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The Pub

in Nashville, Tennessee

3.69/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.69
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Stopped in here while in Nashville for a bachelor party to grab a drink.

Large manufactured "British pub" styled restaurant, a bit too brightly lit for an authentic pub feel IMO. Lots of taps, mostly taken up by British/Irish/euro macros. A handful of craft taps and locals- probably about 6 taps. Bartenders were nice, but seemed a bit less than knowledgeable when we asked about locals, or what was on the rotating craft taps. I was able to snag a great local beer from Calf Killer. Didn't eat, but they had a large menu of the usual "pub fare" common to these types of places. In The Gulch. I would probably stop in again for a drink if I was in the area, but better spots with better selections aren't too far away.

Small outdoor patio if you like being outside. Probably a decent place to grab a beer and watch a soccer game if open early enough. (861 characters)

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Broken Tooth Brewing

in Anchorage, Alaska

4/5  rDev -6.8% | rAvg: 4.29
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Place is always packed so expect a wait. Often can't even get a solo seat at the bar. Overall vibe is nice with beer themed decor, but it's really a pizza place that brews beer, as that's the main focus. Decent selection but could have a few more taps to try the specialty releases. Only a couple on tap at any given time. Service is decent but the wait is always long so that could be improved or add a brew focused section that's more tasting room, less hotel eatery in Midtown. (480 characters)

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Bayside Brewing Company

in Erieau, Ontario

4.04/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.04
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

A friend and I stopped at this lovely little brewpub, located on the southern shores of Rondeau Bay in the beach/cottage hamlet of Erieau, Ontario. Roughly 30 minutes' drive off of the 401, south of Blenheim. There is a spacious patio out back with a beautiful view of the bay. The food was delicious; the fire-stone-cooked pizza was amazing, and the soft pretzel (with honey mustard aioli and balsamic) was quite tasty, too. The beers themselves are also good, though not necessarily going out of your way for - the food, however, is to die for. The staff were exceedingly friendly and the place seemed to be pretty busy on a Monday afternoon. If you're planning to visit on a summer weekend, you might want to call ahead and make sure there's room.

If you're passing through Chatham-Kent in the summertime and have a few hours to spare, this is a great spot to enjoy some delicious food and beer by the lakeshore. I definitely plan to return next year. (955 characters)

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One Mile House

in New York, New York

3.98/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.36
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

This place was pretty close to my hotel (I usually don't stay at hotels in NYC, but I was in town for a couple days, so there you go), and open late...very late actually, with the kitchen closing at midnight, and the bar closing at a whopping 4am! So I planned for a "late" dinner here after a show. Pretty basic neighborhood pub layout, with a double sided bar and a bunch of tables, including a good-sized dining area. Seemed like a bit of a "party crowd," but that's about right for this area, seemingly. The catch is: lots of good craft beer here!

Yes, a large taplist here, with lots of selections and very good diversity; something for everyone, just about. I had a Szech N Brett, and a Grimm Rainbow Dome, but also available were such items as Plead the 5th, Dieu du Ciel, and promises of Hill Farmstead on deck. And Westbrook Gose cans. Good stuff. Service was a little chaotic, but considering the busier crowd, not bad. I think my bartender was in training, but he seemed to be handling himself okay.

The food was pretty good as well. I was famished from literally not eating all day (long story), so the fried chicken club really hit the spot.

Sure, I'd recommend this spot. Certainly the best bar I've found in the ABC neighborhood, or whatever this area is considered, and possibly even the best bar I've been to downtown Manhattan, outside of the Blind Tiger, just going by beer selection alone. (1,412 characters)

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Other Half Brewing Co.

in Brooklyn, New York

3.84/5  rDev -8.1% | rAvg: 4.18
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

I've been wanting to stop in OH for a while, and finally got the chance recently, though I had to rush uptown for a show, so I unfortunately couldn't spend too much time there.

This is located in what seems to me like a pretty crummy part of town, I hate to say, but it's nothing unexpected from my years of brewery seeking, and certainly not the worst area I've ever been in to visit a brewery. Mostly industrial, and the brewery itself is in an old warehouse next to an auto shop or something. The tasting room is fairly small, no bar to sit at, but a small table area. The staff seemed friendly enough, and definitely knew their stuff. They had several beers available on tap, but unfortunately didn't offer sampler flights. Again, my time was limited and I didn't want to get loaded, so I just tried a couple, namely "Oat Junkie" and "Green Is For G's." They were okay, but I wasn't really a fan of either. I was disappointed I couldn't get a flight and sample more, but such is life.

Would I go back? Definitely, if I had more time. I may have gotten a couple clunkers, but I would like to try more of their brews to get a better feel for them. I did notice they distribute a lot to NYC bars, and they seem to have regular can releases, so I'll have to "save room" for them next time I'm in the city. (1,307 characters)

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Hops Hill

in Brooklyn, New York

4.29/5  rDev -13.2% | rAvg: 4.94
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

I was a little confused finding this place...the street numbers seem to be kind of mixed up on this block, but eventually I found it. Very small and simple, but you can tell there's good stuff going on here. I visited when the bar had just opened for the day, as I had a few other stops lined up. The bartender--I forget his name--was very friendly and surprisingly knowledgeable about the beer scene in general. The interesting bottle graveyard leads me to believe that some equally interesting characters frequent this place.

The tap and bottle list wasn't the hugest, but there was definitely a lot of good stuff available. Prairie Bomb! happened to be on tap, and while I'm not a big fan of that beer, I couldn't turn down the opportunity. Also sighted were selections from the Bruery, Maine, even Lost Nation...I didn't even know those guys distributed outside VT. The bottle list bragged such names as Cascade, Crooked Stave (some of the rarer stuff too), Tilquin, BCBS, and even Westbrook Gose cans (though I guess NYC gets them now, since I saw them at other bars too). Typical city mark-ups on pricetags, but nice to know the bottles are available if you really want them.

I wasn't able to have food there, but the menu was pretty small with just a few good-looking sandwich options.

Cool place overall, and worth going out of the way for. I only regret I couldn't stay longer, but I'd like to go back eventually. (1,425 characters)

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Threes Brewing

in Brooklyn, New York

2.76/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.04
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Well, I had intended this to be a nice stop for some beer samples and lunch, but it didn't quite work out that way.

The place itself seems decent enough, big space, outside area with dartboards and stuff, if that's your thing. Big bar, good amount of table space. Terrible music playing, like reggaeton or some garbage. They had a good amount of stuff on tap, about half and half mixed between their own brews and guest brews, making for a fairly diverse lineup. They don't offer sampler flights apparently, which is always a disappointment, nor do they offer half pours or anything, so there's really no way to sample all their beers unless you're planning on staying for hours and/or getting loaded. I planned on neither of those things.

I did plan to stay for a while and have lunch like I said, but...the service here was absolutely terrible. I was the only person sitting at the bar, mind you. After a few minutes, the bartender came over with the biggest scowl on his face, like I was burdening him by being there. After explaining to me that they don't do samplers, he gave me a tiny taste of one beer, and I ordered another. I thought maybe the guy was having a bad day so I gave him the benefit of the doubt, but instead, when his buddy walked up to the bar, they starting hooting and hollering and talking about...um...well, an extremely sexually explicit subject. So I'm listening to this graphic, loudmouthed conversation while I'm supposed to be enjoying the brewery's beer. Yeah, I'm not a prude or anything, but this was completely unacceptable. Then to make matters worse, the bartender left. Like literally left the bar and didn't come back for I don't know how long. I was on a schedule, so it got to the point where I was obviously not able to get food there. I almost walked out without paying, because frankly I didn't know what else to do. Just as I was about to make this decision, the guy came back and asked what I wanted next. So I said, "the check," paid for my one beer with no tip and left as quickly as possible. Kind of stunk because their beer seemed pretty good, but I guess I'll never know, because I will NEVER go back here, unless the owner publicly announces and shows proof that he has fired the current bartending staff and hired a new one, or at least counsels them in how to actually tend a bar. I'm not trying to be an a-hole, but I am the customer and you are at work. Some conversations/attitudes/behaviors are maybe best kept to a more private setting.

I do not recommend Threes Brewing. (2,535 characters)

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The Charleston Beer Exchange

in Charleston, South Carolina

4.73/5  rDev -2.5% | rAvg: 4.85
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Small place, but don't let that fool you. I dusted off a bottle of Rodenbach Rouge in the back and brought it forward. So no shortage of selection here. (154 characters)

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Four Winds Fine Food Market

in Pensacola, Florida

4.51/5  rDev +5.1% | rAvg: 4.29
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Nice owner, has a wide variety of beer from all over the world. I was able to get some local beer (cigar city) as well as a couple of singles that people somehow passed up in his singles cooler (basically leftovers). Mediterranean style deli, food is awesome...grab some grub while you are there. They fed me samples over and over while i walked around and looked through their selection. Nice people. (403 characters)

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Sir James Pub

in Port Washington, Wisconsin

4.97/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.71
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

704 beers were in stock when I arrived! I really love this place, it has easy to sort threw beer menus by name or style which makes it easy to find the perfect beer(s). The owner also does a nice job pairing a beer for you if you become overwhelmed by the amount of choices.

This is by far the best beer bar in the state that I have traveled to, a must visit for anyone who is into import beer, craft beer and anyone looking for rare or limited releases in addition cellar aged beers to.

Also for individuals getting into craft beer they also have tastings every Thursday night and bar take overs from various breweries from within and outside the state.

I would love to call this place home! In all my travels to beer bars I have never ever come upon an assortment like this, Sir James is beer heaven on earth! Prost! (826 characters)

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Russian River Brewing Company

in Santa Rosa, California

4.93/5  rDev +10.8% | rAvg: 4.45
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Awesome selection of beers and really a great deal as every beer is $4.75 or $4 except for the sours which are $6-7. We got the full tasting board which comes with 19 beer samples. Pizza was excellent as well. (211 characters)

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Public House

in San Francisco, California

4.04/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.19
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Made a visit last night before the Giants and Cubs game.

The space was well mapped out but the ambience was nothing special.

The quality was good as the food and beer we had was flavorful.

The service was good. Our server was knowledgeable, quick, and friendly.

The selection was good as their was 24 handles in addition to a bottle selection that included Firestone Walker Anniversary and St. Bernardus ABT 12.

Food was good. The wings were tasty but expensive and the burger was delicious.

Overall it was a good experience. (534 characters)

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Fools Gold

in New York, New York

4.75/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.75
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Probably my favorite craft beer bar in NYC

Atmosphere was great, long bar on one side with some tables on the other

Beer selection is one of the best I have seen in NYC or the east coast

Food was excellent

Service - each time I went here the staff knew what they had on tap and could make a recommendation when asked.

I would definitely go back and recommend to friends. (375 characters)

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Pacific Brewing Company

in San Diego, California

4.3/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.3
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Located in an industrial park, garage bay door open on both ends, brew setup on the side with some fermenters, raggae music in the background and a few flat screen TVs behind the bar area.

Chris (owner) went over the different beers and was very friendly.

Beers - They serve their own, which they had about 10 on tap when I was there.
I sampled 3:
Simma' Down Stout - 3.5 out of 5
Bombora IPA - 3.5 out of 5
Hernandez Pale Ale - 3.5 out of 5 (444 characters)

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Green Flash Brewing Co.

in San Diego, California

4.58/5  rDev +7.8% | rAvg: 4.25
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere - Very cool, brewery and ware house are open to the bar area, did not make it to the patio because there were so many people in there.

Beer - Brewery only beers plus guest beers. When I was there they had 4 Alpine Brewery beers on tap.

Food - Nothing while I was there, heard they had food trucks on the weekend.

Parking was a challenge, small lot that is gated in an industrial park. (398 characters)

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Small Bar

in San Diego, California

4.7/5  rDev +7.6% | rAvg: 4.37
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Atmosphere - Welcoming to folks who like bars. Some rockabilly / punk/ old school rock playing in the background.

Beer - Great selection, found this place because they had RR Pliny on tap, found via Taphunter app/ site.

Food - Cheeseburger and fries were top notch. Hot the spot

Wish I could have spent more time in here, but I only had time to grab a burger, Pliny the Elder and catch my flight back east. (410 characters)

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Ballast Point Brewing Company - Miramar

in San Diego, California

4.73/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.42
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Located in an industrial park, lots of parking available.

Beer - Great selection, lots of brewery only variations

Food - Excellent, got a pizza, gastro pub quality

Service - The two waitstaff knew all about the beers and what was new, etc.

Atmosphere - The first thing I noticed were the two copper boil kettles that they had shipped over from Germany.

I would go back and recommend to friends. (400 characters)

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Stone Brewing Co.

in Escondido, California

4.83/5  rDev +8.1% | rAvg: 4.47
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

No sign anywhere....only reason I knew I was at the right place was the large party bus that had "Stone or Bust" written on the side.

Did the tour, it was informative, but felt like it was missing something compared to other brewery tours, could have been that it was a busy Sunday, they sell out a few hours in advance. Got a taster glass and about 5 or 6 pours....worth the $3.

Beer - It's Stone, I don't need to say more....I was surprised by the selection of non-Stone brews that they had. Amazing selection, they need to make a hotel across the street (rumor I heard was in planning).

Food - Excellent, very broad range, picky eaters beware, you will either starve or expand your horizons.

Atmosphere - Awesome

It was an experience. (742 characters)

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Pizza Port Carlsbad

in Carlsbad, California

4.5/5  rDev +4.4% | rAvg: 4.31
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Lots of IPAs offered, had a hard time choosing, so I relied on the bar staff.

Beers:
Ponto Session IPA 3.25 out of 5
Stratosphere IPA 3.75 out of 5
The Fish IPA 3.5 out of 5

Food: Had a BBQ chicken pizza, which was excellent.

Negative:
It's located on the main drag, so park and walk
Bottle shop opened at 5pm (313 characters)

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Burley Oak Brewery

in Berlin, Maryland

4.8/5  rDev +8.4% | rAvg: 4.43
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Visited while on vacation close by. Met by friendly, outgoing staff. Sat at the bar and sampled 7-8 of their beers, which were all either very good or outstanding. Fun, comfortable atmosphere for all ages. Will definitely return when back in town. (247 characters)

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The Beer Cellar

in Glen Ellyn, Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +6.3% | rAvg: 4.61
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This is what a craft beer store should be, notice I said craft beer and not liquor store. Every other store in the area has the mindset of liquor and cheap beer first, craft beer second(most would probably even throw cigarettes and hookah supplies in before good beer).

You aren't going to find any sub 80 rated beers in here(old, better rating system, God only knows now). And you're likely to find something in there to try that, unless you trade, you won't try anywhere else. In the last couple months, Dave has tasted out Other Half, Toppling Goliath, 18th St, De Garde, Jackie O's, etc... At most you'd be lucky if your average middle-eastern mini-mart opened up a Miller Fortune for tasting...

One of the few places in the suburbs that gets Pipeworks special releases, Transient beers, and other low limited locals. And if you're unsure on what you're looking for, just ask Dave, he will point you in the direction your palate is looking for immediately without stumbling over himself on styles. (1,004 characters)

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Cave Mountain Brewing Company

in Windham, New York

3.86/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.49
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Solid stop in an area with VERY few other options.
The food is actually surprisingly good - solid burgers, good cuban sandwich etc.
beers arent going to change your life but its a decent selection with some of their darker beers - english mild, oatmeal stout etc having a bit of an edge over the others - makes sense as they seem to cater more towards the cold weather crowds. (378 characters)

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Hopleaf

in Chicago, Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -6.2% | rAvg: 4.36
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

A great place not to far from Wrigley. Stopped in there twice on a recent trip. They have a very good and diverse selection.
The place is bigger than it seems, and both times it seemed packed, but we found seats.
The foods were good and they source some local foods.
The beer selection was very good.
All in all a great place to frequent when in the area! (356 characters)

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Tørst

in Brooklyn, New York

4.3/5  rDev -5.5% | rAvg: 4.55
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

A great place to enjoy quality brews, especially Evil Twin, which is the featured brewery. (The owner is the founder of Evil Twin). They have Danish food(the owner is Danish) that is mostly small and for snacking. The service is good and friendly. The decor is perhaps a little sterile and chi chi for me. It looks more like a fancy cocktail bar. Nevertheless, this is a cool place to hang and to enjoy excellent quality off centered brews. (440 characters)

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Upland Brewing Company

in Bloomington, Indiana

3.38/5  rDev -12.4% | rAvg: 3.86
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Very casual atmosphere, with casual staff and good food. However, I was disappointed with the tap selection: eight lines is nothing to scoff at, but there were few offerings that one couldn't pick up at the store in individuals and try in the comfort of your own home. (268 characters)