Wine Enthusiast 2012 100 Best Restaurants in America

We've combed the nation for the ultimate wine-centric dining establishments. So what does it take to make the cut for our America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants list? These superlative hot spots have established themselves as standouts for wine lovers, boasting visionary beverage programs and innovative menus, with eye-catching ambiance and exceptional service. Along with our picks, the following pages are filled with exclusive chef and sommelier interviews, delectable recipes, top trends and wine bottles to savor. There's something for every taste. Click on the regions on the map below to find out which restaurants made it on the list.

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Birch & Barley


In addition to the à la carte menu of season- and farm-driven dishes, a five-course tasting menu is offered nightly, with each course uniquely paired with a particular craft beer. Birch & Barley also partners with brewers for weekly tastings, rare cask tastings and beer dinners.

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(202) 567-2576
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With 555 artisanal craft-brewed beers, Birch & Barley is renowned for its beer cellar. A craft-driven whiskey list, original cocktails and a focused, excellent wine list are also offered.
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Three Floyd's Dark Lord Russian Style Imperial Stout
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Brasserie Des Franches-Montagnes's Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien (a bière de garde)
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J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ales (English barleywines)
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Beer Goes Green
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Craft Beet Goes Boom
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