Draft Magazine has released their 2011 list of the top 100 beer bars in America, and I was thrilled to see a couple of Louisiana beer bars make the cut.
Not surprisingly, they are both in New Orleans, which unfortunately kicks Baton Rouge's ass when it comes to beer. Hey, they're a bigger market, they cater to more beer geeks, more tourists looking to find a good beer bar... it happens. I'm not going to complain, I'm just going to make sure I visit often and have some good beers when I do!
Making the list for the first time, and this is no surprise to me, is The Avenue Pub. I've hailed The Avenue Pub as the go-to bar in Louisiana for craft beer since I started writing this blog, and it seems the word is getting out nationally. The beer is always served perfectly, the tap lines are clean, there is new stuff on tap every time I show up, and the food is fantastic as well. Congrats to Polly and everyone else over there for the recognition! And thanks for making every trip a great beer experience.
Also on the list from New Orleans is Cooter Brown's, which somehow, and shamefully, I've never been to. I'm not sure how that's happened, but maybe on the next trip to the Big Easy I'll have a chance to give it a go.
It's great to see some Louisiana recognition nationally for craft beer... hopefully it's a sign of better things to come for craft beer in the state.
Pictures taken from the respective bar websites.