DRAFT Magazine just released their 2012 list of America’s 100 Best Beer Bars. Seeing as Milwaukee is a beer town, brewing and drinking, I expected to find a few bars from Milwaukee on the list and had a few ideas of who might make it. As it turns out, in all four Milwaukee bars made the list, two by the same ownership and three of the four in the neighborhood of Bay View along the Kinnickinnic Ave (aka KK) corridor.
From Bay View Palm Tavern and its sister bar Sugar Maple both made the list as well as Roman’s Pub. Palm and Roman’s are situated on KK further south in Bay View, while Sugar Maple is on the north end of Bay View on E Lincoln just a few doors in from KK. The final bar is not far, just north in Walker’s Point – Bomb Shelter on 2nd street, 1 block south of the Allen Bradley tower.
Now four may sound a little low for how much beer is brewed and consumed here, but the selections are split into 4 regions with the Midwest having 25 – that is 16% of the bars. Only the much larger Chicago beats us out with 5 bars.
Congratulations to the four esteemed bars.