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The Beer Lover's Guide to the USA

The Beer Lover's Guide to the USA

by Stan Hieronymus, Daria Labinsky

For Every Traveler Whose Thirst For Adventure is Not Quenched by the Journey Alone

Ever landed in a strange city and wandered, forlorn and thirsty, looking for a good beer bar? Ever wanted to arrange drinks on a business trip but not known the best place to take an important contact? Covering a thousand bars and breweries from coast to coast, The Beer


For Every Traveler Whose Thirst For Adventure is Not Quenched by the Journey Alone

Ever landed in a strange city and wandered, forlorn and thirsty, looking for a good beer bar? Ever wanted to arrange drinks on a business trip but not known the best place to take an important contact? Covering a thousand bars and breweries from coast to coast, The Beer Lover's Guide to the USA is a must-have traveling companion. Organized by state and city and using a four star rating system, the guide makes finding the best bars a snap. Each listing gives you the following info:

Address and telephone number

Hours in service

Food served, if smoking is allowed

Number of taps and a list of available beers

A succinct review of the quality and atmosphere

With an introduction by beer expert Michael Jackson and special lists of four-star establishments, outstanding British, Irish, and German bars, "mega taps" with eighty or more on tap handles, and the best microbreweries in the country, The Beer Lover's Guide to the USA is an indispensable resource—and perfect gift—for anyone who truly loves beer.

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The Beer Lover's Guide to the USA

Brewpubs, Taverns, and Good Beer Bars

By Stan Hieronym, Daria Labinsky

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2000 Stan Hieronymus and Daria Labinsky
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-312-24664-8



Regional beers to look for: Vulcan Brewery/Birmingham products, particularly Red Mountain Red Ale.

Just for fun: Zydeco, in Birmingham. Signed pictures of Martin Milner and Casey Kasem, excellent live music.

Best city for a pub crawl: Birmingham.


Dave's Pub

20 St. & 12 Ave. S., 205-933-4030

3 P.M.–4 A.M.

Food: No kitchen Smoking: Throughout

Eighteen beers on draft, solid bottle selection. Draft choices focus on imports, with rotating selection of local beers. Voted Birmingham's best bar by readers of the local paper.


2011 Highland Ave. S., 205-933-9020


Food: Tavern fare Smoking: Throughout

A lively fixture in Five Points for more than twenty-five years. Irish-influenced pub, but cross-section of craft and imports available from nine taps.

Magic City Brewery

420 21 St. S., 205-328-2739


Food: Brewpub fare Smoking: Separate sections

Immaculate, with a beautiful three-sided bar wrapping around the brewery, which is behind glass in the center of the pub. Drinkable beers, some pushing the Alabama alcohol limits.


2001 15 Ave. S., 205-933-1032

Dinner–late (closed Sundays)

Food: Cajun/creole Smoking: Throughout

Seventeen taps include a little of everything. Live music (an eclectic mix) on the large outdoor patio. Decorated in New Orleans funk (Elvis bust, Santa hat, Mardi Gras beads on the back bar).

Also in Birmingham

Mill Brewery, Bakery & Eatery, 1035 20 St. S., 205-939-3001. The pub's beer is actually made at a microbrewery next door.

Taco Mac, 1914 11 Ave. S., 205-322-0088. Twenty-five taps and, like Taco Macs in Atlanta, specializing in sports and hot wings.


Poplar Head Mule Co.

155 S. St. Andrew St., 334-794-7991

11 A.M.–late

Food: Tavern fare Smoking: Throughout

Located in an old storefront, with a beautiful back bar. Good food, well-made though not particularly adventurous beer.


Montgomery Brewing

12 W. Jefferson St., 334-834-2739

Lunch–late (opens at 3 P.M. weekends)

Food: Brewpub fare Smoking: Separate sections

Located in a former railroad equipment storage warehouse, and one of Montgomery's most popular restaurants. The lightest beers are best-sellers.

Also in Alabama

Auburn: Little Ireland Pub, 122-B Magnolia, 334-821-5634. Irish pub.

Huntsville: Finnegan's, 3310 Memorial Parkway SW, 256-881-9732. Irish pub.

Mobile: Port City Brewery, 225 Dauphin St., 334-438-2739. Brewpub.


Regional beers to look for: Alaskan Brewing's beers, including the classic Smoked Porter. Also, many Northwest craft beers are available in Alaska.

Essential stops: Humpy's in Anchorage. They print a new beer menu every night that includes a list of kegs that will go on if one kicks.

Just for fun: The Hangar on the Wharf in Juneau. Watch the planes come and go.

Best city for a pub crawl: Anchorage.


Chilkoot Charlie's

2435 Spenard Road, 907-272-1010

Before noon–late

Food: Tavern fare Smoking: Separate sections

A rambling, rustic Alaskan saloon with six bars, three stages, and seating on padded tree stumps and kegs. Mainstream beers, imports, and micros all available. Set national records for one-night sales of everything from St. Pauli Girl (198 cases) to Coors Extra Gold to Stoli.

Glacier Brewhouse

737 W. 5 Ave., 907-274-2739

11 A.M.–11 P.M. (opens at 4 P.M. Sundays)

Food: Brewpub fare Smoking: Separate sections

An upscale restaurant stylishly decorated with wood and stone, sporting a hunting lodge motif. Specializing in Alaskan seafood.

Humpy's Great Alaskan Ale House

610 W. 6 Ave., 907-276-2337

Lunch–very late

Food: Tavern fare plus Smoking: Throughout

The best micros from the West are available, forty-plus on tap plus two handpumps, and the lineup changes nightly. Solid selection of import beers in bottles, single malts, and single-batch bourbons. Excellent food specials, particularly fish.

Snow Goose Restaurant

717 W. 3 Ave., 907-277-7727

11:30 A.M.–closing (call for winter hours)

Food: Full menu Smoking: Separate sections

The pub, and its patio in the summer, offer a lovely view of Cook Inlet that's perfect for watching whales. Plenty of full-bodied beers, several of them award winners.

Also in Anchorage

Cusak's Brewpub, 589 N. Northern Lights, 907-278-2739. Brewpub.

Harry's Bar & Grill, 101 W. Benson Blvd., 907-561-5317. Restaurant with twenty-four taps.

Moose's Tooth Pub & Pizzeria, 3300 Old Seward Highway, 907-258-2537. Brewpub.


Regal Eagle Brewery

11501 Old Glenn Highway, 907-694-9120

6 A.M.–10 P.M.

Food: Full menu Smoking: Separate sections

Alaska's first brewpub welcomes locals and tourists with both hunting trophies and antiques. Serves a full range of beer styles.


Gold Rush Saloon

3399 Peger Road, 907-456-6410

10 A.M.–2 A.M.

Food: Tavern fare Smoking: Throughout

The state's largest darts bar (sixteen lanes) features a taproom with twenty-four Alaskan and Northwest craft beers on tap.

Also in Fairbanks

Chena Pump House, 796 Chena Pump Road, 907-479-8452. Tavern.

Fairbanks Princess Hotel, 4477 Pikes Landing Road, 907-455-4477. Hotel/bar.


The Hangar on the Wharf

2 Market Way, 907-586-5018

11 A.M.–10 P.M.

Food: Tavern fare Smoking: Separate sections

Set on a wharf and formerly a hangar for seaplanes. The wharf-side wall is glass, so patrons can watch seaplanes take off and land. Twenty-six taps offer imports, domestics, and micro-brews, including Alaskan beers.

Also in Juneau

Alaskan Hotel Bar, 167 S. Franklin St., 907-586-1000. Bar.

Armadillo Tex-Mex Cafe, 431 S. Franklin St., 907-586-1880. Brewpub.

Red Dog Saloon, 159 S. Franklin St., 907-586-9954. Bar.

Also in Alaska

Skagway: Skagway Brewing, 3 and Broadway, 907-983-2451. Brewpub.


Regional beers to look for: Those from Nimbus Brewing, Four Peaks Brewing, Sonora Brewing, and Oak Creek Brewing.

Essential stops: Cougan's Brewery & Grill in Glendale; Four Peaks in Tempe; Timberwolf Pub in Tempe.

Just for fun: Bandersnatch Brewpub in Tempe. Join the "Beer in the Face Club."

Best city for a pub crawl: Tempe.


The Satisfied Frog/Cave Creek Brewing

6245 E. Cave Creek Road, 602-488-3317

11 A.M.–closing

Food: Brewpub fare Smoking: Separate sections

Across the street from the Horny Toad, hence the name. House beers are more interesting than the Crazy Ed's chili beers sold nationally.


Beaver Street Brewery

11 S. Beaver St., 520-779-0079

11:30 A.M.–midnight

Food: Brewpub fare Smoking: Separate sections

Operates in a renovated grocery store, with a classic bar on the tavern side and an excellent mountain view from the patio. Innovative comfort food, solid beer.

Flagstaff Brewing

16 E. Route 66, 520-773-1442

11 A.M.–1 A.M.

Food: Limited menu Smoking: Separate sections

Two-room pub in old brick building on Route 66, with music in side room. Laid-back bar area, Deadhead friendly, serving house beers (one on handpump) and fine guest products.

Mogollon Brewing Co.

15 N. Agassiz, 520-773-8950

1 P.M.–1 A.M.

Food: No kitchen (order in) Smoking: Throughout

No division between tasting room and microbrewery in this stone building. Chainsaw above the pool table, stage for live music, easy chairs.

Uptown Billiards

114 N. Leroux St., 520-773-0551

1 P.M.–1 A.M.

Food: No kitchen Smoking: None indoors

Upscale pool hall with thirty-eight beers — mostly micros and imports — on tap, plus an excellent wine list. Beer meticulously cared for. Large humidor, though smoking is only allowed on patio.


Cougan's Brewery & Grill

7640 W. Bell Road, 602-878-8822

11:30 A.M.–11 P.M. (10:30 A.M.–midnight Fridays and Saturdays)

Food: Upscale brewpub fare Smoking: Separate sections

Beautifully appointed, quiet enough for conversation, yet loud enough that children don't seem out of place. Excellent, nicely presented food and assertive beer.


Coyote Springs

4883 N. 20 St., 602-468-0403

11 A.M.–1 A.M.

Food: Brewpub fare Smoking: Separate sections

Down-to-earth beer place, from the hundred-year-old bar to the brewing specs posted on a board beside the entrance to the inviting patio. Coyote Springs also has a pub at 122 E. Washington that serves its beer and other craft products.

Felsen Haus

1008 E. Camelback, 602-277-1119

11:30 A.M.–9 P.M. (10 P.M. Fridays and Saturdays)

Food: German fare Smoking: Throughout

German to the core, with wood beams, German travel posters on the wall, and a polka band on weekends. Authentic German dishes, solid selection of German beers on tap, German cocktails.

George & Dragon

4240 N. Central Ave., 602-241-0018

11 A.M.–1 A.M.

Food: British pub fare Smoking: Separate sections

State's first British pub. Most of the twenty-one draft selections are UK products. British menu, music, European soccer on the big-screen TV.


12601 N. Paradise Village Parkway, 602-765-0059

3 P.M.–late (opens 11 A.M. weekends)

Food: Tavern fare Smoking: Separate sections

Subdued sports bar, with plenty of televisions but not the other trappings. The fifteen draft choices include a nice selection of regional products.

Leinenkugel's Ballyard Brewery

201 S. Fourth St., 602-462-3800

11 A.M.–closing (open Sundays for home games only)

Food: Brewpub fare Smoking: Separate sections

Gigantic brewpub at the Bank One Ballpark. Hall-of-Famer Robin Yount is a partner, the bar is 60 feet, six inches long, and the stools are topped with bases. Serves a thirst-quenching traditional hefeweizen.

McCraffey's Irish Pub

18 W. Monroe, 602-253-6081

10:30 A.M.–1 A.M. (9 A.M. Sundays)

Food: Irish pub fare plus Smoking: Throughout

Downtown hideaway. Dublin native Seamus McCraffey, who was the first bar owner in Arizona to offer Guinness on tap (elsewhere, in 1986), has decorated the place with plenty from home.



144 S. Montezuma, 520-445-1244

Noon–1 A.M.

Food: No kitchen Smoking: Throughout

When a fire ravaged the Palace Bar and most of Whiskey Row in 1900, patrons carried the Palace's ornately carved Brunswick bar to safety across the street, where they allegedly resumed drinking. The Palace, a few doors down, has been beautifully restored but has a limited beer selection. This basic tavern with two pool tables offers a surprisingly wide variety of choices from thirteen taps.

Prescott Brewing Co.

30 W. Gurley St., 520-771-2795

11 A.M.–1 A.M.

Food: Brewpub fare Smoking: Separate sections

Excellent food and excellent beer on the historic town square. Breweriana sets tone in bar, while two other dining areas are more family-oriented.

Also in Prescott

Gurley St. Grill, 230 W. Gurley, 520-445-3388. Thirteen beers on tap.

Murphy's, 102 N. Cortez, 520-445-4044. Restaurant.


Hops! Bistro and Brewery

7000 E. Camelback Road, 602-945-4677

11:30 A.M.–1 A.M.

Food: Bistro fare Smoking: Separate sections

Upscale dining in an upscale setting, offering wood-smoked pizzas and Southwestern cuisine as well as food-friendly beer.

Pinnacle Peak Brewery

10426 E. Jomax Road, 602-585-1599

4 P.M.–after dinner (opens at noon Sundays)

Food: Steakhouse Smoking: Separate sections

Gigantic western steakhouse serving mesquite-broiled steaks and chicken. They've been cutting off patrons' ties for forty years and hanging them on the ceiling. Began brewing beer in 1997.

Also in Scottsdale

Olde English Inn, 7111 E. Thomas Road, 602-941-4915. British pub.

Uptown Brewery No. 2, 6910 E. Shea Blvd., 602-905-5200. Brewpub; offspring of the Uptown in Tempe.


Arizona Roadhouse & Brewery

1120 Apache Blvd., 602-929-9940

11 A.M.–1 A.M.

Food: Brewpub fare Smoking: Separate sections

Far too tidy to be a roadhouse, with an attractive bar at the door and the regulars' bar further back. Serves Crazy Fingers, a beef version of chicken fingers, and other, more healthy fare.

Bandersnatch Brewpub

125 E. 5 Ave., 602-966-4438


Food: Tavern fare Smoking: Separate sections

Home of the "Beer in the Face Club," where customers pay $20 to have beer tossed in their face. Pubby, even a little dark, inside, with a sprawling tree-covered patio.

Four Peaks Brewing Co.

1340 E. 8 St., 602-303-9967

11 A.M.–late (opens at 1 P.M. Sundays)

Food: Brewpub fare Smoking: Separate sections

A laid-back pub in a spacious former Bordens Creamery building, with a living-room area, complete with couch and armchairs, and an Elvis shrine. Award-winning beers.

Mill Avenue Beer Co.

605 S. Mill Ave., 602-829-6775

11 A.M.–1 A.M.

Food: Tavern fare Smoking: Separate sections

A storefront bar, long from front to back, with thirty-two draft choices — more imports and well-known micros than Arizona beers.

Timberwolf Pub

740 E. Apache Blvd., 602-517-9383

4 P.M.–1 A.M.

Food: Tavern fare Smoking: Throughout

A church of beer, with 150 taps bathed by spotlights along the back wall. First in the region to serve many new beers. Like the first Timberwolf in Houston, built to look like a Yukon lodge.

Uptown Brewery by the Streets of New York

1470 E. Southern, 602-777-9600

11 A.M.–after dinner

Food: Brewpub fare Smoking: Separate sections

A luxurious pub where the waitstaff dresses in classy black and white. Well-made beer, plus other spirits and cigars. Excellent signature pizzas, sandwiches, and pasta on the upscale side.

Also in Tempe

Alcatraz Brewing Co., Gate 5, Arizona Mills Circle, 602-491-0000. Brewpub; see Indianapolis, Indiana.

Club Rio, 430 N. Scottsdale, 602-894-0533. Dance club with large tap selection.

Gordon Biersch Brewing Co., 420 S. Mill, 602-736-0033. Brewpub; see San Francisco, California.

Murphy's Irish Pub, 1810 E. Apache, 602-894-0103. Irish pub.

Old Chicago, 530 W. Broadway, 602-921-9431. See Boulder, Colorado.

Tombstone Brewing Co., 710 E. Gilbert, 602-967-2337. Brewpub and brew-on-premise.


Gentle Ben's

865 E. University Blvd., 520-624-4177

11 A.M.–1 A.M. (closed Sundays)

Food: Brewpub fare Smoking: Separate sections

Once a bar called Dirtbags West, Gentle Ben's was Tucson's original brewpub. Forced to move, and closed for nearly two years in the 1990s, it reopened a little bigger and cleaner. Keeps a wide range of sometimes adventurous house beers available.

Pusch Ridge Brewing

5861 N. Oracle Road, 520-888-7547

11:30 A.M.–late (3 P.M.–11 P.M. Mondays)

Food: Pizza, sandwiches Smoking: Separate sections

Family-run and family-friendly, bargain food and beer. Well-executed house ales plus a nice lineup of guest beers on tap.

The Shanty

401 E. 9 St., 520-622-9210

Noon–1 A.M.

Food: Limited Smoking: Throughout

Arizona's oldest continuously licensed bar, in business since 1938. More than 200 bottle choices. Lovely patio and gardens. Ask if you don't want your beer served in a chilled glass.

Zachary's Pizza

1019 E. 6 St., 520-623-6323


Food: Pizza Smoking: Separate sections

No bar area here, but a nice cross-section of twenty-five draft beers available with meals. Top-flight deep-dish pizza.

Also in Tucson

Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 1890 E. River Road, 520-577-0800. Brewpub; no longer owned by the Colorado chain.


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Meet the Author

Stan Hiernonymus is the editor of The Real Beer Page at www.realbeer.com, the largest source of information about beer on the Internet. Hieronymus and Daria Labinsky are travel editors for All About Beer Magazine, the leading beer consumer magazine in the United States, and authors of All About Beer Magazine's Beer Travelers Guide. They are the 1999 NAGBW Beer Writer of the Year and First Runner-Up, respectively. Noted beer authority Michael Jackson is the author of Michael Jackson's Ultimate Beer and Michael Jackson's Beer Companion, among others.

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