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Forge Brew Works

in Lorton, Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +9.3% | Score: 3.78
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

My favorite microbrewery for 50 miles, but not everyone's cup of tea (or glass of beer). The interior is pre-modern industrial, but kept clean and functional. But we're there for the beer, and again, it's for some and not others. The brewer specializes in what I'd call Belgian/Abby/Farmhouse styles, and at that they are VERY good. But if you're looking for the next great IPA, well, there may be a good one on tap, but certainly not two or three of them, and maybe not even one. Their 'hoppy' beers tend to be kind of Belgian'y too, and if you like that, you'll love it. They also specialize in stronger beers, but even the strong ones (up to 11%) don't taste the least bit like alcohol. Really nice, but will land you on your butt. They do an imperial version of a 'German' style beer that is quite remarkable, but I usually end up with the sweeter, Abby styles anyway because they are awesome - easily the best in this area. Bar staff is friendly, happy to give tastes, knoweledgeable, and ready to discuss beer, or life, or whatever. I rated the selection low because they don't cater to everybody (e.g., IPA lovers). But the selection is awesome if you like the Belgian styles, and I have never had a beer of any style that was less than good - something I can't say for most places this small.

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Tree House Brewing Company

in Charlton, Massachusetts

4.79/5  rDev +3% | Score: 4.65
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Such a beautiful new brewery. Located in a rather mellow area of Mass. This place is by far the most "happening"spot around. My first visit was on 12/13/17. Got there just before the opening time 12. The long line was already moving forward. Our wait time was 45min in very cold temps. It was worth it!! Green, Haze and Citra Bright were available !! Once inside there were several lines moving right along. Besides getting 24 green, 14 Haze and 6 Bright cans I also got a glass, sticker and t-shirt. Great place. Cant wait to spend more time thete!

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Green Cheek Beer Company

in Orange, California

4.43/5  rDev +2.3% | Score: 4.33
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

GC's location represents what I like in a brewery - a place to rest your mug with vats, kegs and huge sacks of grain stacked in a corner. And beer. Not much in the way of the pitch-black, muddy stoutish stuff, but I don't come here for the chocolate goodness, nay, this is an IPA stop and they do that oh, so well.

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Drinks of the World

in Basel, Switzerland

4.38/5  rDev -0.5% | Score: 4.4
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Huge selection of beer. Not as many as the store in the Zurich train station, but still hundreds to choose from, from around the world. Be selective though, as common grocery store beers from Switzerland as well as other countries are hugely marked up in price. The USA beers are double to triple, and a few can be found in n the local grocery stores for much less. A very good variety of Belgian beers at about 1/2 what we pay in the states. I thought the shelves were well organized, and the staff eager to help and spoke English well. A go to bottle shop in Switzerland, and easy to find in the train station.

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

in Decorah, Iowa

4.33/5  rDev -4.4% | Score: 4.53
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

This is an absolutely tiny place and it looks like it was put together in a hurry. However the service is amazing and the beers are simply out of this world. I wonder how the new facility will be like.

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Foundation Brewing Company

in Portland, Maine

4.1/5  rDev -2.6% | Score: 4.21
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Great beer, cool swag, nice room. Staff were just ok, the patrons at the bar had a very high douche quotient. Great tap lineup across the board, and we took plenty to go. Not a place I enjoyed hanging out, though.

HV

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Austin Street Brewery

in Portland, Maine

3.64/5  rDev -12.7% | Score: 4.17
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Hit this place on a bad day or something I guess. Truthfully I cannot imagine how it could ever be better than Allagash across the street. Four beers on tap. Pale ale was full of diacetyl, Milk Stout was tasty, IPA was a just ok rendition of a Maine IPA. There was a fourth but I don't even remember what it was. I imagine I missed something but not sure what.

HV

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Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

in Portland, Maine

4.64/5  rDev +5% | Score: 4.42
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Best beer in Portland overall. Totally lived up to the hype, which is rare. Cool space with a nice vibe and great people. There is a chicken place next door (did not try) if you need food. Can releases every day which is a very cool way to go about it.

HV

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Gordon Biersch (Oakland International Airport)

in Oakland, California

3.29/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.29
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Small Kiosk bar tucked away in departing gates of the Oakland Airport, with 4 or 5 choices of tapped beer, and about 15-20 choices of bottled beer, most of them from other breweries. There were a half dozen seats at the bar. Unfortunately the location is on the side of the building with no windows, so there is little 'atmosphere'. The vibe is strictly airport. There were better bar scenes to visit but I wanted to try a Gordon Biersch beer from the tap. I had a Festbier, which was only ok. This GB outlet falls in the category of 'one and done' for me.

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Unibroue

in Chambly, Quebec

4.94/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.76
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A super enjoyable sessionable beer, good beer when alone or enjoy a glass with a friend. Very light airy head, super rich flavor, lighter taste, high abv and I can certainly feel it!

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Fort Point Beer Company Kiosk

in San Francisco, California

3.95/5  rDev -4.4% | Score: 4.13
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Found this Kiosk on the outside part of the Ferry Building; had a good selections of beer by the glass, along with cans and growlers. I had a rauchbier, apparently smoked with Manzanita wood, called Manzanita of course. Also had a good hot dog there. Great people watching spot!

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7 Hills Brewing Co

in Dubuque, Iowa

3.93/5  rDev -5.5% | Score: 4.16
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

A good addition to downtown Dubuque as it continues to revitalize. This is only a few blocks from Jubeck's and right around the corner from the Backpocket Taproom, so it's in a nice location.

It's a large, open taproom with German style seating along with a larger U-shaped bar. There's a stage with live music most nights. If it's a louder band it can get hard to hear, but still a nice atmosphere.

As for beers, they are decent and have quite a variety of styles along with some one-offs which is nice for those who want to try something different each time they visit.

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Healthy Home Market - Plaza Midwood

in Charlotte, North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -6.8% | Score: 4.59
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5

Better place than average to find beers I haven't tried before. Still a little too high-end for me. I would love to find a venue around here that aggressively featured hard to find classic American beers and the imports that have been edged out by big beer and the crapft insanity.

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12 West Brewing Co.

in Gilbert, Arizona

4.71/5  rDev +11.3% | Score: 4.23
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I've become a regular so I might be a little biased. Anyhow, this local spot is where I take friends and family. Definitely in the top three for spots I frequent!

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The Burger Stand at College Hill

in Topeka, Kansas

4.2/5  rDev +1.9% | Score: 4.12
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Was here for Founder's 20 at 20 event so almost all taps were Founder's. I would assume the taplist is usually good, they had all the good Founder's beers on tap, KBS, CBS, bastards, etc. The food was really good, the atmosphere was hip feeling without being hipster. Lots of people for a Tuesday night. Found it odd that some beers are on one side of the place and others on the other, so that beer orders could take a while to get to you.

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Slow Hand BBQ

in Pleasant Hill, California

4.5/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.5
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

One of the better if not the best BBQ place in the surrounding area. Pretty simple and laid back - order and pay up front at the counter; there's really not a wait staff. Great beer selection, one of the only places around with Russian River. Pliny and Blind Pig on regular draft along with other intriguing unique selections from various breweries.

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Ology Brewing Company

in Tallahassee, Florida

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

Met the brewers at Tørst in Brooklyn and they let me taste one of their IPAs they had brought all the way from Florida. Impressive. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Cerebral Brewing

in Denver, Colorado

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

very cool place. I don't know Denver very well, so this place was a little out of the way on the east side of the city, but it had parking (limited to 8-10 spots, so during busy times probably full) and we were able to find a spot. the atmosphere inside is cool. high top bench style tables. I love that they put the taster beers in small beakers and the tables have science'y stuff in them, which all adds to the feel of the place.

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Honeygo Wine & Spirits

in Perry Hall, Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +0.2% | Score: 4.49
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great location! Knowledgeable staff, outstanding collection of both Maryland as well as Regional and National Craft Beers. Great selection of internationals, including Christmas gift sets. Highly recommended!

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Red Brick Station

in Baltimore, Maryland

4.06/5  rDev +8.3% | Score: 3.75
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nice experience. Decent beer selection with the standards, seasonals and guest beers. Lots of menu choices available. Good food, attentive wait staff. Recommended!

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Armanetti Beverage Mart

in Woodstock, Illinois

4.52/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.52
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

I travel a lot for my work, so I'm always looking for a beer that I can't get in Jersey. Of course when in the Illinois/Indiana area, I'm searching for 3 Floyds. Woodstock is a very small town about an hour and half NW of Chicago. This is the place to go to for any beer, wine or liquor that you're looking for. I walked in, went directly to the beer section and found 4 cases of Zombie Dust on the floor. Sold! Limit 1 6'er per person. The rest of the craft selection was excellent. Worth a stop if you're ever in the area.

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The Cellar on Main

in Oxford, North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.49
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Seems like the "in" place to hang out after work. The beer and wine selection are very good. (wine in racks and the beer in coolers) If you find something you like, grab it, pay for it and sit down at one of the tables and enjoy with your friends. Upstairs, is the wine and a limited selection of cold craft beers and 3 or 4 taps to enjoy while you're shopping. Downstairs is where the craft "magic" happens. There are 4 metal racks with a wide variety of crafts separated into categories. Oxford isn't a big town, but this place has more than some big towns have.

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Noon Whistle Brewing

in Lombard, Illinois

3.46/5  rDev -18.4% | Score: 4.24
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Noon Whistle's location is pretty formulaic for microbreweries these days. Strip mall location, small open drinking area in front with picnic table seating, separate line to order, equipment in the back, pour your own water... Except this place is smaller, kitschier, less friendly/more pretentious, and the product is worse. Tried at least 6 beers and didn't like any of them enough to leave a review. Also growler fills are outrageously expensive. At least some of the customers were quite friendly. Will not be back, sorry!

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Ocean Lab Brewing Company

in Carolina, Puerto Rico

4.54/5  rDev +8.1% | Score: 4.2
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Directly on the beach, this is a nicely done brewpub. They’re just a few months old but their beers are very good- not mind blowing but good. Food is good, service was quick and friendly, the location can’t be beat. Looking forward to seeing how their beer evolves. The standout beer for me was their Hurricane Harvest Ale.

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Chill N Fill

in Portland, Oregon

4.76/5  rDev +4.6% | Score: 4.55
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

As you walk in, you'll notice that it's clean, simple, and easily laid out. A few screens of the impressive tap list clearly marks the cost, size of the pour, and even how much is left in that keg.

Marco was the bartender on this specific night, and he was very helpful, professional, and easy to shoot the shit with.

While enjoying my beverage(s), I was blown away at the bottle and can selection they had to offer, despite the limited amount of coolers.

The patrons, perhaps limited due to this being on a random Monday evening, we're all very friendly as well. Striking up a conversation was no hard task, especially if the discussion focused on beer.

Living right down the street from Chill N Fill, I definitely see myself becoming a regular. Maybe not Norm status, but damn close. Cheers!

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