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The Bottle Shop of Grafton

in Grafton, Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.14
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A great selection of craft beer (and other alcohol), at a fair price, and run by nice people. This is my new favorite store, and it is local and easy for me to get to. Grafton did not have a store like this until now. They also have a parking lot, so no need to find street parking.

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Clinton Gourmet Market

in New York, New York

4.44/5  rDev -1.3% | Score: 4.5
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

I would say this place has a finely curated selection. They have a decent number of locals, mostly in cans - but as a traveler to NYC, cans are dangerous in checked bags, so I opted for bottles. Picked up some rarities and hard to find beer at totally reasonable prices. The place is a vibrant deli / convenience store with beer. The staff are super friendly and helpful. After they saw what I was putting in my basket they came offer to see if they could help narrow my search and made some good recos. I left with everything o wanted, including a couple rarities pulled from the back (do I want a BCBS Coffee?? Hells ya!) #TakeMyMoney

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Blind Squirrel Brewery - Burnsville Outpost

in Burnsville, North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.04
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Cozy little pub/eatery. We went in for lunch and had no trouble finding a place to sit. Menu was typical bar fare and there were about 20 selections for beers and ales. Samples were freely given and the IPA matched well with the burger I ate. Good sized portions, well cooked and seasoned. Service was excellent. I would highly recommend this place if you are in the area.

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Binny's Beverage Depot

in Springfield, Illinois

4.22/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.29
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Typical Binnys location - located in a strip mall, you aren't there for the vibe, but then again you don't care about that because you want good beer. Decent amount of cooler space for beer, but most of it is kept on the shelves. Nice selection - might be the most exhaustive beer selection in Springfield surpassing the Friar Tuck's. Did notice this location had some sales different from Binnys as a whole and much better - although this may just be a marketing ploy since it recently opened. Staff was friendly and helpful. Ill certainly swing in here again when I'm in town.

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Brewery Silvaticus

in Amesbury, Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -3.3% | Score: 4.24
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

They don't have a full kitchen, so food offerings are limited. However, they do special events with food purveyors who come in for a night - and they are always quality items. They generally have a half dozen or so beers on tap, and you can get crowlers to go. The proprietors are friendly and genuine. This is a great spot - a little small, but very welcoming. The old brick mill building next to a waterfall doesn't hurt either.

There are plenty of beer options for the non IPA lover like me - saisons, pilsners, dark lagers, etc.

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Urban Family Brewing Co.

in Seattle, Washington

4.05/5  rDev -0.7% | Score: 4.08
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Go to Urban Family, and you'll get sours, and more sours, and a few other beers. This is a good example of a brewery that isn't trying to be all things to all people. They've got their strength.

The vibe is industrial taproom. The seating is comfortable, and it's not noisy. We sat right up against rows of barrels, aging those sours. There's one giant screen TV, with no sound.

The tasting flight is probably the best beer bargain in Seattle: four six ounce pours for $10. That's 24 ounces of first class beer!

Don't come here if you don't like sours, but if you do, you'll find sours made with wine grapes, passion fruit, strawberry-rhubarb, cranberries, and so on. Don't skip Last Train, a huge imperial coffee porter.

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The Dandy Brewing Company

in Calgary, Alberta

4.85/5  rDev +6.4% | Score: 4.56
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Haven't been there in person but I met them at the craft beer festival in edmonton and their beer is superb. The sours, stout and IPA are all amongst the best I've ever had.

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Ploughman’s Deli & Cafe

in Houston, Texas

4.1/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.1
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

This is a great little sandwich deli and cafe that just opened. From one of the owners of Petrol (not Ben, but the one that has ties to Hobbit Cafe). Order at the counter, no bar to sit at, but comfortable wood tables and a counter along the windows. A small covered patio outside, and a table out front by the sidewalk. Open, modern and comfortable.

A simple menu of sandwiches, salads, sides, and daily specials. 4 beer taps, a handful of well curated bottles, both wine and beer. Southern Star Bombshell, Alpine Window's Up, Yeti, and a rarer Cascade on tap. This will rotate, and assuming some Brash will be mixed in there eventually. Bottles are Anchor Steam, Our Special Ale, Sam Smith, North Coast Old Stock, among some other offerings. A small, eclectic offering that I like a lot. Cashiers are sweet as can be, knowledgeable on all things on the menu, and food comes out quick.

The Pastramarama sandwich is bangerang. Awesome, thick and tender house cured/brinned pastrami and rye from Artisana Bread in the same shopping complex, caramelized onions, Gruyere cheese, that all makes me want to is so good. Pasta salad that I just loved. With an Alpine Window's Up IPA, and this is a great meal. I am impressed with how fresh and flavorful everything is. While certainly not the most extensive beer bar around, Just a great spot with a very good small beer list, and I can't wait to try the rest of the menu. Though, damn that Pastramarama might be one of the best sandwiches in town from the start.

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Rye Beverage

in Rye, New York

5/5  rDev +20.8% | Score: 4.14
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Rye Beverage really came through for me this past holiday season. I contacted them in late November looking for a healthy quantity of hard-to-get beer, and it took a couple of weeks, but they were able to get more than I asked for, and right before Christmas.

Thank you so much! It was a great surprise gift, and your help finding and securing the beer was well appreciated.

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Gott's Roadside

in Napa, California

3.16/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.16
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4.5

Why this diner is included on BA is a mystery to me.

Gott's is something of institution in the wine country, with excellent, gourmet roadside diner cuisine. Foodwise, it's pretty hard to go wrong here, which explains the sometimes extremely long lines and waits for food. Prices are pretty reasonable for what you get as well.

This particular Gott's is located just outside the Oxbow market, which is kind of interesting, given that Oxbow itself contains a number of excellent restaurants featuring above average beer and wine selections. There's even a Fieldwork outpost inside the market now (which actually deserves to be in the data base, unlike Gott's). In any event, the layout is very informal at Gott's, and you walk up to an outside window to place your order, and then wait to have your name/number called to go pick up your order. There are picnic table where you can sit and enjoy your meal if you so choose.

In terms of beer, I think they have 6 or 7 beers on tap, with things like anchor steam. sculpin, racer 5, etc (selection varies of course). I think there's also a smattering of bottled beer as well. It's a decent selection for sure, but this isn't a beer destination, and Gott's isn't the sort of place many people go to in order to purchase a glass of beer. Frankly, from a beer standpoint, I can't imagine why you would ever go here as opposed to Fieldwork or one of the various restaurants in the Oxbow market. The only reason you would order a beer here is if that's what you felt like drinking with your burger, ahi taco, etc.

Do not come here for the beer. Cheers!

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Cowboy Jack's

in Plymouth, Minnesota

1.93/5  rDev 0% | Score: 1.93
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 3.5 | selection: 1 | food: 3

They might have the worst craft beer selection in Plymouth. At one point, they discused adding Furious. Instead, they went the ABInbev route and added crap like ShockTop and a basic Goose Island. Otherwise, all domestic lagers.

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Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread

in Burlington, Vermont

5/5  rDev +17.9% | Score: 4.24
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Good food (Great Pizza), fair prices, quality local beers, and a comfortable atmosphere. Maybe not the Ritz but you will not be disappointed eating here.

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Long Live Beerworks

in Providence, Rhode Island

4.01/5  rDev -5.2% | Score: 4.23
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Cool little place in need of a new/larger location. The beer is great, especially the Coarse Grind if available. Typically only 3-4 on tap so not a huge selection but each one is usually very good and unique which helps keep things interesting. Staff can be inattentive at times but a little nudge will keep them on track. They sell "Growlers" but they use the word loosely. In fact. they sell 32oz Squealers. I'm not sure if they understand the difference between a Growler and a Squealer but I have seen them fill actual growlers from other breweries. Hours of operation are limited so planning is required if you are traveling or not staying in town long. Check it out!

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Crane Brewing Company

in Raytown, Missouri

4.08/5  rDev -4% | Score: 4.25
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A little out of the way, but well worth the visit. Nice interior with plenty of room. Excellent service. Nice selection of their beers and a cooler of things to go. Quality of their beers is outstanding. An excellent place to visit.

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Half Time

in Poughkeepsie, New York

2.1/5  rDev -54.6% | Score: 4.63
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 5

Deleted my 2009 review to reflect what this store is like now-

UPDATE: I absolutely despise what the greedy... person... Alan Daniels has done to Half Time. Service is almost non existent, you can get lower prices on beer shopping in Grand Central Station, old bottles (well dusted I must admit) are the rule of the day on the shelf, and it is a horrible shopping experience. I actually curse the place out loud when I drive past and there will NEVER be a day I set foot in the store again.

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LCBO Store #10 - Yonge & Summerhill

in Toronto, Ontario

4.03/5  rDev +17.8% | Score: 3.42
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

By far the biggest beer selection I've seen at any LCBO, anywhere. The flagship store, so it has had a good selection both times I've visited over the last 2 years. Cool that it used to be a station, so gives it an interesting feel from the outside, and a sort of sprawling feel inside as you explore. Seems to be 2 main sections to find beer here, so don't stop at the first, the better stuff is around the growler area.

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Broue HA HA

in Gatineau, Quebec

4.23/5  rDev +2.7% | Score: 4.12
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Loved this place. So laden with brews, especially from Quebec, all nicely organised by style. By laden I mean, lots of brews in a small space, but done tastefully and orderly. My server spoke English and was helpful. Great one stop place to get the best beer Quebec has to offer.

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One Stop Brew Shop

in Rochester, New York

4/5  rDev -5% | Score: 4.21
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Really good selection of brews from the US, and a fair selection from Canada and abroad. Helpful service, and a good vibe for a small shop. Locals came in with positive feedback for the server during my short visit confirming this. I'm so glad I stopped here on my way back to Canada!

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Mudshark Brewing Co.

in Lake Havasu City, Arizona

3.68/5  rDev +2.2% | Score: 3.6
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Place has a retired folks vibe... if there is such a thing. More restaurant than brewery. Bar seats 10 a multitude of tables and booths. 17 beers on tap the one I had was ok. Food was reasonable.

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Canteen Brewhouse

in Albuquerque, New Mexico

4.11/5  rDev -0.5% | Score: 4.13
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

i had heard good things about this place and enjoyed both beers i had from them before i made the trip to check them out. its well worth a visit, even if that means traveling, this was one of my favorite stops on my albuquerque brewery jaunt, and definitely an amazing atmosphere despite it being in sort of a weird industrial neighborhood. they have an old western sort of saloon vibe in here, lots of wood and tin, dim light inside, a view to a sizeable brew house behind the bar, and an impressive selection of beers in the works across all styles, including sours and adjunct stouts among more foundational stuff. the place was mellow and relaxed when i was in, and posted up on their covered patio, which unlike the inside bar area is flush with natural light, picnic tables, good tunes, and an elevated area that looks like it doubles as a stage in the evenings. i had a cool stout called panama jose that featured coffee and spices, as well as a cherry sour, both of which were very good, and it made me wish i had more time to explore the rest of their beers, several intriguing ones on the list and apparently quite a lot of innovation happening in their brewery! the vibe was awesome, taking in the sun in a comfortable space that just feels right. really quality beer overall too, some of the best i had in town! mixed on service, female bartender couldnt care less, the guy in there was great. there are a ton of breweries here, but this is one to put at the top of your list! id love to go back and catch some live music here!

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Barley Brothers Brewery & Grill

in Lake Havasu City, Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -0.8% | Score: 3.61
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Tourist trappy brewpub just over the London Bridge in Lake Havasu. Big place overlooking the river... Z-shaped bar seats about 25... Spacious dining area with tables and booths. 6 house beers and 6 guest... ok. Service a bit distracted. Reasonable happy hour option... food meh.

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Moonshine Liquors

in Hyannis, Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +2.9% | Score: 4.56
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Have visited several times with good results. Probably the best selection of craft beers on the Cape. Service was very helpful when asked, particularly Ryan who led us to a couple of finds. We will definitely return.

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Other Half Brewing Co.

in Brooklyn, New York

4.72/5  rDev +6.5% | Score: 4.43
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

My first visit this past weekend. Looks like they opened before 10 AM due to the cold for their 4-can DDH IPA release. The line was short and the processing efficient. Parking around here seems to be a challenge, but that is what I was expecting.

The tap room was buzzing at 10 am and they have 20 drafts available and more cans for purchase, plus grub. Full pours and 4 oz samples made for an awesome morning and I got to sample an amazing, juicy, hazy array of IPAs--all very good to excellent.

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4 By 4 Brewing Company

in Springfield, Missouri

3.94/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.94
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Great staff and doing well for a newly open business. Good atmosphere and service, and the selection is pretty good for their short time being open. I plan on several return trips, even if it’s just a growler fill.

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Stony Creek Brewery

in Branford, Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -3.9% | Score: 3.8
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

A really nice spot on the water - beautiful facility. Staff is friendly and helpful. I'm not a fan of their beer, but they have guest taps and a full bar, so there are plenty of options.

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