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The Lion & Rose

in San Antonio, Texas

4.34/5  rDev +2.6% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Love the sporty vibe in this pub, they've got the lighting down and while there's tons of stuff on all the wall space, definitely looks well balanced and not too busy like some places. Service has always been great! No matter who the server my family and I have been treated well. Pretty good beer selection, and the food is pretty tasty too!

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Norm's Beer & Wine

in Vienna, Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -10.1% | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Visiting NoVa and decided to check out Norm's for stuff I can't readily get in California. Decent selection of 4/6 packs. Smallish selection of bombers. The majority of it is not refrigerated. The biggest knock on this place is things seem to be all over the place and not terribly orderly (for the most part, it was arranged by brewery). Other than that, the selection was pretty good.

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Home Brew Party

in San Antonio, Texas

3.35/5  rDev -16.5% | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Went in during around noon about 3 weeks ago. Store is fairly small, dusty and kind of grimy all the way around. Seemed like a pretty decent selection and quality. The kid behind the counter seemed fairly nice, answered most of my questions. Will probably go back at some point.

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Grand Armory Brewing

in Grand Haven, Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +0.5% | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Very similar set up to Unruly in Muskeegon. Coffee place, Great barbecue place, and the brewery. Startup brewery but good potential. Barbecue from the Righteous folks that do Mexican up the road.

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Universal Beverage

in Carle Place, New York

4.78/5  rDev +18.3% | Avg: 4.04
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I've been going to this store for years, and since Eddie took over the store about 2 years ago, it's done a full 360. He is very knowledgeable about beer and always willing to help you find a selection. Always on the hunt to find the rare and best selections for his customers. He is a great guy and even though I don't live close anymore I still travel just to see what he's got. Cheers Universal !

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Croxley's Ales

in Farmingdale, New York

4.06/5  rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I have been visiting this Croxleys for years and most frequently as this one is the closest to my house. The tap selection is always good, I'm an IPA guy so they always have something for me to settle on. The food is basic bar selections and nothing to complain about, how could you you go wrong with 10 cent wings ? Which is good to keep cost down since each pour(anywhere from 6oz-16oz) can run anywhere between $7-$15. The atmosphere is good, plenty of TVs if trying to catch a game and the floor area is pretty spacious. I recommend this place to craft beer drinkers and people who just might be looking to try a new selection. Cheers !

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Firefly American Bistro & Bar

in Manchester, New Hampshire

4.16/5  rDev +2% | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Nice place right in downtown Manchester. Beer selection was a little better than I had hoped. $3 FBS draughts during happy hour. Had the filet and it was great.

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D's SixPax & Dogz

in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +17.2% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Cozy spot (was cozier before expansion a few years back, but hard to begrudge a beloved spot some success). Tap selection always top notch, and anything you can imagine in bottles. Food selection is narrow but quality - can't beat a hot Italian with the best fries in Pittsburgh.

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Fat Head's Saloon

in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.7% | Avg: 4.29
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

An old favorite. Food selection perfect for beer. Highlights: South Side Slopes, Beauty and the Beasty, wings, "nachos". Plenty of fresh taps with good variety. Great service most of the time. No place I'd rather go in the 'burgh. Little bit of a warehouse vibe, but come with a few friends, order a round, and you won't think twice about that.

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Beer Revolution

in Oakland, California

2.99/5  rDev -30.9% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

I liked this place the first couple of years but they seem intent on re-creating yet another Toronado toilet kind of place. It's dark, odiferous, and the bathroom is apparently a playground for unpleasant nine year olds. The sound system is cranked up to painful volume but I couldn't say if it was actually music or something gone wrong with the espresso machine. Only place I have been carded in the Bay Area in thirty years. The deck on the sunny west side is at least a decent place to enjoy a beer if the weather cooperates.

I used to make a special trip here to buy beer, but I keep seeing the same bottles, and the selection seems to get more and more random. You can't read labels without opening the cooler doors and crouching down while people try to get past you. It doesn't look like they've checked on what's on some of those shelves lately. I think I'm done with this place as Oakland is incubating some new brewpubs.

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City Beer Store

in San Francisco, California

3.54/5  rDev -19.9% | Avg: 4.42
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

My favorite part about this store is the several coolers have little lights that shine right on the front bottle in each shelf, so you can actually see what they hell they are. Otherwise it's cramped and the random shelves and boxes make it hard to see what else they have. The location means you have to walk through some of the worst south of Market blocks. Service seemed brisk and efficient, but I didn't ask for anything I didn't see.

Selection seems utterly eclectic and they typically have just one or two beers from a given brewer, rather than the full range. Not really that great a selection of Bay Area beers either. Mostly there are a lot of random oddities and expensive rather than rare stuff. It's the place to go if you want the $20+ sours and wild ales and barrel aged concoctions.

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in Athens, Ohio

3.57/5  rDev -4.3% | Avg: 3.73
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Pretty good selection for a Kroger, a good place to pick up Head Hunter or White Rajah. They also have a decent pick 6 section on the side opposite of the beer section. Not a bad place to pick up some common OH beers if in town visiting Jackie O's.

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Calvert Woodley Liquor

in District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +57.2% | Avg: 3.18
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I think in the past the beer selection was average, but they have a new beer buyer, Randy, previously of Whole Foods P St. The selection now is second to none and the service is exceptional. Calvert is now a must stop beer destination in DC.

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Everyday Organic

in Greenville, South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.5
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

They only carry organic beer, but have a nice small selection. The food is absolutely amazing though! Excellent place to have a couple of beers and a nice meal before a movie.

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Shoreline Beverage

in Huntington, New York

4.01/5  rDev -11.5% | Avg: 4.53
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Definitely one of the better beer distributors on Long Island. They post new arrivals on Facebook (though I wish they used BeerMenus) and actually get some highly-regarded stuff, which really, only a few beer distributors on Long Island do (HBS, Syosset, and Universal are the only one's that come to mind. Beverage Plus on edge of NYC/Nassau does too.), including Pipeworks, limited-release Westbrook stuff, and Grimm. They also typically have a solid growler station line-up. They also have coupons pretty frequently, which you don't see much at the other craft-oriented distributors. They were one of very few store's who got in the most recent shipment of Marshal Zhukov's. I even bought Rosso e Marrone here, so this place definitely has someone who likes good beer placing their orders, which is much appreciated and needed in the area. They also have a really solid import selection, though a lot of their beers, import or otherwise are severely dated. Check dates when you can. I only wish they were a little closer, my two nearest distributors are not very good, to put it lightly.

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Sin City Brewing Co. - Miracle Mile Shops

in Las Vegas, Nevada

3.56/5  rDev +2.9% | Avg: 3.46
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Pretty much a walk up kiosk in the Miracle Mile Shops. Only four beers to choose from. I've had all of them from multiple trips to vegas, pretty decent. Beers tend to be on the sweet side, and aren't very dynamic, but are true to style and respectable. Definitely beats walking around with watered down swill.

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East Northport Beverage

in East Northport, New York

3.11/5  rDev -22.8% | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.25

I've admittedly been pretty spoiled with my previous local options for beer distributors: Hicksville Beer & Soda and Syosset Beverage, then Beverage Plus in Floral Park, but it appears I've exhausted my now-local options and they seem to be little more than adequate.

It's cool there's a growler station here, though I haven't seen anything posted that's a must-have yet (after monitoring on Facebook for 3 months), they have some interesting options, but not many limited or rare releases. I appreciate the fact that they update their Facebook with new arrivals, though I'd prefer an up-to-date BeerMenu's list, but the fact is the selection just isn't quite up to snuff. Not a terrible selection by any means though. You can scroll through Facebook and see they do get some really good stuff in, the thing is you can get most of these in lots of other places on the island as well.

Also, more recently, I was looking for getting some beers as an extra for trade's. I couldn't in good faith give anything off the shelf here as an extra. Just not a very good selection. Long Island needs more beer geek-run beer distributors.

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Aces & Ales - Nellis

in Las Vegas, Nevada

4.31/5  rDev +5.6% | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Pool hall/dive bar with an awesome beer selection. Quite a hike from the strip, but well worth it for the beer enthusiast. 20 taps, and an awesome rare bottle selection. Bottles to go if you wish. Great bar food, pizza was excellent for pairing with good beers. Video poker and multi-game gambling at the bar. It definitely has a locals vibe, but everyone was cool.

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Demar Cold Beer & Soda

in Northport, New York

3.54/5  rDev +0.3% | Avg: 3.53
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 2.5

The selection is pretty standard. There did not seem to be many limited releases and at this time I have no idea how often they get in rare and limited releases, but overall there's a pretty standard mix of breweries you can get everywhere in NY. The beers themselves are displayed in no discernible order. There was a few instances of the same beer being in different physical locations, for example. The prices are a tad high as they are more in line with NYC pricing, but overall, it's a small difference from other local distributors and they are located in a pretty busy area.

Loses big points for not making use of BeerMenus or any kind of social media to post new arrivals, though this is really their loss. I drive further to store's that post new arrivals. An up-to-date beer list is the one thing guaranteed to keep me coming in frequently. For now, this is a place I'll mostly just come to when I run out of beer I bring back from traveling or from going to my old favorite standby Beverage Plus in Floral Park, which unfortunately there is no replacement for on the Island.

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Banger Brewing

in Las Vegas, Nevada

4.04/5  rDev -2.2% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Small 5bbl brewing system brewpub on the entrance to Fremont Street experience. 10 or so of their own beers, and a handful of guest drafts as well. Pretty solid beers. I had Cabernet barreled brown and a bourbon barreled stout. Both great. Nice staff, good location. Good times.

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Carton Brewing Company

in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.1% | Avg: 4.45
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited several times starting in October, 2015. So happy to have quality craft brewers in New Jersey.

V: Very friendly, pro-beer drinkers' type of place. Not very large, but lines move quickly and there is room to sample, talk, etc.

Q: High-quality product across a wide array of styles.

S: Knowledgeable, friendly staff. Short wait times, always happy to answer questions. Interactive on Facebook, which is where you check to see what is available.

S: Always 4-8 styles on tap for sample flights and growler fills, and 2-6 styles in cans. They are popular, so there usually is a limit on cans, but never less than 2 4-packs, so always worth the trip.

For those not from the area, take a short trip to the Mount Mitchill overlook nearby to see the stunning 9/11 Memorial as well as great views (weather-permitting) of Sandy Hook and New York City.

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Mission Dolores

in Brooklyn, New York

4.54/5  rDev +10.5% | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

I really like this place! It has all the criteria necessary for a beer bar to be great. First, the atmosphere: Mission Dolores is the least pretentious place in Brooklyn. There are some games in the courtyard, through which you pass upon entry. The bar area is homey; there are a few tables and a small bar that seems to have enough room for everyone. The patrons are eclectic: beer lovers, local bar flys and couples with kids - who were well mannered (unlike booger ranchers in other area venues.) It must be the atmosphere.
The beer selection was superb, offering a wide variety of local crafts. The bartender was attentive, professional and knew her craft. Plenty of water with nary an empty glass. While the only food offered were potato chips, this was not an issue, since you can get food anywhere on Fourth Avenue.

Definitely worth a stop. To quote Jerry Seinfield: 'DELORES!"

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

in Brooklyn, New York

3.5/5  rDev -10% | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4.25

This is a BBQ joint. You come for the food. Nothin else. It is packed with families. Packed with locals looking for a quick pick-up. (A BBQ joint, really?) That said, the beer selection is pretty decent if you can get a beer, since the bartenders are overwhelmed by drunken morons ordering Donkey Kicks, Horny Nun, or some other watered down cocktail. Could not wait to get out. If this is your thing, go for it.... if not, forget it!

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Threes Brewing

in Brooklyn, New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.2% | Avg: 4.04
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Threes is a relatively new place situated in an industrial block near the open sewer that is the Gowanus Canal. Look carefully as there is not much signage. This is a very attractive place: there is the bar area , sleek, intimate and comfortable with folks on dates, hanging out or just relaxing with some fresh brew. Along wit their own beers, they offer several guests, including Farmstead Hill from Vermont - relax, they had run out. Food is available as well.

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Buschenschank Brooklyn

in Brooklyn, New York

3.48/5  rDev -9.1% | Avg: 3.83
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

This is a German place that is about a few blocks from the Great Bar Harry. I swung by here while waiting for the latter to open. It was a cold day and I needed warmth and sustenance. Buschenschank is hard to find as there is no signage except for a chalkboard sign on the sidewalk. It is a large place with a formal dining room separated from the small bar. Plenty of locals bar flys, Brooklyn douchebags and boring couples with their little snot monkeys seem to make up the basic clientele. The beer selection was to be expected; a few standard German lagers, Stella Artois and a house beer. They had a brunch going on and I settled for some delicious steak and eggs. Very good. The waitress was very attentive as well. Not a bad place, but not a great destination - not here, where there are so many other places from which to choose.

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