In the dark days before the craft beer boom of the 1980s, much of the beer sold in America was as uninspired as the generic bars that served it. But now historic beers, micro bottlings and hyperlocal selections fill bars worth traveling to. Here, Food & Wine names America's best beer bars.
To help customers keep track of the 50 beers on tap at this Garden District tavern, bartenders provide frequent drinkers with punch cards. Those who try all 50 (over the course of multiple visits) get their name on the bar's "plaque of adventurers." Louisiana draughts are well-represented on the list, with offerings like Tin Roof's citrusy Perfect Tin and NOLA Brewing's Hopitoulas, a West Coast--style IPA. The outdoor patio features a beer tap water fountain made out of taps collected from breweries across the country.