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Hops & Pie

in Denver, Colorado

4.93/5  rDev +14.4% | Avg: 4.31
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

The beer is only out shined by the people! All the food is amazing, so freaking good. Take a step away from the pie and try their sandwiches, you will not be disappointed. On Saturday before 5 o' clock get 3 beers and 2 slices for a mere $16 such a deal.

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Little Machine

in Denver, Colorado

4.04/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.38
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I was really enjoying the vibe until the way too loud live music started. 15 people or so left immediately... That is my only complaint. Great people, great vibe, good beer.

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Stella Public House

in San Antonio, Texas

4.45/5  rDev +3% | Avg: 4.32
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stella is in the Blue Star Art Complex, which confused me a bit at first because I thought it might be a part of Blue Star Brewing, but it's not. Their actually on opposite sides of the strip of buildings.

Stella is a beautiful looking place with a superb modern-industrial design: concrete floor, wood, black metal, white subway tiles, etc. It's fresh and modern and clean. With that goes great service, and excellent food. It's pricey... but worth it. I thought my wife and I would just share a pizza but after she looked at the menu we had Prosciutto wrapped asparagus, bruschetta, and wild mushroom mac & cheese.

There are 30 beers on tap from across the country (and a few imports) including some really interesting stuff (Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple, Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Milk Stout), but mainly they're just looking for really good high quality beers (AleSmith Speedway Stout, Victory Dirt Wolf) when they choose their menu. They're looking for beers that pair with the food, not the boldest or craziest beers.

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Filling Station Tap Room

in San Antonio, Texas

4/5  rDev -7.6% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I've always wanted to open a bar or brewpub in an old gas station, but being from the northeast it probably wouldn't work because of the weather... you'd never be able to get enough people into such a small place as the Filling Station!

Anyway, I found some good conversation on my visit, and the bartender was great and played some great music as well. The tap selection was great but I'd just walked a long way and I was looking for something light and easy and didn't really come up with anything to my liking (too many IPAs and bigger beers). In the end, however, I think I chose an Imperial stout!

If I ever make it to San Antonio again I'll certainly check it out, and in the meantime I hope they do well.

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The Friendly Spot

in San Antonio, Texas

3.9/5  rDev -9.9% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Whomever started the Friendly Spot had a great idea! It's basically just food and beer stands on a big open patch of land. Of course bad weather hurts you, but there's a lot less to have to deal with - no washing dishes, etc.

As for the experience, I thought it was cool but it just doesn't match that of a bar or restaurant. I mean it's not like my friends and I don't get together for pool parties, porch parties, and outdoor hangs all the time with good beers and food. The one difference is we don't have hideous bathrooms! Ha! And, of course, it costs us much less.

As to the beer, great selection yes, but I personally have a hard time enjoying an unusual beer outside, and out of a plastic cup. And if I'm going to pay for it I might as well have it at home. So for me that part is kind of lost. I had something fairly basic and just chilled with my wife soaking up the atmosphere, and that's what I'd do again if I went back again... no special beers, just a trusted go-to.

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The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum

in San Antonio, Texas

3.84/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.84
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3

The Buckhorn Saloon isn't really a beer destination, but I wasn't disappointed in visiting because there are some bars that just have so much history or unique and interesting features that you've got to see them. McSorley's Old Ale House and the White Horse Tavern in New York come to mind.

It's been completely restored, but just based on the layout and the decor it really gives you a sense of what a large tavern would have been like in 1910. And there's a lot to look at, mainly hunting trophies, but even if that's not your thing the 78 point buck centered above the mirrored back bar isn't to be missed.

As for beer, there are a few locals on tap, and I enjoyed a Rahr & Sons "Ugly Pug Black Lager". Of course it is a bit of a tourist trap, and the only size available is the 20 oz. "fishbowl" for $8 - but hey, if you've never had one of those that's an experience in itself.

After you've visited the Alamo, and the Cenotaph that Ozzy pissed on, wander down and take a look. It doesn't cost anything to go in and sit at the bar!

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Microcervecería La Legendaria

in San Luis, Mexico

3.98/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.91
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Very nice place. Clean, contemporary decor and friendly attentive staff. About 6 beers on tap, 7 if you get lucky. Decent variety ranging from wit to blonde to IPA to porter. IPA is less hoppy than what we're used to in the states - but still decent. Segundo Imperio is a solid porter. Cool little elevated section where a band plays. Food is very good. Get the bone marrow tacos!
Safe area of SLP, too.

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Leo's Carry Out

in South Point, Ohio

1/5  rDev -71.8% | Avg: 3.55
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

i have been ripped off twice from this place and they young sufer type dude called me a liar after i was asking for them to check the registers and cameras its a shame how that guy treats customers

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Waxy O'Connor's

in San Antonio, Texas

2.92/5  rDev -13.9% | Avg: 3.39
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3

I was expecting the worst from Waxy O'Connor's, and there were some issues, but in general by the time I'd walked out I'd opened up to it. Keep in mind I only had beer, the food gets horrid reviews on YELP.

First off, any place along the riverwalk immediately gives me pause because I prefer to go for more authentic, less commercial places. I thought I had to give it a shot though. I'd walked the riverwalk up to the Pearl Brewery but I hadn't visited any places right on the walk.

There were a few tables seated on the patio outside, which is nice, but when I entered and took seat at the bar there was no bartender. There were other customers, however, looking around as I was. Eventually a manager appeared and asked them if they'd like something else, but he didn't step up and solve the problem by getting it himself, and simply disappeared to go find the missing barkeep. None of that really bothered me, I'm easy going, but when the bartender did show up he left me for last. A couple and another individual showed up and took a seat, and although I'd been there all along he approached them first. Oh well. Eventually I did get a beer, but I was on a schedule and having lost 20 minutes I was forced to rush it.

I chose a Busted Sandal Slippery Rock IPA because there wasn't much else on tap: Dos Equis, Blue Moon, Shiner Bock, Samuel Adams seasonal, Harp, Smithwick's, Guinness, Kilkenny, and Bridgeport Conviction Pale Ale. After waiting I had to make a run to the men's room, and while I was back there I noticed they had more taps along another section of bar but I didn't bother to note the selection as I'd already waited for so long and would only be having one.

As I enjoyed my beer I looked around. The bar itself was nice, but the back bar was kind of cheesy with painted scenes of "local Irish life". Otherwise it was fairly pleasant and nice with faux stone beneath the bar, mirrors, a wood and stone floor, dark woods all around, and frosted glass dividers to break up the banquet seating along the walls in the back. Would I call it an "authentic Irish Pub" as others have? Certainly not. Don't know where they've been. Not to Ireland I'm guessing.

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Twisted X Brewing Company

in Dripping Springs, Texas

3.98/5  rDev +5.6% | Avg: 3.77
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Twisted X makes up part of a pretty nice Hill Country brewery tour along with Middletons, Smoke'n Hops, Real Ale, Thirsty Planet, and Jester King. Unfortunately, although Twisted X is open every day, some of the others aren't so you'll have to check. Tours are Thursday and Friday at 4, and Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 3 with an extra tour on Saturday at 5.

It's a nice looking place with indoor and outdoor seating, and although they only serve beer there's usually a food truck. I assume they rotate, but when I was there it was Sauzy's Burger Truck. They do music and beer events as well, so check their online calendar.

The 10 beers on tap include their 4 regulars but also give you plenty of other choices including 2 specialties that are only available at the tasting room. The quality of the beers seems to be improving, and they're starting to do more interesting things.

Worth checking out.

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Propolis Brewing

in Port Townsend, Washington

4.93/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.93
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Propolis' new taproom's "soft opening" happened the weekend of Port Townsend's 12th annual Strange Brewfest. The occasion goes hand-in-hand with Propolis' offbeat brew themes. Nothing here is what you would consider a "normal" beer or ale. These are all very old-world inspired dry/vinous/mead-like herbal brews. Some are even brewed with birch sap, for example. Propolis also offers a very high proportion of sour, Brettanomyces yeast fermented brews that are all extremely well-crafted, balanced, and technically flawless.

The taproom has a mellow ambiance. Has a cool, retrofitted warehouse vibe. The decor, pricing, and craftsmanship of offerings all shout, "upscale!" The owners come across as friendly, down-to-earth, and sincere.

No guest taps. My only criticism is that there are no offerings for those of us who do not particularly like our ales sour and/or dry, but at the same time, this is arguably this brewhouse's greatest strength. I'm guessing that, if we are to get technical, most of their "ales" are actually braggots (that is most fermentables in brewing come from a mixture of barley and honey). Whatever they are doing at Propolis, they are doing what they specialize and excel at, and that is laudable.

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Big Picture Movie Theater

in Seattle, Washington

4.55/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.55
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

So I gave this a fairly high rating because I think everything is very good considering what this place is: A place where you take a date to watch a movie and drink at the same time. The selection and food aren't all that good compared to a brew pub - hell the food isn't even what you'd expect from your standard fare movie theater - but you can get beer (or whatever tickles your fancy) and drink away while you watch in an adults-only-environment. You can also order drinks from the bar to be delivered during the movie on a schedule. As a dating experience, you won't find another like it.

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Beer World

in Largo, Florida

3.34/5  rDev -15% | Avg: 3.93
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Funny place. Mostly cases but still manages to have a great selection. Found three singles incl. a Terrapin and Dogfish Head I'd been looking for...def capable and ironically in a spot the casual craft brew head would drive past...

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Total Wine & More

in Clearwater, Florida

4/5  rDev +3.1% | Avg: 3.88
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

You been to one TW you've been to them all...that's not a bad thing though...we visited this morning having just arrived from Canada...solid though though not comprehensive selection. Lots of great finds including the Guinness Brewers Project...staff were helpful and huge selection, though still managed to find several other beers on my hit list...

The Clearwater location I'm told isn't as good as the St Petes version but haven't been there in a few years...details in a few days...

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Odell Brewing Company

in Fort Collins, Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -9.1% | Avg: 4.49
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Went in for the tour, only to find that all the stops get taken almost immediately on Saturdays, so we ended up just getting a few beers from the taproom. Very, very crowded and lively. If you like classic American style ales, Odell is the best brewery for that in Colorado.

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Vinum Wine Shop

in Middleton, Massachusetts

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

Loved the atmosphere in Vinum! Every week they have new beers, the owners love to talk about beer. They have beer tastings every Wednesday night as well.

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Big Top Brewing Company

in Sarasota, Florida

4.12/5  rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.14
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

10 Miles south and east of the Ringling Museum sits Big Top Brewing in the shadow of Route 75. It's a small brewery with a small tasting room in a small industrial complex. As such there's no food, but I understand that there are occasionally food trucks. With that said it's a nice looking place inside. It's a little dark, but it's modern and nicely polished. Beers are $5 a pint and there are 11 on tap including a mix of IPAs, wheat beers, and something dark. They do a fair amount of unusual beers which seems to fit with their theme. The Key Lime Wheat is very popular, as is the Bacon Session IPA.

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Capital Ale House

in Glen Allen, Virginia

4.23/5  rDev -2.5% | Avg: 4.34
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been a customer here going back almost a decade. During a lot of those years, I lived away from Richmond, but would make it a point to show up here every time I came back into town. Now that I've moved back, I paid them a visit. I was sad to see they pulled the ice rail (despite how silly it was to begin with). I suppose the TVs were a nice addition, but the remodel of some of the back walls made it feel much more sterile and less cozy. My biggest problem here is that even with their huge selection of drafts and bottles, almost all of them are either gigantic stouts or super-intense IPAs. This made pairing with their otherwise good, but relatively (to their selection, at least) menu very difficult. I guess I could have had bottled Belgian dubbels with everything, but it would have been nice to see more than just hop bombs in the local section. While I suppose the buyer is trying to cater to the "gotta have the new hop monster IPA" clientele, it's sad that they forget to keep in mind pairings with their menu items. That disconnect is disappointing.

Having said that, I still feel that this is a great location. With over 70 taps and a huge bottle selection, there will be something new and exciting for you to try, even if it clashes with your meal.

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The Three Monkeys

in New York, New York

4.04/5  rDev +9.8% | Avg: 3.68
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Great selection of craft beers on tap and in bottles in the Theatre District. Nice low key, non-pretentious atmosphere. Food and service was good. Great place to share apps and even main courses and knock back a few. The upstairs area tends to be quieter if that is what you're looking for.

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Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

in Austin, Texas

4.26/5  rDev +6.5% | Avg: 4
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

I've only been to Austin twice, but this is one of my favorite places for four reasons:

1- the beer is good... very good! I'm a brewer and I was impressed. It's not blow-you-off-your-feet unusual or weird stuff, but it's quality solid styles that are done right. And keep in mind, they're catering to the masses, they're not making odd one-off's that they can ship all over the country, they're mainly selling beer to be consumed on the premises, and if they can get the masses to drink a beautifully balanced Saison, then more power to them!

2- the bands are good, and the venue sounds good (although I'm not sure how it would sound if it wasn't pretty full, which it always is).

3- the food is good as well. Great pizza.

4- the atmosphere is great both inside and in the parking lot (that sounds ridiculous I know, but it's true).

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The Civic Taproom & Bottle Shop

in Portland, Oregon

3.84/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.84
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

The music was super loud when I walked in on a Monday night, to the point where I didn't really want to stay. The draft list was solid but what really sold me on sticking around was the bottle selection. A lot of cool stuff for on site consumption or to-go. Hard to comment on the service because I don't think he could hear a word anyone was saying but that should be the cue to turn down the tunes right?

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Beer Study

in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +10.7% | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is one of the top 5 bottle shops in the Triangle in my opinion. I'm always impressed with the amount of limited releases they get, and the quantities. The shelves are always full of stuff I want. Frequent awesome draft options and great people running the place. Crowd skews young because it's Chapel Hill, so that can be interesting at times.

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Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

in Portland, Oregon

3.89/5  rDev -9.7% | Avg: 4.31
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25

It's definitely an older building but I dig that kind of vibe. Not the biggest place but plenty of seating. Cool PNW-centric art. Lots of vintages available including a $1500 bottle of Dave from 94'. Enjoyed a 3 year vert of Adam from the wood for a much more reasonable price instead ;) Service rating gets a bit of a downgrade cuz I was curiously asking questions about the brewing process and the bartender seemed almost annoyed that I was asking. Sorry? Did not try the food but it smelled great.

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Bottle Revolution

in Raleigh, North Carolina

4.86/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.56
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

In a shopping center with a grocery store, several restaurants, a local tap house, and other assorted businesses. Opened in May 2015 and has gotten exponentially more appealing since. 13 taps, so usually there's something for everyone. One cooler with beer, wine, and sake. Sizable wine selection as well. Loads of locals, sours, imports, and limited arrivals. Highly sought releases tend to linger a few more hours here, since they're farther from central Raleigh. The space is nice, with an accommodating bar and tables, two TVs, and there are excellent food options everywhere around.

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Fat Head's Brewery

in Portland, Oregon

4.41/5  rDev +8.1% | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great beers, especially if you like them hoppy. Lots of options including some guest taps. The food was awesome, the wife and I shared a salmon reuben and it was plenty of food for us. Bright open space with lots of seating. Staff was super friendly. Highly recommended

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