2014’s Great American Beer Bars

, 2014’s Great American Beer Bars

The growth of American craft beer is mirrored by a national explosion of great craft beer bars that serve up all this serious beer. In recent years, the Brewers Association’s website CraftBeer.com has surveyed their audience for their favorite craft beer hangouts and they’ve just released this year’s results….

More than 19,000 craft beer fans cast over 3,400 nominations for better beer bars this year. Once nominations were collected, the field was then narrowed to the 10 most-nominated bars in each of the five regions of the country. The top five craft beer establishments from each region, as well as the overall winners from each, have been recognized.

And the Regional Winners (listed in alphabetical order) are:


Bulls Head Public House*, Lititz, PA

Cloverleaf Tavern, Caldwell, NJ 

Growler & Gill Craft Beer Shoppe*, Nanuet, NY 

The Farmhouse Tap & Grill, Burlington, VT

The Ruck, Troy, NY


North Central

Ashley’s, Ann Arbor, MI

HopCat, Grand Rapids, MI

Lizardville Beer Store & Whiskey Bar*, Bedford Heights, OH

The Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL

The Cellar Peanut Pub*, Oskaloosa, IA


Blue 5 Restaurant*, Roanoke, VA

Mekong Restaurant, Richmond, VA 

The Birch Bar, Norfolk, VA

The Porter Beer Bar*, Atlanta, GA

The Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC


Mountain West

Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe*, Denver, CO

Falling Rock Tap House, Denver, CO 

Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids, Longmont, CO

The Attic*, Phoenix, AZ 

The Mayor of Old Town, Fort Collins, CO



38 Degrees Ale House & Bar*, Alhambra, CA

APEX Bar, Portland, OR

Beer Stein Bottle Shop & Pub, Eugene, OR 

Prospectors Pizzeria & Alehouse, Denali National Park, AK

The Pine Box,Seattle, WA


And The 2014 Great American Beer Bars (Overall)
(receiving the most votes out of each respective region and listed in alphabetical order):

Beer Stein Bottle Shop & Pub, Eugene, OR

Cloverleaf Tavern, Caldwell, NJ

Falling Rock Tap House, Denver, CO

HopCat, Grand Rapids, MI

Mekong Restaurant, Richmond, VA 

“This year’s Great American Beer Bars competition truly shows the advancement and popularity of craft beer throughout the country,” said Julia Herz, publisher of CraftBeer.com and craft beer program director of the Brewers Association. “Each region has so many dedicated beer bars, which lead to our decision to honor the top five establishments of each. Their hard work and commitment has helped shape and advance the craft beer culture in our country–and that is something to toast and celebrate.” 

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