Photography by Max Burkhalter
The Hay Merchant is arguably the most serious domestic craft beer bar in the country. With cooking that goes well beyond the expected bar food or salty, beer-themed fare, this a worthwhile visit even if you don’t like suds. The fun and well-executed menu includes a half pig head; the nationally lauded Cease & Desist burger; and sweet-and-spicy pig eats. The industrial setting, occupying half of the building shared by Underbelly, is interesting and inviting.