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in Raymond, New Hampshire
4.94/5 rDev +3.8% | Avg: 4.76
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Amazing hybrid of a restaurant / bar with a grocery store / meat market mixed together. Go early - the line forms quickly and often (I used to mock folks for grabbing dinner at 4 pm - but when there is an hour plus wait on a Tuesday at 5:30 pm - it may be worth skipping lunch and grabbing an early dinner). Tons of beers on (maybe 20+ taps) and a really nice bar that serves great bar snacks / appetizers or meals. I really liked their buy one get one free Lobster Roll - it was huge and the 2nd one came home and made for a nice 2nd meal. Don't hesitate to check this place out.
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in Brattleboro, Vermont
4.14/5 rDev -1% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5
In Brattleboro, where Vermont is. Town looks a lot nicer than I remember, although it’s been some time. Okay, I’ve only really been through a handful of times, most notably, the 4th of July weekend in ’85 when I drank legally in VT as an 18 year old, proudly offering up a paper non-photo NY state driver’s license and my freshman UNH school ID. Stop doing the math, kids, and get off my lawn…
Located on the Connecticut River at the bridge. Easy to find, impossible to park. Here, anyway. So we walked as those who do, do. In and through, as opposed to in and up, which is also an option. To the rear, an ‘L’ shaped bar with stainless steel panel riveted top, panel base and a foot bar squared; seating for a dozen and a half on swivelly stools. 10 taps on a stainless steel barbell tower and an upright boa constrictor tower for 4 alongside of it.
Barback is stainless steel countertop of the same with wine & taster glasses, and glassware shelved below. Large windows above overlooking the bridge and river. Liquor tiered on the ends and scotch bottles displayed on slight shelving in between the windows. Wrap around bar overhead with ceramic mug club mugs hooked to it and more from the overhang above the windows. Dead soldier guest tap handles and brewery swag above the windows and shirts on the far end displayed. Single filament bulb lantern lamps mounted, drop martini glass lamps tracing the bar, and track spots throughout the room.
Mostly beige walls, save the wood slat panel divider portions and far wall. Local art & framed pics of vintage motorcycles. Corrugated ceiling with large brown I beams, and concrete floorings. Bar counter divider off the bar and then seating; some 20 tables penned behind me and a few at the end of the bar. And more in a raised section around a center fireplace (Someone parked their bike up there). Mantel holds trophy play and there’s logo signage above. Boards to both sides talking music & loyalty program action, and views of the teeny 3.5bbl brew room up them stairs there. Step out the back side, 8 tables lining the wraparound deck over the river, partially under striped awning play.
4 house beers (Whetstoner Pale Ale, 4.5%, 40 IBU’s, Simcoe & Amarillo, pleasant enough; Don’t Worry Stout A Thing, 5%, nitro, chocolatey, light, sweet; Dog Days Pale Ale, 4.2%, 14 IBU’s, and kicked; Totally Rad-Ler German Style Radler, 2.5%, with Gus’ grapefruit soda & Whetstoner Pale Ale, very easy drinking). 4oz tasters run a big $1.80 each.
So, 4 beers up, two of which are Pale Ales (although one had kicked) and another is a blend with one of them, interesting. As a brewpub proper they would tank on ‘selection’, but ah, the guest taps, oh, the guest taps, hmmmn, the guest taps, yes, the guest taps. 10 of ‘em, a mix of in-state (Hill Farmstead Mosaic Pale Ale, Long Trail Private Label Brown Ale, 14th Star Tribute Double IPA), regional New England (Allagash White, Rising Tide Printemps, Smuttynose Clusters Last Stand, Berkshire Coffee Porter, Two Roads Old Factory Pils), a single import (Elgood’s Coolship #2), and a solo cider (Downeast Cider Original). Had a Hill Farmstead Mosaic Pale Ale (when in Vermont…), and then the Fiddlehead IPA, which replaced the 14th Star Tribute at juuuust the right time.
Bottles & cans, too. 20 of them, half of which are made up of 3 New England ciders, 6 Gluten Freebies, and an N/A. And then 15 cellar & special bottles (Cantillon Kriek, Hill Farmstead Dorothy, Bruery Tart of Darkness, Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze, St Feuilllen Tripel 3L bottle for $108, crooked Stave St Bretta & Surette Provision, Boon Framboise). It’s a nice list.
People next to me were getting their food on, so yeah, heeeey, what’s that? (me, pointing). ‘Grilled sirloin tips’, you say? I will have that. They were mad good. Had toyed with the chili as well as it sounded, no, ‘read’, really well (“Grilled steak with our own maple-char crust, baby back rib meat, beans and love”, does that not sound awesome?), but it would’ve buried me for the day and there’s a lot of day left. Phil went with the pierogis, which he deemed ‘pretty good’.
I’m being told that there is an upstairs with a different tap list. Ventured on up whistling loudly along with ‘Low Spark of High Heeled Boys’ playing; excellent acoustics in the stairwell and cool old B/W Brattleboro prints there. Hey, rooftop deck; a fire pit & a dozen tables overlooking the river, and a ‘U’ shaped copper topped bar seating a dozen and a half on the end. 14 taps up here, too, with little crossover from the main bar; we did better putting up downstairs.
Good crowd of adult regulars and people riding up. Little brewing system for play, or so it seems. I would have liked to have seen more of their wares, although I slummed it just fine with their guest taps. Caught a real good meal, too. I would do this again.
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in Hamilton, New York
4.9/5 rDev +13.2% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
Went to the 2015 Ballpark Beerfest in Syracuse and while in the VIP suite had the opportunity to speak with Matt Whalen, brewmaster at Good Nature. It was so awesome as a beginner homebrewer to chat and get some really great suggestions on how to improve. Thanks for the chat Matt and the brews!!!
Being such a great experience we decided to head down to Hamilton that evening to see the tap room, about a hour drive.
The Tap Room is located right on a main street in a college town (Colgate I think) and had a definite younger crowd feel when we walked in, but not the crazy Saturday night college crowd I was afraid we were going to run into. The bartender, whose name I forget, greeted us through the small crowd at the bar and got us set up with a flight of their beers on tap and a few beers. We grabbed a table and the first thing I noticed was there was not a single TV in the place, how awesome is that!! The next thing we all noticed was that the majority of the folks in there were not nose down on their cell phones. We sat and enjoyed our beers and really digged the vibe of the place. There was actual conversation going on.
Since they did not serve food there, we settled our tab and headed across the street for some dinner. Afterwards I wanted to grab a Good Nature's Flanders Red Ale for the road and a bottle to take with me. The bartender remembered us immediately and set us up. We sat at a couch that was set up in the corner and the crowd was a bit thicker, but it was still pretty awesome to see people actually talking to each other than staring up at TV screens or on their phones the entire time.
Vibe was excellent
Quality was over the top- great beers and selections IPAs and APA, brown ale, oatmeal stout and of course the GREAT CHOCOLATE WRECK stout
Service- just wish I remembered the guys name, he was great!! Remembered me by name after coming back in after a couple of hours on a busy Saturday night. Quick setting us up!!
Selections- nice selections of seasonal and year round...Annie is a great DIPA.
Overall- highly recommend stopping by this place if you are passing through. It was well worth the hour drive from Syracuse, even after a full day of beer tasting at the Ballpark Beerfest
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in Minneapolis, Minnesota
4.43/5 rDev +20.7% | Avg: 3.67
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5
The vibe was good....nice bar with plenty of surrounding seating as well as outdoor street side seating. There were some TVs present to catch the latest sports contest. The quality of the beer was decent....the quality of the food was awesome! The service was great, attentive and made great suggestions. There is plenty to choose from both on the beer and food menu. The food was PHENOMENAL!
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in District of Columbia
3.5/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.5
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5
I frequented this place many many years ago and saw some awesome bands!
I would also to go to their happy hours many many years ago.
I have not been to the new location.
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in Miami, Florida
4.4/5 rDev -6.6% | Avg: 4.71
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Heard about this place when visiting the area thanks to the BA community. Pretty tight quarters when inside. About 10 bar seats and some tables both inside and out. Hostess sat us pretty quickly which was nice. Bartenders were really attentive and willing to let us try any of the many draft choices.
Most of the draft choices were pretty local (Funky Buddha, Cigar City) with a fewer larger ones (Sixpoint, Stone) mixed in. Bottle list is crazy huge. My only gripe was with some of the prices on that list. I know we are dealing with some aged stuff in the book but most was out of our range for even thinking about purchasing.
Food was excellent. Both the guacamole dip and burgers were on point.
I'd definitely recommend this place if ever in the area and hope to be back if we visit in the future.
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in Minneapolis, Minnesota
4.13/5 rDev +3.5% | Avg: 3.99
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5
Oh yeah.....this is a cool place. An old theater that has been gutted and replaced with a contemporary brewery. They had beer pong and flippy cups upfront.....and for those gorgeous days at roof top deck that overlooks downtown Minneapolis. All the beer was good. Service was fine....no real impression made. They had 9 beers on tap....and two of the beers had nitro options as well.
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in Cooperstown, New York
4.76/5 rDev +8.2% | Avg: 4.4
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
Ommegang, these guys are seriously great. The attitude and style of not only the beers they produce, but the architecture of the brewery, the layout of the bar, and of course the cafe, are comforting, inviting, classic beer culture. The staff are excited to share the beer lore with visitors and they have a lot to say about the flights, which is nice. The food leans towards what you would find in Belgium and is excellent, the staff can help you pair up their beers with the food. Come and hang out, have a flight, learn about their beer, have a gourmet meal, its all good here.
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in Gary, Indiana
3.84/5 rDev -9.6% | Avg: 4.25
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5
Smaller bar. Did get decent service. Went here for quality beers though which is what they do well. Smaller selection, yet all were decent. Didn't try limited food menu.
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in Kansas City, Missouri
3.74/5 rDev -9.7% | Avg: 4.14
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5
Really nice, modern and accommodating spot with great service and a nice selection of their beers, all pretty top quality and well made. Nice outdoor area and even a spot for the kids. This is a great place to stop if you're on your way or coming back from Lukas and/or Martin City Brewing. (And, I liked this place better; just an all around neat place.)
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in Kansas City, Missouri
3.81/5 rDev -6.2% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75
This is a very cool and hip place just outside Kansas City, in Martin City. Small place but friendly and helpful staff with a cool vibe and good food. The selection is limited but what they have is good and not found in a lot of places. Fun to try if you're near Martin City or feel like taking a drive to Lukas for some bottles, which is just down the street.
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in Kansas City, Missouri
5/5 rDev +9.4% | Avg: 4.57
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
This is one of the best places - ever. I missed this one on my last trip to KC and never again. Great selection of beers from all over, although a bit weak on beers from the West Coast. However, this is an all around great place with a huge selection of bottles and a great tap list.
This is one place that I'll hit each and every time in KC. It's perhaps the only "don't miss" if you have only one place to go.
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in Grand Rapids, Michigan
4.11/5 rDev +2.5% | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
We stopped in here on the tail end of a local brewery crawl recently. Small place with a very "brewery-like" feel and decor.
Somewhere between 10-15 beers on tap (if I had to guess I'd say 12).
Flights of beer seem to be what they do best, which is nice for a new place to be pushing. Most of the beers were interesting and appealing, but I will have to go back again in order to give more detailed ratings of the beers they are serving. The one I remember most is their "weeping willow ale".
The staff seemed knowledgeable, and relatively helpful.
I don't believe they had any food available. Nor any non-beer beverages.
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in San Diego, California
4.83/5 rDev +10.5% | Avg: 4.37
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
Recently stop here to get some info on brewing at home and was surprised to have such a helpful individual like Vance there to explain and guide me along. I ended up buying some equipment and a starter kit which was reasonably priced and am now looking forward to start the process. I would and have recommended this place to others and i am excited to learn more from Vance.
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in College Station, Texas
4.44/5 rDev +3.3% | Avg: 4.3
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
Have been going here for some time,one of the local favorites. A small but choice selection of Texas craft beers, sometime not found at any other local bar. Food is good, great burgers! The staff is very friendly and helpful. Just a great place for food and beers!
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in Nashville, Tennessee
4.06/5 rDev +11.2% | Avg: 3.65
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5
I upgraded the "vibe" score because the music was mercifully country-free.
It's a neat little, low ceilinged place on the edge of the tourist district. Don't bring anyone sensitive to smoke, but it's an excellent escape from the country kitsch up the street.
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in Dover, New Hampshire
4.54/5 rDev +5.1% | Avg: 4.32
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Came here a couple weeks ago. A long but fairly skinny place with a bar that runs for about half the distance. Plenty of seating available when we came for lunch. Nice high ceilings, their mug clubs are cleverly hung on some panels in front of the windows that are on pulleys with counterweights. Girlfriend appreciated the hook under the side table for her purse, some clever designs here.
They had 8 taps on at the moment, went with a sampler paddle of 6 and wasn't disappointed in any of them.
Food was good with fresh ingredients. I went with the Reuben sandwich, the bread was surprisingly not greasy or buttery like they tend to be most of the time, a healthier approach which is a nice change of pace. I'd have it again, I always judge a place on their Reuben. We split their potato dumplings which were some of the tastiest morsels ever, shame the portion size was small, could eat a whole pile of them for dinner!
Biggest complaint would likely be the parking situation that's out of their control. We got lucky to find parking on street and nearby. Since we don't know the area all that well, finding the nuggets of parking bliss would have been unlikely for us and could be a source of frustration for others not familiar with the area.
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in Grand Blanc, Michigan
4.44/5 rDev +0.5% | Avg: 4.42
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Whether you're looking for quality beer or wine, or gourmet food, this is the place. From a beer selection standpoint, it's the best in the area. A must visit for anyone looking for craft beer in the Flint area.
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in Tacoma, Washington
3.48/5 rDev -13.6% | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3
This review is old, so take that for what its worth.
We were there late before closing, and it was pretty dead. I can't tell if the firehouse decor is funky and cool, or just trying too hard and coming across as cheesy. Maybe a mix of both.
I got the taster flight, and the beers were standard across the board. No standouts.
Glad I checked this place off the list in Tacoma. Other than a festival, I would go to about half a dozen other beer places in Tacoma before I came back here. Worth checking out, but probably not worth a repeat visit.
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in Tacoma, Washington
3.49/5 rDev -4.1% | Avg: 3.64
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3
Gorgeous , wood everywhere with an absolutely killer view of the marina.
Beers were solid. No standouts negative or positive. I like going to happy hour nextdoor at Boathouse 19. Decided to stop in here and get my stamp for the South Sound Crawl.
Here's my complaint with the beer scene in the PNW. Too many fucking IPAs. It's like Seattle is 5-7 years behind the rest of the country. And Narrows is no exception. 3 IPAs on tap, an other IPA that's seasonal.. give it a rest already.
With that rant aside, this is definitely worth checking out for the view and solid line up. I'd be a regular if I lived closer..maybe.
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in North Olmsted, Ohio
4.8/5 rDev +12.4% | Avg: 4.27
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
Didn't try the food, but seriously, the selection, quality was amazing, possibly the best I've experienced! Tried an experimental dipa that was the best I've had, seriously, and I've tried A LOT.... Will definitely stop in whenever I'm nearby.....
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in Nashville, Tennessee
3.88/5 rDev -4.9% | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3
This is about as close to a 5 star review that I can get. Beer selection was incredible, the servers were knowledgable and friendly and I got to taste a lot of brews that aren't distributed in my area.
Only reason I dropped the seletion rating to 3 is because there is no logo'd glassware. I understand that selling shirts makes more sense from a marketing (and profiteering) perspective, but all of my serious beer buddies have serious glassware collections, seems like an oversight not to offer glass. I have enough fuckin t-shirts to last a life time.
Overall a nice environment. Would get drunk here again!
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in Buffalo, New York
3.89/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75
Great up and coming brewery in buffalo. Standouts were the IPA, red's haven, and down by the river. Still waiting for true greatness (e.g., an explosive, juicy, west coast IPA, or dark, smooth RIS), but expect them to get there....seriously though, the taproom could use some music!
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in Northwood, New Hampshire
5/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 5
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Amazeballs - this place is the new go-to for the Northwoods area. They have revamped their taps and are serving amazing beers. Food was outstanding - I wish it was closer or I had a helicopter to fly up there and drink all their beers. Go here when you are leaf-peeping and you won't regret it!
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in Raymond, New Hampshire
4.75/5 rDev +2.2% | Avg: 4.65
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
It's hard to be a 5 out of 5 but this place is awfully close. Next to a bowling alley - what would make it a perfect institution (i.e. 5 out of 5) would be if we can move between the bar and the bowling alley without going outside. So hopefully they work on that. In the meantime - its 20-25 taps of great beer, really nice curated list with some special offerings (when I was there Founders Breakfast Stout was on) - and really nice food - nothing too fancy but a nice multi-page menu with sandwiches, award-winning chili and tons to nosh on. Great for families and easy on the wallet with all sorts of happy hour type deals on appetizers and special kick the keg beer pricing.
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