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in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
3.86/5 rDev +0.3% | Avg: 3.85
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
Decent place near the stadium/aquarium area. Mostly carries Southern Tier standards with a couple of locally brewed ST beers (which were underwhelming) and a few taps of Victory (always awesome but local to us so we did not have any here). Nice open space including the connected outside area. Service largely consisted of staff milling about not noticing if you needed something. This seems to happen a lot when there are a lot of bartending staff on, and this was not an exception. Cool if you are in the area.
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
4/5 rDev +5% | Avg: 3.81
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Very cool stop about 20 minutes outside of downtown, well worth the travel. Very good selection of beers, all well executed. Nothing mind blowing but all really tasty, Food and service were very good. Love the outdoor space.
in Tucson, Arizona
4.9/5 rDev +3.6% | Avg: 4.73
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
Very clean and well designed. The selection of beers on tap (about 20) and bottled (maybe 10 fridges full) is both large and quality. They get some harder to find beers like 120 minute IPA and such. The people who work there are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely check this place out. It's pretty much perfect.
in Springfield, Massachusetts
4.36/5 rDev +3.3% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
They have a really good selection of beers there. A couple of the bottles are a little dusty so they have obviously been sitting for a little while. If you at all resemble a college student, and your from out of state, either bring a military ID or your Passport. They don't accept out of state college student licenses.
in Hood River, Oregon
4.21/5 rDev +1.9% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75
This is a fun place. They offer a large beer selection on tap, most of which are pretty decent. The servers are friendly and informative and the place is hopping and loud, especially when a band is playing. Seems to be popular with locals and tourists alike. Pizza was OK...
in Santa Rosa, California
4.9/5 rDev +8.9% | Avg: 4.5
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Top notch craft brew house. Monster selection of beers with the world famous Pliny the Elder on tap for $5! Super packed but all the employees are cool as hell. Only thing was I didn't really dig the food! Probably a personal thing though since I usually don't eat when I drink anyway. A must visit for beer lovers!
in Portland, Oregon
4.25/5 rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.27
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75
Have been meaning to stop by LL, and the other day I finally got around to it.
The atmosphere/vibe is pretty interesting, and I'm assuming that in a previous incarnation, this place was some sort of lounge lizard, dive bar. There is a very large wrap around bar in the middle of the large room (with 50 or 60 seats would be my guess), and then darkly cushioned booths all around along the walls. There are 4 or 5 large screen TV's set in various locations over the bar area, as well as on the walls. Even now, this place has sort of dark, somewhat run down look about it.
In terms of beer, it's pretty hard not to impressed by what's on offer. LL has around 90 or so beers on tap, all from Oregon. I think they had a few cans and bottles as well (for some reason), but focus here is on the multiple tap handles, all from Oregon. On this particular day (a Sunday), there was a weekend Ft. George tap takeover going on, and there were some unusual items on tap (the raspberry infused Matryoshka, among other things). They also had the peche n brett on tap, which was one of the primary reasons I stopped by. So yeah, the tap selection is pretty impressive here, to say the least.
In terms of service, I thought it was OK. I think you have to come up to the bar to place your drink order, unless you happen to be sitting at the bar, in which case you can count on fairly quick drink service. One thing I thought a bit odd, was that every beer you buy costs $6. More expensive, higher abv. beers are also $6, but are served in smaller glasses. For some things, prices struck me as fairly reasonable, while for others, I thought the pricing a bit high. For instance, I was OK paying $6 for a 6 ounce glass of Peche n Brett, but $6 for a pint of Ft. George Vortex IPA was a bit hard to figure. At one time, part of the service "schtick" at LL was that the prices included the cost of service (and so no tip was expected). That's changed now, but from what I can see, it looks like the owner has kept the original pricing, but abandoned the no tip policy (which probably explains why the prices seemed a bit high for a lot of items).
Didn't try the food here, but what I saw on the menu looked pretty decent.
Shrug. LL has a great selection for sure, but that's hardly anything unusual in Portland. Frankly, given the pricing here (which is definitely high for this part of Portland), I'm not sure how often I need to return here.
in Redding, California
4.17/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
Nice tasting room in downtown Redding. (The actual brewery is a few miles east of here)
Nice and open, with a bar area in the middle, a couple of TVs, a few tables, and garage door that opens on nice days as well.
Quality is on the up and up. When Wildcard opened a few years ago the quality was decent, now most offerings are good to very good. Selection is about a dozen taps, there are always about 5 or 6 standards, with the rest filled with seasonals and one offs.
Service is always good here, both friendly and prompt.
One of the better beer spots in Redding, no food, but they will let you bring whatever you'd like in.
in Madison, Wisconsin
2.89/5 rDev -28.1% | Avg: 4.02
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4.75
I'm a little shocked to see this place attain such a high score, especially when adjacent to a much better liquor store, University Liquor.
Some of the beer here is ancient! Like, years old! They've had a holiday ale in the clearance bin for over 1.5 years; $7.99, instead of $8.99! I've also seen ancient beers all over the beer section, the cream-based liquors... Please, inspect the date before buying from here!
The service is neither offensive nor anything to write home about, trending toward the negative side.
The tastings they perform here are incredible, and the selection is great, if, again, they're a brewery that posts "bottled on" dates.
Notably, they require backpacks to be held near the employees while one shops, unlike any of the adjacent liquor stores.
in Madison, Wisconsin
4.64/5 rDev +11.3% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Hopcat has quickly cemented itself as one of my go-to places for beer, and somewhere I can reasonably expect to enjoy a meal as I imbibe. Ever had Old Rasputin as a nitro tap? They might still have it!
in Madison, Wisconsin
4.6/5 rDev +22.7% | Avg: 3.75
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4
How spectacular service and an experienced, dedicated bartender can make a bar ascend to the highest echelon of the variety. if you've never had Deschutes Obsidian Stout as a nitro, please do so as soon as humanly possible.
The basil shake drink they produce is also immaculate in flavor - one can taste the freshness in every sip.
in Miami, Florida
4.29/5 rDev -5.5% | Avg: 4.54
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
Star Wars and superheroes all over the place here. Not too fussy despite being in the trendy Wynwood neighborhood of Miami. Very laidback atmosphere with some big screens to watch sports. Bartenders are helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. Every once in a while, you may get lucky when the brewery puts on some of their heavy hitter beers. Prices are just about $1-$2 more than you would want to pay but they do give out pretty generous taster pours so you can try a beer before committing and buying a glass. They do flights as well. Overall, great spot to drink beers with friends.
in Lacombe, Alberta
4.43/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
This is a great little gem in central Alberta. They have a very interesting selection of beer, with a focus on local craft. It is extremely nice to have plenty of options to buy singles, as well. Tastings focus on cool new products. Friendly service, and usually some vinyl spinning funky tunes to add to the ambience.
in Porto, Portugal
4.22/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Been to Letraria a couple weeks after it first opened. The space is awesome as it is a double floor apartment that turns to an awesome backyard presenting with the best beer garden you can think of in Portugal. The beer selection is great, it showcases quite well what's the best being made in Portugal, including, of course, all of Letra's current portfolio (and some new and limited stuff every once in a while). There was Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast before I arrived but soon I got there, the keg was empty. Had a Mikkeller Spontancherry (my first contact with the Spontan series) that was great. There's a maximum of 24 beers on tap.
in Wayne, Pennsylvania
4.73/5 rDev +1.9% | Avg: 4.64
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
This is by far the best beer store I've come across in PA, especially now that stores can sell single bottles. TONS of Cali beers from The Bruery, Russian River, The Lost Abbey, Almanac. It's a warehouse style store, with stacks of cases throughout and a few shelves with single bottles. If you're looking for something in particular, ask the people at the desk, they know where all of the good stuff is hiding. They also have CO2 tanks, so if you're a homebrewer or have a kegerator you can exchange your empty tank for a full one while you're there!
in Cocoa Beach, Florida
4.54/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.54
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
No AB or Miller beers on tap here. Only the good stuff. A good mix of US and imported beers on tap, along with 2 house-made cocktails and 8 wines on tap. Most of the food coming out of the kitchen is homemade and top quality. This is your go to spot in Cocoa Beach for a good beer and good food.
in Springfield, Illinois
3.76/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.76
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
Balen's took over the space of an old sports bar downtown Springfield. It was a location that has had some turnover, but Balen's will hopefully be there to stay.
The menu is decent, including sandwiches, burger challenges, and a local Springfield delicacy "horseshoe". This is your choice of meat placed on Texas toast and covered in fries and white cheese sauce.
As for the beer, the rotating taps are usually pretty solid. There is always a local beer or two along with some nice regional gets. It's probably the best place in Springfield to watch a game while having a nice selection of beer.
in Springfield, Illinois
4.24/5 rDev +1.7% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75
Located downtown about three blocks from Obed and Isaac's.
CBB has what must be nearly 200 beers in bottles and/or cans. It's a great selection with an easy to read menu. They have eight to ten rotating taps as well. They feature a different brewery each month and usually get a nice keg once and a while. For example, I had 120 Minute on tap last week.
It's a little dark, but the bar is nice and long. I will echo what others have said about the bathrooms, though. They are in the basement and the last step is definitely a doozie.
This is the place to go, though, if you want to meet others interested in craft beer.
in Springfield, Illinois
3.94/5 rDev -0.5% | Avg: 3.96
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
Obed and Isaac's is the best brewery in Springfield. They have a decent selection of beers with new things popping up occasionally. They also have a great price on growlers (currently $6.50 for any beer on tap).
Their outdoor patio area is wonderful in the summer. There's an outdoor bar with food, two nice bocce courts and bean bag sets. There's a fire pit as well which is nice if it's a little chilly.
in Plantsville, Connecticut
4.14/5 rDev +3% | Avg: 4.02
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
The place has an inviting neighborhood pub feel, with a large oval-shaped bar that seats about 30 people. There are additional table along the perimeter walls and in the back. Excellent tap list with 20+ crafts - nice mix of styles and local offering. Service seemed a bit distracted when we were there... but food was very tasty, albeit on the pricey side. Seemed like a great place to hangout.
in Milldale, Connecticut
3.98/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.98
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75
Long hallway opens up to a massive taproom in a rehabbed industrial facility - construction not complete i.e., port-a-pot outside. They have only been (soft) open a few weeks. Brew house is cordoned-off as you enter the main room, with a 30' long bar partitioning off the remainder of the room. Taproom area is at least 60' X 80' and there were over 100 people there when we visited... On the far end of the room there was a huge stone fireplace and a karaoke machine. Friendly jovial atmosphere. They had 5 beers on tap; the 2 I had were solid. Looking forward to seeing how these guys grow into this place.
in Woodridge, Illinois
4.43/5 rDev +3.5% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25
Upon walking into Skeleton Key the first thing I noticed was the generous amount of seating. There were quite a few tables set up in a nice sized room just prior to entering the brewery/tap area. The brewery/tap area has seating for about 15 at the bar with additional barrel tables for standing room drinking. The lighting consisted of old school bulbs with clear glass skulls over them. Behind the bar was an old school set-up of stacked small (maybe 5x5) drawers on the wall with locked doors on the front of them. Pretty cool set-up. The beers were very good overall. Very well balanced with a lot of solid flavors. Easily the best part of my experience was the five star service. The bartenders took the time to learn and call you by your name. They were attentive, fast, knowledgeable, and very polite. I highly recommend a stop at the Skeleton Key Brewery.
in Seattle, Washington
4.04/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.04
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
I have been to the downtown 4th Ave location of the Lodge many times; it's conveniently located right at the 4th & Seneca bus stop and so is a good place to get a beer before the commute home. It's very similar to other locations in the Lodge chain, with kind of a sports-bar-cum-hunting-lodge atmosphere; very chain-restauranty, but welcoming enough. The tap list is quite good, however, with about 45 beers comprising 30 or so regular offerings and 15 rotators. Beer focus is on local stuff (no surprise there), but there are a few interesting options for further afield as well. I've only ever had their happy hour food; they have a decent selection of small plates that are pretty tasty (stuff like fried pickles, roasted brussels sprouts, what-have-you) and good for the setting of catching part of a game while waiting for the bus.
in Cincinnati, Ohio
4.03/5 rDev +2% | Avg: 3.95
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4
Huge place right near the stadiums with a huge tap selection. Very large bar rail, and plenty of tables. Regardless of size, this place gets slammed after a Reds game. Very crowded, very noisy. I would have liked to see a few more Cincinnati taps, but you certainly can find something you like to drink. Prices were a bit high, but expected given the location.
Food was pricey but good, the deviled eggs were fantastic.
If you don't mind crowds this is a decent place to go.
in Fort Wayne, Indiana
3.4/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.4
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25
Typical chain brewpub, average house beers, and a huge food menu. House beers I tried were meh (think Granite City), food just okay. They also have a large selection of guest taps which was solid, but unexciting for the area. Prices were high for the region.