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Ocelot Brewing Company

in Sterling, Virginia

4.38/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.5
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

This place was surprisingly large when we first visited. Even though I haven't viewed the full production facility, I saw more tanks tha I expected for a newer brewery. They also seem to be following the concept that a large tasting room area is the way to go. The bar itself is moderate to small, but there are 5-6 decent sized community tables available. There are also a few open spaces for for hole, a dart board, and a space for live entertainment.

The place generally offers about a dozen beers, with nitro and cask options as well. The beers are generally pale styles (although the one beer I've seen consistently is an imperial stout). A service rep I met had stated that they plan on only doing one-off recipes, which I am not happy about. There are generally a few pale ales and IPAs, a couple sours, and a couple Belgians. The first beers we had all tended to be higher ABV (like an imperial Berliner Weiss?) but our last trip had more moderate offerings. Almost every one of their IPAs have been huge winners, even better than their DIPA attempts. Everything else ranges from good to solid, without anything I'd consider bad.

Service is generally friendly, but can be a bit hectic with many people ordering samplers. Overall I have nothing bad to say about this place. I hope they keep it up. (1,315 characters)

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Bluejacket / Arsenal Restaurant

in District of Columbia

4.49/5  rDev +12.8% | rAvg: 3.98
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

This is a must visit destination if you are anywhere in its vicinity. Aside from a few mainstays, these guys rotate brews and always have 20 available. Personally, I love that they seem to love to develop new sours on a consistent basis, but they typically have a range of styles, including some choices additionally available as cask versions. Another bonus here is that all beers are available as tasters, and they never seem to mind if tasters are all you want. On one visit, sitting at the bar, we were lucky enough to be served by a bartender who was extremely knowledgeable about the Bluejacket beers, and beers in general. His willingness to spend time with us was indicative of all the serving experiences I've had at what I believe to be the most exciting brewpub in the D.C. area. Oh yeah, and you can purchase 750 ml bottles of 7-8 of the 20 styles on any given day. Once more, I highly recommend this place. (926 characters)

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Burger & Beer Joint

in Sarasota, Florida

4.01/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.01
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Right in the new University Town Center mall but with direct access for hours outside of the restricted mall hours.
Decent vibe, though it leans toward yuppie with a splash of sports f country bars tossed in for confusion.
Service was great, friendly, knowledgeable, quick and willing to converse.
Selection is relatively small, well under 100, probably 50 offerings, but ranges wide with several in-state & local breweries represented as well as Delirium and other great imports and regional/national brews.
Didn't eat anything but a quick perusal of the menu (while trying to find info to add here) looked worth coming back for. A little pricey but it is in a very yuppie/upscale mall, what else would you expect? (717 characters)

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DC Brau Brewing Co.

in District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -4.5% | rAvg: 4.03
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

I was really looking forward to the drive down to DC brau to check out their taproom and grab some OTWOA... Really glad I grabbed the OTWOA, but the taproom is nothing to write home about. Great beer, great people working there, taproom could use some work. Want to head back down to tour the brewery. (301 characters)

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Three Cellars

in Franklin, Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +7.8% | rAvg: 4.64
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Fresh off the plane from Boston, I stopped into Three Cellars to get some local craft. NAILED IT. this place not only had what i was looking for, they also have it on tap! I owe thanks to these gentlemen for not only answering all my questions and offering wonderful suggestions, but also keeping up with my (typically boring to most) beer nonsense. Thank you Three Cellars! (377 characters)

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Showboat Saloon

in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

4.11/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.56
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

A place I'd passed by many times without considering ever going in. Macro neons, country music blaring, a place for the young popped collar set. Something changed in the last couple years, namely the beer selection.

Selection is great for the area, craft focused, heavy on Founders, Surly, and FFF, though there was good local representation from Port Huron, Central Waters, and a Kölsch from One Barrel. A couple from Toppling Goliath in bottles, a couple Surly cans, Oberon, and Spotted Cow, otherwise mainly just draft. They update BeerMenus frequently which is commendable.

Service was quick and friendly early in the evening, chilled pints were kind of a rookie mistake though. They offered samples of the drafts which was great.

Vibe was relaxed, country music playing, thankfully not a rowdy crowd early in the week. People watching from the front windows is a bonus I guess. I'll be back again for sure. (917 characters)

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Victory Brewing Company

in Downingtown, Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.5% | rAvg: 4.22
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Freakin great, love getting kegs of this beer for my kegerator and showing off its potentcy to guests. Amazing taste and punch, love it. One of my favorites!!! (159 characters)

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Holsteins Shakes and Buns

in Las Vegas, Nevada

4.41/5  rDev +16.7% | rAvg: 3.78
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

You come here for the vibe and the food, not the beer, but overall the beer selection was great for a non-beer focused spot on the strip. Food is excellent, as was the service. (177 characters)

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Mr. K's Liquor

in Placentia, California

5/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.64
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Been coming here for awhile now and wish I started sooner. Mike really knows how to run a shop and make his customers feel welcomed. If you are going to make a stop at The Bruery make sure you embrace all that is Mr. K's, you won't be disappointed. (250 characters)

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Copper Still Kitchen & Bar

in Noblesville, Indiana

4.13/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.13
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My first visit to the Copper Still Kitchen & Bar in downtown Noblesville, IN was a great experience. The staff was friendly and helpful, the atmosphere very relaxed, and the beer selection was impressive. I washed down a Reuben(delicious) w/2 draft craft beers. I will definitely be back for more! (297 characters)

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City Swiggers

in New York, New York

4.3/5  rDev +6.2% | rAvg: 4.05
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Oh, Alan... Okay, yes, it’s been a long time, my bad. You know, I recall him loooooking around for a good while before opening up shop. Contemplating something lower ‘burg and talk of Queens, too, if memory serves correctly (and it does or I wouldn’t have mentioned it), before setting up on the geographically not near me UES. 3 years down and settling in nicely…

So, beer store/growler shop/bar on 86th. Small slab topped ‘L’ shaped bar with a corklike panel base, and seating for 8 on highbacked chairs. Some barback space holding slight wines countered and glassware shelved over mirrored backings with colored ball strung lighting.

Slat plank floors, track lighting front to rear, and pale green walls with some cool faux retro prints, some other local art for sale, and pieces by owner Pam, seemingly not for sale as they are not priced. Blackboardesque piece on the wall lists brewery, beer, origin, $7 pour size, ABV, and pricing for 64oz & 2L growlers, and an events board lists upcoming free tasting events.

Up front, 4 shelving units of American craft and a pair of triple wide coolers across the way, with a wood table in between where events/tastings happen. I’ve seen it myself, sure; when Small Strange Man was doing his Sam Smith promo, we came out to support him (read: drink all his beer). 4 hightops on the far wall past the bar, 6 shorty squares adjacent for the push together as needed, and another pair to the rear of the rear across from the triple wide imports imports imports shelving unit. And I think there’s a baby backyard space (although if I haven’t been back there, then it doesn’t exist).

14 non-descript handles on a barbell tower on the bar. The majority of the list are craft offering from New York state (Cuzett Libations Grisette, Radiant Pig Stop That Train IPA, Gun Hill Black Waves IPA, Captain Lawrence Frozen Flowers, Barrier Cairn Scotch Ale), and beyond (Victory Kirsch Sour Cherry Gose, Sixpoint Dabble IPA, New Holland Full Circle Kolsch, Bells Expedition Stout, Lakefront Fixed Gear Red Ale, Perennial Aria Belgian Pale Ale, Left Hand Fade to Black Stout), and then a single import (Maisels Weisse Original) and cider (Sovereign Apples & Honey Cider). I drank the Bells Expedition Stout & Cuzett Libations Grisette.

Good crowd of regular sitting around for a few beers types, and spoke with the most dengerous couple; she with skull pants, and he with her. A ton of bottles to buy and house growlers in 2 configs for the fill. Service is solid, and Alan knows his game (I can attest to him having sampled a beer or two before). Good for the ‘hood, and (lovely) Orval runs a cool $7.79, yep, that works for me. (2,685 characters)

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Taxman Brewing Co.

in Bargersville, Indiana

4.5/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.61
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is my favorite brewery in Indiana. For as new as it is, I couldn't be more impressed by the quality of beers coming out of this place. Freshest beer I've ever tasted come out of a keg. The other breweries in town are all solid, but Taxman blows them away with the complexity and drink-ability of their beers.

Taxman has a cool, modern vibe (especially the outdoor firepit and festival area) with consistently quality food you wouldn't expect at a standard brewpub. The burgers are beyond delicious, and I get the mussels and frites everytime I'm there. There are over 20 beers on tap to choose from, half of them being Taxman and other half being local or regional beers on draft.

The bartenders are all knowledgeable and friendly, and will take time out of even a busy night to give you recommendations or answer your questions about specific beers. I actually prefer to sit at the bar just because of how great the bartenders are.

This being said, while it is a newer brewpub, there is a definite need for improvement on the service. I have gone to Taxman multiple times since its inception, and every time but one have had lackluster service (when I haven't sat at the bar). It has either taken over 20 minutes to get a food order in, drinks have taken over 20 minutes to arrive, or the food has taken 45 minutes to come out. Also, I often have to flag servers down or just give up and walk to the bar the get a new beer. Despite this, the waitstaff are all extremely friendly and courteous and can make great recommendations to new beer drinkers (they were able to get my mom, a Bud Light Lime drinker, a beer she enjoyed), and the food DOES come out incredible every time.

I will continue to go to Taxman and heavily recommend it to anybody I hear talking about beer in central Indiana. When my friends visit from other states, I take them here. I can only see great things for the future of this brewery and look forward to watching them grow. (1,963 characters)

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Peach's Grill

in Yellow Springs, Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -5.6% | rAvg: 3.9
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Vibe: Tourist trap kind-of-a-place. Good music scene. One of the best open mic nights with Rob Heiliger has been hosting for years. Can be awesome to ok but Rob always plays which is worth it.
Quality: Average to good quality offerings. Beer lines can be poorly maintained at times. It has been really inconsistent through the years sometimes being badly maintained. Prices can be high especially on some beers.
Service: Service is THE star here. There are a few slackers but Bill is ridiculously great! Jonas, Aaron, Mandy, Doug all are outstanding and a couple of others whose names elude me.
Selection: Good representation but cans prices can be absurdly expensive. The draft selection varies from excellent to not having a good mix at times. See above about line maintenance.
Food: Average to good. A little more offerings than standard pub fare. (852 characters)

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The Farmhouse Tap & Grill

in Burlington, Vermont

4.78/5  rDev +7.7% | rAvg: 4.44
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

My guess is review below is from competition or someone who has a bone to pick with place. Came up from MA with family. Awesome place. Great food options. Nice beer menu. Cool beirgarten in rear as you wait for table. Loved it. Nice people. Waitress was a tad slow. But food was yummy. Atmosphere happening. Would like to go back again with just adults and drink more and share diff apps n entrees.

Highly recommend this place. (439 characters)

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The Hoppy Gnome

in Fort Wayne, Indiana

3.98/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.98
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Just opened in July 2015, great addition to local scene. About the only place in town dedicated to craft beer. They seem to have a great selection but with no beer menu it's hard to be sure. Servers seem to have very good knowledge of their beers to the point of quoting IBU and ABV off the top of their head. Some outdoor seating. Food menu is interesting - unique to the market. (380 characters)

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Appalachian Brewing Company

in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.4% | rAvg: 4.04
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

ABC is great. Their beer selection is vast and the quality is right where you want it to be, but their food can't be praised enough. The menu is unique and full of fun things to try and it delivers once you've got it. I've had the rockfish tacos and I've tried the french dip (which is braised in their Jolly Scot Ale) and they were both wonderful. Good place to go, can't wait to go back. (389 characters)

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Whiskey Ridge Brewing

in Arlington, Washington

3.82/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.82
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Whiskey Ridge is a relatively new brewery that just moved from Darrington to Arlington in March. The facility looks like it's not quite finished being built out yet, so the air is definitely that of a brewery operated out of a garage -- but I find that charming.

I was served by one of the owners, who are a husband-and-wife team. They had 6 beers on offer, as well as a guest cider. The beers I tried were pretty interesting; they definitely seem to be going with less common styles, which I like. I will try to hit them again the next time I'm in Arlington to see what new things they have. (599 characters)

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Skookum Brewery

in Arlington, Washington

4.08/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.09
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I visited Skookum the other day on my tour of Marysville/Arlington breweries and frankly I was surprised that I'd never heard of them before. They had 10 beers on offer, plus a guest rootbeer and a guest cider. The two beers I had were both delicious and good exmaples of their respective styles, and I really look forward to returning and trying more.

The facility itself is pretty cool -- a big warehouse by the Arlington airport with tons of characterful mismatched seating, brewing equipment and barroom décor; plus, the staff were super friendly and entertaining. Skookum is cash-only, so be prepared for that, but a visit is well worth it. (650 characters)

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Whitewall Brewing Company

in Marysville, Washington

3.78/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.82
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

I visited Whitewall this weekend on a short tour of breweries in the Marysville/Arlington corridor. I like the place -- it's got a definite garage feel to it, and it was packed on my visit which added to a real convivial feeling. The beers are decent, with seven on offer plus a guest cider and a guest rootbeer (which I guess is becoming a popular thing to do). It's worth checking out if you're in the area. (412 characters)

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Beverage Warehouse

in Winooski, Vermont

5/5  rDev +17.1% | rAvg: 4.27
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place has it all. nice knowledgeable people. great beer selection. 2nd to none. If you want Heady Topper or Lawson's Liquids go to no other place. (156 characters)

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Rogue Ales Distillery & Public House

in Portland, Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +0.5% | rAvg: 4.11
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Neat spot with some great Rogue brews. Picked up a growler of Old Crustacean - as if I needed that at the end of a long day of drinking. We had an absolute blast. Neat vibe, lots of fun - great beer - merch and growlers! Check 'em out. (235 characters)

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Buoy Beer Company

in Astoria, Oregon

4.49/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.14
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Stopped in on the advice of some locals, traveling the coast down to Seattle. The brew selection was quite nice and the food was INCREDIBLE. Great location and killer cool place, definitely hit the bar in the back, overlooking the water. We had a blast there. This little town's got a lot going for it. Cheers! (310 characters)

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Hilliard's Beer

in Seattle, Washington

4/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.8
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

You could knock the place for the vibe - but it's more a working brewery than a bar or taproom. There's a big open warehouse, cans of beer stacked as high as the eye can see, and a small sitting area. I enjoyed the hell out of a gin barrel aged saison on their menu. I don't see it listed on BA. Suffering Bastard is what it was called. Neat brewery. (350 characters)

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New Helvetia Brewing Company

in Sacramento, California

4.33/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.33
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

A pretty chill vibe (though we were there at opening on a Sunday). I can imagine it gets pretty busy later. Only 5 or 6 beers on tap but of the ones I sampled they were all ranging from good to great. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. (239 characters)

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Track 7 Brewing Co.

in Sacramento, California

4.08/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.49
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Worth a visit. Tap list wasn't too long. I think maybe 7 or 8 beers on tap but it varied pretty well with styles for everyone. I wasn't blown away with the vibe...I guess just a little too much party atmosphere which isn't what I typically gravitate too. Beers are solid. (271 characters)

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