To inform your voting in CHOW’s monthlong Best Brewpub in America Bracket, we’re throwing a daily spotlight on individual matchups.
North Carolina’s Asheville Brewing Company has a huge menu of pastas, burgers, salads, and pizza, plus a dine-in movie theater. The brewers have experimented with jalapeño beers, but their signature brew, Shiva, is a citrusy, 6 percent ABV IPA. Down in Georgia, Wrecking Bar Brewpub’s a new spot in Atlanta that brews in the basement of a century-old building and serves a different cask beer each week. The menu includes German schwienshaxe and Southern comfort food like pulled pork sandwiches.
Denver’s Wynkoop Brewing Company is Colorado’s oldest brewpub. It serves comfort food such as freshly baked pretzels and Colorado lamb. Its flagship beers are Rail Yard, an amber ale, and the award-winning unfiltered B3K Black Lager. Eske’s Brew Pub & Eatery (the oldest brewpub in New Mexico) serves a signature Taos Green Chili beer and homemade draft root beer. Here, the traditional pub fare often has a Southwestern twist, like vegetarian green chile stew.
Think you got it? Go vote. Remember: This round ends April 23, so don’t wait. And may the best brewpub kick ass!
Top photograph by Jennifer Yin / SF Beer Week