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in Oak Park, Illinois
4.43/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
Vibe here is great. Its a small place, but boy is it beautiful. Place looks retro and the bar and seating area is done in an old school bar look. Great place to stop and have a beer.
Quality is very good - the beer is really well done and the prices are very reasonable.
Service is top notch. While I was there, the head brewer was the one manning the bar. Although you can tell he's a quiet guy by nature, he did a great job engaging the customers and sharing his extensive beer knowledge.
Selection was pretty big - 12 taps - but that is more than usual. Most of the time its closer to 6 or so. Still, they'll have everything they've brewed on tap and available. No distribution right now outside of some kegs to local bars/restaurants.
Few notes - they have tasting flights and you can get anything as part of the flight. They have crowlers to go - again any beer you want. They also have some nice branded glassware and gear available in the tap room.
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in Brookfield, Illinois
4.21/5 rDev -4.5% | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
Stopped here for a break from playing video games at Galloping Ghost. A nice selection of beers that were craft dominated and got to taste some good stuff we don't get on tap in WI. Would definitely visit here again. Did not have food so no rating for that but it did look delicious what we saw on people's plates.
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in Forest Park, Illinois
4.66/5 rDev +5.4% | Avg: 4.42
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
Stopped at this place while down in Brookfield for the day. Awesome place with a nice vibe. Everyone working was uber friendly and our server made us feel very welcomed. Food was excellent and the beer was tasty. Would definitely visit again!
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in Columbus, Ohio
3.8/5 rDev -2.6% | Avg: 3.9
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
Trendy pretty chill spot for or all ages with a moderate sized bar, patio space, large windows and a sizeable private room for parties and events.
They have a good amount of beer on tap but most of it consists of IPAs and Farmhouse brews. The range isn't a drastic swing from one end to the other but there are a few unique brews and all are of a consistent, good quality.
They also do tons of cocktails with a huge liquor selection. While the cocktail list looks small, it definitely isn't if you know what you want and are leaning away from beer. They also seem to offer to plop a touch of one of their alcoholic slushies on top of one of their IPAs for a cold, fruity, unique concoction.
No food, but it seems they pretty consistently have a food truck. This time was Challah, a Jewish deli truck. Staff is enthusiastic yet unobtrusive.
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in Fort Wayne, Indiana
4.06/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75
Junk Ditch is Ft Waynes newest entry in the finally growing local brewery scene. Located in the old Korte Paper warehouse on West Main, the place is modern, while still retaining the old brick industrial feel. Pretty small inside. It is easy to miss, look for the Marathon gas station, it sits back behind.
House beers are still a work in process. They now offer 2-3 of their own beers on tap, which are just okay as a rule. 8-10 interesting guest taps. They also offer wine, no hard liquor.
Where this place really shines is the food. Not your average bar food by a long shot. Rotating farm to table menu, look for items such as sweetbreads and pigs ears, along with duck, salmon, and steak dishes. Everything I have eaten here has been top notch. Service has been friendly.
I am sure their own beers will grow in number, and improve to match the food quality in short time. They seem committed to offering Ft Wayne a unique craft beer/dining destination.
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in Greenfield, Indiana
4.15/5 rDev +7% | Avg: 3.88
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5
I was there on a Friday 4pm, right after they opened. Light crowd as you might expect for that time but not dead empty. I sat at the bar and the servers were friendly and helpful. Asked if I wanted to sample anything. Wooden Bear has a great selection of their own brews, around 18 available and 4 other guest taps. One thing that stuck out was the number of people coming in for growler refills which is more than I have seen at other breweries, which isn't good or bad but just an observation. Plenty of room, mostly tables. I'd revisit when in the area as they have plenty more beer I haven't tried.
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in Columbia, Maryland
4.47/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 4.47
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25
Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Selections rotate with 5 standard brews and then 5 others. Like with all breweries in MD, zoning means bring your own food, or order from a food truck.
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in Olympia, Washington
3.65/5 rDev -0.3% | Avg: 3.66
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75
My limited experience with 3 Magnets beer has been pretty positive, so as I planned to make a quick stop at the Eastside Club tavern anyway (which is no more than a couple blocks away), I figured I should pay the brewery tasting room a visit.
Located at the corner of Franklin and SE Legion avenue I believe, I ended up walking in from Frankly street, through the nice size back patio area. The tasting room has the look of a small warehouse room, and so there's nothing particular extraordinary about the place visually. There's a nice size TV in the medium sized tasting room (there's a decent bar and a smattering of picnic tables and the like in the tasting room), which on this day was showing women's professional soccer. There's definitely a relaxed, low key vibe to the tasting room, which I always appreciate.
In terms of the beer and selection, I'm wondering if I was just here on an off week. There were just 6 beers on tap the Saturday afternoon I stopped in, with 5 guests taps (and a couple of ciders) as well. The gose and little juice IPA (smooth edition) were both excellent, and the eastside tavern pale was pretty enjoyable (fairly hoppy pale ale). However, the sun IPA was way to sweet and malty for me, and the big juice DIPA was mediocre as best. I got the 5 beer sampler tray (a bargain at $8 for five 4 ounce pours I thought), and I ended up leaving most of the Sun and Big Juice. I should add that you can get growlers to go here ($14 for most of the beers, but I think $18 for the gose and DIPA). As for service, it was OK. There were two women behind the bar the day I was here, and while they weren't particularly interactive, they were friendly enough otherwise (the tasting room was doing a fairly brisk business the afternoon I was here).
Shrug. Given my pretty positive experiences with 3 magnets beer, I guess my expectations were perhaps unrealistically high for the tasting room. I really feel as if I need to give this place another chance, perhaps when they have a more interesting and diverse tap selection. I asked the bartender about when they expect to their fresh hops beers on tap (the FH IPA I had from them last year was terrific), but didn't get much of an answer (they weren't available yet, and it was unclear just when they would be). All things considered, at least on the Saturday I visited, my experience with the tasting room was pretty underwhelming.
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in Portland, Maine
2.85/5 rDev -26.7% | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.75
I just had the worst service of my life in this place. Sitting at the bar having a beer while my wife was shopping. She came in and sat down. They were busy, but not overly so. The bartender went by many times over the next ten minutes ignoring her while she tried to order a beer. When he finally brought her one she commented on the slowness of the service. He proceeded to pick up the beer and take it away. There are too many other good places in Portland to go instead of this place. It's a shame because my beer was quite good.
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in Ventnor, New Jersey
4.11/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
This is a large beer and wine store located in a shopping center just outside Atlantic City. It features a very good selection of craft beers from the US and Europe, including many New Jersey-particularly South Jersey-crafts. The store is well-lighted. The stock is so large that it's sometimes hard to find a particular bottle but the staff is very friendly, knowledgeable, and fun to talk beer with.
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in Huntington Beach, California
4.67/5 rDev +16.2% | Avg: 4.02
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
Newest Huntington Beach Brewery, in an incredible location, right across the street from the ocean! Been open almost a year and still in a growing phase, as they just got the space next to where their current space is, and apparently have plans to expand. About 10 taps, all of which are incredibly delicious, and also with growler fills. In addition, they sometimes bottle, but on my particular visit, didn't have any offerings but said they would have one the following week. Also missing was a Cask on the day I went, but again, said they would have one next week.
Chill little spot and although they don't make food there, are in a retail center with plenty of (good) food options, so it is easy to simply order and have it brought to you from a neighboring restaurant. The beers are of such a wide array (Session, IPA, Stout) that anything would find an equally worthy paring.
Overall, a nice addition to the local (nano) beer scene here in HB and I would highly recommend Riip Brewing to anyone local or if you are just passing through town (although it might be hard to leave)...
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in Minneapolis, Minnesota
4.29/5 rDev +6.5% | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
Mail order review. Typically I wouldn't review a store based on an online order, but they went out of their way to be helpful.
Placed an order for an out-of-market beer and it arrived 2 days later via Fedex ground. Fast turnaround, and they contacted me right away to optimize the order based on availability/weight/etc. Their website has an extensive selection of over 1500+ beers, including local gems from Indeed, Surly, Schells, Olvalde, Steel Toe, plus a number of obscure imports. Overall I had a great experience with them, and wouldn't hesitate to order online again or visit in person.
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in Crown Point, Indiana
4.33/5 rDev +19.9% | Avg: 3.61
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Just off the main town square, large brick building, smaller tap room, slightly cramp. We tired 4 ales, 2 were great, two were decent. Friendly staff, they knew a lot about what was in the beer. Their beers on tap were extensive. I brought home a bomber of their Java White Russian Porter called "The Dude"
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in Clinton, Iowa
3.54/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.54
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4
Beer-based travel destinations are obviously relative. What counts as a great selection in the middle of North Dakota wouldn't even register in Chicago. Obviously.
And you're not traveling to Clinton, Iowa if you're traveling for beer. Obviously. If you're in Clinton, your life has taken a very severe turn. I'm sorry.
Hook's opened maybe about a decade ago. They were the one bar in Clinton--a town of 30,000 people--that didn't appeal only to septuagenarian homeless people. They did this by occasionally vacuuming the place, disallowing fights, and providing the city's biggest tap selection.
Only, that big tap selection consisted of like 20 varieties of AB and Miller products along with a Sam Adams seasonal and 1-2 Millstream taps. You could literally do one of those "beer tour" cards, but you'd have to drink tap pints of Busch Light, Michelob Ultra, and Miller Fortune.
But they did have one of, if not the, biggest draft accounts in the area. And so when they eventually came around to craft revolution and started to order more and more good kegs, they got GOOD kegs. Like, Psuedosue. And every decent thing you want from Bent River, Great River, Millstream, Backpocket, Galena, and every other local.
I was in there this past summer, and they had a good 20 craft taps. The next highest selection in town had 0 craft taps. That's worth something.
But, like I said, you definitely should not travel to go to Hooks. The vibe is hella Clinton. Clinton is a dead mill town, the only remaining factories smell like burning corpses (because one of them literally burns corpses), and everyone who lives there is clinically depressed. You might think you've got a hardened worldview if you come from the big city, but your pampered Chicago ass absolutely cannot handle the degradation that unfolds nightly behind the doors of Hooks.
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in Portland, Maine
4.5/5 rDev +6.6% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
A big, homey restaurant with a great deal of character. If you're not looking directly at the bar or a beer menu, it would be easy to think this was just a large, New England-style family restaurant.
The decor is woody and softly lit, with a good amount of beer swag and some kitchy/rustic bear-related decorations. It felt like the last major renovation happened sometime between the early 1960s and mid 1980s. This, to me, is a good thing, as it goes against the pretentious, prefab homogeneity of seemingly every beer bar that's been opened this decade (you notice how EVERY place looks like an ikea set piece?)
The staff is large is attentive. Meaning, there's lot of staff members (they weren't particularly big). Again, I like this. Restaurants have been cutting down on staff nationwide in an attempt to cut costs, and that leads to crappy dining experience. GLB don't mess with that.
The beer selection was fantastic. Second best in the city, after Novare Res. They have a heavier focus on American beers than Res, however, meaning they're more likely to get in rare stuff from US brewers, wheras Res gets in Cantillion and whatfor. The Bear also does semi-tap takeovers every Thursday, which they call "Microbrew" showcases.
Their website beer list is updated pretty regularly, but it's not perfect. Printed lists are done up daily.
Overall, a venerable institution that's basically a must-stop if you're in Portland.
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in Montpelier, Vermont
3.94/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.94
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4
A crepe restaurant with good lunch options. They also have Alchemist cans and a selection of 3-4 good, local taps. There's also a deck, if you happen to visit during the 2-month period each year when it's comfortable to sit outside in northern VT.
Overall, a good stop for a quick bite, but it's overwhelmed by other options in its immediate vicinity. Three Penny is right across the street. Positive Pie is around the corner. Fancier food options, like Kismet, are very close by, too. But this is still a solid option for good beer and cheaper food.
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in Montpelier, Vermont
4.34/5 rDev +6.9% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
They did Heady case releases during the 2-ish year period when Alchemist wasn't open to the public. They still get Alchemist in now, only less of it, since the brewery is focusing on being able to sell cases direct.
Nonetheless, when they did do case releases, they handled them fantastically. The lines were ticketed and orderly and the staff was very, very friendly. Any time Hunger Mountain organizes any special even, you know they're going to do a courteous and professional job of it.
Anyhow, the place is just a nice, big food co-op: lots of local produce and meat, lots of organic packaged groceries, and lots of already prepared food. The already prepared food is wonderful.
The beer selection is also wonderful. VT's beer scene is huge and constantly expanding, and Hunger Mountain seems to get in at least a little something from everywhere. You don't have time to stop at *every* VT brewery, and Hunger Mountain is the best place to grab stuff from the places you couldn't make it to.
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in Minneapolis, Minnesota
4.89/5 rDev +9.2% | Avg: 4.48
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5
As it was my first time ever in Minnesota, I had a few places I knew I wanted to visit and a few things I had to do. Surly was the 1 place I wanted to visit and a few of their beers were the things I had to enjoy.
The brewery itself (from the entrance alone) is absolutely gorgeous. It is by far the biggest brewery I have ever seen or visited. The beer hall is really cool and something I had never seen before, long tables and a great atmosphere. My friends and I sat outside in the back area and that was really unique. The fire pits, benches, many many tables, cornhole and the amazing aesthetics. The sweet old industrial tower overlooking the patio completed the whole scene.
The beer is amazing and the setting itself is equally amazing. By far the nicest brewery I have ever been to. If I lived in Minneapolis (as my friend does) I would visit Surly many times a month.
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in Emmaus, Pennsylvania
4.5/5 rDev +7.1% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
The place emits such an awesome vibe every time I go there to get my growlers filled. The patrons are all very friendly as the staff is too. It's a great place if you wanna enjoy great people and some great beers!! Keep up the awesome work guys!!!
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in Minneapolis, Minnesota
3.82/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.82
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5
Not the prettiest or most gentrified location being located in a low density industrial zone. Small parking lot so most people will have to find street parking. They need better signage as it is easy to drive right by the place. They did a nice job on the building giving it a clean, modern look with wooden long tables inside and picnic tables outside. Long bar with about 8 seats and left open on both ends for people to walk up and order beer without crawling over the people sitting at the bar. I like nice touches like this. Plenty of people working behind the bar so there is never a wait for help. A lot of options for beer, if you like saisons, wild/sour beer. I had two beers and the kombucha. They looked different but all tasted identical. The house fermentation seems to dominate the other flavors. It tasted good but I hope for some different flavors to come out once they get more established.
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in Talkeetna, Alaska
3.85/5 rDev -1.8% | Avg: 3.92
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75
There's nothing like sitting outside drinking beer on a Sunny day in Talkeetna. This place has a deck and a beer garden, so there's plenty of outdoor seating, even when crowded. Service is a little hit or miss, but the staff all hustles, which I appreciate. Pretty standard pub fair that's about par for the course. Have had five or six of their beers, all of which were honestly just average at best. Still, a fun place to sit outside and drink at. In cold or wet weather, I may choose one of the local bars for indoor drinking or another restaurant for eating.
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in Wasilla, Alaska
3.73/5 rDev +3.6% | Avg: 3.6
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
Strip mall brewpub ambiance, with almost a diner like feel. Food and service were both fine (I had a pizza, wife had fish tacos, both were decent). I only tried one beer -- the schwartzbier. It wasn't amazing, but I liked it enough to have two. Worth a stop if you're passing through, and would certainly be someplace I'd frequent if I were a local.
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in Anchorage, Alaska
4.06/5 rDev -2.2% | Avg: 4.15
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
Pretty high class vibe for a brew pub. Long wait even at off hours. Good service and excellent food -- seafood and wood oven pizzas. The beer was fine, but nothing that blew me away. Was hoping to try one of their BA barleywines, but apparently they don't serve their wood series beers in the summer.
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in Seward, Alaska
3.44/5 rDev -9.7% | Avg: 3.81
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5
The ambience, service, beer and food are all fine -- but nothing really exceptional, and like many of Alaska's tourist spots, way overpriced. The wife spent $25 or so on a bowl of chowder, and I tried several beers without being impressed by any.
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in Montpelier, Vermont
3.88/5 rDev +0.8% | Avg: 3.85
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Not the same level of beer destination as the Waitsfield location, but still a nice place.
Waitsfield gets all sorts of Lawsons. Lawsons like you cannot imagine. The Montpelier location gets SoS, sometimes, and they almost always have Alchemist cans, and then there's good stuff on tap but nothing too much.
The tacos are great. The salsas and hot sauces are legit, if you're into that sort of thing.
The vibe is nice but not really impressive. It's a counter-service taco joint. If you've been to a large city, you've seen something like this.
There's no deck or music vibe, like in Waitsfield. This is much more just a take out taco joint with beer. The tacos and beer and both very good, though.
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