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Woodlawn Tap

in Chicago, Illinois

2.66/5  rDev -14.2% | Avg: 3.1
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2

A Hyde Park institution and true dive, with a crappy beer selection to match.
I'm a fan of dive bars as much as the next guy, but if they don't have any decent beers, what are they doing on here? Seems like an add simply for personal nostalgia.

The neighborhood is somewhat isolated, so I get why you'd come here if you lived nearby.
But for everybody else, there are far better options around town. Locally, even the Cove has a few FFF and Bells options. The best thing here is the bar itself. Nice vintage woodwork on the back bar, cool stein collection on one side. Service was adequate.

Beer selection is macro heavy, pretty dismal. Defaulted to my dive staple choice, Pilsner Urquell. They did have a couple Lagunitas taps, but who knows how clean they were. Heineken regular & dark, wow. One and done.

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Hailstorm Brewing Co.

in Tinley Park, Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +1.4% | Avg: 4.15
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Open room is very welcoming. 10 or so stools at the L shaped bar with a few high top tables front the brewery where the dreams begin.

A dozen or so draft choices of in-house beers. Packaged beers in cans, bottles, bombers, and growlers available. Memorabilia like shirts and glasses also available. What is nice is, they will re - fill any growler.
BYOF or enjoy the pretzels. Even a projection tv for your favorite sports.

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The Virginia Beer Company

in Williamsburg, Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -11.3% | Avg: 4.34
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Located right outside the colonial section AKA the tourist trap area and not a bad location at all. Pretty busy on a weekend afternoon but the servers are knowledgeable and the service itself is steady if not speedy. Everyone is chill and there are no TV's so don't count on tube watching (kinda a detraction when you want to watch a game), but plenty of indoor and outdoor seating so no problems. They have eight of their own eight beers on tap and I wasn't wowed at all by them but they were all good, and overall I think this place is worth the stop, especially if you're a tourist.

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Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits

in Bettendorf, Iowa

3.79/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.79
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

In my opinion it has the best selection of all the Hy-Vee in the QC area. They have a large selection of bombers and a large selection of 6 pk. They have a decent selection of mix a six.

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Koelschip

in København, Denmark

4.57/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.57
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Koelschip is a new pub, created by Copenhagen microbrewer Mikkeller. It specializes in Belgian beers, especially lambics and sours. It opened in March 2016.

Physical setting / appearance
Located one block west of Assitens Cemetery/park, about 4km west of Copenhagen city center. Bus 8A runs by the edge of the park, leaving you within a 5 minute walk to Koelschip. Asitens Cemetery, by the way, is where notable Danes have been buried, including Soren Kierkegaard. Which could provide a topic of conversation over a beer or three.

Enter the pub down 4 steps from street level in older, multi-story building. Interior is very compact with old wood builtins, stools, bar. Ceiling is very low, and the place feels like it's 400 years old. That's nice.

Service
I sat at the bar since I was alone. Two guys were working the bar and answered every question I could come up with, with more detail than I could absorb. They knew their beer, and had personally tried virtually every beer on the menu. Service was immediate and friendly.

Selection
Koelschip specializes in lambics and Sours. I did not count the bottled beers on the menu, but estimated 250+. There were approximately 100 Mikkeller brews, and approximately 8 pages of assorted Belgians. I'm not actually a lambic or a sour fan, and lean towards classic Belgian ales especially Trappist ales, and saisons. There were about 12 Orvals available, from year 2010 onwards, and about 16 Westvleterns in 8% and 12% ABV.

There were four beers on tap, of which I tried two: a Rodenbach Grand Cru 2010, and Boon Foeder #97 2 year. I also had the 2010 Orval.

I did not try the food - there are only snacks offered.

I work for a Copenhagen company so plan to be in Copenhagen often. This pub will be a regular stop for me, even if it's a 30-minute bus ride. A fantastic selection, friendly staff, warm, cozy ambiance with quiet tables in back rooms or a spot to hang at the smallish bar. Thius is a drinking/conversation kind of place with no loud music and a friendly, neighborhood vibe.

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HopCat

in Lexington, Kentucky

4.16/5  rDev -3.9% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

If staying in downtown Lexington and you do not want to drive to the "real breweries" this is a fantastic alternative. 100 beers on tap, including a local 20, which allows you to try beers from our five Lexington breweries. With so many options, you are sure to find a palette pleaser. Hopcat does not brew on site. The crack-fries are much ballyhooed and worth the hype!

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The Civil Life Brewing Company

in Saint Louis, Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +0.2% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Been living in St. Louis for almost 3 years now and finally made it to Civil Life, and man, I wish I had visited earlier. It's not much to look at from the outside, being just a plain warehouse-looking building, and it is in a South City neighborhood that has seen some brighter days, but once you get inside, you forget about all of that. Inside, the space is a cross between an English pub and modern American craft brewery in a warehouse. Lots of wood with a linear bar on one side and some bench style seating on the other. There is a beer garden outside with some picnic tables as well. Inside has a few games for you to play while you are there.

As far as beer and food go, all of the beers are $5 for 20oz or $2.50 for 10oz. They specialize in mostly English, some German, and a few American versions of English beers. Everything is very sessionable and well crafted. The food menu is limited, but pretty good. The pretzels are about standard for a brew pub. We didn't get any of the sandwiches, but a few of the sounded and looked pretty good. The service is all at the bar, but very attentive and nice.

Overall, I love this place. It isn't fancy, there isn't any pretense, and there are all sorts of people coming and going. This is the St. Louis area brewery for you if you enjoy a nice sessionable pint in a relaxing environment that won't break your wallet.

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Sierra Nevada Brewery & Taproom

in Mills River, North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2% | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Can't say enough good about this place. I tend to have lofty, even unrealistic expectations and this taproom far exceeded all of those expectations! Beer was truly outstanding. The porter was the best I have ever tasted (much better than the Sierra Nevada bottled version). Also had the American black ale, extremely smooth for a fairly high gravity beer. Food and sevice were top notch. The wings were unique and delicious. The grounds of the property are what made this my favorite brewery of all time! Too many cool and unique things to list. A must experience for your Asheville visit!

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Moon River Brewing Company

in Savannah, Georgia

2.86/5  rDev -21.9% | Avg: 3.66
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2

I preface this review by saying the roof top bar and outdoor seating were closed due to weather. We tried the porter and brown ale. Both were subpar, though not bad. Had one and moved on. The place seemed older and a little dingy. Not too crowded at 5:00 on a Friday. Sat at the bar and received excellent service. $4 and $5 for 18 oz.....nice value!

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The Beer Dispensary

in Apex, North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -11.7% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.25

Small, unassuming beer store with a decent selection. Some of the beers have been on the shelf for a long time, but they seem to put these in a designated location. They do have some beers on the shelf that the larger bottle shops do not receive. Staff is always friendly and willing to help. This is a great little shop that's always worth a look.

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Triangle Wine Company

in Morrisville, North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -10.2% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Atmosphere:With 20 taps, a patio and a relaxing vibe one cannot go wrong with the atmosphere at TW.

Quality: There are some out-of-date bottles on the shelves, but that's to be expected. The tap takeover were wonderful under Tom, but the quality of the tap takeovers have decreased somewhat since Tom left. The focus seems to have shifted more toward wine, which given the name of the establishment, is understandable. However, it seems as if the beer community is attracted to TW and hopefully the owners will keep this in mind going forward.

Service: Service is great - no beer snobs in the staffing ranks.

Selection: The selection is great here (1000+), but them seem to get the allocated items later and less than other bottle shops (even when compared to smaller shops).

Value: At one point all beers on tap were $5, however, this changed to compete with competitors, so a pour may now cost between $7-$10. The $5 pour really made them standout.

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Phantom Carriage

in Carson, California

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

Visited Phantom Carriage brewery to pick up some bottles I ordered online. First off and what I liked the least about the brewery was that it is very dark inside. I'm really not one for dark bars I prefer a tasting room that is well lit, especially for viewing and rating a beer. The service was great, great selection of their own beers on tap and guest beers, a solid variety of bottled beer. I did not order any food but what I saw looked really good.

I think they make some really great beers.

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Kardinal Hall

in Charlottesville, Virginia

4.13/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

From the owners of Beer Run. Combination beer hall with a big biergarten/bocce court. No table service, you order drinks from the bartender and food from a separate kiosk, and food runners will bring your order when ready. After opening with some service issues (bartenders taking food AND drink orders) , I'm happy to report that these have largely been resolved although their bartenders can be a little lethargic at times. Good beer list of 4-5 classic German beers alongside about 15 American/local craft options. The list was a little stagnant at first but now rotates pretty well.

All in all, a fun place to hang out although service deteriorates pretty rapidly when busy.

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Firefly

in Charlottesville, Virginia

4.1/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.1
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located just down the hill from Beer Run, fun place with four pinball machines and other classic arcade games. They also have a pool and ping pong table. Menu is bar eclectic with a emphasis on using local food sources. Draft list of about 18 beers, solid representation of different styles as well as cider/mead options. They also have a nice wrap-around patio

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Waredaca Brewing Company

in Laytonsville, Maryland

4.13/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.12
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Waredaca has perhaps the nicest setting of any of the Maryland farmhouse breweries. The newly built taproom and brewery are set in the middle of a large horse farm and has both indoor and outdoor seating, along with a fire pit and picnic tables. The beers are all good and true to style, with the espresso stout, rye pale ale, Belgian double and tripel being the standouts. Highly recommended.

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Finback Brewery

in Queens, New York

4.07/5  rDev -5.6% | Avg: 4.31
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Chill vibe in a simple industrial space in a residential neighborhood. There were five tap options during our visit, but there are accommodations for twelve. The service was great. Options for short pours and larger glasses, growler fills too, -will visit again.

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Clubhouse BFD

in Rochester Hills, Michigan

4.43/5  rDev -5.9% | Avg: 4.71
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Definitely check this place out. I think the beer comes in small portions so that they can offer it to more customers?? If that's the case, it's cool, but FYI a lot of them are 8 or 6 oz servings at $6 a pop. Still a great place to visit, Philly cheesesteak is amazing.

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Cost Plus World Market

in Harvey, Louisiana

3.61/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.61
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Awesome place to stop by and choose some different beer while my wife shops.They have a good seasonal line- up as well as world beers,and not to mention a local selection as well.

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Cloverleaf Tavern

in Caldwell, New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +6.4% | Avg: 4.21
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Service was outstanding, our waitress was very helpful in reference to our choices. Food was good, all of the staff were very courteous. Had a great night. Will definitely return...

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Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits

in Macomb, Illinois

3.5/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.83
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Best selection in town. They are constantly getting new micro brews. Overall the place to go in Macomb for beer. The selection has grown in the past few months.

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Staples Corner Liquors

in Gambrills, Maryland

4.29/5  rDev -3.6% | Avg: 4.45
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Best selection of craft beer stores anywhere between Dawson's in Severna Park and Perfect Pour in Columbia. Prices are typically higher than than my neighborhood store (Hops and Vines, Odenton) by 1 to 2 dollars per six pack/bottle but the better selection gets me in here once a month or so. They have a growler station with a CO2 purging system and sell pints for their three seat bar. Lots of refrigerated singles which is unusual and much appreciated. Some of the staff/ownership is very knowledgable including one Cicerone, however one employee doesn't get it (I've had several growler fills with the wrong beer). I also like that they seem to get a lot of sours in and more lambics than the typical craft beer store.

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Devils Backbone Brewing Company

in Roseland, Virginia

3.26/5  rDev -16.8% | Avg: 3.92
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I knew this place was big, but I didn't realize just how big. It's huge, actually. Almost looked like a theme park when we drove up, and the sheer volume of cars in the lot did not bode well for us. So, there's the main building, which is lodge-like: crazy crap on the walls, and taxidermied animals everywhere. Outside there are tons of seating areas, with a fire pit, a pet area, a private room for parties or something, and even what appeared to be a large stage for bands to play at. Out here, there is a separate bar, where, in typical bureaucratic fashion, you get your hand stamped and stand in line for beers. Across from this is a small BBQ snack bar. This is apart from the main inside restaurant. The clientele here was extremely weak, and the vibe was even weaker. A mix of preppy brosephs and brosephines, and terrible oldheads. Kids running around everywhere. I actually saw people drinking Budweiser, which is depressing. We put our names on the list for a table inside--40 minute wait, which turned out to be 30 minutes--and just hung outside for a while, "enjoying" the bad company. Normally I would've just gotten the heck out of there immediately, but with the 2yr-old in tow, we needed to stay for dinner.

As for the beer, there was a good selection, I think maybe 15 or more on tap, with a good range of styles. You can get samplers, which is good, but you can't actually pick your samplers, which is dumb. You have to pick one of three different pre-set flights, instead of actually getting the beers you want. So I ended up just getting 3 full pours, an IPA, the cranberry gose, and a coffee imperial stout. All were forgettable.

On the plus side, the service was pretty good. I mean the place was slamming busy, but aside from the initial wait, which really couldn't be avoided, our waitress was on the ball, and the food came out relatively quickly. Speaking of which, the food was...okay. I had the brisket special, which was good, but at $19 (no price listed), it wasn't really that "special." My wife had the fish & chips, which seemed all right, and they have some kiddie selections that are pretty basic.

Overall, this place is a bomb. I would never go back for any reason. Now that I've visited them, it's pretty apparent why a place like this would sell out to big beer, and it's really no big loss.

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Mash Tun

in Portland, Maine

5/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.95
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great new spot. Small space, mostly taken up by the long bar. Great tap selection (18 draft lines), with everything from German lagers to Belgian sours to local craft brews. Food menu is small but super cheap and very tasty ($6 burger, $5 chicken sandwich!). A welcome addition to Portland's Old Port.

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Dirt Farm Brewing

in Bluemont, Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -3% | Avg: 3.33
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

It's kind of hard to rate a place like this. The layout is amazing. You're pretty much in the middle of nowhere, and you drive up a desolate half-paved road winding through some farmland, to this lodge-like building with some amazing views of the valleys/mountains/plain/what-have-you below. The inside is medium-sized, but the draw really is the outside area, where you can really soak in the great VA scenery. Kid and pet friendly of course.

Moving on to the beer. About 8 beers to choose from, with an okay range of styles, but...it's not very good. I had a sampler flight: two fruit beers which were so-so, and two IPAs which were pretty bad. Nothing else really appealed to me on the list. There was really no service per se, basically order at the bar, and take it to your seat. I didn't try the food.

Basically, here's the bottom line. If the beer here was good, this would be a totally legit craft beer destination. Instead, it's really just a tourist trap. Which is a shame, because the location is top-notch.

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Peekskill Brewery

in Peekskill, New York

4.49/5  rDev +9.2% | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.75

Best Sour in America. Great place. Setting is comfortable and fun. Always a nice, friendly mix of people with enough odd balls (or Amazeballs, if you will) to make it interesting. Service is attentive, polite and caring. Beer is outstanding-- off the charts quality, variety and imagination.

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