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Food Hall-elujah

These popular gathering places offer everything from artisan bread to tricked-out tacos, but best of all, you'll find great beer.


Liberty Public Market

Gourmet food halls—clusters of restaurants, to-go markets and bars—have popped up in major cities from Portland to Atlanta. They aim to be one-stop shops for a quick bite, dishes with specialty ingredients and definitely a drink or two. Next time you’re shopping, hit one of the hidden beer gems inside some of the country’s most popular halls.


This former iron foundry housing 12 merchants is a destination in itself, but it’s also perfectly located in the brewery-packed River North District. The mingling smells indicate the variety of vendors: fresh-baked bread from Babettes Artisan Bakery, blooms from Beet & Yarrow flower market, and Negro Model-braised sirloin tacos with sweet potato mash from Comida.
Drink this: Vielle, a lightly dry-hopped and oak barrel-aged saison from renowned sour brewery Crooked Stave, which has a sunny, brick-lined outpost in the market. thesourcedenver.com

San Diego

Restaurant/beer/ cocktail hotspot San Diego didn’t have a food hall until March, when Liberty stepped in to fill the void. Thanks to a unique liquor license, visitors can stroll freely through the Liberty Station neighborhood market with their drinks, visiting 27 retailers ranging from Parana Empanadas to Le Parfait Paris bakery to the Local Greens salad shop.
Drink this: The Pupil, a tropical-leaning IPA from San Diego’s own Societe Brewing Co. on draft at Bottlecraft, a tasting room and boutique bottle shop with two additional locations besides the market. libertypublicmarket.com


Artisan-obsessed Portland has already taken to the 10,000-square-foot hall that debuted downtown in May. Nine small restaurants cluster around a communal seating area; all are established locals and include The Common Law restaurant, Pollo Bravo tapas bar and Salt & Straw ice cream.
Drink this: Portland-brewed Occidental Altbier in a tallboy can at OP Wurst, an outpost of beloved local charcuterie specialists Olympia Provisions. Pair it with a classic bratwurst topped with sauerkraut and mustard. pinestreetpdx.com


A 1920s warehouse in Atlanta’s Inman Park neighborhood now houses two dozen super-diverse retail and restaurant vendors like a dumpling kitchen (Gu’s Dumplings), barbecue (G.C. BBQ), Southern fried hot chicken (Richard’s) and charcuterie (Spotted Trotter). It’s just off the Beltline, a newly developed, multiuser trail that runs through the core of the city.
Drink this: An Atlanta-made beer from Orpheus Brewing, one of the 20 area breweries represented on 60 rotating taps at Hop City, which is part of a small Georgia chain of bottle shops. krogstreetmarket.com


The new, 24,000-square-foot development in Chicago’s downtown Loop recently tucked into the first floor of The National, a Daniel Burnham-Designed building. Choose among food options including ramen from Furious Spoon; vibrant, street-inspired Mexican foodfrom Antique Taco; and charcuterie, wine and sandwiches from Danke.
Drink this: Revival and Hopewell Brewing Co.’s collaboration Café Saison, made with Ethiopian coffee and available on draft at Revival’s bar, which gives equal attention to coffee, cocktails and beer. revivalfoodhall.com


Kate Bernot is DRAFT’s beer editor. Reach her at kate.bernot[at]draftmag.com.


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