As a bar owner, Grace Hutchens may have an advantage in the Best Bartender category—and BOM voters agree she makes the most of it. In the five years she’s owned Apothecary Ale House & Café, she’s introduced us to a world of beer. Her ever-evolving tap list, her extensive inventory in bottles and cans, and her easy mix of hospitality and expertise make her a fourth-time winner.

“The taste of this town has grown so much in five years—I’m sure it’s the most diverse palate in the state,” says Hutchens, who is humble about her role in that. “I know I can bring in any style of beer, and somebody will appreciate it.”

These days, Hutchens spends a little less time behind the bar, and she feels great about the business and her customers. “I’m at a happy place now,” she says. — PK

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