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in Bend, Oregon
3.85/5 rDev +1.9% | rAvg: 3.78
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
This place was pretty disappointing. It looks like the whole purpose is to get you in and out of there as quickly as possible. They have 5 offerings on draft and you can try each for $1. Then you can either buy growlers or leave. (232 characters)
in Imperial, Missouri
3.3/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.3
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3
This place was mediocre really. Better beer selection than some, since it was only half Anheuser stuff. They did have their own beer that was brewed for them by O'Fallon Brewery, Scottie's Irish Red Ale. This was pretty mediocre too though, and was one of the more bland Irish Red's that I have had in my life. They had a game room which was cool, and televisions everywhere for watching the game. Staff was friendly and attentive. It was dead in there though, and on a Saturday night. Must have picked a bad week, as even the bartender said it was odd to be that slow.
May go back, but not on the top of my list. (615 characters)
in Virginia Beach, Virginia
3.89/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.89
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5
Went on soft opening so this review isn't even based off when place officially opens; I bring this up b/c this place could easily be more packed and/or make alterations. Went in on Saturday afternoon and place was busy but not overly packed. Service was busy but friendly and attentive and willing to talk shop as much as time permitted them to not stand around. Local vibe with some classic rock playing (heard some Floyd and Beatles among others) with sports on the TV (that's a plus to me). Food is alright and that's not criticism with faint praise, but honestly I just found the pizza and cheese sticks "not bad". Beers were good, nothing rock star great but nothing even remotely drain pour so you won't have a bad beer drinking experience. I was a little surprised that for a German themed brewery that they didn't offer up some German food (brats off the grill) (sidenote: I'm a vegetarian so this wouldn't have mattered to me anyway) or serve some beers in proper glassware i.e. a hefe in a hefe glass or an altbier in a stange (this does matter to me). Still, nice to see a new brewery open up in Va Beach and this place is worth checking out. (1,160 characters)
in Sisters, Oregon
4.23/5 rDev +15.3% | rAvg: 3.67
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25
Based on the reviews here we almost didn't stop into this place. Our group had 4 different beers and none of them disappointed with the Chocolate Porter being the most noteworthy. Highly recommend. (199 characters)
in Berwick, Pennsylvania
4.08/5 rDev -3.1% | rAvg: 4.21
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
I did not eat, only stopped for some bombers during a road trip. They had a very large selection and the beer was super cheap. The IPA and Porter were both average-above average. (180 characters)
in Portland, Oregon
3.12/5 rDev -26.9% | rAvg: 4.27
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5
Vacation trip leads me to Oregon! Where do I go, well, when in Portland, I went here.
Yeah, sure its got a convenience store vibe, but once one looks past an unsanitary looking dusty store, the selection is out of his world! The quality seemed mediocre, yeah, I had to hunt a bit for bottles that didn't have dust on them or expired. The service seemed alright, but then again, I usually know what I'm looking for and don't ask as many questions as I probably should. No one who worked there, actually asked me any questions. Eh, might be back, nothing spectacular. (565 characters)
in Lake Placid, New York
2.85/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.41
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2
Three small coolers with a couple of decent finds. This place really is a cigar store that happens to have a couple of beer coolers. That being said what they did have was better craft selection than any other place in town. (224 characters)
in Lexington, Kentucky
3.61/5 rDev -9.3% | rAvg: 3.98
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3
This beer is better than most of the offerings of West Sixth Brewery. It might be their best. I'm talking about Cocoa Porter brewed with cocoa nibs. It is way better than their interpretation of an IPA. Their IPA is like dating a cat lady without a litter box. This beer actually tastes good and doesn't offend the senses. It doesn't deliver on the cocoa flavor as much as I imagined it would from the name, but it is a good dark porter with slight cocoa hints in the flavor. West Sixth is a new company getting it's feet wet. They will get better. At least I imagine they will out of necessity to survive in a demanding market. West Sixth doesn't have a signature brew, or even a brew they can call their own. They need that. They don't stand out for anything. And based on their IPA, they might even be failing. Seriously, I haven't been exposed to that much cat piss since I volunteered to help a cat lady on social security to fireproof her home. (951 characters)
in Osage Beach, Missouri
4.23/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.23
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
Pappo's made a really good impression, beer-wise and service-wise especially. Bar atmosphere was nice as a bonus. Cool vintage gas pump lanterns hang above the bar and really catch the eye. There is a small corner bar up by the front door, and the longer portion extends to the back, separated by a service entrance to the kitchen. Bartenders were really great, giving beer samples and tips on the local scene.
32 taps, mostly craft, and lots of Missouri breweries. 2nd Shift, Civil Life, Perennial, Public House, Piney River, and more. Minimal bottle selection but a few craft options. Can't beat the tap selection in the area, they do a great job here.
Pizza was pretty good, though under seasoned. House salad was great.
I'll be back several times hopefully. (764 characters)
in Elkton, Maryland
4.79/5 rDev +3.9% | rAvg: 4.61
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5
Stopped in on the way home from the beach (it's about 5 minutes out of your way if you're on I-95). Thought I'd just check it out. Right.
The guy at the cash register said they were voted the #3 bottle shop in the US. I believe it. It's like a theme park with world-class beer. More than 3000 different beers. 25 beers on tap. I was totally stunned.
I wandered about and filled a 6-pack (rather randomly):
Clown Shoes Galactica
Mikkelsen Better Half (they have a HUGE selection of European beers)
DuClaw Mosaic Hop Continuum #2
Weyerbacher Old Heathen
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
...and grabbed a 4-pack of Oscar Blues G'Knight for good measure.
Everything is available as a single if you want variety. Staff is friendly, polite and knowledgeable. Selection is, in my experience, unparalleled.
Note to self: do some homework ahead of time, or you'll never make it to the beach! (905 characters)
in Joppa, Maryland
3.58/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.79
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
My rating is based solely on the beer perspective. This place is a fabulous gem if you love whiskey. Midway frequently has barrel selection whiskeys from Four Roses, Buffalo Trace, etc. Their single barrel selection Weller Antique in these times of hipster bourbon was fabulous at $25 a bottle. If whiskeyadvocate.com existed, their rating would be 4.25. Don't go here expecting rare beers or a wide selection. (415 characters)
in Asheville, North Carolina
4.75/5 rDev +3.7% | rAvg: 4.58
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
Went on a Sunday Evening. Place was jam packed with patrons eating before a show at the adjacent Orange Peel music venue. Service was awesome. Quick and friendly staff that was genuinely interested in taking care of me and my fellow beer geek comrade. We both had a flight and sandwich. I had a lamb burger that was divine. The flight was inexpensive and delicious. Asheville is a great beer town and stopping by Wicked Weed is a must when visiting this idiosyncratic western North Carolina town. (497 characters)
in Bozeman, Montana
4.9/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.45
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Wonderful atmosphere! Very family friendly, nice little patio. Service is always great with a friendly staff. The Brewers are typically around talking to customers. Have about 12 beers on tap with great variety and all are tasty! Usually have a local food truck in the parking lot. Highly recommended, best brewery in bozeman. (326 characters)
in Houston, Texas
4.06/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.06
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75
A really enjoyable new brewery. An air-conditioned tap room, all to often that is not the case...just look at both the old Saint Arnold and Karbach breweries. Here there is a long bar, a few tables, and a great outdoor area. Two unobtrusive TV's showing the Astros. eventually they will have their own food truck as well.
Service is on top of everything. You are never left with an empty glass, and everyone is willing to talk shop. There are 10 ounce pours for $2.25 and 20 ounce pours for $4.50. They literally just opened on White Linen Night in the Heights, and are now open for regular tap hours. Witch is every day but Monday and Tuesday I believe.
So far, five beers, with the White Linen being a one off for now. Hopefully that will not be the case cause that was excellent. The porter might be a new favorite staple of mine. They were out of the Amber, the Mosquito's Revenge needs a little refinement. While the IPA is on point, if not exceptional.
One of the things I like best, is that they are not over hyped, they make simple but enjoyable offerings without having to be "extreme" or gimmicky. Along with being served in my neighborhood. I don't think I am being a homer by saying the porter is spot on, and a few other offerings are damn good.
A very good start to a brewery that is within walking distance from me. They have only been open for less than two days, and I am looking forward to their porter being a staple in my neighborhood. I will be really happy to see this place grow. Which will include special casks, one offs, and even home made sodas. Obviously not the best brewery in town at the moment, but a very good start, and one I will be continuing to support. (1,721 characters)
in District of Columbia
4.34/5 rDev -2.3% | rAvg: 4.44
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5
Visiting from Ontario, did my homework and made sure to make this place a priority. The decor is subdued as is the lighting...it's not a 'show' bar, but at the same time the couches and furniture do provide some comfortable perch to imbibe your brew.
The bottle selection is next to none. Staggering menu with tons of choices in every variety.
My wife and I took advantage of the healthy draft list and sample 4oz available to work our way thru about 20 selections on two separate visits.
Service was attentive but not hovering.
Overall I can't imagine visiting DC and not popping in here. (595 characters)
in Pueblo, Colorado
3.96/5 rDev +8.2% | rAvg: 3.66
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
In town for the weekend, I sought this out for the local brews. They were out of their signature, the Papa, so I ordered a flight and truly enjoyed them all. The gold and the ginger beer were very nice, refreshing, drinkable. The coconut porter was interesting but very sweet. Hello coconut pie! A double IPA was strident, grapefruit and hops. I chose the amber to eat with my meal. It was nice to be in downtown Pueblo, away from all the chain restaurants, a dark, gritty pub atmosphere. My only complaint is that it was so loud. I was there alone so I didn't have to carry on a conversation with anyone, but the reckless din marred my overall enjoyment of the place. This was Friday night, though, maybe it's quieter at other times. (764 characters)
in Mountlake Terrace, Washington
3.95/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.98
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75
Stopped here on the way up north. Lots of great places to drink in Seattle, but parking is a nightmare at most places. Conversely, this place is right off highway 5, easy to get to and no hassle parking.
Interior is generic brew pub in the vein of Rock Bottom and the like. Music in the background, lots of wood decor. Inside/outside seating depending on your preference.
Beer was served in a mug, but I didn't get any styles that would require special glassware. Everything was clean and well poured. Overall place was clean as well.
Service was good, very friendly. I asked for recommendations and the server suggested the chocolate oatmeal stout.
The selection was decent, all your common styles were covered with multiples of stout and IPA. No non-house beers were available.
Food was good, but not amazing. It's a step up from bar food, but nothing special. (869 characters)
in Sunnyvale, California
3.84/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.84
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Dive bar through and through. 80's and pop tunes, karaoke, pool and all that stuff. Smells like a holdover from 20 years ago when smoking was allowed in California bars.
With all that said, appearances can be deceiving. They always have a good 10-15 craft options available and are constantly rotating in new stuff. They keep their facebook up to date on what they're tapping as well. They have tap takeovers several times a year featuring some really good breweries too. There's better bars, but its a solid place to drop in if you're in the area and need something good to drink. (582 characters)
in Fort Collins, Colorado
5/5 rDev +9.9% | rAvg: 4.55
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
From the outside it's a beautiful brewery. You walk in and the place is alive and bustling with solid music. Well designed interior and the beer selection is nice with about 13 of their beers on tap. My only regret is that I showed up after 2 PM which is when they stopped the tasters. (285 characters)
in New York, New York
4.43/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.86
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5
Incredible selection & great prices. Nice hidden gem inside a supermarket dressed up as a gourmet shop (think Fairway/Zabar's), on the second floor lift in the back. Five taps for growler fills at $9.99 for 64 oz. Though the tap selection could be better, it's not bad considering the price. However the true charm is the selection. Craft beers from all over the US and the world. You name they brewery, odds are it's represented here. Even a wall of bomber sized bottles with a large variety of styles to choose from. I've regularly found some nice rarities and other hard to find beers here. The staff is very nice but not too knowledgeable so don't expect too many suggestions. However the cell service is pretty good in the loft space so you can easily consult Beer Advocate while browsing. (794 characters)
in Denver, Colorado
3.85/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.89
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25
Atmosphere - smallish inside, but big patio and a cool little game room in what appears to be a converted garage. Seems to be the family friendly tap room in the neighborhood.
Quality - only tried 3, with oak Southern Hemisphere being the best, by far! Didn't try the food truck outside, but it sure smelt good!
Service - sat inside and ordered straight from the bar, so other than a friendly bar tender, I can't speak on this too much.
Selection - I believe they had 10-12 on tap; good variety and plenty that I would have liked to try, so I'll return!
Overall - definitely a lower scale place considering it is down the street from Crooked Stave and the new Great Divide Barrel Bar, but if you are planning on being in that neighborhood, it is certainly worth stopping by! (774 characters)
in Springdale, Arkansas
4.42/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.72
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25
In many ways Core is "typical." The location is in a rather industrial area; decor is typical brewery stuff; layout is nothing unusual.
BUT I really liked this place. Some places are simply inviting, and make you want to dive into the experience. It's hard to describe, but they just have intangible qualities. Core made me want to drink beer, enjoy beer, learn about beer, try new beers, etc. The staff was VERY helpful. I heard a lot of questions from patrons, and some of them might have even been classified as dumb questions, but the staff responded like champs every single time. And their beers are good. That never hurts. (631 characters)
in Fairfax, Virginia
3.89/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.89
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
If you like wings and quite bartenders, then this is the place for you. There a lot of nice college folks that come out here. The beer selection is plentiful, but could be improved by having more craft beers on tap. The service can be slow if it is even slightly busy, but they are usually working very hard to do the best they can. The vibes are nice and chill and there is plenty of space. Most bars are so small and get packed very easily, but this place is spacious so that gives it more points in my book. (510 characters)
in Minneapolis, Minnesota
4.13/5 rDev -10.4% | rAvg: 4.61
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75
The new space has an industrial feel that fits for serious hopheads, but many other patrons in groups can enjoy the place. Many of them spill out onto the porch and into the forum-like sitting area outside.
Food options are fairly creative and fit with the beverage offerings, though not with much purpose.
Pour-staff are pleasant and fairly knowledgeable. They even keep up with the food menu and are on the money with pairing suggestions. Tastes of beer are free, multiple times over if one must debate; full pours are generous. The lack of tasting flights and growler fills are serious downsides, though.
Even families find the atmosphere acceptable at the same time that serious hop-o-philes gather and others swill.
It appears that the Surly folks went on field trips to copy designs that have worked in other places. It's not that much different in its look from my favorite hometown joint like this -- Troegs in Hershey, PA. It lacks the neighborhood friendliness and an open feel you'd like from a place that runs tours; feels more like an operation than a labor of love. But, I'll certainly be back. (1,108 characters)
in The Rocks, Australia
4.36/5 rDev +13.2% | rAvg: 3.85
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75
This place is awesome. The folks that run the place are kind and friendly. They brew all their beer on site. They have a nice variety of beers on tap, but if you want a strong beer then go somewhere else. You really should give these beers a try if you are ever in Sydney. I had a red ale and the 3 sheets. The food was excellent also. I had the shepards pie equivalent which is typical local cuisine and was amazing. This venue is on a bike route and is nearby the harbor so it has a great location. I loved this place! (520 characters)