50 Places to Drink Local Brews in 50 States
While National Beer Day 2104 has passed, we recognize the eternal importance of being able to enjoy beer in a manner more dignified than reaching into your fridge and cracking open a Keystone Light tall boy (not judging -- we've all been there). So Aol Travel and our colleagues at MapQuest compiled this list of a special spots to drink a great local beer in each state (and Washington, DC because we have offices in the area and insight into where to drink nearby).
Avondale Brewing Company (Birmingham) -- Located in a former fire station, pharmacy, bank and brothel, the building now houses a taproom serving 16 beers.
Haines Brewing Company (Haines) -- Located where the movie White Fang was set, this brewery's Black Fang (an 8 percent ABV Russian Imperial Stout) has a delicious bite of coffee and cocoa.
Arizona Room (Grand Canyon) -- Grand Canyon Pilsner tastes better when swigged while staring out at the canyon itself.
Stone's Throw Brewing (Little Rock) -- Its eight taps feature its own beers as well as other local ones. Food trucks also stop by regularly.
21st Amendment Brewery (San Francisco) -- Located two blocks from AT&T Park (home of the Giants), this brewpub has eight rotating taps of handcrafted house brews.
Vine Street Pub (Denver) -- The Java Porter made in house is delicious. But bring cash though, these hippies don't take credit.
Firefly Hollow Brewery (Bristol) -- Toadstool Oat Stout. Toadstool Oat Stout. Toadstool Oat Stout.
Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats (Rehoboth Beach) -- This iconic craft brewery's first location is also the site of its experimental brewery.
District of Columbia
Bier Baron Tavern -- In the former home of DC landmark bar the Brickskeller, its 600 varieties of bottled beers include many local options, like DC Brau's The Citizen and The Public.
A1A Ale Works (St. Augustine) -- Both the downstairs pub and upstairs restaurant offer a great atmosphere for drinking one of its beers, like the Bridge of Lions Brown Ale. The upstairs balcony has a beautiful view of the city, bridge and waterway.
SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta) -- Not only is Sweetwater one of the best and most unique beers in the South, its microbrewery is also one of the best places to enjoy a beer. Take the tour and for just $10, you get six tasting tickets to try out the different beers -- plus you get to keep your pint glass. There's also live outdoor music a few times a week. Try the Sweetwater Blue ale, which is "light-bodied with a hint of blueberries."
Uncle George's Lounge (Volcano) -- Sip a Longboard Lager (or other Kona Brewing Co. beer) while you watch the orange glow of the Halemaumau Crater in Volcanoes National Park.
Salmon River Brewery (McCall) -- One of the four flagships beers at this family-friendly brewery/restaurant near the resort town's lake, Udaho Gold, goes great with BBQ.
Signature Lounge (Chicago) -- This lounge on the 96th floor of the John Hancock building has a selection of local beer, including Goose Island and Two Brothers, and comes with an expansive local view too.
Sun King Brewing (Indianapolis) -- For a little local flavor, head to this craft brewery around lunch time on a Friday to sample its beers (especially the Sunlight Cream Ale) and chat up locals filling their growlers.
Peace Tree Brewing Company (Knoxville) -- The Hop Wrangler is Peace Tree's "multinational take on a classic India Pale Ale." And it's always available at the brewery's taproom.
Wichita Brewing Company & Pizzeria (Wichita) -- Order a Valleyview Vanilla Porter, brewed on-site, either with a pizza or for dessert.
Against the Grain (Louisville) -- Located at Louisville Slugger Field, home of the AAA Bats, AtG's beers stand out for their flavor and names. Citra Wet Ass Down, Judas Yeast and Pepperation H are home runs on both counts.
Abita (Abita Springs) -- These guys were doing it in Louisiana before craft beer was a thing. Great beer and a nice tasting room and pub less than an hour's drive from New Orleans.
Allagash Brewing (Portland) -- These beers impress with their Belgian-style amazingness. Get a saison and take a tour of the Portland brewery, you won't be disappointed.
DuClaw Brewing (Baltimore)-- Excellent IPAs are available year round here, with interesting and well-named specialty beers rotated in, so there is always something new. Beer-release parties with themed video productions make it even more interesting.
Harpoon Brewery (Boston) -- This Boston legend just rebuilt its tap room to add a beer-hall feel and plenty of seating. Located on Boston's waterfront, you'll enjoy trying brews you can't get in stores.
Atwater Brewery (Detroit) -- Located in the Rivertown district and housed in a 1919 factory warehouse, Atwater offers year-round beers and six seasonal ones.
Fulton (Minneapolis) -- Drink a Fulton on the brewery's patio in the cool North Loop hood. You can see Target Field and hear the roar of the crowd on game day.
Taylor Grocery (Taylor) -- Just beyond Oxford, Taylor Grocery is a classic BYOB spot in the Ole Miss area. You can listen to live blues or bluegrass and drink a beer (from a plastic cup -- no cans) on the front porch while you wait to get a seat at the restaurant.
Boulevard Brewing (Kansas City) -- The self-proclaimed "largest speciality brewer" in the Midwest now distributes in 25 states. Its brewery offers free 40-miute tours that finish in, you guessed it, a tasting room.
Big Sky Brewing (Missoula) -- Its Moose Drool Brown Ale is one of the state's best-known exports.
Nebraska Brewing Company (Papillion) -- Its Chardonnay French Oak Golden BB spends six months in wine barrels, but its delicious citrus flavor means it won't spend much time in your glass.
Great Basin Brewery (Reno) -- Nicknamed Icky, its Ichthyosaur India Pale Ale is anything but. (It's actually named after the state's official fossil.)
Smutty Nose (Portsmouth) -- These guys know how to please. Their pumpkin beer is one of the best around. Pay them a visit in Portsmouth and take a tour -- live free or die.
J.J. Bitting Brewing Company (Woodbridge) -- You'll find consistently good beer, with a lot of seasonal offerings, and its outdoor deck is a draw in the summer.
Eske's (Taos) -- Drink green chile beer in a pub that's also a century-old adobe home.
Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn) -- Sure, you can now find its beer many places, but it may just taste even better when purchased with a token at its public house.
Wicked Weed (Asheville) -- It's a "best of" in a city already known for awesome beer. This relatively new brewery has taken Asheville by storm as it combines things that didn't exist together there: great beer, high-end bar food and a huge space with various seating options. Try the Freak of Nature IPA.
Fargo Brewing Company (Fargo) -- Its Wood Chipper IPA goes there.
Great Lakes Brewing Company (Cleveland) -- Chug a Burning River Pale Ale while looking at the Cuyahoga River (aka, the burning river).
TapWerks Ale House (Oklahoma City) -- Its 212 beers on tap and more than 100 in bottles include many local brews that are more than just OK.
Rogue Brewery (Portland) -- See why this brewer's success has got national.
Percy Street BBQ (Philadelphia) -- Known for tasty brisket, mint juleps, root beer floats -- and canned craft beer. During the holiday season it has a Christmas tree made out of beer cans.
Newport Storm (Newport) -- This is Rhode Island's brewery. Its Spring Irish Red is to die for.
Holy City Brewing (North Charleston) -- You might want to pack a few empty growlers in your suitcase to bring home some of its Pluff Mud Porter.
Monks House Of Ale Repute (Sioux Falls) -- Um, did you read the name of this place? it boasts the "largest beer selection in the area." Its 40 beers on tap and 200 in bottle, include South Dakota's popular Crow Peak.
Yazoo Brewing Company (Nashville) -- What began with "a homebrewing kit bought from the back pages of Rolling Stone in 1993" is now a 40-barrel brewhouse and taproom.
Barcadia (Dallas) -- A local favorite in the charming Lower Greenville neighborhood, its menu is shockingly tasty for a bar that houses Skee-Ball and Donkey Kong. Enjoy Dallas's warm nights with a local draft and a serious game of Jenga on the large open patio.
Beerhive Pub (Salt Lake City) -- The classic pub downtown has a huge selection of beers, both local and from around the world. Also, it has a ice bar.
Blackback Pub & Flyshop (Waterbury) -- Located in the same town as Alchemist Brewery it has a great selection of local beers, including Heady Topper and brews from Hill Farmstead Brewery.
Lost Rhino (Ashburn) -- The head brewer here has a fun backstory -- he is also a PhD biologist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Bonus: it's right down the road from MapQuest's Dulles, VA office.
Redhook Brewery (Woodinville) -- About 30 minutes from Seattle, the Redhook tour and brewpub is worth the trip, but this is also in the middle of Washington's wine tasting rooms. Run by Redhook at noon, sign up for an afternoon tour, go wine tasting for a few hours, then come back for the tour followed by dinner at the brewery's restaurant, Forecasters Pub.
Mecklenburg Inn (Sheperdstown) -- Sit at the bar or out back in the garden. Either way, you'll be enjoying your time in the oldest town in WV, while taking in the area's rich history.
Karben4 Brewery (Madison) -- We may be thawing out, but this brewery's Deep Winter: Coffee Stout is still a must-drink.
Thai Me Up (Jackson) -- Drink one of its 20 craft beers on tap while watching a kung fu movie on TV (is it a surprise that this brewery is the creation of a former ski bum?).