bring your whole crew to this hangout. The folks at Republic pride themselves on being able to identify emerging brands and trends to stay ahead of the curve with the local climate, always highlighting quality over trends.
2019's winner: Mankato Brewery
LD’s is far more than a beer retail store. Self-proclaimed “craft beer geeks,” the folks at LD’s live and breathe craft beer, from brewing beer on-site to sharing their knowledge of beer throughout the ages. LD’s has 12 taps of delicious draft beer and also offers epic bottle shares.
2019's winner: The Porter
Kansas City, Missouri
Bier Station is among the Midwest’s pioneering craft beer bar/bottle shop with an emphasis on local and regional beers. Open since 2012, Bier Station prides itself on being a nationally recognized beer bar with a full food menu and neighborhood pub feel. The laid-back staff is committed to helping beer lovers find their perfect beer.
2019's winner: Friendship Brewing
SHINE Beer Sanctuary & Bottle Shop
SHINE Beer Sanctuary offers 30 constantly rotating taps. In their first three months, they cycled through almost 300 beers from near and far. Their Stairway to Heaven bar has 30 taps upstairs with a rooftop patio view of downtown Bozeman, while the Bottleshop is the first of its kind in the town with more than 200 bottles and tastings every Friday.
2019's winner: Lewis & Clark Tap Room
Pour Craft Beer & Spirits
In December 2018, a group of friends who enjoyed craft beer for nearly 30 years got together and opened this small but mighty taproom. “We have appreciated how craft beer has brought friends, family and community together and wanted to make that a primary focus of our establishment,” Co-owner Josh Fiedler tells us. Pour’s 24 dynamic taps span the globe from exciting new beers to classics. But most of all, Pour celebrates local Nebraska breweries and the friendships made along the way.
2019's winner: The Happy Raven
Piñon Bottle Company
Northern Nevada’s premier bottle shop and beer bar, Pinon Bottle Co. earns a spot on Great American Beer Bars with knowledgeable staff and an expansive draft selection. “We’re very happy that what we do resonates with so many people,” says owner Clinton Neuerburg. “We are part of a great community and love what we do.”
2019's winner: Pinon Bottle Co.
Nashua, New Hampshire
A few close friends brought the depth of their backgrounds together to create an easy-going, welcoming vibe in a restored fire station (complete with the original fire pole). Liquid Therapy doesn’t just serve a variety of beers on tap – they also offer house-made beer ice cream!
2019's winner: New England’s Tap House Grille
Grant St. Cafe
Dumont, New Jersey
Considered the hidden gem of Bergen County, New Jersey, Grant Street Cafe has been family-owned since 1989. Grant’s is famous for its thin crust pizza, pots of mussels and rotating craft beer selection. The 22 draft lines are constantly flowing with local favorites from Kane, Icarus and Sloop, to some of America’s most respected breweries like Maine, Lawson’s and Allagash.
2019's winner: Cloverleaf Tavern & Restaurant
Rowley Farmhouse Ales
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Celebrating Great American Beer Bar awards for three years in a row from the state of New Mexico, Rowley Farmhouse Ales is a small, independently owned brewery and farm-to-table gastropub focused on brewing wild and sour ales and serving upscale comfort food. In addition to their own beers available on draft and in bottles, Rowley Farmhouse Ales has an extensive guest bottle and draft list of beers from around the world.
2019's winner: Rowley Farmhouse Ales
Brooklyn, New York
This family-run beer bar boasts its own hop garden in addition to 16 constantly rotating taps and upwards of 300 cans and bottles that beer lovers can enjoy inside or take to-go. The owners live just upstairs and invite you to make yourself at home in this Brooklyn beer bar.
2019's winner: The Owl Farm
Wilmington, North Carolina
Located in the ever-growing outskirts of Wilmington, North Carolina, Fermental is set inside the comfortable confines of a 1940s bungalow with a unique assortment of rooms and seating areas to peruse and/or consume a vast inventory of beverages. The shop sells and serves an eclectic selection of craft beer and features a large outdoor beer garden, an indoor bar area with perpetually rotating draft beer selections, growler fills, weekly events, free tastings, live music and food trucks. This North Carolina beer bar is old school and new school at the same time, pushing the modern trends while recognizing the backbone of beer industry traditionalists and classic styles.
2019's winner: Craft Centric Taproom & Bottle Shop
Fargo, North Dakota
JL Beers is locally owned and operated with a friendly staff that is knowledgeable about craft beer. Pair a local favorite, Drekker Broken Rudder, with one of JL Beers’ burgers made with the freshest ingredients and hand-cut fries for a classic All-American combination.
2019's winner: JL Beers
What makes Brewfontaine special isn’t just the atmosphere – it’s the staff. The taps may always be changing, but many of the staff have been there from the start. You won’t visit twice and see the same tap list, but the folks who work at Brewfontaine know the regulars well. Brewfontaine’s mug club has continued to grow and is pushing 250 members; for the entire community, this is a hometown bar worth coming back to.
2019's winner: Brewfontaine
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Social Capital Downtown isn’t just a beer bar – it’s three beer bars in one, including Oklahoma City’s largest rooftop patio that overlooks Scissortail Park. Featuring 120 draft beers, Social Capital only serves beer from independent craft breweries and tries to keep their menu over 80% local all the time. At their main bar, which has 84 beers on tap, this Oklahoma beer bar created a clean system in which bent tube shank assemblies were used to put faucets directly into 10-foot tall panels of glass, allowing the customer to see directly into the cooler.
2019's winner: McNellie’s
The BeerMongers began as an idea conceived by two friends who loved beer and a desire to sell, or “Monger,” beer in the best way possible in one of the greatest beer cities in the world. The Beer Mongers creates a comfortable environment for all beer lovers to shop, taste and enjoy the incredible variety Portland has to offer. With a knowledgeable staff, this Portland beer bar carefully selects eight rotating draft beers based on variety and quality. An extensive bottle and can selection is arranged by style to help beer lovers find old favorites as well as new choices.
2019's winner: Roscoe’s
Bull’s Head Public House
CraftBeer.com readers have recognized the Bulls Head year in and year out as a destination with a great selection of keg, bottle and cask beers – but they also know they will be served by a highly knowledgeable and courteous staff. “Our staff not only help our guests in selecting beers but also create an atmosphere that makes the Bulls Head a true pub,” says owner Paul Pendyck. “It’s just a fantastic gathering place for the community.”
2019's winner: Bulls Head Public House | Lititz, Pennsylvania
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Taberna Boricua was the first beer garden established in Puerto Rico, and from day one, they have been dedicated to the craft beer movement. “Back in 2011, they called us the ‘craft beer school bar,’ since craft beer was new to most of our customers. We started with only 35 beers. Today we have over 200 bottles or cans and 15 taps,” explains owner Angel Villarini. “It’s an honor being part of the craft beer industry. It’s a dream come true.”
2019's winner: Taberna Boricua
Newport, Rhode Island
Striving to provide world-class beer and food is what keeps Norey’s going. Among the most popular beers are Belgians and sours. Sours from OEC, a rarity on tap, are among the most popular New England beers served at Norey’s.
2019's winner: Norey’s Newport
The Craft Stand
Lancaster, South Carolina
In the little town of Lancaster, South Carolina, this bottle shop offers a “welcome home” feel. Staff and customers alike are kind and seem to never meet a stranger. This community-focused establishment hosts two yearly festivals–one for St. Patrick’s Day and one for Oktoberfest–weekly live music and supports many local charities with fundraisers.
2019's winner: The Craft Stand
Independent Ale House
Rapid City, South Dakota
Beer bar legend Justin Henrichsen likes to keep things simple. “Nothing goes together quite like pizza and beer, and we try not to disappoint,” he says. “With 40 rotating taps, our customers never know if the beer they’re drinking one day will still be there the next. There’s always a surprise waiting to be tapped in our keg room.”
2019's winner: Independent Ale House
Hops & Hollers
This neighborhood beer bar and beer garden in the heart of Knoxville is a three-time Great American Beer Bar Winner. The taproom features over 100 cans and 32 taps. They include many Knoxville favorites and craft beers from the state of Tennessee. TVs throughout make it a great place to catch the game. The outside features a huge, dog-friendly beer garden with games to keep you entertained and food trucks to cure your hunger.
2019's winner: Hops and Hollers
Thistle Draft Shop is an eclectic craft beer bar with a large race track bar in the center, a large dining room, an intimate lounge and event space. In the kitchen, the chef creates appetizing gastropub-style food from scratch, which includes beer dinners featuring a unique menu and beer pairing from different breweries every month. They partner with community organizations to help them raise money for their causes. Among the neighborhood associations and teams, churches have set up events and raised large donations for local food pantries, beer dinners to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Texas EquuSearch, and a search and rescue team has traveled worldwide to recover missing persons and bodies.
2019's winner: Thistle DraftShop
Angry Goat Pub and Kitchen
The Angry Goat Pub and Kitchen is a small craft beer bar in the heart of downtown Ogden, Utah. Boasting 17 rotating taps, and over 200 craft beers, the Angry Goat’s selection is ever-growing and changing. This bar enjoys showcasing a bunch of local Utah breweries as well as some popular nationwide favorites.
2019's winner: Beerhive Pub
Waterbury Village Historic District, Vermont
Lynn Mason and Dave Juenker, partners in life and business, are dedicated to serving their local and international loyal customers at the Blackback Pub. With a 31-tap beer list that’s constantly evolving, their aim is to always offer the best collection of world-class, bucket-list local and international beers.
2019's winner: Blackback Pub
Harry’s maintains its status as a Great American Beer Bar by continuing to work hard to find and bring in some of the highest quality and hardest-to-get craft beer on the East Coast. This bar’s commitment to finding great beer brings people in from all over; its beer guy even has a secret beer cellar to surprise guests. Harry’s is known for the knowledgeable and friendly staff who has a knack for remembering customers when they visit. With the town’s best burger and all that beer to choose from, it’s no wonder beer lovers keep coming back.
2019's winner: Harry’s Alehouse
Ben’s Bottle Shop
Ben’s Bottle Shop is staffed by a small but dedicated team of beer industry vets and food service professionals who bring 60-plus years of combined industry experience to the operation. It’s not often you can find such steadfast, passionate, and familiar faces in this industry – and that’s one of the things that sets them apart. Ben’s even has a Certified Cicerone®, alongside all Certified Beer Servers, working front of house. With 24 taps and 20 coolers, Ben’s takes curating their beer selection seriously.
2019's winner: Ben’s Bottle Shop
Summit Beer Station
Huntington, West Virginia
Summit Beer Station opened in 2013 and now offers 28 taps and around 150 bottles and cans. In order to provide customers with the best possible drinking experience, the staff at Summit is meticulous with the way they select beers and clean their draft system. Though they have a focus on European beers, customers can also expect to see excellent West Virginia-made craft beers from the likes of Weathered Ground and Stumptown. With modern glassware, draft beer cleaning equipment, and top-of-the-line draft beverage parts, Summit’s customers have the comfort in knowing that they’re being presented beers the way the breweries intended.
2019's winner: BAHNHOF WVrsthaus & Biergarten
Garth’s Brew Bar
Garth’s Brew Bar is Madison’s beer temple with a cozy atmosphere, educated staff, and well-thought out beer selection that is built with the craft beer drinking community top-of-mind. The owner, Garth, is a Certified Cicerone® and a passionate advocate for craft beer education. Garth’s Brew Bar offers 17 taps of rotating American craft beer along with a reach-in cooler of more than 100 varieties of bottles and cans that are available for on-premise consumption or to-go. Garth’s Brew Bar also offers crowler fills of draft beer. Every beertender is at minimum a Certified Cicerone® Beer Server. “Our job is to do good by the people and right by the beer” is the team’s saying.
2019's winner: The Brass Tap – Greenfield
Black Tooth Brewing Company
No stranger to accolades or the Great American Beer Bars list, co-founder Travis Zeilstra and Black Tooth Brewing have garnered prestigious awards from multiple beer competitions, including the Great American Beer Festival. Great beer deserves a great taproom and general manager Jess Wood has that on lock by ensuring servers are well trained and confident in serving award-winning beers.
2019's winner: Black Tooth Brewing Co.