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in Stratford, Connecticut
4.18/5 rDev +5% | Avg: 3.98
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75
My first visit was a great experience. Wasn't sure what to expect but I am a fan of their double IPA Road to Ruins so I had to try it out.
It was crowded but there was plenty of parking. This was on a Saturday so before entering the converted factory there was a guy who checked your id and you get a stamp to enter. The fun happens upstairs. I did not check to see if they had an elevator for anyone in wheelchairs or physical limitations but that thought crossed my mind. If you visit call ahead. The bar and the store is on the second level. It appears that they do rotate their taps so many of the beers I'm familiar with were not on tap. They did have a great selection and some newer ones I had never tried.
Weekends are their most busiest so the bar area was full. Luckily we arrived when two others were leaving. No food was served but they did have snacks for sale. We had chips. There was a food truck at the time and they rotate that extra service. We decided to do a flight. You get five 4 ounce glasses from their tap. After this we decided to take the tour and tasting for $5 which you purchase at their store. The tour was great. I highly recommend doing that first before heading to the bar. You sample five of their beers. Our guide gave us extra samplings from a plastic two or maybe three ounce size cup so you walk away feeling great.
The brewery was very clean although very warm where the beer making process takes place. Once again call before heading over. The tour takes place from the second level down the stairs to the bottom floor. I did not check if they can accommodate people who cannot go up and down stairs safely. Overall not a bad experience.
The store had great items to purchase. We settled for a baseball cap and a sign but there so many options including six packs and bigger packs of their recent beers t-shirts and more. I would definitely return with a group of friends in the near future.
in Duluth, Minnesota
3.95/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
Wow. 1st review of a newly built opened and thought out brewery opened by Dave Hoops he is venerable and esteemed in beer and business in MN for several decades. He turned a space from the former Timber Lodge Steakhouse into a Northwood's style boutique and beautiful turn of the century beer hall/brewery. Complete with original wood floors and huge Douglas fir original posts, exposed joist on the ceiling, chandelier style lighting and this is quite a large taproom everything is beautiful its long from north to south with private seating if you have a large party or separate tables and beer hall tables it has a wooden L shaped bar that frames the tanks behind. They have a dozen or so taps on hand with up to 30 lines with restaurant delivery and runners to other establishments for food. Now the brew this is where it turns plain for me , so far not so good its early thou only had one brew that was good and the rest just average the good was the IPA, the rest all needed some work, it is early and i know this will change and be an esteemed as a stop. I will always stop here when in Duluth, but have to say i was underwhelmed with the 5 brews i had and the vibe for some reason, cant put my finger on that, only that it was dull. I know this will change and plan to visit again very soon, Tap room is open 7 days a week and has crowlers to go.
in Victoria, British Columbia
4.29/5 rDev +6.5% | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
This pub is at the center of the downtown Victoria tourist zone. But, they had a nice vibe and an uncompromising commitment to BC craft brew, with 64 handles, a few of which were ciders. If I were in town for only one day and wanted to sample as many local ales as possible I'd start here.
in Victoria, British Columbia
4.64/5 rDev +5.9% | Avg: 4.38
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5
The sort of pub one hopes to find when visiting a good beer town. Friendly and personable staff, airy brick industrial indoor ambience with enclosed garden patio, good selection of mainly BC brews but also a few standouts from NW US locations, like Boneyard (OR) and Melvin (WY). Food was thoughtfully crafted and complemented the beer options. Near the city core but just away from the main tourist scene, at the edge of Chinatown.
in Santiago, Chile
3.28/5 rDev -11.6% | Avg: 3.71
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
Had to say I was somewhat disappointed with this place. An ex-pat (less than friendly to someone speaking his native language I might add) was running the place which is not a big deal. That is except for the fact that all the hoppy beers imported from the states were six months old at minimum. I settled on some Chilean brews which, while undated as the previous review pointed out, must have certainly been fresher simply due to the fact that they didn't have to travel all the way down the Pacific Ocean or further. Having found some of the same beers in a number of other places, it makes sense that I won't be returning.
in Pottstown, Pennsylvania
4.71/5 rDev +12.7% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
For 20 years I have driven past this location. What a fool. I stopped here today and was in awe of the selection and layout of this store. Amazing variety of beer and cider, which is what I was looking for. This is a Top of the Line dealer and a MUST VISIT location.You will be very surprised and kicking yourself like I am for not stopping sooner. Amazing selection of beers I have seen nowhere else, fantastic, friendly and knowledgeable staff, huge cold beer mix where you can buy a can, bottle or save money and get a mix of six. They have a fantastic selection of draft beer kegs in stock and did I mention they can now fill growlers with a rotating selection of great craft beers. Now I'm not a smoker, but they also have a beautiful humidor too for you cigar aficionados. Bottom line like the old saying, I've tired the rest and now found the best. They have a new permanent customer here. I can fill my home dispensor and kick in a mix of quality bottle and cans. Oh and the prices are excellent too.
in Milton, Delaware
3.87/5 rDev -13.4% | Avg: 4.47
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25
Coming from the Midwest, and even after relocating to New England, I never thought of Delaware as a beachy, touristy type of place. Even driving through it, it seemed like a collection of absurdly large bridges and tiny, sad little skylines gleaming off in the distance. But now, having re-relocated to the Mid-Atlantic, it turns out that Delaware and the weird side of Maryland and the Philly side of Jersey are all essentially the same place, and they are touristy as hell.
The brewery in Milton is about a 15 drive from the brewpub and shop, which sit off the boardwalk in Rehoboth. The brewery is situation more like a regular, large craft production brewery, tucked away in a field adjacent to a really cute residential neighborhood. Milton is pretty quiet.
The brewery is one of the largest craft facilities I've ever been to. The taproom is huge and contains a special bar that's just for growlers. They don't serve food inside but there's usually a food truck out front, along with a patio area and a bags game.
We didn't do the tour, but we did have a few pints in the taproom. The selection was wide and pours were reasonably sized and priced. They also offered a handful of of vintage beers dating back about 4 years--nothing in particular caught my eye, but that's a nice touch.
You don't need me to describe Dogfish Head's beers to you, right?
The vibe was deeply Caucasian but that's just what you get sometimes. The music kind of sucked and the decor seemed like it was trying to hard to be goofy, but overall things were friendly and welcoming. It wasn't really enough unlike any number of other brewery experiences for me to recommend it too heavily, but if you're in the area it would be silly to not stop by.
in Praha, Czech Republic
3.71/5 rDev -11% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5
The place is a very cozy one since it's a bit small but is still spaceous enough to gather your favorite group of friends. The only downside is the selection that's really small having just 4 taps of Tri Ruzi and some other bottled stuff from friends.
However, in the end, probably the best beer place I've been to in Prague.
in Columbus, Ohio
2.86/5 rDev -28.7% | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.75
Not sure if this place is a brew pub, or a millennial hipster training facility. This place is just weird all the way around. You feel like you are in an episode of The Jetsons. All of the douchebag vibe aside, the selection sucked. If it weren't for a few cans in the fridge, there would have been 2-3 beers to choose from. Didn't get a chance to eat. Probably never will because I likely won't return. Go to the brewery in Marengo if you want to actually try a variety of beers and meet some real beer drinkers. It also fits their style much better.
in Ann Arbor, Michigan
3.6/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.6
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4
The vibe is old-school liquor store; lots of space but filled up, a little cluttered but with a great selection, not especially clean but tidy (not dirty, either, just...dingy, maybe? Lots of wine and liquor dominate but there are a couple shelves from front to back (they stretch a long way) and some coolers as well. Some of the stock is old, but you can find stuff that's sold out of the other stores. I picked up an M-43 simply because it was there at the peak of the M-43 craze and everyone else had sold out long before. Service consists of assuming someone's there and said person materializing when you get the counter but being plenty polite when checking you out. There's plenty of selection here and little reason not to check it out if you're nearby. Probably a go-to if you're staying at Weber's Inn from out of town and want to bring some stuff back.
in München, Germany
4/5 rDev -1.5% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75
Come for the history. This place is mobbed as it is one of the top tourist destinations, but its worth a stop for a liter. Its incredibly large and filled to capacity both inside and out. The beer is ok, but its worth seeing such an important part of history.
in Speyer, Germany
4.41/5 rDev +1.8% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
This is one of my favorite breweries in Germany. The town is quaint and beautiful, like many of the small towns in the area. Its a great place to walk through before you settle down at Domhof for a couple liters. The vibe is lively and comfortable, and the decor is classic. Our friends take us here every time we visit. Be sure to go all the way to the top of the cathedral next door as well.
in München, Germany
4.16/5 rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4
This place has a great beer-hall atmosphere. Its quite large and crowded, which is exactly what you want in a beer hall. The beer selection is small but the quality will not disappoint. Check this place out to get away from the busy tourist areas.
in Essex Junction, Vermont
3.69/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.69
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4
Actually, this place has been open for a while, but what's nice about it is that their food, though pub food is quite good. Service can be iffy from time to time. Beers can range from macros to locals such as 1st Republic, Zero Gravity, Frost, Fiddlehead, Queen City, Otter Creek and Long Trail. Prices can be reasonable. It gets loud on Friday nights and that's when the service seems to go downhill a bit. If anything, I'll hit this place up for lunch earlier in the week when it's not packed. And the parking usually is bad because they take the overflow from McGillicuddy's across the street and also it's the same parking for El Gato's.
in Saint Petersburg, Florida
4.38/5 rDev +2.1% | Avg: 4.29
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
You already know about the beer quality. Come check out the brewery for a great laid-back atmosphere that is representative of the St. Pete culture. Great prices on crowlers. And while the barrel-aged bottles sell out fast, they can stay on tap for quite a while.
in Boston, Massachusetts
4.19/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4
I walked in on a Tuesday evening and there was barely a seat to be found due to the DJ bingo event that was happening. Lots of life, solid beer selection, gorgeous waitresses, and menu looks delicious. I'm looking forward to trying the food next time.
in Charlottesville, Virginia
4.59/5 rDev +16.8% | Avg: 3.93
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
I immensely enjoyed my meal and the huge selection of beer they offered. It's a typical Charlottesville white "I'm hipper than the yuppie" crowd which only offers so much entertainment but that's why there is beer, to add color and liveliness. They have over 500 beers to choose from - most impressive. The food was yummy and the service was spot on. I can't believe it took me so long to venture there. I will definitely be back. Hit it at happy hour, you can't go wrong.
in Douglas, Wyoming
3.73/5 rDev -7% | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25
Nostalgic decor, it was a hot day and the doors were open to mitigate the brewing funk. I had the red IPA and smoked wheat beer. The IPA was tasty, the smoky wheat was phenomenal - I had three. A brave experimental brew now a must-try...enjoy!
in Concord, New Hampshire
3.93/5 rDev -1% | Avg: 3.97
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
Dinner pit stop on the way home from up north. Interesting b&w photos of whisky all over the walls. Our waiter was a cool dude. They had a few local NH beers on tap, but a few other goodies. We all liked our dinner choices. Must be a popular place in Concord.
in Littleton, New Hampshire
4.08/5 rDev -4.4% | Avg: 4.27
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
Such a cool place. The setting is really nice, in a old converted mill. Beers and pizza were top notch. Service was good, but food was kinda slow out of the kitchen on a Saturday afternoon. The owner came by and said hello. Nice touch. A real gem in the area.
in Glen Allen, Virginia
3.75/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.91
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4
It's a country themed store on the Edge of Richmond, so the vibe meanders between outskirt suburban soccer mom and "Bubba", which doesn't lend itself to a full on craft immersion, BUT, the cooler and growler to go selection is clearly well thought out and in no way reflects the mainstream clientele. Place is clean on an OCD level, food is on par with a restaurant, not a C store, and overall, it's inviting in a folksy Cracker Barrel sorta way. No reason to not drop in if nearby.
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
4.01/5 rDev +1.3% | Avg: 3.96
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4
Saint Benjamin Brewing Co. is a great place situated in a not so good place - but things are improving greatly in the area and they've got at least a little bit to do with it.
It's nice looking and comfortable inside with a kind of retro-industrial look that includes (very cool) pulley fans, Edison bulbs, exposed brick and original plaster walls, and wood and tile floors. There aren't really a whole lot of places that've pulled off the look quite as well. The bar is on the left directly as you enter, and it's fairly small with 12 barstools and an additional 6 on the side by the window that looks into the brewery and another 4 or 5 on the street side depending.
There are 30 seats at the tables opposite, and the menu is interesting with items like Chipolte Spiced Cajun Fried Peanuts, Pork Pibil Tacos, a Veggie Meatball Sandwich, and Steak au Poivre. Everything I've had has been great, and I think the prices are fair.
As to the beer, it's not the longest list you've ever seen but they try, every beer I've had has been great.
in Boston, Massachusetts
4.79/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.79
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5
Unreal place. Sensory overload in a great way. Just glad I don't live to close or I would Iive there!!! So many wonderful choices or just about everything you can imagine and some you can't Go and have fun.
in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
3.89/5 rDev +0.5% | Avg: 3.87
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
Stable 12 is a smallish brewpub on Bridge Street in Phoenixville, PA which means there are a few other places around if you want to include it as part of a brewery crawl. It has it's own merit though.
Inside the decor is basic, and fairly sparse, with a wide bar that's backed by a wall of corrugated metal that I assume is supposed to make it look a little farm-like. The walls are a fairly deep royal blue, and there seems to be a blue & black theme that gives it a kind of retail-shop feel. There are some high-top tables along the walls, and shorter dining tables in the center. The floor is poured concrete and the ceiling is made up of basic black 2 x 4 acoustic ceiling tiles, unfortunately leaving it a little loud when it's busy. There's also a dog-friendly beer garden when the weather's nice.
There are 8 beers on tap and they're all fairly good. They seem to always have a Kolsch-style beer, a raspberry witbier, and a west coast IPA on tap but the others vary. They do tend to like saisons and IPAs though so I'd expect those'll make up at least half of what's left.
The food is basic and fairly limited (nachos, wings, salad, burgers, and a few sandwiches) but surprisingly good.
All in all it's nothing spectacular, but it's pleasant, and probably worth a visit.
in New York, New York
3.95/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
ate an early lunch here on a weekday - it was slow then. Nice interior space, good size bar with tables and booths along the side and up on a partial 2nd floor. Good selection of beer, but the tap menu only listed either brewery names, or beer names, not both. but good variety of beers, and quality stuff. food was good, but expensive. Burgers are $15 with no sides - fries are another $9. I guess that's Lower Manhattan for you.