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Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

in Portland, Maine

4.66/5  rDev +8.9% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Place had a friendly vibe to it at noon on a Sunday. I was surprised to see people waiting for cans prior to opening at noon, but not so much after tasting their good beer. The mix of people at the place was that of big time craft beer connoisseurs and random tourists curious about the place. Mix of young and old. Was dog friendly also.

Quality of the place is one of the best I've ever been. Very cool setup, great artwork, open space, nice seating, food place next door attached to brewery to which you can get through via interior door and a food truck outside as well. The vessels and brewing operation are easy for viewing as well. Just a really cool brewery.

Service was spot on as well. No one was busting table but I never had wait more than a few seconds to get my beer and I never had to wait in line because there were plenty of friendly people staffed.

Selection of the beers may be the only negative I have to say. There were maybe 7 beers available on draft and the beers to-go ran out within 15 minutes of opening. Granted that out of the 7 beers, the 4 that I did have very all quite good (especially Reciprocal). The merch is also very interesting and the glasses have to be some of the coolest ones out there.

Loved this place and would gladly go there again if I happen to be in Maine. I just wish for a bigger selection next time (although being there on a Sunday may have to do with why it was smaller).

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Trillium Brewing Company

in Canton, Massachusetts

4.86/5  rDev +5% | Avg: 4.63
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Out of the 2 Trillium locations, this is the one you want to visit if you want to hangout and drink their brews. The Congress St location in Boston is beer pick-up only (you cannot get anything on draft, the place is small and there isn't anywhere to sit) so the Canton location is the one you want to visit.

Vibe was very much in line with other places filled with hardcore craft beer connoisseurs. Lots of discussion on beer and random strangers striking up conversations over their passion for beer. The place is large and spacious, with plenty of places to sit or place your beer. It also has this open feel to it and you can see all the vessels and where the beer is being brewed. If I had one complaint, it would be that despite all the space and not being overly packed, it was still quite loud, making it difficult to communicate with someone next to you at times.

Quality is very high. Place is clean and well setup for visitors and regulars. Easy in and out if you want to just pick-up beer or sit down and drink. The beer quality is among the highest out there, without needing to say anything more.

Service was excellent all around. There is no one clearing your table or anything since there isn't any food sold at the location, but I never had to wait more than a few seconds to get the beer I ordered and I never had to wait more than a few seconds in line either. Staff was friendly and willing to elaborate on any questions.

Selection was phenomenal. Headroom, DDH Congress St., Galaxy DH Fort Point, Dusk Trill Dawn, and many others were all available in 2 sizes. Also, many growler fills and to -go beers were also available with a good amount of merch to choose from. I'm glad I had a DD because I wanted to keep drinking as long as I could hold up.

Overall, very good brewery with very good beer. I would recommend this to anyone.

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Able Seedhouse + Brewery

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev +5.9% | Avg: 3.88
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

i was so stoked on this place, its got a unique feel to it, clean and new and large but also inviting and comfortable. they didnt have a massive selection of beers, but what they did have covered a lot of ground and all of them were very well made. i really liked the first light ipa, an easy and distinct pint of beer for sure. we sat in a neat little outside area where they had barrels for tables and some trees around, little fairy lights, and a great atmosphere for late summer outdoor beer drinking. inside its bigger, with the brewery in the back and a cool little bar area. i have heard they are doing some cool stuff with local ingredients and even organic malts and stuff. they sure dont go out of their way to advertise any of that if it is in fact the case, but the beer all had a unique freshness to it, really felt high quality to me. they werent super busy on a saturday evening when they probably should have been, so i hope they are doing well. i see their handles all over town, so must be doing alright. a great place to visit and taste through some very well made beer in a comfortable and relaxed space. good vibes all around in here.

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Founders Brewing Company

in Grand Rapids, Michigan

4.31/5  rDev -2% | Avg: 4.4
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Was in Grand Rapids for business. Stopped by Founders on a sunny fall afternoon with a couple of co-workers and sat in the patio bar. Great atmosphere, lots of activity. As it got colder they lit the heaters and fire pits. In addition to the whole lineup they had some taproom only offerings which were really good.
The sandwiches were excellent, although the "go pick it up yourself at the window" was an interesting take on food service. The servers were attentive and there was always someone checking on us. I'd go back a lot if I lived in the area.

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21st Amendment Brewery

in San Francisco, California

4.13/5  rDev +6.4% | Avg: 3.88
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

Good vide. Low key on a Tuesday night. Busy but chill. Sitting at back table working on client work. Mostly males eating and drinking. Service was nice, and beer selection was good. About 10 on Tap and another 8 in cans. Food was slightly above average in general but less than average for what I get at other brew-pubs. Would come again for sure.

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Valley Growlers

in Happy Valley, Oregon

5/5  rDev +5% | Avg: 4.76
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

When the opportunity arises to visit an establishment that specializes in craft beer I look for two notable features: a quality selection of local/domestic/import brews and friendly customer service. When I have the opportunity to visit Valley Growlers for a glass of beer or a growler fill, I always look forward to their amazing and ever-changing tap lists of local and some domestic craft brews and their very timely and respectful service. Small but not cramped space, woodsy interior, always clean. Classy. Inside, the walls are aligned with artwork depicting the brewing process and their mascot dog. On most days, it's the neighborhood hang out spot, usually packed during weekends, especially game day, but come the right hour of the day or night you can find an atmosphere that's ideal for great conversation over a beer. Their tap list boasts an excellent variety of offerings from all over Oregon and abroad, including a variety of wine and kombucha. What is most notable to me about their selection of beer is that each time I've gone in I have been able to taste and discover so many amazing beers and different breweries that I wouldn't have known about previously. Why I point this out specifically is because I can honestly give Valley Growlers some serious credit for pushing me towards becoming the beer geek I am now. I should note that they also boast a small but solid selection of cigars. Everything is priced reasonably too. The owners and the staff are always very friendly and are extremely well versed in product knowledge. Beer orders arrive with almost no wait time. For me, at least, it's a personal favorite.

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Mount St. Helena Brewing Company

in Middletown, California

3.71/5  rDev -4.1% | Avg: 3.87
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Slow day in Middletown, just the locals enjoying $3 happy hour pints. Got the Palisades Pale Ale and IPA. Did not get food. Service was good and attentive. Selection was decent with about 8 choices. Smallish bar in a larger section with a couple of TVs playing ice hockey(?) and baseball. Other side of building is more of the pizza place. Brewing takes place in the back with a large glass window to see the tanks. Beers not very good. If you find yourself here, then stop in. Otherwise, just keep going.

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Green Flash Brewing Co.

in San Diego, California

4.1/5  rDev -1.7% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

It's nice to know that Green Flash owns Alpine. A two in one special Visit. Nice spot with a great selection. Decent vibe and mixed crowd. Would definitely come back and visit.

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Harding's Friendly Markets

in Kalamazoo, Michigan

4.36/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.36
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Here’s the crazy thing. Harding’s is a chain of local/Michigan grocery stores, like Meijer’s or D&W, but I almost never shop there. Brand loyalty I guess. So imagine my surprise when I stopped into the Harding’s on Drake and saw their beer selection. These folks have upped their game, rivaling a small bottle shop. There’s singles, mix-six, and bombers of a wide swath of craft producers. Lots of Michigan made, but also a lot from all over. I was impressed.

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West Sixth Brewing Company

in Lexington, Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev -2.2% | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Great service and good staff, the selection is decent but not much other than what one can find in the can. They have free tours every now and then and they give plenty of samples. They even give you a free glass with the brewery on the side.

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Mack's Beverage

in Parma, Ohio

5/5  rDev +9.4% | Avg: 4.57
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Mack's beverage is the place to go for whatever you're looking for. My wife loves sours (before they were cool) and they had new things all the time for her. BBA beers, and iiipa's are in stock and plentiful for me. If you can't decide, they're staff is knowledgeable and can look at what you like and give suggestions. Competitive prices with a stock of hard to find treasures. My only complaint is they aren't closer to my house (although if that was the case I'd be single)!

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Mikkeller Brewing San Diego

in San Diego, California

4.07/5  rDev -1.5% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Small little spot in the cut. Very hipster looking. Nice selection on tap. Seating is limited, and Vibe is decent. Best part about this place is the floor!! It's like a smoked teal. Getting drunk, this floor will keep you hypnotized cool artwork on the walls, but not AC. I would come back if I was in the area, but not out of my way.

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AleSmith Brewing Company

in San Diego, California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2% | Avg: 4.3
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

This place is pretty awesome. Awesome selection of beer, very open with different types of seating, including outdoors. Great service and nice vibe. I could totally hang out here all day with some friends and drink.

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The Bronx Beer Hall

in Bronx, New York

4.36/5  rDev +12.4% | Avg: 3.88
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Went during the day and enjoyed the airy space. Good selection of New York brews with a friendly staff. The vibe is awesome being in the middle of the Italian market. The food was good and the service great. Will come back during the day for sure.

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Hill Farmstead Brewery

in Greensboro Bend, Vermont

4.97/5  rDev +8% | Avg: 4.6
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Place is pretty much perfect.

I'll start of by saying that this is very remote but in a beautiful area. If you end up finding yourself on a mud and dirt road, do not be concerned because you are on the right path still. A few turns on dirt roads and you'll be there. The place is set on a rolling hill surrounded by trees. Great setting.

Vibe was great. Everyone there was there because they are a hardcore lover of craft beer. No one will make the effort to come here that doesn't know about the quality already.

Building is well set-up with the shop, the glass looking into brewing area and the tap room with the big porch deck. Very clean and spacey. No complaints at all.

Service was prompt, organized and very friendly. They will chat you up, give you sampler of anything they have and be very open in general about operation.

Selection was huge. Tons of PA/IPA/DIPAs on draft, among others and plenty of sours and saisons in bottles for both consumption on-site and to-go. Also available were vintages from years ago at an appropriate price for something so rare and tasty.

They don't offer food directly except for a selection of fine cheeses but they do have a food truck right outside if you're looking for meal. When I was there, a tasty BBQ place was on premises and the pulled pork sandwich was solid.

Again, the place is pretty much perfect. If you are anywhere within 2hr radius of HF, a stop is a must. The state and the drive are very scenic so it wasn't an issue for me at all (and I drove from
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Mirror Twin Brewing

in Lexington, Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Opening end of Sept. 2016; 20 taps available, half dedicated to guest early on. Beers are solid, especially right out of the gate. Brewery houses Rolling Oven Pizza, so there is a full pizza/sandwich menu available as well.

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Boom Island Brewing Company

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4.57/5  rDev +4.8% | Avg: 4.36
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

been trying to get in here for awhile now, but weird hours and busy trips have prevented it until now. what a great little brewery these guys have here, sort of an enter from the back situation with a cozy outdoor picnic table area, food truck, lawn games, and awesome murals. its hidden from the road, sort of a dont know unless you know situation, i dig that. inside its spacious but the bar and bar area are small and humble, cramped even as they were fairly busy. looks like a humble brewing operation right now but some room to expand, cooler outside than inside, but a neat set up, very much a working brewery. i was inspired to go here by a couple of epic bottled beers i have picked up from them, so it was cool to go in and try the range of their other stuff. oude funk stands as one of the best beers i have had from minnesota ever, and although they didnt have anything quite that wild on tap, they had some special beers. the cuvee de boom blew my mind, a strong ale aged in pinot barrels, and they had a host of other cool belgian styles as well. all of it was top quality, and the folks making and serving it were first rate. happy to chat, give us individualized attention despite being busy, and really take great care of us during our time here. the food truck was cajun/creole and very good, and the overall vibe here was happy and fun. one of my favorites so far in minnesota, and if you arent familiar with these guys, look out, because they are making some elite level beers right now! cant recommend it highly enough!

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Ocean Sun Brewing

in Orlando, Florida

3.88/5  rDev -7.8% | Avg: 4.21
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Tucked away in a strip mall; overwhelming aroma of hops as soon as you walk in the door! Very spacious, multiple tvs, and nice selection of beers. Service could've been a bit better(I had to remind the barkeep twice about an order on a recent weekend when they weren't particularly busy), but the beers were worth the trip.

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Three Notch'd Brewing Company

in Charlottesville, Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +2.1% | Avg: 3.85
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Stopped in at the brewery in Charlotte NC and ordered a flight. Pleasant, knowledgeable staff and great selection of beers. Atmosphere is somewhat sterile, but certainly not off-putting.

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FreeWheel Brewing Company

in Redwood City, California

5/5  rDev +24.7% | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

FSB is the kind of beer I've always looked for, easy drinking, unpretentious, yet still flavorful. Paired with Chef Benny's fish & chips, the pull draft cask FSB makes me feel as if I were transported to England. Freewheel, a must stop for craft beer enthusiasts!

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Blue Earl Brewing Company

in Smyrna, Delaware

4.22/5  rDev +3.2% | Avg: 4.09
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I visited Blue Earl Brewing at opening on 9/24/16. The bar tenders were very helpful in assisting us pick out our beers. You could taste any beer on tap before you bought anything. The offered flights, half pints and pints. They had 12 beers on tap. I tried the Watermelon man, which was a watermelon wit, the You Shook Me, which was a helles, and Honey Suckle Rose, which was a Belgian blonde. I thought all of their beer was pretty good. Very nice spot to catch a couple beers.

They also sold growlers, six packs of 2 of their beers and several bombers.

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Blue Mountain Brewery

in Afton, Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +7.5% | Avg: 4.14
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Stopped by for lunch on a cold, rainy Monday. Unfortunate, in that Blue Mountain's claim to fame is the unparallelled view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from their outside seating area. So we sadly sat inside (which is not unpleasant at all) and were served by pleasant, knowledgeable wait staff. The food was great - huge portions; reasonable prices. (Lunch was 7 hours ago and I'm STILL full.) Their bratwurst and fries will fill you up for weeks.
Order a flight - ten 2.5 oz samples for $9.00. Can't beat it!

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Keyport Liquor & Lounge

in Superior, Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +0.3% | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

If i cross the bridge to Superior i will always stop here. Its right across the bridge from Duluth in a busy parking lot its a full service liquor store with a growler station and a bar/eatery, Brew is mostly in the back left with the growler station back right, they had 10 or so taps for growler fills 32oz and 64oz like stone , green flash, bells, NG stuff, brew was displayed all over with small stacks you have to look around a little , picked up some CW Brewers Reserve some NG brews . Employees when asked are helpful they just are not here to service you. A Sunday destination or growler fill or a NG fix when in Duluth, this is a stop for sure when beached in Duluth.

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Thirsty Pagan Brewing

in Superior, Wisconsin

3.86/5  rDev +1.3% | Avg: 3.81
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

In Superior in a BLDG and area that could really be cool with many undeveloped abandoned and some what historic buildings are all around. Its old school inside and thats fine with me , service and food (pizza) is outstanding its dank and musty inside several different rooms had a dozen or so brews on tap which were good the star here is the pizza, this is a place i find myself going to every time im in Duluth, it has a certain charm to it and its beer description and artwork are neat.

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MGM Liquor Warehouse

in Saint Paul, Minnesota

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

One of the smaller MGM'S that Ive been to , its right off of 94 on the west side of White Bear Ave. Walk in the front door beer is in the back they have a small selection of 750 and 22 oz bottles and most of the local and regional disto brew to MN, its just that nothing makes me want to shop here it off a busy hwy on a busy street, so just not worth a drive , could be a stop for some one passing thru however as it is right off and right back on Hwy 94.

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