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Food Hall Beer Crawl (Men’s Journal)

June 21st, 2016

If you’re a traveling beer fan, you likely storm every beer town armed with an unmanageable list of brewery, bottle shop, and beer bar stops. But before you blow your entire travel budget on Uber (or find yourself semi-soberly navigating an unfamiliar city’s transportation system), consider the food hall. There, a beer geek can enjoy multiple brewery experiences – and some of the best culinary delights a city has to offer – in one fell swoop. Below are some of the best beer-inspired food halls in the nation, including a few suggestions of what you should drink (and eat) when in any one of these great beer cities in the U.S.

Atlanta’s Sears, Roebuck & Company building reopened as the renovated Ponce City Market in 2014, quickly establishing itself as the city’s culinary headquarters. In addition to housing business offices and shops, the bustling public space is the home to over two dozen restaurants and food vendors, each with a unique identity; many of which bring an A-level game to the craft brewing scene. One can alternate between local and imported Italian craft brews at Bellina Alimentari’s Italian kitchen. Then, sip on a Tropic├ília IPA from local brewery Creature Comforts while gnawing on meat sticks at Biltong Bar, a South African jerky outpost. But the crown jewel of PCM is the newly opened Tap on Ponce, which features 56 constantly rotating draught beers. Buy a growler or crowler (like a growler, but in can form) to fill up and drink at home.

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