Adam | Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

2,483 Ratings

Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany. Adam was the first beer produced by Hair of the Dog.

10% alcohol by volume
50 IBUs.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Photo of YOOJ
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Adam pours reddish but nearly black, huge head

Smell is smokey sweet but primarily vegetable-y fruit (the label mentions 'fig' ).

Taste is dominantly smoke, with subtle fruit. However, the first thing that came to mind was eel. While sweet up front, Adam finishes with a nice bitterness, but no noticeable hop flavor.

Was not expecting the nice bitterness. All around very interesting and complex beer. The strong fruity notes are not my style, but it was an intriguing beer all around.

Worth a try.

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Photo of photomike
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 72

Pours a deep dark brown with a creamy tan head that retains nicely throughout the glass and leaves nice sheets of sticky lacing. Beautiful.

Smell is my least favorite aspect of this beer. Slightly smoky and metallic with an earthy oakiness present. Certainly not bad, but it doesn't "pop."

Taste is delicious and complex. Smoky and earthy with pronounced wood and leaf flavors. Leathery and slightly meaty with some nice dark fruits and a sharp hoppy finish. Alcoholic burn spikes the finish.

Mouthfeel is great. Really rich and creamy with a full body. Oily and sticky, the flavor sticks around well after the swallow.

One of my favorite readily-available beers, this is the one that opened the door to smoked and smoky beers for me. Delicious, complex and satisfying.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/15/2009 (bottle Batch Number 74):

Bubbles falling down. Pours a huge creamy tan-brownish color head, extremely lasting. Thick and foamy. Muted aroma, some rosted notes, some light mustiness, earthiness. Inhaling deeply, some dark fruit and coffee. Some alcohol too, but overall very muted. Somewhat thick mouthfeel, strong taste. Roasted coffee, some toffee, alchol. Some bitterness from the chocloate and roast. Some smoke and dark fruit. Imperial stoutish as it warms up more, chocolate, coffee, roasted notes. Strong, a sipping beer.

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Photo of jdense
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed bottle opened New Year's Eve, Batch 75. Huge Duvel-like rocky tan head (no complaints about carbonation here), ultra-slow dissipation, exquisite lacing. A truly beautiful beer (bump up from 4.5). The nose is tres complex, big smokiness like a fine cigar, floral hops, a bit of bittersweet chocolate and leather, kept beckoning me back to take another whiff. The taste mirrors the nose, this is one smoky beer, while I haven't had any real Rauchbiers this is by far the smokiest beer I've enjoyed. A bit sweet, candi sugar, leather and figs towards the back end. The hops are noticeable in the finish, but not overpowering. The complexity grows as the brew warms. Alcohol is a bit noticeable on the back end, but not overly so. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and certainly smoky dry. Good drinkability for this ABV, certainly a late night sipper. A nice nightcap beer, perfect in a snifter besides the fireplace. Another world-class beer from one of America's best and most innovative brewers. Cheers, Alan!

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Photo of meatyard
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch Number 72

Pours a very dark brown with red at the edges. The head is a large, fluffy, tan color with decent retention. Some lacing but not very much.
The smell is an interesting combination of many things such as smoke, roasted malt and dark, dried fruits like figs and cherries. A lot going on here.
The taste is also complex with a nice smoke character that teases the tongue, lots of dark fruits like figs, cherries, raisins and the sweet roasted malts.
Mouthfeel is great; it's smooth, lightly carbonated and medium to thick.
Yep, very drinkable even at 10%. I could enjoy two but would prefer to have the 2nd on another cold night. There are only hints of alcohol in the aroma and taste. I like the style and this is one of the best.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy crap, this one came out of nowhere for me. I mean, I knew it was good, but didn't quite grasp what planet this beer lived on. And the planet is good, believe me.

Pour is deep brown, near black color. Floating sinking yeast. Huge white head that leaves nice lacing. Near perfect to look at.

Aroma is big! Chocolate, roasted malt, light cookies, dried fruit, light smoke. Some spiciness. Complex and beautiful.

Flavor is huge chocolate, roasted malt. Smoke in there, along with a hint of bacon. Just a hint of booze, which is remarkable given the ABV. Delicious flavor. Oak, vanilla and molasses. Rich as hell.

Body is full as hell, creamy and delicious.

This one seriously knocked me on my ass, both from the incredible flavor and the booziness that stuck with me. Definitely a sipper, but one that'll keep you happy for a long while. Wish I could find this in DC.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew on my 'wants' for quite a while. JoeyBeerBelly ended up sending me a bottle as an extra. Thanks Joe!

Batch 73

A- Pours deep murky brown color with a thick tan colored head that isn't going anywhere soon.

S- Smoke, dark fruit, leather and roasted aromas all make up the nose.

T- A huge rush of burnt roasted malt flavor initially that gives way to black licorice, anise, and a big alcohol sting in the finish. Brandied dark cherries, plums, earthy hops, smoke, and bittersweet chocolate flavors start to emerge as I work down the glass. This is a tough brew to figure out. One minute it tastes like an Imperial Stout, then another sip and it morphs into an American Barleywine. Crazy and complex, but either way, I'm really enjoying it.

M- Full bodied with nice carbonation. Chewy and smooth with a very present but not bothersome level of alcohol.

D- I know that there was way more to this brew than I could pinpoint but I do know that I liked it quite a bit! Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of punkrkr27
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Iced tea colored pour with a small, loose, white head. Ripe dark fruit aroma balanced with citrus, caramel, molasses, and alcohol. The flavor is a big tasty bomb of dark fruit and clover honey. There's some notes of pine, grapefruit, rye, and pepper that add some nice layers of complexity. Sticky medium body with soft carbonation.

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Photo of hrockefeller
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle (batch # 75)purchased at Parti-Pak. I've heard so much about Hair of the Dog, and now that they're available in Indiana, I had to see what all the hype is about.

A: Pours a dark brown with notes of ruby at the edges of the tulip glass. A medium soft pour yields a mountainous light brown head that lingers for quite a while and clings to the glass.

S: Very sweet smelling with hardly a hint of hops. Seems to have the roasty elements of an RIS with additional yeast aroma.

T: Like chewing chocolate covered espresso beans. Letting the beer warm up some reveals hints of other flavors that are difficult to put a finger on. Medium alcohol notes throughout. I've had other beers that hid 10% alcohol better than this.

M: Creamy head is a definite plus, but the liquid seems a little thin compared to others of the style.

D: So far this seems to be a sipper, one that keeps me interested, although perhaps not begging for more.

Overall, I can see some of the draw to this beer, but I have to say that either my expectations were too high or it's just not hitting all the right notes with me. Perhaps I need to purchase another and cellar it.

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Photo of bort11
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this sitting in the back for a while now. It came in with a BIF, but I can't remember which one.

12 oz bottle, Batch #68. There was some muddy goop around the crown and the inside of the bottle neck. I've never seen that before, especially since it's been stored upright. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack chalice. Dark tan head drops down and leaves a filmy cap on the surface. Color is a dark dense brown with ruddy brown leather highlights.

Smell is dark pitted fruits, dark cherries and figs. A little Caramel sweetness. Taste starts off with bold toffee and caramel with hints of chocolate. Tart dried fruits come in towards the middle. Finishes with a bit of coffee.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. This was an excellent sipper!

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Photo of kunstdrache
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is for batch 72

Poured into my delirum tremens goblet.

Apperance is a slightly opaque black color with a small old-worldish brown head. Smell is pleasantly delicious with some hints of something sweet, maybe a mix of molasses and toffee? Taste is just a slap in my face, this beer is just so well balanced- molasses, bitter chocolate, malts, hits of fruit (cherry?) and topped off with a sweet flavor which I cannot place.
Mouth feel is just great, it looks and tastes thick and the remaining liquid leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Alcohol is almost barely noticeable!

I could drink a six pack of this, but...HOTD beers are just exceptional beers that deserves to be treated with respect...I can probably only drink one or two bottles before maxing out my taste buds. Props to Alan for creating a great beer!

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Photo of koopa
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 73 12oz bottle poured into a Gulden Draak Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark deep mahogany with a small off white crown that shows little retention and some lace.

Smell: Loads of malt, butter, toffee, dark fruit, a hint of anise mabye.

Taste: Wow this one needs a little cellar time to allow the alcohol presence to calm down. Lots of molasses, dark chocolate, roast malt, and booze. The dark fruit might be plum, fig or black currant. I think its fig.

Mouthfeel: A touch undercarbonated.

Drinkability: Total Sipper and not easy for me to get through a bottle.

I'm interested in seeing how these age.

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Photo of cavedave
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 73

Pours a thick, languid, darkest brown, topped by a persistent cap of brownish beige. Held near to the light, nary a photon passes through it. Nice look to this baby.

A rich aroma performs foreplay on my nose. It is a full bodied perfume of dark toffee, yeast, toasty notes, a light sort of bitter chocolate in there, sort of a dank cherry, wrapped in a sweet alcohol vapor that has a hint of bitter to it. Luscious and complex, I can't wait for a sip.

Wooaaah, what a flavor! Big amount of flavor, immediate assault of malty notes in their glory, bread, toffee, caramel, some alcohol, though less than the nose predicted. From there the sip just takes off and into a juicy blend of dark cherry, earth, bitter, that rides the maltcoaster into a finish that is stupendously long, deliciously clinging. There is scant fault to find in a complex brew that tastes this good, but a drop less sweetness would make this a top 20 beer.

Low carb, high viscosity, clean flavor promote a wonderful finish. It is very full bodied, and full of resins, and it stays in the mouth with the best of them, but the finish is marvelous, I can't wait for the next sip to reinforce the "skin" of beer lining my mouth.

This is a real sipper, a beer to take some time enjoying. How do you rate drinkability for an old ale? Guess it's good rated to style, but I would have trouble drinking more than two of these.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 74. A somewhat fresh bottle poured into a wine glass. Adam glugs into the glass as a clear deep mahogany liquid, somewhat blackish sans the light. A thin tan head doesn't linger for long yet keeps a surface ring and offers decent lacing, yet comes up a bit short for a bottle conditioned brew.

Sweet cherry liqueur initiates the nose, with some chocolate and cherry/fig to follow. Quite vinous in nature with some chocolate malts and a bit of light alcohol. Very clean on the nose and without a robust hop character. Piney hops initiate but dissipate, along with some notes of smoke and leather, rather quickly.

More fruit on the tongue, cherry and raspberry, along with diffused chocolate and with a great depth of character. A light carbonation lingers for a long finish. The notable smoke and leather presence was evident initially, but dispersed after some exposure.

Offers a smooth feel with a light carbonation befitting the beer quite well. Quite drinkable and quite an illusion at the same time given the strength of this brew.

Value: C

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Photo of mbudner
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, Batch 75, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a deep brown color with a big 3-finger off-white head that lingered. Head is thick and frothy with a layer of big bubbles sitting on top (almost like 2 different heads, very interesting.) Not much lacing.

S- Caramelized sugar, leather, tobacco, slightly musty, figs/raisins or some other dried fruit of the like. Sweet, almost brandy-like heat coming through.

T- Solid amount of heat, but in a great way. Tastes more like a very mild. Dried figs and old, oiled saddle leather...I don't actually ride horses, but this is what I'd imagine that to smell like. The flavors are much smoother and mesh together better than the other old ales I have had (granted that number is small, but also includes some of the better rated old ales.) I also get some sweet chocolate flavors.

M- Not great, this was probably the most disappointing part of this beer (but by no means "disappointing" in an independent's all relative.) I know that under-carbonation is desired in the style to a certain extent, but I would prefer a few more bubbles.

D- Great beer. One of the most drinkable old ales I have had. Obviously, it is a sipper, but not a struggle to get through at all. Lots of really complex and great flavors that work so well together. It's only a couple of months old, but drinks like a beer that has been aging in my cellar for years.

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Photo of yuriruley
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Appearance - Reddish brown head fizzled down fast but has stayed throughout the drink.

Smell - Smells like dried figs.

Taste - Tastes similar to me. Like fig newtons. Can taste the alcohol on the tail end.

Mouthfeel - Kind of fizzy, but pretty good.

Drinkability -More of a sipper for me, has big flavor. Wouldn't want to drink it too fast or have too many.

Notes: Over all I enjoyed it. I didn't really know what it was when I grabbed it. Just saw hair of the dog and knew I should try it.

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Photo of Damian
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 12 fluid ounce bottle purchased at Whole Foods Market, New York, NY
Batch number 72
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a dark chestnut color with a tight, frothy, saddle brown, three-finger head that slowly faded to a thin, wispy film. Blankets of streaky lacing crept along the sides of the glass and remained after the beer was finished.

The aroma was better than average initially. Semi-sweet chocolate, warm caramel and brown sugar notes were instantly recognizable. A touch musty and leathery. As the beer warmed, the nose really came alive. The beer took on a sweet and enticing, cognac-esque alcohol presence. Dark fruits and tannins were definitely noticeable. A distinct, bourbon-like oakiness appeared as well.

The taste was amazingly rich and complex. It was similar to the aroma in many regards and perhaps a bit sweeter. Powdered cocoa notes came through strong. Indications of brown sugar were apparent as well. Yeasty and phenolic with notes of figs, prunes and raisins. Leathery and quite smoky. Somewhat tobacco-like. A pleasant alcohol warming appeared on the back end and carried into the slightly hoppy finish. Somewhat cognac-esque. As the beer sat, the finish however turned quite hot and boozy.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a creamy, frothy and smooth suppleness. Although the beer was surprisingly light on the palate (considering that this old ale is 10% ABV) the texture of the liquid was quite impressive.

Drinkability was the only aspect in which this beer fell short. Initially, the alcohol heat was tolerable. As the beer warmed however, the finish became unpleasantly boozy.

All in all, this beer was outstanding. It intrigued me in so many ways. Definitely seek it out and purchase en masse. I am certain that these will cellar beautifully.

Cigar smokers should note: If you are looking for a terrific brew to pair with your stogie, I can imagine no better one than this.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with little first. The head finally rises late...similar to some stouts. Tanish colored head, very creamy consistency.
Aroma is interesting. Bitters, chocolates...smokey...leathery. Very strong smell. I like it!
Taste: very sweet. A little bitter on the back end...similar to an ESB. Taste chocolate and some kind of fruit. I can't quite put my finger on the type of fruit though. Taste candy too. Carbonation is somewhat on the lower side, and the 10% alcohol contect is very well hidden.
Overall...a pretty great brew!

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Photo of cvfish
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a reddish brown color that produced a fluffy tan head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had more dark malts than I thought, dark fruits, and a bit of rum

T - The taste of this beer is unlike any beer that I have had, dark malts, molasses, dark fruits (dates, figs), dark rum, and black licorice, I know, lots of dark things, but they all work well together

M - The mouthfeel of this had a medium to heavy body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer was a quite a treat, after being very disappointed with Ruth, this beer showed that Hair of the Dog can make some incredible beers, cannot wait to try more

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Photo of popery
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious, thick, rich beer. Adam pours a dark, murky brown, tan at the edges. The head is tan, thick and creamy with tiny bubbles. The aroma is sweet and malty, brown sugar on malty toast. This isn't a vintage bottle, so the hops still come through with some citrus. The flavor is somewhere between a doppelbock, a barleywine and an English strong ale. There's sweet malt with some light toasty crystal malt. The malt has some good fruity notes, prunes, apricots and raisins. It's a really delicious beer - Hair of the Dog is an incredible brewery.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz, batch 75. I was pleasantly surprised to find this one while in Indiana. Poured a deep brown color with an obnoxiously foamy beige head that foamed all over, but patience was the key here. Once the ale was finally in the glass, the head retention was magnificent and left some crazy lace on the glass - looks like a bomb went off. Aromas were earthy with hints of fig, leather, molasses, and chocolate with some faint alcohol in the background (the bottle does a fine job of describing what is inside - even the leather part). Tastes are very complex and warming - earthy, tobacco, fig, leather, raisins, molasses, and chocolate. Mouth-fell is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is present by prickling the tongue and leaving a burn on the way down the throat - once again warming. Overall, I love it's uniqueness, but I'm not sure that I would buy it again. Recommendable at least.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is really good, IMO. Dark dark molasses color with a decent creamy off-white head that sticks around for a while. Smell is a lot like the label suggests-- a hint of leather (I couldn't believe it), figs, raisins, and alcohol. Taste follows the nose well, very robust and flavorful. Smooth mouthfeel, a bit prickly from the alcohol. Tough drink from the flavor and ABV, but delicious nonetheless. Definitely one worth seeking out. Complex and tasty.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an old ale on the side of belgian quad. this beer had a nice fig quality but also a tobacco and smoke finish. the head was huge but with large bubbles. alcohol was undetectable. a mild sour of leather that gave it a nice english appeal... had it along side a trios pistoles to get a grip on its... very smokey. acidic. meatier. earthier. and a somewhat of a overpowering protein of breadiness. really worth trying. fantastic cigar beer. brings out the fruit end.

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Photo of WCBCFrank
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hair of the Dog's ADAM is a robust, sipping beer required by the winter months and certainly not for novice beer drinkers. It pours a thick, opaque in a sniffer glass. The aroma of chocolate, roasted figs hits the nose like a welterweight fighter's jab. Adam is very tasty and chewy in the mouth with a strong alcohol finish.

Adam is a beer made with careful attention to details and top-notch ingredients....for my taste this beer is best as a slow sipping night cap brew - strong stuff.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been wanting to try this one for years. Old Ale's are a crazy style having huge range of taste. I've loved some, hated some. Let's see where this one stands.

Dark almost black color with the slightest hints of red. Foamy tan head, mimimal lace. Looking good so far, the old ales i've really liked are the darker ones.

Smell of dark fruits, figs. Some roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Again this is a crazy style that you never know what you are going to get. This one is a cross between barley wine and RIS.

Full chewy body with some alcohol burn on the finish but it dosn't become cloying.

This one didn't let me down. An excellent brew that exceeded my expectations. This style is still a surprise every time I have one, but it is a pleasant surpise more often than not.

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 2,483 ratings
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