1. Asheville, North Carolina’s Buxton Hall has dished up Eastern N.C.-style barbecue since summer 2015, and its 18-hour hardwood-smoked pork has garnered national renown. Wash down that juicy, tangy ’cue with a Carolina-brewed beer from Lookout, Greenman or Wicked Weed. Then nap.
2. Chicago had been not-so-patiently waiting for the Moody Tongue Brewing Co. tasting room to open. With Jared Rouben, a fine-dining chef turned brewer at the helm, it finally debuted with a highbrow menu that’s equal parts sweet and savory. Who’s up for oysters and cake with a Steeped Emperor’s Lemon Saison?
3. You’re going to want to visit Boston-area newbie Winter Hill Brewing Co. at least twice—once in the evening, when house beers play best against Cubano sandwiches and beer-battered fried pickles, and again the next morning, when the brewery operates as a cafe and a strong yet smooth Counter Culture coffee is the perfect fog remover.
4. Most bottle shops are grab, pay and go; Banter Beer and Wine in Cleveland’s Detroit Shoreway draws you in with a killer bottle selection but keeps you in your chair with gourmet housemade sausages and Quebec-style poutine featuring exotic toppings like braised rabbit, seared foie gras and corn dogs.