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Call to Arms Brewing Company

in Denver, Colorado

4.31/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.31
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

really stoked on this place, and fro the buzz on the streets, everyone else in denver is too. some folks from avery have gone big on tennyson street, perhaps the fastest booming area of the city. the space is amazing, you can tell a lot of thought and attention went into the taproom. exposed brick, a three sided wooden bar, english pub feel, but clean and new with a lot of wood features and a recessed floor that gives it a half basement feel, but all open on the side. patio going in soon too i think. super impressive space. after a couple of beers, it was obvious the same level of planning and care has gone into the beers. the clintonian pale was excellent and a great all day drinker, and the saison was also fantastic. usually i roll into a brewery and know exactly what i want, whatever the most interesting beer on the menu is. here though, they are all interesting and inspired sounding, and it was really tough to just pick a few. i am already dying to go back and try the rest. service was real friendly, when it slowed down at the bar she came to the table, i really like that welcoming vibe. food trucks frequent this place too, so no worries they arent cooking. definitely one of the top new breweries in colorado right off the bat, i cant wait to see whats coming next. really worth a visit! (1,310 characters)

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in Las Vegas, Nevada

4.53/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.59
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

You don't come here for the beer, that's fair enough. That said they have some options that shouldn't disappoint.

Food is beyond top notch - 5 out of 5, hands down.

Vibe is okay, nice and clean without pretension which is nice for Vegas.

Service, depended on who helps you. Hostess was snarky as hell and had us waiting for over an hour even though we had reservations months in advance. But sitting at the bar, enjoying an appetizer that can't be beat isn't a bad way to wait. Wine list is top notch, sommelier didn't care that we stopped by a few hours ahead to ask that they go ahead and decant our Amarone - he was even excited that I asked. Definitely a place to come for a special occasion - not cheap but food is worth the price of admission. (757 characters)

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The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery

in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin

3.59/5  rDev -7.9% | rAvg: 3.9
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Your standard small town vibe coupled with something of a tourist destination town on the outskirts of Madison. You're definitely amongst locals, including frequent packs of bicyclists and gruff harley riders. Staff is incredibly welcoming and the food - very much standard pub fare - and beer are decent. (305 characters)

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in Stuttgart, Germany

4.28/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.24
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A small place in downtown Stuttgart-Vaihingen. Visited many times after going to the English language movie theater about a block away.

A small but hearty menu, and a beer list though small by US brewpub standards offers more variety than any of the other local establishments.

Where Maulwurf really shines are their specials. Their "beer of the month" or "weizen of the month" are always high quality, hard to find brews. Tiny local brewers, far flung Bavarian brewers or hard to find beers from the north are often featured. Beers you won't find anywhere else but the source, or Maulwurf.

The owner is a charming lady who speaks perfect English (turns out she studied at University of Minnesota). Well worth the visit if you are in Stuttgart. (758 characters)

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Bluejacket / Arsenal Restaurant

in District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev +1.2% | rAvg: 4.01
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

BlueJacket is an excellent experience. It is well done all the way with excellent food and a fairly wide variety of beers to choose from. Both times I have been, the selections have been heavy toward the IPA/Sour side, but a wide selection nonetheless. I think all of the beers are solid, but none are spectacular. Good place if you are in the area and has a great vibe to it. (380 characters)

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Pivkupectví Zlý Časy

in Praha, Czech Republic

4.15/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.19
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Visited Aug 2016 - Fantastic bar that should be on anybodies agenda. I visited in early afternoon and only one of the bars was open but still had a great selection of mainly Czech beers on tap and large selection of mainly international bottles. Provide a beer menu for the taps. Beers tasted were of as very high quality. Recommended. Also don't forget to visit the bottle shop next door which is an Aladdins Cave of bottles. Huge selection there. (449 characters)

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Westover Market

in Arlington, Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.9% | rAvg: 4.05
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Great selection of beers and they have various events with different breweries (Sierra Nevada, Southern Tier, Stone, Lagunitas, Devil's Backbone, etc.) on tap. (159 characters)

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Public Beer Wine Shop

in Long Beach, California

4.3/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.3
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Good service and a good tap list. Bottle selection could be bigger and prices were a little high, but this was a spacious store/bar with a cool vibe and excellent service. (172 characters)

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Track 7 Brewing Co.

in Sacramento, California

4.25/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.46
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

The first time I ventured outside of the Downtown area after 10 or so visits to Sacramento. I heard good things about Track 7, so finally made my way there. It's located in the outskirts called Curtis Park in an industrial-like area.

When I got there a food truck was parked right in front serving burgers. On the wall, it listed the food trucks that rotate and serve the patrons. Inside, it was casual with lots of tables. They had brewing equipment right by the taps, so you can see the brewers at work. Also, on the other side, I saw some beers being aged in barrels. They had 9 beers on tap. I was expecting mostly IPA's but they had a peanut butter porter and some sours. I thought all their beers were solid.

I noticed it was a kid and dog friendly facility. If I lived in Sacramento, I'd envision myself visiting here regularly. (849 characters)

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Local Kitchen & Beer Bar

in Fairfield, Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.21
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

- Visited on 11-Aug-15

Only stopped by to try Lawson's brews on tap. They didn't have Sip, but did have Super Sesh #2.

Note: Didn't order food so giving a 3 rating (166 characters)

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The Ginger Man

in Greenwich, Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +8.3% | rAvg: 3.72
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

- Visited on 10-Aug-15 for late dinner
- Ordered their cheeseburger (medium) paired with two IPA's.

I finally arrive after a long flight clear across country. Sit down and the host (the waiter was preoccupied at the moment) asks what I'd like to drink. I ask for the tap list. He hands me the sheet and proceeds to tell me that they had just tapped out of the Ghandi Bot. I immediately throw my fists straight up and yell, "NNNooooooo!!"

I'm probably exaggerating, but I was pretty bummed. It was one of the couple beers I was looking forward to trying off tap during my trip. I then regained my composure and calmly asked if MBC's Lunch was still available and he happily said yes and immediately brought my pint glass.

The cheeseburger wasn't anything extraordinary, but was good and hit the spot. (805 characters)

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Total Wine & More

in Norwalk, Connecticut

4/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.13
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

- Visited on 11-Aug-15

I'm more accustomed to the TW's out here in CA, but can't say this one clear across the country is any different with the exception to the selection. Though I must admit, this one was significantly larger space-wise. (240 characters)

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Coalhouse Pizza

in Stamford, Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev -3.2% | rAvg: 4.35
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

- Visited on 11-Aug-15 for lunch
- Ordered flight of four beers and the Frieght Train pizza

Nice bar in the back with good amount of seating. Decent offering of beers during my visit. I've been told they get some pretty good brews on tap. Great pizza to pair with (legitimate coal oven!). I am definitely coming back if I'm ever in the area again. (349 characters)

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Fieldwork Brewing Co.

in Berkeley, California

4.66/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.51
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Awesome. Meat pies were amazing, buttery croissant goodness preceded any other note. Beers were varied and every one unique and wonderful. I would kill to live near this place. (176 characters)

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City Beer Store

in San Francisco, California

3.68/5  rDev -16.9% | rAvg: 4.43
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Solid place. I'm a tourist, so I can't really compare it to places in the region. As a bar, I rate them very highly; good vibe, good beers, good bartenders. As a bottle shop, I rate them average; average to slightly small selection. Overall, I exhumed you go if you're in the area. (281 characters)

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Greenbush Brewing Company

in Sawyer, Michigan

4/5  rDev -5% | rAvg: 4.21
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Great spot. Definitely the cool local hang out, packed at all hours of the day. Food is decent - slightly better than serviceable though not entirely generous or creative - but the beer selection is broad and solid. On a sunny day the outdoor areas across the street are a win. (277 characters)

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Ale Asylum

in Madison, Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -8.4% | rAvg: 4.07
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Struck me as Surly light. A nice big facility but it there's no real sense of character. They have quite a few beers on tap but they become a bit samey. Few stand out as superlative. Definitely a solid place to visit if in Madison but not a destination. (253 characters)

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Tired Hands Fermentaria

in Ardmore, Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -7.2% | rAvg: 4.17
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Fermentaria is like the Applebee's of the Tired Hands growing empire. Where the cafe a couple of blocks away feels cozy, artisan and cool, the Fermentaria feels massive and corporate. Everything is so new and shiny- I did like the barrels on view.

The bar is small and there are a ton of tables for dining. Everything is super expensive. As a chef myself, I like the open kitchen, but I didn't try anything on the menu partially because of the high prices. If you're going to focus on tacos, you ought to be affordable, I think...

I am annoyed at the "one-beer-at-a-time" policy. I love comparing beers and doing flights, and I don't care about your totalitarian, eugenic idea that not mixing brews will allow the single beer you will pour me to shine.

There is not a lot of variety, of course. Mostly IPA's and Saisons, but mostly all of them so well crafted that you forget how homogeneous the taplist looks. I tried a good amount of the 12 taps during my visit, including Virgins&Diamonds, Fripp, Shambolic, I'M SAD, Ancestral, Avoiding Purgatory, American Youth (fantastic brew!), Consciousness Streams, Alien Church, Cat Statue...

I do like the fact that they offer small 4-oz pours, even though they charge three bucks for each of them small pours.

My favorite thing of the night? Watching the chefs take apart and scrub the kitchen clean after dinner service. I wish more cooks were neat like that.

I stopped here after doing a catering at a private residence nearby in Ardmore, but next time I'll head to the original Tired Hands. Fermentaria is too big and cold. (1,584 characters)

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McKenzie Brew House

in Malvern, Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3% | rAvg: 3.61
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The wife and I stopped here after stumbling upon it across from the mall where The Beer Store Malvern is.

This jawn truly defines average. The ambience is chain-y and blah, with too many families with babies and a boring vibe. The beers are for the most part bland, and the food is not that much better.

They have a good variety of styles on tap, though, and they get props for that: Dubbel, Session IPA, Farmhouse, Wit, Pale, DIPA... 11 taps all around- the only one I truly enjoyed was their Imperial Stout. It was so well-crafted and delicious, I found it hard to understand why all the other beers were so mediocre.

The flatbread pizza was decent. I'm glad I checked McKenzie's out, but I don't feel compelled to return. At all. (737 characters)

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Firefly Hollow Brewing Co.

in Bristol, Connecticut

4.26/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.94
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is like hanging at a friends basement bar with a bunch of friends and a kegerator. This is a wide open space in an old factory building. No food service but you can bring your own or eat from the food truck of the night parked outside their entrance. They have 5 beers of their own design on tap. Growler fills, flights or you can have a pint and stay for a while. (369 characters)

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The Beer Store

in Malvern, Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +14.6% | rAvg: 3.83
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5

The beer mecca of the Greater Philadelphia area, or so I’ve been told. Neat and clean all around, it looks new. Nice employee greeted me with a welcome and a smile. Right away, a shelf with Lost Abbey and Cascade, and then a Shelton Bros shelf with Mikkeller and more.

They sell six-packs, and they have one from pretty much every brewery in the US (I’m only slightly exaggerating). Compared to Philly, really not bad prices. Although Old Stock Barrel Aged ’13 $34.99 is silly ($29.99 or less in Philly).

Lots of quality imports, just check out all the different Samichlaus and drool. The “draftroom”-bar is cool too, although the ambience is not conducive to hanging out too long. Beers are rather pricey by the glass.

Definitely worth a visit, but perhaps not a dedicated drive from afar. State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD, is a better choice if you're in the PA-DE-MD area. (891 characters)

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Joe Canal's Discount Liquor Outlet

in Millville, New Jersey

3.12/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.18
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

I stopped at this Joe Canal's while driving to Ocean City for a catering job. It is a warehouse with a cheap look; the cold beer is mostly BMC except for some craft packs from Sam Adams and Victory. There are tons of cases down the aisle, but mostly BMC. The good beer is room-temp on shelves by the registers.

They had packs of Grapefruit Sculpin and other Ballast Point, Old Ruffian, Hercules and other Great Divide; Ruination and more Stone; Lagunitas, Rogue, Weyerbacher Double Simcoe… a couple of bombers, including Italian crafts, Belgians and the usual suspects. Nothing to get excited, but serviceable enough if you're going to the beach (particularly the dry town of Ocean City). (692 characters)

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Crooked Ladder Brewing Company

in Riverhead, New York

4.07/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.07
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Another cool brewery out in eastern long island. Relatively small compared to the others that are out there but definitely doesn't slack in the selection department or the quality department! (191 characters)

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Long Ireland Beer Company

in Riverhead, New York

4.25/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.25
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Very cool place to be. Definitely an up and coming brewery on eastern long island. With all the vineyards and brewery's popping up everywhere this one definitely sticks out. Great beer and great people with a huge tap selection (227 characters)

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Moustache Brewing Co.

in Riverhead, New York

3.93/5  rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.93
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

A nice local spot for long islanders. This place is prolly pumping out some of the better craft beer on long island along with long Ireland brewery in riverhead aswell. Definitely check them out and take the brew crew cycle! (224 characters)