To celebrate National Beer Day we scouted out the ultimate beer bars across the country!

Photo By Dinner Series via flickr.com

Photo By Dinner Series via flickr.com

It’s National Beer Day, and while many of us need little reason to kick back and relax with a frothy brew, the occasion makes the little indulgence all the more special. Beer is a special thing in the hearts of Americans, reminding of us our days spent cheering on our favorite football team, college nights that got a little bit too crazy and lazy days spent on the beach watching the waves crash without a care in the world.

While we have little desire to revisit the keg stand at a frat party, beer is just as fun to enjoy as an adult thanks to interesting bars dedicated to the beverage. To pay homage to National Beer Day, we selected our favorite beer bars in our favorite cities so you can sip on a brew in the very best setting. And although we know beer provides plenty of relaxation, we say there’s never too much de-stressing to be had. That’s why we paired these beer locales with amazing Spa Week treatments that you can indulge in before or after you unwind at the bar.

The Bier Baron Tavern – Washington, D.C. 

Formerly The Brickskeller, The Bier Baron Tavern is every bit as legendary as its predecessor. Located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, this beer bar is always swarming with the in-crowd, and with over 550 beers, it’s no surprise it’s always bustling. If you’re interested in trying rare beers like ancient gruits and black IPAs, than pay this place a visit stat!

Top it off with the Spa Week Stress Melter Body Treatment at Red Door Spa at The Willard InterContinental

Apex – Portland, Oregon 

Portland is home to a bar called Apex, which just happens to have 50 amazing beers on tap. The beer bar is outfitted with communal picnic tables, so whether you hit up the bar with a friend or five you’re guaranteed to have a good time and even meet a fellow beer-loving friend. The Pièce de résistance at Apex is a real-time digital tap menu that gives you all the details on the beers to be tried.

Top it off with a Tre Sorelle Bliss Massage at Tre Sorelle Spa Salon – Bethany

Fountainhead – Chicago, Illinois  

Whether you live in or are visiting Chicago, a visit to Fountainhead is a must. This newcomer to the beer bar scene features 200 beers from all over the world, hand-selected by a pedigreed beer director. While the beer selection may be top-tier, the atmosphere is laid-back and features a rooftop garden that’s perfect to sit back and relax in.

Top it off with a Personalized Full Body Deep Tissue or Swedish Massage with Essential Oil at Heavenly Massage H M Day Spa – Chicago

Bierkraft – Brooklyn, New York

There’s no shortage of breweries and beer gardens in NYC’s neighbor, but Bierkraft stands out as the first of its kind to sell growlers. That means after you tour Bierkraft’s 18-taps you can pick your favorite and bring it home! Another bonus – on Tuesdays free food and beer tastings are offered.

Top it off with an Aromatherapy Massage with Sauna Session at Rosa Beauty Spa

Brewmasters Bar & Grill – Raleigh, North Carolina 

This North Carolina beer bar pays homage to classic beer drinking, with nightly specials like Poker Nights on Tuesdays and Wednesday Homebrew Humpdays. With 66 taps of mostly Carolina-brewed beers, the reasons to visit this old-school bar are seemingly endless, but all equally worthwhile.

Top it off with a Deep Blue Swedish Massage with AVEDA Blue Oil at Lorena Luca Spa

The Great Lost Bear – Portland, Maine 

What goes better with beer than juicy burgers and spicy wings? Not much, in our opinion, which is why The Great Lost Bear makes our list. This beer bar has more than 50 taps featuring brews locale to the Northeast, making it a true American stopping ground.

Top it off with the 20/20/20 Including Scalp Massage, Back Massage and Pedisonic at Skin Health Medi Spa

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Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

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