This is the best beer bar in New England, according to USA Today readers

The bar offers more than 300 different beer varietals.

Novare Res Bier Café
Novare Res Bier Café in Portland, Maine. Bernt Rostad / flickr

Beer lovers have plenty of options at Novare Res Bier Café in Portland, Maine, which is one of the reasons why USA Today readers are such fans.

USA Today readers ranked the beer bar No. 5 in a list of the top 10 beer bars in the US, released on Friday. It was the only New England spot on the list. The No. 1 beer bar was Salud Beer Shop in Charlotte, N.C.

“Beer lovers in Portland, Maine will find more than two dozen rotating taps and some 300 bottles at Novare Res Bier Café,” 10Best editors wrote. “When the weather is nice, patrons gather over pints on outdoor picnic tables.”


While in Portland, you can stop at Allagash Brewing Company for what USA Today readers say is one of the top 10 brewery tours in the country. They named the Allagash tour the eighth-best brewery tour in the US on another 10Best list released Friday.

For the 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards lists, USA Today travel experts select 20 nominees in topics that range from food to lodging, destinations to things to do, and then ask readers to cast votes to determine the top 10.