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in Houston, Texas
3.55/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.55
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3
This is the same group that is opening the Erik Ogerhok brewpub. That will eventually take over The El Cantina spot on Studewood. This is the old Witchcraft location. It is obvious the group is going through some growing pains, and with some more bloviating...my review.
This is a schizophrenic bar and location. What was once an Asian diner under one name, turned beer bar and burger joint, then not very appetizing tapas and cocktail bar under another, and now finally a Korean/fusion spot.
It still has the same small bar, open kitchen, and aquarium. Along with the vintage speakers on the wall that was unique with Witchcraft. Still a relaxed vibe that is comfortable. On my recent visit, they had playing some great old jazz standards, but apparently the kitchen staff hated that, yelling "turn that shit off." God forbid there is something different playing than shitty want to be heavy metal, but I digress.
20 taps that ranged from Texas staples to regional crafts. Live Oak Hefe, several Brash offerings, Karbach seasonal, Deshutes Black Butte, North Coast Scrimshaw and Old Rasputin to name a handful. Like Witchcraft a very good smaller selection. Very much worthy.
Service and food is hit and miss. They could not get the dumplings out to me in less than 40 minutes. Though Kimchi Fries took 10 minutes. Dumplings are not good, soggy and full of water that floods outs. Fries were very good. So far undecided on the food front.
Quality beer, with hit or miss food. What ever this spot is called, I usually give it a few tries, so maybe they will eventually get the kitchen together, like they did with Witchcraft for a while. Hopefully they get this right, and is not a preview of things to come with their planned brewpub.
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in Phillipsburg, New Jersey
4.82/5 rDev +19.9% | Avg: 4.02
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
Having been there a few times I find the place very relaxing. It is very spacious. Allowing moving about with ease. Ray the owner is pleasant to talk with and likes to joke. There are an good assortment of games to play so you don't need to just sit and guzzle brew. The brews are many and varied. You can buy a flight that will give you a taste of several at a time. Parking is ample and off street.
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in Iowa City, Iowa
3.78/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2.75
I didn't eat at this this place; only had a few cocktails and beers. The place is pretty upscale with great service and 6 local beers on tap. They serve great cocktails to go along with their decent selection of iowa beers. Also, I heard the food is pretty good. Ill be back to check that out.
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in Raleigh, North Carolina
4.39/5 rDev +3.8% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3
I love this place! I tend to go on Mondays for Pint Night, it's very loud on these nights, which is kind of a set back. However if you go to the back room there's hardly ever many people in there so that you may enjoy your time with friends and be able to hear each other! The establishment in general is very nice, there's all sorts of plates on the wall and ceiling with random remarks from people who have drank large amounts of beer there which can be entertaining to stare at and read if you feel inclined to do so. The waitstaff is good for the amount of people they service on nights with specials. The main reason this is one of my favorite bars is because of the affordable price ($2.50 on Pint Night for most drafts) they have a great selection of beers! I haven't tried much actual food here, I've only dabbled in the appetizers a bit while with friends, but from the few things I have tried they were all acceptable, nothing spectacular-- but what do you expect from chips and dip or a pretzel with queso?
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in Williston, Vermont
4.71/5 rDev +11.6% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
Visited the other day while making a tap run to local breweries in the Burlington area. I had not yet tried any of their offerings. By far the best of the breweries we went to, and we visited some of the more established ones in the Pine Street area. While the vibe at the others was polished in an attempt to be hip, Burlington Beer was just hip. The tasting area is in the corner of the warehouse, from the bar you can see all that happens in the process. Will definitely go back and try more...
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in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania
4.14/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 4.14
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5
This is situated in an old Pensylvannia structure so it has a lot of character, the inside has been updated but it still carries that historical charm this state is so well known for which makes for a pretty cool atmosphere. When the weather is warm there is outdoor seating.
For taps, (14) on the menu and (3) that were not, their website says (20) so I'm not sure what happened to the remaining number!! Not a lot of craft beer available in Trexlertown but this place does have it. Tap list included:
Great Lakes - Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
Sierra Nevada - Celebration
Weyerbacher - Last Chance
Spring House - Big Gruesome Imperial Stout
Sam Adams - Rebel IPA
Sam Adams Seasonal
Sam Adams - Boston Lager
Labatt Blue Magic Hat - #9
Heavy Seas - Loose Cannon IPA
DFH - 60 Minute
DFH - 90 Minute
Lagunitas - IPA
... and (36) bottles on the menu (98% macro stuff).
I did not order food but everything I've heard has been positive.
The bar area has a nice modern rustic vibe to it and the entire room is surrounded with TV's.
For a hard core beer geek this place may not be your gig but if you like a solid craft beer paired with good food and some historical vibe, it's worth a stop!
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in Port Chester, New York
3.93/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.93
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75
Part of the Capitol theatre, during shows you are free to come in, chill and get a quality brew, other times its a stand alone bar..
8 Quality drafts, including options from Lagunitas and Captain Lawrence, including a brew the Captain does exclusivly for the venue.
Quality craft drafts in a music themed bar thats tied into a great live music venue...go, and support these guys...nice place
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in Oceanside, New York
4.07/5 rDev -6.7% | Avg: 4.36
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
I visited Barrier Brewing during a trip to Long Island. It was nice to find a brewery in the East Rockaway / Oceanside area. They have a good line up of their beers. They offer 10oz pours or flight of 5 smaller pours., which are reasonably priced. The service was good. The environment was friendly. Food was available from a food truck outside.
Definitely worth a visit, if you are in the area.
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in Grand Canyon, Arizona
3.9/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.9
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
The El Tovar Hotel is a historic hotel in Grand Canyon National Park. It has a lounge with a light snack menu and some craft beer. There is a fancy dining room if you are so inclined (we were not) and dressed properly (ditto).
On our visit there were 2 New Belgium taps, one from AZ's San Tan brewery and one from Grand Canyon brewery just down the road in Williams.
Is this a beer destination? Well, no, but if you are in the park and thirsty after taking in the sights this is a worthy stop that we were glad to find. Sit outside if the weather is noce and enjoy the view.
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in New York, New York
4.57/5 rDev +4.3% | Avg: 4.38
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
I visited this place during a trip to New York. I was looking for a place with a good lineup of local beers that I can't get in California. I was not disappointed. The place was crowded but I still ended up with a seat at the bar. The crowd and the bartenders were friendly, which was nice since I was going solo. Its a good place for beer and conversation.
I didn't try the food, so no comment there.
This is definitively a place I will revisit the next time I find myself in NYC.
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in Baltimore, Maryland
4.05/5 rDev -8.4% | Avg: 4.42
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25
Fairly typical bar vibe, in a chill part of Baltimore, near the water.
Service was decent, but nothing special.
Selection was very good, they had Lunch on tap while we were there.
Food was below average. I wouldn't eat here unless you had to.
Overall, good spot. One of, if not the most famous craft beer bar in Baltimore. However, their prices reflect they know this. It was expensive even compared to the rest of Maryland and DC. I would still recommend stopping by if you have a chance. More than likely they'll have something you're going to want to try.
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in Westerville, Ohio
4.75/5 rDev +22.7% | Avg: 3.87
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
Drive by this place every day to and from work. Great selection. I've stumbled across some pretty hard to find beers here. Friendly employees always willing to help and talk beer. Only downside is the growler station - too pricey, need better rotating taps.
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in Baltimore, Maryland
3.95/5 rDev -4.8% | Avg: 4.15
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25
In a surprising turn of events, this brewery is located in an industrial park. Plenty of parking on weekends, but if the other businesses in the park aren't as generous during the week, then parking might be more challenging.
Good vibe, more space inside than you'd expect and several tables outside. A few board games to spur conversation, if you're interested.
Service could've been better, but they had a steady flow of customers.
Selection was solid. They had their traditional lineup with a few one-offs, which I think is what you hope for out of most breweries. Overall, their beers are solid with Double Duckpin and 3rd Stone being the standouts.
If you're in Baltimore, I'd recommend checking this place out. However, unless they have Double Duckpin or 3rd Stone on, you won't be blown away.
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in Bethesda, Maryland
3.9/5 rDev +6.3% | Avg: 3.67
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5
This review is specifically for the tables outside.
Good sidewalk cafe vibe with a couple of big screen tvs, if you're into watching sports.
Service was very good.
Selection good local options on draft and a lot belgian bottles for onsite, with typical onsite prices.
Food was average. However, we did not get any of the mussel dishes, which I've heard in hindsight are the way to go here. I know, it's in the name. Should've gone that way the first time.
Overall, decent spot in Bethesda, but nothing to write home about.
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in Bethesda, Maryland
3.13/5 rDev -8.7% | Avg: 3.43
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.75
This is a specialty foods grocery store. So, if the vibe you are expecting is grocery store, then you should be okay. If you want this to be a great hangout spot, then you don't know what a grocery store is.
Service here is typical grocery store.
Selection is abysmal considering this is supposed to be a specialty foods store. You can buy excellent quality food of every type, but apparently the beer you want to go with your great seafood or steak is Corona.
I'd recommend skipping this place when in Bethesda and looking for beer. For your sake, let's hope you are never in Bethesda looking for beer.
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in Bethesda, Maryland
3.31/5 rDev +0.3% | Avg: 3.3
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3
A chain, craft beer bar.
V: Not too different from a Chili's or an Applebee's
Ser.: Solid, nothing special.
Sel: Some decent local options, but also wasting taps on Bud Light, Miller Lite, Blue Moon
F: Please refer to my Chili's or Applebee's comment
When in Bethesda, there are not many good beer options, so you end up occasionally at American Tap Room. However, in no way should you seek this place out.
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in Frederick, Maryland
3.57/5 rDev -14.2% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75
Considered to be one of if not the best bottle shop in Frederick.
Typical vibe for a liquor store. Pretty good overall size inside. Plenty of parking out front.
Average service, nothing bad, nothing great.
Selection was better than average, but not by much.
Overall, a decent bottle shop, if you're in the area. Nothing worth going out of your way for though.
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in District of Columbia
3.64/5 rDev -11.4% | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
In an industrial park in DC. Location is not in the best area for any type of public transit. I'd recommend getting an uber, lyft or cab to here. There appeared to be a few parking spots in the back, if driving, but not many.
Tasting room was tiny. I'd say 20-30 people in there would make it seem crammed.
Staff was friendly.
Selection was limited, which seems to be a typical complaint about DC Brau.
Overall, decent brewery, but not worth visiting unless they have something special on like On The Wings of Armageddon or Solar Abyss. Most of their other offerings get wide distribution, so just hit up a store in DC.
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in București, Romania
3.05/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.27
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3
I went there just once. The offer from the website was not preset at the bar. The location is very small and crammed and the beer selection is not great either. The bar was served by just one guy who was chatty and know a lot about the beers. Just not a great place to spend a Friday evening
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in Tillamook, Oregon
4.33/5 rDev -7.5% | Avg: 4.68
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Chill, small, inviting environment. No minors allowed on premises. The staff can give tours of the barrel room if you're interested. Usually lots of friendly beer geeks around, often sharing beers from other breweries they've brought with them. Nice vibe.
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in Melbourne, Florida
4.18/5 rDev -0.7% | Avg: 4.21
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5
This is a partial review due to the fact my son and I were only there for the ambiance and beer selection.
Located in a strip mall, at a corner and almost discretely located, this pub is absolutely beautiful on the inside even though it appears unimpressive from the parking lot. All the service staff we came in contact were friendly and helpful, the outdoor seating area we chose was clean and comfortable, and they had a very good selection of what I thought was high quality, craft beer. I was really impressed with the placed and have truly fallen in love with their outdoor seating area. On a clear and crisp night it is by far the place to be.
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in Petaluma, California
4.87/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 4.87
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5
Vibe is pretty good. Place is a barn but they break the space up with a blue room for bands/events and the bar area separated by a sliding door which helps it not feel really empty when it's slow. Decor is typical reclaimed wood/edison bulb stuff that drives the kids wild. A few points dinged because it can get scummy and rowdy late night on weekends but if that's your thing might be a plus for you.
Quality is top notch. 24 taps, a great bottle list, lots of cocktails and LOTS of whisky. If you are willing to pay for it, this is the place to go for any expression of Pappy. But back to beer... lines are always clean, pours are healthy and prices are low.
Service is good to great. The beer buyer in particular is very helpful and willing to pour (Free) samples of anything on tap and help you find a beer you want. Some of the other staff behind the bar might need a bit of training...
Selection is a 5 for what it is. This isn't a craft beer taproom with 5 oz pours of all the latest adjunct stouts but it is a great place you can take a date, or family, or coworkers and they will be able to play darts, shoot pool catch a band while you drink some world class beers. They always have a few Lagunitas on, there is always at least one moonlight beer on tap, and they do a great job of keeping the other taps diverse and interesting. Nice sours in bottle too.
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in Lake Buena Vista, Florida
4.03/5 rDev +8.9% | Avg: 3.7
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5
Only 5 beers on tap, but the three we had were excellent. Only had the beer cheddar soup, but it was EXCELLENT. Scott also did a great job behind the bar. Overall, a bit pricey, but still a very good experience.
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in Jacksonville Beach, Florida
4.83/5 rDev +17.2% | Avg: 4.12
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Outstanding experience! Jessika was awesome as our server - prompt, very pleasant, and very knowledgeable. All three of our beers were top notch, and the lunch was fantastic! The next time we're in the area we will be going back!
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in Cleveland, Ohio
4.31/5 rDev +14.9% | Avg: 3.75
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5
Very friendly staff. AMAZING beer selection on draft and many more in bottles. Highly reccomend a visit. A good pub in Cleveland Downtown and you can sit in or out at this pub.
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