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CB Craft Brewers

in Honeoye Falls, New York

4.36/5  rDev +10.4% | Avg: 3.95
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Hometown favorite...I always visit when I'm in town seeing my folks. Not the largest brewery or tap room you may visit but definately nicer then a lot of even larger ones I've been to. Inside the tap room is also a pretty decent restuarant with good pub food. Probably the only down side is that CB's has a lot of beers on tap but a good number aren't their own. From a tasting stand point this is not a big deal but if you do happen to like something that isn't their's you can be limited to what they have avaiable to take home...though everything is usually good to go for growlers. The other thing of note is that they have a really good "fireman's" root beer. I've taken a "growler" of that home a few times in addition to the brews.

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Old Bust Head Brewing Co.

in Warrenton, Virginia

4.07/5  rDev -6.2% | Avg: 4.34
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

We've enjoyed going there a few times...even had my wife's birthday party there. You can rent out their party room...not a huge room but large enough to put all your food and chairs and then folks can come and go from the party room into the main room as they please. Main room is nice and they often have live music. Foodwise you have to rely on food trucks...some of which seem pretty good from the turnout. When I was there recently their on tap list was a decent size though in March it had been seemingly much lengthier. Could be just bad memory on my part. I've enjoyed most of their brews and the environment is certainly very nice. Service is usually pretty good and I usually recommend the brewery overall to friiends and coworkers.

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Mekong Restaurant

in Richmond, Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +1.6% | Avg: 4.39
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

If you blink you'd miss it. Unassuming restaurant in a strip mall. The inside is similar, basically no windows and the decor consists of beer posters hanging on the walls. Even the ceiling is paneled like an aging office building. That being said, this place is all about the beer. Great selection and many beers that go really well with the fantastic food. Was very busy and service reflected that, but it was completely understandable. Here and The Answer next door are must visits in Richmond, without a doubt.

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The Answer Brewpub

in Richmond, Virginia

4.59/5  rDev -1.3% | Avg: 4.65
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Went on a Saturday night and wasn't very busy. Oh well, more space and attention from the bartenders for me. I didn't have any of The Answer's own beers unfortunately, but their absolutely massive selection of guest taps is overwhelming. Here and Mekong have beers that you never see in the Mid-Atlantic. Great service and a place I need to visit again.

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Ardent Craft Ales

in Richmond, Virginia

4.27/5  rDev +5.7% | Avg: 4.04
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A nice little place in an industrial looking neighborhood. Lots of seating outside. Fantastic quality on all the beers I tasted. (I particularly love the sweet potato and sage beer.) Great service that's impressively fast. I also like that they do half pours for when you want to have a beer but don't want to fill up too much. Selection is well rounded. Possibly my favorite brewery in Richmond.

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New Holland Brewing Company

in Holland, Michigan

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

Tour was very well done. Very informative. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Food was good, but not go out of your way for it. Tap selection was slightly disappointing. Was hoping for a couple one off or unique beers. Only had the normal retail beers on tap here. They do have unique beers, but just none on hand when we were there. Recommend to call ahead if you are looking to try something unique.

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Capital Craft

in Green Brook Township, New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Solid and varied beer selection. 24 taps, good size bar. Some outdoor seating when the weather cooperates. Food is a step above the average beer bar. Never had bad service in my visits. If you're in the area, it's worth a stop.

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Sand Creek Brewing Company

in Black River Falls, Wisconsin

3.51/5  rDev -3.8% | Avg: 3.65
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Stopped by on a local friend's recommendation. Beers were just ok. Had a cranberry Scottish ale with some oomph to it and fairly well balanced. The Porter and pale ales were overly sweet and maybe "extracty". Apparently their flagship is an English style malty pale, which is serviceable. A very cool old repurposed building with a small tasting room and another small area near the brew house. Not a lot to see though because they were cleaning up to shut down. At 9pm. On a Friday night. I'm sure the locals like this place, as they should, but not necessarily worth a special trip.

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Baerlic Brewing Company

in Portland, Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -4.3% | Avg: 3.97
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

The Baerlic tasting rooms seems to be in something of an odd location, located right next to the huge Blitz Ladd sport bar (which seems to almost always packed), and just around the corner from BeerMongers and Apex. Given the location, it's pretty easy to overlook the tasting room, which is a shame. Baerlic beers are consistently quite good, and sometimes outstanding. The afternoon I stopped by to sample some of their excellent Delorean wheat IPA, the place seemed almost empty (the tasting room is pretty good size), with probably no more than 10 folks in attendance. Regardless, the very friendly bartenders seemed to be in a good mood, and beer orders came quickly. On this particular day, they had around 11 or 12 beers on tap, including a white peppercorn saison on cask that was pretty tasty. The vibe/atmosphere in the tasting room is pretty minimalistic, which was fine by me.

This is certainly a solid place to come by and hang out with a beer, but given the other options in the area, I'm not sure I can see myself stopping by all the often. Within a mile or two of the tasting room there's the Cascade Barrel Room, Growler Guys, the Commons and Green Dragon (in addition to the other places already mentioned), so coming to the tasting room is never going to be anyone's best option. Oh well...

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Floating Bridge Brewing

in Seattle, Washington

3.9/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.9
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Floating bridge has only been open a couple of months, but they are already making some pretty good beer. They had 9 of their beers on tap, plus a guest tap. They do a fair number of unconventional beers: a blackcurrant stout, a juniper bitter, a chai pale ale and others. I particularly liked the blackcurrant stout, but on average the beers were pretty good. The atmosphere of the place is a little minimalist for my taste, but the space is decently-sized; service was decent enough. I will definitely be returning to see what new beers they come up with as the brewery matures.

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Cafe Hollander

in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

4.56/5  rDev +7% | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Exceptional venue with great outdoor seating at a prime corner. Construction going on which makes it a bit harder to get there but you should be able to find spots a couple of blocks away.

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Reaver Beach Brewing Company

in Virginia Beach, Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +8.8% | Avg: 4.34
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Ridiculously underrated sour/barrel program. Really putting out some quality stuff. $16-17 per 750 of fruited sours is a bargain. Highly recommended.

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The Answer Brewpub

in Richmond, Virginia

4.74/5  rDev +1.9% | Avg: 4.65
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is my new favorite brewery! Wasn't sure what to expect when moving to the east coast with regards to the beer out here. I'm glad I found this gem with a great barrel aging program.

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in Baltimore, Maryland

3.6/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.6
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Located in Meadowmill, a lovely, wooded area just abutting Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood. It's a very nice drive in the autumn.

It's also right near my gym. I showed up post-workout, maybe around 6 PM on a Friday. Wearing T-shirt and jeans and a little sweaty. Oh my, the stares I received.

The decor is surprisingly upscale. The bar has the dark, woody, and very polished feel of an inner city bar in an 80s sitcom. Like Cheers without the smoke, basically. And with lots of taps instead of just one.

The beer list is wide, and they provide take home and half pours. I'd say about 75% of the tap selections were from the region, including several from Waverly and Union breweries, which are both within walking distance of this pub. The prices are a little high, but they have frequent specials that bring them down to a more reasonable level.

Even though "Birro" is in the place's name, and even though they clearly care about their selection of beer, this is definitely a restaurant first and a beer bar second. The vibe is a little too upscale, and they think it's weird if you show up just to drink. Their main food offering are neapolitan pizzas that are expensive and not very good, and with the glut of dining options just up the hill in Hampden, it's hard to argue for coming here for a meal.

So... I dunno. It's certainly not bad. The surrounding area is very pretty, and if you're the type of person who owns a monocle (or an Acura) the vibe might appeal to you.

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Max's Taphouse

in Baltimore, Maryland

4.41/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

In the trendy Fell's Point neighborhood. Parking is difficult. But like almost everywhere else in Baltimore, it's easily accessible overall.

Old facade. Pretty-looking, but unexceptional for the area. The building is bricky and cavernous, with a decent amount of beer schwag and regular bar decor. Nothing too great about it.

The beer is great, though. One of the five or so best tap lists I've ever seen. The selection is gigantic and well-curated, although it does tend toward whatever styles are trending within beer geek communities. When I last visited I think there was maybe one solitary pilsener available? So they don't got a beer for every mood, necessarily, but they do get in a ton of rares and one-offs, frequent tap takeovers, a stellar rotation of Belgians, and a dedicated Rodenbach tap.

The vibe is usually quiet, like a beer bar. NFL Sundays are loud and packed, but the crowd is convivial and more or less respectful. They also have great specials on gigantic pours during games.

The food is standard pub fare. There's better dining options surrounding the place. But nothing touches the beer.

So, overall, I don't know if I'd say Max's is *quite* in the "World Class" category, like with Mekong, Map Room, or Falling Rock. The vibe is just a bit too plain for me. But it's still an excellent beer destination.

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Café Bavaria

in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

3.81/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.81
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

Great look and feel to this place located on an excellent corner with Hollander and Bartolatta's. A nice selection of biers on draft, too. Only knock when I was there was when I entered the place the bartender was apparently away or on break or SOMETHING. Staff saw that people were waiting and flagged the guy down from someplace. I waited close to 10 mins.

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WarPigs Brewpub

in København, Denmark

4.85/5  rDev +23.7% | Avg: 3.92
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Went here while attending a conference in Copenhagen. Really easy to find. Helps when there are lots of people seated outside enjoying themselves. I went inside and lots more people doing the same. Inside they played decent music. The beer? They had 20 taps, lots of them IPA's. The staff was friendly and helpful when I asked for a recommendation and the 19 inch neck IPA hit the spot. From the vibe it was apparent that this wasn't full of beer geeks discussing which hops are best on the third Friday of the summer months, rather than people socializing and enjoying good beer. I will return here if I ever visit Copenhagen again.

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Monkish Brewing Co.

in Torrance, California

4.03/5  rDev -6.5% | Avg: 4.31
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Nice little spot in the cut. Solid vibe, mixed crowd. Had an alright selection on tap. Not much to choose from. Chorizo man outback was fire! Free pretzels and water. I would come back if I was in the area, but wouldn't go out of my way to get here.

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Reaver Beach Brewing Company

in Virginia Beach, Virginia

4.39/5  rDev +1.2% | Avg: 4.34
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

I'm not a VA Bewch local, so I can't speak to what the people are into there. The tasting room seems to have a lot going on stylistically, maybe a little too much in a small space. But i don't really have much negative to say, Justin was a fantastic host, arguably my favorite sour program in VA, and a well varied, excellent selection. Great spot

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16-Bit Bar + Arcade

in Columbus, Ohio

4.23/5  rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Excellent selection of games- I'm biased toward the N64 that's usually on one of the front tv screens, but the classics are always enjoyable. Decent beer selection, a lot of locals. Can get a bit too crowded at times, I don't like being nearly humped while playing pac man. Overall though I'm happy with a place with free vintage video games as long as you have a beer in hand!

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Geisen Haus

in North Canton, Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +0.8% | Avg: 3.91
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Decent selection of German food along with some regular pub grub. The interior is dimly lit and worn- I'm biased and would like some natural light, less neon, windows, and more open air environment. The beer selection is top notch and they don't charge you an arm and a leg. Usually on the quieter side and never overcrowded- I like having a conversation without having to yell across the table.

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WhichCraft Beer Store

in Austin, Texas

4.35/5  rDev -1.6% | Avg: 4.42
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Spent some very pleasant time here today. The staff was helpful and accommodating. They cell all their beers as singles, and they were kind enough to break up a four pack for me to buy a single. Excellent selection! Able to get beers not in my area. A nice experience!

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Barley Creek Brewing Company

in Tannersville, Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +7% | Avg: 3.41
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.75

About 12 home brewed and 10 more on tap. Some other local and big name craft. Food was amazing. Nice family restaurant. Great service. The beer brought down the review.

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Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company

in Framingham, Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +0.5% | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Swung by a coupe days after opening. Easy to find, parking, nice space with room to grow (Jack's Abbey old spot) - tables, nice bar setup, cooler with cans to go. Super nice crew that was engaging, polite and courteous. Picked up some tall boys with my son in tow and they were very gracious with their attention. Although it was so close to their opening they had a solid selection - Porter, IPAs, Kolsch, sour. Great visit and will be back.

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Institution Ale Company

in Camarillo, California

4.86/5  rDev +18.5% | Avg: 4.1
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A great find in nearby Camarillo. More beers available than can be sampled in one visit so guess who needs to make another (several) more trips here. Pizzas and pretzels available to accompany the beers. We split a margherita pizza - very well done. Thin crust, fresh cherry tomatoes and basil on top - not filling, but just enough to soak up the beer. Tried two 8 ouncers on this first visit - the Reverie Rye (hoppy and grapefruity) and the Frantic on Nitro (the latter being phenomenal). Really enjoyed the experimentation that was evident from the "on tap" descriptions. Leaving through the front door (we came in through a side opening), noticed the brewery swag - entered into a conversation with the lady up front, and finally got the connection of the name of the brewery, names of some of the beers and the local "institution" - yes, pun intended. Kudos for connecting the dots on local history.

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