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Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill

in Peabody, Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.35
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A so-so bbq chain, in a mall. So, if you got any understanding of American chain restaurant culture you already know the gist of what's going on here.

The beer selection, however, is surprisingly robust. Once in a while you'll stumble across a Buffalo Wild Wings or Ruby Tuesday where management actually knows a few things about the local beer scene, and this appears to be such a place.

Emphasis should be placed, however, upon the word "local" in that last sentence. You get whatever stuff is presently being churned out from Notch, Brewmaster Jack, Clown Shoe's, Jack's Abbey, etc. The national beers are BMC with a handful of widely distributed craft brands, like Sierra Nevada. While the selection is wide and fairly reasonably priced, there's no emphasis whatsoever on rares or one-offs or anything like that.

So, this isn't primarily a beer bar. Not by any stretch. It's a chain restaurant in a mall that happens to have some good beer.

The food is edible but unexceptional. The service is horrible, which requires some more explantation:

The service at Smokey Bones isn't bad because the servers are incompetent or mean. Not at all. It's bad because the place is constantly, intentionally understaffed. This is a trend I've noticed at several chain restaurants over the last couple of years, where stingy management and ownership are seeking to replace human wait staff with dumb little touchpad things that sit on each booth. There's still host, bar, and wait staff, only there's only about half as many workers as you'll find in a normal restaurant. Inevitably, the automation screws up, customers get angry, and workers get stressed. It's a horrible system, and for that alone I would hesitate to give Smokey Bones any more of my money.

If, however, you're at the North Shore Mall and you got time to kill... well, beer has a strange way of blotting out moral complication.

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Modern Brewery

in Saint Louis, Missouri

4.86/5  rDev +18% | Avg: 4.12
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Ronnie and Beemer are really working magic on 5231 Manchester Ave. I love going by the taproom after work on a Friday and stocking up on Crowlers for the weekend!

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Blue Mountain Barrel House

in Arrington, Virginia

4.07/5  rDev -3.8% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Nicely setup place with gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Small facility, primarily revolves around brewing, bottling, and of course, barrel storage. Staff was friendly despite a very busy day (Concealed Darkness release). Decent selection of beers on tap, theirs and South Street.

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Small Town Brewery

in Wauconda, Illinois

1/5  rDev -73.8% | Avg: 3.82
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

This beer is awful. I've had other root beer style beers, but this one stands out. Think if you had a dark beer and wanted a root beer, so you grabbed random .**** out of the cabinet and sprayed in some old spice cologne.

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The Co-op Food Stores

in Lebanon, New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev +2.3% | Avg: 3.85
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

The big one. Largest Co-Op in the Upper Valley. Good selection of beer. Good mixture of local, regional and international. Nice staff, a few are knowledgeable.

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Brewer's Outlet

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev +3.3% | Avg: 3.6
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This store is large and sells almost exclusively cases and 12 packs. The selection of craft beer from around the country is quite good, although I noticed that some of the beers that they have in quantity are quite old.

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Relentless Brewing Company

in Temecula, California

4.38/5  rDev +7.9% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited mid day, so hard to judge vibe. Brewer on premesis answered all my brewing questions while brewing an experimental. Sour forward beers are very well done. Knowledgeable server

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The Lebanon Brew Shop

in Lebanon, New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +20.6% | Avg: 3.73
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Excellent selection of beer and brewing supplies. There were multiple shelves of singles covering New England and around the world. Huge selection of brewing supplies. Nice, knowledgeable staff. Friendly.

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Trophy Room

in Chicago, Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -5.6% | Avg: 3.56
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

This place is pretty generic. It seems like a pre-game sports bar for people going to nightclubs down the street.

Selection was macro-heavy with only a couple rotating taps. Many taps were doubles, 2 bud, 2 stella, 2 green line, etc.
Highlights were beers that can be found most anywhere in town, Daisy Cutter, Two Hearted, Metro, and Off Color Scurry.
Service was alright, they gave me a sample of the Deschutes seasonal but couldn't tell me what it was. Tasted like Chasin Freshies or maybe Hop Slice. Who knows.

The atmosphere was pretty basic, some thrown together sports memorabilia and tv's covering every wall in the place.
There was a black light underneath the bar, which was sort of odd. Piped in mall rock.

Menu looked to be the usual fried pub grub, also burgers, pizza, etc.

Wouldn't return here with so many better options nearby like Clark St. Ale House, Farmhouse, Stout, etc.

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Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing

in Fort Collins, Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -5.2% | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

This was the first brewery I ever visited in FC. It is solid. The beers are ok, and the foods are good. I'm not sure if they source anything locally though. Service has always been solid. It is family friendly. I recommend checking out.

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Craft Beer Cellar

in Fort Collins, Colorado

4.18/5  rDev -2.3% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

A great bottle shop near downtown. Service was good. Prices were fair. Selection was solid. I definitely recommend. Its walkeable to several craft beer places like Choice City & Uncles. Parking can be tricky. Worth a visit or 4.

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Blueberry Hill

in Saint Louis, Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +7.2% | Avg: 3.62
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

I'm surprised this is on here, I love this place and I go every time I get the chance too(I live 2 hours away from St. Louis). The food is okay and the beer selection is about the same but the vibe of this place is awesome. They have a lot of stuff to look at on the walls and, I'm not sure if it's true but I'm pretty sure it is, this place is owned by the one and only Chuck Berry himself, who I am told still plays there once a month. The whole area is a cool place to visit. It's called the Delmar Loop and it has Vintage Vinyl and the Pageant along with a lot of other cool places to visit. Also while you are in the loop visit Fitz it's a different kind of bar but awesome none the less.

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Situation Brewing

in Edmonton, Alberta

3.98/5  rDev -3.4% | Avg: 4.12
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

I stopped in during a recent visit to Edmonton. We were early on a Saturday, so they were only serving beer and brunch (which is not necessarily a bad thing.) It was pretty empty despite the Old Strathcona location, so the "vibe" rating is a bit arbitrary. Our server was pleasant, the food was decent, and I enjoyed the seasonal coffee stout they had on top. I grabbed a growler fill, as well - beer rating to follow. The menu was not huge - 3 varieties of waffles, 2 varieties of eggs benny, or a "Brewers Breakfast" - bacon or sausage and eggs for $15 - definitely a steep price for what we received. I will definitely have to make a return visit to get a full appreciation of what they are all about.

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Watering Hole

in Tokyo-to Tokyo-shi, Japan

4.85/5  rDev +5.2% | Avg: 4.61
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

For anyone who loves craft beer this is a must stop while in Tokyo. It is located south of the Shinjuku train station. There is also another train station nearby, the Yoyogi station. The staff is super hopeful. They are very knowledgeable about beer. Most are able to communicate in English. The manager, Michiko, is wonderful, she has been to the US and loves craft beer. Additionally, they have a great chef and the food is wonderful. If you are in the Shinjuku area this is a must stop

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Big River Grille & Brewing Works

in Chattanooga, Tennessee

3.58/5  rDev -5.3% | Avg: 3.78
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Back here for the first time in many years. Large, repurposed old building in Downtown Chattanooga. I think it may have been a trolley barn at one time. With the high ceilings, it tends to be a bit echoey, but not really any louder than similar places. Beers are decent, but nothing special. The food is pretty much what you’d expect: pub type fare with some steaks and other entrees. The Cajun Pasta is pretty decent. It’s a good stop if you are in the area.

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Lord Hobo Brewing Company

in Woburn, Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev +6.8% | Avg: 3.81
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

The brewery is five minutes from my house which is a plus. The vibe is laid back and the staff is pretty cool. I like the barrel tables and keg seats. They offer free samples of all four ales on tap. I liked the Consolation Prize the best which is only available at the brewery. You can buy a growler or buy some cans to take home. I got the growler and I am sure I will be back soon to refill.

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The Gahan House

in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

4.08/5  rDev +6.5% | Avg: 3.83
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Love the vibe and decorations, although the bar is very small, this is mostly a restaurant. English style house, yet with lots of modern crafts, very cozy and relax, but a bit small and cramped. Good selection of beers, can't remember well, around 10-15? In this 3 seasonals. The quality is pretty high and boosting an excellent IPA. The service is excellent, the spirit is high and friendly. In the menu, you can pay the cooks a pitcher of beer, a first for me. The food is very good, lots of seafood, specially liked the jambalaya. But the selection is of multiples nationalities, it lacks a bit of personality. Overall great place to go, very popular and busy, but no regrets.

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New England Brewing Co.

in Woodbridge, Connecticut

5/5  rDev +19% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Friendly staff and amazing beer. Great atmosphere. Customers are always nice and friendly. Always great to stop in get a growler or 2 or 3 filled and have a few samples.

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Craft & Curd

in Tampa, Florida

5/5  rDev +3.5% | Avg: 4.83
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Friendly and knowledgeable owners. Cozy and well-stocked storefront. Convenient location. Ever-changing selection of beer and wine - great spot to taste-test new things that you normally wouldn't purchase.

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Bottle Bar East

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

4.77/5  rDev +14.1% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Top three beer store over ever been to. Great novelty in usually out of region selections from far away places. Very friendly staff and I walked out spending too much money!

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Stanley's Northeast Bar Room

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1% | Avg: 4.04
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Quite an eclectic crown here , part of the reason i like this place so much, place is split up into 3's if you count the back porch area, A nice selection of craft beer with emphasis on local with nice regional support. Had a very good hamburger plate with very good service. Place can get very busy on weekends, with a small parking lot and overflow across the street. You can park on side streets. The NE has become a mecca for beer spots and breweries in the past 5 years and Stanleys has kept pace, it a place to visit.

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Iron Door Pub

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

This Location has changed hands several times in the last decade, I hope Iron Door is here to stay. When you walk in you have the bar half with seating games and TV'S, and on the other side are tables and booth to enjoy food. They have 2 dozen or so tap handles with some very good offerings local & regional, also have a full liquor license. They very good food and a super Happy Hour M-F, plus a different times of the evening, really enjoyed the service here, it set this place apart from many places, so Great service , very good selection of brew, with very good food , a nice formula for a place to stay awhile.

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Craft & Curd

in Tampa, Florida

4.72/5  rDev -2.3% | Avg: 4.83
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Awesome little find in South Tampa. I go here every week or two to pick up something I've never seen anywhere else. I only go for beer, so that's what I'm reviewing based on. I love the personal service I get from a small business like this. I can talk about beer with the employee and is really knowledgeable and helpful. There's an ABC down the street but I always head here first to find something interesting. Always some good mead as well!
In short, love you guys.

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Binny's Beverage Depot

in Mokena, Illinois

4.12/5  rDev -1% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Its a Binnys, so about what you'd expect. Big box store feel, really good selection of craft beer, macro and imports. Everything was pretty fresh, especially the local stuff. Service was very good - staff offered to help me find what I was looking for several times. Compared to some other Binny's this location's selection of imports was certainly thinner, but the craft was up there with the best.

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Brew Gentlemen

in Braddock, Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +4.2% | Avg: 4.49
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Brew Gentleman is one incredible taproom… It is just stunning with a really relaxed, comfortable vibe. Sampled every beer on tap and they were all extremely well made. I was impressed across the board and it has become one of my favorites out of the 100+ breweries I have visited. About a two hour drive from Cleveland, just outside of Pittsburgh. Parking isn’t the greatest unless I missed something, but we went on a Sunday so it wasn’t bad and not busy at all. Service was great. I have no complaints at all with this place and can’t wait to make it back there. A true gem in the craft beer world!

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