Best beer bar experience ever!

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  1. JoeyDankNug

    JoeyDankNug Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2011 New York

    So I'm on a short vaca with the fam in dc and I want to goto churchkey,which is conveniently located about 10 min walk from I go today around 4.i walk up to a very shady dark smelly place that is packed.why all the people at 4 on a Monday?HOPSLAM on CASK!!!!i had no idea.i walked into a bells event!the cask only lasted about half hour or so but I had a glass of that a glass of the oracle and a palate wrecker!hopslam was only 1 on cask but draft for the other 2!then I had to leave because my sister couldn't take it anymore....I tried to keep her interested with an allagash white but she wasn't feelin it.....if I wasn't into beer that much I would have left to.the place is shitty,but the beer list was crazy today.oh I forgot I also had a bells batch 9000 on Draft.i knew this place had a great tap list going in but never expected that.
  2. ffenski

    ffenski Initiate (27) Apr 24, 2008 Ohio

    Looks like a good, unexpected find, but please visit me more often! -space bar and capital letter
  3. BrewUrbanist

    BrewUrbanist Initiate (152) May 11, 2012 Wisconsin

    Churchkey? Shitty? Compared to...
  4. Jacurdy60

    Jacurdy60 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2013 Massachusetts

    Leroy's in Montgomery, AL (believe it or not). They have about 400 beers available but none stay there too long. Price is fair and the atmosphere is low-key.
  5. Nuzzy_Nuzzolilo

    Nuzzy_Nuzzolilo Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2012 New York

    Churchkey is an amazing bar. I cant believe you thought it was shitty or smelly. The Bier Barron I would believe, but not churchkey.
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  6. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    I drove 2 1/2 hrs for BCBCS on tap recently.

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  7. shirtless_mike

    shirtless_mike Zealot (517) Aug 4, 2010 Indiana
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    took my wife to The Heorot in Muncie, In. a few years ago. drank a bunch of incredible beers as well as some shitty ones (Bells Batch 9000 drain pour city). chatted up the bartender hoping to get on his good side so i could see the legendary basement i've always heard about. shit worked and i was brought downstairs to a shrine of boners. he said everything was for sale if the price was right. ended up buying several bottles of 2002 World Wide Stout, several vintage Cantillons and a case of 3 Floyds Alpha Kongs which stopped being sold long ago. don't know how i drove as far as i did afterwards. not proud of the decision to drive but we made it. i don't know. i always look back on the night and smile
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  8. NickyDee21

    NickyDee21 Devotee (467) Dec 23, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Saw this on Facebook. I checked out Max's Taphouse in Baltimore yesterday and was just in awe. Definitely replaced Churchkey's as my new favorite place. Plus, got to finally have some Cantillon.
  9. ChanChan

    ChanChan Devotee (469) Dec 12, 2009 California
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    Been there once, I wish I could go everyday!!
  10. dperga

    dperga Initiate (0) Apr 10, 2010 California

    Getting buybacks at Toronado San Francisco. I must of been doing something amazling right.
  11. TooToasty

    TooToasty Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2013 Illinois

    I went to college at Ball State in Muncie and got my name on the bar at the heorot, I had no idea I could buy beers from their cellar...headed there this weekend and I'm gonna have to have a talk with my bartender buddies!
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  12. shirtless_mike

    shirtless_mike Zealot (517) Aug 4, 2010 Indiana
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    Yeah, dude. He has kegs, barrels and cases of all kinds of things i guess he's come across in his travels. i saw a keg of Thomas Hardy's ale from '93 or '94 down there and was floored. he said the owner will tap a keg of something crazy rare and charge $3.50 a pint for the helluva it. such an awesome place. we're only 45 minutes away but we don't go much because i can't drink responsibly there. good luck getting down there. i've been down 3 times total and spent at least $200 each time not including the tab
  13. FlyingBull

    FlyingBull Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2012 California

    Hamilton's Tap in San Diego. It has 30 or so taps, a HUGE selection of bottles, is dark - "old schoolish", friendly, pet friendly, and just a nice place to sit and have some great micro/craft brews, and talk to who ever is next to you. Whenever I'm over that way, I HAVE to stop by. (I also like Small Bar in San Diego on Park Blvd.)
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  14. TooToasty

    TooToasty Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2013 Illinois

    Yeah, it's an amazing place, definitively what I miss most about living in Muncie. I got Stone Vertical Epic 06.06.06-11.11.11 there two weeks ago for $12 a bottle...

    Stan, the owner is quite the guy. He brings his wolf hybrids in every once in a while. If you've ever seen a 6er of Upland's Ard Ri the label is him standing with his wolves in the second floor of the bar.
  15. Ed5388

    Ed5388 Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey
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    Barcade Jersey City NJ! If your ever in the area check it out!!
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  16. regularjohn

    regularjohn Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 New Jersey

    been there before they usually have a pretty awesome tap selection

    i'd also say my top top bar is coppermine i love that pub, and the shepherd & the knucklehead pub is an awesome spot for NJ since they have about 79 beers on tap right now !
  17. BenAdvocate

    BenAdvocate Sales Manager (384) Jul 16, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Max's Tap house in Baltimore is the best beer bar I have ever been to.
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  18. p90beer

    p90beer Initiate (32) Jan 10, 2011 Delaware
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    I'll give you some out of way places - El Bait Shop in Des Moines (>100 taps with many regional you can't get elsewhere plus homebrewers pouring their own out of coolers on Thursday for a tip). Of course, Ebenezer's in western, maine. The owner REALLY does take you down to his cellar and bring back a couple bottles to share at the bar. My own fave in Delaware is Two Stones .... they do a great job with what is available in De.
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  19. pjs234

    pjs234 Zealot (544) Jun 29, 2008 Connecticut

    What is shitty about it? One of the nicest bars i have been to... great food too...
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  20. AdamBear

    AdamBear Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Redlight Redlight in Orlando once had a Bruery/Cigar City tap take over to introduce Marron Acidifie. I still dream about it...
  21. Smitty1988

    Smitty1988 Initiate (0) Oct 16, 2012 Arizona
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    1702 - In Tucson, AZ is the best place to get a beer in Arizona. Worth the 2 hours drive from Phoenix, 40+ beers on tap and none of the usual suspects. They even had Hopslam about 2 or so weeks ago.(very rare for AZ).
    In U of A territory - 1702 E speedway
  22. Hopsiam14

    Hopsiam14 Devotee (456) Jan 23, 2013 Minnesota
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    Beer Revolution in Oakland last March had a 52 imperial stout tap takeover. Still can't believe what I had that night! Samples included Abyss '10, '11, DFH Bitches Brew, Drakes Halle Berry and Drew Berrymore and many, many more. Sooo much goodness!
  23. bradcochran1234

    bradcochran1234 Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2011 Georgia

    Brickstore Pub. Decatur GA. I giggle a little just thinking about it.
  24. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Savant (958) Mar 17, 2009 Washington
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    You had a glass of Hopslam, Oracle, Batch 9000, and Palate Wrecker? How long were you there?
  25. jamiejohnson

    jamiejohnson Aspirant (220) Aug 4, 2007 California

    I stopped at Rogue in Newport OR on a trip from Seattle to CA.

    Had no idea they had a small pub on premises, employee dominated mostly. They brought out a fresh superb cask Brutal Bitter.

    Got a room across the street and stayed another night
  26. imbibehour

    imbibehour Poo-Bah (6,277) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    I would hardly describe CK as... shitty...
  27. JoeyDankNug

    JoeyDankNug Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2011 New York

    I was there for an hour or so,i had to pound beer because person i was with wanted to leave and the batch 9000 i only had a 4 oz.what made the actual place kinda shitty was it was about 100 degrees very dark and smelt like a frat bar.for as popular and busy this place is I just expected a nicer place,that's all.the place downstairs looked real nice but was closed.alot of the establishments in the area were really upscale and nice.the beer list was awesome though and for that reason I would go back in a second.i guess I expected something different thats all.i liked the beer list and the cool church lights
  28. imbibehour

    imbibehour Poo-Bah (6,277) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    You went at a time it was a complete mad house. Hopslam twitter CK post about it being on cask equals... Zoo.

    Same thing happened last year, I walked in, then walked out.

    Went in last week... de Struisse mini takeover.. Black Damnation V on tap... no major crowds.. no problems.. just insane beer and probably one of the best experiences of many I have ever had, for probably one of the best beers I have ever had in my life.

    long story short, you got the best and the worst of it.
  29. JoeyDankNug

    JoeyDankNug Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2011 New York

    Yea I wasn't prepared for it.when I left there was a line down the stairs and out the door.about 50 people was a zoo.i couldn't even really tell you what was goin on in there because people were packed in ass to elbow.
  30. imbibehour

    imbibehour Poo-Bah (6,277) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    Here's what's the irony of it. 2 weeks ago, all those people standing in line could have walked 1/2 block down P street, gone into Whole Foods and bought a six pack of Hopslam, saved their money... and go home... and drink the beer in peace. Sure it wouldn't have been in a firkin but seriously...
  31. Ohsaycanyoubeer

    Ohsaycanyoubeer Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2012 Colorado

    Dude.... not cool... I am only 8 hours away though.
  32. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    :slight_frown: Ran out of time in DC over the summer and didn't get to go. my 4 year old kept asking to eat different ethnic foods... so ended-up doing thai, indian, and ethiopean. no beer for me!
  33. sprucetip

    sprucetip Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2007 Alaska

    I had a great experience when I went to Churchkey. Maybe if it weren't for all the beer geeks there for the Hopslam cask, the atmosphere may have been more pleasant. Nothing against beer geeks, by the way...
  34. KelsoSaaz

    KelsoSaaz Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2013 Maine

    I took a spur of the moment trip to Portland, ME and did a quick search on my phone to look for a beer bar in the area. I found Novare Res Bier Cafe and decided to check it out. Holy hell that place is amazing, over 25 rotating taps with some choice and hard to find brews, plus it was some sort of stout week, so they had 10 extra stouts on tap. Everyone there was really cool and knew their stuff. This place was definitely the highlight of my trip and would be worth going back to Maine for.
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  35. loudizzle

    loudizzle Initiate (0) May 16, 2011 Minnesota

    Great topic. Chruchkey is very good. Has anyone had the Guinness at Kehoe's in Dublin? Also Craft Beer Co in London is great - London is really coming on with better options each day. My favorite howoever is the Kulminator in Antwerp. I mean, who can compete with a bar that has its beer menu organized by year?
  36. JBogan

    JBogan Champion (828) Jul 15, 2007 California

    My unexpected but wonderful bar experience was last year at this time. I drove from Vegas to southern California for a little rest and relaxation. There's a place I usually stop at for a beer or two whenever I'm in that area, and this time I happened to get there right as they were opening their doors.

    Sitting alone at the empty establishment I looked up at the chalkboard to make my first beery choice and what do I see? Pliny the Younger! That was completely unexpected. On top of that, I'd never had Younger before so this would be the first. Just moments after I ordered it the owner of the place came over to me and asked "How did you know we had this?". I explained that I had no idea, I just happened to walk in and my jaw hit the floor when I saw it listed on the board.

    Even before I finished my first one a couple of other people trickled in and had the same reaction as I did. One difference though was that I could tell the owner wanted to keep everything low key and had made no announcements beforehand whatsoever in regards to having Younger. They wanted to avoid long lines of people waiting outside and massive throngs inside. However the other patrons in the place were on their phones within minutes calling everyone they knew and before I even finished my second Younger the place was already getting quite busy. From what I heard later it tapped out not long after I left, but to this day I'd say that was my luckiest and most unexpected bar experience so far.
  37. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,229) Mar 18, 2010 California

    What bar?
  38. mpayne5

    mpayne5 Zealot (512) Aug 18, 2011 Indiana
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    The Heorot is the greatest bar to ever exist!
  39. Soloveitchik

    Soloveitchik Devotee (401) Feb 7, 2013 New York
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    my best beer bar experience happens every time i go to my neighborhood haunt. j ryan's in syracuse. this bar has great BA reviews (see here but thats not why i love it. its only two blocks away, has decent food and a great selection of well priced beers (particularly ipa's) and was one of the primary catalysts that sparked my interest in craft beer. no place i'd rather spend my hard earned.

    cheers j ryan's
  40. CTJman

    CTJman Crusader (795) Jan 14, 2013 Connecticut
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    While in Shanghai, China i was able to purchase 3 bottles of Cantillon at Keiba Beer Bar
    2002 Vigneronne - about $18usd
    2010 Rose' - about $19usd
    2008 Kriek Lambic - about $18usd

    To me this was a score! Plus I bought another bottle of the Rose and brought it home to the states with me. Rules dont apply in China!
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