Thirsty Monk Pub & Brewery
Usually the basement is only good for finding your dad's crappy vinyl records (why was he so into bands named after major American cities!?). But in the case of Thirsty Monk, expect some real treasures down below in the form of 16 Belgian and Belgian-style beers. Up on street level, a bar with 20 taps and 50+ bottles/cans feature the best of Western NC's beer scene (Hi-Wire, Green Man, Pisgah) and national favorites (Evil Twin, Founders, Prairie). Don't skip Thirsty Monk's house beers either, which are brewed in its Biltmore Park location. In the wintertime, few things are more comforting than a CocoNorm, brewed with toasted organic coconut.
Wurst Bier Hall
Look, we tease North Dakota a lot because of lutefisk and wood chippers and being kind of boring. But Wurst is something we can absolutely get behind and celebrate, and not just because it's a great beer hall that makes you forget you’re in Fargo. German beer's the highlight here, with hef, heller bock, and weizen flowing freely and offerings from craft purveyors like Grand Teton, Fargo Brewing, and Green Flash playing American diplomats. And, of course, there's a Das Boot challenge, in which you must chug the titular glass mega-slipper while following a six-tiered set of rules, then scream "Prost" to the fact that, yes, you can have fun in North Dakota, despite what snarky websites say.