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Beef & Brew

in Geneva, New York

4.39/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.39
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Great little restaurant/ pub. Has the look/feel of a proper British pub. Has a great pub menu with "spot on" NW upstate NY roast beef/pot roast, burger and steak centered menu of sandwiches and entrees. But otherwise very eclectic with a very wide variety of appetizers, salads, wraps, veggie dishes and desserts.
Beer selection is very generous with many top choices. Bottle selection is well over 150 and includes excellent European brews and is arranged by styles ranging from Dubbels to Double Bocks...etc etc. Draft selection is equally very good. 28 taps with good cross section of IPAs/DIPAS; stouts and porters, fruits and wheats. Has some good locals and some not usual micros. I had a very good Naked Dove porter followed by a Mikkeler Citra. Otherwise today they also had Bell's Kalamazoo, multiple Stone IPAs, Green Flash Soul Style, etc.
Last but not least...people were great. Very friendly and seemed to enjoying their work.
Worth a stop if hungry, and worth a stop for a couple of brews. (1,003 characters)

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in Brooklyn, New York

4.7/5  rDev +3.3% | rAvg: 4.55
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Clearly the selection and quality here is top-notch, every beer is poured the way it should be, correct temperature. Everything is poured into the big Torst wine glasses, which is fine. The selection of beers on tap was really interesting, obscure European imports, some rare US craft, and everything in between. Obviously a large amount of Evil Twin.

Didn't get much food, but did get the olive plate, which was outstanding. Seriously, if you like olives, don't miss this one.

The prices are downright offensive, but when you go here, you know that going in, so you're prepared.

Service was good, bartender was friendly, willing to help with suggestions on the lesser-known tap selections.

Absolutely worth a stop, but bring a sack of gold with you. (754 characters)

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Keg & Lantern Brewing Co

in Brooklyn, New York

3.99/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.91
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

This was a really nice stop. The beer was solid, not amazing. Didn't have any food when I went, since there were some issues in the kitchen, but it certainly looked good. Nice vibe, very neighborhood-bar type feel, with a few regulars already there at 11am when I visited. The service was great, bartender willing to chat and help me plan out my Brooklyn beer stops. Definitely worth a visit. (392 characters)

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The Olney Place

in Penn Yan, New York

4.78/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.64
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is an amazing beer stop if you're in the area.

The vibe and atmosphere here is great- it sits on a hill overlooking the lake, great views on a sunny day. The bar and tables in the taproom seem handmade and high quality.

There's about 12 taps in the taproom, all interesting and clearly curated well. Prices are average, not low, but certainly not high. They allow you to try anything before buying it.

The food is excellent, there's a deli serving up really well-made sandwiches. The chips are homemade and come from potatoes in the owner's garden. There's also a set of specials each day involving different fancier entrees. All of the food looked really tasty.

The owner, Seth Olney, is one of the nicest guys in the beer scene I've met. Really warm and welcoming, trying to help people out in any way possible. You can tell he really, really cares about the business and wants to turn Keuka Lake into a hub for craft beer.

This is a really great place that anybody in the area has to visit. Must-stop for sure. (1,023 characters)

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Dewey Beer Co.

in Dewey Beach, Delaware

3.65/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.92
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

A new place in town. I guess every town now needs a brewery and this is about the same as the rest of them. Still going through some growing pains... Stopped by about 7 pm on a Sunday evening and the hostess said no seats were available, nothing else. I suggested sitting at the bar and got the ball rolling, but I could have easily walked away.
Now about the beer, nice variety, had a few interesting Rye variations including a Saison and an IPA.
Nothing outstanding but nothing terrible either. Let's give them a few years and see what happens. (553 characters)

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Union Barrelhouse

in Scottsdale, Arizona

3.95/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.1
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I'd consider this Scottsdale fusion, where a Scottsdale bar in Scottsdale tries to appeal to the working man who's got an eye for a "hipper" place with a solid beer selection and a decent bourbon/whiskey variety. Rotating taps, better than average food and good service makes this a place I'll continue to visit when in the area looking for a place to grab a brew. (364 characters)

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Seneca Lodge Craft Brewing

in Watkins Glen, New York

3.77/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.98
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

From Corning it was a short drive to Watkins Glen, and I took the wife to Seneca Lodge. This is an old mountain resort with your classic wood cabins and things. It is dated and old (just like the clientele), but charming.

The bar is unique, filled to the brim with stuff, tchotchkes, racing memorabilia and several layers of dust. Most folks were drinking Michelob Ultra or cheap red wine and waiting for a table to feast at the buffet in the communal dining hall. It was like stepping back in an old postcard from the 50's.

Only five beers on tap: IPA, Session Pale, Blonde, Amber, Peach Blonde. We had the IPA, of course, and it sure was decent. Lounging outside with views of Watkins Glen and the mountains and the lake was fabulous.

I would recommend this place for its uniqueness, if not for the beer. (812 characters)

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Iron Flamingo Brewery

in Corning, New York

3.64/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.64
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

The wife and I visited the Corning Museum of Glass and then I decided to stop by this new little brewery, just because it is around the corner from the museum.

Very sleek, cool and well-designed taproom/brewery, and great name and branding as well. Iron Flamingo might sound odd, like something out of Florida or a John Waters movie... but abbreviated as "IF" and stamped on their kegs, man it looks cool.

They have only four beers on tap plus one in bottles (a Blonde Ale). I tried their English Dark Ale (whatever that is), the Mocha Coffee Porter (delicious!) and their IPA. Pretty good, but they'll need to brew some other, more interesting stuff to stick out from the crowded field of breweries.

They offer pints, tastings, flights, growler fills, kegs, merchandise... no food other than chips but they have food trucks on certain evenings. The guys behind the bar weren't the friendliest but we had a good time. (923 characters)

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Yorkholo Brewing Co.

in Mansfield, Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.05
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What a cool, odd place this is! Mansfield is a small town in the gentle mountains between Williamsport, PA, and Corning, NY. There is a small university in town so you get that young, funky vibe around.

Yorkholo is a fun place. We were there for lunch on a Saturday afternoon and it was almost empty. They were out of 4 of the 10 taps (no Raspberry, White, Abbey or Chamomile spiced Saison), but that was fine with me because I had the Pennsylvania Cherry Sour Lambic, one of the best sours EVER! A three-year-old sour blended with regular Yorkholo Cherry Belgian ale. A bit pricey at nine bucks for a 14-oz pour, but so stunning.

I also tried the Cherry Belgian (rated 3, soapy and fake tasting) and the Farmhouse IPA (rated 3.6, weird). The wife got a Mountaineer IPA and liked it enough to get a growler.

The food menu is nice, with lots of veggie options. My tofu bites with bbq sauce were delicious, but the house-made pretzel with beer cheese sauce the wife got was even better.

I also got a $15 bottle of their Sour Ale that I'm going to age for a little bit.

The bill was expensive because of the bottle and my nine-dollar pours of vintage sour, but I think you could eat and drink here relatively cheap. (1,221 characters)

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in Williamsport, Pennsylvania

2.94/5  rDev -18.1% | rAvg: 3.59
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

I found this Wegmans listing here on BA and decided to give it a try since the hotel the wife and I were staying at was around the corner.

The beer is located right as you enter the store, with one cooler to your right and a shelf with bombers plus a small section with six-packs to your left. Gotta navigate the tables, checkout counter and food lines while you are perusing the beer- an odd layout for sure.

Pretty good bomber selection, but lots and I mean LOTS of dust. Be aware! Decent prices, but too much macro crap. I like the selection of local/regional Pennsylvania beers. Other than that, the choices here are limited, but good enough for a night in town or the hotels nearby.

Didn't buy anything. This place does not care for beer. (748 characters)

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San Fernando Brewing Co.

in San Fernando, California

3.94/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.15
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Vic and the crew have opened a wonderful neighborhood tasting room with huge guest capacity and excellent air conditioning. The staff are universally nice and fast and friendly. This is everything an "industrial style" tasting room ought to be.

Ample street parking, decent neighborhood, lots of food delivery options.

The beers are a work in progress and, after a lengthy conversation with the brewers, the claim that their current offerings will improve in quality as their regular hop supplies get sorted out and as their rotating and seasonal brews come online. Only four beers on draft during my visit.

Will definitely visit these guys regularly. At this point, the best of the three open brewery tasting rooms in the San Fernando Valley. (750 characters)

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Bullfrog Brewery

in Williamsport, Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -8.6% | rAvg: 4.19
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

The Mighty Bullfrog! Home of the funkiest beers north of the Susquehanna. This is a classic, small-town brewpub. Reminds me of Jackie O's in Athens, Ohio, but dirtier.

It smells like a brewery right as you go past the door. The tanks behind the bar are cool, and there are hippies everywhere. We were there on a Friday night and they had live music. Pretty good band, but kind of annoying too. I'm here for the beer!

10 taps: Baltic Porter with sour cherries, IPA, Stout, Funny Farmhouse Cider, Red Ale, Aggro Wheat, Sacre Blue, Old Gold, Farmhouse Apricot... of course you expect more from this renowned brewery. I guess I wanted to walk in to 25 taps and a million different sours, plus bottles. But... not too bad.

The Old Gold sour was stunning and hit all the right notes.

Will I come back? Yes, next time I am in the area. Would I make a significant detour to visit Bullfrog? Probably not, considering their beers are distributed on draft in Philadelphia... (971 characters)

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Moon And Raven Public House

in Williamsport, Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.87
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Our hotel was a couple of blocks from here so we stopped for a beer before heading to the mighty Bullfrog.

Moon & Raven is a beautiful, spacious bar in downtown Williamsport. Shabby chic, warehouse-style with a tad of chain-y, Ruby Tuesday's feel. 22 taps on board, mostly Pennsylvania beers and some crap for the masses (Hoegaarden, Harp, Magner's).

Pretty empty on a late Friday night, but bars here in the countryside close earlier than in the city. Five bucks per beer and that's that. I wouldn't go out of my way to visit this place, but it sure does the trick. (570 characters)

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Selin's Grove Brewing Company

in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -7.9% | rAvg: 4.33
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Years ago, the wife and I drove from Harrisburg to Buffalo and fell in love with the mighty Susquehanna. So now that we live in Philadelphia PA, a trip to the area was a must.

We caught a sunset by the river and then stopped in Selinsgrove. The brewpub is in an old, quaint building in the main thoroughfare, down the stairs and into a cozy, dimly-lit space. Something like drinking a beer in an old colonial tavern.

They had 13 taps plus 1 cider when I visited, but 5 of the handles had kicked, including a Sour Peche aged two years and a Kriek Sour Cherry. They offer 4-oz pours, I like that. I tried the Triple, Extra Stout and Centennial IPA. Other styles on tap include Cream, Scottish, Wit, Porter...

We liked the food even better than the beer. Lots of veggie options! Portabella sandwich was great, and the local cheese plate the wife ordered was outrageous. Local honey to die for, and so was the bread.

I would come back for the food more than the beer, but all in all a good experience. (1,005 characters)

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Victory at Magnolia

in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.24
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

After Kennett Brewing, it was our turn to check out the new Victory location in Kennet Square.

A massive place that is part of a new development with luxury apartments and offices. Inside, Victory is loud and full of white suburbanites, assorted douchebags and pretty girls.

But the beer is super fresh and comes in big pints! 20 ounces! And there's lots of them! 27 Victory taps, plus 2 nitro and 2 casks. Great prices too: two beers and one appetizer came to fifteen bucks.

The regular food menu is not very exciting (sandwiches, burgers and such) but look for the lengthy menu of specials. The chef here is doing some cool stuff. I just got a little plate of perfect shisito peppers.

Our server was so incredibly eager and happy it was almost comical. But no complains, he was very efficient.

I didn't think I would like this place but left happy and mildly impressed by the amount of beers and good food. Would choose this one over the original one in Downingtown. (977 characters)

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Kennett Brewing Company

in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.92
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

The wife and I drove to State Line in Elkton MD and then decided to take the longer route back to Philadelphia. Looking for a brewery/brewpub, I found Kennett... only 30+ minutes from State Line, let's go!

This is a new brewpub in the heart of Kennett Square, kind of tucked away and hidden despite being in the middle of everything. We visited on a Friday night and it was bustling. Pretty packed and noisy.

The whole place looks so professional- from their logo and branding to the bar design and the taproom overall. They're aiming big.

The food was so delicious! Best jalapeno poppers, with real peppers and neither breaded nor deep-fried. Lobster-brie dip to die for and an excellent shrimp taco, so fresh. A bit expensive, but worth for the high quality.

Beer is $5.50 a pop but the higher-ABV ones are $8 (what!?). Unfortunately most of the brews were underwhelming. They really ought to try harder and brew better. I got a sample of four beers and the only one I liked was the Head Skull Mind Beer DIPA my wife ordered.

I'll give them another chance, though. The place is cool, the owners are nice and the food is extraordinary. (1,146 characters)

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The Moose & Roo Pub & Grill

in Hanoi, Viet Nam

3.23/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.23
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

There is a table service so it feel more like a restaurant. It expensive for Hanoi prices but the food was very good. Nots a good selection of beer on offer about 10 including a chimay. A good choice if you want some western food after a longer stay n Hanoi. Just not a great option for beer. (292 characters)

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Bar Ly

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.34
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2

My friend and I walked here from the Loft District. I've been curious about Bar Ly, the only beer-focused bar in the Chinatown area. Across from the Convention Center and near the Reading Terminal Market, so you get plenty of tourists.

The ambience here is blah- a bland sports-themed bar with uninspired food, uninformed servers and too many TV's. But the beer is good! 60+ taps including Allagash Confluence, Grapefruit Sculpin, Corsendonck, Hop Stoopid, Dogfish 61, Three Philosophers, Double Jack, Lost Abbey Witches Wit, Allagash Curieux...

Prices are fair for the area, between five and seven bucks a pop except some specialty brews marked at $8.50, and my pint of Grapefruit Sculpin was super fresh.

The food is mediocre pub grub with some Asian flare. Frozen dumplings, deep-fried tater tots. The bartender was nice but so clueless! Didn't know an IPA from Budweiser, and messed up our food order.

Bar Ly, you will not see me again. (946 characters)

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Hop Lot Brewing Company

in Suttons Bay, Michigan

4.56/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.15
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Cool place on the Leelanau Peninsula (Sutton's Bay) with decent/good beer and a great vibe. Fire going out back, lots of outdoor games, friendly staff who we enjoyed talking to for a while, and Smores kits! (206 characters)

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Sweetwater Package Store

in Duluth, Georgia

4.78/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.94
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

After having been told certain beers "were not available" by other local stores, I had been waiting for weeks for "delivery". It never came. I decided to call Sweetwater. I asked if they had a couple beers I was looking for. "Yes" was their immediate response. Just to make sure I was not being sold a tease to get me into their store, I drove over to find out. Yes, they did have it. They also had 3 or 4 of the other beers I had been told were "not available". I asked the guy at the register if he had just been restocked. "No, we have had this selection all summer long". I won't forget their address. I will not be going to those other stores any longer. Thanks Sweetwater. The Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold was fantastic!!! (740 characters)

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Ardent Craft Ales

in Richmond, Virginia

3.93/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.98
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Visited on one of my seemingly tri-monthly trips up to the commonwealth's capital. Place was packed on a Saturday afternoon and has a couple of kinks to work out like having more than one pay register and one beer pourer but the wait wasn't bad (I do like that they have water stations so you can easily grab some cold water to not only cleanse your palate but also just have a non-alcoholic drink). Weather cooperated with us (the wife and I) and allowed us to enjoy the outdoor seating area (bier garden) and everyone was enjoying a quality beer and place seems "real chill". Wish they had more than five offerings at a time but not a complaint. One of the better breweries in the RVA and worth checking out. (714 characters)

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The Waggon & Horses Hotel

in North Hobart, Australia

4.33/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.33
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great meal for adults and children plenty of sports on TV especially at there bar. Great atmosphere. 10 dollars for snitzel and chips, steak and chips etc. very good value. (172 characters)

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The Hermosillo / Highland Park Brewery

in Los Angeles, California

4.43/5  rDev +4.7% | rAvg: 4.23
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

This is a cool brewery/bar/brewpub in the outskirts of Downtown LA in the Highland Park neighborhood.

Once inside you see seats along the windows, large bar area thanks to its unique shape and tables and seats around. Since this is a brewery inside of a bar, they have mostly HPB beers on tap with some guest beers. That's quite okay, since HPB beers are solid. Tonight I came here for the first time after work, and just had one glass. But, it was a very nice glass of Raised Eyebrows, a fruit infused sour. It was one of the best beers I had in a while.

The people around me were having food that looked pretty good too, so I'll try some food and more HPB beers next time. Nice visit. (696 characters)

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Goose Island Clybourn

in Chicago, Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -8.9% | rAvg: 4.15
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

-Layout is fine. Well-designed, but pretty standard. Nothing physically to set it apart from a thousand other pubs.
-Service was great. Everyone was polished, crisp, on their game.
-Food... bad. Highly disappointing poutine (to save time I won't elaborate, suffice to say everything about it was wrong), decent German-style burger, the few other things I had were OK.
-You know their distributed beers. All are solid (312) through incredible (BCBS). Their pub-only brews are fair through great, usually leaning towards fair. Maybe they test the marketability of potential wide-release brews here? It is nice that a lot are brewed on-location.
-Only their beers are available, but they also have a good selection of wines and spirits.
-Growler fills available.
-T-shirts and other merchandise is available.

With so many other places with actual character nearby, I wouldn't pick this as my first choice for a place to hang out with friends. Still, if I am here, I know that there are a few humbly great brews beneath those handles. (1,031 characters)

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The Rare Barrel

in Berkeley, California

3.86/5  rDev -12.9% | rAvg: 4.43
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

-Minimalist. A bar with metal stools, some hardwood tables with metal chairs. That is all.
-Oh, plus a HUGE F****** WAREHOUSE FULL OF BARRELS! F*** YES! Seriously huge space, probably 50 ft. tall ceilings, chock full of barrels housing delicious yummy sour beer nectar. Awesome to witness. They ain't f'n 'round 'round here.
-Very dim, however. Even in the tasting area it was not well lit. Not for ambiance/to set the mood, it was just plain dark. The beer is all in lightproof barrels, no need to worry about oxidation, just let me see what's going on!
-Beers are great. You gotta like sour or content yourself to some guest beers/wines, however.
-Only food is grilled cheese. Which is hilarious. Didn't try it, looks like it'd be good. Really, how do you mess up grilled cheese? Sadly, this probably means you can't bring in your own food. I don't know for sure though, so I won't knock them on my score.
-Service was good. A bit of chit-chat going on, plus resting bitch-faces, but they still got the beers flowing in a timely manner.

A sour-head's dream. Not world class, but really damn good, and for fair prices. Good for a good beer, but I can't imagine hanging out here for an extended amount of time, what with virtually no food and only sours on tap. (1,262 characters)

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