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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

in Charlotte, North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +7.7% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

First off I have to tell you that this was the place that started it all for me. I had my first ever craft brew here and it changed my life. I had a copper amber ale from the olde mecklenburg brewery.
Walking up to it the vibe was very cheerful and homey. A man sat outside with a friendly giant of a dog and the place looked very inviting. Walking in you step onto a hardwood floor and see the wooden bar and tables/chairs. There is more than enough room for a large crowd and plenty of comfy booths. Darts and other games can be played there too. The service is usually pretty quick but when it's at it's peak hours it can be a little before you get your next brew or pick up the check. The selection is phenomenal. Over 200 beers available from around the world to right down the street. I love this place and can't wait to go again!

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Maltitude

in Columbus, Georgia

4.07/5  rDev +5.2% | Avg: 3.87
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Great little bottle shop downtown on the main street. It's got a great look when you walk in and a nice inviting vibe. Normally it will have a good crowd on any given night especially weekends. They offer a variety of growler sizes, shapes, and styles. (crowlers, howlers etc.) They offer a pretty good selection especially the local brews. They have a nice make your own 6 pack section along with a nice selection of beers on tap to taste for a 4 oz glass for a dollar. I go there quite often for a 6 pack and other bottles. I wish they had more selection but then again who doesn't want more selection? Highly recommend it!

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Old Chicago

in Grand Junction, Colorado

4.19/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A couple of friends and I visited this place tonight. A pretty nice place, lots of TVs watching sports. Quite a few people were here tonight. We split a deep dish pizza, very very nice pizza. The beer selection was pretty good for an average joe, but for me it was slim pickens, but found something I have not had before, a brew from Boulder, was very tasty. Our server was pretty friendly. Definitely would eat there again. Recommended!

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Neighborhood Bottle Shop

in Cary, North Carolina

3.01/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.01
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3

decent selection overall. They had a pretty good selection of local NC beers. But I was rather disappointed in their lack of Wicked Weed brews from Asheville, NC. They were the main beer I was looking for there.

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Triangle Wine Company

in Cary, North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.3
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 5

Excellent selection, maybe the best I have seen in a store. Great local brew selection too. Prices were reasonable. I made a large purchase of local NC beers. I am from GA. I always love to purchase NC beers when I go up to visit my wife's family.

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HomeBrew Of Columbus

in Columbus, Georgia

4.14/5  rDev -2.8% | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

When first starting to take an interest in homebrewing the first thing I did was google home brew shops. I finally got around to going to the one homebrew shop in columbus. The place in tucked away in a neighborhood behind a Home Depot. The store front isn't fancy or anything but not uninviting either. I was walking into the store and the owner of the store was on the phone; he quickly ended the call and gave me his 100% attention. We probably talked for a good half hour about the beginning of homebrewing and what he had in store to get me started. There isn't a great selection but all the basics were there along with the grains to go all grain brewing. The store itself is old and some things are a little dusty. Other than the limited selection this was a great place to go for a first timer looking for some advice and reasonably priced equipment.

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Rudyard's British Pub

in Houston, Texas

4.14/5  rDev +7.3% | Avg: 3.86
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Update on 5/25/2016.......

This has been one of my perfect corner bars, almost dive bars over the last few years. There has been a deep cleaning, so not as grungy as years past, though they still have kept their edge. Just recently they have about doubled their tap space. B-52 Berliner Weiss and DIPA, lots of Real Ale that always includes the Mysterium Verum offerings. All the Houston and Texas breweries are well represented, along unusual offerings like Odell's Meddler and you will be surprised at some of the other offerings. Yellow Rose was about as fresh and vibrant as I have had in town. Which says a lot. Many releases of Saint Arnold Bishop's Barrel are still available.

Service is always on top of things...really significantly and consistently better than my first visit years ago (with the same bartender to boot), and the food is consistently good. Shepard Pie is great and the beer dinners are a staple. Not everything on the menu hits with me, but enough is very good to make up for that. This has become one of my favorite spots in Houston for many reasons.

Original review 9/26/2009-------------------------------------------

There is a lot to like about this place, but it is not perfect. A small bar made of tiles to the right. Some old uncomfortable tables to the left, and some seating outside. It looks like there is an upstairs as well, but I did not check it out. Dim and dirty. The service can be hit an miss. Sometimes a guy behind the bar that seems uninterested. Other times, a very enthusiastic and funny bartender. Food is just standard pub grub. A very average and greasy burger, some wings, and sandwiches.

The beer list is pretty good. Three taps each of Real Ale and Saint Arnold. A few other micros, imports, and BMC. There is a cooler of bottles, but I did not really look at it. The quality of the taps seemed fine. It is great that they have some good Texas crafts. You would also be surprised with some of the special beers they get sometimes as well. Avery Rumpkin, Stone 10.10.10, Saint Arnold Bourbon Stout on occasion, and they got a few kegs of Real Ale's new Highlander (they receive these all without fanfare and hype).

Not a bad place at all. I wish the service was more attentive at times, and the food better. Though, all in all a good place to relax and have a few with some friends.

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Anaheim Brewery

in Anaheim, California

2.75/5  rDev -22.8% | Avg: 3.56
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

OK beers. This place has an odd empty feel to it, it could be the bar stools that are not shaped for human anatomy and are horribly uncomfortable. They have short hours, tricky parking and beer prices are high.

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Remington Package Store

in Remington, Indiana

3.53/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.53
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25

Not bad for a small-town liquor store. Small but decent craft selection and as a Marylander I was happy to score two Gumballhead 6-packs at 10 days old.

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Toco Giant Package Store

in Atlanta, Georgia

3.74/5  rDev -2.3% | Avg: 3.83
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25

Beer plays a less prominent role than either wine or liquor at this large store but the selection is nonetheless excellent. Particularly strong in regional craft beers. Most of the left side wall is beer in coolers; mainly 4- and 6-packs. There's more beer, however, at room temperature in the front left of the store. Narrow aisles lend a nearly claustrophobic atmosphere.

Low prices for the most part, and most things clearly priced. The one bomber bottle I took to the register rang up at a price about 30% higher than indicated but I think this was a fluke.

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Copperpoint Brewing Company

in Boynton Beach, Florida

4.13/5  rDev -3.5% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Very nice tap room with plenty of seating, choices of high tops and booths or sit at the bar. This place has more of a bar feel with low lighting and not a busy taproom like some breweries. It seems that they usually have a decent amount of their beers on tap and growlers/crowlers to go. Urinals made out of old kegs and tap handles for the sinks in the bathroom are cool touches. There is also and upstairs, not sure if its always open, but there are some arcade games and a ping pong table up there. Parking can be a bit of an issue, other than that its a great addition to the Boynton beer scene.

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Brasserie Harricana

in Montréal, Quebec

3.84/5  rDev -8.1% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Bright, open, multi-leveled hipster version of an old-style supper club, with levels that make it kind of weird feeling/looking, but it feels bigger, I guess.

Lots of their beers, lots of invited beers and a few private import bottles. Their beers are ok from what I had, but I would pass them up (from the ones I have tried) compared to other places with a better vibe and nicer prices. The prices! They're super high, I feel. I am willing to pay, but 6$ for half a wine glass of okay beer and lunches starting at 15$ is beyond what I want in a place.

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The Courtyard Brewery

in New Orleans, Louisiana

4.41/5  rDev -6% | Avg: 4.69
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Looks a little smaller from the outside. Vibrant on the inside. Food trucks outside. Live music. I CA. Dig it. They have a good mix of their own stuff on tap plus guests. Knowledgeable pouring staff.

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Night Shift Brewing

in Everett, Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +3.6% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Night shift has a reputation for making a million different beers at their tap house. There are usually 12-16 beers on tap. This is their best and worst feature. There are so many time's i've visited where I've had standout beers side by side with an experiment that missed the mark. I love visiting Night Shift during their off hours. Over the weekend the space is crowded and there's a long line to get in.

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Mystic Brewery

in Chelsea, Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +21.1% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

One of my favorite tap houses in the Boston area. The atmosphere is always welcoming as are the staff behind the bar. The wide variety of beers found there always leaves me happy. If you're visiting the Boston area you should make this a priority.

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BATCH

in Toronto, Ontario

4.1/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.02
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Hip place in downtown Toronto, a Canadian version of what people think the well to do eat in Williamsburg.

Our waiter was energetic and friendly almost to the point of concern.

Clean, well kept decor in a contemporary bohemian industrial style. A backroom offered live sports on a projector. House brews were displayed front and center.

Paper menu in the style of newspapers advertised Brewery made beer and hearty food. For those interested in familiar standbys cans and bottles are on offer and also on display.

Plates were well presented, made from fresh ingredients. Vegetarian in the group had options.

And the beer and cider were tasty and not too cold.

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Fieldwork Brewing Co.

in Berkeley, California

4.4/5  rDev -1.8% | Avg: 4.48
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Although Fieldwork is getting retarded busy on weekends it's still my main stop in the East Bay for growler fills. Most of the staff are pleasant, the head brewer is ridiculously nice and the beers are for the most part on-point. Great hops, interesting stouts, tasty sours...it would be great if some of their better beers became house staples. A must-stop if you're around Berkeley!

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Only Child Brewing Company

in Gurnee, Illinois

3.46/5  rDev -13.1% | Avg: 3.98
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

Interesting place. It's tucked away in an industrial area. The tasting room has a peculiar layout. There is a small bar in the middle. The restrooms are next to the bar. Most of the seating is at tables along the wall. It seemed like they could fit a few more tables in there. The brewery itself is in the back, separated from the tasting room by a waist-high iron fence.

Only Child seems to be going for quality rather than quantity. Their beer menu is relatively small but everything we've tried has been good. On the plus side, as of this writing they are the only brewery in the area to have a sour beer. In fact, they have 3 versions of the Ferme du Chene--blanc, rouge, and noir.

Service is a little slow. On both our visits there were 2 people working--in fact it was the same 2 people--one guy behind the bar and one purple-haired girl who seemed to be dividing her time behind the bar and waiting tables. The problem is she kept getting stuck behind the bar, either chatting with patrons or when the guy went off to do whatever. As a result, a line quickly formed at the edge of the bar of people cashing out and wanting to order another round. I think they need to a third person working if they want to have table service.

Prices are reasonable for the area. They do not serve food but allow you to bring it in.

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Train Wreck Bar & Grill

in Burlington, Washington

3.86/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.86
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Recently made my first visit, after hearing about this place for a couple years. Nice old brick interior, with a fair bit of wood as well. Nice selection of local/regional draft choices that rotate regularly. Service was quick and friendly, without being clingy or pushy. Selection was good. We didn't eat, but there were some very interesting things on the menu, I'm looking forward to going back for some chow. A worthy pit stop off of I-5.

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Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquor

in Somerville, Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19.6% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I fell in love with this store the first time I walked in. The owner is very amicable and approachable. He, along with all his staff, really know their stuff. Whether you have a question about wine, beer or spirits they can steer you in the right direction. They aren't in it to up-sell either, they demonstrate a clear love for the craft and flavors they carry and will guide their customer to comparable beverages in the price range they are looking for. If they don't have what you want, they are willing to try to get it for you. Not to mention, being a member of the beer and / or wine club makes you privy to special rare commodities and discounts of drinks of the month as well as track your purchases online for reference. A great local spot, to which, even if I left the area I would travel to get my drinks here.

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Foundry on Elm

in Somerville, Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +23.5% | Avg: 3.83
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

This is a local favorite when it comes to a little more of an upscale watering hole, with all the right craft beers to choose from. Delectable eats (one of my favorites being the devils on horseback) to a vast selection of brews as well as wines and other spirits. I love the ambiance, the open windows during the warm months, and its a great spot to catch up with a good friend or satiate the palate of a date.

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

in Saint Louis, Missouri

3.69/5  rDev -11.3% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

I was in St Louis for work and luckily the dates lined-up so I could take in a Cards game with my customers. I did a quick look at Beerfly and this seemed to be the best option near Busch.

This is a pretty cool space. It has a long bar and dining room, there is another large room in the back and they have a covered beer garden facing the stadium. I’m not sure who decorates the Saucers, but I knew I was in one as soon as I walked through the door. I love the super high ceilings and all the old wooden beams and stuff. Bathrooms were another story, they seemed to experiencing a flood with water coming from the ceiling and through the heating ductwork. Not sure if the place above them had broken pipes or if the AC install was faulty. Let’s hope they get that fixed.

As expected they offered a large beer list with a nice emphasis on local draft options. My beers were well taken care of and served in the correct glasses.

The chain has upped their food options and I think the quality is better than before, so no complaints there. I was with a party of 6 and everyone liked their food and beer choices.

Service was a real miss. I’m not sure if they didn’t staff correctly on a game night or if our server was just that bad. We went long stretches waiting to order both food and beer and then at least twice had them bring us a wrong beer. She was nice enough so that counts for a little I guess. To make it worse, all the tables around us were getting their food and beer while we couldn’t even get our order in.

I would have no problem coming back. Next time I would most likely sit at the bar unless I was with another group that needed a table.

Bonus, Cubs won 12 to 3!

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Fort George Brewery + Public House

in Astoria, Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -1.4% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Great place to end our drive up the OR coast, not to mention conveniently located a block off the main street. My wife & I sat in the pub, which was fairly busy early on a Sunday evening. All the beers we tried were good but it was the food that really stood out. I had the albacore fish & chips, which was much more hearty than the cod/whitefish you get in your standard Midwest fish fry. Now, looking back, I wonder if the tuna came from a can, but at the time I was hungry and didn't care. It was delicious regardless. The fish came on a generous bed of fries (chips) that were also excellent. My wife opted for the sausage sampler. The "hot and spicy" italian sausage wasn't hot at all but again, we didn't care and ate it anyway.

Service was efficient. Our server was attentive but not especially chatty. Prices seemed reasonable for the area. We would have liked to stay longer and sample more of their beers but sadly, we had to make our way back to Portland.

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The Great Lost Bear

in Portland, Maine

4.18/5  rDev -0.9% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

my first stop on a sweeping New England tour this really hit the spot after a long travel day. Cool to see all the Maine offerings and some national brands. Good vibe and food too. Really set the bar nicely for my trip.

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Maui Brewing Co.

in Kihei, Hawaii

4.06/5  rDev -1.2% | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Beautiful new facility located on the West side of Maui. My girlfriend I couldn't pass up an opportunity to take a 5 minute ride from our resort to this new location to get out of the sun for an hour or two or good beer, food and to let our bodies relax from the Maui sun.

The tasting room as is the whole location is brand new and the quality is great as you'd expect with brand new facilities. The vibe was chill, it was pretty empty actually which was nice for us as we were able to sit back and relax and enjoy our beer and food in peace away from the resort and beach crowds. The sun was out and it was a gorgeous day outside, while others would say the vibe was non-existent it was just what we were looking for.

Being so slow we were able to take our time ordering and talking to the bartender about the beers on tap and help craft a perfect selection of what we were looking for as the selection they had was very good, if I can recall there was ~15 beers on tap, most MBC, but a few other locals and Kona BCs as well.

I collect growlers of breweries I visit and MBC's growler has to be one of my favorites thus far. Their largest comes in a DrinkTank (google them if you have to), but with the MBC logo slapped on it, this growler turned out to be my favorite thing I brought back off the island. We filled her up with their Bikini Blonde, nothing special about the beer other than it's freshness and supreme drinkability in the Maui heat.

Overall this brewery was amazing, I highly recommend if you're in Maui. You can't miss it if you're staying close by.

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