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in Saint Petersburg, Florida
4/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 4
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
On the heels of ‘The Festival’, Dan being a wonderful host in that I wasn’t asked to leave, and the event not being oversold madness. We will need to food out somewhere somewhen before we head back to the house, ‘cause once we get back, it’s a safe bet that we won’t be venturing out again. Can we agree on this? Dinner plans changed twice on the lark & lark, but with their big inviting sign of ‘Urban Comfort’ and boasting brewing when in fact they are not (yet), lured in, yes, we were done…
This, clearly a gas station not too long ago as it still looks like one; the 2 bay doors still intact, window & panel. I suspect they roll up, not sure. The front lot converted to a 4 pack of shuffleboard courts penned, and seating (a long raised hightop set horizontally seating 16 on stools, and 8 long picnic tables set vertical across the front of the space), and the brewing equipment in a fenced in cage off to the left. Much of the seating and all of the brewery is under a corrugated and wood rafter awing strung with egg lighting. The brewery is not going to freeze but it will take in the rain when it comes in sideways.
Enter in. An 11 seat lightning bolt bar fronting the kitchen to the rear, and a straight bar to the right seating 6 on tractor seats a la Fette. The bars are done slab topped with a vertical slat wood plank base. 4 booths/tables in front of each overhead door, which do in fact, open, and a 5 seat slab bar counter in the front windows. Concrete floors & walls, and wood rafter ceilings with drop single bulb lighting. Subway tile wall behind the kitchen, and a mural on the far wall. As old gas stations go, the bathrooms are outside around to the side.
6 taps; 3 Florida locals (3 Daughters Beach Blonde Ale, Motorworks V-Twin Lager, Coppertail Milk & Sugar), and 3 non-regional American craft (New Belgium Ranger IPA, Bells Oberon, Lagunitas Dogtown Pale Ale), + Abita Root Beer. I drank the Motorworks V-Twin Lager, which was pretty good, and took a hit off of someone's 3 Daughters Beach Blonde Ale, which was pleasant enough.
Food being the saving of the day, I went with the 4 piece chicken dinner, served 2 pieces now, and 2 pieces sometime after that. Breast, thigh, & 2 drums, but never a wing (sigh). Chicken was goooooooooood and came with a side of mashed potatoes & bacon gravy, and a biscuit of awesome, with a small but never enough side of butter. Still, it was an awesome biscuit. Joe said he’d had better (chicken fried steak), a little tough and not seasoned enough. And the pot pie people felt theirs was too garlic-y (as if that’s a real thing).
I was happy with my meal, anyway, and they’re sporting some good local craft. But the brewing equipment is here and supposedly they’ll be a functioning brewery within 2 months. This, I would like to see.
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in Topeka, Kansas
4.01/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4
They only have 6 tap handles but they're all really good. On my visit they had Stone 24 Carrot & Double Bastard, Big Sky Rye and Moose Drool, Tallgrass Bourbon Barrel Buffalo Sweat and Leienenkugel Snowdrift. They have a couple bottles/cans, too. One that caught my eye was Big Sky Ivan the Terrible.
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in Jackson, Wyoming
3.6/5 rDev -9.5% | Avg: 3.98
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3
Went three times while in Jackson on vacation, twice in the afternoon, once at night.
Great atmosphere and people (customers and staff). Had some appetizers while drinking, they are about what I expected, average.
Beers were good, but of course, limited to their own.
After a long night I ended up accidentally leaving my credit card. I was 200 miles away when I realized it, but they had no problem sending to my house. Many thanks.
The beer "Rob Still Sucks" had me laughing, because I have a similar inside joke as this. Ask them about the name.
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in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
3.78/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.78
vibe: 1 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5
40s, mix-a-six for $13.99, cases, 12s, 6s, bombers.
A little overpriced. Plenty of old expired stock.
Large macro selection. Large craft selection too.
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in Dowell, Maryland
4/5 rDev -2.4% | Avg: 4.1
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75
I've been coming here since before I was even interested in beer in the slightest: the food alone makes this my favorite restaurant in the Lusby area. I have never had a bad meal here and I would gladly eat everything on the menu. It's a pretty big place, meaning it lacks a quaint, comfy, feeling, but it's alright in my book because if it were any smaller you'd never get a seat or table on account of it being full. The beers are decent and can be nicely paired with food items on the menu, but they aren't particularly spectacular on their own. I think of them as playing a supporting role while the food is the main star of the show here.
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in Ukiah, California
4.75/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 4.75
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Ukiah doesn't have much when it comes to stores selling craft beer by the bottle. The renaissance market is a rare gem. He has a bunch of local Northern California and Oregon beers in the general fridge. Then he has a specialty fridge with a bunch of whales! He has stock of any Firestone release you want, bourbon county, backwoods bastard, breakfast stout, Alesmith, etc and no limits. His import fridge is equally well stocked with Belgians, Sours, Stouts, etc. This place is an beer oasis in wine country. The owner is all about quality, local sourcing, craft foods and beers. Super nice guy! This place is a must for an beer geek stranded in this town.
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in Detroit, Michigan
4.7/5 rDev +6.6% | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5
I figured I should chime in about the Detroit Jolly Pumpkin location as I've been there many times and it's always stellar. Service has been the best I've had at a brewpub; the bartenders are friendly, knowledgeable and really hospitable. That's really refreshing considering some service you get at bars in Detroit. They always make me feel like a regular. I've never had the same food twice and it's always good to great. Growler prices are fair considering their beer isn't cheap. Usually they have a good new bottle or two available that's not distro. Great beer of course, I'm really glad there's a top notch sour beer maker nearby. Great vibe and almost a must stop when I'm in the area.
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in Hornell, New York
4.86/5 rDev +9.7% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
I was extremely impressed with Railhead. Building does not appear to be very old, but has plenty of character which is important to me. Bar is beautiful and entire place is spotless. I tried the flight and picked the 3 Railhead beers available - American Wheat, Alt, Humble Beeginnings (a slightly tart Belgian beer made with honey). For the 4th I got Abandon's Pale Ale (1 of 3 guest taps of 2 beers and 1 cider). I liked the tart beer the most,but all were solid offerings.
Spoke with one of the owners who explained that they need to increase production before canning. That was apparent given they only have 3 of their own beers on tap and he said it would be 6 weeks before IPA would be available. The selection was the only rating I gave them below 5 (a 4.5), but they are a new brewery and I can understand starting out slow and ramping up production. Given they have guest taps it shows they are compensating for that.
These guys have their act together and I look forward to future visits and increased production.
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in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
4.38/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 4.38
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
In the Pittsburgh market (24th St. end) this is a little bar area with about 8 taps and many bottle selections. There's maybe 8-10 seats between tables and a few bar stools, but plenty of room for standing at the bar too. Usually only ine or two people working it, but thats plenty for the size. On saturdays they do tastings of their bottled selections, which is nice, so you can make purchases without a blind pallet.
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in Okemos, Michigan
3.85/5 rDev +2.7% | Avg: 3.75
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
Not a bad Italian/pizza place. They have over 100 beers, but a lot of their selection doesn't rotate. A decent number of local beers. Food is good, but a bit pricey. Service is ok- every time I've been there I feel like they're trying to rush me out of there, whether it's busy or empty.
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in East Lansing, Michigan
4.75/5 rDev +11.8% | Avg: 4.25
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
This place has a ton of good beer, over 100 on tap. Incredible food, especially the crack fries. They always seem to be busy, but they have plenty of seating. You won't regret going to this bar!
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in Narberth, Pennsylvania
4.25/5 rDev +1.2% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
Survived Kennett, post-fested Victory, slept the hell in, mulled around suspiciously double espressoless thanks to someone having absconded the goddamn maker, and rolled down 422 towards things greater Philly, or burbs anyway. Lunch in Ardmore and then it’ll be six of one, half a dozen the other to a highway this way or that, but wait, I know a place…
Bottle shop side/bar side; 18 taps split between here and there. Looked around a bit and decided to beer now and buy later. So through to the bar side. ‘J’ shaped laminate wood topped bar, panel base, & a foot box. Seating for 13 on wood chairs and a service spot on center with handlebars to remind you that you shouldn’t be standing there. Barback is a vintage wood paneled unit with square mirrored panels and a flat on center. Some shelves of booze below glassware and stacked tiered countered atop. Light brewery tins & Philly sports team bumperstickers. A cooler to the right holds macro bottle play and meh approachable craft, and a smaller TV atop with pitchers. Mallet hanging over the bar for cask thumping. 10 tap wood handles with baby blackboards save Yungling & Stella which are constants on a stainless steel barbell tower.
Worn wood laminate looking floors, beige painted square cork tile ceilings with matching duct work, and walls of the same. Some of the uppers over wood panel trim along the wall of booths. A row of 3 spinnys, track lighting on both sides and a row of drop spots. Large sea town painted murals over the seating, a mish mosh of brewerania (tins, prints, neons, vintage adage, & paintings), and a collection of photos forward the bar. Flats in the front & rear opposite corners. 7 booths on the far wall, 3 rectangles in a row, some table juts to the rear, and a 6 shorty stool row in the front window counter crescent below panel windows that I think may open.
18 taps in all, 11 of which are not available for growler fill; a mix of PA play (Victory Hop Quad & Vital IPA, Bullfrog Jong Bruin Kriek, Yuengling), regional craft (Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, Ommegang Game of Thrones Take the Black Stout, Hill Farmstead Mary, Allagash Odyssey, Sam Adams Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru), craft afar (Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout, Half Acre Daisy Cutter, Avery Raspberry Sour & Liliko’I Kepolo, Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela, Bruery Cuivre & Or Xata, Stone Enjoy By), and import (Stella). I drank the Bullfrog Jong Bruin Kriek, Avery Raspberry Sour, & Hill Farmstead Mary.
But I must bail on (Evil) Davo now and go back to the beer store side. Sure, I can shop and imbibe, it’s allllllllllllll good. 10 coolers of the chilly stuff +3 shortys to the rear, and 8 room temperature shelving racks on the opposite wall. They’ve got a cool chest opening Monk bottle display case up front. They have 7 Cascade bottles here. Well, fuck. I pinched a pair of Half Acre Daisy Cutter cans and a bottle of Russian River Consecration. Prices are reasonable. 8 taps listed here and poured counterside.
I wish I could have wings and a mountain of goddamn tater tots like I saw go by. They should be mine, they should be mine. Good tunes, got some Kinks & Beirut this afternoon. The place has been here since 1922; well, the bar side anyway. They just did a 3rd Anniversary on the beer store side yesterday. Super nice friendly folks. A neighborhood joint, if there ever was one. And the beer store side is solid, too.
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in Seattle, Washington
4.61/5 rDev +6.5% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25
Located in a nice spot between the Ballad "Beer District" and the Fremont area, this beer destination is lively, fun, and tasty. Primarily a Belgian tint to it, Brouwer's is fun for any beer drinker really. Deep bottle list and wide ranging taplist with the tasty food (try the Lamb Deluxe) make it a great place for lunch or dinner when in Seattle proper.
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in Ashland, Massachusetts
4.34/5 rDev +4.1% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
A great place to grab a drink. Beer list is always up to date, keeping up with whats new at the time. The food here is also very good, I have had brunch and dinner here many times and have not had a bad meal. The wait time can sometimes be a pain depending on when you go, but I guess that just means others like it as much as I do.
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in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
4.16/5 rDev +0.2% | Avg: 4.15
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
Located in Czech Town in Cedar Rapids. Not a huge space but never had trouble getting a seat the few times I've been. The food options change over time and are both reasonably priced and pretty tasty. The brewery puts up 10 or so of its own options, including a rotating nitro, but very few guest taps. Service has been very good every time I've been. The quality of the beers put out by this brewery is very good and definitely worth a try.
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in Ashland, Massachusetts
3.95/5 rDev +0.3% | Avg: 3.94
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75
This is a nice place to grab a beer and pub food to watch the game. Always has a pretty good selection (rotating) of craft beers. If you have kids, this place also works. Its pretty loud, so no one looks at you funny....
Have found a few gem beers on draft here also. MBC Lunch, Founders Backwoods Bastard/Breakfast stout etc etc..
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in Port Moody, British Columbia
3.82/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.75
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
Another great local entry into the craft beer scene. Perfectly positioned within staggering distance from Yellow Dog and Moody Ales (it's actually right next ddor to Yellow Dog). 4 great German styled beers on tap and a great little space to sit and enjoy right in the middle of the brewery. Nice start!
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in New Windsor, New York
3.87/5 rDev -0.8% | Avg: 3.9
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25
Nice place in general. My go-to stopover whenever I'm up visiting family in the area. Great selection and nice growler station. Two problems: lots of old inventory and way overpriced on a lot of items. Still, I enjoy getting beer I can't get at home.
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in Chicago, Illinois
4.09/5 rDev +1.5% | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5
My fiance and I stopped in and had a flight while we were in Chicago on vacation. Small place, not much selection, but it was all brewed in house. The beers we had were fairly good. Service was good. Didn't try the food.
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in Chattanooga, Tennessee
3.86/5 rDev +1.6% | Avg: 3.8
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75
With a good selection of singles, 4 packs and 6 packs -- most of these are cold. About 20 beers on tap for consumption on premises or growler fills. Mostly locals (TN) brews but plenty of out of state brews from NC and some from Schlafly, Founders and even Tallgrass. Selection will no doubt improve when higher ABV limit goes into effect in TN in 2016.
Friendly, patient staff. Convenient to I-75.
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in Grand Haven, Michigan
4.57/5 rDev +8.6% | Avg: 4.21
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
Fantastic brewpub. Went for the hipster brunch stout release. Maybe not the best time for a review but felt I had to give some kudos to their awesome staff who put in major work to ensure everyone left happy. Fantastic range of their beers on tap. The brewpub is housed in some kind of old mill which has wonderful appeal. Will go back again.
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in Houston, Texas
4.78/5 rDev +8.1% | Avg: 4.42
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
This is THE BEST place to go for beer in Houston, TX. The place literally gets anything and everything that is distributed in Texas. And, the beer manager, Joey, does a great job informing the public on when special releases will be, etc.
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in Saint Louis, Missouri
4.19/5 rDev -0.9% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25
I visited this brewery with my family on a rainy and cold Saturday afternoon. The bar was crowded due to a beer bus tour, but the staff was friendly and there was plenty of seating. Unfortunately, the heat was not working, which made for a 'cold' environment. Still, the food was exceptional...German inspired foods. I loved the pork, liverwurst, pickled vegetable and cucumber salad. It was truly interesting and tasty. The beer from this brewery is absolutely remarkable. I had a Dusseldorf Alt that was outstanding. Small, but worth a visit.
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in Minneapolis, Minnesota
4.41/5 rDev +3% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
Love this place! My favorite Brew Pub in Minneapolis! Always releasing great seasonal beers and have some excellent staples. Big Jim IPA is my favorite. I could eat their fresh cut fries and smoked pork all day! Fun urban vibe with killer happy hour ($3 house pints)!
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in Atlanta, Georgia
4.29/5 rDev -0.9% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5
Really great place in the Krog Street Market (which was very cool and well worth a visit or two); excellent selection, with many local, regional, national, and international offerings, and a decent breadth of styles. I was there on a Friday evening, when the bartenders were great despite the crowds, then there again on a weekend day, when at least one was fairly clueless (though nice enough). Well worth a visit, and you can drop into the bottle shop next door!
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