110. Sunset Grille & Tap, Boston, MA

For a liquid education, visit Boston’s best stocked beer bar; 112 fresh taps and three times as many bottles from microbreweries and afar.

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The menu is overwhelming, so just go from left to right and play ‘drink until you throw up’.*

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The staff are friendly and very efficient. Sure, they work for tips, but they are so much better than those ambling, feckless sponges of indifference who work for money.

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There is an affable, community vibe about the place. Nestled in the suburb of Allston, visiting tourists will need to make an effort to search it out, and can jump on the tram to Packards Corner. A lot of Boston exudes wealth and privilege. Allston is not that place: instead, expect a much more inclusive, eclectic and welcoming borough.

Venue: 7/10

Effortlessly American. Fantastic local vibe and friendly staff. I could spend a long time here.

Beer: 9/10

112 beers on draft. ONE HUNDRED AND TWELVE.

Worthy? Yes.

A fine example of  a typical American hangout- but with a stunning collection of beer.

 

*Official rules can be found at the bottom of your glass, under the beer.

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59. Blue Moon Brewing at the SandLot, Coors Field, Denver, CO

The Sandlot is a plastic bastardisation of the American craft-brewery tradition, just like its beer. A craft beer is the product of enthusiasm, passion, tradition and knowledge of independent brewmasters. Blue Moon is the commercial exploitation of this market by the bland giants Molson Coors and SABMiller, whose combined revenue of $25 billion helps them to crush small, brilliant enterprises by sealing huge deals with large retail units that guarantee shelf-exclusivity, therefore ensuring obligatory purchases by commercially isolated suburbs and communities throughout the USA and is definitely not made with Rocky Mountain glacial water.

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Classy, individualistic, homely, cosy, pioneering: adjectives no one will use to describe the Sandlot.

Venue: 0/10

Who knows? It’s only open on match days, so probably full of baseball enthusiasts.

Beer: 0/10

It’s Blue Moon. That is all.

Worthy? Noooo.

Unfathomable inclusion. Poor beer produced at the expense of good beer.