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in Sycamore, Illinois
4.31/5 rDev +23.5% | Avg: 3.49
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5
The Forge is in the far outskirts of Chicagoland. It's in a large industrial like building that has a loyal following. The quality and selection of food and beer is great. The service was friendly. The pizza I had....buffalo chicken....was incredible.
in Denver, Colorado
3.7/5 rDev -0.8% | Avg: 3.73
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75
V-Goldspot was mellow when I visited on a rainy Sunday afternoon; just a few people couples quietly chatting and one group of four guys. It was a refreshing change from the typical brewery crowds. Decor is the now-standard mix of brick, raw steel, and wood with a slight industrial flavor and an overhead door up front. The pseudo industrial feel works here and the small space feels comfortable and appropriate for the neighborhood near Regis college in Northwest Denver. The brewing equipment is mostly hidden behind the 12-seat bar and one large community table sits up front.
Q-I tried two Belgian-style beers, a blonde and a tripel. The blonde was merely OK and the tripel was slightly better than average, but not worth searching out. Both beers were clean and easy to drink, but not terribly complex.
Ser-The lone bartender was friendly and prompt. Beers were served in appropriate glassware.
Sel-All beers on offer were brewed by Goldspot. I counted about 10 different beers of varying styles from BA stout to Belgian Blonde to kolsch to IPA. Variety is good and it was nice to go to a brewery and not have to choose between six different varieties of IPA.
O-I liked the vibe and the variety of beers on tap. The two beers I tried were merely OK, but Belgian styles are tough to get right and they weren't bad...just not great. This is not a place to travel for, but I would go back to try a few more if I were looking for a low-key hangout.
in Brenham, Texas
4.04/5 rDev +1% | Avg: 4
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
Visited on a lazy weekend afternoon after going to a local antique rose garden. Very nice patio that welcomes pets and kids. Great friendly service. Six beers available but I did not get past the Mamma Tried IPA which is excellent! Looking forward to going back.
in Brighton, Michigan
4.94/5 rDev +22% | Avg: 4.05
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
This place is hands down one if the better brewery's in metro Detroit. It's 3 floors, though the day I was here they had the first floor open. I went back for st Patrick's day and all the floors were packed. The service is exceptional, and the beers are unique but not weird. Matt the owner and brewer is very knowledgeable and the bar mannager Jeff is one if the coolest guys. He comes around and introduces himself and genuinely cares about your experience. A must try.
in Airdrie, Alberta
4.39/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.39
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
This is a great addition to Alberta's craft beer scene. They are all about beer, with an excellent selection of taps, singles, and sixers. We stopped in on a Friday afternoon and it was humming - incredibly busy. If you love beer I highly recommend you stop by.
in Woodruff, Wisconsin
4.92/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5
Place is a hidden Oasis in a town lacking in top notch craft and atmosphere. Visited in slow season and the server was very knowledgeable about the product and back story of the owners. Beer is best local option I have found in Minoqua area. Blew Minoqua Brewing and Tribute away! He location is a little hard to spot driving past but it is only a short walk from downtown. Killer artwork on he walls and a crazy clean bar! A must stop for any Advocate in the area!
in Austintown, Ohio
4.25/5 rDev +1.9% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
This place is kind of new, opened in 2015. Nice place, easy access. not to far off the beaten path to make your way to.
Vibe: building is close to some other businesses, but it is pretty quiet once you get there. Not located in a rural area, but in a kind of peaceful place. Walking in the taproom, there is medieval look, with rustic type decor, and a very chivalrous feel. The brewhouse is visible to your left, not hidden behind glass, but open for you to gander at. Bar is right as you walk in, with about 20 (maybe) taps, with around 16 flowing their own beer. Its a typical taproom, good ambiance, and some quiet music.
Quality: Beer here is awesome. They have a great variation in styles, from stouts, to IPAs, to ESB, to simple Ales, to a bourbon porter. There will be something on tap that you will like. My favs are the Champions Breakfast, Red Dragon, and Mosaic Tribute. All are fresh, well done, balanced, and awesome to drink.
Service: always on the spot. They staff well, and have more people at busy times, and a few less at slow times. Never have to wait for anything, unless there is a sudden inrush of growler/crowler fills. Everyone is nice, and loves to talk about beer. If you have something good to talk about, they will reciprocate. Awesome folks.
Selection: As above, there are usually 16 beers on tap. All are great, and you can definitely find something you will like.
Other stuff: One of my biggest sadnesses it that they do not have a kitchen. It would be amazing if they did. They do have small bags of snacks you can buy. Also, they are cool with you bringing in any food (or wine!) you want, as long as a few people at your table are drinking Paladin beers. Also, on busy nights, they will order food in from local restaurants. All the people in the taproom order from a menu at a specific place, and then that place will deliver it for everyone.
Also, I kind of wish they would add a few more other local beers to their taplist. Spread the love a bit I guess.
It is a great place, 100% worth checking out if you are in the area.
in Reno, Nevada
4.16/5 rDev +8.1% | Avg: 3.85
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75
This is a great brewpub in an historic old railway depot. The place itself, in the NE part of downtown Reno now considered a hub of craft brewers, is a beautiful building nicely restored. It is one of the most lovely and characterful brewpubs I've been to, although not so much in a specifically beer-oriented way. It has a nice bar area and separate dining area, lots of windows, some limited outdoor seating. It seems to target a more general customer base rather than specifically beer-nerd base and has a full bar, but then it is also a distillery. Despite the more general appeal, it has a mature, classy feel rather than as a place just to get drunk and party, like some brewpubs with a more general, less-beer-aficionado appeal.
Beer quality, based on the limited selection we had, was excellent.
Beer range was also excellent, with pale lagers, marzen, milk stout, IPA types, farmhouse beers, barleywine, and more on tap.
Food was good but not as good as promised. Beef & tuna carpaccio was great, soup and the salad we had were all great and a bit different, with some creativity. Tacos and other appetizers we had were good but not that successful and a bit characterless.
Service was generally very good, friendly and fairly efficient. Perhaps because of the more general customer target, a couple of the servers did not seem to know much about beer styles or names but it was not a big deal.
in Itasca, Illinois
3.75/5 rDev -9.4% | Avg: 4.14
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Nice but small front bar, lots of big tables back in the warehouse. Visited on a Saturday afternoon, lots of family groups and game players. Friendly staff.
in Boston, Massachusetts
4.13/5 rDev +1.7% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
Good vibe on the Saturday night I went. Big bar. Good views of Boston through the large glass windows and also views of inside the actual brewery on the other side. Small gift shop and place to purchase beers to take home. Down side was no TV's anywhere, so had to watch the NCAA Tournament on my phone.
in Costa Mesa, California
3.58/5 rDev -8.9% | Avg: 3.93
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25
Nice little spot in what looks like it used to be an office park. Around 20 mostly local OC beers on tap. Friendly server recommended a few IPAs which were just OK. Price/size ratio seemed a bit high.
Sounds great- sandwiches but with waffles instead of bread. But the concept kinda breaks down because the waffle isn't strong enough to hold the exotic fillings. Turned into a mess after just a few minutes. Maybe if they made the waffles a bit more crispy (different dough or more cooking?) Just a meh for me, signature food a bit disappointing.
in Eureka, California
4.4/5 rDev +16.1% | Avg: 3.79
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
May place in that it caters to families with two pinball machines and a large hanging spider at the front door that goes up and down as the door opens and closes! Cool stop! A BIG miss is the ketchup..... They don't serve Heinz!
in District of Columbia
3.45/5 rDev -15.2% | Avg: 4.07
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 5
It's a pretty laid-back kind of place with plenty of seating inside and out. Aside from the high-rise couch seating it wasn't any different than the average gastropub. The servers were about average for what you would expect in a standard restaurant that has a beer menu but doesn't serve a lot of beer. They don't make recommendations or ask for pour sizes. I ordered a cask ale and got a 4oz glass instead of a full pint. It wasn't a big deal because the server was in training, but the trainer was off doing something else. They serve Hefeweizen in a standard pint glass which seemed a bit odd in a place with a beer-centric name.
Their beer selection was mostly what you can pick up at the grocery store in the area, like Sierra Nevada, Stone, Ballast Point, Samuel Adams, New Belgium, etc. There were a few outliers like Rochefort 10 and they did carry a good selection of Wicked Weed (they had like 4 or 5). It seemed like somebody just threw the beer menu together from whatever they could get instead of a well curated selection. For example they had Dogfish Head 90 minute but nothing else from the brewery and DFH is a stone's throw away.
The food really saved this place. It was amazing. They didn't have a large selection of food but it tastes amazingly good. It's so good that I would go back to this place just for the amazing food. I would probably buy beer after dinner someplace else though.
in Durham, Connecticut
2.38/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 2.38
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 2.75
I've been to this establishment on multiple occasions. One side of the restaurant contains a sports bar type atmosphere with tv's and a Boston Red Sox mural, while the other side of the restaurant is a regular dining room. The bar has around 6 draft lines with nothing too impressive (Sam Adams seasonal, Bud Light, Blue Moon, Bass, Stella Artois, Guinness, Long Trail). There is a pretty extensive bottle/can selection, but I've found that many of the craft beers that I order out of the cooler are often many months past the date stamped on the bottle and don't taste great. This is especially true with any of the IPAs that I have ordered. The pub menu has most of your usual suspects (burgers, wings, fried calamari, salads, etc.) . The quality of the food can be good at times, but is usually not great (overcooked burgers, soggy wings, etc.). Most of the staff don't have any knowledge about beer and scowl as if they hate working here.
in Anaheim, California
4.49/5 rDev +5.9% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
This beer is really cool, It pours very dark with a dense tan head. It has a smooth body with soft carbonation. The taste has muted roasted malt, cream and mild chocolate. It’s okay for the style, but not my favorite style
in Moorpark, California
3.65/5 rDev -11.8% | Avg: 4.14
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3
Visited on a Sat night and my first impression was that it was too small. After spending an hour or so I realized that it's size added to the charm. Polite adult crowd. The food truck offered a heavier fare than what I prefer, but it was a great compliment to the business. I tried their Valkyrie and stuck with it all night. Why change if you found a perfect beer? I rated the selection 3 only because most beers on tap that night were a little heavier.The bartenders made the evening with great service.
in Rockland, Maine
4.18/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
Since 3 Crow closed, the best beer bar in Rockland. Excellent selection, favoring Maine craft beer. Epiphany or Lunch is frequently the IPA on tap. 8 taps and many bottles. Ecclectic and generally very good food. Handful of excellent signature cocktails. Funky vibe with fun wait staff.
in Camden, Maine
4.31/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.31
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25
Friendly small downtown bar in old house. Scots is the thing here. Run by a Scot, almost all the food has some association with that part of the world. For example, there is an option to get your nachos with haggis (recommended). Rotating craft beers on tap, usually with a couple from Maine. MBC Lunch is often the IPA. Innis & Gunn Wee Heavy and Guiness are of course on tap. Bar with tables on the other side. Celtic string music Wednesday nights by varying collection of locals. Maybe the best bar in town.
in Camden, Maine
4.55/5 rDev +13.8% | Avg: 4
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Best selection of craft beer, and especially Maine craft beer in Mid Coast. Maine craft beer almost always available: Gniess, Foundation, Maine Beer Company, Allagash, Atlantic, Banded Horn, Bar Harbor, Baxter, Hidden Cove, Mason's, Rising Tide, etc. They get a small allotment of Epiphany, but you have to ask for it.
It's a gas station/convenience store right on route one. Funky gas pumps but cheap gas. If you accidentally put diesel instead of gas in a container (it apparently happens more than you think), go to the garage next door.
You can throw a stone to Drouthy Bear and to 40 Paper (if you're Jackie Bradley), the 2 best beer bars in Camden.
in Indiana, Pennsylvania
3.29/5 rDev -7.8% | Avg: 3.57
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4
This distributor has the biggest variety of beer in town. There are a lot of crafts and imports. However, the store is known to keep beer on the shelf way past its freshness date. Buyer beware . . . they will not allow you to return it if you discover the staleness after purchase. Nor do they discount beer that has become old. I made a mistake once and wound up with a case of Paulaner variety that had beer as much as 1.5 years past the due date.
in Woodridge, Illinois
4.77/5 rDev +13% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
Solid place with about 8 quality beers on tap. The staff is great: friendly, knowledgeable, courteous and everything you'd like at your local brewpub! The beer classes they have are tremendous and a bonus most similar places don't have. If you're in the area this is a "must stop location". Stop by and enjoy!
in Cincinnati, Ohio
5/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.39
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
This place offers a varied selection of styles, many of which are outstanding. There are IPAs, stouts, blonde, wheat, wee heavy, and others. The tap room is absolutely phenomenal! A large patio space in the back houses rotating food trucks and the interior space is gorgeous! Must visit tap room in Cincinnati!
in Huntington Beach, California
3.42/5 rDev -15.3% | Avg: 4.04
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.25
Nice little casual tasting room across the street from the beach.
Out of many beers when I visited, but that was OK because I just wanted to drink their hoppy beers which they had a reputation for.
The IPA was classic old-time west coast style , a good thing in my book. Brought back memories from when Green Flash & Racer 5 were still good beers. Followed up with a Pale Ale that was pretty forgettable, so just had another IPA.
Guy behind the bar was a bit gruff & short, not very friendly. Also abruptly announced closing an hour short of posted closing time - seemed odd.
Decent spot for a visit if you're in the mood for a classic old school IPA.
in Dorchester, Massachusetts
3.98/5 rDev +5.6% | Avg: 3.77
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25
Fun, airy space. They have nailed a legitimate community vibe. Decor is top notch rustic industrial. Huge selection of board games. Restrooms are clean and large which is very out of the norm for Boston. The actual bar is a bit on the small side with room for 8-10 seats. Considering service is bar only, the two service stations wasting bar footage are rather inexplicable. Currently they do not offer tours which should be remedied immediately.
Aside from DBC's DIPA and Irish Stout, I preferred the contract brews over their own labels. I think they should focus on brewing a rock solid flagship ale over having a huge variety of quite good brews.
Drafts average $7. I don't care much for flights in general. It's usually an expensive way to taste beers I don't care for. At $11, this is certainly the case here. They have an impressive number of beers on tap, but their pricing structure almost ensures you won't try them all. They should have a 1oz taster for free or maybe $1 if they must. Unless the crowlers come with a Krugerrand in the bottom, they are wildly overpriced at $13-$16. Unfortunately the message that sends is pretty clear: don't take this home.
Service speed can be improved. Some bartenders are very knowledgeable and enjoy talking shop about beer. Others clearly don't belong in the service industry or would be a better fit at a nightclub.
Food is limited. They sell $6 bags of pretzels which is a bit of a head scratcher. They also sell chips and guacamole which is a better bet and a better value. When I stopped in there was a burger food truck. Great fries, okay burgers. Burger and fries was $13. Service from the food truck was fantastic and they will bring your food into the taproom.
Overall, very good taproom I will return to. The Boston area has struggled with small breweries. Aside from the excellent Nightshift, other offerings are middling at best and downright awful at worst (hello Aeronaut).
in Long Beach, California
4.74/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.73
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
I had a great tasting time at this Ballast Point Location
Similar to Stone bistrot at Liberty Station in San Diego with a great view on the Marina.
The bartender gave me a great service as my samples looked more like half a pint than anything else
Great beers, great place and great staff