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in New York, New York

4.53/5  rDev +5.8% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Very cool spot in New York City's East Village neighborhood. Felt totally welcomed and comfortable almost immediately upon walking in. Knowledgeable and friendly staff happy to talk beer with you. Nice tap selection with growler service and a large variety of bottles available both in and out of fridge. Will definitely return to this place when I can.

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Bakusyu Club Popeye

in Tokyo-to Tokyo-shi, Japan

4.87/5  rDev +7.5% | Avg: 4.53
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

It's a tad harsh of me to be rating the food here as I had one small course that was pretty forgettable, but nothing else was forgettable about this place. The beers I had exceeded my expectations beforehand by miles, and the service (albeit that you actively need to get the attention as obviously is the flavour of the month in Tokyo) was impeccable. They don't shy away although their English skills are pretty limited. Sign language solves it all! I don't know the selection in the rest of Tokyo as this was my very first day in this awkward, but wicked, city, but reading up before going there, I understood that it is one of a kind. And when they suddenly, happily surprised by the fact that I'm a Norwegian, show up with a big glass of maybe the smoothest, silkiest, most delicious Barley Wine (not on the menu) I've ever tasted (7 years cask storage), just because they think I'd like some, how can I be disappointed? If you come here and you ARE disappointed, I'd suggest you review your way of life. It's unsnobby, honest, exciting, unique and just brilliant! So happy I still have 5 days here in Tokyo.

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Gordon's Fine Wines & Liquors

in Waltham, Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +13.2% | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Outstanding store. I could spend hours in there just perusing the shelves. I found Ballantine there, as well as Haffenreffer Private Stock. Haven't been back to see it again, but I plan to in the future. This is like a candy store.

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Flagstaff Brewing Company

in Flagstaff, Arizona

3.41/5  rDev -2.8% | Avg: 3.51
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Craft brewery circa a generation ago. They run high nitro mixes and the beers are not so drinkable as a result or not a result of. Highest server-patron ratio I have seen in flagstaff. Go 2 more minutes to mother road or hops on birch.good price on ska cans.

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Company Brewing

in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

4.59/5  rDev +2% | Avg: 4.5
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

This was a fun place to spend some time over dinner with friends. A newish brewery in a beer forward city, Company has a wide array of beers available, many with a Belgian influence, at least on my visit. Their rum barrel aged black quad was a standout. Also on offer are some great cocktails. The food is outstanding - good snacks and entrees, with great cheese and meat choices within the charcuterie. Would highly recommend. Varied groups of people here, all seemed to be having a good time.

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in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

4.41/5  rDev +4.5% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

A bustling, vibrant spot for brunch or dessert. Excellent food, with their pies being an outstanding option. Beer menu is well curated - lots of local and national breweries represented. Rotating selections by season.

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Transfer Pizzeria Café

in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.32
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

A great pizza spot in Milwaukee. Very cool old school pharmacy vibe in here, with fantastic food on offer. Beer selection is relatively small but decent - they had Central Waters and New Glarus both fairly well represented. Service was great - friendly staff all very welcoming.

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Mars' Cheese Castle

in Kenosha, Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -0.3% | Avg: 3.61
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Beer store selection is decent - plenty New Glarus, although pricey on that side. Picked up a 4 pack of Pseudosue (not refrigerated) which involved purchasing a 4 pack of Golden Nugget dated from August. Not turning my nose up totally at a 5 month old IPA but feeling like this was a little off base. The pack was held behind the till, hence no chance to check the dates before buying. Ah well. Cheese was good!

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Petrol Station Coffeehouse

in Houston, Texas

4.15/5  rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Surprised at the residential neighborhood location. Got there on a Tuesday right after they opened. Was already pretty crowded. Not too many seats inside. Larger area outside (not good on this particularly colder (for Houston) day). Great selection of beer (you couldn't go wrong with any of them), but what I was really after was trying out some Brash stuff, which is right down the street. I was not disappointed.

I was most surprised by the quality food to match the quality draft list. Did not expect that.

This is a great place.

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Burger Bar

in Las Vegas, Nevada

4.39/5  rDev +6.3% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

An excellent selection of beers, very well organized on the menu, both on tap and in bottles. great prices for outstanding beers. Being from the east coast, there is a wide selection of beers that I normally can't get. To top if off, the burgers are fantastic.

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Sierra Nevada Brewery & Taproom

in Mills River, North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -26.6% | Avg: 4.36
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Definitely worth a trip if you're in the Asheville area. Not the same kind of place as the smaller guys (i.e., Wicked Weed or Burial), but the drive up to the brewery is worth the 20 minutes from downtown. Nice balance between "commercial" and "craft" brewer.

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Burial Beer Co.

in Asheville, North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.3
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Arrived right as they opened at 2 PM on a Friday. Actually, went in a bit early--was greeted and served even though not officially open. Seemed small, but there is a pretty large seating area in the back. Brewhouse equipment just down from the bar. Good selection of stuff. Did a flight and all were above average. Was not able to stay long--hoping to get back here again. Definitely a top notch place.

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Wicked Weed Brewing

in Asheville, North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev -4.6% | Avg: 4.55
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

First time to Asheville--parking tougher than expected... Arrived around 1 PM on a Friday afternoon. I went straight downstairs to the beer bar rather than the upstairs restaurant. Not too crowded when I was there--kinda empty, but a good vibe. Great selection of stuff. Everything I had was very, very good. Service was attentive and knowledgeable. Food (bison burger) was good. This is a cool place, but mostly, my rating is based on the great beer...

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Olde Hickory Station

in Hickory, North Carolina

3.11/5  rDev -23.8% | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Arrived around 10:05 PM on a Thursday night, after abandoning my visit to the "Tap Room" across the street. They've done a nice job with turning the old train station into a pub. Walked into the bottle shop side. More on that in a minute. Went to the bar area. I'm usually pretty comfortable in unfamiliar places, but this place had a bad vibe. Crowd was not hostile, but certainly knew I was not a local. Good selection of stuff. Did a flight. All pretty average beers. Decided this was not a bar I was going to hang around.

The bottle shop is the best part about this place. Large selection. Lots of Wicked Weed and, of course, Olde Hickory. Lacked other good NC brewers. Great selection of European imports.

Bottom line: drive the extra 30 minutes and spend your time at Fonta Flora.

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Park Plaza Liquor & Deli

in Prescott, Arizona

4.64/5  rDev +6.9% | Avg: 4.34
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

I've been to Park Plaza Liquor & Deli twice during 2015, on two separate trips to Prescott, AZ, visiting my folks.

My first visit was January 2015 (before I dove head-first in to craft brew). My parents and I went there to have lunch. I had the Rasberry Chipotle Club with a side of sweet potato fries. FANTASTIC sandwich and GREAT fries!!!

Second visit was this past October 2015 (post initiation into craft brew). On this visit I had their version of the Reuben sandwich. While their "1K" dressing in this sandwich is an interesting "twist," it is also a FANTASTIC sandwich. Again, with a side of sweet potato fries. You gotta try these fries!!! Next visit I'm ordering two sides of fries with my sandwich (I'll drink more brew to cut the starch, Lol).

My dad had a Firestone Walker Double Jack with his lunch. My mom had a Firestone Walker Union Jack with hers. GREAT brews, both!!!

This IS a liquor store / deli. Please do not go in expecting "fancy, schmancy" decour, fine China, Riedel stemware, etc. This is a place to go relax with friends, watch whatever sport happens to be in season, have some good eats, and drink your favorite brew, wine, liquor, with your meal.

DO expect a FANTASTIC selection of craft brew!!! From all over the World!!!

The waitstaff for the deli operation performs a "first-rate" job, even when the place REALLY starts "hopping" on a Sunday afternoon!!!

The "self proclaimed" expertise of one of the liquor store staff I will call into question. He said. "Trust me. I know what I'm talkin' about. There's a reason why Kilt Lifter is the #1 craft brew in all of Arizona!" He didn't ask any questions regarding my developing tastes. Even so, I took him at his word. Kilt Lifter is, well, meh, IMO! My first "tick." Lol!!! I'll give this chap the benefit of the doubt.

All-in-all, this is definitely a "must stop" if you're a true BA and are anywhere remotely close to Prescott, AZ.

My next visit I plan on obtaining more stats about this establishment, and posting them in a later review.


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Olde Hickory Tap Room

in Hickory, North Carolina

2.28/5  rDev -43.8% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5

Arrived around 10 PM on a Thursday night. Walked in and there was a hostess (for restaurant seating) who didn't look too happy that I was there--they were closing down the restaurant section. I wasn't sure about the difference between "Old Hickory Brewery," "Old Hickory Tap Room," and "Old Hickory Station," so I asked the hostess. She was clueless. Walked in, reviewed the list of taps (and the vibe at the bar) and decided I'd see if the "Old Hickory Station" across the street was any better...

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Fonta Flora Brewery

in Morganton, North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev -2.5% | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Arrived on a Thursday night around 8 PM. Warm spent grains in big buckets outside. Awesome smell of brewing when I walked in. The small setup is right there in the open along with the bar and tables. Great assortment of bottles and beer mags laying around. Not crowded when I was there. Nice selection of beers and all were very, very good. Service was great. Top notch place.

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Ass Clown Brewing

in Cornelius, North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +5.3% | Avg: 3.93
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Arrived on a Wed night around 8 PM. A little tough to find since in the back of an industrial complex behind trees and not visible from the road. Smell of brewing-in-progress when I walked in. A smaller size place with a very nice vibe. Great bottle collection, beer memorabilia, beer mags around for decor. Free chips on the table. Decent crowd who knew their beer. Good selection of stuff and every one I tried was pretty good. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. Right down the road from D9 and I'd pick this place over that one.

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D9 Brewing Company

in Cornelius, North Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -7.5% | Avg: 3.72
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Arrived around 7 PM on an Wednesday night. Industrial complex, but the bar/tap room was built out nicely. Newer place, but had a "sanitary" kinda feel. One other person at the bar when I walked in. Only other folks around were the people working there. Had a nice conversation with the head brewer. Decent selection of stuff, focusing on sours. Did a flight. Pretty good, but tasted young and immature for the most part. No food. Decent service, but I was the only one there... They sell bottles and will do crowlers to go. Overall not bad, but lacked any real type of vibe.

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Fishpaw's Marketplace

in Arnold, Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +4.6% | Avg: 4.38
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Was able to stop in while down in Maryland for the Holidays. Very impressive selection. Was able to grab a few items that aren't available up my way. I will definitely stop back in when I am in the area.

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Gorman's Wines and Spirits

in North Cape May, New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -0.3% | Avg: 2.94
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.25

I've been going here off and on for many years. It's conveniently right around the corner from family, though I find myself more often than not taking a ride instead over to Rio Grande to Joe Canal's for their more extensive selection. Right now, it being the winter, they don't restock their non-local selections too often, and one will find packs that don't move and bottles that are quite a bit past due. You can't blame them, though, because this particular part of the Cape May area doesn't seem to have caught the craft beer buzz just yet, despite Cape May Brewing being about a 15 min ride from this shop. They'll always have my Victory and Dogfish standbys on hand, and I can actually walk or bike there in no time, so...

The craft/specialty setup is one fridge of 40s and other canned malt liquors, 4-5 more fridges of chilled sixers (mostly locals, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada - nothing out of the ordinary), a wide side wall holding various sixers and 4-packs the variety of which goes a bit beyond what's in the fridges, a growler counter which is pretty quiet in the off-season, and finally about 2-3 industrial shelves in the middle of the floor with singles (Sam Adams, DFH, Victory, Long Trail, Flying Dog, and other stuff of that ilk). Around the corner from the 40s fridge is a long wall of fridges with the macro. Found a 12-pack of Hamm's for $7.99 a couple months ago!

Here and there, I've overheard certain not-seen-too-frequently employees discussing status quo of the beer selection, though it's not apparent whether or not they have a dedicated "beer guy/gal" on staff here. The folks I normally see behind the counter, some of whom seem rather young, don't give the impression of being beer enthusiasts let alone beer drinkers. Not sure if it's even worth asking questions about the stock or whether or not they'll be getting X or Y beer in, etc...

Gorman's is about on par with the liquor section of the Acme right next door - more or less average modern offerings.

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Ascension Brewing Company

in Novi, Michigan

4.39/5  rDev +13.4% | Avg: 3.87
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

So I've been here a couple times now, and I've got to say that this brewery is pretty great. The atmosphere/vibe is pretty laid back. Decor is full of wood with some communal tables and some four tops.
The beer, I thought, was great. They do everything solid, from the trendy barrel aged beers (RBA I need Gorillaz was killer) to the most basic. All the beers I had were true to their style. They had two different double IPAs (Jade and Silent Bob and NovIPA) that were fantastic!
The food is very local and unique. All offerings seem to make sense and go well with beer.
I will be back again soon.

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Birraria La Corte

in Venezia, Italy

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

I found this place by accident as I was slightly lost trying to find the Academia Bridge.

Located on a Piazza (square), this is a nice stop for both food and beer.

You enter into a small bar area that has like two tables. There are three large rooms past the bar room.

They have a really nice beer garden and in the nicer months put additional tables in the square.

They offered 14 draft Italian craft beers and maybe an additional 25 bottles. This was the best selection I found in Venice (Aldo's was closed and the owner was on Holiday, so I can't compare).

Food is solid and fairly priced. Service was Italian professional. Note that they have no problem taking your order or talking about beer in English.

My advice is to go at night as the tourist hordes are replaced by locals.

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West Vail Liquor Mart

in Vail, Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.27
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

A very nice shop hidden behind some fast food stops. In the same are as Vail Ale House, this store boasts a nice selection of beer, mostly in cold storage. Three doors of singles and bombers and 3-4 more of six packs. A portion of a warm shelf also holds bombers. Prices are similar to Denver. Good staff and service. Nice wine and whiskey selection also. A must stop in Vail.

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Pine Knob Wine Shoppe

in Clarkston, Michigan

2.56/5  rDev -33.7% | Avg: 3.86
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

This place has a large selection, but it's both way overpriced and potentially old.

When Perrin's Kill Em All first came out in December 2014, it appeared that it would be rather scarce, and my SO really wanted a few bottles. I went to Pine Knob based on an Instagram post that showed they had it. I got there, and it was $24.99 per bomber (all other stores priced it no higher than $18.99 in my experience). While I reluctantly bought one, I did end up returning it a couple hours later after considering the price gouging I had been subject to. I'm not the person to make a scene, so I simply told the cashier that I bought it for my SO, and she told me it was the wrong beer. The cashier took it back with a slight hesitation.

While browsing the selection, I saw a couple of different beers from BrewDog. Having never even seen their beers on the shelves and being a fan of their show, I immediately took notice. Unfortunately, I do not remember which ones they had, but the one I looked at was an IPA (not Punk). The best by date was 2009. Um, no thanks.

I vowed to never even think about setting foot in there again.

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