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Villains Chicago

in Chicago, Illinois

4.5/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.54
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The new Villains is ridiculous, pretty much a 180° from their old space. It was very laid back at the bar, very comfortable with some understated modern decor. It had a similar vibe to the Publican somehow, can't put my finger on it. Somewhat upscale, but relaxed. Friendly people at the bar, had some nice conversations,

Service at the bar was great, very prompt and friendly, the bartender made a mean cocktail too.

Beer selection was very impressive, there were a number of the Mikkeller Spontan series on draft, a number of Prairie drafts, Logsdon, and more. Lots of depth and variety. There was a reserve bottle list with some spendier stuff that I haven't seen elsewhere. The menu was well organized, with prices and sizes listed, and they offered half pours. Just an amazing selection.

Overall a great experience, I'd return again soon to try some stuff off the menu. Best bar downtown in my opinion.

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Crucible Brewing

in Everett, Washington

4.1/5  rDev +1.7% | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Vibe/Ambiance: Place is ok, right at the mall
Service: very small operation but person at bar is atttentive
Selection: Basic beers stout, ipa
Food
Value: pints at $5, growlers at $15 is a bit expensive
Overall: Its is nice brewery

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First Draft

in Chicago, Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -4% | Avg: 3.97
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

First Draft feels pretty much like "Old Villains" with more tv's and some new windows on the south wall. Beer selection was heavy on crowd favorites Three Floyds and Founders, focus on Midwest beers from Pig Minds, Pollyanna, and Lagunitas (multiple drafts of each) plus a handful of imports but nothing out of the ordinary.

Ordering a beer at the bar seemed simple enough, but it was kind of an ordeal here. After 10 minutes the harried bartender came over then left again when I asked about smaller pours. Didn't want a pint of a beer I've never had, and they didn't offer tastes. They were also out the first 2 beers listed on Beermenus. She returned to say they didn't do small pours, but then suddenly became aware they do flights. Ok...so I picked 3 and asked for a dealers choice. Turned out to be Project Pam, which was terrible. Kind of hit or miss service, maybe they were new.

Atmosphere was ok, kind of loud, music playing and dozens of flatscreens. Sort of similar to Kaseys with the mix of sports bar and neighborhood bar. Villains down the street has the best selection downtown, and it's not even close.

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Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant

in Virginia Beach, Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -13.8% | Avg: 3.77
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Decent place to stop in for a beer, but don't expect anything too special or with a local vibe. Better than a lot of other options nearby though, and a sight better than a Chili's or Applebees, which is the sort of thing usually found in places like this.

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Sun Brewing Co.

in Canutillo, Texas

2.95/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.23
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 2 | service: 5 | selection: 1.5 | food: 5

this place may not have the best selection or the best quality of beers (at least not yet), however, it more than makes up for it by uniqueness, quality of service and great food. I first visited this place when it just opened up, and the difference between back then and now is remarkable. this guy is really making progress. I'm really impressed considering that this place was started from scratch. this place is the prime example of what local microbreweries are all about.

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All 'N' Good Spirits

in Talmo, Georgia

5/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 5
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is awesome. Very friendly and supportive staff, great selection. And if they happen to not have it, they will do everything they can to get it (as long as you can get it in Georgia).
I live pretty far from this establishment (like 40 + miles) but go out of my way to go there. They deserve the business.

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Founders Brewing Company

in Grand Rapids, Michigan

5/5  rDev +13.6% | Avg: 4.4
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Truth be told, never been here but there beers are without exception the very best anywhere. Only wish they'd open a brewery in Vermont so New England could partake in brews like the legendary CBS. Might have to import the water or something, all founders beers have a special taste to them. F-it, I'll just move to Michigan!

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Ram Restaurant & Brewery

in Indianapolis, Indiana

3.56/5  rDev +0.6% | Avg: 3.54
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

6 standard beers on tap augmented by several seasonal brews, the beer and food were quite good, but sadly our waitress knew very little about the beers; she didn't know what seasonals were available without leaving to get a cheat-sheet and even then seemed to get several of them mixed up when iterating the options to us. I would recommend the "spiral" flight of 6 (good for all the standards, though you can customize what to sample in the standard-sized flight glasses served in a thick plastic cutout in the shape of a ram's horn) or the "shorty" flight which consists of three 10 oz. options of your choosing.

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Ovation Bistro & Bar

in Davenport, Florida

4.19/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place is in a strip mall off of Hwy 27 in Davenport and was packed when we went.
It was obviously a locals type joint, and was very welcoming.
Our waitress was very attentive and our food came out very quickly.
They smoke their own meats; pork, brisket and chicken. I had the pork and the brisket along with fish in the Bravo Tacos; all were excellent! The wife's sirloin was cooked just the way she ordered it. My oldest son got the sliders, youngest son got a cheeseburger and my daughter got the potato soup and mac n cheese; all were delicious. The meals weren't expensive either.
One of the owners was constantly out front serving food and talking with all the customers. He made sure to stop at our table and talk to us before we left, too.
Plenty of craft beers and specialty cocktails to choose from as well. Although I thought they could have been a dollar or tow less, but that can be said for every place you eat, right?
We will be sure to go back and visit this place again.

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Chimney Rock Inn

in Bound Brook, New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.35
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Great family place. I love the cozy wood interior. I've been there with family and for work holiday parties. They're good with regular tables and party setups. Very good craft selection at the bar, almost always have tasty Kane and Carton beer on tap, along with other quality breweries. Great local place.

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Merlins Rest

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.83
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Merlins Rest is a nice British style pub. The draft selection is small, but well picked with some Elglish imports that you unfortunetly don't see on tap enough. Fuller's ESB, and London Porter are two of my all time favorites, and it is nice to see them getting some love. The Scotch list is one of the best in the Twin Cities if that is your kind of thing, and it's my kind of thing.

The atmosphere of the usual American style British pub, but it is inviting enough that it refrains from being cliche. The service has been prompt and friendly on some visits, and I've been virtually ignored on others. As for the food, all I've had is the bangers and mash, but they were quite nice.

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The Bearded Monk

in Denton, Texas

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

What can I say? A lot, actually. The look of the shop is perfectly suited for the spirit of the place. Rustic, warm, and inviting. Talking to the staff or customers is sure to land you plenty of good recommendations for beers and the selection of bottles and cans is quite nice. The rotating options on tap vary but are generally able to accommodate any person's taste. Grabbing a pint while browsing the wares is a great way to spend some time. Local arts and crafts are also for sale and in various places in the shop. One place in Denton you don't want to miss.

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Delilah's

in Chicago, Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.5% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Open every day of the year with about 700 whiskers and a couple of hundred beers to go with. They have great events with verticals, rare and limited releases, and tastings. Mike runs a hell of a place that is my favorite bar in the country. If you visit Chicago or live in the area and like whisky, beer, good service, or just having a damn good time you should definitely check out Delilah's.

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Carton Brewing Company

in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev -5.6% | Avg: 4.48
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

You have to take the tour of the small brewery to get your tasting poker chips.
6 chips for tasting glasses. You can also buy glasses of anything. And they have a cooler full of 4 pack cans to purchase. I also got a Carton 32 oz. growler with the "Shipwreck Porter" which is an excellent beer.
You go to an attic barroom for the samplings and it has some sofas. I think they could hire a better artist for their clothing as I really didn't see a shirt I would want to own. I also picked up some glassware re: a long stemmed beer glass perfect for sipping the Shipwreck.
Carton bought the building next door and are starting to expand.

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The Great Lost Bear

in Portland, Maine

4.01/5  rDev -5.2% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Great selection of beer including Allagash, Bissell, and Foundation. Service was a bit slow and disjointed and i wasn't really crazy about the food i had but would give it another shot just for the tap list.

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Matt’s Bar & Grill

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

2.11/5  rDev -9.8% | Avg: 2.34
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2.25 | food: 3

Matt's Bar claims to have invented the Juic Lucy. The may have, but that is immaterial. If they did they have done nothing with it since then, but keep it greasy. Being what it is there is not much wrong with it. A greasy burger can be a beautiful thing. The simple food at Matt's is not my beef with the place. The long wait to get in the door isn't my beef either. Most popular places have long waits. My beef with Matt's is the service. Once the wait for a table or bar stool is over the wait to be served begins. Once that wait is over the real wait begins. Matt's clearly prioritizes takeout orders so be prepared to watch people walk in, order their takeout after you ordered your meal, and leave with their food long before you get yours. Matt's kitchen is...well...a flat top grill and deep frier not a kitchen. They have no business doing takeout orders went they can't keep up with in house orders. To me that is the mst disrespectful way an establishment can treat there customers.

As for the beer selection, Matt's should not be listed on this site. The are not a beer bar, nor are they a bar that cares at all about their beer selection. They don't have to be. The best you are going to do beerwise at Matt's is Two Hearted or Summit EPA.

To the traveller looking for a juicy lucy and a pint, hit up eitger The Blue Door Pub or The Nook. There will probably be waits to get in, but they cook your food when you order it. The lucies are better too.

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The Homebrewer / Home Brewing Co

in San Diego, California

3.89/5  rDev -11.8% | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Great staff. I know they're not really meant to cater to root beer brewers, but it would've been good to see more selection there. Great place overall

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Victory Beer Hall (at Xfinity Live)

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -3.8% | Avg: 3.98
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

We went over to Xfinity Live two hours before the Sixers-Cavs game a couple of weeks ago.

For those who aren't aware, Xfinity Live consists of a bunch of sports bars all housed under the same roof and united by big-screen TV's everywhere that you look. It's located in the Philly Sports Complex between Citizen's Bank Park and the Wells Fargo Center. It was pretty crowded when we visited with a mix of people pre-gaming the Sixers and a lot of people watching the NFL Wild Card playoffs.

As to Victory Beer Hall itself, there's outdoor seating for warmer climes. Inside, there are two bars and some bar tables. The bulk of the seating is at large communal wooden tables, a clear attempt to capture that Munich Bierstube charm. This is where we ended up sitting.

There were probably about 15 Victory offerings on tap, along with a few macros. I had a Prima Pils, a Mad King's Weiss, and a Hop Ranch IPA. All were served in plastic cups. Not ideal, but understandable given the crowds and the atmosphere. There's also a full bar. A few people in our party had cocktails, which were amusingly served in actual glasses.

The food is pure bar menu and definitely has a a bit of a mark-up. We split pretzels, nachos, wings, and a bratwurst Reuben among us. Everything was solid. Nothing was spectacular.

Considering the crowds, our server was reasonably attentive. When she came to take our drink order, one of our party was in the restroom. She wouldn't allow us to order a drink for her, insisting that she needed to see her ID first. That's fair, but a nuisance. It took a little while to get our check but, again, it was crowded.

It's worth noting that the Victory Beer Hall is NOT run by Victory themselves, but by a third-party licensing the brand. It's a good enough time and certainly the best option in Xfinity Live for someone looking for a good beer.

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The Monk's Kettle

in San Francisco, California

4.41/5  rDev +0.7% | Avg: 4.38
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Tiny corner spot near 16/Mission in SF. Some outside seating, some funky bar seating as well as booths inside. The beer selection (while pricy) is great...same goes for the food. Nice people there and a good vibe...but your wallet may hurt if you stay for too many!

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Toronado

in San Francisco, California

4.06/5  rDev -5.8% | Avg: 4.31
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

Super dive, super loud music, super DGAF bartenders, super killer beer selection. What else to say? If you go there you know why you do, but don't roll up as a tourist expecting some red carpet experience.

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City Beer Store

in San Francisco, California

4.62/5  rDev +4.5% | Avg: 4.42
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Great to go/bar in SoMa...while the price point of brews to go can be borderline crazy, the selection of stuff to take out, enjoy in house, or have on draft is excellent.

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BEL Restaurant

in San Francisco, California

3.83/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.83
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25

Not sure if this was a product of SF beer week, but the pours were tiny and extremely expensive (even of very run of the mill sours and wild ales). Small place, nice employees, but won't be back due to cost, limited selection and location.

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Faction Brewing

in Alameda, California

4.31/5  rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Cool spot in the old Naval Shipyard area, with a huge outdoor space overlooking the Bay and SF...inside with the bar is pretty tiny, but the area with all the brew equipment is a gigantic room that is mostly unused...they should consider having the back area more accessible! Amazing American style beers though and nice folks.

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Giordano Bros. - Mission

in San Francisco, California

4/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Probably one of the worst physical set ups for a bar/eatery if it is at all busy. Good selection of beer and decent employees, but the floor plan and the crowd dissuade me from returning.

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Rosamunde Sausage Grill - Mission

in San Francisco, California

4.3/5  rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.31
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great spot in the Mission to grab a quick bite (delicious sausages of all strange types or fries) and get a killer beer. Usually have a great and eclectic selection...while you just have to deal with the gruff nature of the bar tenders!

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