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El Cholo

in Los Angeles, California

4.05/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.05
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Several Mexican beers on tap, and several more in bottle. Family owned restaurant since the 1920s. Huge space for dining, including a patio on the roof. One block from Staples Center. The food was good to very good; all in our party enjoyed their dishes. Service was attentive and unhurried. Bright and airy - a nice place to eat/drink Mexican. (344 characters)

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Coronado Brewing Company

in Coronado, California

3.56/5  rDev -8.5% | rAvg: 3.89
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

A very nice establishment, situated on beautiful Coronado Island. Hard to find if you don't pay attention to where you're going sometimes, but the building is very nice. Food is decent quality, but it's known mostly for it's beer. Had to go to the bar to get my beer, the waiter forgot to bring mine to me. Otherwise good experience. (337 characters)

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World of Beer

in Syracuse, New York

4.24/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.09
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Visited the World of Beer Syracuse in the gigantic Destiny USA mall. The vibe was pretty cool, lots of wood and enough (but not too many) televisions. Good but nothing remarkable draft list with a better bottle selection. The better beers were rather expensive though. The bartender was a fellow beer enthusiast and a genuinely nice guy with an impressive beard. Be sure to ask about the "off menu" selections. (410 characters)

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Black Swan Brewpub

in Plainfield, Indiana

4.56/5  rDev +21.3% | rAvg: 3.76
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

I rolled into the BSB while on a biz run to Indy. My work site and hotel were on the SW side and I didn't want to drive all the way into the center of town, despite the good fortune that would be awaiting me at Sun King and other worthwhile outlets.
From my view and as exemplified by my ratings, the BSB is no slouch. There was a full array of styles on hand; 2 IPAs, a red, a stout, a porter and a session style ale. I opted for the red, which was a most refreshing malty experience with a enjoyable but slight, hop finish. I got my hops blast from the Chinook IPA, which offered a very fruity and savory blast and finished off with the Farmhouse Ale ["French Country"] that was a complex realm of tastes which proved a grand counterpoint to the previous ales.
Had one of their chopped salads, that was well prepared and generous in ingredients and serving.
I sat at the bar and was ably served by David, who knows his beer and a good guy to talk to.
I'll certainly return to the BSB on my next trip to the Circle City. (1,021 characters)

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The Royal

in Perth, Australia

4.04/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.97
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

It was a nice bar to stop at while walking around Perth, very relaxed atmosphere. Staff was very friendly. Food was decent, for bar food. Good selection. (153 characters)

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Exhibit Ale

in Lawrenceville, Georgia

4.83/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.85
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I love this place!!! Beer changes frequent. Some of the most rare craft beers world wide. Great place to sit down and talk to beer experts, novice and rookies. Great convos. Jesse is awesome. I don't think there's a beer he hasn't tasted. 10 thumbs up!!! (335 characters)

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St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company

in Ephrata, Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.31
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

-Small boxy warehouse style building, industrial looking, with a side entrance and patio to drink outside. Ample parking in the back, seems like this is a hotspot for the bicycle enthusiasts as they tend to stop by regularly though the scenic town of Epharata. Inside is very basic, open area, with a serving bar, seats 10, and brewing area to rear, could use some more tables and chairs to fill the empty void, as place seemed pretty packed 15 people on a saturday. Reminded me a bit of One Guy brewing when first opened.

Service was good, the gem of this place is in the pricing, most beers coming in at $4.50 (at time of review) including the hoppy double ipa libation and 3lb ipa. There were about 8 beers on tap at time of sampling, ESB, stout, 3 ipas, belgian pale, pilsner, berliner weiss so a decent selection. There is no food service/kitchen though on weekends they do have different food trucks arranged to stop by in the parking lot, prices seemed moderate, some good offerings, though i did not actually try anything off it. Pizza can be ordered from across the street and delivered..

Thier two best beers Libation and Paideia are offered in six pack form and crowlers at very reasonable rates. crowlers $10, as well growlers $12. A decent selection of merchandise from shirts and caps, again very reasonablely priced. The beers are very solid, clean, and very drinkable from the ones i sampled. Payment is due upon service, in otherwords, pay per beer or they will request to hold your CC until after you are done, seems like they have had quite a bit of drink and go's which i found surprising from an other wise very friendly little town. Niced one off offerings#. Other then that nice little spot to grab some good quality, cheap brews, friendly crowd, was talking with a couple first time there from phoenixville who traveled to check them out, cheers. (1,880 characters)

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Wantagh Beverage

in Wantagh, New York

4.49/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.77
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I've been going to the Barn for 2 1/2 yrs. The store usually has all the latest selections from all the top breweries. The prices are pretty good and if you can't find what your looking for they will try to find it, if requested.
The staff is polite, informed and help carry beer out to my car. I got a couple of kegs there and the prices were a little better then some other places I called.
The Barn is my go to store when I'm buying beer. (441 characters)

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Gimbel's Liquors

in Brookline, Massachusetts

2.89/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.12
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2

Small local liquor store. Decent selection of liquor and wine for such a small store, but the beer selection is quite minimal. If this wasn't the closest place for me to buy beer, I'd never go there when looking for a 6 pack. Prices are pretty typical for Brookline; overpriced but that comes from the location. Can't fault them for that. (343 characters)

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Chan's Wine World

in Destin, Florida

4.19/5  rDev -4.3% | rAvg: 4.38
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Pretty good sized store with a vast array of bottles and cans. Was able to find some DFH WW stout, some good selections of Stillwater, some White Oak Jai Alai as well as some other stuff. Staff was rather friendly and didn't bother me instead of letting me peruse at will. Definitely a must stop for vacationers in the area. (326 characters)

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Lost Nation Brewing

in Morrisville, Vermont

4.39/5  rDev +1.2% | rAvg: 4.34
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Excellent beer experience, offering just a little bit of a twist to it.

The turn off to the place is a little misleading, figured it out, but it's easy to miss as you have to go down a service road by the industrial park area.

However, once arriving it's a great space. There is an excellent benched area for the biergarten which is what I really like to find in places like this. The other is a bar/restaurant area for you to also partake in the food and drinks as well, which is where I sat and ate.

I loved the diversity of the styles they had, it was one of the few places in Vermont that had this and they were also done real well. Service is real fantastic, as the staff handled my food and order of cans to go real nicely too.

Really like the experience here, I would easily return (797 characters)

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Hill Farmstead Brewery

in Greensboro Bend, Vermont

4.44/5  rDev +0.5% | rAvg: 4.42
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

THe place has certainly grown since I last visited..

A real nice spot that has a great view of the mountains. A slight dirt part road near Greensboro and a few short paved miles from Hardwick sits the brewery. A large wooden tasting room is in the works, and there is now a better views from the facility and greenspace to take in that great Vermont scenery.

Excellent quality brews, with the saisons often being my favorites to enjoy. The place is busy quite often, and it all depends on how easy/hard it is to get growler fills. Also there's usually only about 8 different taps with 2 of them more than likely always Edward and Everett for selection. If the place is busy you wont have to come here to find their beers elsewhere in town in bars and restaurants.

The staff does well though with the demand and control of customers and crowds however. Still if you are interested in the beers, you may want to save your trouble to go to some of the businesses instead for the ontap offerings. Still, worth a visit, and the drive up is always a great one too. (1,068 characters)

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The Millworks

in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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

I was pleased to visit Millworks again after several months, this time for brunch to celebrate my wife's birthday. The building is home to several floors of studios and galleries including pieces for sale including all kinds of media -shirts, prints mugs etc.

The beer selection is all Pennsylvania produced beers including ales, lagers and cider. The food is farm to table and all very fresh -I enjoyed the pizza with goat cheese before seeing Album Leaf the first time. This occasion I got the egg any way you like with bacon and home fries with rye bread -I found the eggs to be poached perfectly and the homefries were crisp but not overly so. The vibe is great -mix of modern and lots of wood that was repurposed from the Stokes Millworks.

The selection on this occasion included a couple double IPA's, an adjunct lager, pumpkin ale, cider, stout, tripel, pilsner a few standard IPA's a hefeweizen and a fruit beer. The food is very good and they have great desserts too. I would recommend checking the Millworks out since it is located conveniently next to Broad Street Market with free parking and the service is excellent. (1,134 characters)

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U Slovanské Lípy

in Praha, Czech Republic

4.15/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.15
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Great bar and restaurant in the suburb of Prague, Zizkov. Lovely wood panelling decor and brightly coloured windows. 8 taps or so of Czech microbrews which were excellent and difficult to find anywhere else. Food looked great but didn't eat. Definitely one to try on a route around Zizkov which has some other great bars. (321 characters)

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Restaurace Kulový blesk

in Praha, Czech Republic

4.16/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.16
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Fantastic bar and restaurant not far from central Prague. 10 or so taps of very well kept beer, mostly Czech microbrews and an extensive bottle list of internationals. Great food such as pork ribs, goulash etc, huge portions. Be warned very popular at times and getting a table might be difficult. Definitely worth the small trek. (330 characters)

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Illegal Beer - Pivotéka

in Praha, Czech Republic

4.07/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.07
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Nice small craft beer bar in the central New Town. Has a good range of Czech microbrews on either tap or bottle, particularly Clock. Knowledgeable and helpful bar staff who allow tasting. No real international beers but the local ones are very good so no problems. Worth a visit. (279 characters)

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Julio's Liquors

in Westborough, Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev -4.1% | rAvg: 4.66
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Yesterday was the second time I visited, and I spent a considerable amount of time browsing. I ended up leaving with a few beers that I hadn't seen much of in Western Mass too much: Logsdon and Jolly Pumpkin.

The staff seemed pretty knowledgable and were willing to offer suggestions and information about some of the newer brews they had in stock (one of which was Kung Fu Hobo from Smuttlabs), which I added to the mix six. Speaking of the mix six, as soon as you hit the 6 beer or more mark (any size... bomber, 750, 12 ounce bottle, etc), you automatically receive 15% off each beer. So if you were in there looking for something that only comes out once a year, or is pricey, that could be a good way to save some money. The best part is that the mix six doesn't all have to be the same size. Theoretically, you could buy 5 really cheap beers and one really expensive beer and still get the discount.

The organization of store could be a little better, but once you do a walk through, you can kind of see why certain beers are placed where they are; however, I have seen it done much better (Table and Vine of West Springfield for example).

Overall, it's a place that is definitely worth stopping if you are in the area in search of "good" beer. (1,262 characters)

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in Bamberg, Germany

3.99/5  rDev -6.3% | rAvg: 4.26
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

This is a must visit for any German beer lover in Bamberg. The people are very nice, especially if you can speak some of the Language. The beer is first rate. We had our car and did not have a hard time finding the place.
That said some days they only have 2 beers on wooden cask. but they are really great beers. enjoy.

Food standard German fair. Depending on what your used too, its decent. (393 characters)

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Whole Foods Market - Cranbrook

in Ann Arbor, Michigan

3.94/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.95
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

You know the deal at whole foods.....food, beer, more food

Go for all your food needs, pick up some beer if you need some...they have plenty of quality options of the typical, local,regional and national good stuff....there obviously are better beer options in town, but this place will do just fine in a pinch (311 characters)

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Erbelli's Gourmet Pizza

in Kalamazoo, Michigan

3.76/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.13
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Stopped in for a beer ( or two.. ) and a bite

Beer selection was decent but not really amazing

Food was good ( tried a pizza and a salad ) but kinda expensive for what you are getting....pretty mini pizza was like $15....

Service was decent and friendly enough.

Tap beer served in a frozen glass, c'mon ...one of my pet peeves to be served quality beer in one of these....oh well

Worth a visit if in the area but nothing overly special.... (445 characters)

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Epic Brewing Company

in Denver, Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +0.7% | rAvg: 4.07
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Vibe: Nice open area for seating, lots of friendly engaging folks and just a good vibe buzzing around the place. The brewing side is open to the tasting area, and they were mashing when we were there, smelled great.

Quality: These beers are very good, easily top 10 in the state. They also have a big variety of styles and the base belgian and fruit varients were all very nice.

Service: Average service, not bad.

Selection: They had a LOT of beers to try, maybe around 18 or 20. They had some seasonals, one-offs, limited editions, and some standard fare. This is just about perfect. (587 characters)

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Russian River Brewing Company

in Santa Rosa, California

4.14/5  rDev -7% | rAvg: 4.45
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I've heard rumors of this place having a wait of 3 hours or more so I was very happy to immediately get a table when I walked in. I had just been doing some wine tasting in Sonoma and decided since we were in the neighborhood to drop and and get some PTE on tap. Service was quick the beer was delicious and the bar had a very nice crowd. It wasn't busy but it also wasn't empty. (381 characters)

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Heavy Seas Beer

in Baltimore, Maryland

4.39/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.4
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Modest taproom at the production brewery actually has a sweet, traditional bar that complements the pirate-themed industrial space well. Staff is excellent and knowledgable, and it was swell to get there at the shift end so we could chat with the brewers for a bit over a pint.

Seven taps, two casks, bottles and growlers and cases to-go. Loose Cannon and their big stouts were fantastic. Colorful branding, some sweet paintings and tacky pirate decor everywhere. Tiny parking lot, but its right off of 695 and 895; very easy to get to from Bmore or Annapolis. They schedulw tours in advance but were full during our impromptu vist. Will definitely drop by if we're driving through the area again! (700 characters)

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Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery

in Waconia, Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.06
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Unique to Minnesota, this hybrid winery/vineyard/brewery west of the Twin Cities sits in serene countryside, surrounded by farmland, next door to a grass runway airport, and overlooking a lake. The recently renovated facilites and grounds are very well done, with an outbuilding bar pavilion and even bocce courts. Atmosphere and staff both seem more vino friendly.

Flights available of 4 small pours for $10, 8 taps total with intermittent casks (not over our visit though). Beer is mostly pedestrian, five we had were very watery, but the flagship IPA and their stout were pretty solid. Just missed a white wine barreled French saison that sounded fantastic, so they are using their old wine barrels wisely!

Service was very flustered, and as I said the staff was much more passionate about the wine selection. They do have food trucks frequently, as well as live entertainment. Great place to check out, especially if your SO is more into wine than beer! (960 characters)

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Jug & Bottle Dept.

in Tampa, Florida

4.51/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.51
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

It's nice to finally have a craft beer store here in Tampa with a cool vibe. It’s an older building on the corner of one-way Florida Ave in Seminole Heights. Parking sucks with only 2 spaces, but there is not much they can do about it since its in an historic urban setting. It’s not the largest place but it’s very will stocked and laid out. All the beers on the left wall are in order of style, room temp and stocked to the ceiling. That's a big bonus having the beers in style order. Beers on the right wall are 6 packs and bombers all in coolers. in the back are some cool local stuff like local ground coffee and treats. The center island has the growler section and checkout. I really like the layout. Prices are remarkably reasonable for such an establishment, pretty much on par with ABC or Total Wine. Overall this is a must stop while in Tampa and remember you are buying from a local place not the corporate stores. 4.50 (939 characters)