After years in planning, Chicago’s first cider focused-restaurant, The Northman, finally opened in March from the owners of beer bar Fountainhead. The restaurant offers 18 draft ciders plus 80 more in cans and bottles alongside a European-influenced bistro menu.
Opened this spring just outside of Atlanta, Ba Bellies brings the owners’ fine-dining experience (chef Mike Yang cooked at NYC’s Craft and interned at Per Se) to casual Southeast Asian cuisine. Order up a rice or noodle bowl and pair it with one of 11 draft beers from the likes of Creature Comforts and Wicked Weed.
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s long-awaited Venice location finally opened in April. Much like the brewery’s satellite Barrelworks location in Buellton, the new Propagator campus houses a barrel-aging cellar, a tasting room and a restaurant featuring bites from brisket to banh mi.
A real-deal beer garden on the Las Vegas Strip, Beerhaus now provides reprieve from the mass-produced lagers on the casino floor. Local breweries Joseph James, Big Dog’s and Crafthaus make regular appearances on 26 taps to wash down grub like the hop-infused Beerhaus Brat.
Dressed-up Southern and Creole fare are the focus at Houston’s The Durham House, but beer believers will appreciate this new spot’s selection of more than 100 cellared bottles separated thoughtfully by style and serving temperature (42 and 53 degrees), with vintage beers from as far back as 2011.