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The Brewery At Lake Tahoe

in South Lake Tahoe, California

3.57/5  rDev +12.3% | Avg: 3.18
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

I stopped in for a couple pints since our place for the vacation we were on was only about 2/10's of a mile away. The place is not huge but I found two entrances and took the one leading to the bar area. There is brewing and fermentation equipment behind the bar to give you an idea of the size -there was an area for lagering with fermenters at the end. You get the impression the place has been there for a while based on the décor and the beers I tried were good or very good. The service was friendly and attentive and I would have been back except it was my first trip to Tahoe and had lots of places to check out, I did not try the food but the pizza looked tasty.

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The Ginger Man

in Boston, Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +0.4% | Avg: 4.52
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Solid place all around and the most comprehensive selection of craft beers the downtown area has ever had. I happen to live and work about 5 blocks from here so its nice and convenient for me too. The hours have changed a little since the Summer started as it is no longer open for lunch on weekdays. I believe it doesn't open until 1 pm on weekends either.

The decor is about 10 times nicer than it was when it was the Stadium and Mc Faddens and let's hope it ultimately lasts a lot longer than those two places did. Nice hard woods, wide open and very clean with great air-conditioning too. There are a bunch of things I really like about Ginger Man such as: the fabulous selection that rotates pretty well. The attention to detail on cleanliness of tap lines and the free of soap residue glassware. The fact that it doesn't seem to get the obnoxious bar crawl crowds or big groups of clueless tourists that seem to be so prevalent around downtown on weekends and the lack of lousy cover bands playing the same old songs that they all play around here every single day of the week.

The staff are very pleasant and really know their beers pretty well. I have had the food a few times and it is pretty solid too. I like this one even better than the Manhattan location. I hope I didn't let the cat out of the bag-- as while I very much want this place to succeed , I like the fact that it isn't a mob scene most of the times I have tried to stop by. Also. the pricing on the beers can be a tad high--kind of to be expected for good quality but I did think $12.50 for the Freshy salt & pepper and the Hitachinos nest one I had was a little much.

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Blackback Pub

in Waterbury, Vermont

4.66/5  rDev +5% | Avg: 4.44
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Comfortable beer bar in the heart of Waterbury. Great draft selection and a very helpful bartender. I would make this my first stop for beers next time in Waterbury. A much more easy-going spot than some of the others on the same street.

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New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)

in New Orleans, Louisiana

4.17/5  rDev +6.1% | Avg: 3.93
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Located a few miles away from the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter this place is a nice change of pace from Bourbon Street.
There is a downstairs bar with their full draught list, and an upstairs bar with a few less beers but a nice seating area and outside patio. Downstairs shares space with a nice BBQ joint, and has some restaurant-style seating, but space can get a little tight near the bar because its the first thing you see when you walk in. Upstairs was completely open when we arrived, and we had the bar all to ourselves. Though not as many taps as downstairs, they had their small batch beers available, as well as quite a few can and bottle options. Bartender was super nice, and seemed to enjoy being there (which is always nice). There are 2 tv's up there, board games, and a photo booth.
Beer ranged from sub-par to quite good (a range you see from many breweries), however it was the best I had while there (in a land ruled by Abita and macro).
We got Uber to and from, so didn't have to worry about parking, but it was real easy to get to - though I wouldn't walk there from the French Quarter. All in all, it was a real nice experience and you should definitely check it out if you're in the area.

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Odd Side Ales

in Grand Haven, Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +9.5% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Best thing about Grand Haven! This is the one place my wife and I must go when we visit family. Love the chill Lebowski feel in this historic building.

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Bell's Brewery, Inc.

in Kalamazoo, Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -4.8% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The tap room has a very nice atmosphere with a big restaurant full of tables and about 10 stools at the bar. Snagged a couple of bar stools with a friend. Had a lunch special and a flight of beers. The food was good but not memorable. The beer on tap was really no better than the bottled versions I find in my beer store. I was expecting two hearted ale to be even better at the brewery. It's not. If you are a huge Bell's Fan you're going to love this place. Otherwise, it's nothing special except for the nice restaurant.

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Urban Moose Brewing Co.

in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.4
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

I was there for their grand opening. I didn't have any food when there, but it is a part of Flying Pig Pizza.

The brewery has 3 seating areas. As you walk into the door, to the left, is the taproom. If you go straight youenter the restaurant portion of the place. You can go up the stairs (or elevator) to an outdoor seating area. They had 8 of thier beers on tap. If I remember correctly, they had 12 total taps, so they do have room for expansion. The staff was friendly. The brewmaster stopped by and said hi, and asked about what we thought of the beers. I do recommend this place, I think you won't be sorry if you make the trip to Sauk Rapids for a visit.

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Cigar City Brewing

in Tampa, Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.4% | Avg: 4.48
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great vibe! Two nice bars with plenty of seating in the tasting room area. Excellent quality and service. Prices are very fair and their beers are very good to outstanding. Service was good all around - staff was friendly and the tour guide, Jensen, was excellent. If you get his tour, you won't be disappointed. Great selection of their beers in the coolers. All the main lineup is there along with plenty of rotating and one offs. The website is kept up to date with what is on tap and whats in the to go cooler. Just a great place all around.

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Ellicottville Brewing Co.

in Ellicottville, New York

3.83/5  rDev -7.7% | Avg: 4.15
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

A nice spot in E'Ville and pretty much the only place with interesting craft available (with the exception of a few local bars with very basic craft offerings from the local breweries). The garden is a nice area to have a beer on a summer night. The quality of the beer varies, but is generally average to above average. Worth a stop if in town.

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Forager Brewing Company

in Rochester, Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +0.9% | Avg: 4.37
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

The Forager brewery has an adjacent coffee shop which shares an exterior entrance and dining areas. The "library room" looks as if it were from a Scottish manor home and might seat up to 10-12. The library has soft lights, tall walls of books, sofa, and leather chairs. and can be a quiet, warm and inviting space to talk or the right place to sip an international roasted coffee, your favorite Sherpa milk stout and/or a Johnny C's Belgium Dubble. Just beyond the library is a multi-level casual dining room (might seat 100) for the brewery and its bar. Also to west of the bar is an outside patio where summer evening music events are hosted. Their Fine craft beers and ales are brewed on premises. My wife and I split a Chicago Style Pizza as an afternoon snack to go with our six ounce tastings, and enjoyed the pizza.

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Woodland Wine Merchant

in Nashville, Tennessee

5/5  rDev +19.6% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Quality, service and I always find something interesting and new to try. One of my favorite places to visit on the weekend. The staff is so nice and knowledgeable. Tastings are a regular thing too!

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Brooklyn Brewery

in Brooklyn, New York

3.04/5  rDev -24% | Avg: 4
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Not sure why this beer is marketed and sold as a Lager. Its taste to me is much more reminiscent of a Palestinian Ale. The aftertaste is bitter and very hops-like. That said, it's a decent to solid beer to enjoy if Pale Ales are your thing.

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Beer, Wine & Liquor Outlet

in Madisonville, Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.77
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

For this little town it has a decent selection again. Against the Grain, Country Boy, West Sixth, Tin Man, Stillwater, Evil Twin, Prairie Artisan Ales, Rhinegeist, Schlafly, and more.

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Richfield Liquor Store

in Richfield, Minnesota

3.47/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.47
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

The Richfield Muni on Lyndale has a pretty good selection of beer almost all of it is in coolers on the back wall. They do have some 1 offs and bomber and import section on 1 aisle. Every so often you can find a gem in here. I will stop from time to time on my way to Menards.

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Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

in Somerville, Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +19.4% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

I love the authentic Somerville beer-lovers atmosphere in this very local establishment. I love that the beer vats are just around the running club's wall of fame, potentiating that community feel. Not to mention, the beer! My favorite is the Flagraiser, but of course I'm partial to an IPA, however Slumbrew is constantly coming up with new and unique concoctions. The food is really delicious, not at all you standard pub dish. I've also noted that they have hosted some fun events with outside vendors, such as Plant Nite. One of my favorite local brewing companies!

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Central Avenue Liquors

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.76
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Old school Liquor store in the NE, Fair State is a block away as are many fine places to eat now. If im in the area i make a point to stop in, they have a good selection of brew at competitive prices IDK also like the vibe of the hood.

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Total Wine & More

in Roseville, Minnesota

3.59/5  rDev -5.3% | Avg: 3.79
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

TW really has no vibe its a mega liquor store. They do have a great selection and good prices on some items. Service is ok when your looking for something . Its a generic feel when you go in but they do have variety and selection. I work in Roseville so i will continue to stop in from time to time.

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Cub Foods - Maplewood West Liquor Store

in Maplewood, Minnesota

3/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Just south of hwy 36 on Rice St. Store is adjacent to the cub, its a full service liquor store and emphasis is not on beer. You will find something to drink here they have all the regular's, TG,Indeed,Surly,Odells,Bells. So if your close by and need some beer stop otherwise pass on this store.

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Wine World

in East Brunswick, New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev +3.6% | Avg: 3.88
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Quality store tucked in between a dunkin-donuts and a golf shop. you wouldn't expect this small unassuming shop to have such a great selection and solid deals on make your own six packs. I have to give this store the nod for central NJ because of that. The other strong local store (adelphia) doesn't restock well enough to get the nod.

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The Trion Tavern

in New Haven, Indiana

4.31/5  rDev +6.4% | Avg: 4.05
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

This place is killer. In Fort Wayne for a wedding, I wanted to hit Trion's since I'd heard so much about their tap list. Also, I looked forward to finding (any) Three Floyds on tap, but holy shit - did they have an amazing selection.

Score! All draughts were $3.50, and bottles were $4-5. In addition to Bomb! on tap, I also got to have fresh Zombie Dust, Dreadnaught, Robert The Bruce, Stone Mocha IPA, and a Dubbel by Taxman.

The burgers were amazing (be sure to try the Hangover Burger), and I loved their home style fries.

In addition, I got to meet the owner, Greg, and talked beer with him for over an hour. The service is great, and Greg conducts his business with a passion for both beer and people.

Overall, I cannot recommend this place highly enough. Very fairly priced, with great service, and a truly surreal tap list, you MUST visit Trion!

I miss you already, Indiana.

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Luekens Big Town Liquors

in Dunedin, Florida

2/5  rDev -51.2% | Avg: 4.1
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3

If you have a manufacturers coupon and try to use it on sale items, good luck, they wond accept it. Unlike other liquor stores who honor manufacturer coupons on sale/marked down items Lukens does not despite the fact they will still get their money back from the manufacturer. For this reason, Total Wines is my go to store for the majority of my purchases. Only stop by here if it's on the way. Otherwise go elsewhere. Spoke to the pinnacle vodka rep about this and he also agreed that they would get reimbursed despite the fact it was a sale item.

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Palate Bottle Shop & Reserve

in Wilmington, North Carolina

4.71/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.71
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

This is a bottle shop, bar, and wine bar, and they have food trucks onsite often. The vibe is nice, but it can get busy if it's nice out.

It is super new, so everything is very nice, their beer selection is fantastic and they appear to regularly get lots of new releases and lots of good local stuff.

The guy bartender that we talked to let us sample everything we were interested in on tap, told us about the operation, and told us about upcoming beer events. He even went through a checklist of the local bottle shops to make sure that we hit them all.

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Grape & Ale

in Oak Island, North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.5
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

This place is nice for an on island bottle shop, the selection between wine and beer is nice. They have some rare things available but their selection isn't HUGE, but it's decent.

The owner is super nice and helpful. They do weekly tasting events if you're interested give them a call or stop in.

The owner told us that the locals are generally older and not super adventurous so his selection isn't vast but he still has some good stuff available. If you're going to be around more then a couple days talk to him about what he may be able to get in.

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Wine Brew and More

in North Olmsted, Ohio

2.2/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 2.2
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3

Waited ten minutes for the place to open. Normally I don't go to stores at 10am, but this was in the schedule. They lost at least five customers by not opening on time. The lights weren't on, and then they were, but the door remained locked. The selection looked great through the window, and it seemed like a nice place. I don't know if this place operates for its preferred customers, but I know I'm not one, and will likely not go back.

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Harpoon Brewery

in Windsor, Vermont

4/5  rDev -5% | Avg: 4.21
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, Vermont has a lot of great events through-out the year; mostly bike and running events. But the annual Harpoon BBQ Fest is the best. Usually in late July. It features several of Harpoon's beers on tap at $5 bucks a pop. Entry fee is only $15; $10 if you a Friend of Harpoon Member. Plus there are dozens of BBQ competitors offering all kinds of different BBQ foods. The music is always top notch; especially FryDaddy Band and the Chris Kleeman Band. Large crowds, plenty of parking, free shuttles. Vermont ice cream and Vermont cheese companies share the site in Windsor, VT.
The restaurant is open for great lunches most of the week. Regular Thursday night music offering. Very friendly staff.

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