Place Reviews: Most Recent
in Brandon, Vermont
4.86/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.29
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
It is like you are at a backyard party of a friend you have not seen in a while. They make excellent pizza and sandwiches right on premises, many nice nooks and crannies to sit back, relax and enjoy some exceptional beverages! Very accommodating service!! (255 characters)
in Victoria, British Columbia
4.48/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25
My wife and I walked in randomly during lunch time. Lots of beers on tap and this is a true Irish pub with the typical Irish music playing in the background. Our waitress was extremely friendly and and food was pretty good. I got a chance to try the Fat Tug IPA for the first time here. (286 characters)
in New York, New York
4.19/5 rDev -3.7% | rAvg: 4.35
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5
I've been to Top Hops twice now, both times I was extremely impressed with their selection. A bar/bottle shop that has a very solid tap rotation, and you can drink any bottle from the fridges for a $2 on premise "corking" fee. The place also has a good vibe and crowd. Despite the staff being very friendly and helpful, the only flaw is that both times I visited, only two guys were working the bar/mini kitchen in which they serve small plates. It took a really long time to get my order in, and I was sitting at the bar. If they hired another guy to bar-tend during peak hours, it would help a lot. Aside from that, I love this place and will continue to go as often as I can. (678 characters)
in Grandy, North Carolina
4.75/5 rDev +33.8% | rAvg: 3.55
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Awesome real German beer in the Outer Banks, NC. The owner is Uli and he has been brewing for decades. Very nice selection whenever I go...their Christmas Doppelbock and Ruddy Radish red ale are standouts. Prosit! (216 characters)
in Masham North Yorkshire, United Kingdom (England)
5/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.85
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
Wonderful place in the Yorkshire dales. Comfortable and interesting building, nice gift shop (got a t shirt) and great beer. Try a pint of Riggwelter. It's my favorite. (172 characters)
in Dublin, Ireland
4.65/5 rDev +20.5% | rAvg: 3.86
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Very nice ambiance and great brew. Feels historic because it is...opened in the year 1198. Must experience when in Ireland. Sat inside at a table with a pint and wrote postcards to family and friends. (203 characters)
in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
2.6/5 rDev -36.9% | rAvg: 4.12
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.25 | selection: 2
Visiting westbrook was in the short list of itinerary items on a recent trip to Charleston but it turned out to be a disappointment. Despite the website stating tours were available hourly we arrived at 4pm on a sloq thursday and we're told by the bartender he couldn't run a tour until help came in... 20 minutes later when help arrived we were told again we couldn't have a tour. While this was disappointing I understand that there's tips at the bar and no tips on tours.
When we looked at the bottle list I was excited to see that their one notable beer, mexican cake, was on the bottle list but the catch is bottles can't be taken home. Additionaly, they were asking $150 for a barrel aged bottle of Mexican cake. I'm not sure what variants cost but I've never paid anywhere near that for vanilla dark lord at DLD day, which is a superior beer.
All this to say, the brewery is riding a little high in the success of one beer and is getting a little high and mighty. I'd pass on the visit to this place and to be frank, I'd pass on their beers too; the goes is ok but nowhere near the dips Coast brewing down the road is producing.
I'd recommend stopping by Coast or making an extra trip to Charleston beer exchange. (1,231 characters)
in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
4.68/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.68
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
Went here for some beers and a bite to eat. The service was amazing, the food was outstanding and the beer selection was great! My buddy who doesn't know what kind of beers he really likes let the bartender pick all 5 beers and he loved them all. Me I knew what beers I wanted but asked for some food selections, the server said we are working on something new, its lobster and shrimp mac and cheese deep fried in a crab cake form. I asked if he could do it as an app and it came out perfect, wish I had a photo. Everyone else at the table ended up ordering that too because it was so good. Great staff and can't wait to come back! (637 characters)
in Ellsworth, Maine
3.96/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.38
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
V: Clean, new, modern store.
Q: They're not just going for what's popular/high mark-up selections.
S: Staff was friendly.
S: Pretty good for an off-the-beaten path location. (176 characters)
in Coshocton, Ohio
3.9/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.9
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75
This is the best restaurant and place for a good beer in town. Largest selection for sure. Usually 3 or 4 taps downstairs in the "Locke" which is a really cool atmosphere, and a couple upstairs (ground level) in the main part. I would guess they have at least a couple dozen bottles and cans to pick from now. I would list some, but I helped the owner pick some out - so rest assured. They also fill sell and fill growlers. Make sure to order some onion straws. The burgers are pretty good if not overcooked, and if you like salads, they are good. The wedge is my favorite. (573 characters)
in Coshocton, Ohio
3.58/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.58
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
This place would come in 3rd out of the 3 best (only) places to get some carry out craft beers in town. They are currently the state liqour store location, and have one aisle in the middle of the sore that has some decent beer. Often very dated due to the nature of the clientele, but you can always find some Great Lakes. They usually have some Bell's, Thirsty Dog, Sierra Nevada, Samuel Smith's to name a few. If you need some bourbon or a good Reuben you are in luck. (470 characters)
in Athens, Georgia
3.7/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.12
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5
Very bland place overall, not terrible selection but the only thing I couldn't get in South Carolina was Creature Comforts, which unfortunately I just came from their brewery so I ended up leaving empty handed from this brewery. In one lap around the store not a single employee asked me if I needed anything. Probably a good store if you know exactly what you're looking for, but I was not impressed. (403 characters)
in Hamden, Connecticut
3.59/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.46
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4
V: Standard, larger package store.
Q: They carry some products that other stores do not.
S: Meh, some employees are friendly but others are blunt.
S: Not a bad choice here. (175 characters)
in Norfolk, Virginia
3.89/5 rDev -16.5% | rAvg: 4.66
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3
I usually go once or twice a year. Went last nite, and the summer beer rotation, while unique, was lacking in breadth. Only one stout on tap. What about the porters, Malia?
I thought I was going to score some major points with my buddies, as I happened to kick a pilsner keg with my first pint. We were all less than enthused with the draft board, so we were asking what they were going to put in rotation next. We were told that they were waiting for Malia to text them the selection. So we had a couple of beers, and after 2 hours, they still hadn't put up a new keg. We would have been willing to vote on it (exlcuding the sours, which they were saving for the 43 hour event coming up).
Overall, still the best beer bar in Tidewater. And if you ask, you can a little sample in a shot glass before you plunk down $10-15 on a pour - a plus. (851 characters)
in Portland, Maine
3.91/5 rDev -7.1% | rAvg: 4.21
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75
V: Cool spot; dark and dim. Horseshoe-esque bar.
Q: Excellent beers on tap. Lengthy food options.
S: Not so great.
S: Can't beat their bear (haha) and food selection.
F: Standard. (183 characters)
in Scarborough, Maine
4.02/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.92
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4
V: Typical modern restaurant with a few TVs and long bar.
Q: I found the beers to all be on point here.
S: Some of the staff seemed interested and others were out to their own lunch.
S: A nice selection of beers and food.
F: Did not try the food. (250 characters)
in Denver, Colorado
2.94/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.69
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5
I was pretty excited when this place opened, it's only a few blocks from my house. I've been about a dozen times, very cool building, I love the open format with all the equipment right there behind the bar. Great place to go chill next to the open doors on a summer evening. It does bother the heck out of me that tap lines are showing under the bar though! They should really put some doors over it to hide the bare tap lines/drain leading into the subfloor, it just makes things look unfinished.
Service is good, they're very attentive. Their prices are rather high though, especially for the quality of the beer. I've had a few good brews there, but mostly they've been mediocre, a little disappointing, and very inconsistent. When they first opened, I was pretty impressed with the quality of brew they were turning out for a new brewery. It's gone downhill over time though. They typically have 10-12 beers on tap so in theory the selection is good but in terms of things you'd really want to drink the selection isn't so great. To run down the brews I've had without doing a full review of each (I'll get to it eventually), Terrarum is solid, Brabble is an above average porter, and the Meristem is very good.
Canticle my wife loved the first time, and I agreed it was quite good then but the flavor profile changes with every batch. Mostly I find it becoming more metallic, it's been thin and tannic at times, and it's just regressing.
Saleos is an average Belgian Golden Strong, nothing particularly wrong with it just a bit rough around the edges.
Erinyes, the kettle sour on cherries, I have not tried so I can't give an opinion on it. But I will say it's a pet peeve of mine to see places charging a couple extra dollars for kettle sours just because they're a sour. These things aren't being barrel aged for months or years, they take an additional 24-48 hours for the Lacto to do it's job and no extra equipment. They shouldn't be priced any more than an apricot blonde ale would be...
Their IPA's are what disappoint me the most:
1) Systemic just doesn't have much hop flavor or aroma compared to modern IPA's, especially those with Mosaic, it's mostly just bitterness.
2) The pint of Hyperbole I had last night had one of the worst hop aromas I've encountered, a very musty smell of oxidized American hops. Either they weren't good quality hops or somehow their beer is getting oxidized along the way. It could also be extremely dirty tap lines causing it. Whatever the case, I didn't make it halfway through the pint. I figured my liver deserves better.
3) It's been a few months since I've had Archfiend or Aphion but neither really impressed me. Both were boozy on the palate and lacking in hop flavor/aroma.
4) Machination I had when they first tapped it and it was far too sweet for a strong ale IMO, maybe they've tweaked it over time but I haven't followed up on it.
5) Prisma could be a good session IPA but it's just too thin and again lacking in the hop flavor/aroma, mostly just hop bitterness. There are significant better beers in this style around the Denver market.
Overall I'm going to choose to walk across the street or down to University/Evans in the future until I start hearing really good things about Fermaentra from credible sources. From what I've seen so far I'm not going to hold my breath. (3,372 characters)
in Richmond, Virginia
4.59/5 rDev +10.6% | rAvg: 4.15
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5
If you want a truly unique craft experience, this is the brewery for you! It may seem like a humble brewery from the parking lot but step inside and gaze upon the crazy artwork this place boasts. Then peruse the list of crazy experimental beers they offer! But wait, there's more! You can bypass the front tasting room to enter their beautiful and impressive brewing and bottling room where you can taste more beer, play board games and jinga. There is always a food truck around, the regulars are a ton of fun and it is just always a good time! I love my Strangeways and you'll have a good time trying all of the innovative styles they create. If there is one thing we need in craft beer, its experimentation and freedom to push the limits and Strangeways does it better than any brewery in the state. You might not enjoy all of their beers but i guarantee you'll find a few that make you grin from ear to ear. (911 characters)
in Rockville, Virginia
3.38/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.57
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
Decent Brewery, fairly good beer and a friendly staff to pour for you. Its a small drive outside of Richmond, VA and a good addition to the area's growing beer culture. Try the "Not-my-job" first and then get yourself a flight. (227 characters)
in Hardy, Virginia
5/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.62
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
Nestled deep in the mountains of Virginia, Sunken City is truly a hidden gem. Everything from the guys behind the bar, the regulars to the head Brewer, Jeremy is top of the line. I have only had the opportunity to go here twice but I have been to dozens of other breweries and you just know a good one when you find it. The beer is fantastic, the mood or "vibe" is relaxed but excited about the beer. They have live music, food trucks and events constantly. This is basically the coolest spot in the Smith Mountain Lake area of Virginia and I would argue the best brewery this side of Appalachia. I plan to go again next summer and I can't wait to bring more friends this time. (677 characters)
in Salt Lake City, Utah
3.71/5 rDev -5.4% | rAvg: 3.92
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.75 | selection: 4.5
Great place. Awesome selection. Horrible service from the guy working while I was there. He seemed more focused on a small group of ladies than the rest of the entire bar. A young lady replaced him after I cashed out and asked my friend and I twice if we needed anything in the short time she was there. I will have to return and try this place again when the first bartender is not working. (393 characters)
in New York, New York
4.24/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.24
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25
We love Cooper's east side location. Very excited to see them open a location in Chelsea, a short hop from our friend's HK apartment.
Much like the other Coopers. Great tap lines, lots of cool choices from local breweries and great national choices. Food was very good as well.
Decent vibe, decent service. Not as friendly or warm as the other location though that was very likely just the particaulr day time staff on our visit. A great addition to the neighborhood.
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in Oxford, Connecticut
5/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.33
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
I have not been to too terribly many breweries, but BH is my favorite by far. Great 16oz pours of their standard lineup at $4 ea along with some specialties thrown in, a phenomenal "beery" atmosphere, and more times than not free food. A must for beer lovers in CT. This is the type of brewery/tapproom you can spend a full day at. (331 characters)
in San Diego, California
2.35/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.22
vibe: 1 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5
So, that "review" is probably unfair, I'm sure it's a good enough place, but there's no "n/a" option. I saw that they had Alpine Pure Hoppiness, so I strolled up to the door to find two doormen, one of which said "whoa bro, you bringing a laptop in here?" I said, "yeah, is that a problem? I can leave it here if it is". He said "nah bro, we're not a locker room, we can't do that". I then looked and saw there was a dress code, and figured this place wasn't for me (I was dressed fine enough coming from the office, but I'm not a dress code kind of guy). I suppose good for them for being a "place to be seen", but it seems incongruous with craft beer culture. (663 characters)
in Hanford, California
3.09/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.23
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 1.75 | selection: 4.5
Service is crap. The owners don't know what they are getting only that it's highly talked about and trendy within the craft scene. Other than that the selection is pretty good for an off the beat liquor store. (209 characters)