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Aug 12, 2012 12:00 PM

Food&Wine Names Top U.S. Beer Bars - No SD

I keep hearing that SD is the new beer capital of the US -- but none of our bars makes the Food & Wine top list. LA and Brooklyn get two. Somebody's not doing their PR job.

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  1. So who from here shoulda been on the list?

    1. F&W named beer BARS not beer CRAFT BREWERIES. They were looking for places to consume beer, not the places that make it.

      What was their criteria for selecting their top location?

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      1. re: DiningDiva

        From the lead-in: "In the dark days before the craft beer boom of the 1980s, much of the beer sold in America was as uninspired as the generic bars that served it. But now historic beers, micro bottlings and hyperlocal selections fill bars worth traveling to."

        So, yup, it is about craft brews and bars that carry them.

        1. re: pickypicky

          But they don't seem to care to much about the quality of the food in these bars/pubs - Father's Office isn't anything special in terms of food, places like Linkery have also a good craft beer selection and much better food.

          1. re: honkman

            The craft beer selection at the linkery is not even close to the level of any of those bars based on the ones I have been to. I would say that perhaps Toronado could displace any of them based on the variety and quality of beer available and ability to get amazing local beer there but I heard that a bartender called someone hon so they got left off.

          2. re: pickypicky

            But there is still a big difference between a bar and a brewery, and we've got an awful lot of breweries in SD. How did they decide who to include on their list. I didn't see anything about that but maybe I just missed it.

            I would think that BLAH might have been a good candidate for the list and I have to say the food they put out for the Slow Food Urban mixer at Tiger! Tiger! was nothing short of fantastic.

            1. re: DiningDiva

              Love BLAH but their selection tends more towards less extreme beer than many of the places on that list. That list seems geared towards people who want a bar that will have beer they have never tried before, hard to find and/or less commonly consumed styles like imperial stouts, double ipas, american wild ales, etc.

        2. Well that's just ridiculous. Any number of places easily should have been on the list:
          Small Bar
          Pizza Port

          1. I've been to the majority of places on that list, and it is absolutely ridiculous that not a single place in SD didn't make it with that company. Hell, half of that list should have been from San Diego, based on what they chose!

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            1. re: MrKrispy

              Food & Wine is to beer as Yelp! is to serious food reviews.

              Articles like these are designed to make the reader click 20 times. They will have a brand spanking new best wine bar/beer town/chicken wing/hamburger superlative article in the near future that will spark provincial furor, debate, and page views.

              1. re: Stiflers_Mom

                Excellent comparison hahah. Most of the beer bars on the list are indeed quite decent places, but several of them are nowhere near as good as Toronado (either location) or other places DougOLis listed.