The 2013 Great American Beer Bars List - Hop The Vote!

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John Linn
Where's your favorite place to grab a brew?

Do you like craft beer? How about your local craft beer bar? If you're reading this right now, I hope you answered "yes" to both of these questions (or, frankly, I question your sanity).

Why are we even asking such obvious questions? Because the Brewer's Association, through their website, is looking for beer lovers to vote for their favorite place to imbibe craftily-made beer.

Voting is broken up into two major sections: an overall, nation-wide tally to find the top three bars in the country, and a regionally oriented top three ranking. Last year, Florida did not make it into the top three for the nation... or the region.

Let's change that.

See also:
- Ten Best Bartenders in Broward and Palm Beach
- Ten Geekiest Beers to Bring Out Your Inner Nerd

Being part of the South, we're in competition with a wide swath of the country: from the plains of Texas and Shiner country, to four time Beer City USA (from 2009 to 2012) Asheville, North Carolina. That's some hefty competition. 2012 saw downtown Asheville's The Thirsty Monk come out at third best in the nation, alongside the best in the South.

Courtesy Brewer's Association
The winners of the 2012 Favorite Beer Bars

I think we have a chance to push some numbers towards the Brewer's Association and show that South Florida isn't all Coronas and fisticuffing bouncers. After all, with the influx of great breweries like Funky Buddha and Due South to the area, along with beer-focused bars like Laser Wolf, American Social, and World of Beer, the craft beer scene has changed in ways that give Portlanders flashbacks to the early 90's scene in the Pacific Northwest.

The first thing that has to be done is VOTE! The second thing to do is 'tell your friends'. Share, like, tweet, Instagram, Vine -- whatever it takes to get your favorite drinking spot on the list and a plethora of votes. More than 3,300 bars were nominated in 2012, and they racked up an impressive 30,000 votes between them.

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Location Info

American Social Bar & Restaurant

721 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

World of Beer - Coconut Creek

4437 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, FL

Category: Music

Laser Wolf

901 Progresso Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

Funky Buddha Brewery

1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park, FL

Category: Music

Due South Brewing Co.

2900 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach, FL

Category: General

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