Elizabeth Erickson/Special Contributor

Draft magazine, a travel, food and drink publication, released its annual list of "America's 100 best beer bars" in July and North Texas residents will notice a few familiar names among the honorees.

Dallas bars Craft and Growler and Strangeways were listed among the best watering holes in the South, while the Fort Worth-conceived Flying Saucer garnered a spot among the top beer bar chains in the U.S.

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Neither Strangeways nor Craft and Growler are strangers to this list -- the former has garnered honors every year since 2012, and the latter has done so since 2013.

While not included in the overall top 100, the Flying Saucer was recognized among America's best beer bar chains in 2016, following previous recognition in 2015. (Same goes for the Ginger Man, which began in Houston.)

"As more top-notch beer bars franchise beyond their original locations ... it's increasingly important for us to point out that they are places worth of visiting and that a chain establishment can demonstrate a meaningful commitment to beer and the beer-drinking experience," said Erika Reitz, Draft's editor-in-chief, by email.

Here's what Draft magazine had to say about the D-FW spots:

Craft and Growler

"Most bars allow you the option of filling a growler for take-home drinking; none are as committed to beer-to-go as this filling station ... Left your growler at home? Just pick one out from the on-site selection, purportedly the largest in the world," said Draft.

More info about Craft and Growler


Said Draft, "You're as likely to mingle with the suit-and-tie crowd here as with the ear-gauged and inked types, especially during special events like October's weeklong Sour Fest, when tart and wild ales take over all 40 of the bar's rotating taps."

More info about Strangeways

The Flying Saucer

"There are a lot of stellar beer bars in the south, but from North Carolina to Texas, Flying Saucer has set the standard since 1995," Draft wrote. "There are now 16 locations and one big reason to keep coming back: Drinkers can swipe their U.F.O. club cards to track what they've tried, and if they get to 200 beers their names go on the wall's Ring of Honor."

Find a Flying Saucer near you

In 2014, The Dallas Morning News named both Craft and Growler and The Flying Saucer among the best local beer bars. We heard (a lot) from critics who believed we should have also included Strangeways.

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