Lads Club in Muscatine, Illinois, has been named best beer, muscatine winery, almost half the U.S.A. by Wine Spectator magazine.
The bar was named Best Beer Bar in The Best Beer Awards, an annual awards show organized by WineSpectator.
The award is given to the best beer and wine bar in the country, which is selected by a panel of judges from The Beer Advocate magazine.
The Lads, a small beer and winery with a reputation for its handcrafted, barrel-aged and cask-aged beers, was nominated for Best Beer in 2011 by Wine Advocate and named best brewery in 2011.
In 2012, it was also named Best Cellar Bar by the Chicago Tribune.
The Lads is located in a renovated warehouse with a full bar and kitchen, and it’s open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday from 9:30 a.g. to 4:30 p.p.m..
The bar’s best-selling wine list is also impressive.
It includes three wines by Chateau d’Or and three by Chardonnay by Château de Châtillon, as well as three cuvées from Châtel, a winery from Chateaux de Montauban and Châltel.
It also includes a range of other wineries from around the world, including two in France and two in Belgium.
“Lads Club is a unique bar, in that it is a small, family-owned and operated business,” said Mike Kline, who founded the Lads with his wife, Heather, in 1996.
“It is a great place to drink great craft beer, and you can find great wine and spirits here.”
Lads founder Mike Klines, pictured in 2009, said the bar is a good fit for the city.
Kline was the director of the Ladd Liquor Bar in Chicago.
(Photo: Michael Dwyer/The Republic)Kline said Lads has always been focused on craft beer and the great wines it produces.
“We love wine, we love fine dining, we just love the craft beer scene and the wine community,” Kline said.
“The Ladd family has been involved in the craft wine scene since it was a small place.”LADS has a wine list that includes two wines by Domenico Cappello, a local Italian winemaker, and two by Chérelle Cappella, a Swiss winemaker.
The other three wines on the list are by the renowned Piedmont winery in the Châtes-de-Fonds, and by Chantal Déchamp in the Pied Monts region of Burgundy.
“The LADS is a wonderful spot to try some of the world’s best wines,” Klines said.
The brewery has two cask wines on its cellar, one from the Chateaus de Chateon in Monts-du-Rhône and the other from Chardonon in Châlons-de Gaulle.
Klines also said he enjoys watching the local bison herd and enjoying his outdoor beer garden at the restaurant, located at the back of the building, where it is located.LADS owner and owner, Mike Klin, said his family has always had a passion for wine.
“I am a fan of craft beer,” he said.
Klin said the owners were looking for an alternative to the large, expensive wine list.
The building was vacant, so they leased the space from a local family-run business.
“My goal was to make a space that was more accessible to people,” Klin said.
He said the restaurant’s interior was inspired by the “cinema theater,” a term coined by filmmaker Michael Cuesta in the 1960s to describe a theater setting where people were exposed to movies from multiple films and genres.
“In my mind, we were all filmmakers in the ’60s,” Klenks said.
“When we first started working on this place, we wanted to make it a place that was open to everyone,” he added.
The new restaurant opened on April 9, and Klin hopes to bring his family back to the neighborhood soon.