Beer Run

by Charlottesville29

156 Carlton Rd. Suite 203 . Charlottesville, VA . (434) 984-2337

The full article on Beer Run is here. Quick guide below.

Why Beer Run?

Beer Run — a bar, beer and wine shop, and eatery– is Charlottesville’s quintessential family restaurant. It is run by family, feels like family, and hosts families of all kinds every day. With an ever-changing menu of well-chosen draft beers, and good food that pairs well with the beer, it has that je ne sais quoi that makes for an irresistibly comfortable place to be. In Beer Run, Josh Hunt and his brother John Woodriff have created Charlottesville’s most difficult restaurant to leave. It is at home on The Charlottesville 29.

What to Order

A few tips. First, sandwiches are best on whole wheat bread or as a wrap, rather than house bread. True, the house bread — a focaccia-style made from beer —  is very good, and goes well with the cheese plate, for example. But, for Beer Run’s delicious sandwiches, less bulky vehicles are a tortilla wrap or whole wheat bread.

Second, the soups are excellent. Although they are not prominently featured on the menu, Beer Run serves two soups each day. They stand up to the best in town.

Third, desserts are hidden gems, listed on a chalk board above the bar. Most of them are made by the very talented pastry chef Elicia Hernandez, who is Chef Hernan Franco’s sister.

Beyond that, here are our specific recommendations, the owners’ and chef’s picks, and appearances in Five Finds on Friday, where chefs and personalities have named a Beer Run dish one of the best in town.

Our Picks

  • Breakfast Tacos (Saturday morning)
  • Beer Run Nachos
  • Chicken Philly on a Wrap
  • Turkey Trot on Whole Wheat, Pressed
  • Veggie Quesadilla
  • Dubliner Sandwich (March special we wait for all year)
  • The Davidson

Owner Picks

  • The Cowboy (Breakfast Taco Menu)
  • El Bombero (Breakfast Taco Menu)
  • Roadrunner Sandwich
  • Shrimp & Grits
  • Catfish Po’ Boy
  • Fiery Chile Wings
  • Fish Tacos (Brunch)

Chef’s Picks

  • Chicken Philly 
  • Local 8 oz Burger
  • Salmon Risotto

Five Finds on Friday Picks