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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by beachfirebrews, Feb 11, 2013.
Which brewery or breweries have the best taprooms and what's so great about them?
Stone's is pretty impressive. guess that's an obvious one. the restaurant / bar area is like a modern craft beer cathedral. the space is really beautiful, architecturally, and one side has giant windows looking into the brewery, the other side is windows to the outside
Mission Brewery is a cool space. giant old brick warehouse. really cool
Sierra's pub is an awesome, cozy space with sort of a mountain lodge feel, and, of course, epic rare beers on tap (and cute bartenters)
i also like the no frills ones with not seats and just a few taps in a ware house (like Port Brewing, Green Flash)..
The phrase "tap room" can mean different things. Do you mean a tasting room at a brewery? A bar/ restaurant with a separate dining area as well? Some dive bars where I grew called themselves Tap Rooms. Wouldn't pretty much every brewpub be considered a Tap Room?
Lost Abbey is fun because you can interact with the activity while enjoying taproom only specialties!
Kona, because, well, it's in Kona.
I'm all into the VT taprooms. They are getting Hill Farmstead dominated and offer a great selection of other pedigreed brews. Check out Worthy Burger in South Royalton, Three Penny taproom in Montpieler. When you get to Waterbury to to Blackback Pub(6HF offerings), Prohibition Pig and Resivoir Taproom. They are all on the same block and sooo good, Blackback just got Mad Taco also. Very tasty!
For a good range of unique, world class pours on tap....Holy Grale in Louisville, KY. Not the largest number of handles but what they lack in numbers, they make up in quality.
Let me be specific...I'm talking non-pub brewery specific taprooms. Brew pubs are great, but I often enjoy going to a brewery's taproom because you don't have to worry about waiting for a table or seat at the bar. Also, you can sometimes interact with brewers or other staff at the taprooms.
Brewkettle in Strongsville Ohio.
24 taps, all craft, no BMC.
Plus, their own beers are $3.75/pint during happy hour.
Troegs and Victory are both great, though Victory is usually too crowded for my liking.
Midwest Trinity; Bell's, Founders, and Three Floyds
Snow Goose in Anchorage cause it has a rooftop patio and you can see the whole city and the mountains...and there's an elevator for all three levels
The Wedge, Asheville, NC. Great beer, great people, no TV's, free peanuts, great music, near water and when its not too cold you relax outside and possibly watch the sun go down over the beautiful blue ridge mountains.
Hands down it's the Pelican Pub and Brewery in Oregon.
I'll vote for Selins' Grove Brewings room. The best room I've ever drank in.
Speakeasy in San Francisco just opened their taproom yesterday. It. Is. Awe-some.
There is no beer experience that can compare to Russian River Brewing - the Sistine Chapel of Craft Beer!
Drake's-5 barrel-aged offerings at any given time
Avery- lots of brewery-only offerings
Worst taprooms: Any that only serve beers you could obtain by walking to your nearest liquor store or bottle shop-Firestone Walker (pre-Barrel Works) comes to mind
Was just at Bells and 3F, which is what prompted this thread. Bell's has an awesome taphouse...great atmosphere and huge selection.
Russian River Brewing In Santa Rosa Ca is the place .with Pliny the younger out this past week..and only 4 days left for the year 2013....
Im gonna go with Oso in Wisconsin for this reason, they have about 40 taps and sell all of the best of Wisconsin. Some breweries will have 1 or 2 guest taps, but OSO has all of there specialties plus the best specialties of competing Wisconsin breweries. To me that says something as they are selling there main competitors beer in order to have a spectacular tap room.
The bruerys tap room is pretty killer. I'm also a fan of drakes.
I need to check out speakeasys new get up
Star dust. End of story.
Victory is very nice, more or less a huge brewpub, Im not sure if they have an actual tasting room. Dogfish is ok but nothing to exciting, and if theres a group of girls in the tasting room you might as well forget about getting a sample.
FFF is effing sweet.
Vivant took the cake for me. By far the coolest vibe of any brewpub I've been to, food was fantastic, and all the stained glass and the huge old tables gave it a very unique atmosphere. Bar was sick.
Dark Horse takes second, and all of the mugs on the ceiling give it a real homey feel. Make sure and take the tour so you can hit the VIP room and get some bbpt5.
Don't have a ton to compare to, but I had a really good time at Harpoon's tap room in Boston, MA. Cool cozy bar setting looking over the brewery. Plus, it's free! All you can sample for an hour
Worthy Burger is a savior, now I only have to drive twenty minutes for HF instead of all the way to Montpelier or Waterbury. And I get a delicious burger to go with it! I have a feeling the place is going to start to get crazy popular (as if it isn't already).
They got rid of that room and now have a beer hall. Not sure if you can still drink for free after tours.
I've only been to Harpoon, Sam Adams, and Allagash. None had brewery only offerings, except for Harpoon which had a mild that didn't perform commercially. I'm going to venture from MA to VT to DC this summer, so I'm taking notes from this thread on where to head. So far I have HF, Alchemist (do they have a taproom or am I just grabbing a case and running), then Victory and Troegs...
Thanks for clarifying. Wow must have just snuck in before it closed...was out there about a month ago. Glad I was able to check it out before it went away.
For a new one I would go with Societe it is pretty cool had some picnic tables and great IPAs think the tasters were only $1
also big fan of Hess they are expanding there tasting room but a great vibe did 5 tasters and a nice glass for $10 cant beat that lol
local to los angeles there is Ladyface Alehouse they have good selection of beer and nice food also have some live music sometimes for free cant beat that for sure another great place
and of course cant forget Alesmith great vibe nice clean and they usually have a different version of the Speedway stout (one of my favorites) just love that vietnamese speedway omg
The new hall opened at the beginning of Feb. The pours are 5.75 a piece, but not sure if you get any for free anymore. I loved the old room, they didn't have anything crazy or special, but you could drink their entire line for 30 mins, it was nice
Vivant is cool, I agree with that.
Favorites would be: Cigar City...just because it's epic. Tons of taps, always up to date draft "screen", friendly people, shuffle board. And best of all, a bunch of experimental, brewery only releases. Awesome.
I love Founer's tap room as well. It's again, awesome atmosphere, and the fact they have some of the Michigan's best acts perform there, make it even better. Great music and awesome craft beer, hell ya!
I was lucky enough to go there a few times last winter and while the setting is damn awesome, the beer itself blew my expectations away. Some of their draft-only beers ranked up there with most anything I've had in the US.
Tired Hands. Beer, bread, cheese, and pickles.
The one that stands out to me is The Three Penny Taproom in Vermont.