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Portage Lakes Brewing Company

in Akron, Ohio

2.89/5  rDev -26.5% | Avg: 3.93
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

I'll start by mentioning what I like about this place.They have a large selection. Thousands of bottles including some hard-to-find beers. They also have about 20 beers on tap I think, all $5 a pour. The guy working there seemed friendly and helpful.

Now let me tell you the problems I have with this place. The biggest problem is the prices. Every price tag I saw was at least $1 to $3 more than every bottle shop I frequent. They know what people are most interested in and mark that stuff up the highest. Maine Beer Co. bottles? $9.99! A single Alpha King? $5! The mark-up is nuts and I feel bad because some people probably pay this without knowing any better. Another complaint I have is the age of their bottles, I noticed some IPAs dated many months ago and they were still priced high. Definitely check the dates on everything here and don't buy any undated hoppy beers here. It's a shame because the selection and service both seem so good.

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Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits

in Osage Beach, Missouri

3.35/5  rDev -14.8% | Avg: 3.93
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

All I bought here was a sixer of Kraftïg and some ice. The beer selection was macro-heavy, and the craft stuff was very basic. There were a few Schlafly and Boulevard, maybe one or two Logboat and Tallgrass beers. The rest you could find anywhere, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, etc.

Service was helpful, the lady working pointed out the separate ice cooler when I asked.
Store layout was pretty self-explanatory, entrance to the liquor store on the far left corner, beer in reach-in coolers along the left side and far back wall.

Overall a pretty basic, utilitarian stop that didn't have much of a worthwhile craft selection.
Wouldn't recommend a stop unless you're desperate.

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Wise Guy's Sandwich Pub

in Lake Ozark, Missouri

4.19/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Surprising selection at this place, tucked into a strip mall off the Bagnell Dam strip.
Inside it felt like walking into a buddy's basement bar, melded with a bare bones sandwich shop.
There was outdoor seating which was nice, though that's where patrons also smoke.

Selection wasn't as huge as Pappo's, but there were a few gems, namely a current seasonal from Logboat, and a few others that I didn't see elsewhere in town.

Service was good, and the bartender and sole patron chatted us up for the duration of our visit. Very friendly folks and somewhat knowledgeable about beer. A second beer was offered right as my first was finished.

We were stuffed from the great Thai place on the corner and only popped in for a beer, but i've heard good things about the sandwiches here. Overall worth a stop if you're looking for a locals place not far off the beaten path.

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Maui Brewing Co.

in Kihei, Hawaii

4.19/5  rDev +1.7% | Avg: 4.12
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is a beautiful facility, with plenty of great beers on tap. It`s not funky or full of local flavour, but it is a decent place to sample beer you would not find anywhere else. I really enjoyed my visit to Maui, and Maui Brewing helped make it better.

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Siciliano's Market

in Grand Rapids, Michigan

5/5  rDev +8.9% | Avg: 4.59
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Not many beer stores have shelves loaded with beer both domestic and international flavors not to mention a giant beer cooler filled with even more in the back of the store. This place has everything. I mostly come here for the homebrew ingredients and supplies however. And they have never disappointed. Even when there were some unheard of grains such as the Optic strain which I was looking for they said they could look into ordering it for me and assured me the Golden Promise would serve as an excellent substitute (typically used for malting scotch) which it did. I've made a lot of great beers thanks to the help of the Siciliano's staff and owe them a lot for their hard work and dedication to helping customers brew the beer they want to drink.

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Discount Supermarket

in Cardiff, United Kingdom (Wales)

4.51/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.48
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Always a good selection of local and international beers. Good source or British favourites like Beavertown, The Kernel, Buxton, Weird Beard and Wild Beer Co. Must seek out if you are in the area.

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The Corner Deli at First Chance Convenience

in Pelham, New Hampshire

4.54/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.54
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Totally unassuming, would never have guessed this place would have the selection it does. Haven't been anywhere else in the area that has half the selection of craft beer and local micro brews. While your there picking up a six-pack you gotta grab a slice or try one of there awesome grinders.

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Hop City

in Birmingham, Alabama

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

Tasters are set at a very exceptional value, staff is knowledgeable, beer selection is world-class, prices are excellent, and everything is organized is a great way.

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Spec's #08

in Katy, Texas

3.84/5  rDev -0.8% | Avg: 3.87
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I'm new in town but Spec's has become my go to beer store. They have a great selection of local craft brews as well as all the major standards if that is your thing. In addition to their wine\beer\liquor they also have a pretty good variety of things like meats and cheeses.

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Sequoia Brewing Company

in Fresno, California

3.81/5  rDev -4.5% | Avg: 3.99
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Solid neighborhood spot to get a beer if you live/ happen to be in the north Fresno area and do not feel like traveling downtown to Tioga-Sequoia. The place has a moderately large selection of in-house beers and one seasonal. The food is also pretty solid (Fresno in general knows its Tri-Trip!) and the seating outside has a relaxing ambiance.

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in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.68
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

A bit on the expensive side but a decent selection for a supermarket. Kind of cool that they have a "beer garden" area where you can drink your purchase. Not sure why I'd want to drink beer at a Giant, but...still kind of cool.

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Sams Saticoy Liquor

in Ventura, California

4.61/5  rDev +3.4% | Avg: 4.46
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

One of those places you almost have to know about to find, but Sam's is an awesome little spot to find great beer. The owner makes a point to be at the forefront of new releases, and stocks and prices his shelves well. He uses social media and texting well to announce promotions and new releases. Love this store.

And they even deliver!

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Mekong Restaurant

in Sandusky, Ohio

4.73/5  rDev +6.1% | Avg: 4.46
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Top notch craft beers on tap and in bottle for on site consumption or take away. Bartender and owner are super knowledgeable and friendly. Big beers from around the world, and some Asian too. Had a great time there, and the Pho is phenomenal. Lots of parking and easy to find. A must go to!

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The Barley Mow Craft Beer House

in West Reading, Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -9% | Avg: 4.21
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Quick stop this weekend to see what this place was like. Fairly concise tap list unfortunately the brew I wanted to try most was taken off the taps as there was an issue with the keg. Bottle shop area is a little tight but they had a good selection compared to what im use to seeing in the Harrisburg area. Prices seemed consistent with other places in the area. While the bar/bottle shop area is a little tight, they got some extra over-flow room out front. Not a bad little shop, its close enough to some other must see spots so its something id likely check out again when im in the area.

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The Beer Research Institute

in Mesa, Arizona

4.74/5  rDev +12.1% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Came in on a Monday at 2:30, so about the least busy time I can imagine a brewpub having. There were a few people who came in for a drink at the bar but nobody eating. Didn't try the food, but the beers were amazing and best of the 10ish breweries we tried in Phoenix area. About 12 of their beers on tap and 5 guest taps including Black Butte XXVII. Could do flights of 4 and sample anything. Most styles were higher abv. All were delicious. Decor was cool with science themed beaker tap handles and glasses. Sacks of grain and brewing equipment around but not in a messy way. We were lucky enough to have one of the Brewers tending the bar while there who was really cool explaining the beers and specifics of how they brewed them. This is my number 1 go to in the area.

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Chatty Monks Brewing

in West Reading, Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +5.3% | Avg: 3.93
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

A couple friends and I were in the area this weekend so we decided to check the place out. It was a very clean, new feeling establishment. We ordered and shared samples of all the beer on tap and all were above average examples of their particular style. (Which im happy to report because my prior exposure to one of their growlered beers left a lot to be desired. So its nice to see/assume that this place is evolving and hitting their stride.) Fairly decent spread of brew: milk stout on nitro, pale ale, ipa, belgian blonde, cranberry saison, grisette and pumpkin were available while an imperial stout just kicked prior to our arrival.

We sat downstairs (evidently they just remodeled/opened the upstairs but we didnt scope it out.) There appeared to be room for about a dozen people at the bar. Being a party of 5 we couldnt sit there so we pulled a couple tables together that looked like they were designed for just pairs of people to sit or move together as needed.

Service was prompt, attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. Really, couldnt have asked for anything better. We ordered some early lunch/late brunch and everything was great. Im really happy that we took the time to check this place out. If im in the area I will certainly be stopping by for a bite to eat and a couple of brews.

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Mari's 6 Pac 'N' Mor

in Reading, Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -29.1% | Avg: 3.88
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4

This place has a great selection of bottles. Prices are a bit strange though as some offerings are par for the course and others are marked way up (some even doubled) in comparison to what other bottle shops within 10 minutes charge.

This past weekend was my first visit and frankly its unlikely myself or friends who were with will ever return. My biggest gripe about this place is their customer service and inability to run an event. There was no consistency between the workers. I inquired about purchasing a bottle of Fantome they had displayed behind the counter. I was told no they were not for sale, they were going to be raffled off. 5 minutes later I watched someone approach the counter, ask about the same bottles and a different worker rang them up.

My visit was for an event they were hosting. I learned about the event on facebook. When we arrived, we all were in shock that seemingly NONE of the event details were accurate despite an employee reassuring us 30 minutes before they opened that the facebook details were accurate. I cant help but feel we were victims of a classic bait and switch. Attendees were told bourbon county stout, barleywine and coffee would be first come first served. Regal and Rare would be a part of a raffle. As it turns out, everything was a raffle and by everything I mean the few bottles that were left after the employees took whatever they wanted.

This place also advertised selling 32oz prefilled growlers of bourbon county for $40. I watched several people try to buy them as advertised and they were rejected saying "no goose island growlers."

I was in attendance with 4 friends, we all ordered a couple drafts. They charged us $8 for 5-6oz pours. Not complainging about price, what I will complain about is that they filled our glasses about half full yet other patrons received pours of the same beer, in the same glassware and their pours were filled to the brim. Again...this place has no consistency.

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Rocket Dog Gourmet Brats & Brew

in Fresno, California

3.81/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.81
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Solid spot for a quick bite and beer. The place is freeway accessible and has ample parking. Inside, there’s a selection of dogs, fries and beers. The fries were solid. The garlic fries were quite tasty, but the sweet potato fries strangely had cinnamon on them, which did not go great with the spicy ranch dip, nor beers at hand. The beers were mostly local, which I appreciated. The place would be even better with a slightly larger selection of beers and a slightly more focused theme for the décor.

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in Cape May, New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 2.98
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.25

For those not familiar with Cape May County (or NJ at large), a liquor department in a supermarket is a rare thing. I grew up down there and this Acme didn't get booze until after I'd gotten out of college. This ACME now sells liquor, as well as an ACME in Cape May Court House, however, that's it as far as I know.

This liquor department is basically a store within a store. It's sectioned off from the rest of the market and you must pay for your goods before leaving the area. If you've come into the store to shop for food as well, and are paying with credit, you must make separate purchases for the liquor and food. The cashier is typically a general employee and not knowledgeable or interested in the inventory. No beer guy/gal here, as far as I've seen.

A few featured cases and six-packs are displayed up front in a small area near the register, but the great majority of their beer is in fridges on the two walls closing into the back corner - craft mostly to the left in open space, macro behind doors to the right, as well as a mix-a-six display (at room temp) at the end of one aisle.

It's great that most of the beer is kept cold. The (local) craft selection is pretty standard for the area - DFH, Victory, Anchor... Susquehanna, Coronado... They do have two rows of Cape May Brew Co sixpacks. The macro selection has a high proportion of cases and 30-packs.

The mix-a-six mostly consists of well-known craft and crap bottles. I'm not thrilled about is the pricing for their $11.99 six pack singles mixer option. You don't have to buy a whole six pack, but be prepared to pay $3 per bottle, regardless of which brands you choose - Yuengling Lager and DFH 60 Min are both $3, for example.

It does have its conveniences having a liquor store right there in the food store. You could also go next door to Gorman's Liquors, which has a comparable selection and does, on occasion, have 1 or 2 people that know a little about beer. Up to you. If you're in the immediate area, hanging by the bay or whatnot, these are the closest, best joints you got.

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Cerebral Brewing

in Denver, Colorado

4.28/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

definitely the strongest opening of any of the denver breweries who have opened in the last year or so, this is an awesome spot! sort of a minimalist game plan over there, right off of colfax on monroe i believe. lots of parking and a nice patio greets guests. inside is a spacious tap room, with a long bar and seating for closer to 100 than 50 i would guess. cool wall coverings, looks like pieced together pages of an old science text book, pretty neat. the brew house is visible from there, clean and tidy and somewhat modest. i was impressed to see a yeast lab in there, or at least space where one will go, and they might have had eight or so beers pouring already. all of them were excellent. i think they called it a belgian table saison, but to me it was a grisette type, funky without being wild or sour, and light and sessionable but grain rich, i loved it. the stout was also excellent, and my company also enjoyed the beers they had. everything on the beer menu was at least a B, with some much higher, which has to put them at the head of their class for opening weekend. i look forward to seeing what these guys whip up next, i expect it will only get better. service was unremarkable but friendly and patient for how busy they were. it looks like they already have some loyalists too. big things to come im sure! definitely go check it out!

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Tow Yard Brewing

in Indianapolis, Indiana

3.8/5  rDev +4.7% | Avg: 3.63
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Limited choices with only 7 choices,however the hoppy beers are high quality. Quality instead of quantity.

Great service, their team invested the time talking about the brewery and their beers.

Pleasant surprise!

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The Beer Store

in Southampton, Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +12.9% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The Beer Store is not just any beer store; it is an honest to God bottle shop, which is hard to do in Pennsylvania. Beer selection has picked up since beer can be sold in grocery stores, but this place blew me away with the selection they have. Literally anything a beer geek would want you can find there. They also have the biggest growler selection I have ever seen in the area. Definitely worth checking out if you live in the Bucks/Mont area.

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Armsby Abbey

in Worcester, Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -6.7% | Avg: 4.61
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Very pretentious crowd. Only food available on weekends is an artisanal cheese menu. That kind of place. They always have 4 or 5 Hill Farmstead taps, plus 5 to 10 others. Good quality. Great service. Expensive and snobby.

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in Miami, Florida

5/5  rDev +5% | Avg: 4.76
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Kush is the best spot in Miami to enjoy some amazing craft beers AND great local/organic eats! You're not gonna find another place quite like it. Visiting Kush, you can expect a friendly, attentive staff, unique menu items like, Florida Alligator Bites or the Frita Burger (who knew guava went so well on a burger?), and of course, 18 rotating taps for the beer geeks. Kush is hands down my go-to spot any day of the week.

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Amherst Brewing Co.

in Amherst, Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.6% | Avg: 3.96
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Only giving it this high score because when I went I was given a "Black Wednesday 2015" menu. On it there was KBS, BCBS, Bomb!, Even More Jesus, W00t Stout, Vietnamese Coffee Speedway, Breakfast Exorcism,etc. What a surprise. Also, this place was completely scrapped and rebuilt. It's HUGE now, and has a really great atmosphere. Stop by here

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