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Old Town Bar & Restaurant

in New York, New York

3.78/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.8
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This place was one of my favorite places to have a drink and a bison burger. It is nothing fancy but a great NYC bar in that it's old, dark and the wood/marble decor is perfect. If you're looking for an old NYC bar in the area, this is a great one since places like The Cedar are long gone.

Beers on tap were few, a handful more bottles. Nothing that would blow anyone away but standards that are just fine to go with a burger (no bud light etc. but no 5 IPAs to choose from).

You come for the charm.

Oh and the front was used for a brief scene in Boiler Room, so there's that. (587 characters)

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Green Leafe Cafe

in Williamsburg, Virginia

2.18/5  rDev -42.9% | rAvg: 3.82
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5

This place is sadly a shell of its former self. The last time I went here was the worst "dining" experience I'd had in a long time. The chicken tenders and fries were worse than microwave food. The service took hours - they were not packed. There were open tables, no folks standing around flooding the area (I remember those days and service was much better then on a jammed night than it was this time on a quiet night). We waited on drinks that never came, food that came after a manager (who took our order) disappeared to the kitchen for 40 minutes to make the food for other tables then ours.

The biggest let down - the beer. This place used to be THE place in town to go for craft brew. It was here I fell in love with things that are now standards for me - Arrogant Bastard, Legend Brown, Delerium Tremons, Aiyinger Celbrator etc. Now, they carry zero bottle and have only taps. Some are admittedly decently rotated out but that's a few not the norm here. It's sad to see how far this place has fallen but there are plenty of other great places in walking distance to get better food with a vastly superior beer selection. (1,141 characters)

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Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant

in Virginia Beach, Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -9.8% | rAvg: 3.77
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This place was my regular after work spot when I worked nearby, but that was before Yard House opened up.

GB has a couple okay brews but very limited. I have a soft spot for a Czech Pils and garlic fries but these days I'd much rather head over to Yardhouse around the corner. (280 characters)

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Luke's Beer & Wine

in Palmer, Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

As a resident of Palmer, I have come to accept the reality that if I want to find good beer, it is in my best interest to drive to Monson's Adams (or Tree House); nevertheless, this little place has a small selection of rather decent beers. I was pleasantly surprised to find Lord Hobo's Boom Sauce in there recently (though I was charged over $16 for the four pack, which seemed a little steep).

Every time I have gone in, I've been met with friendly service, which isn't always the case at other bottle shops. Additionally, its seems like they are knowledgable about the products they are selling.

They offer the option of creating your own mix-six or buying singles of anything they have in stock as well, so if you are passing through it might be worth stopping... otherwise, continue driving about 15 minutes southeast, toward Tree House. (851 characters)

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Johnny Mac Liquors

in Springfield, Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -10.9% | rAvg: 4.32
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

I typically avoid going here, simply because their prices are a bit higher ($1-2 a bomber/six pack); however, the selection is top notch.

Naturally, with such a huge selection, the likelihood of beers sitting on shelves for a long period is much higher. While this isn't going to be a problem with a beer that you are looking to age in your cellar, it is problematic with date sensitive brews. For example, I was in there and they had a Stone Enjoy By still on the shelves, nearly a month after the "enjoy by date." When I approached the clerk about this, she sarcastically replied, "Oh they age well." She obviously doesn't understand that IPAs, especially ones with a name "enjoy by" DO NOT age well.

Conversely, I did come across KBS randomly on another occasion, months after one would typically find them on the shelves. Despite the fact that they gouged me for $10 a bottle, the rarity of such a find at that time of year was too hard to pass up.

Nevertheless, if you are looking for a good selection, and don't feel like driving the West Springfield's Table and Vine, you will be pleased. Just check the dates! (1,130 characters)

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Wagner Valley Brewery

in Lodi, New York

3.68/5  rDev -4.2% | rAvg: 3.84
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

Pretty sweet little set up, massive backyard/patio set up out back right in the mix of their vineyards. Selection was limited and the beers were a tick above average at best but if you're a wine drinker you get the best of both worlds with this place. (251 characters)

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Capital Ale House

in Richmond, Virginia

4.26/5  rDev -2.1% | rAvg: 4.35
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.25

10 years ago I'd probably have given this place 5/5 but plenty of spots like this exist now.

Beer selection wins out over everything else here. The bottle list is beyond extensive and there are plenty of fantastic options on tap. They have high end favorites, great local/regional options and they put plenty of the less than easy to come by items on the menu, stuff like 120 pops up regularly. Prices are fair.

It feels like a typical bar - no frills in a good way, but nothing to write home about.

Food to me is a bit of a drawback - it's fine but the quality could step up just a touch. Sandwiches fries and all are fine but nothing special.

It is a great local chain and one to hit up if you're looking for a place to kill some time before walking to The National or something. (793 characters)

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McSorley's Old Ale House

in New York, New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.2% | rAvg: 3.58
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This is a place to go to check off your bucket list. For the beer snob, you might thumb your nose at "light or dark" being the only option but if so you shouldn't be here. It's an experience. Mugs served 2 at a time in a dirty old hole in the wall Irish pub. It's an awesome experience, but not a place I'd go frequently. (325 characters)

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Brooklyn Brewery

in Brooklyn, New York

4.11/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.53
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

The first "micro brewery" I ever visited - this place is a blast.

Been many times starting 10 years ago and most recently last year. It has certainly changed a bit but overall many things have stayed the same.

It's a huge open warehouse with lots of picnic tables. Depending on when you go they will probably have delivery menus for the spots nearby so you can order food for your table. People here are very laid back, more so than most places in the neighborhood. Folks working there are great. Tour folks are funny, at times even brewer masters gave tours.

Vibe is the biggest selling point. Beer is a second. Not everything on Brooklyn's menu is for everyone and certain offerings are tried and true while others can sometimes fall a bit short. Prices are really reasonable though. Buy your tokens and trade them as you see fit. Lines can get long but if you're there earlier on a weekend you should have no problem having a good time and not feeling too crowded. (982 characters)

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Mission Dolores

in Brooklyn, New York

4.5/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.19
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great selection and service. Bartenders are also up to speed on most everything they have and willing to offer good suggestions. Previous review over the years seem to note lack of Brookyn beers - well mainly because there were very few breweries in Brooklyn 5+ years ago.. now that has changed and the menu reflects it. (320 characters)

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Bottle & Tap Craft Beer and Growler House

in Hartsville, South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.22
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I must preface this review by stating that I visited the place at 10:30 AM on a Tuesday with my two toddlers in tow (in the stroller) while we were walking around exploring the town. The place was quiet, though not unexpected considering the day/time but very clean and obviously recently opened. A cute, modern place with a small to moderate amount of bottles/can as well as a bar for growler fills, pints, and flights. Strangely it is connected to the gas station convenience store but they are very different inside spaces.

I did not have the chance to try any of the draft offerings when I visited but I was able to get some bottles to go. There was a selection of glassware present for the different brews that were being offered including snifter/tulip, pint, and at least one other (which I cannot recall if it was pilsner or stange off the top of my head). Bottles and can were available in 4/6 packs and as singles (stored cold) as well as in larger format sizes.

The person working, whom I believe was the owner was extremely friendly and knowledgeable - she was able to give me some pointers to local and regional SC beers that were available in the shop as well as a few others that I might not see in NC. I had some great conversations about some of the SC breweries that do not distribute outside the state and got a few recommendations for taking home and trying.

Even though the space is small, there was a good amount of selection of local, SC, regional, and national craft brands with a number of different styles available. The draft list was nice with a few limited production national offerings (Stone W00t 3.0 for example) as well as more standard regional offerings. (1,692 characters)

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HopCat

in Ann Arbor, Michigan

4.51/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.41
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Visited on a Saturday at 6, plenty of seats to be had. The space isn't nearly as large or bright as the flagship location in Grand Rapids, but it is decently sized, with a large round bar dominating the center of the space. They have 96 handles with a solid variety of styles and brewers. Didn't get a full meal, but did get an order loaded crack fries, which are a must for Hopcat. (382 characters)

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Vintage Craft Beer and Wine Boutique

in Hartsville, South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.81
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

The place was a cool little spot in downtown Hartsville with a small amount of indoor seating and a slightly larger amount of outdoor seating. The crowd seemed pretty chill from the people I interacted with but I would say it was more of a wine place than a beer place based on the crowd (I visited on a Monday evening). Folks were mostly 40-somethings+ in age and there were groups of guys, ladies, and mixed company. Not too noisy or rowdy but again this was a Monday night, not sure how it gets on the weekend.

Beers were well poured and used proper glassware which was nice to see in a small town with a limited number of craft beer options. Beers were served at a proper temperature and with a decent amount of head.

Service was polite and friendly as well as prompt but not overly knowledgeable on craft beers - seemed to know quite a bit more about the wines being sold (I asked if they carried any local SC beers and he was not sure).

Selection was decent, not great with a lot of the bottles in the shop coming from fairly large national-distribution craft breweries along with some of the standard German and English imports. Prices were fairly expensive though, priced like a bar not a bottle shop. Singles were like $6. Decent beers on tap when I checked in including some limited distribution beers from larger craft breweries. (1,344 characters)

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Kane Brewing Company

in Ocean, New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +1.1% | rAvg: 4.38
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Great style to the brewery. Clean and modern in design.Really friendly staff that is passionate about what they do. Easy system, awesome beers and a great selection of quantity and quality with many styles offered. Hope these guys can have much more continued success. (268 characters)

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White's Party Store

in Marquette, Michigan

4.13/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.27
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Stopped here while on vacation in the Gwinn area (about 30 minutes outside of MQT). Just down the street from Blackrocks, and across the street from TOGO sandwich shop, this rounded out the afternoon in town quite nicely. Beautiful MI beer selection, they had everything I was looking for. One of the ladies was trying to help me find something new from a MI brewery and even went into the back of the store to grab an extra bottle....worth the stop, I will be returning. (471 characters)

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The Bruery

in Placentia, California

5/5  rDev +12.9% | rAvg: 4.43
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great vibes here. Been coming to the tasting room for years now. Always great brews on tap and always get to try sopmething new and exciting. It is really hard to beat the bruery. They are tried and true. (204 characters)

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Cloverleaf Tavern

in Caldwell, New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +15.8% | rAvg: 4.23
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

My favorite beer bar. I'm here at least once a week because of their consistently excellent beer selection. The owner, Ryan, is genuinely passionate about beer and knows his patrons very well. Taps rotate daily and they are always getting the rarest beers in the area. If there's a weird release/variant that distributes to NJ, you can pretty much count on Cloverleaf having it.

Additionally, their MBA/PHD beer programs are an awesome way for people to get started with craft beer as you have to try 45 and 60 different beers, respectively, to graduate.

Food is always high quality - especially their weekly burger specials. Don't go in expecting gourmet - this is a pub - but you will always get fresh, homemade food and they have recently started introducing more eclectic menu items too.

If you're in the area, you can't go wrong here. (851 characters)

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The Hoppy Gnome

in Fort Wayne, Indiana

3.9/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.94
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Nice place in downtown Ft Wayne. Great location, with a nice view of the courthouse. urban chic decor. The bar itself is pretty small, 8-10 seats, but there are ample tables, and some outside seating. Full glass front and side makes for great people watching.

Beer selection is pretty good, 40+ taps, including a couple beers from Belgium and a couple from Germany. Unfortunately proper glassware was not used. My Tripel Karmeliet came in a 10 oz snifter, resulting in a very small pour when you count the head (for 9$). The German Hefe came in a standard pint glass. If you are going to bother serving these beers, there is no excuse for not having some kind of proper glassware. Also, print up some beer menus for Christ sake. It is awkward getting up to read the poorly placed chalkboard.

Food was interesting, but slightly over priced. Decent selection of small, but interesting tacos (duck, pork belly etc.) and a few Tortas. Also had a couple salads, and a kids menu.

Our server was great, the best part of our visit. Everyone was friendly. New place, hopefully they will work some of the kinks out. (1,108 characters)

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Sin City Brewing Co. - Venetian

in Las Vegas, Nevada

3.94/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.52
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

It has been a while since I have been here, but we were what they referred to as "Long Distance Regulars".

As this is a beer forum it has to be said that the beers here are rather generic. There are 5 on tap. The Amber to me was the most true to style. A very easy drinker and not terribly expensive. The stout is also pretty good - it works very well for the Irish Car Bombs that are served there.

The vibe is what kept us coming back. Yes, it's inside the mall type part of the Venetian and should probably lose a mark for that. However it's a great location to just stop while you're heading in/out/about to grab a quick beer (that turns into 2 and a shot at the very least) and party with whoever is working behind the bar at the moment. It's a very friendly and welcoming spot and one that kept us coming back. Maybe not so much for the beer, but for the jokes, the toasts, the shots, the vibe etc. (915 characters)

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Madra Rua Irish Pub

in North Charleston, South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -14.3% | rAvg: 3.85
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.25

Pretty standard Irish pub, actually a bit more like an actual small town pub in Ireland on the inside than most, but other than that pretty unremarkable. The beer selection is the standard dismal affair that somehow still dominates at most of these places: 15 or so taps, almost all of them faceless macro swill, one or two locals and or course the G word. The service was good, the food was decent but not anything I would especially want to eat again. The place is fine, but I get the impression that there are places nearby that do everything other than the "Irishness" better. (583 characters)

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Legend Brewing Co.

in Richmond, Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -3.6% | rAvg: 3.66
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

It's hard to find a better patio in Richmond to enjoy a nice day than that of Legend's. The beer is still okay, though I feel like they haven't kept up with current beer trends as well as some other more established breweries.

If the weather isn't so great, sitting inside is just fine. Service is friendly and helpful. Vibe is laid back and casual.

The beer is okay - some staples like Brown Ale are there and generally great. But some other offerings tend to disappoint a bit (cask selections can be really interesting though).

Food is on par with typical bar food - sandwiches and the like. It is a great place to meet up for a beer with lunch or after work. I don't live in Richmond but if I was ever passing through would try to meet friends there for a beer with a breeze and a view. (802 characters)

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Maximum Beverage

in Farmington, Connecticut

5/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.76
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I often shop at the West Hartford Maximum Beverage but just got a job down the street from this location. Wow! What a great store. Seems bigger than west hartford and really well laid out. Much more beer than other store with a beer cave as well. I picked up some Grapefruit Sculpin and a single of Sip they had in the singles door. My company has a beer club and they shop here almost every week. Highly recommended. I should also point out, the wine selection is amazing. (480 characters)

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Giant Eagle

in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.33
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.75

As far as area Giant Eagles go, they have a smaller selection than the Bethel Park Market District, but still a better selection than the Giant Eagle in Brentwood. I hope someone in the area finds this information helpful! One thing that does turn me off occasionally is the service. Most of the people who work the cash register in the beer section also are also on duty in the adjacent kitchen, so when a customer walks into the beer area they just go wait impatiently at the register. I have never been asked if I got what I needed or wanted help finding anything. All in all not a bad spot to get beer though. (616 characters)

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Southend Brewery & Smokehouse

in Charleston, South Carolina

2.94/5  rDev -14.5% | rAvg: 3.44
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5

This is a great example of a place that can be easily skipped when in Charleston.

I will say this - the service was great. The staff was incredibly friendly and quick to help.

However, it feels mostly like a place whose time has come and gone. 10 or 15 years ago being able to grab a place that brews its own beer (albeit, sub par) and serves up pizza sandwiches and bbq would be cool. At this point though, it has a more corporate/chain feel. The food is mediocre at best. And sadly I can't rank/rate which two beers I had because I can't even remember. I do remember they were lacking in every way but appearance.

If this place was in a strip mall in some part of another town without much going on, it might come across better. But in a place like Charleston with so many amazing dining and drinking options, this one is one to avoid in order to give another a try. (880 characters)

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Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House

in Charleston, South Carolina

4.76/5  rDev +6.2% | rAvg: 4.48
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

This was the first place we hit on our visit and was a fantastic surprise.

We started with a couple flights, and for their Stout flight they were out of a couple offerings and were substituting KBS for one - no big deal. Then pours of that were heavy when bought outright, bigger than anywhere else. Not a full pint, but I think definitely over 12oz.

Bartender was incredibly knowledgeable, especially on local beers which I was completely unfamiliar with. Food, especially happy hour type appetizers, were great especially for the price. Considering great food is incredibly easy to find around Charleston, I only give that a 4.5 but it gets high marks for quality for the price.

Things are pretty expensive in that area so a good deal, with great quality finds, and really helpful/friendly service - that goes a long, long way. I recommend at least checking the place out to pretty much anyone planning a trip to Charleston. (938 characters)

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