While it's great to have a local liquor store that is well-stocked in craft beer (as more and more are), the best way to enjoy great local craft beer is at a beer bar, and the trend is becoming more popular in suburban centers and in big city neighborhoods. But it isn't enough anymore to just be a hole-in-the-wall with five taps, frosted mugs, and a fridge of domestic and imported bottles, a good beer bar should have a diverse range of regional, national, and international beers that might not be found at your corner store, along with intelligent bartenders to steer you through the process.
So how do you know what a great bar beer is like, rather than a good one? Here are 10 signs that you're in a great beer bar.
Also, if you live in the Boston area, some of my favorite beer bars that meet these criteria are:
Cambridge Common, Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA
Five Horses Tavern, Highland Ave. Somerville, MA
Bukowski Tavern, Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA
Sunset Grill & Tap, Brighton Ave. Allston, MA