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in Hector, New York
4.56/5 rDev +17.2% | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4
Great location on the Finger Lakes, beer trail. Beautiful views, great beer and atmosphere, laid back. All of the local breweries I visited do a wonderful job with their craft. This place is a must.
in Hamilton, Ontario
3.69/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.69
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25
Hamilton has been long overdue for a proper brewpub and Merit is it. The atmosphere of the place is good, and like the lightbulb motiff that doubles as the place's logo. The beers themself were exceptional and they had several offerings on tap,. The food menu is limited to sausages, and while I had a nice chorizo sausage there I do wish something else was offered. A bit pricey too but still a nice place to go.
in Elk Grove Village, Illinois
4.51/5 rDev +7.4% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75
Tasting room holds 30-35 people and the line starts before it opens. They control the number of people coming in so the wait for beer is not too bad once you are inside. They usually have a wide selection of beers to choose from, and I believe they have a 48 oz. limit. Pretty basic inside, sit and enjoy your beer and listen to music. For those who just want to buy great beer to go, they have another entrance for beer to go. This is the option I usually choose, and the line moves pretty quickly. But in the end, it all comes down to the beer.
in Brooklyn, New York
2.83/5 rDev -27.1% | Avg: 3.88
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3
Did I go to same place as the previous reviewers had?
The vibe, as my friend pointed out, was off right from the get - go: The mirror over the bar listing spirits had "Congac". Not a good start.
The service was very good so no criticism there. Then again, this site is about beer so let's talk about that. Three of us each got a sampler of four beers: not a one was finished. The first two I tried were a Berliner Wiesse and a barrel-aged sour: almost indistinguishable, and neither coming close to their respective styles. After that it was a dry-hopped saison and a pilsner. Both were weak and relatively flavorless. Also, all four of those beers were served too warm - not something I usually complain about. The IPAs were the last chance for redemption but no such luck. All four were weak and uninspired. This was most disappointing as I had noted good ratings for all of their IPAs on BA. This is the first time that this has happened in all of the time that I've been a member. Maybe I've just been lucky until now. And last but not least was the barrel-aged sour brown. Almost undrinkable.
All in all, a mediocre experience.
in Wichita, Kansas
4.79/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.79
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25
One of the nicer liquor stores you'll find in Wichita. For beer they have a few doors worth of refrigerated singles and bombers as well as a few shelves of non refrigerated ones. They have an even larger amount of cold and warm craft 6packs. Quite a few local brews with not many imports. Typical wide selection of big beer. This is also the place to go in Wichita for wine as a side note. Overall they have a larger than average selection of craft for around here but still can't match Goebel's on West street. Definitely worth the occasional visit though, especially if you live on the far west side.
in Peekskill, New York
3.66/5 rDev -10.5% | Avg: 4.09
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75
Admittedly, I traveled to Peekskill merely to try out the brewery. Seems a bit small-minded to some, but here we are on Beer Advocate so y'all get me, right?
Here's the thing: the brewery, while still enjoyable, ended up being my least favorite part of Peekskill. It's a truly lovely waterfront town, with plenty of quaintness and curiosities to explore...and yet, its brewery, at least from the outside, looks like the planet of New Jersey dropped a chunk-of-a-strip-mall asteroid in the middle of a culturally educated version of Pleasantville.
Once inside, you get a tiny glimpse of the brewery through a narrow glass window, not unlike something you would find at a zoo's reptile house. And yet, considering the beyond bland facade, it's a nice reminder that "yes, you are in a brewery."
There is plenty of room at the bustling bar, and one automatically takes note of the exposed second floor where, according to the menu, astronomically-above-standard pub fare is served. The set-up pays off, as first-time clients down pints with the full intention of soon journeying to that delicious second floor, especially once giant, juicy burgers are delivered to a few fellow bar-dwellers.
The beer menu feels somewhat limited and lackluster, despite a colorful chalkboard menu displaying beers with fun, tongue-in-cheek titles. After ordering a flight, I was unsurprisingly unimpressed, but at the same time, I was hardly horrified. The beers, while unmemorable, were not without merit. They were steady and safe, but not at all worth the MetroNorth journey.
So yes, of course we trekked upstairs. A blurry-eyed first glance made the area seem almost chic, but an only slightly closer look revealed a both poor and lazy man's design plan: What really says it all were the hanging squares of canvas which had seemingly been wrapped in blue and red burlap by a bored twelve-year-old who then secured the misshapen "decorations" with a couple apathetic smacks of a staple gun.
Still, the staff, though poorly versed in beer, were friendly and responsive, and the food, while not quite worth all of our salivating, was solid.
I can say with certainty that I won't be back...at least not for the brewery. But cheers to the facility anyway: It certainly tries enough hard enough to keep the locals with limited options coming back.
in Mendig, Germany
4.65/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25
Don't get me wrong, I don't mind wine and Bitburger but my idea of alcohol related pleasure lies elsewhere. Vulkan lies in the heart of Mosel wineland and Bitburger is the predominant beer in the area. I tried the Dunkles in a Mexican restaurant in Cochem and, while not being blown away by it, was interested enough to propose a trip to the brewery...
Luckily enough the website promised enough to convince the other adult and children that it would be a cool evening trip with beer and food thrown in!
The beer garden is great and the staff were really friendly, the vibe is really cool with a nice alternative sort of feel to it... no typical beer garden costumes; just good beer and good food.
On the subject of food there are 3 veggie options and, as you'd expect in Germany, an amazing amount of meat options. The meat eating half of the family were very impressed with what they had, and the veggie half were pretty satisfied... which in this part of Germany is the equivalent of a Michelin star!
The beer is limited to their own products as you might expect, but I have yet to come across a beer garden sells other people's beer. And why should they. They brew a beer for pretty much all tastes and sell all of their beers and more esoteric beer related offerings in their shop... which is open until 20:00. I took away a crate of IPA, a crate of Pils and a few bottles of White beer for my beloved.
Would I go back: Yes!
Does the beer taste as nice at home: Yes!
in Milford, Delaware
3.17/5 rDev -24.5% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2
My daughter and I stopped in early evening. I love Black Tie, and was looking forward to the possibility of trying one fresh from the tap. They had 8 beers on tap, but Black Tie wasn't one of them. I was looking to buy a shirt, but I only saw 3 or 4 "Not Today Satan" shirts. I asked if they had any other shirts, and was told they were in the process of changing the styles. I asked if they had any glasses for sale, and the bartender apologized.. they don't. All they had was a sticker for $1. I purchased that and a 6 pack of Black Tie. My daughter wanted to pick up 6 Reach Around's for my son-in-law, but that wasn't available. We finished our beer and left.
I'm going to give them a semi-mulligan on the swag and stuff.. I understand by their website they are redoing the brewery. I'll stop back in after November to see what's what. If things have gotten better, I'll certainly change my rating.
in Winooski, Vermont
4.6/5 rDev +0.9% | Avg: 4.56
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5
Excellent selection of craft beer, especially of Vermont brews. Friendly and knowledgeable bartender, a pleasure to talk beer with. Great service. All the food we've had here is terrific. The burger ordered medium-rare was actually cooked properly unlike in so many places. Small bar/restaurant with some outside seating (only negative to the outside seating is it's a busy street).
in New Haven, Connecticut
4.36/5 rDev +3.6% | Avg: 4.21
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25
Great beer selection and good food (the burger and the parmesan fries were excellent)! Didn't have a chance to try the cheese/meat platters but the quality of the cheese looked amazing. All in all a very worthwhile place to grab some quality beer and a good meal!
in Greenville, South Carolina
3.75/5 rDev -4.8% | Avg: 3.94
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
Located under the Mellow Mushroom, this newly opened pub looks as if it has been there for decades, giving it a more homey, relaxed feel. Friendly if somewhat inefficient wait staff. Good salad. 4 house beers on tap reflect both traditional (porter) and innovative (a beet jasmine Citra IPA) styles.
in Budapest, Hungary
4.74/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.46
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
I got here due to an advertisement on some other beer centric app/site. It wouldn't take that much time to visit the place. Once I got there, it was a bit crowded and small with 3 floors.
The staff is really nice and advised me very well on things that I wanted to try out but they gave me a heads up on which beers weren't that good. Most people would just accept the order and go with it and let the customer leave unsatisfied.
On the last day (I've been here 3 times) I asked for a bottle of Warpigs Boogoop and I had to share it with the bartender to not drink it all. It didn't last much for him to give me a glass of rare stuff that some of his friends had just popped up.
The selection is one of the best I've ever seen. Warpigs, Oskar Blues, tons of Mikkeller, tons of belgian, dutch and german beers. The selection on hungarian beers was also relevevant although I didn't knew that many.
All and all, the selection and the staff make it for this place. Would love to come back again!
in Traverse City, Michigan
4.25/5 rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Stopped in for a night cap, a little too late for food unfortunately. Wife had an Oil of Gladness, I had a What'Cha What'Cha What'Cha Want. Tap list ia extensive, with exclusives, limited releases, and other goodies. Nice bottle selection, too. Pub tenders were friendly, fast, and helpful. Can't wait to get back and try the food.
in Traverse City, Michigan
3.81/5 rDev -1% | Avg: 3.85
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
Stopped by one night walking around town for a couple pints. Located just off the main drag in the Warehouse District, Workshop was slow and inviting. Two rows of tables and chairs are outside, while the rolling doors were open leaving a good chunk of the interior exposed to the great weather. Orders are placed at the small bar inside. Beer is served there, and food is brought out. I wish we hadn't just eaten, because the kitchen constantly emanated ridiculously delicious aromas. Some people had plates of nachos that were arranged in extremely appetizing ways. Service was friendly and quick, and the three beers we shared were good to very good. Definitely coming back and having a meal.
in Mackinaw City, Michigan
4.41/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5
Good beer, good food, and a great atmosphere. The Brew room is visible from the dining area so you can see the Brewers at work. The beer is good, so get the style you like, but the Mac and cheese is a must try if you want food!
in Traverse City, Michigan
3.53/5 rDev -7.6% | Avg: 3.82
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4
Decent enough place to stop, but the food was the highlight of the visit. Definitely geared towards adults (there's nothing on the menu that most of your kids would eat), the fare was prepared quickly and is high quality. My wife had the Cobb salad, I had the Bahn Mi and we split a small order of garlic frittes. All were excellent. Tap list featured seven of Rare Bird's offerings, and at least twice as many taps from other brewers, but nothing beyond what you could get elsewhere.
Building is handsome and inviting, long and narrow, with a small stage at one end, a twenty seater bar, some booths alonf the walls and communal tables down the middle. Luckily we were our before the band scheduled to play started, I can't see being able to hear much once the music starts.
All in all an okay visit. Good location, great food, and so-so beer.
in Holly, Michigan
4.58/5 rDev +15.4% | Avg: 3.97
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
This is a nice little brewery in a great little township. The selection was limited but covered a wide variety of styles. More taps have been installed so more beers should be available soon. Don't miss this place if you are near Holly.
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
3.8/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.8
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
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 wooden 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 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 +6.4% | Avg: 4.36
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 -13.9% | Avg: 3.81
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.