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2 Tread Brewing

in Santa Rosa, California

3.96/5  rDev +4.5% | Score: 3.79
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A new brewery in Santa Rosa, further expanding the downtown options. The space is a good one, as it sits facing out from the Santa Rosa Plaza toward downtown. As of early summer 2018, the brewmaster (formerly of Firestone Walker) has a limited number of offerings, with more in the works. The space is a good one, especially on warm nights, as the large rollup doors open onto an inviting outdoor seating area. Expect to find music on many nights.

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Thirsty Pagan Brewing

in Superior, Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -12.7% | Score: 3.93
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.25

The vibe is that of a brewpub and restaurant a little past its prime. A very cool old building but it's looking a little run down.
The quality of the beer is just OK. Nothing great, nothing glaringly wrong.
Service was good and friendly.
Selection during our visit was very limited with only 4 house brewed beers available. The selection was filled out with several guest taps.
The food is very good with top-notch pizza.

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Town & Country Supermarket Liquors

in Cheyenne, Wyoming

4.09/5  rDev +1.7% | Score: 4.02
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I came through town yesterday on my way back to Denver after some time in the mountains. This is a pretty big place but craft brew is only a fairly small part; one long row of cold craft with plenty of individual beers for sale as well as sixers, twelvers and bombers.

I am no local, but this looked like a decent selection of mountain state craft with brewers from Montana, Utah, Colorado, Idaho and Wyoming, plus a selection of German and Belgian brew. I picked up bombers from Black Tooth brewing and Grand Teton brewing and found the stovepipe can of Barrel Aged Ten Fidy for a buck and a half cheaper than in Colorado, so I picked up one of those too. Cool place that made Wyoming look progressive and global, at least in beer terms.

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Kiitos Brewing

in Salt Lake City, Utah

3.86/5  rDev -2.8% | Score: 3.97
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I love trains and beer so when I find a brewery next to the tracks I'll definitely give it a try. Unfortunately Kiitos didn't have a trackside outdoor seating area or large train viewing window so 1/4 point gets deducted on vibe. Kiitos has around 10 beers on tap (all at Utah mandated ABV of 4%) plus a few cans which are a bit stronger. When nearly everything's at session levels it certainly keeps the evening going farther into the night. The tap choices showed a nice variety with a NE Pale Ale (my favorite of the bunch), a stout, a sour, and several more diverse styles including the "Big Gay" ale for diversity month. The beers I tried were fair to good with no real clunkers or standouts. Really liked the bartendress and she was full of great tips on other area breweries.

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Ellison Brewery & Spirits

in East Lansing, Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.1% | Score: 4.17
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

In an old industrial area. Bare bones, but cool vibe. I visited on a Sunday afternoon. They had outdoor seating with a food truck in the parking lot. I went inside and sat at the bar. I tried a few beers, which were good. I did not try the spirits or cocktails. A 3 piece band started to play as I was leaving.. Cool spot, glad I stopped.

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Smoke Brewing Company

in Lee's Summit, Missouri

3.85/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.85
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Large rectangular space with a garage door that opens to the street. The beers are solid. Service was a little slow. Their beer selection was lager heavy. It's pretty bold to not have an IPA on the menu. The main food is BBQ. It was good but not great. Only one sauce option.

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AleSmith Brewing Company

in San Diego, California

4.23/5  rDev -3.2% | Score: 4.37
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

this is a brewery i have respected forever, one of the first to turn me on to strong ales like old ale and barleywine, and i have been a longtime lover of their speedway stout, so it was sort of a full circle thing for me to get to visit their enormous new(ish) brewery. its a huge space, almost feels like a hotel lobby, with big leather couches, high ceilings, low light, noisy and bustling, kind of an urban industrial feel to it, tanks visible behind the bar, tons of fermentation capacity here, huge but comfortable, if a bit overly refined and lacking uniqueness as a space. its comfortable though, and it was exiting just to be here. the beer list included all of the staples, a few new ones by me, and a range of speedway variants i was super pumped to get into, including jamaican, vietnamese, chire, and thai. they were all awesome! they also have a cool gift shop with some bottles to go. a neat mix of people in here from corporate gathering to laid back california looking folks, mellow for how busy it was. service was fine, sort of unexcited but we didnt spend much time at the bar, opting instead for one of the leather couches where we had our minds blown by the speedway flight. its cool to see how successful these guys have been, their new space is beautiful, and the beers continue to speak for themselves. we had a great time here, definitely worth a visit, and if you are unfamiliar with their beers, be sure not to miss it!

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Waves Market Grocery & Deli

in Waves, North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +9.7% | Score: 3.8
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

For the location, a pretty darn good selection of beer. Several singles and a few sixers, cold bottles and bombers. South of the big cities (Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head), best selection I’ve found. Over and above the beer, fantastic sandwiches.

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Cavendish Brewing Company

in Gastonia, North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -10.7% | Score: 4.31
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Not beer geek heaven... if you consider that a dark joint focusing solely on beer and beer talk. Not knocking that, I dig it too. But this place has good beer, and a good selection, and it's a whole lot of fun. I'm sitting here now drinking an 8% saison, as a 40 person line of roller derby folks pour in. Good talk, good beer, good times. Bonus points for fun. Check it out. Cheers!

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Bluejacket / Arsenal Restaurant

in District of Columbia

4.29/5  rDev +5.9% | Score: 4.05
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Visited after a Nats game, so the place was crowded. Service was still good, and the coffee stout I ordered was very good. My only complaint was the sticky floor.

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Rocket Frog Brewing Company

in Sterling, Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +2.9% | Score: 4.11
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Of the breweries we visited over the weekend, this one seemed like the newest one based on the small size and low number of taps. We were able to order two flights of 4 and knock out the whole thing. Every beer was very good. Service was good. Growler fills were available to-go.

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Solace Brewing

in Dulles, Virginia

4.28/5  rDev -1.2% | Score: 4.33
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

As the pic suggests, this is in an office complex. There was a food truck outside on a Saturday afternoon, and the place was full due to a World Cup match. The service was still very good despite the crowd, and the flight of 6 we ordered was very enjoyable.

Something new I had not seen before was a section in the taproom area sectioned off with a low wall designated for families, on the other side of the large room from the bar and a majority of the TVs. I have no problem with well behaved children at breweries (and none were causing a scene this day), but this divided area was a pleasant change of pace which is good for having children parties at a place where adults can drink.

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Ocelot Brewing Company

in Sterling, Virginia

4.52/5  rDev +3.2% | Score: 4.38
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited over the weekend and had a flight with my wife. Every one of the 6 was no worse than very good. Their BA Here Kitty Kitty was top-notch. Service was very good, and the interior has a typical brewery vibe. As a visitor to the area, it was interesting to see how many breweries in this particular area are located in these relatively new office/light commercial locales instead of the urban revitalizations more typical of my area.

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Mockery Brewing Co.

in Denver, Colorado

5/5  rDev +26.9% | Score: 3.94
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Mockery Brewery is the best in Denver! We held a private event here a few weeks ago and the owners Eric and Zach were amazing to work with. Their story is so cool and they have an amazing line up of rotating taps. We came to Mockery back in January and were blown away by their unique and incredible tasting beers. From their Hops in Stereo IPA to the Palisade Peach Sour and everything in between there is a great beer for any beer drinker. The outdoor space is amazing and provides the perfect vibe for a few beers in beautiful Colorado!

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B-Side

in Fairfax, Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +12.4% | Score: 3.79
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Just visited for brunch on a Saturday. Like others have posted, this place is attached to a bottle shop/butcher. The beer selection is small, but mostly local, and there's some Tilquin on the shelf on that side of the place.

B-side had about a dozen very nice taps and an equal amount of items on the brunch menu. I loved my breakfast burger, paired it with a lager from The Veil. Given the high end location, the prices aren't unreasonable, but it's above normal. I'd still go back again if I lived nearby.

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Great Central Brewing Company

in Chicago, Illinois

3.59/5  rDev -11.6% | Score: 4.06
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Big open warehouse with a gameroom vibe, ping pong and shuffleboard tables, lots of communal seating.

The bartender was MIA, and it took 15 minutes to eventually get served. When he showed up, he stuck to the end of the bar and served everyone that arrived after us first. Seemed to be understaffed on a weekend afternoon.

Selection is unique in that it’s a handful of house beers and mostly client offerings on draft. Begyle and Maplewood were the majority, with Kinslahger, Funk Brewing, and Warpigs rounding things out.

Close to Goose Fulton and On Tour, nothing very compelling on it’s own, but a worthy brewery crawl stop.

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Braxton Brewing Company

in Covington, Kentucky

5/5  rDev +19.3% | Score: 4.19
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

We've been to many breweries and brewpubs over the past 3 decades, and are usually underwhelmed. I loved Braxton, though. I could have sat all day on those beautiful vintage leather couches and drank their beautiful, balanced beers. There is nothing worse than going to a "must hit" brewery and finding that all they have are 6 varieties of NEIPA. Braxton makes all kinds of styles and everything we tried on tap exceeded expectations. The BA stout was the best example from our trip through 7 states. The maibock was excellent, though a tad sweet as it warmed, the Berliner weisse exquisite. We went back the next day, it was so good. Cheers!

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Black Bridge Brewery

in Kingman, Arizona

5/5  rDev +23.5% | Score: 4.05
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Very cool dog friendly little tap room with plenty of their own beer on tap. Styles were primarily focused around wheat beers, ipas, and stouts with a barrel program as well.

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Port Brewing

in San Marcos, California

4.05/5  rDev -4.9% | Score: 4.26
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

this is the same facility as the lost abbey, they have a split menu here with selections from each spot, but the place is the same, and they appear to share brewing and fermenting equipment and space. i was a little less impressed with the selection of port beers than i was with the lost abbey list when we were here, they didnt have hardly anything outside of the standard offerings, i was thinking i might get to try some brewery only stuff, but it was slim pickings there, and the focus really seemed to be on the lost abbey stuff. its an airy and straightforward taproom, with some seats at the bar, some high top tables, and an open garage door letting in plenty of light, people mill about, dogs roam around, its mellow and simple. obviously the port brewing beers are fabulous, some really pillars in their respective styles, so it was cool to check out where they are made, but we drank mostly lost abbey stuff here due to the relative lack of new flavors to try from port, the balance was a little off, but its definitely worth a trip out here to check the place out. port beer stands as some of the best, especially their hoppy stuff! relaxed and high quality, decent service, fair prices.

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Cornwall's Pub & Eatery

in Rockport, Ontario

3.96/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.96
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Pub restaurant on the Canadian side of the St. Lawrence where you can catch the tour boat for the river. The pub has great views, local Canadian beer on tap, and fresh PEI mussels ( the fish tacos were delicious too ). 12 taps, some bottles, full liquor bar, very good/quick service, outside seating, bar/ seating inside and live music the Friday evening we were there. Huge parking lot. Cute little town/pub and food worth the quick drive over from USA.

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Little Machine

in Denver, Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -14.5% | Score: 4.13
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Vibe - great location, just blocks from Broncos Stadium at Mile High; large, circular bar in the center of the space with plenty (~20 tables) of seating; small outdoor patio that could use some work.
Quality - tried 5 of the 10-12 offerings and came away with only one (Yafi) that was great, the rest were merely ok.
Service - ordered at the bar and sat at a table. Service at bar was perfectly fine, but never saw any service at tables.
Selection- 10-12 ranging from traditional offerings to a few one offs; decent enough, with the Yafi IPA being by far my favorite.
Overall - the location near Mile High is great, just don’t expect the highest quality beers.

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Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Sorrento Mesa

in San Diego, California

4.39/5  rDev +10% | Score: 3.99
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

This one gets full marks on vibe. Gorgeous view of the Japanese pond from the inside and patio. Honestly the TVs feel out of place with such a high end vibe but I didn't mind since the world cup was on and it added to the atmosphere.

Beer and food are standard Karl Strauss, not amazing but a solid set of choices with something for everyone. Not a place for whalez bro, but a place for a good time with friends.

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Cat Cora's Taproom

in Romulus, Michigan

3.57/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.57
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Above average airport bar from a beer perspective. Barely. Vibe is blah. Beer selection is a selection but hardly anything to get excited about. Pint of Two Hearted and I'm good. I considered ordering food but it didn't look that great based on what I saw my neighbors had. Better than most, but pretty mediocre.

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Barley Brown's Beer (Production Brewery/Taproom)

in Baker City, Oregon

4.19/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.19
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I'm an occasional visitor to Baker City, and have been to Barley Brown's a few times, both the brewpub and the taproom. I'm entering a text review for both spots, to help folks understand the differences.

The taproom had 22 taps on my most recent visit, all but one with Barley Brown beers. The room is pleasant and the vibe is friendly. On three visits to the taproom, it's never been crowded. The service has been consistently excellent.

In contrast, the brewpub has just 8 taps. The taproom list is much more interesting and varied. The brewpub has the standard Barley Brown brews (Pallet Jack), but not much that's unusual.

So if you're a BA beer geek visiting Baker City, go to the taproom, not the brewpub. The taproom has no food, however.

The brewpub was crowded tonight, and the service was miserable. More on that in the other review.

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Trillium Brewing Company

in Boston, Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev -3.1% | Score: 4.57
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

There over Boston Marathon weekend. Five days in Boston, three trips to Trillium! :) helped that it was a 10 minute walk from the hotel. Was able to get in on the Macaroon release so that was cool. Enjoyed the vibe, the staff and selection. Hit up Row 34 right up the street for lunch as well. Random I know but good food to top off a great beer run.

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