Place Reviews: Most Recent
in Berkeley, California
3.86/5 rDev -12.9% | rAvg: 4.43
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5
-Minimalist. A bar with metal stools, some hardwood tables with metal chairs. That is all.
-Oh, plus a HUGE F****** WAREHOUSE FULL OF BARRELS! F*** YES! Seriously huge space, probably 50 ft. tall ceilings, chock full of barrels housing delicious yummy sour beer nectar. Awesome to witness. They ain't f'n 'round 'round here.
-Very dim, however. Even in the tasting area it was not well lit. Not for ambiance/to set the mood, it was just plain dark. The beer is all in lightproof barrels, no need to worry about oxidation, just let me see what's going on!
-Beers are great. You gotta like sour or content yourself to some guest beers/wines, however.
-Only food is grilled cheese. Which is hilarious. Didn't try it, looks like it'd be good. Really, how do you mess up grilled cheese? Sadly, this probably means you can't bring in your own food. I don't know for sure though, so I won't knock them on my score.
-Service was good. A bit of chit-chat going on, plus resting bitch-faces, but they still got the beers flowing in a timely manner.
A sour-head's dream. Not world class, but really damn good, and for fair prices. Good for a good beer, but I can't imagine hanging out here for an extended amount of time, what with virtually no food and only sours on tap. (1,262 characters)
in Boston, Massachusetts
4.04/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.12
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5
Come here for the food, seriously, its excellent. The beer selection is better then elsewhere in Southie and in my experience the beer has always been fresh. While I'll never expect to find anything too obscure but they have made some kind of effort to offer a limited variety of quality beers from a number of brewers. I used to live a few blocks away and have been here a fair number of times. Servers and bartenders have at least been cordial; at worst I've had visits with average service and it's never had a negative impact on my experience. The place has a good vibe, it's cool but not overly hip. It can get very crowded so I'd recommend reservations if you're going for dinner. Once again, the food is amazing, I've had some of the best meals of my life here. I can personally recommend the pot roast, brick house chicken, and most enthuastically the porchetta (a rotating Saturday night dinner special). (913 characters)
in Fairfield, Connecticut
4.14/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.14
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Went here last week, this must be the newest Plan B around, I think they just opened it. On the post road in Fairfield, beware: not a lot of parking in the back. Has about a dozen rotating taps, and they try to keep it fairly local. When I was here they had Relic, Two Roads, Black Hog, and Stony Creek. NEBCo probably was in the can or something like that. Food is typical Plan B burgers, pretty good stuff. All in all a decent place to stop by, but I'd recommend Walrus + Carpenter in Black Rock or Craft 260 in Fairfield. (524 characters)
in Bel Air, Maryland
4.26/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.25
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5
Sean Bolan's is a solid choice for awesome food and a classic pub feel. They offer American Irish staples on tap with a constantly changing mix of Euro beers and American craft choices. They seem to turn over kegs fast so there is always something new to try. The bottle selection is solid, but nothing that will blow you away. The food is fantastic. I've never been disappointed with any food choice and their weekend entree specials could be at a fine dining establishment for $15 more. The main bar and second floor are small so it can feel a bit cramped and loud in a hurry. Make a visit if you have the opportunity. Bolan's is what a small town pub wants to be. (674 characters)
in Rapid City, South Dakota
3.75/5 rDev +0.8% | rAvg: 3.72
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75
Eight beers on tap. I tried their Hefeweizen wheat beer with my burger and thought they went well together Service was excellent and the food was tasty and came out quick. Recommend it if you are in the area. (211 characters)
in Newburyport, Massachusetts
4.22/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.25
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Nice spot in Newburyport. Not a huge selection, but plenty of good beers, including some unique surprises. Great for trying beers you have never had and then diving into your new finds -- for me, Lost Abbey's Agave Maria and Jack's Abby's Mass Rising. Outstanding service. (272 characters)
in New Glarus, Wisconsin
4.42/5 rDev -3.1% | rAvg: 4.56
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
I've traveled here twice now and I just love the place. I believe prices are up from last year, but still very good value. Your first pint comes with a glass and from there you can elect to get refills for a couple bucks cheaper or get a new glass if you want to take it home. Thumbprint series and fruit beers are a couple bucks more. They also have tasting glasses which are smaller but come with a wristband with 3 fills. The outdoor area is beautiful with plenty of seating and inside you can do a self-guided tour of the brewery at no charge. (547 characters)
in Decorah, Iowa
4.35/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.35
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
I was actually very pleasantly surprised how good this place was...from the quality and selection of the brews (approx 8 different offerings across all styles), to the cozy atmosphere, to the friendly staff. And I thought Toppling Goliath was the only game in town...not so! Give these guys time, and I expect they will develop a following all their own. (354 characters)
in Eagle Bay, New York
4.75/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.75
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5
My wife Susan and I own and run the Big Moose Inn and we love doing it. We take pride in our food, drink and staff. Of course my review is most favorable, however please take note that under Selection I rated ourselves a 4, because realistically we will never have the space to accommodate what I would consider a 5 star selection. Come check us out if you're in the area, I promise you won't regret it. (406 characters)
in Ocean City, Maryland
4.33/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.8
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
I picked up a bunch of Fire Stone Walker and Great Divide Yeti and Oatmeal Yeti. Then I went into the bar up front and had an Allagash Victoria on draft for $4. Then I was compelled to get a sandwich because of the delicious smells coming from the deli. Reads like a nice afternoon, doesn't it? Friendly, helpful, local staff. The selection may not be the largest, but it is good. And they have all the local Maryland beers there in one spot. Not every place on Coastal Hwy does. (480 characters)
in Nantucket, Massachusetts
4.85/5 rDev +19.5% | rAvg: 4.06
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
Great setup and a selection for whatever your vice is; beer, wine, booze. Wish there was something in the Boston area that was similar. Will go back anytime we visit the island. (177 characters)
in Kalamazoo, Michigan
4.48/5 rDev +8.5% | rAvg: 4.13
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25
Stopped in here on my way to Grand Rapids. The exterior is unremarkable, which is quite a contrast to the interior. Twenty-foot ceilings, great woodwork and stained glass. Food was a bit pricey but otherwise good as was the service. I was hoping that they'd have a little more selection on tap and I felt that for the most part I could find everything at any respectable bottle store. I held out a snowball's chance in Hell that there would be some Black Note but was willing to settle for some Expedition Stout; unfortunately skunked on both accounts. Settled for a Uranus, which was not a bad consolation prize at all. (626 characters)
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
4.34/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.34
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75
Hole in the wall. Awesome decore and natural wood theme. I would guess 25-30 person firecode capacity. 15 was feeling a little crowded. Great punk and metal playing all night. Good beers. Wicked selection; all their own stuff, except a cider or two. Friendly staff. Fills on 32 and 64oz growlers of any origin. Cool spot. (321 characters)
in Grand Rapids, Michigan
4.88/5 rDev +11.4% | rAvg: 4.38
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
I had high expectations for Founders and it didn't fail me. I was there on a Saturday and the place was packed from about noon until I left around five. Seemed to be a mix of not just out-of-towners (like me) but locals too. Servers and bartenders were attentive and on top of it as soon as your glass was empty. Food was above average for a brewery and the menu was surprisingly large.
I took the brewery tour as well, which I would highly recommend. Tour guides were very knowledgeable with lots of info about Founders history and operations that you probably won't get anywhere else. Moreover, the $30 tour included a five-beer tasting, another pint at the Taproom and a souvenir pint glass; tough to beat all that! (725 characters)
in Lincoln, Nebraska
3.97/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.74
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
A large store off O street in Lincoln. They have a large selection, maybe the largest in LNK. Prices were on par with other places in town, but higher than say Beer Corner in Omaha.
It's worth checking out. It's a good place with a good selection. (247 characters)
in Monson, Massachusetts
4.69/5 rDev -1.1% | rAvg: 4.74
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4
Excellent beer but only 3 to choose from when I was there, hence the lower rating. At least the samples are free - take note Hill Farmstead. I know beer brewing is a business but since when have you had to pay to taste a beer? I digress, the beers were all excellent and the staff knew their beers and were keen to talk to everyone making you feel at home. I'll be back. After all, I have to refill the growlwers I bought. (422 characters)
in Kittery, Maine
5/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.46
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
From the staple pale ales to the porters, stouts, milds, gose, and especially Mott the Lesser, a top quality brewery from the New England legend -- Tod Mott.
Great local music too. Super spot to hang and chill for a bit. (222 characters)
in Eugene, Oregon
4.46/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.37
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
This place is great, and puts an interesting spin on the public house. Big huge roll up garage style doors open up the whole place, leaving it feel very open air, which is really nice on a hot day. It has a nice layout, quality furnishing, and interesting local artwork! Most importantly, the beer selection is varied and high quality throughout (berliner weisse, sour, dipas, espresso stout, amber ipa, some of my favorites. Daily food trucks and carts show up around 5, so there's always some pretty awesome food choices. (527 characters)
in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
4.5/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.24
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
Went early on a Friday evening with wife, daughter and her boyfriend. Got seated immediately but had to wait 10 minutes for our server. We were not in any rush so it was no big deal. Once she arrived we ordered two flights and a couple of appetizers. We got the flights in a quick time and over the course of the next half hour the appetizers showed up one at a time. We didn't see our server again for 45 minutes. I knew she had 2 tables near us, and some outside. Table next to us were ready to leave and had to wait 15 minutes for the server.
When she did come back we ordered dinner and a round. The beer came quickly, but the food was slow. The young lady apologize for the slowness, which was okay, but I like the server to at least check on us a few times. The food was very good and no complaints about it. I could have had a few more beers while waiting.
I liked the fact we were not rushed, just wanted a little more attention. I know she had quite a few tables, maybe they were short staffed...I don't know. She was very pleasant and i wasn't upset at her at all. Hopefully the next time we go the service will a little quicker. (1,140 characters)
in Montreal, Quebec
3.61/5 rDev -9.1% | rAvg: 3.97
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
In order to learn more about artisanal beers, I have been reading reviews on this site and then going to local stores searching for Quebec-brewed beers with the best reviews. I have visited all the Montreal beer stores mentioned on Beer Advocate, and in my opinion, this is the best. I went there with specific beers in mind. The clerk (friendly and helpful) asked me which breweries I was looking for, and then immediately recommended the beers I was looking for as their best. That impressed me. In addition, the store is in the Atwater Market, which merits a visit in itself.
By contrast, when I went to Depanneur Peluso, they did not have the beers I was seeking. The clerk there was also friendly and helpful, and recommended other beers which he claimed were equally good. However, they were not. I didn't like them and neither did their reviews.
He also went into a side room, and pulled out a bottle of Dieu du Ciel fruit beer from a shelf behind a curtain. He told me that it was from their special store and I would love it. However, it had nothing to do with the type of beer I had asked him for. Sorry for being cynical, but it struck me as a selling technique. While this store is clean and attractive and has a large stock, it is not in an appealing neighbourhood.
As an interesting aside, artisanal beers are really taking off in Quebec. The "Metro" supermarket chain now stocks them, and their stock is expanding.
Hope this helps. (1,461 characters)
in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
4.25/5 rDev +2.4% | rAvg: 4.15
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5
Beer selection is limited to those beers brewed in-house. However, they are very good with a wide range of styles. Food is high quality, nice selection, but a bit pricey. Excellent service. (192 characters)
in Peekskill, New York
4.56/5 rDev +11.5% | rAvg: 4.09
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5
Tap room felt really welcoming and the bartenders were great. They could tell I was a beer geek and didn't hesitate sharing some cool beers with me. Awesome selection of stuff I don't come across in NYC. Food was all reaaly good as well. Definetely worth an hour and a half train ride on the metro north! (304 characters)
in Seattle, Washington
3.84/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.5
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
In my opinion this is a typical large chain American restaurant. The beers, at least in my opinion, at meh and the food is ok. About what you would expect from a large chain. Great place to watch a game though (209 characters)
in Seattle, Washington
4.75/5 rDev +23.4% | rAvg: 3.85
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
Great place to visit whether you live or are visiting Seattle. Located in historic Pike Place Market, this brewery has a huge selection of beers and good food as well. There is also a small, but very cool beer museum. This is a must visit for fans of craft beer (261 characters)
in Hanoi, Viet Nam
2.78/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 2.78
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2
This feels more like a restaurant. Visited near tourist y area near lake. Prices expensive for Hanoi. 2 beers on offer a pils and a dunkle both pretty average. There is able service and a nice rooftop terrace outside. Nice enough and close to the water puppet theatre if your there. (282 characters)