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in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
4.57/5 rDev -0.9% | Avg: 4.61
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25
Was pleasantly surprised to find this one after looking it up on BA. The selection isn't huge, but it's all quality. I found a few gems that I certainly wasn't expected to see. They guy that was working behind the counter was awesome and super friendly, even hooked me up with a free cozy on my way out. I'll be stopping here overtime I get the chance when visiting the area.
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in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
3.81/5 rDev -6.2% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25
Can't believe I've passed this place up for the past few years when visiting the inlaws beach house. Selection was much better than expected, also has a small growler station (picked up coconut Victory at Sea). The main guy working there was kind of a prick. But overall the selection was good enough to save me the extra 30 minute drive to Piggly Wiggly. only downside is that they don't have a build your own 6pack section, which kept me from purchasing an additional 12 beers or so.
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in Reykjavík, Iceland
4.18/5 rDev -10.3% | Avg: 4.66
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
Really quite a nice atmosphere for a bar. You walk downstairs, welcomed by a couch decorated with horse leather (partially). You walk in and there is a basement type bar, about 15-20 tables, some for 2, some for 4, and a bar at the end with a handful of stools. 14 Icelandic beer taps and a nice list of beer in the cellar. Solid selection, good quality beers. They do 5 and 10 tap samplers, but note that taps 11-14 are more specialty and are not included. Prices are typical for Iceland, that is to say, a bit higher than we are used to in America. But this is a great place to get a handful of local Icelandic beers.
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in Miami, Florida
4.18/5 rDev -8.1% | Avg: 4.55
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
Been mostly for bottle releases but it's always a good time with a chill vibe. Lots of Star wars, Gaming decor. I personally enjoy it. The place itself is not a huge space but it's nice and has great art work on the walls
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in Chicago, Illinois
4.57/5 rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.58
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75
Established in 1988, West Lakeview was a pioneer; opening a high-quality wine and beer store beer in a neighborhood that was less than 1/3 gentrified. (Today it is 100% and the store owner looks like a genius.)
But being a pioneer doesn't last forever. Several more craft beer bars have opened in, say, that half mile radius as have at least two other similar specialty stores in a somewhat larger area. So the question is, how does West Lakeview fair now ?
With more competition, it needs to change things up a bit more. It can still keep its niche of unusual good beer imports and very knowledgeable staff (although the last time of 6 times of purchased there, the guy at the counter was the spirits specialist.) Lakeview can also keep its spirits+wine vs beer 50-50 split of space. And it should strengthen that.
First... They do not offer a build-you-own-6-pack and absolutely should. This was immediately popular 5 years ago, so West Lakeview is giving business to its competition. Worse, many of Lakeview's customers buy in the one-and-down habit. So give the customers what they want. If they particularly want to expand their American craft trade (which is a good idea since Chicago is very fast becoming the largest metro producer), they need to offer build-your-own-6-pack.
Second (and this is work), but I'd do pairings with local restaurants. Get more crafts and imports paired with restaurant items and use it for advertising "Pairing done by West Lakeview" and get it on the menus.
As someone who knows he is over-paying by buying at Lakeview instead of Binny's, I just gave them some really, really useful advice. Compete with smarts.
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in Asheville, North Carolina
4.19/5 rDev -7.7% | Avg: 4.54
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25
Spent our lunch time today on a lovely low 70s Monday.
Vibe was good. It was fairly crowded but it was a relaxed crowd. Funky hip elevator like music in the background, millennial, boomers, dogs and families relaxing on the patio.
Quality and selection of the beer was very good. Awesome IPAs, sours, Belgians, lagers were on the menu today.
Service was friendly but slow.
Food menu was limited but tasty. The Wicked burger was a great pairing with Pernicious with the pineapple play from the burger meshing nicely with the tropical hops.
Overall I am happy to have had the opportunity to try this place!
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in Macon, Georgia
3.86/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.86
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
The guy there was very knowledgeable about the GA brews he had. They have a large selection and sell singles at a low prices. I'll definitely stop again when passing through.
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in Tampa, Florida
4.38/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Paid a visit while in town for work. Small place, but great selection of house and guest taps. I suggest sticking with the house brews. Offers flights and full pours. Was able to get a quick tour of the brewery and tour of the attached store. Outdoor space was available for sitting as well. Staff and bartender were great.
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in Paris, France
4.83/5 rDev +3.2% | Avg: 4.68
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
Exceptional staff that has a lot of knowledge about the up and coming craft beer scene in France. They are very nice to foreign travelers and also have plenty of lambics!
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in Purcellville, Virginia
4.23/5 rDev +0.7% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Got to brew with these guys, so spent the day there. Very eccentric spot, got to try all their stuff and look forward to the expansion of the tasting room and new and improved 10 barrel system
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in Winchester, Virginia
4.09/5 rDev +2.5% | Avg: 3.99
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3
Stopped in for a burger and beer on a visit to Winchester. Was informed that even though they were scheduled to stay open til 11 they were closing early since it was slow. Great draft list, burger options are extensive, but quality of the food isn't out of this world.
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in Boardman, Ohio
3.34/5 rDev -27.1% | Avg: 4.58
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3
In addition to their wine selection, Vintage has a large room to the left of the entrance with a wide variety of beers and styles to select from. Most of of these are on shelves in the center at room temperature, but at least some effort has been made to prevent too much sun exposure. It's quite cramped if more than one person is in an aisle at a time, and a bit warm and musty. The obvious or more popular beers are in coolers, allowing people to crack them open at the bar, or take them home cold.
The selection is perhaps a little too big as there are some large sections of older brews that have been around a while, and Boardman isn't exactly known for it's bustling craft beer scene, so some of these may continue to age on these shelves.
They also have two bars and an impressive array of taps on both sides with a lot of sought after fresh and new brews featured.
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in Chicago, Illinois
4.78/5 rDev +13.5% | Avg: 4.21
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Love this place. Best thing about this place is the vibe - It looks like an old English pub with lots of old world decorations. Ton of selection both on draft and in bottles. Service is always good. Food is not amazing but solid. Great downtown location.
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in Madison, Connecticut
4.32/5 rDev +2.6% | Avg: 4.21
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
Went over the weekend on the hunt for some SingleCut beers. Place seems quiet, wine section up front which leads to a bigger warehouse style section in the back for beers. Tons of cases and 12-packs here, really good selection of those. Medium sized shelf of larger bottles, some good stuff all-around. Decent sized freezer for 6 packs and a door section for bombers. Stuff seemed pretty fresh, no out of date seasonals or anything like that.
Beer guy came up and talked to me for awhile about SingleCut and some others and was very friendly and knowledgeable. Walked away with Stone's Tangerine Enjoy By and SingleCut Billy Full Stack. Would definitely go again when I'm in Madison.
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in Rye Brook, New York
3.86/5 rDev +6.6% | Avg: 3.62
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
I was here for a conference. I wasn't expecting much when I walked in, but then I saw what they had on tap. They had selections from Captain Lawrence, Ommegang, Brooklyn, Knee Deep and an IPA from my beloved Singlecut. Needless to say I was very happy.
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in Richmond, Virginia
4.01/5 rDev -9.1% | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Went there for the first time in May 2016. I thought it had a restaurant, but that won't open for another year. Some food trucks in the parking lot would have been nice.
Big open tasting room, they had about 7 regulars on tap, plus about 20 of their seasonals - like Double Bastard, Xocoveza Milk Stout, 2012 Old Guardian, etc. I was shocked to see they had 3 & 4 year old beers on tap.
For a Saturday evening, it was pretty busy, and the pourers still had to wait for me to decide what I wanted. Very good service.
It's Stone - you can't go wrong!
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in Staunton, Virginia
3.96/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 4.12
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4
Very much a traditional Bavarian style chalet on both the inside and the outside, this place is a hidden gem for the weary traveler on I-81 - a nice break from the more traditional food offerings found near the highway (it is located like 1 mile from the interstate). On Sunday, when we visited, there was a live accordion player playing some traditional songs.
The beers were well served in proper (and properly labelled glassware). Drafts were offered in pint, 20 oz, litre, and 2 litre sizes. Beer was served at a proper temperature and with a reasonable amount of head for the style.
The selection was almost exclusively German beers with a couple of Austrian beers available (and some "Redneck Beer" for folks that were not as adventurous and wanted standard BMC-type products). There were a decent number of different styles available in both the drafts and the bottles. The selection was beers from mostly fairly regularly seen breweries though often not the most common beers from them.
Service was what I would have expected if I was in Germany - polite but not overly friendly and attentive. They were able to recommend beers and offered to get a couple of tasters if you wanted to test before purchasing.
Food is traditional German/Austrian and was quite enjoyable with pretty large portions. Kid friendly in that they had a children's menu but no changing tables in the restrooms. My kids really enjoyed the food and they are both under 4.
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in Round Hill, Virginia
3.8/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.8
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25
A pretty cool little coffee shop/cafe selling baked goods with a selection of beer and wine towards one end of the shop. It was quiet and relaxing, I could easily see my self stopping in here again the next time I'm in the area to enjoy a coffee and baked goods before doing a little beer shopping.
The end of the shop with the beer is a little darker than the rest of the place and has fewer windows which probably helps the beer not get as light struck as in some other shops. They have beer available for purchase both cold and room temperature as well as a few available in singles - the rest are available in 4/6 packs.
While the employees are quite friendly and have some beer knowledges, they are mostly familiar with the coffee/baked goods part of the shop. They did offer to help and seemed to be most familiar with the very local breweries.
Considering the beer section is not all that large, I was fairly impressed with the selection which included quite a few smaller Virginia breweries that make some darn good beer - Adroit Theory, Lickinghole Creek, Lost Rhino, and BadWolf were just a few they had. Also they had a fairly decent representation of regional breweries. I was able to find 6 or 7 beers from breweries I had not come across before.
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in Montréal, Quebec
4.06/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
Little store in Little Italy. Maybe there it is just called a "store"? ; )
Basically a long, narrow, white room. Pretty sterile. One wall is coolers and the other is shelves with charcuterie fixin's, sauces, glasses, etc. Typical fare. There is an island in the middle with some "special"/new arrival bottles. All the prices are clearly marked. Coolers are sorted by style. Prices seemed a touch steep, but I know sometimes when I feel that way it is because they factor tax into the tag price. Anyway, it wouldn't stop me from shopping there again.
The selection was good but there is by no means a plethora of different stuff compared to quite a few stores (not to even mention the bigger ones). However, you can tell that a lot of thought went into which beers to stock. A smattering of the most visible stuff, some one-offs, and an absence of the disappointing old/really new bottles of breweries still figuring stuff out that are common in so many stores here. Nice place with lots of room to grow.
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in Denver, Colorado
4.03/5 rDev -8.4% | Avg: 4.4
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5
I was a little disappointed after reading all the reviews. It's a cool beer bar for sure, nice patio as well. The service wasn't good at all. Their "cellar" list hasn't been updated since 9/15. Still a cool place to stop in Denver but nothing mind blowing b
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in Denver, Colorado
3.58/5 rDev -13.9% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75
Do yourself a favor and skip this location and visit their barrell house. This one is in a very sketchy area and we were very uncomfortable sitting in the patio having a beer b
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in Denver, Colorado
4.45/5 rDev +1.8% | Avg: 4.37
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75
Great selection of taps and bottles, to-go bottles were a plus as well. A pretty cool place in the market. It's not a place I could spend a few hours at though. Maybe a beer or two and move on.
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in Boulder, Colorado
4.81/5 rDev +8.1% | Avg: 4.45
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75
So glad we stopped here. The tap list is just crazy! It took me 10 minutes to read through all of the pages. The server was helpful suggesting her favorites and very knowledgeable. The pizza was awesome as well. A must stop in Boulder!
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in Boulder, Colorado
4.05/5 rDev -7.5% | Avg: 4.38
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
First off the tour is terrible! Save yourself time and just do the self guided tour. Very cool building and great selection of taps. The outside prior needs to be bigger. Just a very busy place.
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in Boulder, Colorado
4.42/5 rDev -0.9% | Avg: 4.46
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
I wish we would have visited Upslope earlier in our trip. This place was great! Loved the vibe and decor, sat on the patio and had a few beers. Nice views and a cool place to visit.
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