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The 23 Hottest Craft Beer Bars in America Right Now

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Craft beer continues to boom pretty much everywhere in America these days, which means it's time to take a look once more at the hottest craft beer bars across the country. It's been about seven months since the last Eater heatmap featured 12 hot new bars, and this new edition of the map unearths a whopping 23 gems. Listed in alphabetical order, all of these have opened within the last year and are garnering some serious buzz.

First of all, San Francisco is home to the first American outpost of a cultishly popular Danish brewery-owned bar (Mikkeller Bar), as well as Sierra Nevada's first-ever taproom outside of its home base (The Torpedo Room). New Yorkers continue to flock to Brooklyn to sample the brews flowing from temperature-controlled "flux capacitor" taps from another Danish brewer (Tørst), while one of Minnesota's most famous brewers finally opened a taproom to the delight of beer drinkers everywhere (Surly Taproom). There are also a couple of Texas bars that feature only Texas beers (Craft Pride and LUCK), and one of Portland, Oregon's "buzziest brewery openings in memory" (Ecliptic Brewing). And there's more to come; many of these cities and others are about to see a whole onslaught of brewpub, taproom, and beer-centric bar openings in 2014. But right now, here is the Eater heatmap to the hottest craft beer bars in America:


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Aces & Ales

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Las Vegas' popular beer bar Aces & Ales opened a second location on the west side near Tenaya Creek Brewery this past Summer, and crowds are flocking here for the more than 50 beers on tap and 150 bottles. According to Eater Vegas, this location has twice the number of taps as the original and features everything "from pilsners and hefeweizens to imperial stouts and IPAs." There's also a menu of bar bites that includes sandwiches, bratwurst, and Wisconsin fried cheese curds.

[Photo: Ryan S./Foursquare]

Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen

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Beer geeks across San Diego were psyched about the opening of Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen in Little Italy back in October 2013 with a 50-tap tasting bar. Eater San Diego dubs this location "9,000-square-feet of beer wonderland," explaining that there's not just a brewery on-site, but also a tasting room with a separate dining area for those who wish to partake in the all-day menu here.

[Photo: Lyudmila Zotova/Eater San Diego]

Bay Street Biergarten

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The Bavarian-inspired Bay Street Biergarten has been buzzing in Charleston since it opened in late October with table taps and a ton of craft beers available on tap as well as in bottles and cans. Not only has this bar been featured in the likes of Southern Living and Travel + Leisure, but it was also the winner of the 2013 Eater Award for Charleston's So Hot Right Now restaurant.

[Photo: Rebecca Gallagher/Eater Charleston]

Biscayne Tavern

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Biscayne Tavern remains one of Miami's hottest bars since its opening in late March in the b2 Miami hotel downtown. Taps, bottles, and cans sport a variety of craft beers from Florida and beyond, including Oskar Blues, Cigar City, Abita, Blue Point, and Florida Beer. Meanwhile, the gastropub menu from chef Jeffrey Chodorow features comfort food favorites like burgers, sandwiches, and baby back ribs.

[Photo: Facebook]

Bluejacket Brewery

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Earlier this Fall, the team behind ChurchKey — one of DC's most popular beer bars — opened their very own brewery out by Nationals Park. Bluejacket and its restaurant The Arsenal were among the country's most anticipated openings this Fall, and Eater DC writes that it "has been packed since opening with Navy Yard residents and those willing to trek to the place from afar to see what it's all about." The draft list includes a number of Bluejacket originals and several cask ales.

[Photo: Gerry Suchy/Eater DC]

Cigar City Brew Pub

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Tampa-based Cigar City Brewing opened up their first brewpub earlier this year to the delight of the beer nerds. According to The Tampa Tribune, Cigar City Brewpub "will be brewing several beers on site" as well as its own sodas to go along with an upscale bar food menu that "many ultrahip, gastro-savvy restaurants would envy." Beers on tap include the Cigar City Cider & Mead, the Humidor Series stout, and Hornswoggled, a nitro Irish red.

[Photo: Facebook]

Craft Pride

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Craft Pride was one of Eater Austin's most anticipated Spring opens when it threw open its doors on Rainey Street back in March. This bar offers 54 taps, all featuring beers hailing exclusively from the great state of Texas. Beyond being one of the hottest places to drink in Austin right now, Craft Pride is also home to a second location of the city's wildly popular Detroit-style pizza truck Via 313.

[Photo: Spencer Selvidge/Eater Austin]

Crooked Stave @ The Source

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Denver's popular brewery Crooked Stave opened up a brewery and taproom at The Source complex in October 2013, a highly anticipated opening that even brought in Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock to tap a firkin. Eater Denver notes that the brewery that specializes in Belgian sours had gained "a cultish following" long before this facility hit the town; it seems likely to stay that way.

[Photo: Adam Larkey/Eater Denver]

DryHop Brewers

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One of Eater Chicago's most anticipated Spring openings, DryHop Brewers finally stopped teasing the beer-loving public with its grand opening on June 13. The microbrewery offers a bistro-style menu from chef Pete Repak and, of course, a variety of beers that tend to favor "hop-centric ales" as well as traditional, Belgian, and experimental beers.

[Photo: Facebook]

Ecliptic Brewing

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Eater PDX described the opening of Ecliptic Brewing as "[o]ne of Portland's buzziest brewery openings in memory," hitting the city with beers from respected local brewer John Harris. This brewery and pub has a celestial theme, such as the Procyon Pale Ale, Spica Hefepils, and Arcturus IPA. The food menu includes burgers, sandwiches, steamed mussels, meats, cheeses, and seasonal dishes like a pale ale-braised lamb shank.

[Photo: Dina Avila]

Ei8ht Ball Brewery

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In'finiti Fermentation & Distillation

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In'finiti Fermentation & Distillation is at once a restaurant, a brewpub, and a distillery that has taken Portland by storm since it opened in March 2013. From the owners behind craft beer mecca Novare Res Bier Café, In'finiti is bringing in the beer nerds with its house beers, collaborations, and more. They also are pouring housemade liquor and the menu sports one of the city's hottest hamburgers.

[Photo: Ted Axelrod/Eater Maine]

International Tap House (iTap)

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The International Tap House has been a staple for serious craft beer drinkers in St. Louis for years, and this past Summer opened two new locations in the Central West End of St. Louis and in Columbia, Missouri. As the Riverfront Times' Gut Check blog reports, the Central West End location is like the first two but "on steroids" with 3,500 square feet, three levels, and 61 total taps. Meanwhile, the Columbia location (right across the street from the University of Missouri campus) has 59 taps, according to Inside Columbia

[Photo: Official Site]

LUCK (Local Urban Craft Kitchen)

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Open since late October in Dallas' hot new development Trinity Groves, LUCK (which stands for Local Urban Craft Kitchen) has 40 beers on tap, entirely hailing from North Texas. And, Eater Dallas points out, "Besides beer to drink, there's also plenty of it incorporated into the food, like beer-steamed mussels, beer-braised pot roast and yes, beer ice cream."

[Photo: Margo Sivin/Eater Dallas]

Mikkeller Bar

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San Francisco is positively brimming with hot craft beer bars and breweries, but none more so than Mikkeller Bar, which finally opened in July amid much anticipation. From the folks behind the wildly popular Danish "gypsy" microbrewery of the same name (who also own bars in Copenhagen and Bangkok), Mikkeller Bar offers 42 taps and bottles from craft breweries around the world. Naturally, there's a number of Mikkeller brews on tap, as well as local beers and rarities. To accompany all the brews, there's a "classed-up pub grub" menu.

[Photo: Patricia Chang]

Public House

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Public House won this year's Eater Award for the Detroit metro area's So Hot Right Now restaurant, and it has a hot beer list to match. This list teems with local Michigan beers, such as the Atwater Purple Gang Pilsner, the Zombie Killer Cherry Cyser, and, naturally, plenty of Bell's brews. They've got eight beers on tap, 47 bottles, and three cans to go along with a menu of burgers, tacos, fried chicken, and more.

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Room

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The Torpedo Room is Sierra Nevada's first bar outside of their Chico, California, home base, having just opened in Berkeley at the end of November. Per the official website, The Torpedo Room's 16 tap lines "will feature rare, small-batch draught Sierra Nevada beers you won't find anywhere else," including the barrel-aged Torpedo Extra IPA, and DevESTATEion Ale, a black IPA made with the brewery's own hops after the loss of their estate barley harvest. There's also a small snack menu at this 45-seat bar.

[Photo: Official Site]

Surly Taproom

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Minnesota's much-beloved Surly Brewing Company finally opened up a taproom in the Summer of 2013 at its Brooklyn Center facility to the joy of many. Per the Surly website, the taproom is "serving a revolving menu of Surly regular beers, seasonal beers and special beers on tap and in cans." While they don't have a food menu, food trucks await outside the taproom to complement a day of drinking. As Eater Minneapolis editor Claire Stanford says, "Minnesotans are absolutely obsessed with Surly, with good reason."

[Photo: Juniper L./Foursquare]

The Masonry

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The Masonry threw open its doors in Seattle in Summer 2013 with woodfire pizzas and, perhaps more importantly, a smallish but strong selection of craft beers, such as the Ballast Point IPL and the Big Al Sunshine Slowdown. In fact, just this week Eater Seattle named The Masonry among the city's best spots to drink beer right now, and the Seattle Times named it "one of the most exciting craft beer lineups to debut in Seattle this summer."

[Photo: Facebook]

The Rusty Monk

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Open in Whittier since August 2013, The Rusty Monk describes itself as a Belgian-style gastropub. As such, it unsurprisingly offers a Belgian-heavy list of draft and bottled beers that also includes craft beers from North Coast Brewing, Flying Dog Brewery, and beyond. Per Eater LA, The Rusty Monk also offers European wines and a pub menu with schnitzel, sausages, moules-frites, Bavarian pretzels, and more.

[Photo: Facebook]

Three Taverns Brewery

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As in other parts of the country, Atlanta's craft beer scene has been growing rapidly in recent years. Three Taverns Brewery celebrated its grand opening in October 2013, bringing Belgian-inspired beer to Decatur. Though this is more of a tasting room situation rather than a proper bar, Atlanta Magazine reports that folks can bring in outside food to enjoy with the various beers on tap.

[Photo: Christopher T. Martin/Curbed Atlanta]

Open since March, Tørst remains among the hottest of the hot beer bars not just in New York City, but in the entire country. Danish "gypsy brewer" Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø and Momofuku alum Daniel Burns teamed up to open this bar with its temperature-controlled taps that boast a "flux capacitor" that let the bartenders adjust the nitrogen and carbon dioxide ratios of the beers. In July, the Scandinavian-influenced restaurant Luksus opened in the back of Tørst, and both continue to do gangbusters business.

[Photo: Daniel Krieger]

Tria Taproom

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Philadelphia newcomer Tria Taproom takes its draft beer very seriously, boasting on its website that "there's not a bottle in the building." Opened in early November 2013 in Rittenhouse, this taproom joins the well-established Tria family of restaurants and watering holes. Tria Taproom has 40 taps with beer, wine, cider, and soda available, plus a menu that Eater Philly describes as "elevated takes on pub grub like wings, fries, and ribs."

[Photo: Official Site]

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Aces & Ales

Las Vegas' popular beer bar Aces & Ales opened a second location on the west side near Tenaya Creek Brewery this past Summer, and crowds are flocking here for the more than 50 beers on tap and 150 bottles. According to Eater Vegas, this location has twice the number of taps as the original and features everything "from pilsners and hefeweizens to imperial stouts and IPAs." There's also a menu of bar bites that includes sandwiches, bratwurst, and Wisconsin fried cheese curds.

[Photo: Ryan S./Foursquare]

Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen

Beer geeks across San Diego were psyched about the opening of Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen in Little Italy back in October 2013 with a 50-tap tasting bar. Eater San Diego dubs this location "9,000-square-feet of beer wonderland," explaining that there's not just a brewery on-site, but also a tasting room with a separate dining area for those who wish to partake in the all-day menu here.

[Photo: Lyudmila Zotova/Eater San Diego]

Bay Street Biergarten

The Bavarian-inspired Bay Street Biergarten has been buzzing in Charleston since it opened in late October with table taps and a ton of craft beers available on tap as well as in bottles and cans. Not only has this bar been featured in the likes of Southern Living and Travel + Leisure, but it was also the winner of the 2013 Eater Award for Charleston's So Hot Right Now restaurant.

[Photo: Rebecca Gallagher/Eater Charleston]

Biscayne Tavern

Biscayne Tavern remains one of Miami's hottest bars since its opening in late March in the b2 Miami hotel downtown. Taps, bottles, and cans sport a variety of craft beers from Florida and beyond, including Oskar Blues, Cigar City, Abita, Blue Point, and Florida Beer. Meanwhile, the gastropub menu from chef Jeffrey Chodorow features comfort food favorites like burgers, sandwiches, and baby back ribs.

[Photo: Facebook]

Bluejacket Brewery

Earlier this Fall, the team behind ChurchKey — one of DC's most popular beer bars — opened their very own brewery out by Nationals Park. Bluejacket and its restaurant The Arsenal were among the country's most anticipated openings this Fall, and Eater DC writes that it "has been packed since opening with Navy Yard residents and those willing to trek to the place from afar to see what it's all about." The draft list includes a number of Bluejacket originals and several cask ales.

[Photo: Gerry Suchy/Eater DC]

Cigar City Brew Pub

Tampa-based Cigar City Brewing opened up their first brewpub earlier this year to the delight of the beer nerds. According to The Tampa Tribune, Cigar City Brewpub "will be brewing several beers on site" as well as its own sodas to go along with an upscale bar food menu that "many ultrahip, gastro-savvy restaurants would envy." Beers on tap include the Cigar City Cider & Mead, the Humidor Series stout, and Hornswoggled, a nitro Irish red.

[Photo: Facebook]

Craft Pride

Craft Pride was one of Eater Austin's most anticipated Spring opens when it threw open its doors on Rainey Street back in March. This bar offers 54 taps, all featuring beers hailing exclusively from the great state of Texas. Beyond being one of the hottest places to drink in Austin right now, Craft Pride is also home to a second location of the city's wildly popular Detroit-style pizza truck Via 313.

[Photo: Spencer Selvidge/Eater Austin]

Crooked Stave @ The Source

Denver's popular brewery Crooked Stave opened up a brewery and taproom at The Source complex in October 2013, a highly anticipated opening that even brought in Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock to tap a firkin. Eater Denver notes that the brewery that specializes in Belgian sours had gained "a cultish following" long before this facility hit the town; it seems likely to stay that way.

[Photo: Adam Larkey/Eater Denver]

DryHop Brewers

One of Eater Chicago's most anticipated Spring openings, DryHop Brewers finally stopped teasing the beer-loving public with its grand opening on June 13. The microbrewery offers a bistro-style menu from chef Pete Repak and, of course, a variety of beers that tend to favor "hop-centric ales" as well as traditional, Belgian, and experimental beers.

[Photo: Facebook]

Ecliptic Brewing

Eater PDX described the opening of Ecliptic Brewing as "[o]ne of Portland's buzziest brewery openings in memory," hitting the city with beers from respected local brewer John Harris. This brewery and pub has a celestial theme, such as the Procyon Pale Ale, Spica Hefepils, and Arcturus IPA. The food menu includes burgers, sandwiches, steamed mussels, meats, cheeses, and seasonal dishes like a pale ale-braised lamb shank.

[Photo: Dina Avila]

Ei8ht Ball Brewery