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in Carson, California
4.43/5 rDev +7.8% | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Brilliant brews and food. Amazing atmosphere, especially if you are into the horror or dungeon feel. Even if you aren't you owe it to yourself to get ahold of their fantastic wild beers.
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in West Chester, Pennsylvania
3.99/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.99
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
real small parking lot off West Chester Pike, they used to be located off 202 I liked the old location better.
The selection is very good, better then most places. Problem is 75% of the non macro stuff is clearly out of date, if not one year then two.
Another thing that strikes me about this place is they charge $1-$2 more per case then anywhere I've shopped locally.
The new store is great, lots of space clean shelves but read the dates on everything.
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in Enfield, Connecticut
4.26/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
For a little hole in the wall place that is hard to get to at times due to the traffic flow, the selection that Angie has is amazing. They post some of the harder to find releases on their Facebook page. Much to my surprise they get KBS occasionally. I didn't know any place in Enfield got it.
Angie is often on hand, and she is very friendly (even though she told me she has too much beer). She's always quick to point out something new she has if you ask. Just don't steal from her or you'll be up on Facebook from the security footage.
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in West Orange, New Jersey
3.94/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.94
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
This is a large establishment located on a busy highway in suburban Essex County, New Jersey. It features a large bar area that features rotating craft beers on draught, as well as wine and cocktails. The restaurant is quite good. The atmosphere is unique with racing shells mounted on the ceiling. Overall, this is a very popular destination for after-work drinks and dinner. It also hosts corporate events and parties. It has several sister restaurants in New Jersey.
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in Somers Point, New Jersey
3.89/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25
This bar and restaurant, which has been a fixture in Somers Point, New Jersey, for decades, is located across the bridge from Ocean City, which is a dry town. Moreover, it's open year-round so it's popular not only with locals but with visitors to OCNJ. The bar and restaurant are located in adjoining rooms. The bar is generally lively and features craft beer, along with mass-produced beer, on draught. The food in the restaurant is quite good; lots of Jersey shore comfort food, well prepared and tasty. The staff is friendly and efficient.
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in Broussard, Louisiana
4.73/5 rDev +18.3% | Avg: 4
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5
Holy shit! This beer just rocked our world. Very well balanced citrus and hops and everything best about an IPA happens in this beer. And as an imperial they manage to steer clear of the usual sweetness. SO well done. If I wasn't on my phone I'd keep going.
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in Onaway, Michigan
3.86/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.86
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
This is a grocery store with a pretty decent selection of Michigan and beyond craft beer.
You won't find the top 250, but you can certainly find some of the basic quality craft beers, and the price is very reasonable.
I even picked up a couple of 4 packs of Dragonsmead Sin Eater for 10.50 a 4 pack.
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in Vancouver, British Columbia
3.86/5 rDev +0.3% | Avg: 3.85
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75
Huge place with an upstairs and downstairs. Had their Jasmine IPA which was well above average. There are pool tables downstairs. Didn't have any food, but it's a great place to go with a group of friends.
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in Portland, Oregon
4.83/5 rDev +13.1% | Avg: 4.27
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
Great food. Great beer. Great service. Their selection is limited to about 10 beers give or take but the 3 I tried were some of the best I experienced in Portland. Must haves are the Blueberry Pancakes and the Passionfruit IPA.
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in Bothell, Washington
4.03/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75
I visited Foggy Noggin the other day with some friends of mine, and I'll definitely be going back. First of all, the pub is located in the guy's garage, which I guess is also the brewery. He's got a half-barrel system and brews something like 240 times a year (!!). The whole place is decked out in beer and sports memorabilia, with barrels as tables and an under-tent outdoor seating area as well.
He had 6 beers on CO2 and two on nitro during my visit, which is pretty impressive for a brewery in a garage. The beers I tried were all quite good, especially the cream ale and porter. The brewery focuses on English styles and seems to do them right. The brewer also operates the taps (naturally, it's his house for crying out loud), and he's a blast to talk to; really knows his stuff.
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in Falls Church, Virginia
4.32/5 rDev -4.4% | Avg: 4.52
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
Great little store in Falls Church. Not a mega selection, but a few bottles of lots of great import beers, and large quantities of locals. Store employee was happy to talk beer, and pointed out the freshest stuff and some interesting/new picks that I might have overlooked otherwise.
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in Falls Church, Virginia
4.06/5 rDev -2.9% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
High-end grilled cheese, local brews, and a dive feel. That about sums it up. The place is kinda cool, but it is what it is. My grilled cheese with pulled pork was pretty damn good, but I've also never paid 8 or 9 bucks for a grilled cheese...so it better be damn good.
Tap list was very local. So local that I never heard of 90% of the beers. I like that, but I didn't like paying 7 bucks for a 9oz pour. Ouch.
Without a doubt, this is the place to go if you are ever in Falls Church, hankering for a grilled cheese, and want to drink local beers.
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in Boone, North Carolina
3.66/5 rDev -11.8% | Avg: 4.15
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3
Visited today with Da Boss for a late lunch.
Vibe was pretty good, relaxed rock playing in the background.
Quality of the beer was Okay, had the Sunset Saison.
Service was good and friendly.
Selection of beer was solid but nothing on the menu screamed try me.
Food was a miss for me but Da Boss liked hers.
Overall this place was OK but definitely not a destination in my opinion.
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in Toronto, Ontario
3.64/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.64
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3
Not much selection yet, as waiting for it to become 4 taps. Emerging spot, next to the expected art gallery, and proposed Duke Hotel remote restaurant site. Bartender from Niagara College program helps. Good airy space with lots of free parking. Up and Comer.
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in Decatur, Georgia
4/5 rDev +8.4% | Avg: 3.69
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
Pub relocated a few years ago after a fire from an old strip row further west on College Ave. It's now in a modern storefront but still has a nice vibe once you're inside. There's outside seating too when the weather is nice. It's a 'local' - the owner is on premises most of the time. Modest number of taps usually with at least one pour from the hyper-locals: Blue Tarp, Three Taverns and Wild Heaven and nice choices from other regional/national craft breweries. The food is bar food done with care - weekend brunch is a highlight. If you're looking for a comfortable place to grab a pint and a bite this is it.
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in San Francisco, California
4.29/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.29
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
this place is real cool, right in the heart of san francisco, as much a tap house and nicer restaurant as it is a brewery. dim lit, minimalist decor, white table cloths, but not too fancy. they had a ton of cool guest beers on and a handful of house selections. they also had some nice craft cocktails and a full menu. the beer i had from them was an ipa called hop sounds, and it was sensational, really really impressive for a brewery i had never heard of before. the guest list covered a lot of ground as well. for downtown san fran, it wasnt too expensive either which was nice. the service was fantastic, the gentleman waiting on us was attentive and knowledgeable, respectful of our conversation, and generous with samples. it felt a little fancy for a couple of guys who had been drinking most of the day, but it was a comfortable and semi-private vibe, kind of nice change of pace. the food was good, but i didnt order real well. i had a steak that was a little overdone, but it tasted good. the rest of the menu looked nice as well. more of a place to drink cool beer while you eat than it is to just go pound beers, at least thats the vibe we got on friday night, but i really enjoyed my meal here, cool place to celebrate my birthday!
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in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
4.57/5 rDev -0.9% | Avg: 4.61
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25
Was pleasantly surprised to find this one after looking it up on BA. The selection isn't huge, but it's all quality. I found a few gems that I certainly wasn't expected to see. They guy that was working behind the counter was awesome and super friendly, even hooked me up with a free cozy on my way out. I'll be stopping here overtime I get the chance when visiting the area.
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in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
3.81/5 rDev -6.2% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25
Can't believe I've passed this place up for the past few years when visiting the inlaws beach house. Selection was much better than expected, also has a small growler station (picked up coconut Victory at Sea). The main guy working there was kind of a prick. But overall the selection was good enough to save me the extra 30 minute drive to Piggly Wiggly. only downside is that they don't have a build your own 6pack section, which kept me from purchasing an additional 12 beers or so.
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in Reykjavík, Iceland
4.18/5 rDev -10.3% | Avg: 4.66
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
Really quite a nice atmosphere for a bar. You walk downstairs, welcomed by a couch decorated with horse leather (partially). You walk in and there is a basement type bar, about 15-20 tables, some for 2, some for 4, and a bar at the end with a handful of stools. 14 Icelandic beer taps and a nice list of beer in the cellar. Solid selection, good quality beers. They do 5 and 10 tap samplers, but note that taps 11-14 are more specialty and are not included. Prices are typical for Iceland, that is to say, a bit higher than we are used to in America. But this is a great place to get a handful of local Icelandic beers.
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in Miami, Florida
4.18/5 rDev -8.1% | Avg: 4.55
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
Been mostly for bottle releases but it's always a good time with a chill vibe. Lots of Star wars, Gaming decor. I personally enjoy it. The place itself is not a huge space but it's nice and has great art work on the walls
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in Chicago, Illinois
4.57/5 rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.58
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75
Established in 1988, West Lakeview was a pioneer; opening a high-quality wine and beer store beer in a neighborhood that was less than 1/3 gentrified. (Today it is 100% and the store owner looks like a genius.)
But being a pioneer doesn't last forever. Several more craft beer bars have opened in, say, that half mile radius as have at least two other similar specialty stores in a somewhat larger area. So the question is, how does West Lakeview fair now ?
With more competition, it needs to change things up a bit more. It can still keep its niche of unusual good beer imports and very knowledgeable staff (although the last time of 6 times of purchased there, the guy at the counter was the spirits specialist.) Lakeview can also keep its spirits+wine vs beer 50-50 split of space. And it should strengthen that.
First... They do not offer a build-you-own-6-pack and absolutely should. This was immediately popular 5 years ago, so West Lakeview is giving business to its competition. Worse, many of Lakeview's customers buy in the one-and-down habit. So give the customers what they want. If they particularly want to expand their American craft trade (which is a good idea since Chicago is very fast becoming the largest metro producer), they need to offer build-your-own-6-pack.
Second (and this is work), but I'd do pairings with local restaurants. Get more crafts and imports paired with restaurant items and use it for advertising "Pairing done by West Lakeview" and get it on the menus.
As someone who knows he is over-paying by buying at Lakeview instead of Binny's, I just gave them some really, really useful advice. Compete with smarts.
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in Asheville, North Carolina
4.19/5 rDev -7.7% | Avg: 4.54
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25
Spent our lunch time today on a lovely low 70s Monday.
Vibe was good. It was fairly crowded but it was a relaxed crowd. Funky hip elevator like music in the background, millennial, boomers, dogs and families relaxing on the patio.
Quality and selection of the beer was very good. Awesome IPAs, sours, Belgians, lagers were on the menu today.
Service was friendly but slow.
Food menu was limited but tasty. The Wicked burger was a great pairing with Pernicious with the pineapple play from the burger meshing nicely with the tropical hops.
Overall I am happy to have had the opportunity to try this place!
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in Macon, Georgia
3.86/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.86
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
The guy there was very knowledgeable about the GA brews he had. They have a large selection and sell singles at a low prices. I'll definitely stop again when passing through.
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in Tampa, Florida
4.38/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Paid a visit while in town for work. Small place, but great selection of house and guest taps. I suggest sticking with the house brews. Offers flights and full pours. Was able to get a quick tour of the brewery and tour of the attached store. Outdoor space was available for sitting as well. Staff and bartender were great.
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in Paris, France
4.83/5 rDev +3.2% | Avg: 4.68
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
Exceptional staff that has a lot of knowledge about the up and coming craft beer scene in France. They are very nice to foreign travelers and also have plenty of lambics!
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