"No brewpubs, no breweries; just 100 fantastic bars that do craft beer better than anywhere else," promises DRAFT magazine in its 2015 list of America's 100 best beer bars. The Boston area makes a good showing with the inclusion of Deep Ellum, Lord Hobo, and The Publick House. Armsby Abbey out in Worcester also snags a spot.
Deep Ellum, which opened in 2007, boasts a rotating daily draft list and a solid bottle selection, both paying pretty equal attention to local brews as well as other regions of the United States and around the world. The current bottle list includes a range of Trappist and abbey-style ales as well as sours and ciders.
Lord Hobo, which also has a "dope wine list," offers an ever-changing array of 40 beers on draft and plenty of interesting bottles. Owner Daniel Lanigan is in the process of opening Lord Hobo Brewing Co, a brewery in Woburn, as well.
The Publick House has a beer list roughly the size of a dictionary, particularly inclusive of Belgian brews — not to mention a variety of moules frites made with beer.
And Armsby Abbey has been holding down the craft beer fort in Worcester since 2008, offering a lot of Belgian beers and more.