ATLANTIC CITY MERCANTILE Atlantic City, Wyo. "Robert Redford spent time here while researching his movie The Horse Whisperer," says Barbara Palmer of Atlantic City. "Today folks from near and far flock to this 1890s watering hole to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, retirement—any occasion they can dream up. You can still see old bullet holes in the ceiling." (307) 332-5143.
BEACH CHALET BREWERY & RESTAURANT San Francisco. "This arty, elegant place on Golden Gate Park's western edge not only has romantic views, but the food is good and the beer is excellent," says Dana Hill of Oakland. "I love the Ocean Beach Oktoberfest and California Kind Ale." (415) 386-8439, www.beachchalet.com.
EUGENE CITY BREWERY "The perfect spot to relax outside with friends, watch the sun set, and sip one of the many fine Rogue ales," writes Carly Gerig of Eugene. (541) 345-4155, www.rogue.com.
FIREHOUSE GRILL & BREWERY Sunnyvale, Calif. "Workers from Silicon Valley crowd this brewpub on weekdays during happy hour," writes Sandra Huang of Sunnyvale. "They come for the pale ale, red ale, porter, hefeweizen, and special seasonal beers." (408) 773-9500, www.firehousegrill.com.
FORT GEORGE BREWERY & PUBLIC HOUSE Astoria, Ore. "It's hard to miss this looming historic building," says Elizabeth Phillips of Astoria. "You feel at home with the brews on tap, served in mason jars. Give me lightly breaded local albacore and chips, a Nut Red Ale, and college basketball on the corner TV, and I'm a happy camper." (503) 325-7468, www.fortgeorgebrewery.com.
GREAT BASIN BREWING CO. Sparks, Nev. "This popular brewery on Victorian Square is renowned for its Ichthyosaur ('Icky') India Pale Ale," says Mark May of Reno. "There's also Nevada Gold, Truckee River Red, and Wild Horse Ale—with lunch and dinner and live music, too." (775) 355-7711, www.greatbasinbrewingco.com.
HOPWORKS URBAN BREWERY Portland. "The ultimate in brewpubs, Hopworks is earth and family friendly," says Daphne Rice of Portland. "The beers are organic and made with local ingredients. There's a kids' area, a bicycle bar, a garden, and a banquet room—and the New York–style pizza is delish." (503) 232-4677, www.hopworksbeer.com.
IRON SPRINGS PUB & BREWERY Fairfax, Calif. "I've been to brewpubs from San Diego to Boston to Key West," writes Paul Zabierek of Fairfax. "Sless' Stimulating Stout is the finest I've ever quaffed, and the food and service here are superlative, too." (415) 485-1005, www.ironspringspub.com.
MOAB BREWERY Moab, Utah. "Enjoy a cold one and a meal here after hiking in nearby Arches or Canyonlands National Park," writes Joy Driveness of Oregon City, Ore. "Try the brews named after local landmarks: Elephant Hill and Dead Horse Point." (435) 259-6333, www.themoabbrewery.com.
NORTH COAST BREWING COMPANY Fort Bragg, Calif. "A lively place to get some fresh fish-and-chips after gallery-hopping in Mendocino or hiking on the coast," says Maria Trombetta of San Francisco. "Can't decide between the Old Rasputin Stout and the Scrimshaw Pilsner? Ask for a sampler of up to 12 brews." (707) 964-2739, www.northcoastbrewing.com.
PELICAN PUB & BREWERY Pacific City, Ore. "The best beer and best panfried oysters on the coasts of Oregon and Washington," says Ed Berry of Prineville, Ore. "You can see dories being launched, walk the dunes, or watch bunnies crossing the street. Try the Doryman's Dark Ale." (503) 965-7007, www.pelicanbrewery.com.
SEABRIGHT BREWERY Santa Cruz, Calif. "Blocks from the beach, this is the place to go for great beer and colorful people," says Mark Stover of Santa Cruz. "The beers on tap include Sacrilicious Ale, a reddish hybrid with tons of hops. The garlic fries can't be beat." (831) 426-2739, www.seabrightbrewery.com.
SIERRA NEVADA TAPROOM & RESTAURANT Chico, Calif. "Order a sampler of the many draft beers here," suggests Sherry Bechard of Reno. "We like dining on the patio and especially enjoy the beef raised at the local university farm, where the cattle are fed spent grains from the brewing." (530) 345-2739, www.sierranevada.com/brewery/california/taproom.
STANDING STONE BREWING CO. Ashland, Ore. "Just a block from Shakespeare Festival theaters, this is locals' and visitors' brewpub of choice," says Julia Sommer of Ashland. "The menu is eclectic and affordable. There's live music on weekends, outdoor dining in good weather, and organic ales on tap. Kids are welcome." (541) 482-2448, www.standingstonebrewing.com.
TABLEROCK BREWPUB & GRILL Boise. "The city's first microbrewery is still a favorite," says Rob Lundgren of Meridian, Idaho. "It keeps at least six beers on tap and has a generous wine list. The food is first-rate and there may be specials as well as mulligatawny, an East Indian curry soup." (208) 342-0944, www.tablerockbrewpub.com.
TERMINAL GRAVITY BREWERY AND PUBLIC HOUSE Enterprise, Ore. "This small pub in northeastern Oregon attracts visitors from all over," says Ruth Wineteer of Enterprise. "Exceptional food and five or six beers are served in a charming older structure. Tacos, burgers, and pastas feature locally raised buffalo." (541) 426-0158, www.terminalgravitybrewing.com.
WILD RIVER BREWING & PIZZA COMPANY Grants Pass, Ore. "This is my 96-year-old mother's favorite restaurant," writes Steve Ware of Merlin, Ore. "Standard offerings, seasonal specialties, and thincrust pizzas from wood-fired ovens make this place the choice of locals and travelers alike. Order a half Wild Side, half Deli Delight pizza and you'll be in heaven." (541) 471-7487, www.wildriverbrewing.com.
Photography by Robbie McClaran
This article was first published in May 2009. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.