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Aficionado's

in Columbus, Ohio

5/5  rDev +31.9% | Avg: 3.79
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I've been to a ton of beer stores around Central Ohio (and outside that area too) but this place is the one that I continue to shop at weekly. The service is top notch, and they get almost all of the hard to find brews that are in local distro. They frequently do Friday evening beer tastings which I always enjoy.

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Stone Brewing Co.

in Escondido, California

4.38/5  rDev -2.4% | Avg: 4.49
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

In an industry full of complete characters, Stone Brewing may well be the most complete and the most full.

My opinion was proven upon visiting their Escondido location (the one on San Diego Bay had not opened, nor, of course, the slow-food gastro-pub in Marienpark Berlin due this summer.) I visited on a Saturday night, so the place was jam-packed and the brewhouse closed. (So how did I get a table and a plant tour? I was the guest of their San Diego distributor, cousin to my wife... she knows the rich and powerful.)

This is an amazing facility; nestled into a suburban rolling hill industrial park, you somehow felt like you were in a beer amusement park; complete with falling water, restaurants and retail stores (no ponies for the kids.) The Vibe and excitement and enjoyment was like no bar I've ever been. Because most everything was on tap, I had a flight of five. Because I had a slight cold, I drank it all myself and didn't drive.

For a brewery whose most outrageous product line was led by an Arrogant Bastard (so ornery that it had to be spun off as a separate corporation), the restaurant's service was relatively good. The menu had strains of the slow-food movement, but burgers were the main fare.

I am amazed on Stone's entrepreneurial flare and passion for its product.
I hope their gastro-pub is open in Berlin when I visit there this coming July.

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Kroger - Gables Shopping Center

in Blacksburg, Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +13.8% | Avg: 3.9
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

First I'll address some of the other reviews, comparing this place to Vintage Cellar isn't ideal, this is a grocery first and a beer store second while Vintage Cellar is a beer store first. They just don't compare well. For a grocery store this place is pretty ideal, the usual macrobrews you find everywhere and a darned good selection of craft brews that they recently moved closer to the front of the store. They do regularly bring in seasonal packs, especially of some of the local companies like Starr Hill and Devil's Backbone, and have a ton of Sierra Nevada on hand. Prices are solid to good, and if they have it they will generally be cheaper than Vintage Cellar.

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Schooner Exact Brewing Company

in Seattle, Washington

4/5  rDev +0.5% | Avg: 3.98
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Went yesterday with the wife and kids. It's divided into three primary areas: An indoor area of just tables (more like a traditional restaurant), an outdoor area of tables, and then the bar area, with some tall tables that you seat yourself and will probably sit next to strangers. This last area also has a view into their actual brewery. It was fairly busy -- apparently it gets really busy near Sounders games. I imagine the same is true for Mariners or Seahawks.

The food was good (I had a burger, my wife had a steak sandwich, the kids had kid food), but not stellar. The servers were friendly and helpful, despite a busy and chaotic environment.

I liked the vibe. The other patrons were generally pretty cool. We talked to the couple sitting next to us on the table most of the time we were there.

They had about a dozen taps -- eight of their standard beers, four seasonal or one-off beers. They also had one or two ciders or wines. Beer is fine -- better than I remember it being in the past, but again not stellar.

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Bull & Bones Brewhaus & Grill

in Blacksburg, Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +8.6% | Avg: 3.71
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I like this place more as a restaurant first and a brewery second. The food is good, the sweet potato casserole is a favorite among customers, the steaks are solid and I have yet to bring anyone who left disappointed with the food. The beer is so-so and that is what brings down the rating. The selection is okay but there is just nothing that really stands out with their beer, certainly nothing that makes you feel the need to return for a few brews there. Sports bar atmosphere, large amount of big screen tv's around the restaurant that are constantly on a sports channel, especially college football.

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

in Charlotte, North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +1.7% | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

I love the vibe of this place. The plates, the decor, the live band playing in the corner, it's all a very cool place to just chill for a few hours and have some of the many, many beers they have on tap. One of the few places where the tap selection is better than the food selection. That is the one downer, the food is so-so at best, average selection and nothing that really stands out. But really, you don't go here for the food, you go for the beer. The major downside is that this place can get busy in a hurry and service really suffers for that. Considering how well it does you would think they would hire a few more servers to help even that out.

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Cellar Restaurant & 6-PAK Store

in Blacksburg, Virginia

4.64/5  rDev +15.1% | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

The best pizza in the region. For about $30, not including tip, we can get a large pizza (their house special), a small pitcher of craft beer, and a couple of sweet teas. Can't really beat that. Very popular with the locals and college scene alike. The staff is generally friendly and the atmosphere is laid back. The restaurant generally doesn't change out the type of kegs they have on tap, typically it's an offering from Blue Mountain, Devil's Backbone, Firestone Walker, Yuengling, and a couple of others I can't think of at the moment. Pretty chill atmosphere and varied crowd, you're just as likely to hear college students discussing Virginia Tech sports as you are professors discussing physics, a young family taking the kids out for pizza, or a couple of retirees having their nightly beer at the bar. Just a good small town restaurant.

The other side of the building is the 6-PAK which carries an assortment of craft and AAL beers. Wide variety of local, national, and international beers, most of which are sold as single bottle but there are some six packs available. Decent amount of bombers and the staff generally is knowledgeable about their products.

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Vintage Cellar

in Blacksburg, Virginia

4.69/5  rDev +4.5% | Avg: 4.49
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

A place I regularly stop in when I'm in town. Good vibe from generally polite employees who are enthusiastic about the products they sell. The store is half a wine store and half craft beer, it used to just be wine but adapted to serve the needs of craft brewers and took the same approach to selling beer that they do to selling wine. Good mix of local and national brands. Pricing can sometimes be a dollar or two higher for a six pack versus Kroger for the brands that they both sell.

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Lone Tree Brewing Company

in Lone Tree, Colorado

2.1/5  rDev -44.1% | Avg: 3.76
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 5

My wife and I were frequent customers there until I came there for my birthday in May... while we were outside with the other dog/family people a very rude group of (trashy) people came in and took over all the outside seating. They took all the chairs at our table, then proceeded to drag a table across my foot and 2 of their party sat down at my table inches from my wife and stared at us, clearly wanting us to leave. When I asked them to be more considerate, They then started calling me names until my wife and I got up and left- basically the last of the remaining outdoor patrons to do so.

We asked the staff to intervene but they refused, as a larger party spend more $$$. Sure, there was a lot of apology, but no action.

Basically in a family friendly place, either the staff stands up for the patrons, or the patrons stand up for themselves. In which case it becomes a biker bar. Which is what this place is, now, in my view. Don't go there unless you are ready to deal with violence and rudeness.

If you want to be physically threatened and personally insulted for your outdoor table, go here. A great place for testosterone muscle bound a holes. Not a good place for family and dog people.

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Roaring Fork Beer Company

in Carbondale, Colorado

4.54/5  rDev +13.2% | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Was a great little place to grab a beer, little hard to find. Was a few regulars in the bartender knew by name but still talked with us. Can imagine getting little crazy with a lot of people in there but totally would go. Also very good beer variety

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MacLeod Ale Brewing Company

in Van Nuys, California

4.18/5  rDev -4.3% | Avg: 4.37
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

MacLeod Ale Brewing is located in an industrial part of Van Nuys. I stopped by after a birthday party nearby. I'm glad I did. Overall, I enjoyed the beers I had and the visit. One knock, is that parking is not that easy to find.

Once you enter, you kinda forget you're in Van Nuys. The interior I felt was nicely done. Lots of tables and counter space along with a bar with seats. As you probably already know, they offer many beers on cask which is refreshing in Los Angeles proper. Some brewing equipment can be seen in the back which is cool. There was another adjoining area that had more tables and a game area.

They don't serve food, but on the wall they had a food truck calendar though I didn't see any trucks today. They sell chips and offer peanuts for free.

If I'm in the area again, I'd like to visit and try their other beers on tap.

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Catawba Brewery Tasting Room - South Slope

in Asheville, North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev -5.4% | Avg: 4.04
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

A large and lively venue. Efficient, knowledgeable service. Good variety of beer available, including 5 (during my visit) that are available on-site only.

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Tin Mill Brewing Company

in Hermann, Missouri

3.29/5  rDev -3.8% | Avg: 3.42
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

My wife an I stopped into this brewpub during a trip to the wonderful little town of Hermann. It is located a few steps off of the main street, in a large building. There is a small bar, and I liked that the brewing equipment was all on disply down a short hallway. The basement beer hall was impressive (especially a large old cask). When we visited, there was a live band in the beer garden, and they had German food from the kitchen. Overall, the atmosphere wasn't exceptional, but rather it was comfortable, and very likable. We didn't sample the food, but the beer on tap was adequate. Not outstanding, but solidly good. We bought some bottles to take home which, unfortunately, were soured and infected. So, mixed results, but we were still glad to have stopped in.

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Sand City Brewing Co.

in Northport, New York

4.46/5  rDev +10.7% | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The best brewery on Long Island, hands down. While they make a wide variety of beer styles, they are absolutely killing it with their IPAs. The space isn't much to speak of, but they have flights and growler fills (worth the trip for that alone).

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Fort Hill Brewery

in Easthampton, Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev -9.7% | Avg: 3.92
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Nice place and atmosphere with a decent selection of mostly German lagers. The beers are solid, yet uneventful. I love German beers and these just taste like American versions without that traditional, German taste. Again, the beer is not bad at all, just mediocre. Very friendly folks and they had a food wagon and live music when I went.

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Stormcloud Brewing Company

in Frankfort, Michigan

4.15/5  rDev -2.8% | Avg: 4.27
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

The place had over a dozen beers to try. The waitress was knowledgeable on the brews available and was very helpful with my selection. We had a flat bread pizza which even this fussy from Chicago pizza eater loved. It was busy but not overly loud which was very nice. They had an outdoor drinking area with some relaxing chairs and a very nice atmosphere. They even had a large selection of table games in case a group of friends wanted to play after eating or just while sampling brews. All in all a very pleasant place and I can't wait to go back.

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Southern Grist Brewing Co.

in Nashville, Tennessee

4.66/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.69
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Another outstanding new local brewery. Great location and vibe, friendly for all types of beer lovers (and dogs). All 12 taps were available with solid -to-fantastic offerings. Friendly staff and a tremendous overall experience. Will definitely return regularly.

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Texas Ale Project

in Dallas, Texas

4.09/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.27
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

really cool spot here in the dallas area. they are making some decent beers, but for us it was more about the experience. they have a large and shaded outside seating area that looks brand new, clean, comfortable, and inviting. they have two spaces inside, a sitting area near a ping pong table thats in the brew house area, and then a windowed off tap room that houses a nice three sided bar and more seating. everything is new and clean. they had a good range of beers on, a mix of generic and inventive beers, some were better than others though. the wheat ipa was nothing a little off, but the red was outstanding, and then a whole bunch in between. some frat bros playing beer pong in there, but other than that everything was mellow and groovy. the service was amazing from the bartenders to the owner, who was happy to chat and share his story. i might have liked somewhat better execution on the beers themselves, but the place is cool and its good a neat vibe going on. very young crowd, hip you know, they must be doing something right. i will look forward to my next visit here for sure. definitely check out their red, that was the best of the bunch i thought.

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Trinity Brewhouse

in Providence, Rhode Island

3.45/5  rDev -8.5% | Avg: 3.77
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.75

Nice looking pub... English feel to it. Bar seats about 20 with dining areas at both ends...maybe a dozen plus tables. Seven beers on tap, nothing exciting. Food was pretty bad...turkey burger tasted like bologna.

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Podklášterní Pivovar Třebíč / Centrum Lihovar

in Třebíč, Czech Republic

3.83/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.83
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nice place with a special atmosphere, there are two rooms: for smokers and non-smokers. Good service, in asortimente beer, which is brewed in the same brewery !!!

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Cottrell Brewing Co.

in Pawcatuck, Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.85
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Small area of the brewery set off from the brewhouse. Stand up bar good for 6 to 8 people. Eight beers on tap - including guest taps - knowledgeable bartender. Friendly atmosphere.

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BuckleDown Brewing

in Lyons, Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -9.2% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in during Chicago Craft Beer Week, had Painted Turtle and Shady Aftermath. Shady was great and Gil was awesome. He was friendly and very knowledgeable. Great atmosphere, bands weekly and we'll definitely be coming back.

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Capital Ale House

in Midlothian, Virginia

4.64/5  rDev +6.4% | Avg: 4.36
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

I've been here a couple of times and was looking for a place for a company sponsored celebration. It turns out to be hard to find a place that can serve more than 50 people without renting out a hotel ballroom. They were very accommodating and I ended up renting the entire upper floor for the event. They had really good waiters and waitresses that listened closely to what types of beer people liked and made some fine recommendations. Food was also very good. Large selection of good beers.

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Screamin' Hill Brewery

in Cream Ridge, New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +6.8% | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Indoor tasting room with a lot of outdoor space. Located on a farm right with the brew tanks. Has eight to ten beer on tap. Growlers too. A nice place to spend some time.

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Smiling Chameleon Draft House

in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7% | Avg: 4.07
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

This is a pub located in the picturesque college town of Lewisburg, PA. It's a rather small establishment with a good selection of craft beers on draught including local Pennsylvania and well-known craft offerings. The cuisine is basic pub food but it's well-prepared and tasty. It's much smaller and less frenzied than the Bull Run Inn. It's nice to have another good craft beer establishment in Lewisburg.

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