Suds and Sustenance: 9 Breweries with Truly Excellent Food

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For all the folks out there who prefer to take a mighty tasty spread with their brews, we salute you. And so do these breweries, which also happen to serve great food. From gourmet restaurants attached to micro- and craft-breweries to brewpubs that make both great beer and food in house, check out these great places across the country to sip and sup.


Wicked Weed Brewing - Asheville, NC

The name is a nod to Henry VIII, who pronounced hops "a wicked and pernicious weed" that would be the ruin of beer. Thank the Queen that the folks at Wicked Weed didn't listen. Enjoy their IPAs and Belgian-style ales with their seasonal menu of "elegant bar food," such as Scottish salmon with butter beans, corn, and a tarragon sauce or a antibiotic- and hormone-free bison burger with haystack shallots and blue cheese slaw.

Crossroads Brewing - Athens, NY

This little brewery nestled in the Hudson Valley features 10 rotating beers on tap and an upscale comfort food menu featuring local meat, cheese, and produce. Try a snack of polenta bites or a stout-braised beef brisket.


Wrecking Bar Brewpub - Atlanta, GA

Housed in a historic residence, Wrecking Bar brewpub's atmosphere is as lovely as its food, from artistically plated starters — such as a goat liver pate served with bone marrow, venison bread crumbs, and pickled turnips — to heartier fare, like pork osso buco. The brewpub also features a Veggie Tuesday menu as well as brunch and offers over 12 of their own beers on tap.

Black Star Co-op - Austin, TX

This small brewpub in North Central Austin runs as a cooperative: Any beer enthusiast is welcome to become a member-owner and gets to participate in tastings and "beer-design meetings" to determine what gets brewed. And just as they rely on the community for their beer development, Black Star takes a similar local approach to their menu. As much as possible, they source ingredients from local farmers and purveyors, from the ground-brisket Black Star Burger to the Fish & Chips or Shrimp and Grits made with seafood fresh from the Texas gulf.

Great Lakes Brewing Co - Cleveland, OH

This Midwestern microbrewery housed in three combined Victorian-era buildings is committed to running a socially conscious and environmentally responsible business. This includes sourcing ingredients for their brewpub menu from local farmers and even growing some themselves in community gardens, such as vegan roasted butternut squash salad. Each dish on the menu can be paired with a Great Lakes beer to bring out the best flavors in each.

Deschutes Brewery - Portland, OR

Seasonal, local, and sustainable food is au courant on the craft brewpub scene and Portland's Deschutes Brewpub is no exception. Yes, you'll find the usual pub fare, but with an elevated twist, such as curry fries, stout mac and cheese, or a quinoa and cashew burger.

Stone Brewing - San Diego, CA

Known for their "big character beers," Stone Brewing's World Bistro takes a similarly expansive approach featuring innovative plates with a nod to global flavors. Try chicken schnitzel, lamb rigatoni, or Caribbean-inflected duck tacos.

Magnolia Pub & Brewery - San Francisco, CA

This Haight-Ashbury brewery serves seasonally driven, organic pub food for brunch, lunch, and dinner with "neighborhood hospitality." Try house-made sausages, such as smoked-pork and cheddar, any time of day or a beer-brined pork chop for dinner. Or head to their Smokestack location in Dogpatch for smoked meats and communal good times.

Bluejacket - Washington D.C.

Upscale but accessible cuisine is on order at The Arsenal, Bluejacket brewery's house restaurant. The menu features house-made charcuterie, pastas, and breads, and bites range from bar snacks like super-spicy tater tots to main dinner entrees, such as braised oxtail cannelloni or a carbonara with slow-roasted pork belly. Wash your dinner down with one of Bluejacket's 20 beers or 5 cask ales.