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100 Best Beer Bars 2014: Midwest

Palm Tavern
2989 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee; 414.744.0393
You might wonder about the metal pineapple. It has kitsch appeal, but the story behind it is quite charming: The artist who restored the ornate pressed-tin ceiling created the cutout to represent the international symbol of hospitality and friendship. And that’s Palm Tavern. In the last decade, its Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood has transitioned from a traditional Polish enclave to the stomping ground for bohemians and young families; there’s an old-meets-new feeling in local bars and restaurants to match. In 2003, Palm Tavern opened with a humble locale and a huge list of rare Belgians, though now the menu leans toward American riffs; a binder offers Brother Thelonious on draft or a bottle of a New Belgium-Russian River collaboration. It’s easy to get overwhelmed, but bartenders heed the pineapple and are quick with samples and suggestions. Or, you can always take a cue from the jazz that fills the cozy, low-lit room, and improvise. –Tim Cigelske

7 Monks Taproom
128 S. Union St., Traverse City, Mich.; 7monkstap.com

Bangers & Lace
1670 W. Division St., Chicago; bangersandlacechicago.com

Bier Station
120 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.; bierstation.com

1004 Locust St., St. Louis; thebridgestl.com

Clubhouse BFD
2265 Crooks Rd., Rochester Hills, Mich.; chbfd.com

Crescent Moon
3578 Farnam St., Omaha, Neb.; beercornerusa.com

El Bait Shop
200 SW 2nd St., Des Moines, Iowa; elbaitshop.com

1970 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago; fountainheadchicago.com

The Happy Gnome
498 Selby Ave., St. Paul, Minn.; thehappygnome.com

219 S. Walnut St., Muncie, Ind.; facebook.com/heorot-pub-and-draught-house

25 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, Mich.; hopcatgr.com

5148 N. Clark St., Chicago; hopleaf.com

International Tap House
1711 S. 9th St., St. Louis; internationaltaphouse.com

Krug Park
6205 Maple St., Omaha, Neb.; krugpark.com

Local Option
1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago; localoptionbier.com

Map Room
1949 N. Hoyne Ave., Chicago; maproom.com

The Mitten Bar
109 W. Ludington Ave., Ludington, Mich.; facebook.com/mittenbar

Nano Brew
1859 W. 25th St., Cleveland; nanobrewcleveland.com

3001 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis; republicmn.com

Romans’ Pub
3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee; romanspub.com

Sugar Maple
441 E. Lincoln Ave., Milwaukee; mysugarmaple.com

Source: Draft Magazine

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