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Arthur's Tavern

in Morris Plains, New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.05
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

This establishment, in downtown Morris Plains, is known for two things: steak and beer. It's been in business for decades and is very popular. The steaks, and other food, are really good and it has the atmosphere of a bar rather than a steak house. You can go here for a great dinner or for a beer at the bar. The selection at the bar is largely limited to US and Irish macros but that's okay considering the steaks are excellent. This place is always lively and fun!

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Maine Beer Company

in Freeport, Maine

4.75/5  rDev +12.8% | Avg: 4.21
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Besides the delicious beers I had been told to expect, I was pleased to find a wood fired pizza oven, coolers containing singles as well as cases, and a good number of tables, a few indoors, several outdoors. It seemed like 40% of their business there is people picking up beer rather than sitting down for one (and I was there on a Saturday), so don't worry about getting a table.

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Penrose Brewing

in Geneva, Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -5.5% | Avg: 4.39
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Small little brewery on the north side of Geneva with a nice tasting room consisting of several tables, benches, and the bar itself. This is an industrial-esque setting with lots of metal in the tasting room so this place can get quite loud rather quickly, even wen only half full. No food is served but you can bring food in and/or order it while you are there. Selection is roughly 10 beers or so with several being rotating, I'm assuming due to smallish capacity. Service is very good, cheerful, nice, and quick. They also offer tours of their brewery for anyone interested.

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Syracuse Suds Factory

in Syracuse, New York

1.6/5  rDev -38.2% | Avg: 2.59
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 1 | food: 2

This place has so much potential but really seems to be neglected. It's part of Franklin Square so great location. The building is nice. That's where anything good ends. We were the only ones in there on a Saturday a 5. I asked for a flight and they only had one beer of theirs on tap and it a light honey ale that tasted sour like vinegar. The tvs had dark spots. The table was dirty with 4 people working and no customers. They brought plates and one had a big dried spot of food on it. We only ordered nachos and they came with what looking to be prepackaged chicken and canned chili on it. As a home brewer I have never been so disappointed in a brewery/pub.

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Baderbräu Brewing Company

in Chicago, Illinois

3.67/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.67
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Came here while staying at the South Loop Hotel, as its a block away. Apparently the taproom opened a week ago. Nice place with view of the brewery from windows. 10 taps of their offerings and they do flights. Beer was decent enough. Worth trying if you are in southside, but likely not a place you would make an effort to venture to.

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Benford Brewing Co.

in Lancaster, South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.78
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Located on the owner's farm, this place is out in the middle of nowhere in Lancaster, SC. Vibe is what it sounds like...farm! Smelled like it too. Cow dung wafting with the breeze.

Quality of the brews is fair. They have decent stuff, but nothing outstanding or anything that will blow you away. Service is good. They have about 8 taps inside the brewery itself, with about 5 that were flowing when I was there. They brew the beer right where they pour. They have some picnic tables outside. When I was there, they were hosting an arts festival and had a band.

One thing they should think about doing is wild ales, taking the whole barnyard thing into play, but that probably isn't their schtick.

Anyway, it was a nice change of pace from your standard brewery. Nice to sit out in the fresh (cow dung-tinged) air, having a few pints...oh, they also do growler fills.

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Berwick Brewing Company

in Berwick, Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +9% | Avg: 4.21
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

An exceptional brewery/gathering place, there to brew for its community. 25 taps, ales and lagers (all their own), every beer right on style. Simple fare but delicious and fresh. A place you wish you had in your own town.

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Foulmouthed Brewing

in Portland, Maine

5/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 5
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A great selection of six house beers, all at the top of their style in the pub or growlers. Food was perfect - bucket of fries with smoked tomato dipping sauce and a crispy cod sandwich. I had a Knightvillian bier noir and a Kaizen saison - both outstanding.

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Chip's Wine & Beer Market

in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

4.07/5  rDev -7.9% | Avg: 4.42
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

I was looking forward to stopping here, but I must of just hit it at an off time as I found very little to purchase. Nice people and I'll definitely try again someday.

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Trio Wine Beer Cheese

in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +1.4% | Avg: 4.3
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Great cheese selection and I also found a better selection of the beer I was looking for opposed to Chip's down the road. Very friendly staff and a great place to have a beer on tap from their nice selection.

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The Salted Pig

in Riverside, California

4.21/5  rDev +1.4% | Avg: 4.15
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

I stopped by the Salted Pig as I was in the area. Overall, I enjoyed the experience very much. First of, it was in the downtown area. The exterior was nondescript with door heavy wooden doors. It's a large space inside. There was a bar area on the right with lots of tables, and the kitchen on the other side. The interior design was simple but nicely done.

I sat at the bar and had a glass of Bruery stout. The server was nice and helpful. She did offer a taster which I thought was a nice touch. I then ordered their street tacos which was good. I agree with other reviewers that the price a little on the higher side. The selection of beers on tap is somewhat limited in number, but had quality beers though.

I'll visit again when in the area and try other items on the menu. Also, as a side note, there was a cool independent coffee shop right next door.

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Mack's Beverage

in Parma, Ohio

5/5  rDev +9.4% | Avg: 4.57
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Bit of a deceiving appearance from the outside - this is THE place for craft beer in Northeast Ohio! Selection is top notch, with many of the most limited releases actually carried (and sold quickly). Pretty much the only place I go to anymore!

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Burnet Park Newstand

in Syracuse, New York

4.79/5  rDev +1.3% | Avg: 4.73
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Stopped here on the way to a wedding in Syracuse.Great bottle shop with nice selection and good pricing.The owner is knowledge and helpful.Definitely we will stop here again when we are in the area.

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Packinghouse Brewing Co.

in Riverside, California

3.68/5  rDev -1.3% | Avg: 3.73
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Packinghouse's tasting room and brewery is located across the street from a regional airport.

It's a fairly small space. There were a few seating area with couple of monitors on the wall. Since I was in the area and is always looking for new places to try out, I came here. I tried several tasters. I thought their beers were good.

I'd check it out if you are in the area. Nice small comfortable experience.

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Uptown Grille

in Commerce Township, Michigan

4.8/5  rDev +5.7% | Avg: 4.54
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

V: The bar is classic. Lot's of wood and glass. Inviting, open and spacious. Room for a few hundred people and this place can pack them in. Dining area is also spacious, open but comfortable. This place is huge. It has a breakfast cafe and bakery, a bar area, a private banquet area and a full dining room.

Q: Never had anything short of a good meal here. Great emphasis on local.

SRV: Two types of service here: good and great. Eat and drink here a few times and you'll be able to discern from the two. Bar area can get slammed but the staff manages to keep it moving. Be patient during peak times.

SLT: Food: Huge menu and something for everyone. BAR: Excellent selection of local taps. Big wine and liquor selection as well. Everything from craft bourbons to single malts. Daily food and bar specials that can't be beat: 1/2 price burgers; $2 Bloodys; 1/2 price wine and kids eat free on Tuesday.

F: Food is great and deep in selections: soups, apps, salads, entrees, pizza and desserts. Beer cheese soup is hard to beat. Only Ale Mary's does it better. 1/2 priced something almost every night: wings (Mon.), burgers (Tues), and pizza (Thurs). The pizza is very under rated and it is fantastic; the house-made dough is stellar. Breakfast here is one of the best around. Salads are big enough to split. Roasted chicken dinner, Firecracker Shrimp; Carnivore pizza and Cobb salad are group favorites.

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Founders Brewing Company

in Grand Rapids, Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +6.4% | Avg: 4.37
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Founders is committed to excellence and it shows. Everything they do is bold and confident and in Michigan beer scene, this is the place to be.

Cancel your evening your evening plans and get a ride because this place is worth a long sit. Their draft offerings are spectacular and catch them during certain seasons and you might be lucky enough to score the fabled KBS or CBS. While Founders in a bottle is great, the first hand tap room experience is even better because you're getting it from the source.

Menu is mostly sandwiches and they do not have a grill or fryer. They don't need to. While they're not in the deli business, those sandwiches are outrageous in flavor, quality and size. That's just the Founder's boldness coming through. Absolutely get a sandwich on the marble rye and with one of Founder's own beer mustard. Most sandwiches hover in the $7-10 range and it's great value for dollar. The double-decker is about $14 but it fed me twice for that price. The French bread pizzas are all the rage now but I'm a sandwich guy.

Service is kind of hit and miss. The place starts packing them in early in the day so you can always expect a crowd. Post work hours to get crowded so expect longer waits. I had very good service sitting at the bar but mediocre service from a bearded hipster who gave us the cold shoulder the whole time. Yes, we're tourists and no I don't have a man bun or mountain bike but my money still spends the same. However, most employees we have encountered are very nice and helpful.

Beer. The whole reason why you came speaks for itself. They will always have the standards (class 1) but venture out and try the seasonal stuff too. The Breakfast Stout is that much better from the tap as is the Rubaeus. I tend to stay in the Class 2 beers. Typically, if you order from the Class 3 list, you are limited in the order to either 1-2 glasses. This may account for limited quantity or even alcohol content. You come to enjoy, not get smashed.

Nice relaxing setting which has live music several days a week. The open mic music nights are great and showcases local talent. Note though, it can get very loud.

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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

in Warren, Michigan

4.16/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I like that this place doesn't try to be anything more than a focus beer hall. Yes, they serve basic bar snacks, which I've never tried, and often have a food truck available outside, but I like that it primarily stays focused on the beer. Less can absolutely be more and Kuhnhenn does it right.

While we've never had great service here, even sitting in the horseshoe around the taps, it's never been awful either. They could exercise a little Dale Carnegie and just be friendlier and perhaps quicker to suggest an offering.

I can't say that the beer is phenomenal but I will say it is very good. I've tried about a dozen different beers here and only found one that I didn't care for--a fruit based beer but I've determined that the style was good and that I don't enjoy fruit beers. The Penetration Porter and the Creme Brule Java Stout were very good but I think where Kuhnhenn really sets the mark is on their higher ABV brews. They pack a punch but anything they do with a bourbon barrel is stellar. I also think the Russian Imperial Stout, Solar Eclipse, and the Brown Ale, Double Nut Brown, are vastly underappreciated.

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Wild Run Brewery

in Stafford, Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +8.7% | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Odd place for a brewey but it works. Relaxed setting to enjoy a craft beer. Good selection and some good beer as well. Well stocked for the homebrew as well.

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Jolly Pumpkin Cafe And Brewery Ann Arbor

in Ann Arbor, Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.4% | Avg: 4.1
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

I like the vibe of JP-A2 but damn, this place is just expensive. Happy hour here is just as expensive as ithe regular menu elsewhere so there isn't true value for dollar. Do they make an effort for the money? Yes, but it's still a budget buster come time to pay the bill. $7-10 glasses of beer, and you better enjoy sours because that's what they specialize in. The stout was watery week but the red ale showed real promise. There is a relationship with North Peak, not sure if they own it, but that's primarily what is available, and I'm not a huge fan of North Peak. Maybe they're due a redemption visit but not any time soon. A2 has too much going on.

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La Cave à Bulles

in Paris, France

5/5  rDev +6.4% | Avg: 4.7
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Simon and Chris are some of the most hospitable guys in craft beer ive ever met. with an awesome selection in a lively part of town, La Cave A Bulles is a must stop to pick up some bottles and chat up with some local guys who know their beer. Truly ambassadors of craft beer in Paris. They are also open to trades, so feel free to drop them a message!

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The Crafty Fox Taphouse & Pizzeria

in Denver, Colorado

3.89/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

V-The Fox is located in a somewhat odd spot...kinda close to Coors Field and River North, but not within an easy walk of anything. The place is big with multiple floors, multiple patios, and lots of seating. It feels strangely like a nightclub to me. The decor is sparse and industrial with a serious beer theme (bottles on the wall as art, etc.). I visited for lunch on a weekend and the place was really mellow; just a few customers at the bar watching soccer.

Q-The beer list is thoughtful with nice local options and craft from throughout the United States. Compared to other beer-centric joints in Denver, the Fox is not mind-blowing, but you can find good beers here.

Ser-Our waitress was prompt and friendly (which you expect since there were only five people in the entire place). Beers arrived in appropriate glassware and pours were done correctly.

Sel-The beer list was lengthy, probably 50-ish taps. It is crazy to think that 50-plus taps isn't amazing these days, but so many places now have 50-plus taps that it feels almost routine. Anyway, the variety of the list was good and the selections were ample.

F-We had pizza and it was merely OK. Our salad was also just OK. Perhaps the kitchen was not quite warmed up for the day, but I don't know that I would eat here again with other options available in Denver.

O-The beer list was good, but not great, and the food was average. The vibe also wasn't working with me. With all of the other choices around Denver, the Crafty Fox will need to up there game to bring me back.

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Prisco's Fine Foods

in Aurora, Illinois

4.07/5  rDev -1.9% | Avg: 4.15
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Great little grocery store in Aurora, it's been there since 1926 and still family-owned.
They have some great specialties, some Italian stuff but a nice variety of prepared food and fresh cuts including Miller amish chicken. Combined this visit with a trip to Wurst Kitchen, so we skipped the quality meats this time.

First walking in, there was a stack of multiple various cases, a shelf of seasonal stuff to the right, and a reach in cooler on the left with some random bombers. The actual beer aisle is in the center of the store and impressively occupies the entire aisle. A 4 door cooler is at the end of the aisle near the checkout. Well over 100, probably 200+ beers available. US craft is the focus, though there was a solid variety of imports, with traditional lambic including Cuvee Rene, Boon Mariage Parfait Kriek. Rodenbach and Charactere Rouge. Good variety of at least 6 Off Color, 6 Surly, Victory seasonals, Avery Lilekoi Kepolo and Perzik Saison, Bells seasonals, Almanac, etc. Great selection for a grocery store, bigger variety but similar to the better Whole Foods around Chicagoland.

Service was friendly, the staff was mostly younger and there wasn't really a dedicated beer person, but everything was pretty easy and well organized. I liked that they had some summer seasonals at the front of the store.

Overall I was impressed, and would return for beer and groceries again in the future.

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Magic Hat Brewing Company

in South Burlington, Vermont

3.76/5  rDev -7.8% | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

This is a fun brewery. Free samples, free tours, and pleasant service. Fun, but the quality isn't tops. Still, they usually have one or two fairly good beers on tap. Overall worth going to if your taking a trip to Burlington.

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Young Veterans Brewing Co.

in Virginia Beach, Virginia

2.98/5  rDev -13.4% | Avg: 3.44
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

I've been here a couple of times, most recently last night. Neither experience was bad, but neither was that great either. I doubt I'll give them a third chance, as there are so many other new craft breweries popping up around here that I'd like to try (and established ones where I know I'll get good service and a quality product).
Strike one: Consistency. I've had a couple of their beers on different occasions, with noticeable variation in quality (e.g. one batch of their "Pineapple Grenade" wheat beer was quite tasty, a few weeks later it was "meh").
Strike two: Pricing. Their board lists growler fills at $15; I was charged $17 (I asked ahead of time if all growler fills cost the same, and she confirmed they did, so it wasn't that I ordered a "premium" beer that cost more). To make matters worse, the server didn't know how to properly fill a growler - by the time I got it home, the foam had settled and my growler was more than an inch below the fill line; nobody likes paying for foam (not to mention the excess foam meant a lot of CO2 had been liberated, so the beer in my growler was half flat when I opened it).
Strike three: Service. Although the servers were prompt enough, they seemed uninterested/bored, and didn't really know some of the basics about their offerings (ABVs, IBU's, flavor profiles), much less how to fill a growler, as mentioned above. I also was a little put off by the fact that they had their dinner plates of tacos (from the food truck outside) sitting right next to the taps. I'm not 100% certain that's a health code violation, but servers eating with their hands before handling my drink glass doesn't sit well with me.
I was also disappointed that two of their beers were unavailable the last time I went in, but that is not unheard of for nano-breweries, where the delicate balance between supply and demand can be hard to find. But with everything else factored in, it was just another disappointment that will discourage me from going back.

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The Monk Brewery & Kitchen

in Fremantle, Australia

4.45/5  rDev +10.7% | Avg: 4.02
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

The Monk Brewery was nice. It has indoor and outdoor seating and had simple décor and some TVs to watch footie. The beer and food were both above average. The service was quite attentive especially in Australia. There was plenty of beer and food to select from. I had some bbq like sliders with my sampler and they were excellent. Definitely a cool place to visit in middle of Freo.

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