Five Beer Trailblazers

These five beer-centric establishments are worth the trek to experience.


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There’s little doubt that craft beer’s popularity is on the rise, though restaurants may have been slow to accept wine’s fizzy counterpart. Here are five establishments making strides in the beer menu revolution.

Armsby Abbey (Worcester, MA)
One look at the serious bottle list and you know you’re in for a treat. Add to that the Slow Food farmhouse-style menu, each item listed with superb detail as well as a recommended pairing, and it’s simply impossible to go wrong.

Euclid Hall (Denver, CO)
Set in a remarkable building from 1883, this American tavern features modern takes on traditional pub food with an extensive beer selection and a knowledgeable staff to help you create the perfect food and beer pairing.

The Monk’s Kettle (San Francisco, CA)
Twenty-four draughts, over 150 bottles and a select rare bottle list are matched with upscale tavern food prepared with a farm-to-table approach. The educated staff is happy to help with pairing recommendations, background on breweries or assistance with styles.

The Publican (Chicago, IL)
Boasts an eclectic beer menu inspired by farmhouse fare in a space evocative of a European beer hall. The Publican is host to beer dinners throughout the year, collaborating with craft brewers from across the country.

Monk’s Café (Philadelphia, PA)
Not only does Monk’s Café offer guests a “Beer Bible” to assist them in selecting the perfect beer for both their palate and dining needs, but they also offer serious Belgian-inspired fare that incorporates many of the finest beers into the recipes themselves, like their assorted preparations for mussles and Lapin à la Gueuze (rabbit braised in gueuze lambic).

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