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Foremost Liquor Center

in Chicago, Illinois

3.72/5  rDev -0.3% | Avg: 3.73
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

1/23/16 - Liquor store with connected bar/restaurant. Decent sized selection of craft brews, most macro beers, a few rarer type beers. Picked up a 2012 Madame Rose on this trip. Staff friendly. Nice to have this store on the northwest side!

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Fischman Liquors & Tavern

in Chicago, Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +7.9% | Avg: 4.3
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

1/24/16- Haven't stopped here in ages, but was tipped off that they had Spiteful Brewing and some rarer Goose Island offerings . Was amazed that a place not very large had hundreds of good to excellent craft beers available. Store representative very knowledgeable. Connected to the typical old man's bar found in Jefferson Park. Hidden gem in a great northwest side neighborhood.

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DeCicco's

in Brewster, New York

4.54/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.54
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

So, this place is actually a grocery store. They have an amazing selection of beers in the back of the store with about 40 cooler doors filled with great craft brews. The real secret of DeCicco's is the tap room located in the front of the store. They have a world-class tap list including Hill Farmstead and other legendary breweries. The bottle selection IN the tap room is where they carry the jems. Their prices are a little high ($13.99 for a 12oz Barrel Aged Bomb! and $32.99 for Barrel Aged Eclipse). But this place is not to be missed. I have unloaded close to $1,000 since I found this place two months ago.

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Ada's Market & Deli

in Chicago, Illinois

3.14/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.14
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

Small market, only place w/ license for to go liquor in neighborhood. Standard domestics, Goose Island and a few other offerings. Wine and liquor as well.

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Vaughan's Pub & Grill

in Chicago, Illinois

3.34/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.34
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.5

1/18/16 - Standard Chicago Irish Bar. Decent selection of draft beers (16) and Irish whiskey.Drank here in the 1990s w/ no TVs, but they now have a few w/ sports, catch soccer here, Irish games. Overall good place to have a few pints.

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Atlantic Beer Garden

in Boston, Massachusetts

3.34/5  rDev +9.5% | Avg: 3.05
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Saw beer garden and ran right in. Just a couple of solid beers everything else was more macro than craft. Decent service but strange vibe seemed more like a sports bar.

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The Monk's Kettle

in San Francisco, California

3.48/5  rDev -20.5% | Avg: 4.38
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

I will grant that this is a place with plenty of interesting beers that seem to be chosen more for weirdness and rarity, which will please many. For those who pursue the top 500 list, you can get a nip of Fantome Saison, Sucaba, and Abyss if you're willing to pay the price. I objected to the $8.75 pirce for the 10 oz American Pale ale from Santa Cruz, but you can get a whole pint of Firestone DBA for the same price, so you can say it's just San Francisco.

The other nice thing is the wall of glassware between the tall carved back bar endpieces. But the noise is so deafening with people yelling over the sound system. It's so cramped and uncomfortable, no matter how good it looks, I drink my one beer and get out. The food is also lovely and they seemed to be selling a lot of the $17 burgers. The fried chicken wins the beauty award. You can see the food menu as well as current beers online, which is also a plus if you're looking for a reason to visit on any given day. But go when it's warm enough to sit at the few sidewalk tables-- though the time I noticed empty seats was a damp, chilly evening.

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Jerry Remy's Sports Bar & Grill

in Boston, Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -13% | Avg: 2.3
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3

Went in the Friday of Extreme Beer Fest as next to hotel. Not really crowded and menue looked good. 10 minuts and neither our table or a neighboring table had been acknowledged. A worker walked buy who walked right by both tables and not even a smile nor did she stop after we said excuse me. We left after 15 minutes if no service. Beer list so so food menue looked nice. 3nded up at barely legal seafood test kitchen and happy we did it was a great lunch.

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MadeWest Brewing Company

in Ventura, California

3.96/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.96
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

A fun brewery, with ample parking and a large taproom. Lines moved quickly, lots of tables and chairs at the bar. Atmosphere and ambiance were positive and fun. Beers were good and reasonably priced. Food trucks typically available. Dog friendly.

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Bar Hygge / Brewery Techne

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

My first new brewery visit of 2016!

New place from the owners of Earth Bread. Smaller than I expected, but I get a nice--if somewhat hipster-ish--vibe. The bar seats about 15 people, and there are tables and booths on one side, and a smaller area with some comfy chairs on the other. High chairs for tots. Seems like a cool hangout. I think there may be a second floor to the place, but I'm not sure. Much like Earth Bread, they serve some beer brewed in house, as well as a small selection of guest beers from near and far in the craft beer scene; for example, I believe there was an AleSmith and a Neshaminy Creek on when I visited, as well as a couple others. They also serve wine and house-made cocktails.

I write this after my first visit, which was on their 3rd day of being open, and already, they have some unique and experimental brews to offer. An APA, BPA, and Scottish ale were pretty standard selections, but also available were a balsamic Baltic porter, a brown saison, and a Gotlandsdricka--an obscure style I had never heard of before reading about them brewing it here (it's basically a Swedish smoked/juniper ale). No sampler flights, but beer is served in a choice of sizes ranging from 10-16oz. or something in that general range, so you have options. Again, pretty similar to Earth in that regard. Prices on drinks were about on par for the city.

Service was fine so far. The place filled up fairly quickly right at opening time, which is easy to understand for their first Saturday in business, but the staff seemed on the ball. The bartender I got was a little green, but by her own admission, she's "still learning" about the beers and styles. And that's okay--again: Gotlandsdricka...I'm still learning too, apparently, even after some 12-odd years in the craft beer scene.

Right now, the menu is pretty simple, but once they get rolling, I'm sure there will be some expansions / changes to the menu. They basically had charcuterie: meats, cheeses, pickled veggies. Prices on these seemed pretty high, but I didn't see the actual portions.

There's a lot of potential here, and I will definitely be going back often. It will be interesting to see what they bring to the table.

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HAT Tavern

in Summit, New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +12.5% | Avg: 3.77
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Decent food selection and 20 craft taps with the most pedestrian being Guinness. Being in the basement of the Grand Summit Hotel is a little odd. The looked to have some outdoor seating which would come in handy when the weather is nice.

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The Collective Brewing Project

in Fort Worth, Texas

4.43/5  rDev -0.9% | Avg: 4.47
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Super nice place. Really cool staff and a great selection of beers. Love the pale galaxy, however there sour game kinda sucks (dont tell them...) Either way i really like this brewery and will continue to frequent it

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Wegmans

in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

3.11/5  rDev -15.7% | Avg: 3.69
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

So overall they have a decent selection of beers, but im kinda pissed that i bought a 4 pack of 2 hearted ale (where the date is on teh cans inside the box, not on the outside and they were like 4/5 months old

will not return

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Jester King Brewery

in Austin, Texas

4.26/5  rDev -6.8% | Avg: 4.57
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Jester King Brewery is located away from the suburbs in a quiet isolated location that is somewhat hard to find. However, it is a cozy place with a great vibe, lots of great beer, and not just their own beer. Their beer menu was very large. There’s plenty of outside seating that’s spread out and yet partially heated when it’s cold. They have friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic service and prices are reasonable. You get the food right across the yard from a pizza restaurant that has very good pizza.

Unfortunately the line for the food is horrendous, which is why some people drive several miles to get something else (as I said it’s isolated), or bring their own food. The very long pizza line is an unfortunate joy-killer that they need to fix. I did not lower the service rating because the restaurant is separate from the Brewery (so part of the Vibe instead). This is why I am rating it as low vibe, despite the otherwise good vibe.

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Comrade Brewing Company

in Denver, Colorado

4.12/5  rDev -2.8% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This is a great addition to a neighborhood that really doesn't have anything like this. Beer is high-quality and fresh, and they've got a great variety. The communist/Soviet theme is a fun one with all the pictures on the walls and the name of many of the brews, so that's a nice tie-in. Food truck outside as is the standard for tap rooms, but no pretzels or snacks inside unless you buy popcorn, so a demerit for that. But this is still a good hangout, and they've got plenty of non-beer drinks too for the others in your group that don't drink. Lots of families with kids here, so it's good that they accommodate that.

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Willimantic Brewing Co.

in Willimantic, Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -9.1% | Avg: 4.29
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We ate lunch in the pub section on a Saturday, at noon it was filling up, by 2 it was packed.
The house brewed offerings were very good, had a Nugget IPA, and a Marzen. Both had good clarity. and body
each was well presented. Our server was exceptionally helpful and was super attentive.
The menu is pretty large, with solid offerings, I had a salad, nicely dressed and presented, wife had a Tuna
wrap that was excellent.
The pub side of the building is simply incredible, high ceilings and lots of woodwork.
An excellent time was had by all, worth the trip.
The pricing is appropriate for the quality.
Cheers

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Aslan Brewing Company

in Bellingham, Washington

4.88/5  rDev +33.3% | Avg: 3.66
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Happened upon here last week with my family for lunch. What a find in bellingham. Very airy and bright and family-friendly. They even had a coloring menu for my 2 yr old. I was in the mood for an ipa and boy did they deliver with that batch 15. Probably the best ipa I've had since moving to the PNW. The food is awesome too. Haven't had such a good combo of food and beer at a brewery since (my formerly local) Russian River brewpub. The waitress was very friendly and we felt well attended to. Prices are not too bad either. Bill with 3 meals, beers, and take home growler and 6 pack was around $60. Love this place

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Platt Park Brewing Company

in Denver, Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +14.6% | Avg: 3.84
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Love at first sip! Impressive selection, digital beer board very entertaining and informative.
Try the Madagascar! A bit sweet but wonderful.. and the tropical IPA - yummy!

A tad on the pricey side, especially since they tend to leave an inch + of head on the pour.
But overall, a great find.

And check out the new icecream across the street - Sweet Cow!! Wow!

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Claremont Hotel

in Claremont, Australia

4/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The hotel offers something for everybody, the bistro has a fantastic menu that represents great value and has meals that cater for everyone.
For those that like a punt, there is a modern 30 machine gaming room and the main bar has a fully serviced TATTSBet wagering facility, 8 ball table and giant screen to catch all of the latest sports action. They also have award winning budget accommodation with clean and comfortable rooms.

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Redemption Alewerks

in Indianapolis, Indiana

3.79/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.79
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

They have around 16 taps which included seven of their own and the rest guest beers with a couple of ciders. Good service, the only bad thing is waiting for my check but everything else was great. The only food I got word the house wings, but they were extremely well season. The only issue would be that they were slightly fatty. A couple of televisions with sports and a wide variety of patrons, it was a fun place.

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High Point Brewing Company

in Butler, New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.88
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This brewery makes the best German style beers. The brewery isn't that far of a drive from my house, which is nice because I can't always find their bottles in stores. Most beer is obviously better on tap, which is the case with their beer. Their bottled beer is great too, but it truly is fantastic draft beer. There are some tables inside and also room at the bar to sit. I gave the "vibe" a rating of 4 only because the inside of the tap room looks like it is under construction. Otherwise, this brewery is one of the best in NJ!

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The Red White & Brew

in Hammond, Louisiana

4.9/5  rDev +32.1% | Avg: 3.71
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

If you are in Hammond, The Red White and Brew is definitely worth a stop. Todd has got to be one of the most gregarious shop owners I have ever met. The store has an on premise license which is cool. You can buy to go or drink it there.

The store sells wine and liquor too. The beer selection is really awesome. From what I was told there are over 700 different selections on the shelves. They are definitely packed. Much like the place can be on a Friday evening. The selection of craft beers was awesome with no mass market beers in site. They had almost everything from Founders and The bruery. Some beers I was looking for but alas were not distributed in Louisiana.

The six taps had the local brewery on some and the others had a really nice selection of other beers.

I would definitely recommend stopping in. Grab one from the rack and put it in their chiller and enjoy,

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Taps

in Petaluma, California

4.4/5  rDev -1.3% | Avg: 4.46
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

My review will be biased or skewed because I'm here at opening. So what?!
So no wait for my pour.
Very solid selection going from local stuff (Bear Republic, HenHouse, Lagunitas) to DFH Fort and even Aventinus. Good selection of local stuff I haven't seen before too.
Six or so tv's, great location right on the river.

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The Lion & Rose

in San Antonio, Texas

4.34/5  rDev +2.6% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Love the sporty vibe in this pub, they've got the lighting down and while there's tons of stuff on all the wall space, definitely looks well balanced and not too busy like some places. Service has always been great! No matter who the server my family and I have been treated well. Pretty good beer selection, and the food is pretty tasty too!

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Norm's Beer & Wine

in Vienna, Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -10.1% | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Visiting NoVa and decided to check out Norm's for stuff I can't readily get in California. Decent selection of 4/6 packs. Smallish selection of bombers. The majority of it is not refrigerated. The biggest knock on this place is things seem to be all over the place and not terribly orderly (for the most part, it was arranged by brewery). Other than that, the selection was pretty good.

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