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Fat Bottom Brewing

in Nashville, Tennessee

3.74/5  rDev +1.4% | Avg: 3.69
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

With only 6 lines, there wasn't a whole lot of selection to choose from. So I naturally just ordered a flight of all the beers to try out. For the most part they were pretty decent, but nothing in the flight overly wowed me. I wouldn't say that any of the beers were bad, but pretty simple, not much complexity or depth going on.

The two most redeeming qualities about the place where the stage set up for bands and the outdoor patio area. Both were very nice amenities and added to the overall personality of the brewery. This seemed more like a neighborhood hangout with decent beers than a craft beer travelers destination to seek out. I'd recommend it more for the locals to stop in as a place to unwind.

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Yazoo Brewing Company

in Nashville, Tennessee

4.07/5  rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.09
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Pretty cool place to visit. I really liked the outdoor patio section, though I wish it were a bit bigger. There was lots of space inside, very long bar area for seating, and I like how it was easy to visually see what was on tap. Wish I had opted to take the tour as I overheard lots of good comments about it but didn't have time.

Whenever I'm down in Nashville again, would definitely stop back in for a beer.

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The Lost Abbey

in San Marcos, California

4.93/5  rDev +13.3% | Avg: 4.35
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

One of my favorite breweries and tasting rooms there is. Their beers are world class and their staff and tasting room are SD OG. No gimmicks here. My only complaint is the price of their bottles.

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Dark Horse Brewing Company

in Marshall, Michigan

3.96/5  rDev -5% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Quick stop at 1pm on a Monday. Decent crowd but not busy. Ambiance is unique, very rustic to say the least. Selection is 10 handles of their own stuff, a couple brewery only selections.

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Birreria Trilussa

in Roma, Italy

3.04/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.04
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2

Not really a beer bar but it's literally inches away from Ma Che and Bir & Fud. Good place to get drunk on cheaper beers after imbibing in those more crafty establishments. More of a local hangout

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Topa Topa Brewing

in Ventura, California

3.67/5  rDev +0.5% | Avg: 3.65
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Visited soon after opening on Sunday, November 1st 2015.

Vibe - typical small local brewery with indoor and outdoor seating. Beer bros, craft novices and sports maniacs made up almost the entire clientele during my visit.

Quality - the beers are better than average.

Service - the bartender didn't tell me which beer was which in my sampler and didn't know much about the hop used in their single-hop IPA. It was otherwise fine.

More than 5 but less than 10 beers on tap. No guest taps. One tap blew right after opening when I ordered it.

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Ex Novo Brewing

in Portland, Oregon

5/5  rDev +15.5% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

What an excellent experience I had at this brewery.

I always like to try new breweries when I am in Portland. The beers at Ex Novo looked interesting, and the fact they are non-profit is neat. My wife and I met another couple and we all had dinner and drinks here.

The beers were top notch. I had the Peaching to the Choir, a very interesting and nuanced sour, and the Jacked Up, a less interesting but equally good sour. My wife had the insane Friends with Benefits, a high ABV beer with lots of scotch and bourbon flavor notes. Our friends had a couple of flights, and they were happy with everything they sampled.

I ordered the short ribs. They came bone-out, which I did not expect. The meat seemed more like a pot roast this way. Nonetheless, the meat was excellent. It was soft and rich with the perfect amount of fat, and the stout braise left an excellent flavor. The smoked Gouda cheese whiz at the bottom of the bowl this dish was served in was superb. It was rich and creamy and salty and just overall excellent. It paired perfectly with the rib meat and the potatoes. Overall, my meal was perfection.

My wife ordered a salad and the cheese, onion, and dill soup. She thought both were great; I sampled the soup and found it rich and thick, spiced well but not overdone with the dill. The salad tasted like salad to me.

Our friends didn't seem as pleased with their food. They ordered the pulled pork banh mi and the stuffed yams. I was too focused on my food to try theirs, so I can't directly speak to the items they ordered. Both agreed the food was fine, they just didn't consider their meals quite as transcendent as I considered the short ribs. They did praise the beer, though.

Our server was quick and helpful with beer suggestions. Our table was a long communal table; it was a little narrow and probably not good if you are going to get both appetizers and mains.

Overall, this is one of the best brewery experiences I have had in Oregon, and I highly recommend giving Ex Novo a try.

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Pub Mostodolce

in Firenze, Italy

3.99/5  rDev +5.8% | Avg: 3.77
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Great place relative to other options in Florence, but still a few key complaints. The primary one being how they pour their beer. You'd think they'd take care to tilt the glass and keep head down a bit, being a brewery and everything, but the bartenders all carelessly throw the glasses on the table and pull the tab. For some of their beers the head will be 3/4 of the glass. At this point, they'll let the beer sit for anywhere from 5-10 minutes while the head naturally goes down then continue pouring. They'll do this a few times for the more carbonated beers. You literally watch your beer getting filled for up to ten minutes. It's very obnoxious. I also hate how all European places including Mostodolce dip their glasses in water before filling it. I asked them why they do this and their response was "it makes the beer better." No, it does not. Their burgers are delicious, the best I've had in three months in Florence. It is always crowded. Their beer selection is okay, with 4-6 regular ones. They also sell bottles to go which is cool. If you're here for an extended time grab their frequent flyer card, your tenth pint is free. With the limited selection of craft beer places in Florence, this is a good all around option despite my somewhat minor complaints.

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Brooklyn Brewery

in Brooklyn, New York

4.18/5  rDev -2.1% | Avg: 4.27
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

I used to manage a spot close by here and had some buds who worked at the brewery so I came here quite a bit to hang out or to bring friends from out of town. First off, the Brooklyn Brewery is probably one of the most hit up tourist spots in Williamsburg so expect lines, huge lines. That said, the lines move relatively quickly and pay of with a fun tour lead by an extremely knowledgeable, engaging and fun tour guide. The Brewery is actually pretty small. It's main production facility is actually located In Utica, about 4 hours North of NYC. The tap room is well appointed and has all the staples such as Brooklyn Lager n Brown Ale as well as seasonal and rarities. You buy a beer token an trade it in for a beer at the bar (you receive one beer token with your tour). You can bring food in and sit at one of the many picnic benches and drink and be merry. It's a great brewery and will be very enjoyable to visit as long as you go in with the understanding that you are visiting one of the most well know craft beer names in the industry which is located in one of the busiest tourist traps in the North East. If you don't like lines and crowds, you'll be crying in your beer.

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Sofrito Gastro Pub

in Reading, Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.85
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

smaller place in a residential section of the city that has a neighborhood corner bar feel. But the theme is cuban. Interior has a U shaped bar, then a side room with dining tables.

nice craft beer tap list of about a dozen beers. a mix of local PA and national breweries, good mix of styles.

our waitress was very friendly and service was good.

food was very good, casual cuban cuisine - we ordered a bunch of appetizers and dishes and shared.

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Tree House Brewing Company

in Monson, Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.2% | Avg: 4.58
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

fantastically awesome place, the vibe here is fantastic. The smell smacks you in the face when you walk through the doors, their beer is absolutely magical! The people who fill your growlers are so nice and Dean is an absolute maniac in a good way. If you haven't been GO! You won't be disappointed

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Burial Beer Co.

in Asheville, North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +5.1% | Avg: 4.31
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great vibe in the warehouse type of facility in the back of the downtown Asheville area. In the middle of a ton of breweries so easy to get a lot of bang for your buck from this location.

They had a small outdoor area out front, and a large outdoor area in the back that looks like it could handle a ton of people. The inside bar matched their sort of "industrial" vibe in a good way.

Beer is above average and priced very well (as was all the Asheville breweries).

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Wicked Weed Funkatorium

in Asheville, North Carolina

4.66/5  rDev +2.6% | Avg: 4.54
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Great vibe in the little taproom next to their large barrel aging facility. Tons of barrels you can look through on the way to the restroom.

I was there for the Dark Arts release which included a Barrel Aged tap takeover. The tap list was much different than normal I assume as many offering of BA brews from other brewers where available including Goose Bourbon County Brand Stout, BA Backwoods Bastard, and many others. They had their 2014 and 2015 Dark Arts, as well as Dark Arts with coffee and many of their wild and sour brews on tap or available for on-sight consumption or to go from the bottle. The place was packed for the release, but it still was easy to get served or to get a seat.

Did not eat, but they have a nice small plates menu of options suited to their "funky" brews.

Great place. Would definitely go back if I head to Asheville again.

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Wicked Weed Brewing

in Asheville, North Carolina

4.64/5  rDev +2% | Avg: 4.55
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Great place located in the heart of downtown Asheville. Has a large bar upstairs and dining room offering many of their currently available beers and a few options from the Funkatorium. The food is high quality and the menu is inventive. Not the typical boring pub fare that many brewpubs offer. Their is a large outdoor seating area that is dog friendly.
Downstairs is the tap room that also has a pretty sizeable outdoor area. A few additional beer options and a smaller food menu is offered in the tap room.
Off to the side of the main upstairs dining area is a bottle shop offering the current Wicked Weed and Funkatorium brews along with swag including t-shirts, glassware, hats, etc.

Overall a great place for beer and or food.

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Isley Brewing Company

in Richmond, Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4% | Avg: 3.7
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

I had a good experience with this place overall. Selection was fairly well varied across the board, as in there seemed to be a little something for most every taste. Looked like a nice system for serving flights as well (I didn't, but several around me did. Place was spacious enough to accommodate several without being so big as to lose any sense of intimacy.

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in Budapest, Hungary

4.66/5  rDev +14.5% | Avg: 4.07
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This bar is one of our regular places in the summer time. The place features around 28 taps, give or take a few. There are a few regular beers, and most of them are changing beers from various hungarian micro breweries.

The staff knows what they are dealing with, they are used to customers who are overhelmed by the vast amount of beers available. They can offer you beers , once you let them know your preferences, and 90% of the time you will get one that you like. Also, it's a good idea to just have a different beer for each people in the company and keep on tasting them - otherwise it's impossible to taste most of the selection without getting wasted.

I think the only drawback of the place is this new "ruin pub" cosmetics, which consists of ruinous walls, old furniture and things, this is one of the trends of the city nowdays - but everything cannot be perfect at once.

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Ugly Oyster Drafthaus

in Reading, Pennsylvania

4.94/5  rDev +24.4% | Avg: 3.97
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Only been here once, which is a shame because the one time I went everything was fantastic. Great selection of beer, however I did find myself just enjoying the nice Smithwicks they had on tap. The food was absoltuely to die for. As far as vibe goes, this is where it's at, I've never been but I feel like being in this bar must be almost identical to how it feels to be in a pub in Ireland or the UK. Great place, couldn't recommend it more!

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Old Bust Head Brewing Co.

in Warrenton, Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.4% | Avg: 4.31
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I visited Old Bust Head on 10/31/15. They have a very nice taproom. They have a pretty large bar, where you order your beer, and a good sized seating area. They also had seating out front on their porch, as well as tables around the back, where the food trucks park.

On top of selling beers for on-site consumption, they also offer 6 packs, growlers & kegs to go.

I found the beers to be pretty good, and the staff was super nice and helpful.

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The Liberty Tap Room

in Reading, Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +8.6% | Avg: 3.83
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The local bar I go to the most regularly. Get's a mixed crowd, but for the most part great people. Food is normally good, but can be inconsistent. Most importantly however, they always a great selection of beer!

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BrewDog Brussels

in Brussels, Belgium

2.76/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.41
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Definitely good beers, but I can't help but wonder how long a bar with "foreign" beers will last in the capital of THE beer country, especially when the prices are prohibitively high (even of the local beers).
Service tends to be slow (even when the bar is empty) and half the staff appears to be still in training (sometimes embarrassingly obvious).

I also noticed that originally the menu said all beers on tap were 33cl (take a look at the cover photo), and that after about 2 weeks suddenly the serving size of a lot of them went down to 25cl (or is it 20?), making a lot of people think that the listed (still high) prices were for a larger size (the 33cl is still on the board, and this is pretty much the standard size of a bottle or a glass from the tap in Belgium). Very unpleasantly surprised a few times by this.

I pass by the bar 6-8 times per week on my way to and from work, but the last time I actually went in was a month ago. I'm sure the thousands of commuters who walk past it every day also go somewhere else for their tipple.
Can this bar survive on tourists and beer pelgrims alone? I doubt it. And that would be a shame.

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The Answer Brewpub

in Richmond, Virginia

4.21/5  rDev -6.2% | Avg: 4.49
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Atmosphere: a nice spacious seating area. lots of games from board games to big jenga to arcade games. they have created a nice relaxing place to hang out and have a beer.

Quality: have yet to have a bad beer from them. if you like ipa's you'll love this place as they have a wide selection of good hoppy beers. haven't tasted too many of the dark beers but the one I had was average.

Service: the service was quick and attentive. no problems and very nice.

Selection: hard to beat especially in the area. a good amount of their brews, including quite a few of cool randall options. And I haven't had to delve this deep while there but a large selection of beer from other breweries as well.

Food: Asian food options but not quite as traditional as next door at Mekong. some great options but haven't sampled too much of the menu yet.

Overall: a great addition to the beer scene in Richmond and in Virginia. hope to see their beer become more available as time goes on as they easily make some of the best ipas in the state. should be high on anyone's list who is in Richmond and wants good beer.

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Tree House Brewing Company

in Monson, Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.58
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The beers are top notch..the staff are extremely friendly, the smell in the brewery is like being in beer heaven!!..its a 4hr round trip for me to get to tree house, but ill deinitely be back! The hype is well deserved for this place

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Alpha Brewing Company

in Saint Louis, Missouri

3.77/5  rDev -3.1% | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

On the backside of a downtown building off of Washington Ave. Unless you know the area and exactly where the brewery is it might be hard to find. The interior is modern with picnic table type seating area, couches, and the normal bar top tables with stools. The patio is fairly decent sized. The patio also serves as the entrance/exit to the place so it got busy as the night went on. My group had a groupon for buy one get one on complete flights. Ten dollars for for a 12 beer flight was a damn good deal, however, only found three of the offerings to be any good. Overall, if doing a brew tour downtown it is worth stopping and getting a beer.

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Big Bear Lake Brewing Company

in Big Bear Lake, California

3.51/5  rDev -7.4% | Avg: 3.79
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.25

Simple but comfortable interior. Great food and good service. Selection of 6 beers when I visited on 1Nov 15. The honey blond ale seemed to have a sanitation problem (phenolic, yeasty off-flavor). The others were good to very good beers. Worth visiting when you are in town.

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Sessions at the Presidio

in San Francisco, California

4.7/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.7
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Fancy fancy spot in a beautifully furbished/completely redesigned space with high-end local fare on the plates and well-curated craft on the taps. Not all are session beers, but there’s enough that are to more than live up to its name. The service couldn’t have been better. Expect to get what you pay for—and you’ll be paying for it, rest assured. Vegetarian options were extremely limited, unless you’re in the mood for salad. My dining companion raved about the fish tacos. I was hoping to try some of their house beers but they only tap them sporadically. I can’t say I’ll be back anytime soon, but I wouldn’t mind another visit for a special occasion.

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