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Collins Pub

in Seattle, Washington

4.17/5  rDev +2.5% | Avg: 4.07
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I stopped in here for a couple beers while checking out Seattle with the wife on vacation.

V: Fairly typical pub vibe. A few TVs with baseball on.

Ser: Solid, not spectacular

Sel.: Good selection, not great. They did offer several local beers, which I always find valuable as a visitor.

Overall, if you are in the area looking for a beer I'd recommend checking out Collins Pub, but I don't think it will become your new favorite bar.

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Chuck's 85th St. Market

in Seattle, Washington

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

V: It is a combination bottle shop/bar with a great neighborhood/local feel. Despite being busy with a large selection of bottles for everyone to look through, a bar and growler fills, Chuck's was laid back.

Ser: Bartender suffered through my wife's new interest in beers and repeated request for tasters. Granted the box of bottles I bought probably helped the cause.

Sel.: The best bottle selection I witnessed while in Seattle along with a tap list that offered several locals I could not find elsewhere.

Overall, I think this is my first 5 star place review. I cannot think of a single way to improve Chuck's in Greenwood. I love this shop so much, if I ever moved to Seattle, I'd try to live near Chuck's so I could walk to it.

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Ace Beer Growlers

in Newnan, Georgia

4.9/5  rDev -0.4% | Avg: 4.92
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This is a great growler and bottleshop. They have about 30 taps and do a great job of featuring GA craft breweries along with national craft breweries as well. I always like their selection and they keep a good stock of bombers and six packs. The staff is always helpful and keeps the place running smooth. I highly recommend taking a trip for a growler fill up.

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1.9% | Avg: 4.12
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Well I finally made it over to the Germantown Avenue location although they've been open for years. My wife's been there at least 5 times! Anyway...

It looks pretty much like all of the other 11 locations, but perhaps a little more refined with less murals on the walls. And people really seem to like when they can open the doors and sit in the fresh air overlooking the street.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Iron Hill knows what they're doing and they run a tight ship with their only weakness being their service staff (which, of course, is young and always changing). The beer and food are always solid though, and my daughter and I were both pleased with the margharita pizza we split, and neither of us walked away hungry (although we were just in for a quick lunch).

I also happened to run into brewer Chris Lapierre on my way in as he was wheeling out a trash can full of spent grain. In my opinion he's one of their better brewers (particularly as they've lost Bob Barrar), and I really enjoyed his Schipperke Belgian session IPA.

I look forward to stopping back, but I'm not sure when that'll happen as I'm continually drawn to another brewpub on the other side of Germantown Ave. It's certainly worth a visit though!

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Beer Girl

in Hapeville, Georgia

4.73/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.73
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

This is a super clean Growler and Bottleshop. The staff is very knowlegable and helpful. Their selection does rotate on approximately 30 taps frequently with a good balance of classic styles from local and national craft breweries. They also do a good job of keeping a couple cutting edge offerings on tap as well. I highly recommend a trip. The one con is the initial cost of their growler (15.99 I think). It is a beautiful growler and they give 5% off a fillup.

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South Street Brewery

in Charlottesville, Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +5.2% | Avg: 3.85
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

My family stopped into South Street Brewery on our way back to Philadelphia from Washington D.C. It's a nice looking, highly polished place inside of an old industrial building. It has the currently popular "modern-industrial-retro" look with exposed brick, wooden support beams, blonde wood tabletops, and grey steel. It works.

We started out with good service as Colin R was friendly, catered a little bit to my kids, and suggested beers for both my wife and I. He seemed quite genuine, which really made the whole service feel more comfortable and "real" than when when you have a server who's more robotic and just going through the motions.

We started with "VEGGIE WONCHOS" which are fried wontons with vegetarian chili and smoked gouda cheese sauce. I thought they were a little lacking for $11, but they were a hit with my kids. Our entrees included Pot Roast Grilled Cheese ($13), Three Cheese Mac n' Cheese ($14), and 2 orders of Fish & Chips ($17). Everything was good, and my daughter and I could have easily have split an order of fish & chips rather than ordering our own, but I still felt it was a bit pricey. Our bill for 4 people with 3 drinks was $97.82 before tipping. Still, I saw it as an entertainment expense - a special treat - and we were all happy. I would certainly not dine here on a regular basis though.

The beers were quite good, and I was pleased by that. Had the quality of the beers been off the whole meal would have seemed slanted and over-priced... I would certainly stop in here for a beer on a regular basis!

Overall, a bit pricey, but ultimately satisfying.

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Hill Farmstead Brewery

in Greensboro Bend, Vermont

4.6/5  rDev +2.2% | Avg: 4.5
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Driving out here, I honestly thought my dad and I were lost twice. Just keep going. The farm area is beautiful. There is no Wifi or signal even. But the people are friendly. The beer is tasty. Do the sampler, get in line for growlers. It is a slow process. But it is very worth it.

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R & L Liquors

in Lewes, Delaware

5/5  rDev +8.9% | Avg: 4.59
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

After a 30 hour solo road trip to find great beer and visit amazing breweries and coming up with very few finds, I found this place by happenstance while staying at Dogfish Inn. Tom the owner was just as an eager and enthusiastic beer nerd as myself. He led me to East Coast beers I had only seen on reddit and in my nerdy beer dreams. Also had a great recommendation for a nearby brewery Burley Oak. Great small place, great service and such a surprising selection. A definite stop if you are in the Rehoboth Beach area.

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Comrade Brewing Company

in Denver, Colorado

4.19/5  rDev -0.9% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Cool place with food trucks outside. Eyed me as I walked in and immediately asked if they could get me something. Great service. Came because of the hype around the wet hop superpower IPA. It was good but not my fave. Tried the standard superpower, also good but mostly just super bitter. Didn't catch the citrus or pine notes as much as I expected to from what I'd read. You really have to focus to notice them at all. Still a solid, bitter IPA. Got a growler of the standard superpower. Dude just filled it straight from the tap... (Yikes!) As expected, kinda flat when I opened it later that night. Poor form there in my opinion, maybe I'm picky. I dunno. Anyway, overall a good spot with good IPA. Didn't try the other offerings so can't comment.

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Ornery Beer Company Public House

in Woodbridge, Virginia

2.1/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 2.1
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 1

It's a shame that such high hopes for a first of it's kind place in the area were immediately brought down by poor training of servers, and cooks. Poor execution of the food, and lastly dark and bad design elements.

The servers need better training on the menu items and the beers themselves. The cooks need to be trained properly to not overseason food, and more importantly not overcook/burn it.

If you build it they will come is true, but if these issues are not addressed don't expect them to ever come back again. The beer selection is limited and understandable. From the flight selection two stood out. The IPA offerings were pretty much it. I'll take another stab at visiting to dine, instead opting for a growler fill.

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La Taberna Lúpulo

in San Juan, Puerto Rico

4.33/5  rDev +3.1% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Nice place and thanks to BA for the listing!

Not that parking is a nightmare here. I found a spot north along the road to El Morro that the tourists\locals don't use. Once you get past that, you head in to find a craft oasis that is really cozy. 40 taps approximately of all kinds of stuff, plus a reasonable bottle list. Heck 4 Founders taps was impressive plus Stone one off's an some import draft. I went with a couple local beers (FOK Bomb is a tasty stout). Also had the empanadas which was a treat. They do not take AMEX, so be warned. Overall a highlight of my work trip in San Juan.

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Wild On Waiheke Cafe & Restaurant

in Auckland, New Zealand (Aotearoa)

3.89/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Brewery, winery, and cafe on the island. Four beers on tap brewed on site. Other handcraft beers in bootle to consume on site or take away. On a sunny day, the out door seating and tables are full as families and tourists alike enjoy bocce ball, large chess and even archery! Beautiful vineyard setting with tasty wine. No need to rent a car, the public bus stop is at the bottom of their driveway.

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Thai Archer Restaurant

in Auckland, New Zealand (Aotearoa)

2.95/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 2.95
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Limited selection of beer from Thailand and China. Full liquor bar and local wines. Food was average at best. Don't go on a Saturday - their takeaway business created unconscionable waits for food; the place was packed, and nobody was eating! Appropriate decor and the beer was cold...

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in Geneva, Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -10% | Avg: 3.2
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 1 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Great little Swedish pub but unfortunately they make some of the worst beer I've ever had including homebrew. Every style I had was cloudy, not like a hefe but like dirty water with very thin color kind of cloudy. Every one had major off flavors. It was a shame because a brewery would be perfect for the pub ambiance but they should seriously stop making beer or hire a new brewer. Don't try and sell beer that tastes like the first several batches of homebrew.

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Roundabout Bar & Brasserie

in Auckland, New Zealand (Aotearoa)

3.5/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.5
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

This feels like a locals pub, with several older guys standing at the bar, nursing pints and watching rugby on the tele. Large space with indoor booths and outdoor seating. Just a few NZ national beers on tap, with a few more in bottle. Big video game room in the back. Did not sample any food.

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Union Brewing Company

in Carmel, Indiana

4.21/5  rDev +3.4% | Avg: 4.07
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Great little micro brewery. Nice taproom with room outside and right off the monon. Friendly helpful staff and a good selection of beers. What really sets These guys apart is the majority of their beers are conditioned in and served from casks. Some of the happier beers served on cask were a little odd - kind of like having IPAs on nitro, it isn't for everyone but a really cool experience and the have a handful on CO2 if that is more to your liking. Overall neat little place doing some very unique things in the Indy area.

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Brew on Quay

in Auckland, New Zealand (Aotearoa)

4.4/5  rDev +5% | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Large pub about 2 blocks from the ferry docks downtown. Large comfortable front room, then large bar area and lots of seating. Over 80 bottled beer from all over the world including USA. Nine taps of NZ national brands and imports. Friendly helpful staff, but the real treat is the extensive printed beer menu with great descriptions. Classic rock on the intercom. Definitely would hang out here.

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Bert's Better Beers

in Hooksett, New Hampshire

4.51/5  rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.52
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

This store is great, owner and staff are very helpful. A must go if you're in the area. They carry many hard to find and limited releases. Mix and match as well

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Garrison Brewing Company

in Halifax, Nova Scotia

2.89/5  rDev -12.4% | Avg: 3.3
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3

Stepped off the cruise ship and this place was literally right across the street. I wasn't expecting much, in terms of quality craft beer, but I stopped in anyways. They only serve half pint tasters. They have a large cooler with bottles for sale, but you can not buy them to drink on the premises. There were a few lurkers at the small bar, but they weren't busy, but it took a while to get the attention of a tender to get a pour. The IPA I ordered was poor, so I drank that and left.
The oddest thing about this brewery is the amount of merchandise they were selling. It was absurd, the most merchandise I have ever seen at a brewery... by far.
Someone needs to tell them to focus more on the quality of their beer, and less on the amount of merchandise they can brand. Unless, of course, they are content with being a novelty brewery for cruise goers.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.

in Munster, Indiana

4.16/5  rDev -3.7% | Avg: 4.32
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I enjoyed their beer. The place was a little messy due to the construction at the time( March 2012). Yeah it was a while back. To be fair to them the atmosphere was not as great as it could have been due to the construction. Would I visit again? Yes, but only if I was in the area. I would not make a special trip. I do not want to sound negative, but some of the folks there where a little "dickish".

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Yazoo Brewing Beer Station - Nashville Airport

in Nashville, Tennessee

3.56/5  rDev +0.6% | Avg: 3.54
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

I'm not really even sure why this is listed on BA. Yes, there's a tiny little kiosk selling Yazoo beers - and that's totally welcome - but it is a tiny little kiosk. There's no food, and there's really not a lot of room. I guess it's good to know it's there though, because at least then you have some knowledge of your options; and these are popping up in other airports as well. Vibe? Really? Quality is about as good as you can get out of a True rolling fridge. Service... can be surprisingly limited given the limited amount of customers. Selection... surprisingly good given that we're talking about a tiny kiosk from one brewery.

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The Beer Temple

in Chicago, Illinois

4.82/5  rDev +2.1% | Avg: 4.72
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

World-class selection, great attention to detail and excellent customer service makes this one of the best, if not the best bottle shops I've ever visited. Chris was warm and welcoming and free with the spot-on suggestions. You could tell the guy loves beer and wasn't just trying to make a sale. And despite his knowledge, I never felt talked down to.

The store was clean, neat and well laid out. There's plenty of rare beer to be found and the prices are not extravagant, but be prepared to spend if you're not used to this kind of selection. Like a kid in a candy store I spent way more than I should have, but it was worth every penny.

Hope to return sooner than later.

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White Squirrel Brewery

in Bowling Green, Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -7.3% | Avg: 4.1
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This place is local for me and I have been three or four times since they have opened. The crowd is a lot younger than me. The service and food is good, although I feel the food is overpriced. Their beer selection falls short, they only offer three beers that they brew and not one is an IPA. Their inhouse brews are resonably priced while their guest beers are way to high. I will continue to visit them because I want to support a local brew. I just hope they can offer more styles in the future.

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Founders Brewing Company

in Grand Rapids, Michigan

4.15/5  rDev -5.9% | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I have visited three times, took nine hours to get there. The beer, food are great. The service was a little slow, but I attribute that to the fact that they were slammed. The tap selection has always been really good.

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in København, Denmark

4.29/5  rDev +0.2% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Nice bar close to the main station. 60 beers on tap, mostly from Denmark. Tasters available. Wide range of styles. Service was great, atmosphere was nice, enjoyed my visit. No food available. You should make time to visit.

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