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Otto's Pub and Brewery

in State College, Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +1% | Score: 4.09
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Finally was able to stop by this establishment (as I live almost three hours away). Sixteen beers total on tap, had the Jolly Roger Imperial Stout on the hand pump and it was very impressive and flavorful. The bar area is surrounded with TV's and music being piped in on the house system. There's lots of nostalgic pictures and beer ads specific to the history of the area hanging from the ceiling, pretty cool. The actual bar top area surrounding the taps is quite large and almost fully circles the area, easily seating at least 20 people (or more).

The whole vibe reminds of a fancy vintage car garage meets modern vintage nostalgia.

The bartenders are right on top of it whenever you have an empty glass.

Didn't have food this time but hope to visit again soon, 'was a quick in and out. A very cool place, I'll be ba-aaaack....

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Craft Beer Cellar

in Lynchburg, Virginia

4.43/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.71
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

V: Craft Beer Cellar is located in a strip mall on a busy road - not overly scenic. But this isn't an issue. They have all their bottles and cans on shelves lining the walls and in the center of the store; this occupies the front part of the space. The back part has several tables and a bar where they serve draft beers. This place is clean and well laid out.

Q: Looks to be a high level of quality at CBC. Doesn't seem to have any stale brews lurking around.

S: The service was very personable and seemed quite knowledgeable (there are 4 or 5 cicerone certificates belonging to staff members hanging on the wall behind the cash register, so that should give you an idea of who you're dealing with).

S: A well curated selection of local and state beers (Ardent, Reason, Three Notch'd), National (Boulevard, Jackie O's, Prairie), and foreign (Unibroue, Anima, Omnipollo). There's a LOT more than what I mentioned - they packed a lot into a small space.

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Grumpy Growlers

in Midlothian, Virginia

4.47/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.73
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

V: Grumpy Growlers is a tiny place in yet another strip mall. They have a couple of shelves full of merchandise, as well as some refrigerated items. The electronic board detailing their beers on tap dominates the room. A nice little spot.

Q: A good level of quality here. I doubt there's a stale beer to be found. Fresh and clean.

S: The service was extremely friendly and helpful. They seem to have a good grasp on beer styles and attributes at Grumpy Growlers.

S: A massive selection of beers and ciders (if that's your thing) in a small spot: Lots of local and state breweries (Isley, Kindred Spirit, Alewerks), national (Ballast Point, Lonerider, Boulevard), but no foreign breweries. Still, they have a varied selection that should make you happy.

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Sergio's Pizza Pub

in Midlothian, Virginia

4.39/5  rDev -2.4% | Score: 4.5
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

V: Sergio's is tucked into a small strip mall off Hull St. Road, so it's not exactly in a scenic location. That being said, the interior is spacious, super clean, and well laid out. They have a nice bar separate from the dining area, as well as a patio that can be enclosed in the winter. This place isn't strictly a bar, but it is inviting.

Q: So far as I could tell they maintain a high quality of beers at Sergio's. No stale stuff to be found.

S: The service was very friendly and attentive (though it was slow when I was there). I didn't quiz my server on any beer, but I assume they're schooled on the subject.

S: They had a somewhat small, but well chosen array of draft beers. Lots of local / state stuff (Hardywood, Vasen, Triple Crossing), and national as well (J Wakefield, Kent Falls, Green Flash). Not much in the way of foreign brews though. Still, a good selection.

F: The food was good (I had the Buffalo chicken wrap). It was well made and came out fast.

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Bearded Iris Brewing

in Nashville, Tennessee

4.86/5  rDev +12% | Score: 4.34
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This is the best brewery that I’ve come across. 4 pack cans are 13-14 dollars. But I keep paying it. This is all I drink now and I’ve even driven to Nashville just to get their beer.

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in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

4.69/5  rDev +15.5% | Score: 4.06
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

This place had it all. Ihad a blast, good vibe, the beer selection was great. All beers Itasted were way above average. The Double D IPA, and the other IPA I had were excellent. Banana Pepper beer was awesome, and the 2 bartenders were excellent {I dont remember names too well, but both were from my area Allentown, Jersey}. Thanks.

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The Stubborn Goat

in Halifax, Nova Scotia

3.89/5  rDev -10% | Score: 4.32
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Lots of taps, around 10-15, with a couple of foreign bottles. I like the atmosphere, pleasant and quite friendly. Modern and hip urban, pretty big with a second floor but a small terrace. Didn't try the food yet it looks promising, including a wood stove for pizza. So I think it's more popular for the restaurant (yep lots of goat stuff) but still very beer oriented and the bar is easily enjoyable with mostly local brews on tap. This was my first stop at Halifax, at the end of service I had a little chat about which beers I enjoyed the most and where I came from, so the service is very relaxed even when full in rush hours...respect.

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The Mill

in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York

4.06/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.89
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Cozy spot in the upscale river town of Hastings....they do burgers and better then typical bar food, burgers, wood fired pizza and a bunch of other tasty looking stuff...

Beer is better then decent for a place this size with a dozen on tap...expect quality craft here and a few boutique kinda options mixed it...for example Lawsons, Single cut, Collective Arts kinda stuff...

Definitely the best beer bar in this tiny residential town and worth a visit if your are close by.

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Mikkeller & Friends

in København, Denmark

4.58/5  rDev +0.2% | Score: 4.57
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

The best place to enjoy world class beer in Scandinavia? 40 taps including a large selection of Mikkeller beers, and guest beers ranging from rare American treats to European craft. Often has tap takeovers of really good stuff, especially during the Mikkeller Beer Celebration in May. Haven't tried any food here yet.

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Omnipollos Hatt

in Stockholm, Sweden

4.21/5  rDev +3.2% | Score: 4.08
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

A tiny place that is usually crowded with people, and for a good reason! Their pizzas are some of the most delicious I've had, and the beer is obviously wonderful. There are 10 taps, out of which a few are Omnipollo "regulars" such as Perikles or Leon, so if you visit often you can run out of new beers to try pretty soon. But the beers are as fresh as they get, and delicious. A must visit in Stockholm.

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Hermitage Brewing

in San Jose, California

4.29/5  rDev +2.4% | Score: 4.19
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

i have known about and liked this place for awhile, and recently learned they had been (and maybe still are?) doing some contract brewing for almanac, which i think gives them some instant credibility, even id there isnt much hype on the streets in these parts about their beers. i was glad we were able to make it in here and check it out, they have a pretty minimal taproom, lots of production and barrel space in behind an industrial feeling sort of cobbled together space, picnic tables and sort of a random array of furniture in front of the small bar, barrels for tables outside, that kind of thing, mellow and relaxed and rather unpretentious for whats happening here, thats until i get to the prices anyway. they have a ton of beers on, lots of barrel aged stuff, sours and wilds, even some hoppy offerings, and its quite apparent from the beer list that these guys are doing it all. the service was sort of cocky at first but warmed up a little bit, almost nobody around on a sunday afternoon, they gave us a bunch of free tasters, and we had only a few beers, but all that we tasted were unique, even weirdly so, and very high quality, i cant believe there isnt more chatter about the beers coming out of this place, we were both really impressed. the prices were insane though, some small pours were ten bucks or more, and for how little we drank by volume, our tab felt astronomical, which may account for the lack of patrons on a weekend day, but who knows. you often get what you pay for with beer, and i felt like the beer was great here, but the prices were so high that i did not feel good about paying out tab. still, awesome beers and an awfully relaxed place to hang out. worth checking out, a little out of the way from where we were, but worth the extra driving if you seek strange beers. just bring the pocketbook!

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High Branch Brewing Company

in Concord, North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +6.8% | Score: 4.38
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

There is one guy who may be the head brewer (owner?) that doesn’t seem very interested in engaging with the customers. The rest of the staff is super friendly - more like a traditional bartender. The quality of the beers and their offerings are top rate though.

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Alpine Beer Company Pub

in Alpine, California

4.76/5  rDev +5.3% | Score: 4.52
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Alpine is located 30 miles east of San Diego and is a small town up in the mountains. The taproom is very comfortable with plenty of high quality IPA's on tap. The staff is very friendly and the beer from the tap is noticeably better than what you may have access to in a bottle shop (which is saying something because the bottles are always good too).

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Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

in San Francisco, California

4.21/5  rDev +12% | Score: 3.76
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

i really dug this place, and we sort of only came here on a whim. i had never heard of thirsty bear before, but as we made our way around some san francisco breweries, we kept seeing everyone had a collaboration with these guys, seriously, like three or four of our stops had done a beer with these guys, so we decided to check it out. warning, watch where you park, we were about a black and a half away, and my car window got smashed out and all my stuff stolen, granted this has nothing to do with thirsty bear, and its a common act in the city from what i now understand, but just a heads up. the place is rad inside, pretty big, oriented the long way with the bar all down the left side when you walk in, an elevated dining area in the back, and the tanks down underneath but rising up behind the bar so that the view is of the top part of the fermenters and stuff, all neat and clean and sort of artsy feeling, a neat layout making a pretty large space feel comfortable. we sat kind of out of the way and still had pretty good service. the beers were both ambitious and delicious, covering just about all the bases, we enjoyed all we drank in here, some of them were incredible. the food we got was also absolutely killer, and while it was just an appetizer, it was impressive enough that i will be back to eat a full meal when i am in town again. this felt very urban, very san fran, but also very cozy and cool, i loved it actually, and for a place i had never heard of, i left fully stoked on it. looking forward to another visit here, highly recommended!

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The Scalehouse Brewpub

in Ithaca, New York

3.5/5  rDev +9% | Score: 3.21
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Not the greatest location...but overall not too bad of a building. They only had 4 house beers on tap with domestic beer in bottles. The beer was just OK, not bad but nothing to brag about. One of their Harvest Ales was good and tasted like it was wet-hopped. I asked the bartender if it was wet-hopped and she said "I don't know, I just serve the beers." I probably won't go there again because there is definitely room for improvement in their beers and staff knowledge. The bartender however, was very nice,

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Liquid State Brewing Company

in Ithaca, New York

4.18/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.18
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Awesome and chill place to drink. Based on the beers you wouldn’t think they were two weeks into grand opening. Very good beers with a chill vibe. I would definitely recommend going too.

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Rocket Republic Brewing Company

in Madison, Alabama

4.16/5  rDev -2.6% | Score: 4.27
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Rocket Republic is very close to home so I go there quite frequently. It’s a real brewpub, so the facilities are minimalist. It is a large metal building with a bar, a couple big screen TVs and lots of tables and chairs. The owners are always there and are very good about explaining the various beers on tap. They offer samples and their flights are a good place to start. The top sellers are always available and they’re always experimenting with new brews. The Mach 1 IPA is their most popular beer and my favorite. It’s quite drinkable for an IPA and many people who otherwise don’t like IPAs really enjoy it. There are a couple other brewpubs in easy driving distance but I usually go to Rocket Republic. If you fly into the Huntsville airport it literally across the street, so check it out.

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Bandwagon Brew Pub

in Ithaca, New York

4.09/5  rDev +11.7% | Score: 3.66
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Awesome food!! 5 beers on tap. 3 beers were okay but 2 beers I fell in love with. One was a jalapeño raspberry beer that was fantastic and the other was a really good Hefeweizen! Great vibe with outstanding and friendly service! I would definitely go here again.

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Lucky's Taproom & Eatery

in Dayton, Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +5% | Score: 4.43
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Seriously always enjoy the food and drinks here. Had the dragon's milk coconut stout for the first time here and it was seriously so good. The staff is fun, energetic, and quick. It's just a plus that they source their food from local farms.

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Red Shedman Farm Brewery & Hop Yard

in Mount Airy, Maryland

3.01/5  rDev -21.2% | Score: 3.82
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

What the hell kind of name is that?

Years ago...but not that long ago... when the craft industry faced a large and steep increase in profits (er.. "prices," pardon me) due to a manufactured "hop shortage," I remarked to some friends that, yes, higher prices sucked, and yes, this was likely to bring more monied douchebags into the beer scene. "But," I said, "we're still better than wine. Beer will never cost as much as wine, and beer people will never be as repulsive as wine people."

Oh, how nave I was. The beer and wine scenes began bleeding into one another around the late aughts, and they haven't stopped. Along with general, across-the-board price increases came the rise of a handful of pornographically expensive and pretentious luxury brewers. Taprooms switched from having industrial and proletarian feels to embracing whatever trends were currently infecting the restaurant scene. By 2016, you could enter a brewery and spot nary a single bearded man with a stained shirt. Instead, you got a bunch of trim, successful-looking people talking about exercise while taking measured sips of middling homebrew that cost 2 dollars per ounce. And all the bartenders had those Nazi haircuts.

And so a place like Red Shedman shouldn't surprise me. Sadden me, maybe, but not surprise me. It's an extension of a literal winery, drawing the same crowds as a winery, on the same grounds as a winery. The beer scene doesn't exist anymore as its own discrete entity. It's now more properly understood as "the fancyboy expensive beverage scene," and Red Shedman is perhaps its most perfect symbol.

As to the atmosphere, every detail seems pored over, which instead of making it seem artisinal or crafty instead just makes it feel generic, like it came out of a prefab kit. If you've been to a trendy "rustic feeling" restaurant in the last 3 years, you already know exactly what this place is like.

The beers range from pretty bad to pretty good, with the worst resembling a homebrewer's earliest batches and the best tasting like they were made by someone who's been brewing for a couple of years. There was nothing unique about them aside from the price: 15 bucks for a 4 pack of tallboys.

So... this is where we're at. We've all seen it coming. It's here. And we have to learn to live with it.

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Bier Markt

in Montréal, Quebec

4.43/5  rDev +9.1% | Score: 4.06
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

First time Montreal and we had the pleasure of grabbing a bite to eat and enjoying some great local beers. The waitstaff was very personable and open to offering suggestions from the menu. There wasn't a bad seat in the house if your looking to watch the game, as it seemed there was a TV in every corner of the bar. The food was a big step above your average bar food and you can tell the chef took pride in his menu. I was glad I went with the servers advice on the beers as they were outstanding.

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Monkey Fist Brewing Co.

in Traverse City, Michigan

3.67/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.67
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This was stop #2 on our weekend pub crawl. This brewpub has been open since June, 2017, and is located inside an open marketplace setting along with 3-4 food places, a gift shop, etc. Street parking is scarce so using the city garage next door is an easy thing to do. The vibe was okay for this arrangement, and the service was very good because the place was not busy on a snowy Thursday evening. Some patio tables were at the front of the building but I did not ask if beer was permitted out there.

The pub had 5 of their beers on tap plus 9 guest taps which included two ciders. Wine and a limited amount of liquor were also available. We ordered a sampler flight of all 5 of their beers for evaluation. All of the beers were brewed correctly to style, but none were considered to be exciting. Being a young brewery maybe they are still tweaking the recipes. We liked the Taste of Sunshine Pale Ale the best.

The variety of food places offer a nice choice for food if you are hungry while, but the brewpub does not sell snacks, etc. This pub is worthy of a visit.

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Mill House Brewing Company

in Poughkeepsie, New York

4.14/5  rDev -6.5% | Score: 4.43
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

The building and space are really well done. The decor is simply beautiful comprising of stone, brick, and natural wood beams with an amazing wraparound bar. There were about 8 beers plus a couple of guest taps.I really enjoyed the Mill House beers. The food is by far superb. It blows away what you think if when it comes to bar or grub food. I definitely recommend a visit here. The ambienace is topped off with the lack of TV's screaming out Sports scores or the latest Political view. Very Nice touch!

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Parched Eagle Brewpub

in Westport, Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +22.5% | Score: 4.08
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Very well made and well-balanced beer. There is a little something for everyone who enjoys a good craft beer on tap. They have three beers that are always on available while the other beers rotate often. The better the beer the faster they end up rotating which is sometimes unfortunate if you have a favorite that is limited but most the time it’s cool to see something new at the bar every week or two. Both taprooms are pretty chill places that offer better than par service, games, and some beer books. The brewmaster, Jim, can be found quite often at either one of the locations... Which of course is another bonus to visiting the Parched Eagle.

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Smoke Daddy

in Chicago, Illinois

4.11/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.11
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75

Visited recently for a 3 Floyd's tap takeover. Has kind of a dive vibe going, but not in a bad way. Service was exceptional. The waitress was super friendly and the manager introduced himself to me and talked beer for a few minutes. The are 14 draft lines and another 24 choices in bottles/cans. I did not try the food.

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