One could argue the craft beer bar is just as integral in fostering the growth of the craft beer community as the actual breweries. With more than 5,200 small and independent craft breweries operating across the country, craft beer lovers have no shortage of options to discover and delight in the beloved beverage of beer. To honor some of the best of the best craft beer culture cultivators out there, CraftBeer.com — the Brewers Association website for beer lovers — surveyed its readers for its annual Great American Beer Bars competition. And nothing is better than a good list.
“CraftBeer.com readers understand what sets a beer bar apart and have continually shown up since 2012 to recommend and praise their favorite spots,” said Julia Herz, publisher of CraftBeer.com. “With more than 7,000 votes cast, we are excited to announce this year’s winners and proud to welcome back twenty-one [41 percent] 2016 winners to the list — a sign that craft beer bars, now more than ever, are committed to their patrons and ensuring the best overall experience.”
CraftBeer.com readers were asked to nominate their favorite craft beer bar in their state and fill out a short survey about what makes it so great including atmosphere, staff, beer selection and special events. The results are in the handy infographic below. For a more in-depth look at the winners, head to the official site.