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in Marshall, Michigan
4.03/5 rDev -3.1% | rAvg: 4.16
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25
If you have seen the show, you already kind of know the vibe of the place. It is a tough guy who secretly really cares sort of thing.
Sat at the bar. Staff was courteous, but not necessarily quite friendly. Rarely waited long for a beer, but never was really asked how I was doing or if I wanted a sample of anything. Not really a needy person, but just strange considering for a good part of my time there, I was literally the only person sitting at the bar and they knew I was also getting a growler to go.
Food was really good. I got one of their pizzas and the crust was crisp, the cheese perfectly cooked. Very nice.
Of course, you come to Dark Horse for the beer. And the beer was good. Nothing brewery only the day I was there, which is kind of a bummer. However, with the quality of beer they put out, their regulars are still special.
If you are going by Marshall, stop. Great beer and food. Don't forget to check out their general store too. (954 characters)
in Los Angeles, California
4.6/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.19
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
Great spot. Constantly changing craft beer selection with some of the best West coast options. The food is very good as well and descent prices. Option to sit outside too. Definitely worth a stop if you're downtown LA. (218 characters)
in San Marcos, California
4.03/5 rDev -6.7% | rAvg: 4.32
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4
I love their beer! I was a little disapointed with the space but that may be because I just came from Stone. If you are going for the beer, you will not be disapointed. (168 characters)
in San Diego, California
4.54/5 rDev +6.8% | rAvg: 4.25
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
This is a very nice space with great outdoor seating. The staff rocks. The tour is well worth the time. It takes about an hour but the guides are a lot of fun. (160 characters)
in San Diego, California
2.74/5 rDev -31.3% | rAvg: 3.99
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 1.75
I stopped in on a Sunday after a baseball game. The first 4 beers I asked for they did not have. Why not take them off the list? The bartender told me that they they did not have anything good. So I ordered a hard cream soda. The bartender tells me "we dont have that but you are not missing anything. The place was very dirty, floor was sticky, they only had a quarter of their taps in use and the bartender did not seem to care. Whith so many good places around that area like Monkeys Paw or Stone I dont think I would waist my time again. (541 characters)
in Brooklyn, New York
4.25/5 rDev -6.6% | rAvg: 4.55
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
A must visit beer place if you care about beer. Always new and interesting beers on tap. Knowledgeable staff and friendly if not on a busy night. Also a great bottle selection . (177 characters)
in Madison, Wisconsin
2.79/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 2.89
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5
This was purely a novelty stop on Willy St. due to the Dane's colorful review below.
Cool building from the outside, awkward barroom setup inside, where they were having a dismal open mike night and it was crowded. Guy thought he was Andy Kaufman or something, but not even close. SRO at the bar, we were eventually served. NG Moon Man and Potosi Pilsner werethe best beer on offer. If the bar was empty, I'd stop in again. Back room had a pool table and garish mint green striped walls. The room was empty and rather Lynchian until a creeper Dahmer-esque fellow awkwardly wandered in to stand by the pool table, clutching a plastic bag and staring at us. Out on the patio every last table was smoking, so that sucked.
Overall I think we hit this place at the wrong time, but ultimately it's pretty skippable unless you're a local tavern history buff or into painfully awkward bars. (886 characters)
in Madison, Wisconsin
3.13/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.27
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3
I love dives and this one seemed to have a pretty eclectic crowd on the weekend. Cougars, hipsters, LGBT, aging bohemians, etc. A community radio station WORT (ha) was having some sort of benefit and there was an optional cover due to that. A dj was playing some great UK synth pop while we were here, but I doubt that's the norm. Vibe had that tired glass brick and neon feel, dingy old walls with random crap about the place. A semi-stage in the corner.
There were a couple Central Waters taps and we had draft pints of Two Women. Selection wasn't the greatest, but easy enough to manage one or two and mosey along down Willy St. (633 characters)
in Wakefield, Rhode Island
3.55/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.52
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3
The tasting room is located in an old mill with ample seating and plenty of open space. It seemed like a nice place to socialize on a Sunday afternoon.
The friendly staff was the highlight of the visit. (204 characters)
in Lena, Illinois
3.64/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.32
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25
This place was a bit of a mixed bag. The highlight was the all you can eat fried chicken at the restaurant, and it wasn't even close. The taproom and restaurant are in separate buildings, but obvious once you pull off of Highway 20. Beware of speed traps on this road by the way...
The restaurant called The Rafters was cozy and quaint with some interesting updates to it, though it has been here for awhile. Booth seating along the wall of the bar room when you walk in, and bar seating for 15 or so. The bartender was sweet and talked with us though was clearly overworked from 9-9 on a Sunday. The tap room bartender was great and showed us around, and was extremely nice and helpful.
The beer at the brewery really needs some work, most were thin and dull, typical of brewpub extract beers. Highlights were the APA and Caramel Pecan Coffee flavored stout out of 10 beers, which weren't without flaws. Two others were undrinkable, the Dunkelweizen and Vanilla Rum Stout. There were a disappointing amount of shill reviews here on BA before the brewery even opened in January 2015. Some are still here apparently, which are glaringly obvious.
It looks like they sunk a bit of money into this place, they'd do well to focus on improving the beer instead of doing all the hokey merchandising. A quality product is the only thing keeping people coming back. Beer prices were ok, though I'd pass on the $20 sampler next time. They claimed the sample glasses are 8 ounces, which had me skeptical due to the size. Ask for tasters, I couldn't finish a third of them due to the poor quality.
The space itself was brand new and nice, with a great outdoor porch area.
Worth a stop from Rockford or on the way to Galena, but only for the curious.
Get the fried chicken... (1,768 characters)
in Grand Rapids, Michigan
4.73/5 rDev +8% | rAvg: 4.38
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75
This was such a beautiful place. The dining area is so large, you can see through the window all of the fermenters and equipment. It has kind of a warehouse/industrial feel to it but with very nice wooden structure. The outside of the building fits the inside: metal siding, industrial vibe.
There are two bars located inside so that your server can get your beer quicker. Each bar is at opposite ends of the pub. There is plenty of seating. I went in March so it was too cold to make use of the outside patio which was super nice. It had little fire places across the patio and was a peaceful and elegant setting. Parking is limited.. I parked at a business nearby and walked to Founders and that was early in the day on a weekday. Not a complaint by any means, just giving people something to expect.
I was seated quickly and my waitress was very nice. I asked for a beer (All Night black session IPA) and she told me that they were out of it. I doubted that because it was still listed on their app and I think I saw it on their tap board. I ordered a different beer and as I was drinking it, the waitress realized her mistake and came and apologized to me. She then brought me the All Night. I appreciated that she recognized her mistake.
Their food is deli style with around 20 sandwiches to choose from. Any sandwich can be made into a salad. Also they serve half or whole size sandwiches. There is no reason not to get the whole even if you only wish to eat half because it is only a little over $1 more for an entire extra half of a sandwich. Every sandwich sounds delicious. I had a rueben that was fantastic. The sandwich portions are more than substantial and really affordable (7-9 dollars in most cases). Their appetizers are interesting and delicious. I split the crab dip and they give you so much dip. Super crabby and awesome. It comes with pita bread pieces as well as tortilla chips. I regret not trying the bratwurst chili.
The tap list is fairly extensive. They keep things on tap for a long period of time that arent even in season at the stores. I was able to get a KBS (it was KBS time though). The pub exclusives were awesome (Azacca IPA and All Night black session IPA). I had those two with a KBS.
Everything at Founders is really well done and done professionally. Professional is the word that comes to mind to sum up the entire place. Within an hour of me being there, the pub went from about 30% full to totally full and it was an afternoon weekday. Highly recommend this place. (2,519 characters)
in Minneapolis, Minnesota
3.69/5 rDev -16.1% | rAvg: 4.4
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
Visited on a summer Monday at 6:30 pm. Place was slow. Just off UM campus. There are definitely better beer bars in the twin cities. Walk to surly less than a mile away.
V - Typical dark and dank northern latitude bar. Definitely beer is part of their focus but not particularly beer centric. Curious as to how often the taps rotate based on their rather permanent looking beer menu. 3.5
Q- All beers in shaker pints (-). All the glasses look clean. 3.5
Sel - About 35 on tap with BMC in bottles. A good selection focused on local brews - Surly, Indeed, Steel Toe, Fulton, Lift Bridge, Summit, Bent Paddle. Also a sour on tap. It was summer so only one stout on tap 4
S - Staffed by university students. Friendly but distant. 3.75
F - Ordered the bleu burger which was good. Fries were pedestrian. 3.5 (805 characters)
in Virginia Beach, Virginia
2.66/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.28
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3 | food: 2.25
Went to check this place out on a weekday a few days after they opened. Location is in a strip mall setting in a retail area with shops and restaurants. Nice vibe with welcoming decor, moderate size L-shaped bar, other tables and high top seating.
There were 7 beers on tap, mostly German style offerings. As it was the first time here, we got a flight to try everything. Most of the offerings were quite underwhelming. Below average to average across the board. The best of the group was the Dunkel but nothing to write home about.
German, featuring pizza? It would have been nice to have the German beer styles come through more in the food offerings. The pizza was again average.
The staff was very friendly, however they seemed uneducated on the beer they were pouring.
Disappointing. In the local crowded micro / nano brewery market there is room for German focused beer but Wasserhund has missed the mark. Perhaps it is early hiccups but it appears that the focus is too broad and the beer quality has suffered. (1,071 characters)
in Minneapolis, Minnesota
4.26/5 rDev -6.6% | rAvg: 4.56
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5
For lunch at a table by myself. Relatively busy. Where do all these people come from who can drink on a Monday for lunch? Does anyone work in Minneapolis?
V – Bright, really open but not your standard beer hall, wood, fans, lively talk, big bar, good but not overwhelming jazz music, an outdoor area with games. 4.25
Qual - Clean and proper glass but served some beers too cold (-) e.g. The English bitter - bitter brewer. 4.00
Sel - Just Surly beers but 20 on tap, a good variety but nothing really deep and dark on tap - 4.25
S - Friendly, really fast especially with the food 4.5
F - Had the catfish which was great! 4.5 (626 characters)
in Williamsburg, Ohio
4.08/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.08
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5
Located about 30 miles east of Cincy, right downtown in the small town of Williamsburg. It's not a place that you would normally happen to be just passing by--it's really a destination. Very cool spot, located in an old firehouse. On the warm August day that I visited, the owner Adam was the only employee on the premises. He chatted with me for almost an hour about how he got the idea to build a brewery, and how he turned that vision into a reality.
It's a much larger space than I anticipated, with a long bar Adam built himself using wood from the existing building. Three large garage doors were open the day I visited--gave the place a very inviting appeal. Adam has plans for expanding into the next door properties. He hopes to start a barrel aging program, and looks to start canning in early 2016.
They offer flights at between $1.50 and $3.25 per sample. Howlers were priced $9-12. They had seven of their own beers on tap the day I visited. I tried all seven, and the overall quality was very good to great. I was really impressed by the wine and whiskey barrel-aged ale--delicious. And the Standpipe Stout was a standout! (Sorry, couldn't resist.)
Old Firehouse Brewing is off the beaten path, but if you feel like taking a drive in the Southeastern Ohio countryside, this is a place that is definitely worth a visit! (1,348 characters)
in Munster, Indiana
4.84/5 rDev +11.5% | rAvg: 4.34
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5
I have been here three times now and have not a single bad moment. I usually arrive between 1 and 2pm and the longest wait I have had was maybe 20 minutes. They play metal music of course but at a volume where you can still carry conversation and here yourself think.
I havent seen any of the rudeness from staff that others have mentioned. None at all. I wouldnt say that the staff fakes niceness too like many others in the service industry, but rudeness.. none. Everyone has been nice and helpful when ordering and bringing beers/food to the table. My first two visits, I sat at a table and near the end of each beer, my waiter was there to take my order for another brew. If you have questions, they have answers. I sat at the bar during my third visit and the bartender was great. Any time I said thank you, he gave me an earnest your welcome and looked me in the eye and was respectful.
The food is absolutely amazing. If you come here thinking it will be generic bar food, you will be blown away. These guys have mastered pork. If there is a pork dish, you can feel safe ordering it. I have had the brisket tacos and the pork shoulder sandwich and both were top notch. The food comes out hot and actually comes out to the table pretty quickly. My friends and I sampled many of the appetizers during one visit and each one was fantastic. The Scotch Egg is one of the best dishes I have ever had. I have yet to try one of the more expensive entrees but that is because I am usually there early in the afternoon. The sandwiches and what they call "small plates" are plenty while you have a few beers.
The tap list is always extensive. Pub only beers are available in nice quantity. During my trips I have had the Cherron cherry Gose, Black Flame imperial stout, Precious porter, Alien Porter, Skull'Ole sour, Wigsplitter and Battle Priest which ultimately hit distribution, but were nice finds on tap. Each beer is served in its appropriate glass and you can get a feel for what to expect as far as what you will spend as most beers, with the exception of very few, are all $5 regardless of size or choice. Come on.. a $5 imperial pint of Zombie Dust? Deal.
The take home beer kiosk is a magical area. It doesnt always have exclusive brews, but when they do.. amazing. I was able to get a 2014 Dark Lord two days after 2015 DLD, Wigsplitter before it hit stores, Black Flame imperial stout, Battle Priest, and Drunk Monk (my biggest regret from any of my trips was not buying an entire case of Drunk Monk.
Also, this is the most underrated aspect of what these guys do. Their WEBSITE IS THE BEST ASSET. The website updates the kiosk menu in almost real time. You know exactly what is there and when. If you wake up and see something you absolutely want, hurry and get there because these guys will have it taken off their board at the pub and off the website as it happens. Very very useful tool for seeking out their beers. For as much hate as Floyds gets, this is a wonderful thing they do for the customer. Today when they put Conquistador de la Muerte in the kiosk, it was broadcast on their website and social media and a friend was able to go get me one. I absolutely love that they do this and I hope whoever runs their website never stops his/her great work.
Im not sure what people expect when they come here. I have found the complaints in other reviews unfounded, but of course, I cant speak for others. Bottom line: Dont expect to be pampered. There is no waiting area which I have seen mentioned as negative for some. There is limited parking, but you can park your car anywhere in the entire industrial park. Is walking 3 minutes really a big deal? The beer is top notch, the food is amazing, the service is just fine. The overall experience has been more than satisfactory each time I have visited and I am going back in two days. I live four hours away and hope to make this a monthly or bi-monthly travel. (3,938 characters)
in Freeport, Illinois
4.14/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.34
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
Post Great Taste brewery mini-tour stop #2.
Made it in time just before they closed to try most of the beers.
The brewery is very new and pretty big. The taproom was spacious and had a cool patio outside with some new hop bines swaying in the breeze. The crowd was decidedly young and inebriated on a Sunday afternoon, singing along to music. There was a large portrait painting of a cow on one wall that had some cool abstract touches of color. Behind the bar is a view into the cavernous brew house, which the bartender generously offered a quick tour of.
A good variety of beers, almost a dozen in all. The standouts were the oaked Irish ale and cherry/blueberry Berliner Weisse. A good variety including milds, APA, DIPA, Maibock, Porter, and a Berliner. Nothing too experimental besides the pretzel Amber, but the quality was good. They did have 3 barrels aging in the brewery, one was a Barleywine and the other was a rye Saison.
Seemed a little pricey, 9 samples and a half growler was $35. I didn't get an itemized receipt to check, but the 5 oz. samples were $2 and the growler was $11 or so. I was just glad that they were accommodating and stayed open until we all left.
Overall worth a stop if in the Rockford area or heading out to Galena. Seemed to be the best thing going on in Freeport, aka Pretzel City. (1,326 characters)
in Stoughton, Wisconsin
3.68/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.68
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75
Post Great Taste brewery mini-tour stop #1.
Happened upon this place pretty much by accident, though I'd read it was opening last year.
The most amusing thing was the name, since Viking in Dallas, WI sold their name and became Valkyrie a few years ago.
The brewpub is located on the main drag in Stoughton (Main Street). It has a new feel with lots of woodwork and shiny floors and tabletops, flatscreens above the bar, itself made to look like the prow of a Viking ship. An open window beyond that contains the brew house. Atmosphere is a little sterile considering the Nordic theme.
Service at the bar was ok, the bartender didn't offer much info about the beers or the place, even when we made it clear it was our first time in. We chatted with some older patrons about the beer fest.
They had 4 house beers on and 4-5 craft taps, and more in cans/bottles. They were better than average though not especially memorable. A blood orange saison sounded good but it was more of a boozy strong pale than anything. Black ale and cream ale were probably the best two.
Overall it's worth a stop if passing through, stop and check out Wendigo while you're here for some variety. (1,178 characters)
in Denver, Colorado
3.68/5 rDev -8.7% | rAvg: 4.03
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75
The cask beers are where it is at when you are at Hogshead. Almost all of them are superior to their normal tap counter part at least a half point better and in some cases even more. Overall a nice little place and just great for hand pulled cask beer. Everything else is just ok. (283 characters)
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3.99/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.99
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
I like the Triangle Tavern. It's an old-school Italian-American-South-Philly-divey spot restored to be a slightly hipster, fancy-divey South Philly bar (if that makes sense). The joint still looks like stumbling on the set of a Scorsese movie, but the beer and food selections are thoroughly 21st century (mostly).
On my first visit there, they had Goose Island Halia and Bourbon County Barleywine. Take that! Both were ten bucks a glass, though... the selection is always good, with many IPA's and local/PA beers for around six or seven dollars. On my most recent visit during the summer, I enjoyed a Goose Bourbon County. Among the other stuff on tap were Founders Pale Ale, Anderson Valley Gose and Brooklyn East IPA. Bud, Bud Light, Rolling Rock and some other ill stuff are available for broke hipsters and old-timers (four bucks a pop).
The food is reimagined Italian-American fare. You got your meatballs, spaghetti and clams, eggplant parmesan and all that stuff, but this is not your grandpa's red-sauce joint! They have vegan meatballs and vegan lasagna. I usually get the vegan roast-beef sandwich- super good, but pricey. Nine bucks for the sandwich alone- the fries on the side will set you back an additional three dollars.
Sinatra on the jukebox and disco balls. The coolness factor is mighty high here. I just wish the Triangle were cheaper and I would visit more often. (1,391 characters)
in Las Vegas, Nevada
3.6/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.6
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75
I was happy to find this place at the Plaza Hotel and Casino where my wife and I were staying during our two-night visit to Las Vegas. It was nice having a decent place to knock back a good beer or two without having to walk around or scout for a bar that is not full of douchebags and serves Bud Light only.
Bier Garten ain't no beer mecca, but it does the job with a nice outdoor garden with real grass and picnic tables and a better-than-average beer selection that includes Sculpin, Union Jack, Heavy Seas, Rogue, Las Vegas own Big Dog Dirty Dog IPA, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, North Coast Pranqster, Victory Golden Monkey...
Check with the bartender because the printed menu I was given was not accurate and taps had changed. Service was Vegas style, not exactly engaging or friendly but efficient enough. Prices are good for this city of excess- between five and seven dollars per beer.
They have German-style sausages and some other comfort food but I didn't try. Next time! (986 characters)
in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
3.9/5 rDev -13.1% | rAvg: 4.49
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
I was in Myrtle Beach recently for vacation and when doing my research on where to buy beer discovered that this was the best place. So I was pretty excited to visit this world class beer destination. Unfortunately, it's not exactly a world class shop. I was able to find some good beer, the store area is clean, and the one staff member I interacted with was nice. It's a good store and worth a visit but nothing remarkable. (425 characters)
in Sevilla, Spain
3.79/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 3.79
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25
I visited Lupulopolis on my most recent trip to Sevilla to see my friends there. Sevilla is easily my favorite place in Spain and I am glad to see the craft beer revolution slowly but steady take over the city.
Lupulopolis is smack-dab in the center of town, right by the Metropol Parasol/Plaza de la Encarnacion ("Las Setas"). The space is small, with two or three tables, a counter with one beer on tap and a cooler with dozens of chilled beers to take home or drink onsite.
The selection is mostly Spanish, and boy do they have a ton of craft brews from all over Spain. I bought a 2012 Imperial Stout from Mammoth in Andalucia, and also saw Reptilian Heretic imperial stout and stuff from Guineu and Domus among many different brands.
I found the guy behind the counter to be a little aloof/disinterested, but I've read reviews in Spanish that point out how nice the service was. So maybe he was having a bad day.
Lupulopolis is not as crazy-good as XXXII-The Great Power (the other prominent craft-beer store in Sevilla) but it sure is worth a stop and many visits. (1,077 characters)
in Gilbert, Arizona
4.64/5 rDev +5.5% | rAvg: 4.4
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
We visited this past Wednesday evening a half hour before the tasting room closed. We got there early enough to get a growler of the Smoked Apple Gose, which was probably my favorite beer of our entire Arizona trip, along with a sample of the red wine barrel aged barleywine. The inside of the tasting room is fairly small but well done with awesome local wood work. Glass windows show the barrel room and the brewing area behind the bar. There is a nice selection of tee shirts and swag to go. Once the tasting room shut down, we went into the brewpub connected directly next door. We got a table immediately, service was great and quick. I had the jalapeno jelly peanut butter burger and it was great. I had a flight of beers and all of them were good with the IPA and Double IPA being standouts. Prices are reasonable. The vibe is a little more dry in the brewpub and the décor is lacking in comparison, but still nice and clean. The bathrooms had empty bottles of beer lining the sink, that was interesting! This is somewhere I will be revisiting next time I am in Arizona. It is a much needed beer destination in Gilbert and a place worthy of the praise it has got the past year or so! (1,191 characters)
in San Marcos, California
4.14/5 rDev n/a | rAvg: 4.14
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5
I will start off by saying the sake here is the best I have ever tasted but I am rating this based on the beer and the establishment as a beer producer only. If the sake was being reviewed, it would be an even higher score. They had five beers on tap when I just visited, all on the maltier side, one with sake yeast which was interesting. The brewer was a super nice guy and mentioned they will be producing an obligatory IPA shortly. The place is small and only holds eleven people according to the sign. Beer was served in proper glassware. The service was top notch and the brewer was very knowledgeable with several years of experience. My favorite of the beers offered was the brown ale. Prices are very inexpensive, they offer flights, full pours, and growlers. I would go back when in the area and see what new stuff they have available in the near future. (864 characters)