Want to locate a beer connoisseur in a bar? Look for the guy staring daggers at the same half-dozens taps you find everywhere else in town. Maybe, if he's an optimistic connoisseur, he'll be leaning over the bar, peering deep into the fridge, seeking that one token bottle of something decent. Want to locate a beer connoisseur at the Stable? Close your eyes and point. This new Benton Park restaurant and bar from the owners of the Rotten Apple in Grafton, Illinois, is becoming a mecca for beer lovers. The bar boasts more than a dozen taps and features numerous beers you're usually lucky to find in a bottle, let alone on draft: Old Rasputin Stout, Bell's Two Hearted IPA, Unibroue's Éphémère and Duchesse du Bourgogne, to name a few. The bottle selection is strong, too, starring hop bombs like Great Divide's Hercules Double IPA, rich stouts like Rogue's Shakespeare Stout and the great Belgian-style Three Philosophers from Ommegang. Not a beer connoisseur? Order up a sampler and you'll be well on your way.
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