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Jack of the Wood

in Asheville, North Carolina

3.97/5  rDev +4.2% | Avg: 3.81
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Stopped here mid afternoon on a Saturday and the place was rather quiet as only about 5 patrons were here. Big U shaped wooden bar can seat about 20. Loads of dark woods here and a small stage sits in the corner. Irish music was playing non-stop. I hear there is a lot of good live music here, but not when I was here.

There were about 20 beers on tap here. A nice mix of local offerings with a few from Stone, Troegs, and Sierra Nevada. I had two pints of local brews and both were fresh so beer seems to turnover well here. If you want a cool Irish bar vibe, this one will hit the spot.

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OysterHouse Brewing Company

in Asheville, North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +6% | Avg: 3.69
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

A short drive from the downtown area and easy to find. A definite hole in the wall feel here as the place is tiny with purple walls, a few tables, and a nice granite top bar. There was a blackboard listing 13 beers on draft, and the food menu actually looked good but I wasn't hungry. $24 for a dozen oysters but they had a few different type to choose from.

I had a few pints here and the beers ranged from good to so-so. Service was super friendly and prompt. This is more of a locals place as the service staff seemed to know everyone but me. If you want to enjoy the local vibe outside of the tourist area, this place will give you that feel.

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Asheville Brewing Company

in Asheville, North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -1.1% | Avg: 3.75
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Walking in there is a smallish bar that is L shaped and can seat 10. Some booths and table fill the rest of the place including a slightly divided room in the back. Plenty of natural light from the windows here. A blackboard lists 15 beers on draft. Only had one Shiva IPA here and it was decent. Ordered some appetizers which were mediocre. Service was friendly but a bit slow, but there was a good crowd here.

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The Scarsdale Inn

in London, United Kingdom (England)

4.78/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.78
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

We went to the Scardale Inn because the man who we rented our flat from had recommended it. It was a great pub! Really good atmosphere. All the tables in the dining room had Reserved signs on them, so we thought we wouldn't be able to sit in there. The waitress said that they were reserved for people who wanted to eat not just drink. Our waitress couldn't have been more helpful with the beer selection and questions about the menu. The kitchen was open and right behind us. They have a regular menu and a board with the daily specials. One daughter had the chicken special which was fantastic. The rest of us had an item off of the regular menu. No one was disappointed! The food was steaming when the waitress brought it to our table. Their desserts were delicious, too! They have a decent beer selection. We couldn't find a pub in London with the beer selection that we have in the States. So many pubs are owned by the breweries so the only beers they have are their own with a few extras. No complaints tho. The Scardale Inn also has a beer garden in front. Really cute with several tables and soft lighting. I would highly recommend this pub.

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Arbor Brewing Company

in Ann Arbor, Michigan

3.13/5  rDev -20.6% | Avg: 3.94
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Nice selection of house drafts and bottles, also have some guest taps. Service was.......bad. Empty glasses sat as I wished for another beer, food order was not put in by our waitress (she did apologized for this). Food finally arrived, warm at best. All in all not impressed by beer, food, or service. I am by far a patient person but if this place was in my hometown it would be a one and done experience.

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The Common Table

in Dallas, Texas

3.48/5  rDev -12.8% | Avg: 3.99
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

I live around the corner from common table and have been going here for years. After my last few trips, ive decided it needs an honest evaluation.

Vibe- for dallas its pretty chill, not great, but its good especially for uptown where most places are just crammed with Frat bros

Service- I honestly often have great servers, but the bartenders can range from amazing to down right awful. Last night the lady serving was basically grunting at me instead of using words

Selection- So on any given night the beer selection is mediocre to decent. For special events it can be amazing. I really like that they have 10 and 20 ounce pours, and the prices are decent. They have a special bottle list, but they dont actually have most of those bottles on a given night.... so yeah

Food- Ive had some great food hear (P.I.G) to some of the worst (they literally served us rotten mussels). So im not giving them a great score here

Overall- I go here alot. Its got a decent patio, craft beer, and its close to my house. For Dallas its pretty decent, but i feel compared to beer bars in most other cities, it kind of sucks

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Tapworks Tavern & Grill

in Chicago, Illinois

3.87/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.97
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Decent new muti-tap bar in the West Loop, near Jak's Tap and Haymarket.
As the other reviewer mentioned, the dozen plus flatscreens are a bit distracting.
Stained copper bar, with an industrial pipe rail, large centrally located square bar with a second smaller one off to the side. Signs and neons all over, pig themed images, the front mat looks lifted straight from the Publican.

Quick friendly bartenders, chatted beer for a minute and offered samples.

Beer selection was pretty good, about 16 local drafts which was nice.
Highlights were Lizard King, Aquanaut Mild, and Goose Fassinator.
Not a lot of hot limited beers, leans more to the mass appeal, easy drinking stuff.
A couple dozen cans/bottles. Overall it was ok, might return to try the food if in the area again.
So many good options near hear though, it's hard to think of as a destination.

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Vine & Brew

in Okemos, Michigan

4.32/5  rDev +22% | Avg: 3.54
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

This store has a wide selection and almost everything is available in singles. Very clean and well organized. It is easy to find what you are looking for. Staff seems knowledgeable, helpful and friendly.

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Four Quarters Brewing Co.

in Winooski, Vermont

4.45/5  rDev +9.6% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

This is a cool little spot in Winooski.
Super friendly staff, mellow vibe just very tiny.
Decent vinyl selection and good tunes. Doubt they stay in this spot for long given their quality.

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The Answer Brewpub

in Richmond, Virginia

5/5  rDev +7.8% | Avg: 4.64
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Blown away. Perhaps the best combination of selection and quality I've seen at the same place brewed by the same people. And the food is amazing too. I got the lemongrass curry beef and this was authentic, high quality Vietnamese food. Great Asian food, amazing big stouts, juicy tarts and hazy ipas.

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Little Woodrow's

in Houston, Texas

2.55/5  rDev -18% | Avg: 3.11
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 2

In Midtown.

Houston kind of reminds me of Indianapolis. There's a downtown that looks legit, what the cabs and skyscrapers and all, but then if you drive just a half mile away from the city center there's all sorts of stray dogs and destitute teens, abandoned lots and collapsed or boarded up houses with overgrown lawns.

Little Woodrow's is something of an establishment in these parts. It's a shitkicker working class bar and embraces that identity wholeheartedly. The interior is charming and grimy, with lots of sunfaded beer merch from the last few decades (including a sweet, black velvet portrait of "Dick," the character who supposedly created Miller Lite's surreal late-90s commercials).

The main bar opens up into a giant deck that features a secondary bar and probably had more square footage than the indoor portion. The deck had wooden booths and was actually quite pleasantl; you could smoke out there or play bags/cornhole.

For the first few minutes, I regaled in the authenticity of place and formulated drunk, pretentious thoughts about how real and comfortable it was when compared to the "inauthentic" tourist and businessman bars I had been visiting downtown. Then a gaggle of beefy men in baseball caps started loudly professing their love for Ted Cruz and the need to take this country back, and I began to slink down into seat.

So you got meathead authenticity, here. And then rich people authenticity down the way. And then homeless people authenticity a few blocks over. Say what you will, Houston is plenty authentic, for whatever that's worth. And I'm a putz.

Anyway, as to the beer, there's a long line of taps that are mostly not very good (Shiner, Lone Star, etc). Then there's a bottle and can selection that is entirely not very good.

So, this is like visiting an Old Chicago in the early 2000's, when they advertised 80 taps but that just meant that had Grolsh and Saint Paulie Girl NA. It's a very Texasy experience, however, so you still might want to check it out. Just don't expect an excellent beer selection.

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

in Houston, Texas

4.4/5  rDev +5.3% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Right downtown, near that weird monorail funicular thing that they have in lieu of actual public transport. Kinda neat, really, and it sums up Houston quite well: a city that provides minimal infrastructure for the majority of its citizens also has a really convenient, futuristic semi-train thing that services only those who live or work in the city's most expensive area.

So the vibe of this joint is kind of that of its neighborhood, i.e. solidly white collar and upper class. You don't get any of the annoying bits associated with a shitkicker or bro bar, but you also have to deal with listening to rich people speak.

The building is old. Its ceilings are high and the interior is spacious is woody. Old beer swag and mug club completion trophies line the wall (which are just the saddest goddamn things; why don't you mug clubbers simply review 2000+ beers, like Real Men?).

The vibe is pleasantly quiet: no loud music, even fairly late at night, and while there are sports that play TV the volume is on low enough that you can easily carry on a conversation even if you're sitting right beneath a TV.

The bartenders and wait staff were friendly and fast, knowledgeable about the beer selection without seeming pretentious or condescending. I cannot vouch for the quality of the selection, since I don't really know of any other south texas joints to compare it it, but the breadth was excellent: about 30 taps, all good to great, and then another 50 or so bottles.

Draught selection was a great combination of local brews (Arnolds, Live Oak, Karbach, Brash), nationally available craft brands, and good European imports. Nothing struck me as particularly rare--even during their rare beer tapping on Thursday--but it was all good.

Pours ranged from 5-7. Same with the bottles, aside from some obvious exceptions like Cascade.

Overall, the best place to stop for a beer in downtown Houston.

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Max Burger

in Longmeadow, Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.4% | Avg: 4.44
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Very nice upscale restaurant. Burgers are the main theme, but they have other sandwiches too. Bacon lollipops are on the appetizer menu and are awesome. Quality of the food is first rate, and portions are good. Best fries in the area.

When it comes to beer, half the menu is beer choices. There are usually at least 25 to choose from on draft or in bottles. Good assortment of styles and imports. You can usually find something that will suit your mood and will pair well with the food you've selected.

A bit expensive but the service matches the price, and so does the food quality. You get what you pay for and this place is worth visiting if you're in the area.

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AJ's Beer Warehouse

in Rochester, New York

4.11/5  rDev -7.2% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Decided to go here instead of Beers of the World. It's very deceptive pulling in. It looks much smaller on the outside. Upon entering, you instantly get a 'beer cave' feel - more on that later. The main space is a bit sparse, filled with sale beers, and lined with coolers, which weren't packed when I went, but that's probably for the best because it means that they're going through stock. I entered the back area, which is just a massive spray foam insulation coated space, but has more of a selection than the front coolers. While browsing, an employee was removing soon-to-be shelf turds and marking prices down. Prices were clearly marked, although a little high, but nothing abhorrent. Selection was above average, but as with the normal coolers, there were empty spaces instead of turds. Overall, a nice place.

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Spec's #09 - Hwy 6 North

in Houston, Texas

3.67/5  rDev -1.6% | Avg: 3.73
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

A neighborhood Spec's that has limited variety. You can usually find the typical offerings, but inventory is catered to a more regular cliental. For more variety and better vibe in this particular area, check out the Spec's on FM529 at Barker Cypress or Hwy 290 at Jones Road. Or, believe it or not, the Chevron mini mart on West Road at Telge. Trust me on that one!

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Spec's #00 - Downtown

in Houston, Texas

4.17/5  rDev -5.7% | Avg: 4.42
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Many Spec's exist around the Houston area and some are better than others in terms of what they stock, but this is the big downtown store. If you're looking for mainstream or regular macro offerings, you can typically find it here in multiple packaging. The shortfall is specialty beers: when they get them there's usually a line that started a day ago! For these, you're better off getting lucky at an outlier or getting friendly with your local well-stocked grocery store. There's usually at least one larger burb Spec's near you in Houston where you can find a good selection of regular offerings, or you can triangulate through two or three nearby. Therefore, trips to the downtown store are not necessary on a regular basis unless it happens to be one of your nearby Spec's. But everyone who likes and buys beer should check it out at least once.

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Backyard Grill

in Houston, Texas

4.2/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Been to Backyard twice and will return again. Once I sat at the bar with a friend on a weeknight and enjoyed a couple beers. The second time was Friday night with family at a table in the bar section of the establishment. Both times service was terrific, but better vibe the second time. Selections are decent, a mix of national beers, Houston and other Texas breweries and a few established micros sprinkled in such as Prairie Bomb! or something from Founders. North Coast is usually well represented. The problem with Backyard and suburb places like it, they focus on home base brews which frankly, my city and surrounding area is not all that good at yet, especially in the darker and more flavorful varieties I prefer. But my limited experience and tracking them on TapHunter is if you can't find at least one or two beers to your liking on tap there, then you're not trying hard enough. Food menu is a nice variety, not just fried bar food. I recommend this joint.

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3Crow Restaurant & Bar

in Rockland, Maine

4.61/5  rDev +1.5% | Avg: 4.54
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Tuesday is $2 taco night. Selection of simple but elegant and delicious tacos. Haven't tried anything else on the menu, but it's unique,interesting, and not your father's corner bar & restaurant. Beer menu is excellent with about a dozen beers on tap. Usually headed off by a MBC choice and several other of the best local/Maine brews. Service at bar and at tables is excellent and efficient. Nicely decorated with excellent art, lights and 3Crow stuff (building originally housed a food distributor called 3 Crows). Nice mix of casual bar scene and slightly more upscale restaurant. Seems to be popular with both young and old. Check out the throwback soap dispenser in the men's room.

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Siciliano's Market

in Grand Rapids, Michigan

4.66/5  rDev +1.5% | Avg: 4.59
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Such an awesome place. Great selection of sours and Michigan beers. Very helpful staff, took time to make me feel welcomed and had nice genuine conversation when checking out. Awesome spot for home brewers. Wish I had a store back home like this.

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Bailey's Sports Grille

in Germantown, Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +7.8% | Avg: 3.83
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Out of business for almost three years now. The building is now a Mexican restaurant, Señor Tequila's. It doesn't have the beer selection that Bailey's had.

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Altamont Beer Works

in Livermore, California

3.86/5  rDev -7.7% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Super helpful and kind staff. Mainly hoppy beers with a few very good ones. A little pricey for growlers but worth the visit. Hopefully they'll start brewing some more styles soon!

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Heartland Brewery and Chophouse - Times Square

in New York, New York

3.96/5  rDev +6.5% | Avg: 3.72
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Appearance is very pleasant, open and clean. Been here a few times and the service is always good. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and courteous. The beer selection is decent. I've had most of their brews and they are just OK, nothing special but certainly not bad. Beer flights are a great way to go here. The food is pretty good, the burgers are probably the best thing on the menu. Prices are good for this part of New York City.

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Waddell's Brewpub & Grille

in Spokane, Washington

4.11/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Stopped by for lunch and a brew. Nice place with a decent selection of their own beers plus a dozen or so taps for "guest" beers, many of which are regional offerings. The food was very good, the lunchtime atmosphere was quiet. It was a beautiful day, so the spacious outdoor seating was available. Much of the seating consists of over sized farmhouse tables with bench seats, perfect for larger parties or just meeting strangers seated at the other end of the table.
The only drawback, to me, is the location. It's easy to drive to and abundant parking, but not well located for neighborhood walk in customers.

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Fate Brewing Co.

in Scottsdale, Arizona

4.17/5  rDev -0.7% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A gem in the city of Scottsdale, Fate Brewing offers a multitude of quality styles and a cozy atmosphere. Small food plates are offered along with their dozen beers, ranging from a golden ale and Vienna lager to an Irish Red and Export Stout. Not much in the way of a really strong beer, but a number of very easy drinking beers available.The hatch chile version of their golden ale was very fun to drink as well as their hoppy Red Ale. I would have loved to spend more time at this place, however dinner plans got in the way.

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Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co.

in Tahoe City, California

4.75/5  rDev +12% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

No food so I hope this doesn't affect the rating. Tahoe mt is by far one of the best breweries in California but never gets press. Incredibly balanced, elegant and innovative beers. No better experience at the tasting room with tons of ales to try, and super chill and welcoming to boot. Seek them out, visit at all costs. Pool and cornhole for gaming.

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