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Deschutes Brewery

in Bend, Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +1.9% | Avg: 4.25
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Da Boss and I took the tour this past Friday.

Vibe of the tasting room was OK. Some local only taps were available and they did pour samples of BB Anniversary which was cool.

Quality of the beers are very good. It is Deschutes who over my time has had very good consistent products with the exception of the 2009 Abyss Sourgate.

Service of the ladies that run the tour and tap room was excellent. Unfortunately halfway thru the tour Da Boss was not feeling well in the room where they were cooking up a batch (high heat, humidity, and stink). The ladies took good care of her and that is appreciated!

Selection of beers in the tap room was good...maybe 12 beers in all.

Definitely recommend the tour as it provides a history of Deschutes, their approach, an overview of the brewing process, and of course 4 samples at the end of the tour. Cheers!

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Berwick Brewing Company

in Berwick, Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +3.3% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Berwick Brewing Co. Is a German atmosphered brewery focused on the beer. Very large selection of beers on tap. I had the dry hopped ipa. It was what I expected a good representation of an iPad. Themenu consist of pizza or pretzels. This goes great with the beer.
Overall impression I Love The Place. Recommended.

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Cooper's Ale House

in Seattle, Washington

3.91/5  rDev +0.3% | Avg: 3.9
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Cooper's is a nice little sports bar with a long history of supporting craft beer in Seattle. Today, its count of 20 taps fall into the category of "average" for most bars, but the offerings still focus on local and regional brews. If you're in the Maple Leaf area, it's not a bad choice if you're looking for a decent selection of beers.

Atmosphere-wise, it's basically a sports bar with lots of TVs, dart boards and pool tables. That said, it's remarkably clean and new-looking inside, which is great considering the age of this place. Service was decent enough when I visited, and for food I had the reuben which was, again, decent enough.

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in Caserta, Italy

4.64/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.64
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

SpillAle is a small pub in the heart of Caserta's nightlife region, and only a few steps from the Regia, the region's Unesco Heritage site. The barkeep is the brewer/owner, and jack of all trades. He serves 5 or so draft beers, and a number of bottles, split between his own brews and some great selection of European and American beers. How many places can one find both Stillwater and Thornbridge beers? Now think, in Italy? This place is the real deal. The house IPA is easily teh best IPA I've had on the continent. SpillAle is a hop forward brewery, that still manages to make excellent belgian inspired beers and some great Italian beers. I delighted in the SpillAle Italian Grape Ale, when I sampled it on draft. The bottling yeast colored to bottles I took home to my wife a bit more than I appreciated. They also make a very grappa flavored, grappa beer. I'm not huge into grappa, and may actively dislike it - but to exercise the obvious cliche "when in rome"...

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Hops & Habanas

in Jackson, Mississippi

4.54/5  rDev +0.4% | Avg: 4.52
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I stopped by Hops & Habanas on a whim. On the way home from a weekend trip I found this place on BA and it was pretty much the only option near our route. It's tucked away in a small shopping center and we had to make a loop after missing our turn at the odd intersection nearby. But, alas, we found it.

The layout is very open and Courtney helped me out tremendously. They are definitely all about craft beer. The selection was pretty good and all the beers were grouped by style, or brewery for large selections from one brewery. There is a small bar area in the back with about 20-25 beers on tap to drink there or for growler fills. Everything was neat and clean. If you like cigars, they have a good selection of those as well.

I pulled up the BA top beers for Mississippi and Courtney went down the list and told me exactly which ones they had as well as how most of them tasted. For such a spontaneous stop, I left with some pretty high quality beers. A testament to H&H's selection of beers and the knowledge of the staff. My only disappointment was they had already given away all their stickers, so my beer cooler has no swag to show for Jackson, MS!

Overall, extremely pleased with my stop!

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Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats

in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

4.23/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Got there at around 4:45pm on a Saturday in the middle of the summer. It was crowded when we arrived but no wait yet. Our party was 4 adults + 2 toddlers and we got seated immediately in the main dining area. Very casual, laid back vibe inside that fit the beach town surroundings. Our servers were friendly, despite clearly being very busy, but handled our food and drink orders promptly. Lots of "off-centered" offerings on-tap, but I decided to go with the Shelter Pale Ale, currently only available on draft in Delaware. It was fresh and tasty and made for a great accompaniment to the wings, pretzel bites, and fried pickles we shared at the table. The food was good but nothing mind-blowing. Overall, an enjoyable stop for some apps and drinks. I'd like to return sometime at night when they get live bands to play.

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The Bakers' Brewery

in Silverthorne, Colorado

3.76/5  rDev +8% | Avg: 3.48
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Place is in what appears to be a converted Denny's. But don't be fooled, the interior renovations work well. Unfortunately no outdoor dining. Stopped in mid-day on a Monday, and the place wasn't very busy.

Only food we had was a bakery item - it didn't last long at our table!

Service was really attentive. Kelly stopped by regularly to see if everything was good!

Selection spanned an interesting range of standards and innovative concepts (like a PiƱa Colada IPA - yum). Not a ton of taps, but really interesting.

Overall, the quality across a range of 6 taster was high.

We enjoyed the place a lot! We will be back the next time we're here.

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Good Hops Brewing LLC

in Carolina Beach, North Carolina

2.81/5  rDev -22.6% | Avg: 3.63
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.75

Visited the Wilmington/Carolina beach area over the weekend and went with a friend who recommended. Both of our beers were sour/infected. My friend stated that the place as gone down hill since he was last there. Unfortunately I had nothing to compare it to except for our less than enjoyable experience. Would not go back

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Jackie O's Taproom

in Athens, Ohio

3.87/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.87
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Their production brewery is a little hard to locate if your head isn't up and on a swivel and you haven't been there before. A GPS will probably put you in someone's front yard, but just get back to the main road and look for the giant silo with the Jackie O's logo behind/beside the Sonic.

They have a smaller taplist here than the Brewpub and Public House locations on Union St., but may have some exclusives from time to time. It's always worth checking out the website for the differences in drafts because they do vary. This taproom is a little more mellow of an atmosphere than the bar scene "downtown" by the University, understandably so.

Food is less expansive, operating out of a cart for the most part, a little detached from the interior taproom. Service was a little more attentive here during my visit.

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Jackie O's Public House

in Athens, Ohio

3.85/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.85
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The Public House is a rather sizeable, dimly lit joint with a sports and college bar atmosphere. They have a full bar for the locals and their Bloody Marys and bourbon, but the focal point is the massive taplist of almost all Jackie O's beers, and occasionally a few beers from breweries. They always have their year round beers on tap, and often pour some of their rarer barrel and sour beers without any fanfare or announcements. The taps range a wide variety of styles all around. They also sell a good number of their beers to go, although if you want their sours or rarest beers you likely have to show up for an event. Flight can be massive and actually may contain a lot more alcohol than just having a few small beers, so beware.

This location has a full kitchen with a decent variety of otherwise typical bar food, except that it is all using sustainable and local produce and ingredients, including their spent grain for pizza dough and so on. Service is friendly, mostly college kids, who may be spread a little thin when the bar gets busy.

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SweetWater Brewing Company

in Atlanta, Georgia

3.64/5  rDev -10.1% | Avg: 4.05
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.25

I was actually extremely surprised by the selection on-hand at Sweetwater. I expected the usuals but when I visited they actually offered 4 brewery only exclusives which were very good. The service was fast, but the bartenders were not friendly at all and some just looked annoyed to be working. And the place was SOOOOOO crowded. Granted it was a Saturday afternoon, and I expected a crowd, but it was much worse than I expected.

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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

in Enola, Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.32
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

The beer line reminds me of the Soup Nazi skit from Seinfeld (not anywhere near that extreme though). Come in with thick skin, and you'll have a great time. They are extremely busy so don't hold up the line with your questions when it's busy. Selection is amazing, and the beer guy is helpful (just don't hold up the line too long).

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in Portland, Oregon

4.29/5  rDev -3.8% | Avg: 4.46
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Based on the previous reviews, I think it's easy to be mislead a bit about this place. I liked the vibe of this place as well, but my guess is this place isn't for everyone. NWIPA is very low key and laid back, and it was smaller than I was expecting (despite the fairly large, open area in the back). Also, while they have a fairly decent size bottle selection (it's not in the same category as Belmont Station or Beer Mongers, and was more along the lines of what you would encounter at Arch Bridge), but their normal tap selection numbers just six. The day I was here, that included things like RR supplication and Lagunitas Born Yesterday, so quality is pretty good, but even so... for Portland I thought the tap selection pretty limited.

Service was very good and the guys running this place know their stuff. They also seemed pretty helpful when it came to making shopping recommendations, which I thought was pretty impressive. They were also pretty generous providing samples as well. So no worries about the quality of the service here.

Didn't try the food, so can't really comment on that.

While this is certainly a solid place, I'm not sure why I would want to come here, if I wasn't living nearby. It's easy to find places with a superior tap and bottle selection in Portland, and the only reason I stopped in the other day was because NWIPA was on my way home for the Horse Brass. Shrug.

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Infusion Brewing Co.

in Omaha, Nebraska

3.92/5  rDev -9.5% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

i think they have a couple of locations now, this was for the maple street spot, a neat long narrow taproom that feels brighter than many, clean, and bustling. they had a huge range of beers on, all kinds of different styles too, very impressive range, although the beers that i had were not my favorite of my recent trip to omaha by any stretch, and i was actually quite surprised how little i liked some of them. the vanilla bean blonde was nice, maybe a little too sweet, but pretty nice. the citra weiss was a mess, and just about everything else was middle of the road, save a pineapple ipa that was incredible. service was friendly, rather well informed, but somewhat less engaged and engaging than is fully welcoming. the space as great, a nice mix of folks in here, and if the beers were more inspiring i could have spent the day. i did not dislike it, but there is some stiff competition around the city right now, and in my experience the beer here was step behind the best. lots of flavored stuff in here too, some much better than others...

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Skull Camp Brewing

in Elkin, North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Currently, the inside is a very small taproom/merch store. There are 6 beers on tap at a time, and flights of 4, pints, or growlers are available. Outside though are plenty of picnic tables and a nice yard to play corn hole, let kids run around, or just relax.

Really nice place, and I can see it becoming a nice addition to the booming wine region!

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Beer Belly

in Los Angeles, California

4.03/5  rDev +1.8% | Avg: 3.96
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Not a super huge tap list and most of the beers are local (LA area) with exceptions usually still from within California. Bottle list is a little more diverse but not much. Honestly a bit strange since you could probably just as easily head to the breweries that they serve... Catering to the Koreatown lunch crowd that can't make those treks?

Food was aaiight but fairly basic pub fare with rich (bacon, duck confit, etc.) beer sopping tendencies.

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Boneyard Bistro

in Sherman Oaks, California

4.38/5  rDev -0.7% | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Great spot if you're in the SFV. Consistently solid tap & bottle list plus they regularly have killer tap takeovers. They also have a decent (but not spectacular) "reserve" bottle list.

Food is decent (but again not spectacular) as well. Unfortunately, they only have lunch (or brunch) on weekends.

You can definitely pull up and make an afternoon/evening of it...

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Spoonwood Brewing Company

in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

3.02/5  rDev -15.2% | Avg: 3.56
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.75

Expensive looking. Not flashy necessarily. Nice state of the art everything. A bit sterile. Clean. Very clean. Some drinkable beers. Nothing bad per se. A really tasty one. Pretty bad service. Disorganized. Salesman-y. Slow when not busy. Pretty fair beer pricings. Ran out of three menu items we wanted, which is a good sign for their quality. Wouldnt normally want to return, but know they are better than their representation of that day. Thus, a revisit is in order.

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Beer Run

in Charlottesville, Virginia

4.64/5  rDev +7.9% | Avg: 4.3
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Small seating area inside with patio seating outside adjacent to tight parking lot. Very good and plentiful beef nachos at smallish bar. A dozen beers plus on tap...but go for the bottle shop. One of the largest selections of local, Virginia, regional and national handcraft plus international beers I've seen in a pub/bottle shop. Outstanding selection and reasonably priced!

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Pro Re Nata Brewery

in Crozet, Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.2% | Avg: 3.84
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Spacious seating indoors and out. Large parking lot with overflow. Located just off I-64, the brewery is easy to find. It does not serve food, but there was a large food truck/trailer in the parking lot. Classic rock on the radio, attentive staff, and laid back vibe. Small stage for live music. A couple of big screen TVs with ball games on. Young couples with kids on a Sunday afternoon. Tried 4 beers which were average.

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Farnam House Brewing Company

in Omaha, Nebraska

4.38/5  rDev +4.8% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

i loved it here, my first stop right off the plane this weekend. a neat old building in a cool part of town, they have a great thing going. brew house is down below, restaurant and taproom above. they had a wide range of beers, lots of cool german and farmhouse styles. the grisette was positively dynamite, and the saisons were both good too. the chardonnay barrel aged brett harvest with sorachi ace that they bottle is unreal as well, some of the best beers i had all weekend were right here on my first stop. its cozy inside, with a real friendly dude behind the bar, courteous and chatty, good vibes. they have a small but really nice food menu that uses a lot of locally sourced ingredients. i had a steak sandwich and it was great. the seems like a popular little spot, right there next to the beer bar and the bottle shop, both of which are also cool. the beer here is next level, both inventive and well executed, and it was cool to see they have won an award for the biere de garde already. really tasty stuff and a comfortable place to spend a few hours getting relaxed. this will be a definite stop each time i make it to omaha!

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Kinslahger Brewing Company

in Oak Park, Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +4% | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Vibe here is great. Its a small place, but boy is it beautiful. Place looks retro and the bar and seating area is done in an old school bar look. Great place to stop and have a beer.

Quality is very good - the beer is really well done and the prices are very reasonable.

Service is top notch. While I was there, the head brewer was the one manning the bar. Although you can tell he's a quiet guy by nature, he did a great job engaging the customers and sharing his extensive beer knowledge.

Selection was pretty big - 12 taps - but that is more than usual. Most of the time its closer to 6 or so. Still, they'll have everything they've brewed on tap and available. No distribution right now outside of some kegs to local bars/restaurants.

Few notes - they have tasting flights and you can get anything as part of the flight. They have crowlers to go - again any beer you want. They also have some nice branded glassware and gear available in the tap room.

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Brixie's Beer Bar & Grill

in Brookfield, Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -3% | Avg: 4.34
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Stopped here for a break from playing video games at Galloping Ghost. A nice selection of beers that were craft dominated and got to taste some good stuff we don't get on tap in WI. Would definitely visit here again. Did not have food so no rating for that but it did look delicious what we saw on people's plates.

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Exit Strategy Brewing Co.

in Forest Park, Illinois

4.66/5  rDev +9.1% | Avg: 4.27
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Stopped at this place while down in Brookfield for the day. Awesome place with a nice vibe. Everyone working was uber friendly and our server made us feel very welcomed. Food was excellent and the beer was tasty. Would definitely visit again!

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Seventh Son Brewing Co.

in Columbus, Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -4.5% | Avg: 3.98
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Trendy pretty chill spot for or all ages with a moderate sized bar, patio space, large windows and a sizeable private room for parties and events.

They have a good amount of beer on tap but most of it consists of IPAs and Farmhouse brews. The range isn't a drastic swing from one end to the other but there are a few unique brews and all are of a consistent, good quality, and quite beautiful in appearance if I may add.

They also do tons of cocktails with a huge liquor selection. While the cocktail list looks small, it definitely isn't if you know what you want and are leaning away from beer. They also seem to offer to plop a touch of one of their alcoholic slushies on top of one of their IPAs for a cold, fruity, unique concoction.

No food, but it seems they pretty consistently have a food truck. This time was Challah, a Jewish deli truck. Staff is enthusiastic yet unobtrusive.

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