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Hot tables: September/October 2012

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Salumeria/Chantelle Grady

The best seats in beer this fall.

1. The sunny, mod-sparse courtyard at San Francisco’s brand-new artisan meat/cheese shop Salumeria. When you order, look behind the counter for a craft bottle to pair with the house-cured-prosciutto sandwich.

2. On a stool facing the constantly rewritten chalkboard menu at Real, a sleek Honolulu gastropub from a former Whole Foods beer specialist who rotates more than 250 beers daily. Duck fat corndogs and Mikkeller pints? Paradise, indeed.

3. Beside an open garage-door window at Barleymash in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, noshing on a Barley Pie (flatbread pizza with beer in the dough) and sipping from 30 craft taps.

4. Feeding a meat craving at Biercamp Artisan Sausage & Jerky in Ann Arbor, Mich., with a 12-hour-smoked brisket sandwich…and lamb sausage…and turkey jerky. Bonus: Homebrewers can score some of the homegrown hops flourishing out front.

5. At the bar at Centro Latin Kitchen in Boulder, Colo., where the first drops of chef Ian Clark’s pet-project nanobrewery, BRU Handbuilt Ales, are pouring. Obitus, a brown ale brewed with dates, is a must-drink.

6. Hunkered down with a slice of house-baked Black Forest cake and a pint of Höss Neuschwansteiner at one of Landbrot Bakery’s two Manhattan locations.

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