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6 Chicago Bars Make List Of Best Beer Bars In America

By Anthony Todd in Food on Jul 7, 2016 5:42PM

Mussels at Hopleaf. Photo via Facebook.

Chicago is a booming beer town. Just look at our Chicagoist best beer bracket; we could barely narrow it down to 32 starting beers because there are so many amazing local brews to choose from. New brewpubs open every other week and are packed full, and our beer correspondent is kept busy charting the scene. That's why it's awesome, but not surprising, that six of the 100 bars on Draft Magazine's list of the best beer bars in America are in our awesome, and slightly tipsy, city.

If you're a beer lover, you should definitely read the whole list, as Draft is one of the few publications with the resources and the love to actually visit places around america, rather than just going based on reputation and internet lists. Plus, Chicago was due for some love because former RedEye drinks guru Kate Bernot is now an editor at Draft. The fix is in, folks.

Which bars made the cut? Lincoln Square favorite Fountainhead, Andersonville mainstay Hopleaf, and the encyclopedic beer lists at Local Option, Map Room, Maria's and Sheffield's. Which, honestly, makes us happy, because all but one of those (Sheffield's, our bad) was on Chicagoist's list of the best beer bars in the city.

Congrats to the winners.