The name "Beer Run" may not evoke a high-end restaurant, and yet the bison burger at this Charlottesville eatery is quite popular. Chefs craft the specialty burger from local natural bison and pile organic tomatoes and lettuce on top, along with blue cheese and smoked paprika mayo. The burger is popular among Beer Run regulars, who come as much for the surprisingly upscale cuisine as they do the laid-back atmosphere and, of course, the beer.
You can order a pint to go with your meal, if you wish, but Beer Run lives up to its name with another option. The retail section of Beer Run, known as the Import Beer Cellar and Wine Room, houses brews and wines from all over the world that you can grab and go. Not only does the Charlottesville community consider Beer Run's one of the best selections in the area, but so does Draft magazine, which ranked the restaurant and shop as one of America's best 100 beer bars.
The wines are also a focal point here, mostly organic and bio-dynamic pours. Some are from local wineries and others hail from around the globe, but each undergoes strict scrutiny before making the list. Beer Run is even known for its cocktails, especially the bloody Mary. They're the perfect accompaniment to brunch, which includes breakfast tacos if you come on a Saturday.