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Crooked Can Brewing Company

in Winter Garden, Florida

4.19/5  rDev +2.2% | Avg: 4.1
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This is stop #12 of 14 brewpubs for my wife and I on this one week vacation and pub crawl. WOW! We fell in love with this place. The interior vibe with the brewing equipment visible through a window-wall was greatly enhanced by the patio that is situated under giant oak trees with Spanish moss dangling over our heads. You can't ask for a more perfect setting to drink beer, thus a 5.0 Vibe rating.

There were 9 beers on tap plus two guest ciders. We ordered two 4-sampler flights plus the 9th beer so that we could try all of their beers. Each of them was brewed well in excess of their respective style so that we gave an overall grade of B to them. The most notable beer was the Barleywine, although the Strong Ale, the Hefeweizen, the Kolsch and the Amber were right behind for being considered as favorites. Overall, well done!

The pub is located in an indoor retail center with about 6 other businesses, two or three of which serve food which was ordered at their counter but delivered to your table. This was very convenient for having lunch along with these great beers, and that just rounded out our experience here. This is definitely a place to revisit if we are ever in the neighborhood again.

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Big Storm Brewing Co. - Pinellas Taproom

in Clearwater, Florida

3.63/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.63
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

This is stop #11 of 14 brewpubs for my wife and I on this one week vacation and pub crawl. We stopped here just to try their beers. There is a food truck on site that served pizza from a wood-fired oven but we didn't have anything to eat. This is a large pole-barn style building that is located along a busy highway among light industrial and service occupancies. A large bar is in the center of the pub and table seating surrounds it. A stage is located at one end, and a live band was setting up to play that evening.
There were 12 beers on tap that evening but we had almost reached our limit of beer for the day so we ordered a sampler flight of just 4 of the beers. The beers were all brewed to style with no brewing defects noted. We felt that two were just average beers and two were a bit above average, including the bourbon barrel-aged Oat Stout. That one seemed too hoppy for an oatmeal stout, and there was minimal bourbon presence.
The place was very loud and got much louder when the band started playing with their bagpipes. We weren't enjoying the beers very much (and were nearly finished anyway) so we took our cue and left. This is an okay place, but I'd like to hear that the beers have improved before deciding to go back again.

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Jake's Martini Bar

in Wallingford, Connecticut

3.64/5  rDev -15.3% | Avg: 4.3
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

The dining room is usually empty, but the bar does a nice business. Crowd can be a little sketchy late at night, but happy hour is usually a nice, diverse group of people. Not a lot of lines, but they don't waste them. A huge bottle selection.

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Urban Comfort

in Saint Petersburg, Florida

3.75/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.75
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

This is stop #10 of 14 brewpubs for my wife and I on this one week vacation and pub crawl. The pub is located on a cornet setting in an older area of mixed residential and commercial structures near downtown. We stopped here for dinner and to try their beers. This building is a former gas station (two outside doors for restrooms give it away) with a canopy added to allow for outside sitting and to cover the brewing equipment. Indoor dining is available in the former repair bays. It was a nice evening so we sat outside.
There were 7 beers on tap so we ordered a sampler flight of all of them. Each was brewed to style, and all of them exceeded style a bit so that we gave an overall grade of B- to them. None we considered to be notable, although the best of the group was the Royal Bohemian Pilsner. If it had been a little more crisp, it would have fit into the notable category.

Our food was very good, a bit better than the beers. This pub also has some liquor available and a house red and white wine for the non beer drinkers. Given our enjoyment of the outdoor seating, the good quality beers, and the great food, we'd come back here again when we are in town.

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BJ's Restaurant & Brewery

in Pinellas Park, Florida

3.73/5  rDev +1.1% | Avg: 3.69
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

This is stop #9 of 14 brewpubs for my wife and I on this one week vacation and pub crawl. We've been here several times before when visiting relatives in the area (it's a nice family-style restaurant) but have not done a review. This is definitely a restaurant that makes their own beer more so than it being a brewpub.

We have always found the beers to be above average, although none have ever impressed us as being notable. This visit was no different. The beers are well made to style, and I have never felt that any were just average, nor were any brewing flaws ever detected. Their styles are mostly middle-of-the-road, although I have seen examples of seasonal flavored selections.

If you want to go to a restaurant with the in-laws and you are the only person who wants to enjoy a craft beer, this is your place to go.

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Green Bench Brewing Co.

in Saint Petersburg, Florida

4.19/5  rDev -3% | Avg: 4.32
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

This is stop #8 of 14 brewpubs for my wife and I on this one week vacation and pub crawl. This was the wrong place to hit on a late Friday afternoon. Jammed they were! Since we were already here we decided to forgo our usual sampler flight because the bartenders were so busy, so we each chose a pint to try. So our evaluation of the beers here are based on two of them.

We chose a pale ale and an IPA, and felt that they were brewed in excess of style, although we didn't feel that either was notable. The beer menu so so varied in the style selections that we wished that we could have tried others, but noisy crowds take away from our ability to relax and enjoy our beers. We liked the style/vibe of the place so we'll come back here again when we can predict a more quiet visit.

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Southern Brewing & Winemaking Supply

in Tampa, Florida

3.67/5  rDev -17.9% | Avg: 4.47
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This is stop #7 of 14 brewpubs for my wife and I on this one week vacation and pub crawl. The store/brewpub is located on a busy commercial street. Parking and the entrance to the place is in the rear. A covered patio is located at the rear too.

We chose our 4 beers in a sampler flight. Each was brewed to style, although I thought I detected a butterscotch flavor in the Cheeky Bastard IPA. My wife could not taste it. Notable was the Gose, and we also really liked the Oliver's Gruel Oatmeal Stout.

This place does a nice job for its vibe for being inside a retail store. I noted that they had 6 collaboration beers available with TBBC, which kind of makes you think the brewery uses this place as its pilot system. None of these beers were among the 4 that we tried. Wine was also available although I neglected to ask if they were made on premises. (I'll bet that they were.)

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Angry Chair Brewing

in Tampa, Florida

4.04/5  rDev -10.2% | Avg: 4.5
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This is stop #6 of 14 brewpubs for my wife and I on this one week vacation and pub crawl. This pub is located along a busy commercial street in an older section of town that appears to be a bit depressed economically. The pub is a small place with a long bar and three long bar tables for group seating. There are a couple TVs. The vibe seems good here just because it's small/cozy.

We chose 4 sample-sized glasses of the 15 beers that were available. It was an interesting beer list that included sours, a radler and a shandy. Several beers had flavorings brewed into the beers, so this brewer likes to experiment beyond standard styles. We enjoyed our beers and gave an overall grade of a B to them. The Awakenings a Coffee Milk Stout and the Cinna-Fionn French Toast were the notables. This is a place where I wished we could have stayed longer and tried some of the other beers, but we were on a pub crawl and had to manage our alcohol intake. After looking in a cooler that was full of 750 ml. Bottles to go that were all bottles of their Electric Chair Lemon Shandy, I wish that we had chosen that one to try. It must be a good one to be the only bottled offering. I'd put this pub on my list for a revisit when I'm in town again.

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Ulele

in Tampa, Florida

3.65/5  rDev -1.4% | Avg: 3.7
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.25

This is stop #5 of 14 brewpubs for my wife and I on this one week vacation and pub crawl. We stopped here for dinner and to try their beers. The ambiance here is more applicable for a nice restaurant than it is for a brewpub. But it worked out to our benefit because we were able to be seated on the patio and could watch the sun set on the water.

We chose a sampler flight of the 5 beers that were on the menu, but two additional beers were just made available from the brewer so our server added them to our flight. The sampler glasses are small (2 or 3 ounces) so it becomes more difficult to evaluate beers when two people are trying to taste them, but we did our best to be fair. The beers were all good and are a bit above average, but none stood out. I have to give the brewer credit though because we felt that the Ulele Light was well above average for a light-flavored beer, and that's a tough thing to do.

The food here is outstanding and is well worth the wait if you happen to arrive at a busy time. Our outdoor seating on a very nice evening was glorious, and we'd return here just to experience that.

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Birdfish Brewing Company

in Columbiana, Ohio

4.27/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.27
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

A friend and I decided to visit this little gem on a dismal Saturday (5/21), hidden close to the circle in Columbiana, OH. It's only open from 2-10PM on Saturdays (as of this review). It's a small venue, max capacity is 40, though that would be standing room only, I think! The decor was interesting, and the brewing equipment was visible behind the bar and in the back. Very friendly staff, nice atmosphere. I had a sampler of the 6 beers they had on tap, my favorite was the coffee IPA (Slow Motion, I believe it was called). All were very good. No food but you can order in pizza and stuff from the local restaurants. I personally can't wait to visit again. Enjoyed every minute of the 3 hours I was there!

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Coppertail Brewing Co.

in Tampa, Florida

4.07/5  rDev -7.3% | Avg: 4.39
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This is stop #4 of 14 brewpubs for my wife and I on this one week vacation and pub crawl. We stopped here just to try their beers, but we were on a tight schedule so that our visit here had to be short, and that was a problem. We liked the beer and the place so that we didn't want to leave, but we did with the hopes that we'd find time to come back the next day. Unfortunately that didn't work either. Maybe next year.

We chose 4 beers on a sampler flight of the 19 beers that were available. It was a very nice selection that included 2 Berliners, 1 Gose, 4 Saisons, 3 IPAs, 1 DIPA, 1 Pils, 1 Porter, 1 Stout and 1 Brett Saison, in addition to the brewery's 4 core beers. There is something here for everyone. The Mi Bicicleta Gose was the most notable. It is brewed to mimic a Margarita, and they nailed it! There were 6-pack bottles of the core beers for sale to-go in a cooler.

The vibe was nice here while sitting at the bar and looking through the windows into the brewery. A return trip is a must-do next year.

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Cigar City Brewing

in Tampa, Florida

4.55/5  rDev +1.6% | Avg: 4.48
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

This is stop #3 of 14 brewpubs for my wife and I on this one week vacation and pub crawl. This place has to be a must-visit by any beer geek who travels to the Tampa area. We arrived in time to join a brewery tour, which meant that we got to drink 4 samplers at different stages of the tour. (An $8 fee and you get to keep the 4 oz. Logo snifter.)

We lucked out after the tour when we went into the tap room to try a few other beers. They were pouring 5 oz. Portions of 2014 Hunaphu from bottles, and this has been one beer on my bucket list to try someday. WOW! Best beer that I've ever had the opportunity to drink! We also tried the White Oak Jai Alai which I didn't like as much as the regular Jai Alai, but it was still a very good beer.

The vibe in this tap room is special, and to get to take a tour caused this to be a special day. I'll say it again, this place has to be a must-visit by any beer geek who is anywhere nearby to Tampa. It is worth the visit.

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Two Henrys Brewing Company

in Plant City, Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.1% | Avg: 3.87
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25

This is stop #2 of 14 brewpubs for my wife and I on this one week vacation and pub crawl. This brewpub shares a building with Keel & Curley Winery, and it is not far off of the interstate so that it is an easy visit. The pub is in a large pole-building structure, and a covered patio is just to one side of the building. Ample parking is available. A food truck was there so we were able to have lunch while trying the beers, and the food was pretty good (although not included as part of the rating since it was not prepared by the pub).

We chose 5 of the available 8 beers on a sampler flight. Each of the beers was brewed very well to their proper style characteristics so that we gave an overall score of a B- in our grading process. The Snowbird Amber Lager and the Hoppy Belgian Amber were the most notable ones.

Inside this large building it can be difficult to create much vibe, but they did a pretty good job of it. If we were going to stay longer I would have opted for the patio, but we had to move along.

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Cask & Larder

in Winter Park, Florida

3.95/5  rDev +13.5% | Avg: 3.48
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5

This is stop #1 of 14 brewpubs for my wife and I on this one week vacation and pub crawl. Located along a busy commercial street there is some parking to one side of the building and a little in the rear. There is a restaurant side and a bar side to this place, and the food menu is available also in the bar. We stopped here for dinner and to try their beers.

There were 8 beers on tap, and a sampler flight holds 5 choices so we selected the ones that we thought we would like best. We then added on a sixth beer that sounded too good to pass up. We liked all of them, but felt that the Wit'er Park Belgian Wit had just a bit too much spices added for our tastes. The Trucks & Trains Pale Ale was the most notable. Overall we gave the beers a grade of B in our scoring process.

The food here was excellent, and I'd tend to look at this place as a restaurant that serves beer more than it being a brewpub. The vibe on the bar side was very nice, maybe mostly because the brewing equipment is visible through a window at the rear of the bar area. There is also a full bar and wine is available too.

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Bavaria German Restaurant & Bar

in Noord, Aruba

4.05/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.05
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

I've been going to Aruba for 11+ years. I've been looking for a place to get something other than the standard beer offerings you find everywhere else on the island. When I found Bavaria it was late and no one else was there. Peter (owner) was very inviting and very knowledgeable with what was on the beer menu. The menu had mostly German selections some I have never had in the US, good list of Belgium beer and a few American craft. I would definitely recommend this place and the food is very good also.

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pFriem Family Brewers

in Hood River, Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -6.9% | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Nice place just north of the main downtown area. It was busy during the mid-afternoon that my wife & I visited, to the extent that there was a 30-minute wait for a table. The bar area is small but we liked that they keep a corner of it free so you can walk up and order a beer. We wish more places had that. We only had one beer apiece but they were both excellent. We sat upstairs on a couple chairs. While the food menu looked good, we opted instead to leave and head for our next destination. Had we gotten a table, we probably would have stayed longer.

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Magnify Brewing

in Fairfield, New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +2.5% | Avg: 4.38
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Easily one of the top three breweries in NJ. Well worth a trip and it's a bonus that they don't only focus on IPA's (although they do have them as well).

Try the saison and thank me later.

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Alpha Brewing Company

in Saint Louis, Missouri

4.71/5  rDev +15.4% | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

We went on a Wednesday evening, the variety of beers was great, the standout was Capulus, a sour coffee ale, it was just bottled that day! We got to talk to Derrick, the brewmaster/owner, and had a great time.

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Legg's Package Store

in Gainesville, Georgia

3.57/5  rDev -2.5% | Avg: 3.66
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

I've stopped in this package store several times while visiting Gainesville GA. It's located on one of the main highways in town and has ample parking. It has a good selection of wines and spirits. On the beer side, while it primarily stocks mega brews, it has an interesting selection of beers brewed in Georgia, which I always seek out. What I like best is the friendly service.

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The Waterfront Brewery

in Key West, Florida

4.46/5  rDev -2% | Avg: 4.55
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Imported: As fate would have it, I discovered this place on my final visit to Key West. After four years of making the trip down there on a monthly basis, I finally found my home. Unfortunately, this first time will be my last time. I have been hoping and praying for a place like this in the keys during my entire time down here, and there finally is a quality brewery.

The ambiance is pretty awesome. Just a guess here, but I think this place used to be a marina or something. It is right on the water and there are a ton of boats docked out backed. The bar area is so cool. It is large and open and the draft selection mixes some of the best craft beers in the country with the stellar, in house brewed stuff. The IPA and double IPA were outstanding. I also had the blonde and it was solid as well. The happy hour had the beers at $3, and that is unbeatable on the island.

The food was a slight let down, but that wouldn't deter me from coming back. There are pool tables, skee ball, and arcade games in the game room, so my coworker and I played pool for a bit. I cant remember how much it cost but whatever it was, it was very reasonable. The gift shop has a ton of shirts but just about every shirt was sold out of L and XL. There were plenty of XXXXL and XXXS shirts available for those both rotund and emaciated, but nothing for a regular old Joe.

If I ever make it back to Key West, this would be my first stop for sure. The best place on the island to get some local beer and a great atmosphere.

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Boxing Bear Brewing Co.

in Albuquerque, New Mexico

3.97/5  rDev -1.2% | Avg: 4.02
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Hard to find brewery/brewpub, but once you find it, there is plenty of parking and tons of indoor and outdoor seating. Big bar area, attentive staff, cool music/vibe. Oh yeah, award winning beer here too. Their milk stout just took gold in Philly, and the IPA is excellent. Good sandwiches too.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.

in Munster, Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +2.3% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Three Floyds is one of those places that can do no wrong. Beers are amazing, food is amazing. Music is played on vinyl. Just wish Zombie Dust was always available for carry out, but when you make something that good, it's not always going to last.

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

in Decorah, Iowa

4.58/5  rDev +6.3% | Avg: 4.31
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Probably my favorite overall brewery. Seems like Toppling can do no wrong. Commonly available Pseudo Sue is the best there is. Rarely available KBBS and Mornin Delight are the best beers our there.

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Beer Revolution

in Edmonton, Alberta

4.3/5  rDev -0.7% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This was an afternoon visit. We had great service. The food was excellent - outstanding thin crust authentic Italian style pizza with fresh ingredients. The pretzels with aioli were very good. Great beer selection. Good parking. I'll definitely be back.

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The Coffee Grounds

in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev -2.7% | Avg: 4.42
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Quality, not quantity.
Coffee, sure. Who cares?
Cheese, sausage, cooking tools, doodads, sandwiches, impressive wine selection...oh yeah..there's beer!
You'll spend.more money than you think, but it's competitive for the area.
I'm caught between wondering if they don't care or if they are not insane matketing nuts. I don't like insane marketing nuts, so finding what I want and being satisfied on the way out is great. But I am fascinated that I was not "attacked" with 'give us your name', 'what's your twitter handle?', or 'like us on facebook before you leave'.
I have decided that they care so much, that they don't attack.

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