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5. Alchemist and Barrister, Princeton, NJ

Good beer seems pretty unbecoming of Princeton. Just off the historic Nassau Street, though, you can find a solid drink––and a darn good chicken sandwich––at the locally renowned Alchemist and Barrister. Beware: soccer football fans get pretty rowdy there.

Recommendation: Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale, a bourbon-barrel aged golden ale.

4. Ardent, Richmond, VA

There’s nothing better than a kind brewer who lets you try all the beer. Well, I thought that, until the other brewer told me that he had written a short story and offered to share it with me––there’s really nothing better than that. The beer was good, too.

Recommendation: Honey Ginger, an herbed beer with locally sourced honey and hand-peeled ginger.

3. Bonners Irish Pub, Philadelphia, PA

Quaint Irish pub that screams a sense of belonging to Philadelphia, so much so that I’m surprised it claims Irish descent. People were pretty mean there, which I heard in Philadelphia means they’re nice.

Recommendation: The Citywide Special (you have no other choice), a shot of whiskey mixed into a PBR.

2. Lynnwood Brewing Concern, Raleigh, NC

If you thought Raleigh was only known for its tech, college towns, and family homes, think again. Lynnwood was packed to the brim, and when I asked the bartender how he handled an 8-person queue at 4 p.m., he responded, “You should see what it’ll be like tomorrow.” I did; he was right. Lynnwood seems pretty packed, all the time, and for good reasons: good drinks, big TVs, and lots of dogs.

Recommendation: Mosaic Pale Ale, a solid single hop with fruity aromas.

1. The Veil, Richmond, VA

Stop at The Veil if you can. Phenomenal drinks, open space, kind people, and a surplus of food trucks.

Recommendation: Tootie Rebelz, a smoothie-style sour that tastes like Fruity Pebbles.