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Lost Signal Brewing Company

in Springfield, Missouri

4.2/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Lost Signal has not even been open a week yet so this is an early review. Cool building that used to be a radio station. They serve bbq and brew on site. The bbq is excellent, everyone with me thought what they got was really good. They have pulled pork, brisket, ribs, burnt ends, along with sides and a changing daily special. Only four beers right now but two more coming soon and I'm sure this will be a growing changing part of the business. Fun place in the newly named brewery district in Springfield Missouri, come check it out.

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Hop Valley Tasting Room

in Eugene, Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +15.7% | Avg: 3.96
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Hannah was an exceptional server. She gave me a free pint of choice for my birthday and allowed my sister to take a poster of her favorite brew. Even though I'm from out of state, I'd definitely go back next time in in town.

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Forager Brewing Company

in Rochester, Minnesota

4.51/5  rDev +3.2% | Avg: 4.37
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Nice ambiance. Rustic and eclectic decor. Nice bar. Beer is top notch; best in Southern MN, and they do a little of everything - great IPAs of every style, stouts, porters, and sours. Food is great. Pretty kid friendly if you're into drinking with your kids.

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in San Francisco, California

4.28/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

This is the real deal for an authentic German restaurant in San Francisco. I just happened on Walzwerk as I was walking to another location. Ended up stopping in and having an amazing dinner of cured salmon (in house) and jaeger schniztel. Beer selection is a bit limited but everything else makes up for it.

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Angels Trumpet Ale House

in Phoenix, Arizona

4.06/5  rDev -4.2% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Loved this place and would recommend to anyone visiting Phoenix and looking for good craft beer. Located near several hotels in downtown Phoenix, 15 minutes walking distance from the Arena and Chase Field. ~40 brews on tap, good selection covering AZ locals, western USA, and national. Service is fine and there are plenty of seats, but this place fills up fast and is obviously very popular. Food is also decent, finger foods/sandwiches/burgers/etc.

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Broue Pub Brouhaha

in Montreal, Quebec

4.14/5  rDev +3.8% | Avg: 3.99
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

It was a little bit of a trek for me out to the Broue Pub Brouhaha, taking a bus and then walking for about a half a mile, but it was well worth it. It's a slice of Montréal that most beer-tourists won't see.

It's got probably more charm to it than any other place in Montréal, although most would consider it a bit divey, but that's OK for me, I love that. From the outside it looks like just another Mom & Pop beer joint in an urban setting, and once inside it doesn't change much. There's aged seating, what appears to be a terracotta tile floor, exposed brick, wood paneling, and splashes of color here and there. there's a fancy modern tap dispense system running the entire length of the bar, but the back bar consists of retro solid metal-door coolers. There's a foosball table beneath a banker's light to the right of the bar, and a larger room in back where they do Comedy shows.

There are roughly 9 house beers on tap, and 15 guest beers which includes 2 casks. Additionally, looking at the old menu I've got, there are over 60 beers in bottles from Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Italy, France, and Germany - as well as a few others from Québec. I was impressed with their house beers, although I lost my notes and wasn't able to review them.

They also offer food, including Frites, Salads, Nachos, Macaroni & Cheese, Cheese and Meat Plates, Pizza, Poutine (of course), Smoked Meats, Pulled Pork and other BBQ items, and Hot Duck Wings! I opted for the Poutine Poutiflette ($9.13/small) which included bacon, caramelized onions, and leeks with a special local cheese. It was excellent, but I probably should have had the Duck Wings too. Next time.

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Logan Arcade

in Chicago, Illinois

3.71/5  rDev -3.6% | Avg: 3.85
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

I've been here a handful of times, but never thought of it as a beer destination.
The arcade selection tends toward the classics, plus some nice pinball machines if that's your thing.
It's fairly large with a well curated game selection. Dark and pretty loud, you know, like an arcade.

Beer selection isn't as varied as Emporium or Headquarters, but they seem to have improved their selection recently as of early 2017. Used to be the best you'd get was a year-round Half Acre beer, Rev, Lagunitas, Gumballhead, etc. The basics. Lately they seem to be rotating in a couple seasonals from local breweries like Pipeworks, Marz, Whiner, Maplewood, and Hopewell, so that's some improvement. Service is good at the bar, beers are most likely served in a chilled glass pint, if you ask for one. Most games have a ledge or cupholder for your beer.

Quenchers across the street and Owen & Engine to the north both have better beer selections, but no arcade, so pick your poison. Cocina Boriqua has great jibarito sandwiches a few doors down.

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MaGerk's Pub & Grill

in Bel Air, Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +4.8% | Avg: 3.72
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

MaGerk's has focused more on quality beers in the past year. Their can selection has expanded from 6 to about 20 - all solid choices, but nothing that will blow you away. Most draft choices are local and quality of the selections continues to improve. For example, they had a half keg of Hopslam this year and have landed other hard to find draft selections. They have also been hosting monthly tap takeovers, beer dinners, etc, The food is above average pub food with best choices being the cheese steaks and soups. Worth a visit as long as it is before 9pm.

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Fins Ale House & Raw Bar / Big Oyster Brewery

in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

4.3/5  rDev -0.9% | Avg: 4.34
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Visited 02/16/17 (a Thursday), which is not exactly the peak of the season. But there was actually pretty decent crowd there - maybe 75-80% full? Pretty impressive for a winter weekday in slower lower Delaware.

Staff is attentive, knowledgeable, and very pleasant. Menu is extensive and the food is quite good. Beer menu is extensive with a dozen or more offerings from Big Oyster (their in-house brewery) plus an equal number of local and not-so-local craft breweries. Big Oyster Precipice DIPA is particularly tasty.

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Crane Brewing Company

in Raytown, Missouri

4.57/5  rDev +5.1% | Avg: 4.35
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Really well designed and laid out small taproom. The taproom is really a 60'x50'x30' triangle, so not too big. The mirror behind the bar gives it a much bigger feel. Tap list is easy to read and current. A little fridge in the corner displays all the available bottles for consumption or to take-home. Lots of great beers on tap, some of which were only bottled once, some were never bottled at all. Current tap lists are available on each table as well. Proper glassware is used, with teku used for the more expensive pours. A few locally produced hard liquors are also available. Some goldfish and pretzel snacks are available, otherwise there is a BBQ food truck around a few nights a week. Just make sure to call first, since the website isn't 100% accurate. Live edge, wooden tables, and a 30 or 40 foot live-edge bar give it an earthy feel. Only artwork on the walls are simplified canvas prints of the origami on Crane's beer labels. Seating area is packed full of regular 4-chair tables, and a couple high tables with 6 seats. The bar features its own seats as well. Staff is knowledgeable and quick to provide service. Location is near the city, and also links well with the suburbs, but is a little off the beaten path - it's in a sort of industrial alley with a gravel parking lot. Definitely a great place to visit while in KC, or to visit once a week for locals. Great experience.

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Voodoo Brewery - Homestead

in Homestead, Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -4.4% | Avg: 4.29
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Stop #7 of 7 on our weekend of brewery visits in the Pittsburgh area. Stopped by on a late Sunday afternoon just before the Super Bowl, so the crowd was pretty small (no TVs in the place that I recall.) The bartender told us this was an old fire station that had been vacant for several years in the rundown part of Homestead. It's a cool vibe, and a fun place to drink beer. We weren't blown away by any of the dozen or so selections on tap, but we liked everything we tried. (Of course, they didn't have any of the Voodoo big guns on tap.) Voodoo Homestead is definitely worth a stop if you are in the Pittsburgh area.

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The White Oak Tavern

in Ellicott City, Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +10.7% | Avg: 3.84
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My go to place, close to home and excellent beer selection, 42 taps with weekly infusions on one beer, constantly rotating diverse selection and more in bottle. Pays attention to local brewers but carries brews from across the country and often an import or two. Often gets the beer you wanted but couldn't find in the stores. Of course it is limited in what beers they can obtain due to being in Maryland, but it's as good as it gets without leaving the state. Been going since their first week of operations and am number 58 on their mug club. This is also a farm to table restaurant whose menu updates quarterly and has new specials all the time. Several constant items as well their house burger is excellent and their in house cured bowl of bacon is the bomb. Service is friendly but can be a bit slow when they're busy.

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Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

in Austin, Texas

4.7/5  rDev +7.6% | Avg: 4.37
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Taplist of 100+ craft beers, ranging in style from lighter pilsners to BA stouts. Nearly everything one could want for beer is available at this spot. Bar seating could use a little more space. Service and glassware were spot on.

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What's On Tap

in Keller, Texas

4.08/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Easily the best selection of craft beer on tap in the area, at least that I am aware of (30 taps I believe). Many local breweries represented as well as some of the better and harder to find craft brews from around the country. I know they just rolled out a limited food menu but I have yet to eat here so can't speak to the quality of the food.

My only complaint is the size of the space, which is a bit cramped and can get crowded on Pint Nights or during other events. Some outdoor seating would definitely be a plus but probably a bit impractical given the location. Overall a fine establishment. Definitely nice to have a place like this in the area.

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Unfiltered Brewing

in Halifax, Nova Scotia

3.73/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.73
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Pleasant, quieter place to enjoy a beer.
All beers are available in a taster size, so you can try everything.
Tap list was pretty IPA heavy, but the stout was my favourite.

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Silva Bay Liquor Store

in Gabriola Island, British Columbia

3.75/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.75
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This little liquor store is tucked away far from anything, but has a much better selection than you'd expect given the location. Seems to be the best liquor store on Gabriola. Beer is all in the walk-in fridge at the back.

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

in Montréal, Quebec

4.3/5  rDev -2.9% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Along with Vices & Versa (which is just a 20 minute walk away) and Station HO.ST, le Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel (brewery of the sky god) is one of my favorite places in Montréal. I could skip the other two, but any trip to Montréal for me requires a visit.

The beer cannot be argued with (look at the reviews!), and it's on tap (although they do offer some bottles). And they offer food, which can be rare. It's just smaller plate stuff (sandwiches, pizzas, and snacks), and slightly pricey, but it's good and I think it's worth it for the quality. The service is excellent, and the atmosphere is great - it's kind of like a small English-style pub, but with a very Canadian vibe. And it's great to sit out on the street, or in a window on the street, and just relax with a beer and watch traffic go by. (Ha ha suckers!!! You could be here but you're not!)

I haven't given them a good enough review here, what I've written isn't worthy, and I'll need to return to this and update it - hopefully after my next visit - but for now you've got a sense of my passion for the place, don't let it go to waste.

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in Montréal, Quebec

4.11/5  rDev +12.9% | Avg: 3.64
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is indeed the "Hopfenstark" bar. I was lucky enough to run into the brewer/owner one day and pick his brain about a lot of stuff.

It's got a very basic layout: rectangular room with the bar on the right and bathrooms in the back. It's kind of sparse but with enough wood (lots of wood!), exposed brick, and interesting items like the cattle skull that it works - it's supposed to be sparse and open. Were they going for a western theme? Based on the font they used for the logo and the cattle skull, maybe. Let me not forget the terrace out front - perfect for nice weather!

Anyway, the beer is great, you can look through the reviews to get a better idea; and they now do some distilling as well. They also have food, which is fairly uncommon, and it's quite good. Music and other events just round it out. It's a wonderful hang when the right group of people is there.

I have three favorite places in Montréal and this is one of them. Highly recommended!

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Karl's Cabin

in Plymouth, Michigan

4.15/5  rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Visited for a Short's Brewing beer and dinner pairing. Pretty cool atmosphere, rustic cabin with lots of blonde wood and antler chandeliers. To the right of the entrance is the main dining room, behind the hostess' lectern is a small bar with ten to twelve seats. Off to the left is another dining room where the event took place.
Always lots of great MI brews on tap, some exclusive (such as the four year old Bourbon Wizard tapped for the event).
Food was flavorful, and showcased the variety the kitchen was capable of: bison, smoked Cornish hen, pork belly, fried catfish, hot and sour soup, and deconstructed smores. We also took home a double decker lamb burger ("Greek BigMac") and fries for later.

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Dundees Bar & Grill

in Montréal, Quebec

3.58/5  rDev -3.2% | Avg: 3.7
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Although there may have been at time that Dundees would have been a beer destination (they're at least 25 years old), those days have passed. Having a couple of good imported beers no longer cuts it, and their beer list is pretty dismal by todays standards. But let's take a look to be sure. 17 taps: Coors Light, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Heineken, Sapporo, Murphy's, Kronenbourg 1664, Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc, Rickard's Red, Rickard's White, two house-branded ales (which may be from Rickard's), Molson Ale, Sleeman's Honey Brown, Sleeman's Lager, McAuslan Cream Ale and St-Ambroise IPA. They have bottles available as well, but there's nothing really exciting there either.

Beyond that it's a fairly basic everyday kind of restaurant like T.G.I.Fridays. It's casual, comfortable, and affordable. The food is basic, the service is slightly better than average, and it's got a decent atmosphere - I just wouldn't consider it a "beer bar" anymore.

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Wine Empire

in Ashland, Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +0.2% | Avg: 4.99
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This shop is a Metrowest gem offering unique wines and a beer selection that rivals Craft Beer Cellars. They also serve fine Italian coffees and pastries. Owners Gianluca and Ana are warm, friendly and as knowledgeable about grapes and hops as any proprietors you will find. There is always something going on from their weekly tastings to their wine club gatherings and their bi-annual grand tasting events are not to be missed. This is the perfect spot to purchase a unique bottles as a gift, for parties and holidays and Gianluca's expert advise will steer you toward unique and rare yet very reasonably priced options. You will find wines here that nobody else carries and beers that are only carried by the premier shops such as Night Shift and Trillium. Lucky to have a shop of this quality in the 508!

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Taft's Ale House

in Cincinnati, Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +3.6% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Taft's is in a converted church. Seating is on benches by long tables so sharing a table with people you don't know will happen. The beer selection was decent and the beers I tried were very good. Most of the food is tri-tip in some form or other, but they do have chicken as well. The food was excellent and the service was good. They do not have any pictures on the walls of the conversion from a church, but if you ask your server they do have a book with all sorts of history of the place. If you're in Cincinnati make it a point to hit this place :)

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Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.

in North Conway, New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +2% | Avg: 4
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Interesting little restaurant/brewery with a solid beer selection and good food. Flight was nice as it included 8 different beers. Wait staff was good and food was above average.

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Conclave Brewing

in Flemington, New Jersey

4.73/5  rDev +4.2% | Avg: 4.54
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Small but inviting tasting room. Its an hour from me so I don't get down as often as I'd like. The beer list is not the longest but always high quality. The Mex Morning is fantastic and hope they have Gravitational Waves on tap, one of NJ's best IPAs. My last visit they had a special treat, Triple Dry Hopped GW - they called it simply G3. Holy Shit - what a tasty beer. I would put in on par with anything I've had from Trillium - Treehouse - Grimm - anywhere. Not sure if they'll everbrew it again but I hope they do.
The people/vibe is always friendly. The only way this brewery could get better is to expand. Its tiny and they often run out of brews quickly. There's rumors that they are looking into that and will also be canning soon. The sky's the limit with Conclave.

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Le Projet

in Québec, Quebec

4.25/5  rDev +9.8% | Avg: 3.87
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Although Bateau de Nuit is my favorite stop in Québec, Le Projet is my second, and they're very close by each other. Additionally, Bateau de Nuit doesn't offer any food, so there you have it, Le Projet really comes out on top.

Le Projet is a really nice looking place in an old building with a coffered ceiling, plaster reliefs, school-house lamps, decorative wains-coating along the walls, and a solid plank-wood floor. It's very European, but at the same time very unique. It's small but comfortable and it reminds me of some of the places I've visited in Prague, but nicer, and a few places in the UK.

The bar is central left, followed along the wall by the kitchen, and the dining areas wrap around them to the right from the front door back to the elevated perch by the wash rooms.

It's a canopy-styled wooden bar similar to one you might find in England, with just 8 seats, and a "Copper" tap system that I believe is actually made of anodized aluminum. The beers are listed on the chalk board along the top of the bar, and on the wall opposite. There are 24 to choose from, with a few of them being ciders or oddities (hard soda); and they're all from Québec. You can do a sampler if you like, choosing four 5 oz. beers for $10, which might be a good idea if you're visiting and aren't familiar with the breweries.

The food is one of the things that makes Le Projet stand out. I'll give you an idea of what they offer:
$4 Frites, $8 Onion Soup, $7 Spinach Salad, $9 Salmon Tartare with Spring Greens
NACHOS: $4.50, $7 or $12 depending on size
POUTINE: $5 mini BBQ, $7 mini BBQ + ribs, $7 regular BBQ, $9.50 regular ribs
BURGERS: $14 Bacon/Cheese, $15 Du Diable, $16 Salmon
GRILLED CHEESE: $15 smoked meats, $16 duck
LES PLATS: $12 Beet Salad, $12 Veggie Sandwich, $13 Hot Dog European, $14 Fish & Chips, $16 Salmon Tartare

Beyond that the service is rather exceptional, whether at the bar or at a table. The whole staff seems to care, and they work together well.

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