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Battery Steele Brewing

in Portland, Maine

2.51/5  rDev -32.3% | Avg: 3.71
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5

I have only tried one of the beers from Battery Steele (Flume), which was a solid IPA. However, the "brewery" experience was a little weird. We bought cans out of the back of an industrial park (behind Foundation and Allagash) so it was really hard to find. Additionally, the guy that was selling everyone cans was a bit of a dick. I don't know if it was because it was 10am on Saturday, but they really need to work on their people skills - thus the poor scores for service and vibe. It is a shame because their beer has a shot to rival players like Bissell Bros. in the area. Get better guys. stop being assholes.

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Foundation Brewing Company

in Portland, Maine

2.74/5  rDev -33.2% | Avg: 4.1
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2 | selection: 3

So, this place is directly across the street from the Allagash brewery, which I thought a little strange, but I guess this allows them to pick up traffic from the Allagash crowd. I showed up early 10am for a release of Epiphany and there was a line of about 15 people. they were just selling out of a garage door on the side of the building, nothing else really going on. What was annoying was that despite just 15 people in line, it took about 20 minutes to get beer. I noticed at least 5 people working (moving things around), but only 1 person taking orders. I almost felt they wanted to keep a line for the purposes of having a line. that is a little annoying. I don't know if it was because it was early, but the employees were also not friendly. definitely not a great experience. Beer was also very average.

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Springdale Barrel Room

in Framingham, Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +3.6% | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great upstairs space at Jacks Abby. Cornhole, shuffleboard, arcade games, and NO TV's. They have a dozen or so beers on tap and retail cans/bottles. Cool atmosphere with all of the barrels and gleaming tanks back behind them.

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Saddlebock Brewery

in Springdale, Arkansas

3.73/5  rDev -6.8% | Avg: 4
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Great location , you feel like you are in the sticks, Hop vines are in early stages, although it looks like they could use some tending

German style beers are spot on, others are bit more hit & miss with a dominant house yeast strain going on. The Hop & Vine & DIPA were pretty good

Service was decent, not very chatty about their product

Selection not bad about 12 taps

Will be bacl, some food choices, just down the road from a friend's house, so we'll be back...

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Total Wine & More

in Bloomington, Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev +3.9% | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

This it the first Total Wine I've visited. It has an incredible collection of craft beer, domestic and import. I found one of the seven remaining styles I need to try to have had them all. But - I was disappointed that they could not seem to find another that their website said they had in stock at that store. I did find a number of other beers that I've wanted to try but could not get back in South Dakota. A downside to the store is how crowded it is. I did get help and checkout was quick, but pretty annoying to try to stand back far enough to scan the shelves and have folks with carts continually pushing by. Based on the crowd and the selection, they seem to be successful. I will return, particularly since it is relatively close to the malls I can drop the womenfolk at whilst I do my shopping.

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Historic Casanova Liquor

in Hudson, Wisconsin

4.36/5  rDev +0.9% | Avg: 4.32
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This hole-in-the-wall liquor store has an incredible collection of craft beer, including many that I can't get in South Dakota. I spent almost $200 and I had to really restrain myself, knowing I was visiting another store later, and knowing I had to leave room for the girls' purchases at the outlet mall. I could have easily spent twice what I did, and I found beers I did not expect to find, even there. They are very knowledgeable and helpful. Lots of single beers, bombers, packs, kegs, and growler fills. They also looked to have a decent wine and liquor selection. I can't believe how many times I drove by here on the interstate over the last 50+years, growing up 30 miles away, and was unaware of it. If you are visiting Wisconsin or Minnesota, this is a must-stop, though I expect their beer selection may not exceed what is found in New York, Chicago, LA, etc - but still worth a visit.

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The Nova

in Hudson, Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev -1.8% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Arrived there right at lunch time today, and I was the only one there, so I sat at the bar and tried beers before settling on one. A couple came in and we had a good time talking with the taptender/waitress. I had their burger and it was probably the best restaurant burger ever. The patty was very think, with lots of mozarella and bacon. Service, beer, and foor were all excellent. Loved the atmosphere.

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Maine Beer Company

in Freeport, Maine

4.38/5  rDev +3.3% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

visited the tap room in freeport for my Dinner pick-up this morning. it is a small tasting room, but the staff did an amazing job managing the crowds and organizing the release. incredibly friendly and helpful staff. while I didn't stay long, left me with a great impression of the brewery.

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Pratt Street Ale House

in Baltimore, Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +12.2% | Avg: 3.95
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

The bar food was outstanding and the beer wasn't too shabby either. We went t five breweries with Pratt Street being the last on the list. It was a nice way to end the day.

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Union Craft Brewing Company

in Baltimore, Maryland

3.21/5  rDev -21.1% | Avg: 4.07
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

The place was packed due to the Bikes & Beers event so I should probably go back to see if I have a better experience. There were four of us in the group and no one was really impressed with our beers.

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Dempsey’s Brew Pub & Restaurant

in Baltimore, Maryland

1.95/5  rDev -36.3% | Avg: 3.06
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.75 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2.25 | food: 2.25

Bartender was nice but the service was pretty poor, the beer was mediocre, and the food was so so. Too many breweries in Maryland to go back to this one.

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Mackinac Grille

in Saint Ignace, Michigan

4.09/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.09
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

What makes this place worthy of adding to Beer Advocate and talking about it is that they do a great job of keeping their tap lines clean, attentive service, they love small kids and don't frost their glasses. Since there's no bottle shops in St. Ignace, this is basically your only stop in town for beer period. Drive across the bridge to Mackinaw City for either Mackinaw Island Brew House (bottle shop there) or Biere De Mac Brew Works (brewery) or make your way up to the Soo to their two breweries and a bottle shop but when in St. Ignace, this is your best bet for fresh clean beers such as Oddside (MI), Founders (MI), Bell's (MI), Indeed (MN), Summit (MN), Ale Asylum (WI), Capital (WI), Victory (PA) and Dogfish Head (DE). I've been here a numerous amount of times and can honestly tell anyone, food was always very good.

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2nd Shift Brewing

in Saint Louis, Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -5.2% | Avg: 4.25
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Final brewery stop on a visit to St Louis on Metallica weekend. Large place, all seats were taken on a Sunday afternoon for Bingo! (Good for them!) Had a brief chat with the owner, who I later saw twice at the Metallica concert, amazingly, out of 50,000+ people at Busch Stadium. 2nd shift has some nice beers, and I would definitely visit again if I'm in St Louis.

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Big Bear Liquor Market

in Big Bear Lake, California

3.71/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.71
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Stopped here a few weeks on a recent weekend visit in Big Bear. It has a decent selection of beer, typical craft beers like Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, Stone, etc. A solid selection of liquor as well and the lady working behind the register seemed pretty knowledgeable about bourbon.

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Alpine Liquor Store

in Big Bear Lake, California

3.72/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.72
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A typical liquor store near Big Bear Village, typical selection of Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, Stone, Ballast Point, etc. Nothing outstanding, solid customer service. I stopped there on a recent visit to Big Bear and picked up a few beers. A good percentage of their beers were old. For Big Bear it's a solid liquor if you're staying near the Village.

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Solemn Oath Brewery

in Naperville, Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +1.5% | Avg: 4.05
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Warehouse setup. Small taproom with a view at an ambitious brew house.
L shaped bar seats 20 or so and the rest is sro.
12 pulls for in-house beers with great range and complexity.
Service is prompt, knowledgable, and friendly.
3 beer limit per person, per day. Damn ordinances! Lots of 4 and 6 packs, as well as bombers and growlers to go.

No food, bring your own.

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William's Brewing

in San Leandro, California

4.66/5  rDev +4.3% | Avg: 4.47
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I recently started using William's (about three orders so far), and have been very happy with them. Their prices are right in line with most other online retailers, and shipping is very reasonable. They're in Northern California, and I'm in Southern California. The three orders I've placed have shown up the next day, which is even faster than morebeer, so I'll definitely be using William's as often as I can.

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in Bismarck, North Dakota

3.99/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.99
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

The service was great, nobody said anything, perfect. The selection was awesome for north Dakota, mix a six area and probably 200 different beers in bombers and six packs. Only one local beer, and it was from fargo. Ipas were surprisingly fresh. They have a growler station, but nothing looked good. I picked up some abyss and a couple six packs. I'll be back if i come back to Bismarck.

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Aslin Beer Company

in Herndon, Virginia

3.82/5  rDev -4.5% | Avg: 4
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Great brewery, but they need to seriously reevaluate their allotments during can releases. No reason to sell out of beer within 90 minutes of opening. Lower allotments = more people get to try their beer.

Otherwise, great beer and good service.

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Windmill Liquor & Fine Wines

in Orleans, Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +1.6% | Avg: 3.87
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

One of the largest selections of beer on this part of the Cape. Was able to purchase a 6 pack of Dogfish Head Namaste White here and will be back to check out other labels.

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Town Center Wine & Spirits

in Eastham, Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +9.1% | Avg: 4.05
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

This place has been our go-to shop for wine, and with our recent interest in craft beer, their selection interests us. Easy to get to from our house in the summer. The owners and staff are very friendly and helpful, especially Harley! Bought Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA to try.

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Windmill Brewing

in Dyer, Indiana

4.18/5  rDev -0.7% | Avg: 4.21
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

A smaller kicked back taproom for brewery, lots a natural light. Smaller parking area. What a draft list. 15 to choose from for the size of the brewery that is great. met brewer Justin, and the nice and informative bartender brewer assistant A.J., also the brewery cat, the friendly Luther. Loved both stouts. must visit again. They sell beer in cans to go.

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Beer Run

in Charlottesville, Virginia

4.14/5  rDev -3.3% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Never ate here but the food I saw looked good so I gave it a 3. The beer selection is pretty damn good though and the prices are fair. Service has always been great and very friendly. Can be crowded and parking is sometimes challenging.

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Hinano Cafe

in Venice, California

3.85/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.85
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Hinano Cafe is legend. It's a classic, no frills, costal dive bar that's been around since 1962. And apparently it was Jim Morrisson's favorite Venice hangout.

It's very much a watering hole for locals, but attracts a diverse group of tourists, too. The place is rough and dirty around the edges with sawdust on the floors, some pool tables and free popcorn. But the vibe is always lively and the service is friendly.

As for the beers, they've got 16 taps and about as many in bottles/cans. Most are big brands, but they've always got a handful of local beers on. Like a rotating Three Weavers tap. And if you're not into frosty mugs, you'll need to get over it quickly.

Food? Yep. They do breakfast 8am-noon daily, but it's all about the World Famous Hinano Cheeseburger. You can make it a double or throw some bacon, chili or a hot link on it, too. But trust me. Get the burger w/ everything on it: Lettuce, tomato, red onion + a pickle, some hots and a random bag of chips. Your welcome.

Important to note:
* Strictly 21+ only and IDs are checked at the door.
* No liquor. Beer (and some wine and cider) only.
* Cash only, but there's an ATM inside.
* Happy hour is M-F from 4-8pm daily w/ deals on mugs, pints and pitchers.
* It's one of the only places that says it's open to 2am and actually stays open until 2am.
* Kitchen closes at 1am.
* Men: Lock the door when doing your business or someone will squeeze in and awkwardly join you.

Your visit to Venice Beach isn't complete until you hit Hinano.

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Colonial Spirits

in Acton, Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.4% | Avg: 4.35
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great selection of craft beers; particularly smaller breweries from eastern MA. I did like the fact I could buy singles of most of the beers in the coolers. This allowed me to sample beers from a dozen of the smaller breweries in the area that don't distribute widely. Also had a standing rack of discounted singles. Worth the stop if you are visiting the Concord

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