DRAFT Magazine Ranks America's 100 Best Beer Bars

DRAFT Magazine January/February 2015

DRAFT Magazine has just released their “America’s 100 Best Beer Bars” rankings for 2015. This beer oriented magazine has been doing this sort of ranking by region of the country for the past 6+ years. About 5 years ago the magazine reduced the ranking from 150 Best Beer Bars down to the current 100 Best. The beer bars included are just that, bars. There are no breweries in this ranking.

Every year this is read in some weird anticipation that some great new beer bar will be revealed. However its sort of the “Best Steakhouses In America” type paid advertisement you find in the seat pocket in front of you on your airline flight.

The ranking that DRAFT compiles are very rewarding for the beer bar and are rightfully justified. Its just that these sort of beer bar rankings don’t change all that much from year to year.

The Portland beer bars that ranked from the West this year include APEX, Bailey’s TapRoom, Bazi Bierbrasserie, Belmont Station, Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom, and Saraveza Bottle Shop & Pasty Tavern.

Then when you take a look below to the rankings that have been awarded from 2010 to 2014 you see many of the same beer bars every year.

2014
Bailey’s TapRoom
Bazi Bierbrasserie
Belmont Station
Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom
Saraveza Bottle Shop & Pasty Tavern

2013
APEX
Bailey’s TapRoom
Bazi Bierbrasserie
Belmont Station
Horse Brass Pub
Saraveza Bottle Shop & Pasty Tavern

2012
APEX
Bailey’s TapRoom
Belmont Station
Green Dragon
Horse Brass Pub
Saraveza Bottle Shop & Pasty Tavern

2011
APEX
Bailey’s TapRoom
Belmont Station
Concordia Ale House
Green Dragon
Horse Brass Pub
Saraveza Bottle Shop & Pasty Tavern

2010
Bailey’s TapRoom
Belmont Station
Concordia Ale House
Green Dragon
Henry’s Tavern
Horse Brass Pub

Congratulations to 2015’s six highly lauded Portland beer bars. We enjoy frequenting all of them but as you know, there are some other top notch ones out there!

Maybe you have some suggestions for ones that have been omitted by DRAFT Magazine.

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