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Bridger Brewing

in Bozeman, Montana

3.93/5  rDev -6.2% | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

had a great time here in this sportsbar/brewery right on campus there. its a big space, some upstairs seating too it looked like, but not an enormous brewery, they must be brewing fairly regulary to keep up. we sat at a long wrap around wooden bar and it took awhile to get served. they were busy but not packed, the service was really the least remarkable part of the experience. the beer was great, and far more adventurous and ambitious than most of the other breweries we visited in the area. i had a great coffee stout with locally roasted coffee, a cucumber melon cream ale, and a whiskey aged scotch ale, all were excellent. they had very few generic choices, and i dig that on a beer menu. we did not eat here, but the pizzas they were making looked really good. the space is big and sprawling, ski lodge meets college bar, mellow and casual, but bustling at the same time. if i was a student here, i would be in this place all the time crushing these coffee beers! really fun spot, quite a bit more lively than any of the other breweries we visited in the area. i assume the proximity to the college helps a lot with that. great times, very solid and interesting beers!

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Shawan Liquors

in Cockeysville, Maryland

4.49/5  rDev +2.5% | Avg: 4.38
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Being from Boston, I stop here whenever I head home to the Baltimore/MD area... have a great selection of things I can't get in New England and have even scored some rare release bottles a few times. The staff is always helpful, beer is fresh. Top 10 beer stores in Maryland based on my experience.

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Killy's Fine Spirits & Ale / Killy's Smokehouse Deli

in Sheridan, Wyoming

3.96/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.96
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Opened the week of 10/24/16. Visited on 10/27/16. This used to be a grocery store that had a deli counter with daily lunch specials. They then got a liquor license and remodeled it into a liquor store on one side and a separate smokehouse/deli on the other side of the building.

Having just opened, all of the shelved weren't filled up yet, but they still had a decent selection of beer and booze. Several larger regional breweries from Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana are well represented with regular and seasonal beers. There's basically a whole wall of cooler doors for beer, with about 1/3 - 1/2 of it being BMC stuff. One door section at the end for gluten free & cider. One door for bombers. A decent selection, with room for expansion. I picked up a Black Butte XXVIII, and they also had Abyss (which seems pretty common here).

They also have a fill station at the register, currently with 4 taps. There's room for 6-8 taps. They also have a "crowler" filler for 32 oz. cans. Reportedly a first for Wyoming.

Currently, the selection is about the same as you'll find at any of the better liquor stores in Sheridan. They are brand new and have an excellent opportunity to move ahead of the pack if they start getting in things that the other stores aren't carrying.

I haven't tried the food since the remodel, but before it was pretty good if you stuck to the BBQ & smoked meat meals.

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Druthers Brewing Company

in Saratoga Springs, New York

3.91/5  rDev -7.6% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Big, expansive seating area w/ decent parking options for area that seems like it could be a real laid back or a real party vibe. Food is moderately priced which is good since it's of moderate (read: pretty good but not great) quality. Beer is same way as I had two beers that were pretty good but nothing outstanding - at least there are several options on the tap list so you should fine one that pleases you.

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Aslin Beer Company

in Herndon, Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +0.8% | Avg: 4
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

These guys are just getting started, so not a lot in terms of selection on the day I visited in Sep 2016, but the quality is great. Hoping for great things in the future from Aslin. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

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Indiana City Brewing Company

in Indianapolis, Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -4.1% | Avg: 3.94
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Indiana City Brewing is super easy to get to from the Interstate. Parking was readily available. A cool spot to drink beer on a warm fall day when I visited in Oct 2016. Very laid back, I don't remember seeing any screens, which is nice sometimes. Was hoping to see some edgy or robust beers; instead, the selection was middle of the road. Great service and a nice atmosphere. Worth a stop if you're in the area.

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Brauerei "Zum Pfau" Anton Hetzel

in Staffelstein, Germany

4.19/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The first view of the brewery is of a well maintained and modern facility - some freshly painted walls and sign, as well as some new or well maintained equipment. The brewer also runs the guesthouse, which is on the premises, but it may be a bit difficult to find - look for a house just a bit off the road with a high sign. The inside is a 1960s/70s brewpub with yellow textured glass and assorted light wood tables and chairs. One tap, but all of his beers currently available can be had on draft. The one drawback: only open on Sundays. While we were there, locals and some other tourists (German) were there. The owner was a bit quirky (I loved seeing his expression when one of the German tourists asked for an alcohol free beer), but I believe his beer is well done overall. A great Franken Brewery! Recommended.

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Angry Chair Brewing

in Tampa, Florida

3.75/5  rDev -13.8% | Avg: 4.35
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

bartender just ignored me the whole time while just talking to his friends, and even them when i asked questions about beers, he acted like i was taking time out of his day; dick

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Goose Creek Growler Company

in Emerald Isle, North Carolina

5/5  rDev +25.6% | Avg: 3.98
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Drawn in by the outdoor music and beach feel, this design shop manufactures and customizes stoneware beer growlers (beer jugs) for individual customers and for bars, restaurants, and other businesses. A stellar selection of craft beer can be enjoyed on one of their 15 taps, which rotate every few days to ensure a consistent variety for customers. They sell both 64oz. growlers and 32oz. howlers, along with some T-shirts and hats...these growlers and howlers can be bought on site and then filled in their tap room. They keep your beer both fresh and cold. Perhaps the coolest part of this place is that you can see the production process and work area first hand while enjoying a pint. It was a very cool experience! There is even an outdoor patio and side deck where folks can hang out, Iisten to music, and play games like corn hole and ladder ball. The kids can even play in the giant sandbox out back! I recommend for anyone in the Emerald Isle, NC area looking for a unique experience and cold beer!

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Seville Quarter

in Pensacola, Florida

4.13/5  rDev +6.2% | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stumbled across Seville Quarter this summer when I was in Pensacola. My boyfriend spotted a beautiful piano inside the building so we decided to enter and give it a try. It's not the best beer place per say, Hopjack has a much more impressive beer selection than Seville Quarter.

The appeal of this place is the ambiance. The decor. Every bar has its own theme and we had the opportunity to hear excellent musicians on the both nights we went there.

Would definitely go back and I recommend to anyone who wants the spend a great evening. You'll probably won't be wowed by the beer, but the 8 bars themselves have their own personality and each of them is magnificent.

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Goshen Brewing Company

in Goshen, Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -3.5% | Avg: 4.04
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Nice place just off downtown Goshen in a nice refurbished old utility building. Not a ton of indoor seating, and the bar itself seats around 10. Food is pretty decent, and ordered at an adjacent window unless you are seated at the bar. It is then brought to your table when ready. You also need to order your beer at the bar if you are seated at a table. This causes a lot of commotion around the bar itself, and can get annoying if seated there.

Beers that I have tried have been pretty solid, not on a par with the big boys, but pretty decent. Prices are reasonable.

Worth a stop.

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Cajun Cafe on the Bayou

in Pinellas Park, Florida

4.43/5  rDev +7.3% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75

Great calm location next to a river. Selection of nice Florida beers and some outsiders. Supernice service. Great cajun food. Best place if you like a mellow vibe without the crowds.

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Il Vicino - Heights

in Albuquerque, New Mexico

4.39/5  rDev +14.9% | Avg: 3.82
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

have had a great time here several times. once of the few places that when you tell them you have a place we have to go and it actually lives up to what you promised.

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Rare Form Brewing Company

in Troy, New York

3.88/5  rDev -1.8% | Avg: 3.95
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Went on a Wednesday afternoon and hit happy hour and had a good time. Some people were chilling and they had good music (I won't hold Troy's terrible street grid and lack of parking against place) and the bartender was a little familiar w/ the VA brewing scene so had a great chat. The beers I had were so-so and they only had six on tap so actual beerwise I can't say that this place stood out but if you're in the area it's worth checking out.

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Wedgewood Brewing Co.

in Middlebury, Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -1.7% | Avg: 4.02
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Wedgewood is the grand prize winner as the smallest brewpub I have ever been in. There were 7 people including myself there, and it was full. 4 beers on, I only had the smoked ipa, it was very tasty. It is right next door to a very nice restaurant, 40 Degrees North, which had great food, and a nice craft beer selection.

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Concrete Beach Brewery

in Miami, Florida

4.75/5  rDev +19% | Avg: 3.99
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Never heard of this brewery before visiting Miami. Super chill brewery in a cool area (Wynwood Arts District). Ordered two flights where I sampled 8 different beers in total. Wow! I sampled a range of styles and I was incredibly impressed. Really enjoyed their Stiltsville Pilsner, Rye IPA, Mango Gose, and Passionfruit Wheat Ale. Not a bad beer to be had. Reasonably priced, too, as the flights and beers were $6. I liked the place so much that I bought one of their glasses, also $6 (all glassware was $5 or $6). Highly recommend.

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Outlaw Brewing

in Bozeman, Montana

4.17/5  rDev -1% | Avg: 4.21
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

this place was completely packed, and its not that small, totally roking and rolling. every seat at the two sided bar was taken, all the tables were full, pretty awesome bustling vibe in this sort of ranch themed brewery in a development plaza. they have a neat vibe in here, lots of wood and americana montana type of stuff, old skulls and pistols and the like. tons of beers on tap, a huge range, and even some in house canned offerings as well. i loved the black ipa, the pineapple ipa, and the cream ale, but all of the beer we had in here was good. looks like a pretty substantial production capacity in the back here, i overheard this is their second location in just a couple of years, but the lights were off back there and it was tough to get an accurate picture of their size. service was great, even got to chat with the brewer, who was humble and interesting and happy to talk shop. i would definitely reccomend swinging in here for beers when you are in the area. probably the most diverse beer menu we encountered on our beer trip around bozeman!

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Woodman's Markets - Madison West

in Madison, Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +12.7% | Avg: 4.02
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

By far the best beer store on my trip to Wisconsin. The selection is mindblowing and the prices are rock bottom. Blow out cases of beer for those of you that want to drink cheap or bring back something for your non-craft friends. I bought a 24 pack of IPA's by Minhas for $4.99. They had at least 3 other beers there in cases for that price, and six packs were $2. Turned out to be a crap beer, but at least I didn't waste a ton of money.

Prices on New Glarus are the cheapest I found on my journey of about six different towns, weighing in at $9.79 for 4 packs ($9.50 if you buy more than 4), $10.49 for Fruits, and $7.49 for year round six packs. I spent the majority of my beer money there, and do not regret it. I almost bought more than I had budgeted for, believe me it's easy.

Service is not really great, I mean, nobody really knows much there. But if you are handy with looking up reviews and like to be left alone while you beer shop, that's the best place to be. Self-checkouts are nice but the scale can be a PITA.

Lots of reasons to come here and shop.

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Viking Liquor

in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

3.67/5  rDev -3.9% | Avg: 3.82
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Good selection of singles, all placed ABOVE the six packs of which they're taken from. I like that idea. Bomber pricing is great, too. Top brands include Epic, 3 Floyds, Bell's, New Glarus, Atwater, Tyranena, Door County, Founders, Ale Smith, and Dogfish Head.

Single beers are $2 a piece unless priced otherwise at $3. Mix six $2 beers for a $9.99 six pack, and if you throw some $3's in there they just add a dollar onto the amount (example, four $2 beers and two $3 beers, $9.99 per six pack + $2 extra for the $3 beers = $11.99). They scan each individually.

They were out of a few beers I'd have liked but they're pretty popular in the Dells area, so it's not surprising. Best and cheapest beer store in the Dells area.

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Brauerei Reblitz "Kleines Brauhaus in Nedensdorf"

in Staffelstein, Germany

4/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Small brewery guesthouse. Well appointed and modern. Does a beer probe of their house brewed beers - 3 when we visited. The food was well prepared and tasty. Well visited by locals. Parking can be difficult.

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La Cabra Brewing

in Berwyn, Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Nothing like breaking in a new brewery on day one of business. La Cabra has been known to some of us more "underground" locals for several years now, as the owner's homebrews have been slowly and randomly trickling out, showing up at random bottles shares and whatnot. But now the beer has an official home. First off, the location is great, right across from the train station, and adjacent to a record store. There are two levels to the pub, the first having the main bar, and ample seating, and the upstairs having a second bar along with a spacious area equipped with dartboards and a fireplace with sofas. It's really looking nice.

All the beer is solid thus far, and they're making a wide range of styles. 14 taps, including a nitro line, and in addition to that, two cask offerings. Sampler flights and various pour size options...always a plus in my book. And they have a crowler filler! It'll be interesting to see if they're going to continue to bottle stuff, maybe on a small batch basis. And there's not just beer here...local cider and wine is also available. The service was fine, which you would hope for on day one especially, and all the bartenders seemed to be well-educated in the drinks they were serving. The food menu, I haven't sampled yet, but everything looks great. It's mostly as they say "Latin-inspired gastropub fare," so there are tacos, and lots of things with Mexican ingredients and sauces. Prices seem on par all around.

This place is quickly going to turn into a must-visit beer destination for the area. I look forward to watching their progress.

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Freetail Brewing Company

in San Antonio, Texas

4.15/5  rDev +0.7% | Avg: 4.12
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great food! Brews are all great, and they always have an awesome selection. Waitresses are super hot and friendly. Atmosphere is nice, but the porch is the best place to be, whether it's hot or cold out.

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The Wine Source

in Baltimore, Maryland

4.51/5  rDev +2.5% | Avg: 4.4
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

I've been in to craft beer for about a dozen years. The scene has gotten packed and vicious, with doughy white drunkards canniablizing one another whenever a hot new release comes out as if they were 30 fetid rabbits crammed into a small cage.

As such, I have stopped chasing rarities. It's not that I'm above it morally, or anything. Just that I moved away from the midwest and lost all my connections, and I'm too damn old and tired to go about bribing new clerks just for the privilege of buying beer.

Here's an example of how bad it's gotten. Two years ago, christmastime, I stumbled into a bar in the Chicago suburbs. They had a case of Proprietor's Bourbon County Stout sitting next to a pile of raffle tickets. I'm not a betting man, but what the heck, I put ten bucks down and, hooray, I won! Only--only I didn't win a bottle. I won the opportunity to buy a bottle, for 40 bucks.

Nuts to that.

I mean, I paid for it, but the process just seemed dirty and exploitative. I asked the dude what the raffle money went toward, hoping it was like a charity or something, and he said "we use it to buy more beer." There was not a hint of shame or self-awareness in his voice.

Anyhow, what I'm getting at is, I'm not writing as someone who has access to the "inside scoop" of where to get rare stuff around Baltimore. I'm just a regular beersman. And from that perspective, the Wine Source is easily the best spot in the city.

The selection is wide and very-well curated. It leans toward local and regional beers, with a very respectable selection of European imports (getting rarer and rarer to find that, these days). They have two separate Belgian sections (abbys and wilds), with a decent rotation of beers in each.

You can buy packed or growlers/crowlers, and refill prices are dirt cheap. Better than New York state, even. The package selection is very broad, but the draft selection leans toward whatever is presently popular.

My only complaint is that instead of rotating some old stock, they just knock down the price. Right now I am consuming some Rouge Mocha Stout, which was very reasonably priced at 11/sixer but is clearly at least 8 months old (it tastes a little like a porter, a little like canned tomato soup). So, as always in life, you should be leery of products that seem slightly under-priced.

Overall, quite good. It's impossible for me to say how good exactly, since I'm out of "the game," as it were, but from a pedestrian's vantage point it's the best you can do in Baltimore.

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Alter Brewing Company

in Downers Grove, Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +0.2% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

For being in an office park style building, they created a really warm atmosphere. Huge wooden bar back adds character to the high warehouse ceilings. While the bar itself is only 10-12 seats, the rest of the room can handle quite a large number. 8 six seater high top tables plus 9 two top tables throughout the room.

12 tap system with a good variety of style while I was there. Able to get varying size pours of nearly every beer, and they do have 32 and 64oz growlers, as well as a few bottles for sale. I've been told they'll start canning in the summer of 2017. Really, really nice staff who were knowledgeable on all fronts.

All around happy I stopped by. Some of the current reviews of beers on BA made me weary, but the SMASH Tun stout was tasty, and I look forward to coming back my next trip through to try a few of their next creations.

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Bad Weather Brewing Company

in Saint Paul, Minnesota

4.32/5  rDev +1.2% | Avg: 4.27
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

It was our first time there last weekend. Four of us friends went and we all agreed it was a great place. The parking situation was good. It was very festive with the big doors rolled up, the corn toss boards out, and the hamburger truck there. We will go back!

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