2 Austin beer bars named best in U.S.

2 Austin beer bars named best in U.S.

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2 Austin beer bars named best in U.S.

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by KATIE FRIEL / CultureMap

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Posted on January 10, 2014 at 10:06 AM

CultureMap Austin -- With craft beer booming in our town, it's no surprise Draft Magazine picked two Austin bars as the best spots in the country to get your brew on. But enough of this un-beer-able wait, let's hop to it and find out who won!

The first winner is one of the newest additions to Rainey Street: Craft Pride.

Offering more than 50 taps, Craft Pride is a beer lover's paradise perched on an increasingly chaotic Rainey Street. Though not even a year old, Craft Pride has already built a reputation around town for curating an interesting and dynamic tap list.

Austin probably wouldn't have bars like Craft Pride without Draft's second winner: Draught House Pub & Brewery.

Since it opened more than four decades ago (not counting a year-long hiatus in the 90s), the Draught House Pub & Brewery has been Austin's go-to for beer. An unassuming destination tucked away on Medical Center Parkway, the bartenders here come with a breadth of knowledge so, if they have the time, ask them about their favorite — it's bound to be delicious. Aside from getting a brief education in beer, Draught House is the kind of place perfect for whittling away a sunny afternoon. Bonus? If you stay long enough, you're bound to run into someone you know.

While we're sure that Draft had a tough time selecting only two Austin beer bars as winners, there are a bunch of other local spots we would have been proud to see on this list. Including one of the most unique beer bars, well, ever: Whip In. This beer and wine store turned cafe offers not only an incredibly dynamic beer selection, but their South Asian-inspired cuisine is the perfect compliment to any brew.

Read the full story on CultureMap here.

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