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Hops & Hominy

in San Francisco, California

4.44/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.44
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Hops & Hominy is located near Union Square tucked away between buildings. We entered through an alley like walk way with exterior tables. Once you walk in, the hostess greets you and you have tables on couple of floors. There was a bar area in the back corner with some standing tables. We went on Wednesday evening and this place was packed. We put our names down and it was about an hour wait. I say it was worth the wait.

They serve Southern food with a pretty expansive menu. We ordered some mac n cheese and fried oysters to start. Very tasty. I had the Southern Fried Steak. Very delicious. Since we already had beers at the Hyatt during our one hour wait, I didn't have any beers here. I quickly glanced at their beer menu and it was solid.

This was a nice find! Enjoyed my dinner.

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Tam O'Shanter

in Los Angeles, California

4.43/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

The oldest restaurant in Los Angeles, continuously operating since the 1920s, and a favorite of Walt Disney back in his day. It looks like it was cooked up by the imagineers, except Disneyland wouldn't be invented for thirty years when this place opened. The theme is throwback Scottish: it's old fashioned in a non-grating way, they've just gotten a new chef, and there's beer a plenty. Valar Dohaeris on tap? Yes. A whole page was devoted to beer, with some menu items suggesting a paring. Food is served in generous portions but artfully done (try the haggis), servers are gracious without being overbearing, and with three seating areas, it's a place you look forward to coming back to.

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SweetWater Brewing Company

in Atlanta, Georgia

4.19/5  rDev +4.2% | Avg: 4.02
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited Atlanta a few weeks ago, and this was definitely a must stop for me. The location is a little hard to find and definitely hard to reach (impossible) without a car. Their hours are also very short, but the place was completely packed.

The tasting room has a great vibe and a ton of people, and their tour is a really good value (six 6-oz pours of your choice + a tour for $12). Most of the beers are good, and their Dank Tank really produces some interesting beers, though it could be a hit or miss kind of thing. The tours were very casual and informative.

Would have appreciated if they extended their hours a little bit, but otherwise I have no complaints. Would definitely be back if I had the chance.

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Flatstick Pub

in Seattle, Washington

3.97/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.97
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

A neat location in SODO. Downstairs in a basement. 9 holes of mini-golf (whence the name Flatstick" and some table games similar. Atmosphere is sports bar-ish, which is to be expected near the stadiums and the Bro-ville of Pioneer Square.

No food, but pizza and tacos nearby to bring in. I could see this place being a little busy (packed) on game days, which might not be everyones cup of tea. Plenty of TV's if you're not going to the game.

30-ish taps of local/regional beer, with a wide variety of styles. Several ciders on tap too. A crowler machine for taking beer to go.

Service was friendly and competent. Certainly worth stopping in if your in the area (and, makes a nice double-dip with Collins Pub just up the street).

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Motorworks Brewing

in Bradenton, Florida

4.1/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.1
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Just a few blocks from the Pirates spring training stadium...large and darkish indoors, dont dispair, in the back there is a huge and quite comfortable outdoor area...plesant space..no food but food trucks are said to usually be plentiful...loads of tap options from Motorworks better then decent array..worth a visit if in the Bradenton, Ana Maria Island general locale

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Darwin Brewing Company

in Bradenton, Florida

4.03/5  rDev -1% | Avg: 4.07
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

First, this place is across the street from the Pittburgh Pirates spring training stadium...U-shaped bar inside, ample outside space, to sit, have a beer and relax...have a few beers, go to a baseball sgame...life is good...worth a visit if the Bucs are in town or not...

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Colorado Mountain Brewery

in Colorado Springs, Colorado

4.86/5  rDev +17.4% | Avg: 4.14
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Veronica brought us our happy hour food and beers. The beers were delicious. My wife said her Hefeweisen was the best she has had. My IPA was great. She had the kale Caesar salad and I had the beer cheese and bison chili. Both were great. Stop here whenever you get the chance.

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Stanley Beer Hall

in Aurora, Colorado

3.89/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

This place is decent, but could be a little better. It's plenty big, and they've got lots of different beers on tap and a good number in bottles, but something about the place doesn't quite make sense. They just opened, so hopefully they'll work out the kinks pretty soon, but there were definitely a few kinks. As with any place like this, it's very loud (hoping to visit the patio in warmer weather), and they do have some TVs to watch sports, but only a few, and they're in weird spots for viewing from most of the tables. Beer prices are all over the board, and there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to which beers are reasonable and which are wildly overpriced. Happy hour is from 2-6, which is great, but only tap beers qualify for the special pricing. They've got a decent food menu, though it's really still just bar food, if a slightly nicer version. Service was very good, even with a big crowd during a Friday happy hour, but overall I'd say the place has a few things to work on before it really settles in at this new development.

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Hidden Springs Ale Works

in Tampa, Florida

4.33/5  rDev +5.1% | Avg: 4.12
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Parking can be an issue but they are working on it. For now, street only.
20 taps on the wall, stainless on the bar top, wood and iron everywhere else.
Music is low enough to converse easily, a nice departure from the norm.
Service is friendly, knowledgeable and quick, all good things.
I'll be back. A lot.

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Centennial Crafted Beer & Eatery

in Chicago, Illinois

4.69/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.69
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Very excited about this new place in River North which just opened mid-March. The building itself and especially the decor is awesome. Very well done, LOTS of attention to detail. The food was great too. My wife had the smoked carrot wrapped in phylo dough, really, it was good, really! Vibe of the place and the staff all great. Everyone was happy to be there.

But enough about all that, the beer is what a craft beer bar is all about. 36 offerings on tap, 40 or so more in bottles/cans. I loved the list as it featured many of my favorite breweries. It was definitely Chicago/MI/IN/WI focused, but that is where I live. Its a tap list that I could commit a full day to drinking my way through and enjoy all the pints of the journey. I only rated down from 5 as there could be more super rare offerings. But, they are new. That will surely come.

Will be back, repeatedly, for sure.

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Side Door Brewing Company

in Port St. Lucie, Florida

3.99/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.99
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Tiny spot, not far from where the NY Mets play their spring training game in PSL, Fl.

They had a vegan pizza oven guy set up out door, and a solo musician providing some entertainment...

Decent place to sample their brews or get a growler filled...about 5 seats at the bar and 6 or so small tables...fun place to visit for some real beer if in town....beers I sampled were good, with a more then moderatly hot chili beer sticking in my mind...tasty stuff.

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Happy Basset Brewing Company

in Topeka, Kansas

4.76/5  rDev +17% | Avg: 4.07
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

The basset is THE BREWERY in Topeka. Under 1 year old, but brewing like an old soul. They had 14 beer on tap. Including 2 IPAs, 2 sours, porter, blonds, wheat, and a burbon barrel aged stout. The flavor and body of the beer was extremely balanced and truly featured the beer not the accent flavors. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I love the taproom vibe and the plethora of food trucks throughout the week. If you are a true fan of beer then The Happy Basset Brewery is a must stop. Oh to top it all off they have fantastic mixed drinks featuring beer based mixed drinks. There is something for everyone here. Props guys!

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Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe

in Saint Petersburg, Florida

3.94/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.94
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

On the first leg of our trip, we had the pleasure of stopping by this trendy new bottle shop that's just getting started, but seems to have quite a few, big time beer connections. When we were there, they were featuring a J. Wakefield tap takeover, with a number of their very highly hyped sours, including a dank IPA they brewed exclusively for Hawthorne, which will apparently be on tap indefinitely. Once the JWB kegs kicked, they also offered some tasty Funky Buddha and Cigar City treats that were otherwise being held back at only a few other bars for special events. Needless to say, we felt lucky to find this place. Food is minimal sandwiches and simple bar treats, but they do make it to order.

They also have a small but growing collection of bottles to go, ranging from micro and local craft brews to highly regarded international beers. Prices are a little high, but I'm sure things will shift and change.

The location itself is rather sizeable for a new spot, with a lot of natural sunlight coming through large windows, and an outdoor shaded beer garden. There was plenty of space even for the block long line of people that were waiting for the goods.

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Wicked Weed Brewing

in Asheville, North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -12.6% | Avg: 4.51
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Interior is much larger than it appears from the outside, with high ceilings and plenty of seating space--that doesn't make it easy to get a seat around lunchtime, even on a Monday! Rustic and woody, the interior has plenty of natural light, but the dark wood seems to suck some of that out and keep it a little more cozy. The kitchen is visible behind glass, and they also have a downstairs area that I didn't check out.

Service is a little lacking, especially if you are unlucky enough to get stuck at the gigantic communal table which just really needs to go as these things are fucking irritating and service never quite works smoothly surrounding them. If places are going to offer communal seating, they should just stop trying to pretend they can service those tables and force people to get up to place their own orders. Either way, for this location, it just seems like they don't have enough people.

Tap list was pretty vast, especially when augmented by the in-house bottle list. And then when you also can walk right over to the bottle shop and pick up at least 20 different beers of almost any style, this is an excellent beer stop. The beer was excellent as always, as it's fun to experiment and try different things at Wicked Weed.

The food seemed pretty darn tasty, if not your basic, trendy brewpub food. We only had chips and dip, which was very clearly handmade and delicious.

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Sierra Nevada Brewery & Taproom

in Mills River, North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev -1.1% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

What an experience. This place is an absolute complex, a campus.

Just pulling up to the driveway, you know you're in for some damn-near Willy Wonka level shit. A long, winding driveway, sprinkled with snow, ironically enough for someone escaping the Winter of NE Ohio, runs along a path and over a stream that is very lovingly preened to go an 'over the hill and through the woods' vibe. As you come out of the woods the central Sierra Nevada building peaks up into your vision and you are greeted by massive solar panels and a parking lot that goes for days in front of some large water catchments.

The interior of this place is beautiful, and allows for self-guided tours just about anywhere. Half of the place is perfumed by the totally explosive and fragrant hop room, and you can even stand over the bottling and boxing area to see how quickly they can pump out their finished product.

The taproom is absolutely massive and impressive yet again, and starts getting busy at the crack of dawn on a Monday. Really?! They handle it very well, and have quite a large tap list to offer all comers. With how long they've been in the game, you might not be expecting to see any beers you haven't already had, but they do have a few rare and experimental brews to kick around. However, there's nothing like having an American craft standby like a Torpedo or Pale Ale directly from the source!

The kitchen is a full scale, professional operation open to view. The food coming out is phenomenal and deserves its own accolades. I could eat here every day of the week.

Why am I even writing this--you already know this is a destination. If you care at all about the breweries that started our country on this insane craft beer odyssey, you're already trying to find a way to fit this place in on whatever trip you're on.

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Crooked Can Brewing Company

in Winter Garden, Florida

3.94/5  rDev -4.4% | Avg: 4.12
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

You pull into what looks like a quaint shopping area, and see a massive crowd that is just casually hanging around, and learn that this is a typical scene every day of the week, thanks to Crooked Can being at the tail end of this nice, food-court focused building in this cute little town.

You're essentially ordering beers at a small walk up bar, from a relatively large taplist focusing on their own brews. They have a decent variety of classic offerings without drastic variation, but what they do, they do well, and try to keep it all true to style--an absolutely shocking rarity in the Florida beer scene.

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7venth (Seventh) Sun Brewery

in Dunedin, Florida

3.29/5  rDev -22.6% | Avg: 4.25
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

We came here for a TBBW hangover event, and the set up was more than a little awkward, to say the least. The line to the taps was out the door, which at first, makes it seem like a busy, popping, large place. However, once you get up there, you realize there is something slowing things down to an extreme degree because people are ordering one beer and taking forever doing it. Possibly payment issues.

Nonetheless, the bar is tiny AF, whether you're there on an off day or not, and smaller sized brewing equipment is so packed in there it almost seems as if it is spilling out into the waiting area. It seems they have rapidly outgrown their location, but at least on this day they had a permit (I assume) for additional outdoor drinking and had a truck outside pouring additional brews in order to alleviate the lines on the inside. There's a small picnic table area outside as well which I think is the central beer garden on a normal day.

Beer list is moderately sized for how small they are, focusing primarily on farmhouse ales and sours. The quality of the brews is fairly high, but many are clearly using the same base, some of which aren't drastically distinct from one-another.

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Arkane Aleworks

in Largo, Florida

4.64/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.64
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This quick stop turned into a long and awesome morning and afternoon, thanks to the quality of service, chill but nice atmosphere, and killer tap list.

Apparently this place was just built up, even though they'd mentioned having been in the brewing scene for around 13 years. The set up they chose is really awesome, with a nice long L-shaped bar and a huge tap wall with a really long menu chalkboard. The only downside is for those on the short end of the L- that aren't in the middle of the action and have a smaller wall to look at. Brewing equipment is out in the open right at the end of the bar, there are large picnic tables inside, and an outdoor seating area as well.

The owners were pouring for hangover day, and with a great and welcoming attitude. They were grateful for us showing up after such a wild week, so much so they order a stack of pizzas for any and all to enjoy. Beers came out fast and furious, and damn was it worthwhile.

The tap list is astonishing, running the gamut of styles, but showcasing the "Florida Weisse" in all its glory. We had at least 20 beers while we were here, and were thankful to be able to take it slow, because we were wowed by a good number of them. The sour Saisons were the stars of the day, especially the Disco Bloodbath, but rarely could you go wrong with anything on the board. These guys know what they are doing, and have had a lot of experience working with other big name breweries, so watch out!

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Jug & Bottle Dept.

in Tampa, Florida

3.85/5  rDev -10% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Nice little store with a surprising amount of bottles for its size, wrapping around its entire perimeter. The collection includes plenty of local brews most out of towners have never seen on shelves, as well as some relatively high profile out of state craft brews, and a large amount of highly regarded international/Belgian offerings.

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Angry Chair Brewing

in Tampa, Florida

3.77/5  rDev -13.3% | Avg: 4.35
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

When TBBW is at full steam, this cozy little taproom is a bit too tight, but otherwise, it's a pretty nice space, if only they'd free up those bar stools from being held hostage! The entrance has an awesomely weird mural, and the bar essentially runs the length of the small taproom, with a lot of open seating behind.

Staff was run ragged and keeping up like all stars. A moderate sized tap list with a wide assortment of beers were still flowing after a full week of insanity, including a collab and a guest brew, and those I tasted hit all the sweet concoction-inspired notes that I had been hearing about. Most of the vaunted beers here are ultra sweet, though, so if that's not your thing, you may want to temper your expectations.

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Green Bench Brewing Co.

in Saint Petersburg, Florida

4.16/5  rDev -2.8% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Pretty nice location, not quite on the main road, but just a short walk to the next street beside it, giving a bit of a buffer from the traffic. Hip, open air spot with a long bar and a nice outdoor seating area and some pour your own water. The bar has a great view of the production area thanks to massive windows behind it, and they have quite a sizeable taplist.

When we were there, taps were limited because Foeder for Thought was about to takeover, but what was on draft was of a good quality, and they had just released a new collaboration bottle with Jester King, which was absolutely stunning. Their beer cred is massive, because they brought the fireworks with their event later that evening.

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The Monk's Vineyard

in Saint Augustine, Florida

2.4/5  rDev -25.7% | Avg: 3.23
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.75

Rather small selection of beer, had a handful of rare beer that was very overpriced. Place was very dark in the inside. Would've been nice if the bar area was open, was full of clutter.

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New District Brewing Company

in Arlington, Virginia

2.75/5  rDev +INF% | Avg: 0
vibe: 4 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Despite the great location, it isn't worth your time unless they make big changes to their beers.

This little warehouse brewery is tucked in next to a bike bath and a dog park in Arlington. The location alone gives this place unlimited potential. It's very inviting with the huge garage door at the main entrance, giving it a good open air atmosphere. Plenty of tables and a medium sized bar to serve patrons.

The staff was friendly and attentive, and there was a large selection of beers available for such a new brewery.

Unfortunately the good times ended once we had the beer. We tried 4 different beers but none of them fit the style they claimed, and they all had the same off flavors as the main flavor. Every beer was nearly identical despite the drastic color differences that made them look like decent beers. It was very odd. They all had a watery mouth feel and featured a prominent wet hay taste. In all 4 that was the primary flavor, followed by VERY light notes of each beers flavor.

Maybe they aren't storing their ingredients properly, or something is wrong in their process. It seems like they are doing something wrong, since every beer has the same flaw.

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Ridley's Family Markets

in Winnemucca, Nevada

3.64/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.68
vibe: 1 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

This place is adding a huge beer cave and another vendor. I will modify my selection rating as their repertoire grows. Recently, they have adds the Ninkasi line out of Eugene, Oregon. For this type of establishment, I am impressed.

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Bastone

in Royal Oak, Michigan

3.96/5  rDev +1.8% | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Stopped by on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Big fan of Belgian ales,so this place was on my must-visit list for a while. Chicken and waffles were excellent, the kids plates were huge, pomme frittes were perfect with garlic mayo. Wife and I split the tripel and the dubbel, both were quite good. The only hiccup was that thw service was almost painfully slow, especially considering there were only a few other customers there at the time. Next time will just be the pomme frittes and beer at the bar.

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