Childhood friends are always plotting future successes, but are usually derailed by beer and women, but really, just beer. Turning sudsy derailment into a career, the guys behind URGE American Gastropub.
URGE's owners actually met in Drivers Ed at 15, graduated together from RB High, then jointly entered the wine industry, ultimately opening The Barrel Room; with help from one's little bro, this ode to their true fermented love sits ~20 feet away, and trots out 135 beers + hops-addled food in a modern lodge equipped with a lounge, a dining room, and a UK-inspired private room called a "snug" (so the alcohol blankets have sleeves). In addition to 85 bottles, the bar boasts a cask (currently Stone Smoked Porter w/ Vanilla Bean) and a whopping 51 taps, ranging from locals Ballast Point and Mission, to Spaten Optimator and Unibroue Terrible, to an "iconoclastic amber ale" from Scotland's Brew Dog called "5am Saint" -- start your morning-after that early, and the miracle worker is you. As for eats: 85% of the menu's beer-infused, including The Hassenpfeffer Hopper (ground rabbit burger with Pondhopper-soaked California Gouda and Hop 15 IPA mayo), the wild boar bacon-wrapped Warthog Dog (w/ Yellow Tail Ale'd mustard) and, served with a buttermilk waffle, Ben Franklin's Centennial Wing: an Anchor Liberty brined-n-braised turkey drumstick -- so hearty, finishing's a testament to your Constitution.
Apparently not everyone likes beer, so they're maintaining a healthy wine list with 40 selections (20 by the glass) like the Dry Creek Valley Zin "Federalist", Thierry & Guy Merlot from Vin De Pays d'Oc Fat Bastard, and a Barossa Valley Shiraz called "Pure Love" -- but no, really just beer.