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Institution Ale Company

in Camarillo, California

4.86/5  rDev +17.7% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A great find in nearby Camarillo. More beers available than can be sampled in one visit so guess who needs to make another (several) more trips here. Pizzas and pretzels available to accompany the beers. We split a margherita pizza - very well done. Thin crust, fresh cherry tomatoes and basil on top - not filling, but just enough to soak up the beer. Tried two 8 ouncers on this first visit - the Reverie Rye (hoppy and grapefruity) and the Frantic on Nitro (the latter being phenomenal). Really enjoyed the experimentation that was evident from the "on tap" descriptions. Leaving through the front door (we came in through a side opening), noticed the brewery swag - entered into a conversation with the lady up front, and finally got the connection of the name of the brewery, names of some of the beers and the local "institution" - yes, pun intended. Kudos for connecting the dots on local history.

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Stony Lake Brewing Co.

in Saline, Michigan

4.76/5  rDev +11.7% | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Stopes by at 6 on a Saturday. It is in a strip mall, but don't let that scare you off. Inside is nice light wood walls, black ceiling. Feels welcoming withou being dark. Small 9 person bar, but plenty of tables and booths as well. 10 of their own on tap plus 2 ciders. Pricing is 5/6/7 for 12/16/20 of most items. Service was prompt and pleasant. Nice variety in the 10 offerings as well. No food on site. I really like this place and will return

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Save The World Brewing Company

in Marble Falls, Texas

4.21/5  rDev -3.7% | Avg: 4.37
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

My wife and I came across this brewery by accident during a road trip from San Antonio TX to Fort Hood. Just off route 281 - we pulled in and were pleasantly surprised by this great little brewery.
Friendly, knowledgeable staff offering a solid variety of beers. I tried two of the flights and particularly enjoyed their belgian style offerings - though all the beers were quite good. Great tour of the brewery. BBQ food truck in the parking lot the day we were there was quite good, several picnic tables inside and out to take it all in. Inside they had board games and comfy couches to pass the time while you're sampling their beers. Living in the Fort Hood area, I look forward to returning - definitely wort the drive from either San Antonio or Fort Hood.

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Sisyphus Brewing

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +5.2% | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

great space these guys have, surprised it took me this long to make it in, but its definitely near the top of the list to visit again in the twin cities. mellow vibe in this old industrial looking space, exposed brick all over, plenty of windows, dim lighting, lots and lots of seating but still a very intimate vibe, a very long bar, and a brew house down the hallway in the back that i could not believe how small it was! they are turning out some seriously delicious beers on a very small operation, all very quaint and humble, big fan already. they had something like ten beers pouring, hands down the best for me was the maple stout, not brewed with maple syrup, but aged on maple wood, something really out of the ordinary and well executed. the barleywine was also very good, and aside from the apple ale, all the beer was quite impressive here, and i got pretty loose. they have crowlers to go which is cool, an awesome bar staff who seemed genuinely stoked to be there and were all cool to chat to, and a very cool energy in here. on the surface its not way different than a lot of taprooms around the country, but this place feels just a bit more personal than most others, and the beer seems to be on its way to greatness. well worth checking out if you are in the area, definitely try the maple stout!

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Strand Brewing Co.

in Torrance, California

3.92/5  rDev -5.5% | Avg: 4.15
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

there new place is huge a lot of room and games to play not a bad place beer selection is kinda weak they need more options and newer options as well but great hangout place no doubt about that

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Homebrew Heaven

in Everett, Washington

5/5  rDev +5.3% | Avg: 4.75
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is the best home brew store in Snohomish County! Excellent selection, friendly and knowledgeable staff, central location, and a great hours. This is my go to store for home brewing needs.

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College Hill Sundries

in Greensboro, North Carolina

3.51/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.51
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This place is exactly what I would describe as a "Dive Bar" from the appearance with the exception that it serves from pretty decent craft beer offerings both on draft and in bottles. Dark, dimly light inside with really loud music playing - too loud for me to be able to carry on a conversation. There was an assorted crowd when I stopped by ranging from college students to retirees. Not really my kind of vibe as I tend to prefer places that reduce the volume enough to easily carry on a conversation.

Beer was served to me in a plastic cup even though the bar was not busy and there was glassware sitting there on the counter which I found a little bit strange. The beer was poured with a decent amount of head and at a decent temperature but I prefer real glassware.

Bartender was not overly friendly but efficient and got my beer quickly. Didn't have enough of a conversation with the bartender to know whether or not they were knowledgeable about the beers as I knew what I wanted to order when I came in (Wicked Weed Juiceless).

Selection is pretty good and they ofter have some of the rarer local offerings available.

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Craft Growlers To Go & Tasting Room

in Lakewood Ranch, Florida

4.82/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.82
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Great place for craft beer. Over 40 taps with local and national craft beers. Never disappointed in the variety. Knowledgable, friendly staff. A must stop every time I'm in the area.

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Sierra Nevada Brewery & Taproom

in Mills River, North Carolina

4.94/5  rDev +11% | Avg: 4.45
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Driving up the half-mile, meticulously-kempt road that winds through Sierra Nevada's pristine wooded 90 acre campus, you feel that you've come to a place where environmental considerations are paramount and attention to detail is a way of life. Both of those initial impressions are borne out everywhere you might wander here. The other constant that you encounter is how well Sierra Nevada treats its employees, and how much they enjoy working there.

We visited the 200-barrel production brewhouse and restaurant, arriving early in the lunch hour. The restaurant/taproom is huge... the word 'spacious' does not do it justice; an open layout combines with the size to create a sense of opulence. The quality and taste of its appointments further this atmosphere, and the sheer size and height of the dining room reduced the noise from the other patrons to a tastefully subdued level, even as the dining room filled up.

The food, mostly locally-sourced and based around the small-plate/sharable philosophy, rose to the expectations that the space created: it was absolutely the best meal I had during a four-day beercation in Asheville, and that is saying something. Service was top-notch. The bank of taps, itself an imposing work of industrial art, provides 23 different beer options, and the availability of flights of 2 ounce pours makes it easy to try multiple options, so it was a very leisurely lunch.

If you plan to visit Sierra Nevada, you absolutely need to take the 90-minute Brewhouse Tour: it is, again, top-notch, and I don't think you can truly appreciate this brewery until you see what they do, the scale they do it on, and how well they do it with your own eyes. The tour guide's enthusiasm for Sierra Nevada matched Ken Grossman's passion for beer as he explained the history of the company and the fundamentals of brewing, and I have never been in a production facility that was as clean, orderly and well-appointed in my professional career. Beginning with a short video and a glass of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, the tour lasted 90 minutes (though it seemed like half that time because it was so interesting) and covered all the ingredients and the whole brewing process from start to finish. It ended with a beer tasting of nine quite varied Sierra Nevada beers, starting with Kellerweiss and ending with Narwhal.

You have to register for the tour well in advance, but they do sometimes have cancellations; if you end up at Sierra Nevada without a tour reservation, it is worth asking if a spot has opened up that day. In addition to the Brewhouse Tour, there is a more in-depth three-hour tour, as well as a guided nature walk and self-guided tour options.

I cannot stress enough how thoroughly enjoyable an experience this visit was. If you go to Asheville, you need to make time for a visit to Sierra Nevada.

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Random Row Brewing Co.

in Charlottesville, Virginia

4.06/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Solid effort out of the gate for this new brewery. Their traditional opening lineup seems to be a little something for everybody as they have IPA, stout, pale, brown, amber ales all represented. It will be interesting to see how they evolve but all of the beers seem well made if not truly exceptional at this very early point. The taproom was a pleasant surprise as It's a lot nicer (and bigger) than I thought it would be with a woody motif going on.

A very good addition to the Cville beer scene and making possible the Preston Ave beer crawl with Three Notch'd (brewery/taproom), Kardinal Hall (beer hall), 5th Season (homebrew supplies) and Random Row all within a half mile of each other.

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BrewDog DogHouse Merchant City

in Glasgow, United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.1/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.4
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

First off, it's a BrewDog pub: you're going to find some great beer on tap, from regular craft offerings, to excellent guest taps from around the world, to the occasional BrewDog limited release brew.

Second, there's an attached bottle shop, with a very nice selection of beers (again, from around the world), including an aging cabinet.

This is a must-stop for beer nerds. I could be happy visiting this spot every day while in Glasgow.

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Little Tap House

in Portland, Maine

4.79/5  rDev +15.1% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Small, quaint & vibrant atmosphere. Tap list is definitely one of the best in the city. They have a lot of the most popular (and BEST) brews from the greater Portland area for real. If you find yourself looking at the many options on the menu, do yourself a favor and order the Rueben eggroll. You'll thank me later. Oh yeah, the other options are also fantastic. Get in there. Slainte!

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Virginia City Brewery & Taphouse

in Virginia City, Nevada

3.61/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.71
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

New place in 2016. Happy to see them set up in historic Virginia City. Nice little place, nicely built with a good vibe and some really good beer to boot! Absolutely worth 2 stops--one on the way into town and one on the way out!

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Schooner Exact Brewing Company

in Seattle, Washington

4.07/5  rDev +2.3% | Avg: 3.98
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I visited Schooner Exact last weekend and I enjoyed my visit. They had 12 beers on tap when I was there, and I tried three. The limited-release NW Sour was a real standout -- evidently, they release periodic test sours, and if this is an indication of their typical quality, then I really want to come back and try more.

The service was good at the bar, and the build-out is really cool with indoor and outdoor seating as well as a restaurant-type area. There is a kitchen as well, but I did not sample the food on this visit. Overall I think I'll definitely be returning here.

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Himmel Haus

in South Lake Tahoe, California

4.31/5  rDev -0.7% | Avg: 4.34
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Good selection of German beers. Place was cool; service was very good. The schnitzel, sausage and spaetzel were excellent. We really enjoyed our visit. You will too!

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Pub Mostodolce

in Firenze, Italy

4/5  rDev +3.6% | Avg: 3.86
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

This tap house was only down the road from our hotel & very close to the train station. It's run as a tap for the Mostodolce brewery. They only seemed to have there own beers on draft (6) & in bottle (5) The service was friendly, informative & helpful, although they could do with learning how to pull a pint. I only tried one beer, the 0547 Pale Ale which was decent, and was able to take one bottle away with me to take for my home collection. Very good prices with Happy hour 3:30-7:30, 4 euros a pint/ bottle.

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Collusion Tap Works

in York, Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Cool space, small outside seating area roped off in the parking lot. 24 or so beers on tap (meads and ciders mixed in as well). When they have a kitchen up and running it will be a welcome addition. Beer is solid, some real nice ones mixed in there. Pours and crowler pricing does not seem out of whack.

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Proclamation Ale Company

in West Kingston, Rhode Island

2.72/5  rDev -31.1% | Avg: 3.95
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5

really nice new tap room put in a while ago, but few seating opportunities and can seem crowded in the small space. beer is very good, but the service is by far the worst i have ever encountered at a brewery. yes the guys(or more often guy) behind the bar is exceptionally knowledgeable and passionate about the beer, but to put it simply...shut the fuck up and pour beer for the other customers waiting. it takes so long, even when not busy, to get a beer or a growler fill i simply started going elsewhere...besides, when grey sail and captains daughter are only a few minutes more of a drive, and service is great there, it is a no brainer.

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Whaler's Brewing Company

in Wakefield, Rhode Island

4.42/5  rDev +18.2% | Avg: 3.74
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4

really great place, plenty of seating and amusement opportunities...even welcoming enough to keep the kids entertained. service is amazing...friendly, knowledgeable and fast. have six beers on tap every time i have been there, and the strong ale is exceptional.

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Liberty Wine & Liquor

in Cumberland, Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -10.8% | Avg: 4.09
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

It was interesting that a few local friends all independently were telling me about Liberty. So, I had to stop in to see what the buzz was about, being that I'm always looking for some interesting beer selections. Walking through the aisles, they had the standard selections of craft beers. Nothing unusual and nothing exciting. They do have a singles shelve with some interesting beer selections that I haven't seen and I picked up a few. However they don't offer a discount with a purchase of six like some other shops do. They did have a Dogfish Live & Limb (which I have loved) but it was three years old, and for a hoppy beer that means death. I may stop in again, but it isn't a must-do kind of place for me.

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McHenry Beverage Shoppe

in McHenry, Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +8.8% | Avg: 3.98
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Whenever I'm in Garrett County MD I make it a point to stop in to McHenry Beverage. I was surprised to see they carried some of the boxed Firestone Walker beers. I can't get these anywhere near my home — and they have them. Plus some of the other beers that are hard to find, there is a chance they will have them. Plus, they do carry the basics of a good craft beer shop. Worth checking it out.

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Massy Stores SuperCentre

in Bridgetown, Barbados

2.8/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 2.8
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

Large grocery store/chain with a large liquor and (expensive) wine section. They stock plenty of Banks' (the local brewery) variations, and several lagers and stouts from neighboring islands. Other imports include Corona and Heineken for the tourists. There is a 17.5 % VAT, and a returnable deposit of 10 cents US per bottle.

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Savor Pint

in Columbus, Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +30.9% | Avg: 3.5
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

One of the best kept secrets on the north side of Columbus.
Savor Pint has become our Friday night place over the past few months!
For many years, my wife and I have been going there to buy beer in bottles, cans, & growlers.....and wine too. But we were delighted when they opened the huge bar, more delighted when they brought the food service in, and even more delighted when the draft price went to $4.00 all the time. Okay, some special beers are a little more....but we had Jackie O's Matriarch there last weekend for only $6 a glass (other places in Columbus wanted $10 - $13 a glass)! The week before, we had CBC Creeper for only $4 a glass. CBC Bodhi is always on tap too!

Service? Megan and Maria are amazing behind the bar! Wonderful ladies and great service!

Selection? There are 24 taps! Always several great choices available. No charge for samples. Lots of local Columbus brews, Ohio brews, and a goodly selection of primo out-of-state brews. Decisions decisions!
But if you you are just contrary and don't see anything on the 24 taps, there is a wall of refrigerators full of bottles and cans.....behind those is a walk-in fridge room with 6-packs, 4-packs, and cases. Prices on most carry-out beers are lower than Giant Eagle and Kroger's even. And you can always buy growlers too! And near the door is a humidor full of cigars as well.

Hoping the place will just keep getting better and better.
Actually, we are going there tonight!

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Beer Run

in Charlottesville, Virginia

2.05/5  rDev -52.2% | Avg: 4.29
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 2

I went to Beer run on a Monday at about 5pm and was not very impressed. Tiny bar which was full, and the staff was very unfriendly. Didnt see any beers that were notable. I walked through the store and not a single person acknowledged me. There were 2 others shopping for beers and nobody talked to them either. No reason to go back.

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Husk

in Charleston, South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.53
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Husk was rated the #1 new restaurant in America by Bon Appetit this year.
I'm a little baffled it wasn't on BA already with the numerous mentions in the forum about it.

Figured we wouldn't get in without a reservation plus it was restaurant week, oh well. Walked right in for lunch, no problem. Sat up on the balcony while some brief showers passed over, and a tiny snail popped out to say hello from a flower box next to our table. A giant magnolia tree shaded the balcony and area outside the restaurant. Inside the vibe was a little more formal/stuffy but not bad in the scheme of things. Still fairly casual. All in all it was pretty unique with plenty of southern charm.

Beer selection is hand-picked and not representative on their website. Drafts came from the bar next door, plus a dozen and a half bottles, some never seen before such as From TN With Smoke from Blackberry Farms/Mikkeller/Benton Farms.

I had some of the best food in Charleston here, namely the pigs ears with pickled cucumbers, seriously addictive and paired perfectly with the Southern Barrel Helles on draft. Shrimp & grits were excellent, and the marinated cucumber and heirloom tomato Salad with ricotta was also excellent.

Service was super attentive and detail oriented. We basically had a conversation about food and beer the whole time.
Overall, Husk is among the top spots in Charleston to eat certainly, but the handpicked beer list is worth a look too.
The bar is in the building next door, and opens daily at 4:30.

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