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100 Best Beer Bars 2014: Northeast

Tørst
615 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.; torstnyc.com
You walk into Tørst on a chilly November evening to find a handful of Brooklynites sitting on Scandinavian chairs from the ’60s. They huddle comfortably in small groups around a few of the dozen reclaimed wood tables. A lone man with a worn leather Macbook sleeve hunkers down at the bar with a copy of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The House of the Seven Gables.” He sips a thick, delectable-looking beer from a wine glass. A “Shazam”-worthy playlist of R&B, Motown, funk and Greenpoint-approved indie rock plays unobtrusively from above. (“Your Woman,” from one-hit wonder White Town, will be the only song you recognize all night.) You read the beer list corraling 21 drafts and roughly 200 bottles. You order an 8-ounce Omnipollo Nebuchadnezzar double IPA fresh from Sweden; your friends, Olvisholt’s Lava and Thornbridge’s Raven Black IPA. A friendly bartender pours them from taps protruding from the wall, the color of the wooden handles arranged simply and elegantly from lightest to darkest. Your trio chats at one of the tables where tile meets wood on the wall at eye level. You enjoy the beer and the casual atmosphere. You consider another round. Perhaps a Brett Peat Daydream, a Maine Beer Co. Pepper or a B Space Invader? You struggle to decide. You end the night with a can of Hipster Ale from proprietor Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø’s Evil Twin brewing company. It tastes familiar but boasts a nice twist on tradition. –Noah Davis

Armsby Abbey
144 N. Main St., Worcester, Mass.; armsbyabbey.com

Beer Street
413 Graham Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.; beerstreetnyc.com

Bierkraft
191 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.; bierkraft.com

Blind Tiger
281 Bleecker St., New York City; blindtigeralehouse.com

The Brewer’s Art
1106 N. Charles St., Baltimore; thebrewersart.com

Brouwerij Lane
78 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.; brouwerijlane.com

ChurchKey
1337 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.; churchkeydc.com

Deep Ellum
477 Cambridge St., Allston, Mass.; deepellum-boston.com

Ebenezer’s Pub
44 Allen Rd., Lovell, Maine; ebenezerspub.net

Eulogy Belgian Tavern
136 Chestnut St., Philadelphia; eulogybar.com

The Great Lost Bear
540 Forest Ave., Portland, Maine; greatlostbear.com

The Grey Lodge Public House
6235 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia; greylodge.com

The Jeffrey
311 E. 60th St., New York City; jeffreynyc.com

Lord Hobo
92 Hampshire St., Cambridge, Mass.; lordhobo.com

Max’s Taphouse
737 S. Broadway, Baltimore; maxs.com

Memphis Taproom
2331 E. Cumberland St., Philadelphia; memphistaproom.com

Monk’s Café
264 S. 16th St., Philadelphia; monkscafe.com

Novare Res
4 Canal Plaza, Portland, Maine; novareresbiercafe.com

Proletariat
102 St. Marks Place, New York City; proletariatny.com

The Publick House
1648 Beacon St., Brookline, Mass.; thepublickhousebeerbar.com

Rattle N Hum
14 E. 33rd St., New York City; rattlenhumbarnyc.com

Strangeloves
216 S. 11th St., Philadelphia; strangelovesbeerbar.com

Spuyten Duyvil
359 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.; spuytenduyvilnyc.com

Teresa’s Next Door
124 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, Pa.; teresas-cafe.com

Three Penny Taproom
108 Main St., Montpelier, Vt.; threepennytaproom.com

Top Hops Beer Shop
94 Orchard St., New York City; tophops.com

Source: Draft Magazine

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