Try pairing darker beers like this Uinta barley wine ale available at Atlantic City Bottle Company with red meats.
For all the talk in recent years about custom cocktails, it’s beer that has shoregoers most excited for the upcoming summer season—specifically lighter, more crisp styles like those modeled on Belgian wheats, French saisons, and classic pilsners. Restaurants and bars all over Atlantic City are finally giving these craft beers the attention they deserve, and with large-format bottles, special kegs, and even foods paired specifically with suds, AC is poised to become one of the region’s top destinations for artisanal brews.
“We have a really wide selection of craft beer, which is growing all the time,” says Paul Tonacci, certified sommelier and managing partner of Atlantic City Bottle Company (648 N. Albany Ave., 609-348-6400). ACBC’s chef’s table features a tasting menu, each course of which is paired with a pitch-perfect drink, from locals like Victory Brewing Company’s Prima Pils to Utah’s Uinta Brewing Co.’s Cockeyed Cooper barley wine ale. “When we first opened, things leaned more toward wine and whiskey. But we’ve had an overwhelming response to our craft beers.”
The Continental (The Pier Shops at Caesars, 1 Atlantic Ocean, 609-674-8300) will tempt passionate craft-beer aficionados. Including Pennsylvania standouts like Tröegs’s Nugget Nectar, Yards’ Rye and IPA, and Colorado’s creamy Left Hand Milk Stout, Continental’s craft selection is one of the strongest in town. “Just last year, we added a ‘craft’ portion to our Continental menu and its success has been incredible,” says general manager Chris Linaris. “We have since doubled our selection of amazing breweries from across the country. And we will continue to host our quarterly craft beer dinners.”
And if it’s hyper-local you’re looking for, head on over to Tun Tavern (2 Continental Blvd., 609-347-7800), a highly regarded restaurant and brewery right in AC. The beers run the gamut from the exceptionally refreshing Tun Light all the way to the heartier Leatherneck Stout. Tun Tavern has even leveraged Cascade and Nugget hop varietals grown right in the Garden State for their All American IPA.
All of which means one thing: This promises to be a refreshing, beautifully beersoaked summer in AC. And tastier than it’s ever been before.