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Bottlecraft - North Park

in San Diego, California

4.68/5  rDev +12% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Despite it's limited size, this is quite possibly my favorite bottle shop in San Diego. Solid selection with plenty of great/often not easy to obtain beers regularly coming in. The staff are all cool and seem to genuinely know/love their beers. Parking in North Park can be a bit of a hassle depending on what time of the day/night you're trying to go, but you can generally find something within a block or two.

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The Snooty Fox

in Fredericton, New Brunswick

4.18/5  rDev +6.1% | Avg: 3.94
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Vibe- Dark wood floors/tables/booths and dimly lit. Very cozy and appealing. Booths in the front by the bar and lots of tables in the back for additional seating. Fireplace in the back gives a great vibe in the winter. Rooftop patio for the summer!

Quality- Beer is always cold and flavourful. No apparent issues with taplines. One thing I really love about this place is that they serve beer in appropriate glassware. No shaker pints here (at least not for beer that I've ordered).

Service- Staff is speedy and friendly. Also quite attentive when it came to needing another beer!

Selection- Snooty has one of the best beer selections in Fredericton. While they have the Macros, they also have a ton of New Brunswick made beer and craft beer from other regions as well.

Food- Typical pub fare but done extremely well. More often than not, I order the Lumberjack Burger and it has to be one of the best burgers that I've had anywhere.

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The Lunar Rogue Pub

in Fredericton, New Brunswick

4.03/5  rDev +4.4% | Avg: 3.86
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Vibe- Comfortable and cozy indoors. Tables are quite close to one another and as annoying as it might be sometimes, it has fostered a lot of table to table conversation (making a great pub atmosphere). In the summer, the patio offers a good spot to socialize outside. Not a big space but definitely adequate.

Quality- I have been to The Lunar Rogue many times and I've never had any quality issues concerning the beer (or other beverages) nor the food. The beer is always cold (or the appropriate temperature) and no issues flavour wise (tap lines are apparently cleaned regularly).

Service- Every server that I've had has been nothing but the best: Friendly, patient and most importantly... knowledgeable. I often test out a servers skills by asking them what they recommend for a beer and every time I've asked at the Rogue, I've gotten great answers and many servers have given suggestions based on what I planned to order for food... impressive.

Selection - Like any bar that wants to make money with a wide audience, The Lunar Rogue carries the typical macro beers but thankfully, 80% of their beer offerings are craft beers from New Brunswick or otherwise. For those of you that are whiskey drinkers, you should know that The Lunar Rogue has an incredibly diverse range of literally hundreds of bottles.

Food- The food is always excellent and delicious. Typical pub fare as to be expected but pasta and seafood dishes are also available.

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Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits - Omaha #9

in Omaha, Nebraska

3.79/5  rDev +12.1% | Avg: 3.38
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

I was in Omaha for a work event and this time we had to stay way west instead of downtown.

I say this store when I was headed out to a restaurant. I stopped by and was pleasantly surprised by the large selection of beer. Prices were very attractive. I saw all new Belgium 6 packs on sale for $6.99.

I did the mix your own 6 pack for $8.99 and was able to get 6 Nebraska beers that I have never seen in Illinois.

The staff was friendly and the beer guy stopped by to make sure I found what I was looking for.

I’m glad I stopped by and would again next time I am this far west.

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Voodoo Brewing Company

in Meadville, Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -3.2% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by while visiting some breweries/brewpubs in the Meadville area.

V - Good times. The bar occupies an end unit of a row building. There is a long bar, behind it is an equally long communal table for patrons to sit. In the back of the bar there is also a nook with some bench seating. Next to the nook there is a pickup window for the kitchen. Since the bar is in an end unit there are a ton of windows for light. The decorations are unique. No TVs, which allow you to focus more on your company and the beer.

Q - Great beer and food. While the food options are rotating I highly suggest the Souther Fried Chicken sliders if they are on the menu. Shrimp flat bread and Hummus were also good. Had a beer sampler as well.

Ser - Bartenders were helpful & Knowledgeable. They remained friendly and attentive even as the bar became crowded.

Sel - Twelve beers on tap. The sampler includes: Good Vibes, Wynona's Big Brown ale, White Magic of the Sun, Gran Met, Voodoo Love Child, & Killpillz. Then there are about eleven food options which rotate weekly.

O - Fun place to hang out. The food is great and the beer is delicious. The bar got pretty busy while we were there on a mid Saturday afternoon. Even though there were plenty of patrons it never felt overly crowded which added to the energy/excitement in the room. This place is definitely worth checking out and I look forward to going back.

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Main & Mill Brewing Co.

in Festus, Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -1.8% | Avg: 3.95
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Went this past Saturday for dinner. Ordered a full flight of everything and dinner. The space and vibe of the place is really cool, with lots of wood and exposed brick in a very small town, personal feel. Service was pretty good, as the wait staff could talk about both the food and beer options on the menu.

Food was average to good. Our group ordered a fair variety, from the burger (just average), to the pork ribs (average to good), to the green chile chicken (average to good), and the pulled pork sandwich (a little above average).Just about your normal brew pub's worth of food selection.

There were 7 house beers on tap and a few wines to go along with the beers. Overall, the beers ranged from pretty bad (the blond, the dark wheat), to above average (blood orange berliner), to pretty amazing (session and imperial breakfast stout). The blood orange berliner was like the lightly tart beer version of orange gatorade and the stouts we damn good. The session was easy to drink, yet still full of flavor. The imperial breakfast was very comparable to BA Abraxas (in all seriousness).

Overall, we will be back. I was going to get a growler of the imperial stout, but for real, it is the shining star in the beer lineup. This is a very solid option for dinner with a decent beer, especially if you are in Jefferson County.

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Timber Creek Tap & Table

in Meadville, Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +1.8% | Avg: 3.99
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in over the weekend while checking out some breweries/brewpubs in the Meadville area.

V - Like you're hanging out in a ski lodge. This place looks like some kind of lodge, hunting or skiing your choice. There are two buildings, one with a large dinning area and bar, then a second small building that is more bar than anything. A small area with outdoor seating and a fire pit separates the two. We sat in the larger dinning area.

Q - Full menu and plenty of taps. We ordered appetizers and beer samplers.

Ser - Great/ The bartender and our waitress were very helpful. Our waitress even went the extra mile for us. When the coffee stout was not part of the beer sampler, without asking she brought it for us separate because she over heard we wanted it.

Sel. - 8 beer options, brewed in house. Five regular (Blonde, Dortmunder, IPA, Belgian Triple, and Porter) plus three rotating drafts. All were delicious but the Morning Brew Coffee Stout, Fully Loaded IPA and Black Bear Porter stood out.

F - We only had some appetizers so I can't speak for the entire menu but the pretzels and lobster nachos were great.

O - Laid back place with good beer. Come for the relaxing ambiance, enjoy the food and beer.

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Hickory Wine Cellar

in Chatham, New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.94
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This store is tucked away at the end of a strip mall in an upscale part of Morris County. Although it's rather cramped, it has an excellent selection of wine and beer, including a lot of fine American and European craft beers. It also seems to stock beers that I can't find anywhere else in the area. The staff is courteous and helpful.

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Lagunitas Brewing Company

in Chicago, Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.9% | Avg: 4.36
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

There free tasting tour is where its at. Great atmosphere and a whole lot of fun. Starting with Wonka theme and taking you upstairs to great views of the brewery from there taproom, to a fun tasting room, to a great tour of the brewery with awesome stories and information about Lagunitas. Katie did a great job of letting it rip on the mic while giving the tour. Can't wait to go back and do it again.

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Brews Cafe

in Granville, Ohio

4.73/5  rDev +6.5% | Avg: 4.44
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Two floors, plenty of room to spread out. Good food menu, much better than simple bar food. Great selection of rotating taps including lots of local craft beers along with the best national craft brands. Brews has a place in craft beer history as an early convert to craft.

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Elysian Fields

in Seattle, Washington

3.58/5  rDev -9.8% | Avg: 3.97
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

The place was packed for the first Mariners game of the season, but there was a good feel in the place and it's a very large with a number of seating areas and places to stand, so it wasn't uncomfortable. My wife and I found a table in the back room where you were allowed to have drinks without eating. They don't do samplers on game nights, unfortunately. The beers were good and overall we enjoyed ourselves. However, they were out of many beers that were listed as being available, were not available and so I could not get a couple of the beers that I would have really wanted to try. Other than that, worth the stop if you're in the area.

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The Pike Brewing Company

in Seattle, Washington

4.18/5  rDev +8% | Avg: 3.87
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Really cool place where I enjoyed a sampler with my wife. We also had a couple of appetizers. They have a very large selection of beers (their own root beers) and you were very satisfied with both the food and the beer. The decor was very good and the place was overall a good vibe place. I will say that the lighting at the tables was extremely bright. I felt like a surgeon in the operating room. Other than that, awesome place and absolutely worth a stop when in Seattle.

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Ramirez Beverage Center

in Los Angeles, California

3.66/5  rDev -17.6% | Avg: 4.44
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Massive store with a huge selection of craft beer. Warehouse feel to the place and not much in the way of service, but if you have time to peruse and look through all the beer, you may stumble upon a gem or three.

Prices are standard, parking lot is big, easy to be in and out.

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Bandit Brewery

in Toronto, Ontario

3.6/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.6
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Soft opening, will re-review later. Pleasant looking place in a bit of a run down area, however not far from a few other new breweries. Medium sized, you can get parking, and staff is attentive if not up to date on the beers that they brew.

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Liquid Riot Bottling Company

in Portland, Maine

3.93/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.93
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Big, loud place, feels more like a nightclub than a brew pub. Had a solid selection , beers were OK. Not great, not bad. Bartender was very friendly and service was great. Probably wouldn't go back, but glad I stopped to check it out.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.

in Munster, Indiana

4.29/5  rDev -0.9% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Located at the back end of an industrial parkway and medical center mish mash of an area, is the entire Three Floyds operation from kettle to table. From what I understand, if you get here early on a weekend, you are going to be in line, outdoors, like we were. So, if you're alone, choose wisely: to-go bottle line, or brewpub line.

For those of you that haven't been and expect a beer mecca, check those expectations at the door, or frankly the parking lot. As you can see, this picture shows a very small rectangle of a building, and it isn't lying. The brewery itself is pretty huge, towering over the brewpub, which is a tiny fraction of the size. While bigger than your average local pub, it is only moderately so. It may seat around 100 people, but they are keeping it cozy and it doesn't look like that's changing any time soon.

The taplist is also relatively small, and the size of most pours are as well. While we were there, about 10 FFF drafts, and 3 guest were flowing. Some are moderately to very rare, but most are easily accessible, outside of Chicago, that is. I find that Chicagoans have a harder time picking up regular FFF beers like Zombie Dust, Gumballhead and Alpha King than non-Chicagoans.

Where they are killing it is the food--extremely wide variety of really delicious and unique dishes. Some are twists on classics, (the burgers and mac and cheese were on just about every other table multiple times over). Others are pretty original, like spicy pork ramen with house made chili paste, green beans and blueberries, scrumptious cheese curds with herbs and veggies that make them taste exactly like Cool Ranch Doritos. We also had a thyme sponge cake and sage ice cream dessert that was oddly delicious and went very well with the smoothing effect of Backmasking.

This place has a cool atmosphere, with some oddball or hardcore movies playing silently to a never-ending heavy metal soundtrack overhead. For us, Fear and Loathing was playing, and then, when someone decided to let the children come in and sit at the high chairs (yes they allow kids, a pet peeve of mine), they started playing Finding Nemo (scratching that pet peeve itch to a bleed).

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Duckfat

in Portland, Maine

4.56/5  rDev +10.7% | Avg: 4.12
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Todd is some of the best I ever had. Get the poutain it's a thing at beauty. Tap selection was fabulous, had Swish and The Substance. Can't say enough about it, just go there...

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The Growler Spot

in Fulshear, Texas

4.14/5  rDev -4.8% | Avg: 4.35
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

A great spot out on FM 1093. In a generic shopping center, and I was surprised at how spread out it is here. Long bar, a few TV's on turned to sports, but not intrusive at all. Some pub games, with couches and recliners. A somewhat sterile, but really relaxed vibe. Obviously a growler spot, but a great hang out spot as well.

Service was great on my visit. Everyone here is really knowledgable, will to talk shop, with recommendations if you need them. I can tell they really enjoy what they do. Selection is about 30 taps that rotate. Brash Fancy Sauce, plenty of Saint Arnold and No Label, including Perpetual Peace, Ballast Point, Yellow Rose, Live Oak Hefe. Among others. A really well done list.

There is a small menu of apps and sandwiches. The Growler Dip, which is a roast beef dip. Not bad at all, filling and hit the spot. It was not exceptional, but what I needed at the time. Certainly not the best pub food I have had, but there are far worse, and nothing wrong with what they have as is.

Overall, this is a great local spot for everyone in this area. I can't imagine there are that many beers spots around, and even if there was this holds it own against most places in Houston proper. I would be a regular here if I lived in the area.

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Shay McElroy's Irish Pub

in Houston, Texas

2.74/5  rDev -7.7% | Avg: 2.97
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.75

Vibe is actually a pretty nice worn in corner/Irish pub. With a long wood bar, a nice patio along main. Though basically every time I have been here or even walked by, the crappy top 40 is blasting at a club level. Outside of that a nice pseudo Irish Pub vibe, though it just gets to loud. Food is bland store bought sandwiches. You would be better off just getting Boars Head and making some yourself. Service can be up or down depending on how crowded the place is.

Beer selection is just about every crappy UK beer on nitro you can imagine. Wouldn't it be nice if they had some Fuller's or a handful of good Texas beers, instead of the artificial tasting crap that is Guinness and Boddingtons? They did have Karbach Weiise Versa that was flat, sour, and completely off, and generally the selection has expanded a little over the years. You use to only be able to get the aforementioned UK nitro's, maybe Saint Arnold, and Macros. Now, they even have some Deshutes. Though, really not a place I frequent often with the many other places around. Especially since downtown has exploded over the last few years.

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Johnny McElroy's Irish Pub

in Houston, Texas

3.29/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.29
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 2.75

Brand new, and you can still smell the varnish. Lots of wood everywhere. High top tables, long bar, extensive outdoor patio, with a semi open bar as well. Even a fire place with red booths and couches. Plenty of TV's and all turned to ESPN. A new British/Irish/American bar if there ever was one. This is the sister bar to Shay McElroy's downtown. At first service was slow, and did not notice me for a good 15 minutes. I am not complaining, cause after that they were on top of everything.

57 taps, ranging from Live Oak Hefe to European's like Weihenstephaner and Paulaner. Plenty of Texas offerings, but nothing really outstanding. Basically a few year-round releases from Saint Arnold, Karbach, 11 Below, etc. They did have a Brash tap and Odell Myrcenary. Which is almost $10 for a pint by the way. Also, plenty generic and horrid UK Nitro beers on. Think Bodington's and even a handful of Macros. Above average for sure, but would like to see less filler and crap. Oh well. Frozen pint glasses, and taps are to cold for my liking. I can usually deal with cold taps, it does not take long for that to warm, but frozen glasses are a no.

The food is what nocks this down a notch. Basically everything is store bought, or from Sysco. The corned beef for the Reuben is not even Boars Head quality, and ice cold to boot. With soggy generic rye bread that falls apart. They have a nacho (melted Velveta) and salsa (store bought, at least that is what it tasted like) plater, and the completely generic tortilla chips come from that huge stadium sized bag which are all stale.

A nice enough place for a drink, but the food is not up to par at all. Everyone seems nice enough here, but just not up to the many other great bars let alone restaurants around.

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Goose Island Clybourn

in Chicago, Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -4.8% | Avg: 4.15
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Old school, and better for it. Large square centrally located wooden bar just past the side entrance where you can see the tanks and people taking tours. The bar has super old school and comfy elbow rests with some old but clean dark wood. As mentioned this particular bar is just at the side entrance, it is surrounded by restaurant seating. The main side is a whole other restaurant style area.

Very quick, friendly and informative service, making you feel like you're in a small town bar than a huge bustling city. Tons of quality brews on with a wide variety. Don't be turned off by so many lagers, some are jarringly complex.

The food looked good but unfortunately we did not order any while we were present.

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Cellarmaker Brewing Co.

in San Francisco, California

4.08/5  rDev -7.5% | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Small 'whole in the wall' brewery that made my visit to San Francisco very enjoyable. Great draft list, although mostly hoppy stuff, friendly staff and place was packed 2 of the weekday nights I was there. If you like hops, you'll like Cellarmaker.

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The Hop Grenade

in Concord, California

4.76/5  rDev +8.7% | Avg: 4.38
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

I'll start this review by stating that I live in the area and this is my go-to local bar, so my review may be slightly bias. However, with that said, compared to other bars in the area, and compared to my previous go-to bars around other locations that I've lived, I can say that THG is one of my favorite places to drink.

THG houses the studio that The Brewing Network broadcasts their various brewcasts from, and depending on the show and if they have a brewer as a guest, the tap list at the bar may change to include beers from the guest brewery. This is a nice treat if the brewery is from somewhere outside of our distribution, or if it's a brewery only beer that the brewer brought along with him/her. In addition, because of the history TBN has with many breweries over the years, THG regularly receives limited releases, special event kegs, brewery only releases, and other sought after beers that most other bars do not have access to.

THG typically has 21 rotating taps with a dedicated cider tap and dedicated nitro tap. The beer on each tap is always rotating, and they hardly ever have the same beer on tap for more than a week or two, and they hardly ever put the same keg on back to back. There is generally at least one beer from at least a dozen different styles, so there is typically always a style for everyone on tap. The bar also regularly has events like tap takeovers, etc. a couple times a month, so there is usually something to look forward to. My favorite part is they use the DigitalPour software so at any time you can go to their website and see in real-time exactly what is on tap and how much is left in each keg.

The location itself is a comfortable place to drink, with a large bar area, indoor table seating, and an outdoor patio with tables, couches, and a small fire pit. They have about six beer fridges full of bottles for on-site consumption or take out. Their food menu isn't huge, but it does the trick, especially since this is a bar and not a brewpub, and they have a variety of snacks and a couple substantial hot sandwich meals. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable about beer, and many are homebrewers. They also have a rewards system that is free to join and rewards you with free draft beer. Overall, I feel pretty spoiled to live so close to this great place, and I definitely recommend THG to any beer fan who is in the area.

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Bow & Arrow Brewing

in Albuquerque, New Mexico

2.69/5  rDev -8.2% | Avg: 2.93
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2

Beautiful space combining sleekness, art, and an indoor biergarten feel. It's an attractive place and seems a great place for bringing lots of friends or coming with the kids/family and not feeling out of place.

However, the beers here are just not good. I didn't want to finish a sample of most and some didn't even taste to style or the descriptors listed by the brewery.

Only their seasonal stout was worth drinking but after tasting so many duds I wasn't really trying to drink much of that one.

I'll give these guys four months and see if they've gotten their act together, but as things stand, the beer is just bad and that's the only reason why I'd come here to begin with.

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Sidetrack Brewing Company

in Albuquerque, New Mexico

3.88/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.88
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Think it's been about 4-5 months for these guys and I feel their beers are tasting good right now, meaning they're clean, at the right carb levels, not showing off flavors and generally taste good. The question will be are they good enough? Packing enough flavor? Bold enough for Albuquerque drinkers? The flavors here lean towards mellow, understated and low-key and it will be interesting to see how that sits with Albuquerque drinkers.

Additionally, I think their current lineup is fairly blasé given Albuquerque's scene. Pale, IPA, wheat, brown and a red. Just like Marble, Bosque, La Cumbre, Quarter Celtic, Canteen, etc. Not sure how their lineup helps them separate from the crowd or attract return drinkers from outside of the neighborhood. The cask ales are one key distinction and that helps, but I think they'll need to find other ways to make waves.

The space itself is nice, clean, comfortable. A nice patio sits out back and will be pleasant in the warmer months.

I think these guys could survive if they could attract enough folks from their surrounding neighborhood and expand their lineup and style options.

I'll reiterate, the beers are good, just nothing I can't get at any other brewery or at the liquor store. That's risky for them.

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