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Banger Brewing

in Las Vegas, Nevada

4.04/5  rDev -2.2% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Small 5bbl brewing system brewpub on the entrance to Fremont Street experience. 10 or so of their own beers, and a handful of guest drafts as well. Pretty solid beers. I had Cabernet barreled brown and a bourbon barreled stout. Both great. Nice staff, good location. Good times.

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Carton Brewing Company

in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.1% | Avg: 4.45
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited several times starting in October, 2015. So happy to have quality craft brewers in New Jersey.

V: Very friendly, pro-beer drinkers' type of place. Not very large, but lines move quickly and there is room to sample, talk, etc.

Q: High-quality product across a wide array of styles.

S: Knowledgeable, friendly staff. Short wait times, always happy to answer questions. Interactive on Facebook, which is where you check to see what is available.

S: Always 4-8 styles on tap for sample flights and growler fills, and 2-6 styles in cans. They are popular, so there usually is a limit on cans, but never less than 2 4-packs, so always worth the trip.

For those not from the area, take a short trip to the Mount Mitchill overlook nearby to see the stunning 9/11 Memorial as well as great views (weather-permitting) of Sandy Hook and New York City.

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Mission Dolores

in Brooklyn, New York

4.54/5  rDev +10.5% | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

I really like this place! It has all the criteria necessary for a beer bar to be great. First, the atmosphere: Mission Dolores is the least pretentious place in Brooklyn. There are some games in the courtyard, through which you pass upon entry. The bar area is homey; there are a few tables and a small bar that seems to have enough room for everyone. The patrons are eclectic: beer lovers, local bar flys and couples with kids - who were well mannered (unlike booger ranchers in other area venues.) It must be the atmosphere.
The beer selection was superb, offering a wide variety of local crafts. The bartender was attentive, professional and knew her craft. Plenty of water with nary an empty glass. While the only food offered were potato chips, this was not an issue, since you can get food anywhere on Fourth Avenue.

Definitely worth a stop. To quote Jerry Seinfield: 'DELORES!"

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

in Brooklyn, New York

3.5/5  rDev -10% | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4.25

This is a BBQ joint. You come for the food. Nothin else. It is packed with families. Packed with locals looking for a quick pick-up. (A BBQ joint, really?) That said, the beer selection is pretty decent if you can get a beer, since the bartenders are overwhelmed by drunken morons ordering Donkey Kicks, Horny Nun, or some other watered down cocktail. Could not wait to get out. If this is your thing, go for it.... if not, forget it!

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Threes Brewing

in Brooklyn, New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.2% | Avg: 4.04
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Threes is a relatively new place situated in an industrial block near the open sewer that is the Gowanus Canal. Look carefully as there is not much signage. This is a very attractive place: there is the bar area , sleek, intimate and comfortable with folks on dates, hanging out or just relaxing with some fresh brew. Along wit their own beers, they offer several guests, including Farmstead Hill from Vermont - relax, they had run out. Food is available as well.

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Buschenschank Brooklyn

in Brooklyn, New York

3.48/5  rDev -9.1% | Avg: 3.83
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

This is a German place that is about a few blocks from the Great Bar Harry. I swung by here while waiting for the latter to open. It was a cold day and I needed warmth and sustenance. Buschenschank is hard to find as there is no signage except for a chalkboard sign on the sidewalk. It is a large place with a formal dining room separated from the small bar. Plenty of locals bar flys, Brooklyn douchebags and boring couples with their little snot monkeys seem to make up the basic clientele. The beer selection was to be expected; a few standard German lagers, Stella Artois and a house beer. They had a brunch going on and I settled for some delicious steak and eggs. Very good. The waitress was very attentive as well. Not a bad place, but not a great destination - not here, where there are so many other places from which to choose.

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Bar Great Harry

in Brooklyn, New York

4.24/5  rDev -0.9% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Located in the Cobble Hill neighborhood, BGH is an atmospheric little venue, dark and cozy; there is the bar and the usual assortment of tables and such. (It kinda reminded me of the old Blind Tiger on Hudson Street.)
Low-key and inviting, to say the least. Excellent selection of taps, which include several local Brooklyn brews. Attentive bartender ready with a new pour or some more water. Be sure to include this on any Brooklyn Bar crawl.

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Fusion Fine Wine & Spirits

in Pace, Florida

3.21/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.42
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3

I didn't add this place, but it looks like I am the first to review it. Has a typical small liquor store feel to it. A decent selection of six packs and bombers, a small number of imports and a very small (maybe 8 beers or so) mix a six. Nothing else is available as singles. Prices were on par for the area. I had no contact with staff until checking out. She seemed friendly enough, but knew nothing about beer. Overall, a mediocre store.

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Elysian Bar

in Seattle, Washington

3.98/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.04
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

I finally made it to the Elysian Bar in the home of the old Noc-Noc, a bar which I patronized relatively frequently when it was still open. It's all nice and new inside, lots of blonde wood and comfy seating. The beer menu featured all the Elysian standards, plus maybe a dozen or so rotating or seasonal beers, of which I tried a couple unfamiliar to me. I also had an order of fish and chips, which was good, but was a heck of a lot more chips than fish.

This was a Friday night, so it was busy, but service was quick and professional if not especially warm. The brewery down by the stadium definitely has a more beer-centric feel, but Elysian Bar's convenient location makes it easier to get at their more interesting seasonal stuff. I'll definitely be back.

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Lookout Brewing Co.

in Black Mountain, North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +15.2% | Avg: 3.63
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Nano brewery with a lot of passion in the beer. Small bar, tables and some comfortable furniture. Nice outside area with tables and chairs, weather permitting. Mostly locals, bringing the small town vibe into the tasting room.

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Cloudburst Brewing

in Seattle, Washington

4/5  rDev -4.3% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I visited Cloudburst brewing recently, after they had only been open a couple of weeks. I tried all 3 of the IPAs they had available, and enjoyed them all. I was also impressed by the number of beers they had available on tap -- nearly a dozen, quite good for a brand new brewery.

I was there on a raucous Friday night but despite the crowd and lines, the staff did a good job of keeping people served. The space is rather spartan and industrial with a rather run-down look; all function and no form -- though that's not a terrible thing for a small brewery. I look forward to returning on a quieter day.

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Sharp Edge Creekhouse

in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -0.9% | Avg: 4.47
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Last Sunday, a sunny Sunday here in NW PA, was so pleasant that we decided to go on a 90 minute drive for lunch. We arrived at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse (I always thought it Sharp Edge Creekside) about 1400, just in time for the ½ off on draft Belgian brews. When we arrived the place was nearly empty – just three other couples. On other trips the place has been nearly full to packed – no waiting this trip! We sat in the downstairs dining area, off the bar, but with a decent view of the taps. Our waitress was also acting as bartender but, due to the low population density, service was excellent. In fact, within 45 minutes, we were the only customers. We have been here many times over the last eight years, and service has always been good to excellent downstairs – the upstairs dining area is more problematic due to the steep narrow staircase and the distance from the bar and kitchen.
The food is usually excellent, mostly being bastardizations of Belgium stuff altered for ‘Murrican tastes – I usually get the Belgium burger which is an excellent blend of ground lamb and sirloin, spiced, on some type of roll (Who cares about the bread – not I!) with a side of pomme frites with garlic aloli, head and shoulders above their regular fries or sweet potato fries. I’ve tried other things on their menu, but I keep coming back to the Belgium burger. They routinely have mussels for you filter feeder freaks.
But back to the beer! The selection of Belgian brews both on tap and bottled seems to be slowly declining – the first few trips we made were prior to a trip to Belgium in order for me to more familiarize myself with what to expect in Brussels. They currently have 45 taps but only about 12 were overflowing with goodness from Belgium. They also have a large selection of local PA beers as well as some German, Brit, and a few other common countries – nothing too exciting. However, on this trip I consumed draft Rodenbach foederbier, served in over filled 10 oz tulips. Wonderful! So damn good, in fact, that I can’t read my notes to review it. Mrs. Lizard drove home.
We will be visiting again.

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Ballast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen

in San Diego, California

4.3/5  rDev -5.5% | Avg: 4.55
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

While beer is not actually brewed on-site, this is a tasting room-restaurant located in Little Italy: the venue is a large room with plenty of space to eat, drink and schmooze. The large L-shape bar is the center here; above the bar is the currently changing draft listing of delicious (30+) Ballast Point brews. Of the many breweries in San Diego, I consider BP one of the best. There is food available, but no table service (it can be ordered at the bar, however.)
Great service, excellent grub and some superlative beer (at decent prices) in a fun atmosphere makes BP a must stop for anyone on a San Diego beercation. I recommend the following beers: Piper Down Scottish Ale, Black Martin Porter, Double Dorado IPA and a wonderful stout that goes by the name of The Commodore.

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Harry's Hofbrau

in Redwood City, California

4.75/5  rDev +5.1% | Avg: 4.52
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

I have not eaten here yet so I cannot speak to the quality of the food but this is my kind of place. Lots of space, lots of taps, nice bar to sit at or lots of tables if you want to sit with a group. Service is great and there is always something on tap to get excited about.

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Gourmet Haus Staudt

in Redwood City, California

4.58/5  rDev +0.2% | Avg: 4.57
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Awesome spot with a good beer selection. When it isn't packed it is one of my favorite places I have ever gotten a beer. Great (and huge) pretzels and solid food. Only downside is how popular it is and how crowded it gets on the weekends.

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Bottom Sip Liquors

in Romeoville, Illinois

4.36/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.36
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

This is a smaller liquor store tucked into a strip mall just off Weber Road in Romeoville. There is plenty of parking right out front, with craft beer signage and the words "Beer Geeks Welcome" scrolled across the front giving us a pretty nice welcome!

Inside, the craft beers are generally down the left hand wall, with new release stuff on a special shelving unit up front. The rest of the aisle is sorted by brewery. There are some coolers across the back wall with a few craft beers inside, but the bulk of the good beers are on the open shelves.

The manager's name is Mike, and he is super friendly and helpful. He is knowledgeable about beer and is willing to share what he knows about various beers he's tried and is happy to recommend what's new and good.

As I mentioned, this is just a small store, but they carry a very good selection for the size of the space. The selection is mostly local/regional craft brewery stuff with the usual large craft brewery beers in there too (Lagunitas, Firestone, Sierra Nevada, DFH, New Belgium, etc). There are also a few nice imports there as well. Last time I was in, I saw a couple 1.5L bottles of Rochefort 8.

All in all a great little store and a welcome source for good beer in a town that is lacking good beer options.

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Stone Brewing Co.

in Escondido, California

4.64/5  rDev +3.3% | Avg: 4.49
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Finally was able to visit during a trip to California and it was totally worth the wait. Its easy to find but there was no giant sign outside like I expected. Showed up for a lunch before a 2pm tour and it was a great decision.

I was able to sit outside and the gardens are absolutely beautiful. Nice stone tables through the eating area with a bar area off to the side. Nice and peaceful outside with a good mix of customers and great customer service.

The food was really good, check out the Crime and Punishment preztels

The bar area is nice with a lot of "other" beers on tap besides there own which is nice to see. They had a few special beers on brewed by the staff and since it was Monday they were all available. All of their beers were spot on. The GoTo IPA was obviously the freshest I have had and was simply off the charts.

The Tour was good, the guide talked about the process and showed us 2 areas of the main building. They bashed Ballast Point a little bit for being sellouts and answered a lot of questions. The tour ended with 4-5 tasters and was definitely worth the time.

I highly recommend visiting Stone Brewery and Gardens, check out everything you can there. Besides there beers being amazing the place is great. Cheers!

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Brick House Tavern + Tap

in San Antonio, Texas

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

The Brick House is part of a franchise chain of restaurants that now have 26 locations throughout 10 states. Their stores are sharp looking with a modern-industrial feel, sporting brick walls, wood, and black steel. Most of the locations are in Texas so I'm not sure why there aren't more reviews for them.

They pride themselves on service, and you can't fault them there. Additionally, they seem to be very well run (I've been to 4 locations in 4 states now).

The food is what you'd expect. It's very good but it's not great, nor does it try to be. They simply deliver quality comfort foods: salads, meatballs, burgers, steaks, pizza, fish & chips, etc.

The beer follows suit, and although they have taps there's nothing that will stun you unless you're just starting out. There was a time, however, when their selection would have been considered amazing.

Overall it's just an average restaurant - a pretty good restaurant - but not really a beer bar.

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Freetail Brewing Company

in San Antonio, Texas

4.18/5  rDev +1.2% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

While I'm not impressed with the basic interior or the sound of the room (lots of hard surfaces) at Freetail, it's OK. I'd rather sit outside though. I appreciate that they get a college crowd, and that they support that, and that's what the interior and decor seem to be designed for. I'm not against it, I just want you to know what to expect. The big parking lot is a bonus.

They do have some pretty decent pizza though, and let's face it, we're going for the beer. At least the beers you can't get somewhere else pretty readily. I've found the bar staff to be quite good, well above average, and that makes a difference to me. But again, back to the beer, that's what seals the deal for me: 15 on tap with 4 guests to boot... not bad, and more than half of those are rotating or one-off specialties. Worth a trip.

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Ballast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen

in San Diego, California

4.35/5  rDev -4.4% | Avg: 4.55
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Lucked into a visit on Victory at Sea day at this Little Italy location. It was a true treat.

Tons of variants on tap and a nice price for some tasters, a bottle to go and a collector's goblet.

I was pleased with the food, especially the poke and the duck nachos, although the price pushes the boundaries a bit.

It's nice that Bottlecraft is close by so one can hit both in one visit.

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Peabody's Wine & Beer Merchants

in Boone, North Carolina

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

I honesty can't imagine a better beer store. The selection is amazing. The people are incredible. The vibe is welcoming and laid back. If I lived in Boone I would go there way too often..but it'd be worth it.

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Kamala Brewing / Whip In

in Austin, Texas

4.04/5  rDev -4.5% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Look through the other reviews and you'll get a very good idea of what's going on, they all seem to be right on. But, if you haven't been here before you've got to visit. It's just so kind of funky and weird that it's almost surreal; and if they fixed it up it would be totally ruined! To throw my another 2 cents into the ring, I actually loved their beers, and I didn't think that the Indian food was bad at all - I've certainly had better, but it was still good.

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Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery

in San Antonio, Texas

4.35/5  rDev -1.1% | Avg: 4.4
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery is located in the Pearl Arts Center just a few steps south of The Granary.

It's beautifully done inside combining original "distressed" parts of the old Brewer's Association building with reclaimed wood, steel, brown leather-backed chairs, wood or marble topped tables, and a zinc-topped bar. The two "eras" don't exactly match, but that's part of the charm of it.

They offer 11 beers which include 4 or 5 regulars, but they're almost all quite interesting, and all quite good. The Texas Uncommon Ale is brewed with mint, a nod I assume to the restaurant's "Southern" style, and their "Fannie Porter" is spiced with curry, fenugreek, and coconut, which is clearly not a nod to their "southern" style! "Smoke On The Water" is probably their best know regular amongst the beer crowd, and it's a cherry wood smoked American Rye pale ale. They sell growlers, or they'll fill yours. A 32 oz. fill is $9.

The service is quite good, and tries to be exceptional (although I understand there can be hiccups), but the food is truly remarkable. If they're as popular now as they've been in the past you should probably try to get a reservation. Some dishes to note include: the Shrimp or Crawfish Boil ($21/$16), the Stewed Oxtail Pie ($18), Blackened Salt Water Catfish ($18), and Loncito's Peaceful Pork Cutlets ($18). For lunch beers are only $3, and the Catfish Po'Boy is hard to beat!

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Fort Point Market

in Boston, Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.2% | Avg: 3.94
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Hit up on way to trillium. Fresh beer, cans of night shift and plenty of Maine Beer Co beers. Talked up the guy as I 2as leaving and he got me stickers. Would go back again

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Cleophus Quealy Beer Company

in San Leandro, California

4.18/5  rDev -3.5% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Fun sized brewery tucked away into an industrial park. They usually have about 6 in-house beers, plus bottles to buy and take home. There is usually a food truck and live, folksy music. The venue is pet friendly and the vibe is laid back and chill.

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