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Fongs Pizza

in Ankeny, Iowa

5/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.66
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Fong's Pizza in Ankeny Has it all. 88 tap beers and a kitchen crew that has no limit on what they will throw on a pizza. Mac & Cheese, Thanksgiving Feast, Egg Roll, Mongolian Beef, Crab Rangoon etc. You want beer from all over the world? You want to try a pizza that you will never find again? This place has it all! The decor is better than the food and beer selection. You have to check it out!! #fongs88

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Coors Brewing Company

in Golden, Colorado

4.39/5  rDev +22.3% | Avg: 3.59
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Only 5 I've ever given. Can't beat a free tour of an iconic, legendary facility with free samples; all you pay is your time (which some can make a joke about even that not being worth it, but those people are idiots). Extremely transparent tour of how beer is made, with some impressive sights along the way, culminating in three free good-proportioned samples of whatever beers you want (and more along the way).
Of course this page is going to be character assassinated just because it's a macrobrew factory, but don't believe it. Just as we say don't review a beer if you can't be fair to they style, don't review a place if you can't be objective. Reading about people looking down their noses at the free, well thought out tour and free beerSSS, when they know that's what this place makes? It's insulting and ugly. Seriously, no one forced you to diminish this beer beacon with your lowly presence, and you didn't even have to pay a cent.
Value can't be beat. Legendary brewery. Service was fantastic. Highly informative, both about beer in general and Coors in particular. If you have an afternoon to kill, this is a must. Did I mention it's all FREE??

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The Rare Barrel

in Berkeley, California

4.48/5  rDev +2.8% | Avg: 4.36
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

The brewery is expansive, yet manages to be somewhat tucked away into the landscape, because Rare Barrel uses minimal signage. I was surprised just how big the place is, plenty of room for barrels! The tasting area is essentially a partitioned area of the warehouse -- chill, though can get surprisingly busy (considering it isnt exactly close to BART). The quality is superb; while most offering are wild ales, there are a handful of other non-sour options, all quality. The service is quite friendly and helpful. All around great place!

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Mikkeller Bar

in San Francisco, California

4.32/5  rDev -1.4% | Avg: 4.38
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Pretty chill craft beer spot on the edge of the Tenderloin, but essentially right off Market Street. They have about 40 beers on tap, usually 4 or 5 are in-house selections. The presentation is very solid. Great selection of glassware and beer is served according to correct temperature. There's a "semi secret" sour bar, below the main beer area that opens in the evening. They have a few beers on tap and solid bottle selection. The Tenderloin area was hurting for a chill quality beer spot.

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Fujioka's Wine Times

in Honolulu, Hawaii

3.51/5  rDev -12.9% | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

A very nice selection, although their focus is clearly primarily on wine and fine liquor. However, the selection is varied enough from the other local spots to make it worth a visit.

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Queensgate Beer Barn

in York, Pennsylvania

3.32/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.32
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Been shopping at Beer Barn off and on for a few months now. Decent, but not great selection of beers. I can always find something of interest with a nice selection of local PA brews on the left side of the store. A few feet away are more interesting selections from across the U.S., was glad to see they have both Sculpin and Grapefruit Sculpin!
Last year they had a small Oktoberfest when the partnered with the small deli next door. This year things got serious with a free beer (Penn Oktoberfest, Shiner Bock and Yuengling Lager and some good brats and other tasty offereing from the deli.
This place has potential, hope they stay focused!

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Lucky Envelope Brewing

in Seattle, Washington

3.95/5  rDev +3.7% | Avg: 3.81
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

New place has a nice open tasting room. Good variety of beers to pick from (they had 9 when I went). In a fun locale among the other breweries in the infamous Ballad, lending itself to being part of a nice brew crawl.

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Binny's Beverage Depot

in Algonquin, Illinois

4.89/5  rDev +10.4% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great place to find a different beer. Has a huge section of all type of beers. I was like a kid in a candy store. The staff was great on helping me out and very knowable of the section of beers the have on hand.

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Imperial Oak Brewing

in Willow Springs, Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +4.9% | Avg: 4.31
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Have been here several times and I'm always amazed by their beers . My favorite is the Utterly Black Milk Stout (Nitro). Attended their Oak-Tober Fest this year and it was a terrific event.

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Worden Hall

in Boston, Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.39
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great place! Small but versatile selection. A few gems on the list. Food is superb! Decent vegetarian selection in addition to some great meat preparation!

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Rock Art Brewery

in Morrisville, Vermont

3.56/5  rDev -9.9% | Avg: 3.95
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Visited 9-17-2015

Low rated vibe due to the commercial aspect of this place. I feel as though they care more about selling their brand than their beer. Hoodies, shirts, glassware, etc are fine, but do you really need wallets, umbrellas, cheese plates, and countless other knickknacks with your logo plastered all over it?

The bartender was high as all hell and wanted nothing to do with beer, but at least she was nice to us.

Beer was middling at best.

Lame stop.

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The Pour House

in North Wales, Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

A nice list of beer on tap. Nothing mind blowing and worthy of taking a special trip for, but a very well rounded list that will please most. The bottle list is fairly extensive, but pricey (although to be expected).

I've had about half of the menu at this point, and while there a few duds, most offerings are very good.

My main complaint is how small the bar is. If it's even a remotely busy night, it fills up almost instantly.

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The Banshee

in Dorchester, Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +29.1% | Avg: 3.78
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Great neighborhood pub, food and service are awesome, packed at weekends for soccer and football but during the week you can relax with a Long Trail Limbo IPA or a Bud, the Banshee has a pretty decent draft selection to suit everyone.

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Freetail Brewing Company

in San Antonio, Texas

4.44/5  rDev +7.5% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Great environment, nice atmosphere with the people, and decent view of the hillside it resides on. Heard it was more beautiful before they built the houses surrounding the hills but nonetheless very nice scenery to enjoy a cold craft brew. Staff very knowledgeable of their beer selection so very helpful in deciding what beers to have. Overall great experience.

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Belgo Centraal

in London, United Kingdom (England)

4.08/5  rDev -3.8% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great selection of beer (mostly bottled) and my server was happy to recommend me a sour I'd never tried based on what I said I liked. It paired perfectly with my vat of mussels and fries. Added a Fruli for dessert.

This space, underground and strange, was really cool. It wasn't a great atmosphere- just a bunch of other tourists, but the staff still made you feel special and I quite want to go back.

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Hunger n Thirst

in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

This place looks like it will be nothing but beards, waxed moustaches, and girls with full-sleeve tattoos. And, it kind of is. But, I've had almost universally wonderful service there (if I simply exclude the lady who seemed to be sick, hungover, or maybe currently inebriated).

Otherwise, I've had helpful staff pouring me beers styles that I just never, ever see on draft. My first visit, there was a sour tasting later that night, and they sold me sour after sour before the event. I even got an ESB, something I never see on draft outside of the UK or a British-themed pub. They have 24 taps, with the beer, style, ABV, and pour volume displayed on two big flatscreens above the taps. They'll make a flight of whatever, with the prices determined by what you choose. They have a lot of small, local breweries.

The menu is small, and I've only had one meal there. It was tasty, but I don't consider this a dining destination, more a 'trying lots of new beers' place.

There's a little gourmet shop and a bottle shop. Both are expensive but have some nice finds.

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +7.2% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Sat at the bar and got very friendly and helpful service. We decided to try share a flight and then each had a pint. I didn't love any of the beers until I tried the house Wit, which was very, very good. They also had some kind of run-of-the-mill red that was very tasty to have with food. The appear to have a standard menu of beers that are always on and a rotating list of the rest. Their website can let you know ahead of time what's on now and what's coming up.

The food menu was ridiculously extensive, if you can't eat here, you can't eat. Our bartender really knew the menu and steered us in the right direction. For the meal, we chose a selection of appetizers, to get a feel for the place. None of them were a disappointment. They weren't huge helpings, but they were well-prepared and tasty.

The only downside was when a table full of children were seated behind us, in the bar area. I saw two indoor dining areas and a lot of outdoor seating but no, the raucous children were seated in what should have been the 'adult' area of the restaurant. I'll never understand why restaurant managers choose to alienate clientele who want some adult time out. Can't the bar area be 18+?

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Woodman's Markets

in Kenosha, Wisconsin

4.16/5  rDev +7.8% | Avg: 3.86
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Made the hour trip up from Chicago to grab some New Glarus. Solid selection of New Glarus and a plenty of other Wisconsin breweries, and a decent selection of other regional and national brands. I was surprised that they didn't have a large selection of bombers (or maybe I missed them). I was going to grab some Surly as well, but can dates on the Surly were over 5 months old, so I passed and had didn't buy anything that didn't have a bottle/can date just in case. I will say that Wisconsin has crazy low prices on craft beer, with lots of sixers at $7.99 and hardly any over $9.99. In Michigan, $9.99 seems to be the entry level, and plenty of brewers are hitting the $11.99 price point for even basic offerings

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Tecumseh Brewing Company

in Tecumseh, Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -2.3% | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

We were in on a Sunday evening and they had 10 beers on tap. I have been there when only 4 were on hand. Small place with outside front and back sitting areas. No table service. Order beer and food at the counter. They give you a buzzer to let you know when it's ready and you pick it up. They have added a bristle board dart board, a fooseball table and video game since I was there last or maybe I never went down that hall to the back door. Their beers are very good. I hope they continue to grow.

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Three Penny Taproom

in Montpelier, Vermont

4.41/5  rDev -2.4% | Avg: 4.52
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

For a little place in the middle of almost-nowhere (this is the smallest state capital in the US with under 10,000 pop. and surrounded by farmland), this place has a surprising selection of good beer on tap.
It's definitely a find for beer lovers.
And the food is good too. Again, not a huge menu, but for a small town, they do a good job of serving "pub classics" like burgers with peanut butter and fried pickles as well as more common fare.
Like their close neighbor, Heady Topper, I was determined to be disappointed in what I expected would be a trendy, overrated place. My only disappointment was how wrong I was... This place carries its weight just like Heady Topper proved damn good after all, too!

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Old Stump Brewing Co.

in Pomona, California

4.03/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Open to the public for only a few weeks, Old Stump Brewing is an easy drive from La Verne Brewing as well as Sanctum Brewing. Easy to spot from the street, Old Stump is housed in a large building in which what is easily one of the largest taprooms by floor size that I have steeped into. The bar seems to go on forever, several long tables in the middle of the floor, and an outdoor patio gated off from the parking lot. Regarding style, it's no frills.

Nine different house beers pouring, and among them were a hefeweizen, two different IPA's, sweet stout, and more. I ordered a pint of the Red Hammock IPA and was impressed. Stop me if you have heard this before, but clunky shaker pints are the vessel of choice for the beer. Samplers are offered as well (I did have a sample of good sweet stout too).

Combining good beer with good people makes any beer experience better, and I got just that. A bartender who could keep a conversation, accurately describe beer flavors, and bartend just for the sake of it (not getting paid for it) commends massive respect. Bonus points for running into a couple at the bar who I had great conversation with (and two Red Hammock's on them), as the people behind and at the bar made my first time at Old Stump Brewing one to remember. Now to properly try the rest of the beer lineup in future!

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La Verne Brewing Co.

in La Verne, California

3.74/5  rDev +0.3% | Avg: 3.73
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Halloween is here and there appears to be a massive costume party being held nearby at the Fairplex. I do my best to weave around traffic, taking note that there are many cops on the road (don't drive drunk!), drive past what looks like Formula 1 track, and then to the left is a small industrial road which takes you to La Verne Brewing.

Plenty of parking where it is at. You come across a small taproomroom plus a doorway which leads to an even bigger room for possible overspill from the taproom. Formula 1 theming around the room, a draft list written in chalk, tap handles ranging from odd trophies to an ironic 1990s Budweiser handle. The bar sits as an "L" leaving comfortable room for patrons as well as those standing around.

A taplist with 12 possible options, however one of the 12 spaces were empty, three being just tapped out, leaving a more than solid 8 options of house beer to be poured. Many of the pours land around $5 a pint, but that does jump up to $7 for certain beers. Shaker pint glasses hold the brewhouse's creations, so La Verne Brewing is playing very safe with the glassware. As for the beer, pouring were a cream ale, pineapple blonde, Double IPA, oatmeal stout, pumpkin rye ale, and even a Halloween themed porter. The pineapple blonde light and refreshing with a little note of the fruit, the porter hitting me with a great surprise.

Behind the bar was a bartender who knew the stuff that was pouring, was personable, and willing to help.

La Verne gave me good vibes. But with another brewery ahead and cops patrolling the roads on Halloween, I cut myself off after two pints. I intend to come back in the future.

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2nd Story Brewing Co.

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2.99/5  rDev -20.5% | Avg: 3.76
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.75

For what I read on here and what I drank were 2 different views. They mixed up the sampler I got and switched 2 of the beers and to a novice craft drinker, it would have be a turn off. A few of the beers were described as bold in hop flavor yet lacked. The 2 samplers I got had average to below average beer on it. One I could barely even get through. The only beer that was noteworthy was the berliner- nice acidic feel. I had this cheese and nacho dish which did not sit well in my stomach for hours on end with bad indigestion. Our server was slow and seemed more concerned with chatting with every table around him. I collect pint ware and it seems in my 100 plus glasses they ordered a very thin cheap glass and I fear if I run it through the dishwasher, it will clean off all the ink. I was walking distance to this place in Philly over the weekend and on the second night, I passed on a return visit and went to Eulogy which has an immensely awesome beer list.

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Giesinger Bräu - Das Bierlaboratorium

in München, Germany

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

Visited on 23SEP15....

From the street, enter a small courtyard then up a flight of stairs to an outdoor patio, hen inside to the Stüberl. . Once in, there's a small area where tours are organized and merchandise can be bought. Up one more flight to the Stüberl itself. A curved bar seating about 10 is on the right, with the rest of the room having a number of heay, polished wooden tables varying in size from 4 to 16 seats. The left wall is brick with windows looking down on the brewing equipment, and large windows on the front and back allow lots of light to filter in. Overall, a modern, bright, airy place to imbibe. No music was played, just the sounds of happy revelers. They had 9 biers available when I visited; 5 vom Faß and 4 bottled "craft" recipes. I tried 4 of these - Weizenbock, Tripel, Doppel Alt and Baltic Rye Porter. They were decent to solid, overall. Service staff was friendly and efficient. Giesinger warrants a return visit at some point for me. Prosit!!

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


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Whole Foods Market

in Glen Allen, Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -0.8% | Avg: 3.86
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Although a few years ago WF was probably not the only place to go in my area to get a growler fill, it was one of the first places I went. I still have their growler. Although the draft selections are limited, most of the time I can find a brew I want to try.

In addition to the draft selections, WF has a pretty good selection of canned and bottled beer. I have found local craft beer and small brewery selections there that I could not find elsewhere (examples include Midnight Brewery and Chaos Mountain).

This is not my first choice to buy beer but if I am nearby, I make it a point to stop in and see what they have.

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