Best of Boston

2012 Best Beer Bar, Craft Beer

The Publick House

This monastic pub is ;the place to earn an advanced degree in artisanal ales (or just keep pace with the craft-beer aficionados in your life). The bartenders and servers know their hops and malts in exquisite detail, and will happily enlighten you (sans condescension) as to the difference between a ;dubbel and a ;tripel. And every draft, from a local standby to the rarest Belgian brew, is served in its proper glassware, revealing an unparalleled adoration for man’s oldest liquid creation.

1648 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-277-2880,